WSU students bike, study and hang out with friends by Lake Winona.

We Get to Live Here!

The Perks of Smedium

We’re a smedium-sized campus in a smedium-sized city-- big enough to have familiar box stores and national chains, but with a healthy dose of small-town charm and a strong sense of community.

We’re near bigger cities, but surrounded by nature -- lakes, bluffs, the Mississippi River – which gives the place a sense of spaciousness and beauty.

If you ask us, it’s the best of both worlds.

What’s There to Do in Winona?

Those Views, Though

Known for its natural wonders, the City of Winona has a variety of outdoor recreation activities nestled among towering bluffs and along the mighty Mississippi. Admire the natural beauty from your lakeside hammock, or get all up in it rock climbing, paddling and hiking.

For the Artsy Among Us

Winona is home to a wide range of art, music, and theatre opportunities, along with museums and collaborative creator spaces. Plus, Winona loves a good festival. Each year, you can enjoy:

Eat, Shop & Drink Coffee

We've got familiar chains and local shops, boutiques and eats, including the best donut place in all of Minnesota (maybe the world) and ice cream and coffee shops in every corner of town. So you're always within walking distance of delicious.

Spend the Night

From camping to cottages, and B&Bs to pool-equipped hotels, Winona has a lodging option that meets your taste and your budget.