Winona State University: Narrative Description

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PO Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987-5838
Tel: (507)457-5000; 800-DIAL WSU; Admissions: (507)457-5100; Fax: (507)457-5620; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1858. Setting: 40-acre small town campus. Endowment: $3.1 million. Research spending 2002-03: $850,000. Educational spending 2002-03: $3700 per student. Total enrollment: 8,236. Faculty: 357 (315 full-time, 42 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 4,802 applied, 79% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 50% from top quarter, 96% from top half. 2 National Merit Scholars, 51 class presidents, 28 valedictorians. Full-time: 6,776 students, 63% women, 37% men. Part-time: 793 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 21 states and territories, 48 other countries, 34% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 11% 25 or older, 28% live on campus, 7% transferred in. Retention: 75% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, other colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, class rank, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $20. One-time mandatory fee: $1000. State resident tuition: $4800 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $9260 full-time. College room and board: $4640. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 130 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 3% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: University Program Activities Committee, Student Senate, Inter-Residence Hall Council. Major annual events: homecoming, Family Weekend, Spring Fest. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, security cameras. 2,500 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. The Library with 243,500 books, 1,950 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $2.3 million. 1,400 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Winona (population 30,000) is a large town in southeastern Minnesota, in a sector known as Hiawatha Valley. Limestone from the quarries here is comparable to much of Italy's finest travertine. Winona is headquarters for the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Trains and buses provide commercial transportation. Community facilities include many churches, a public library, a hospital, hotels and motels. Part-time employment is available. Recreational activities include fishing, golf, swimming, hunting, boating and skiing.

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