WSU Ranking

Winona State University is the second ranked public institution in Minnesota and the ninth ranked Minnesota university overall, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2018 rankings.

WSU also ranks as one of the top five "Best Value Schools" in Minnesota, a designation that recognizes schools for high academic quality and low net cost of attendance. Among public schools in Minnesota, WSU ranks the No. 2 best value school, behind University of Minnesota Duluth.

Overall, Winona State is the top-ranked university in the Minnesota State system and is tied for 12th among the 37 Midwestern schools identified as top public universities. The university is tied for 64th (out of 173) on the comprehensive list of all regional universities in the Midwest.

WSU was again recognized as one of the best colleges for veterans, one of only five schools statewide to make the list. To qualify, the institution must participate in the yellow ribbon program and have 20 or more students who used GI Bill benefits to finance their educations.

U.S. News & World Report bases its regional rankings on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, graduation rate performance, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Complete listings are available at


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