Winona State University is a public, 4-year school located in Winona, MN, 110 miles down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis. The school was founded in 1858 as First State Normal School of Minnesota; it was the first university west of the Mississippi River. In 1873 the name was changed to Winona Normal School, then, in 1957 it became known as Winona State College. The school achieved university status in 1975. It was among the first schools to adopt the policy of requiring a computer for each student. The University also has 2 satellite locations in Winona West and Rochester. The 125 acre campus features traditional brick architecture centered on a main quad that hosts a gazebo, clock and park-like intersection. Among notable alumni are US Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann and NFL Official Jerry Seeman.