Students walk through the courtyard on a sunny day.


“If we shall succeed in making this school what it ought to be, and must be, in fact, to meet the demands of the state, Minnesota will then have won her way to an exalted position among her sister states… no candidate… shall ever leave this institution… until he or she shall have rendered good evidence of such qualifications, physically, intellectually, and morally, as shall meet the demands of the society and the state.”

 - John Ogden, 1860
1st President of Winona State University


Winona State University (WSU), founded in 1858, and located in southeast Minnesota along the Mississippi River, is a public mid-sized comprehensive regional university with a Carnegie classification of Masters M.

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