About Rochester, MN

Since 1917, Winona State University has served students in Rochester, MN and the surrounding area. Rochester, MN has an estimate population of 112,000 and is growing every year. Best known for the prominent healthcare industry and as the hometown of the world-famous Mayo Clinic, Rochester is a vibrant city full of arts, culture and outdoor opportunities.

The arts scene is Rochester includes everything from professional-level theatre and dance companies to community productions at the Rochester Repertory Theatre, Rochester Civic Theatre Company and the Rochester Dance Company, to name a few. Meanwhile, the Rochester Art Center offers rotating exhibits of contemporary art and art programming.

The Mayo Civic Center hosts a wide variety of events from musical and dance performances to comedy and entertainment shows to conventions and sporting events. Rochester is also home to two minor league teams, the Rochester Honkers baseball team and the Rochester Ice Hawks hockey team which offer athletic skill and spectacle in summer and winter months.

Visitors and residents alike can also take advantage of the 85-mile trail system that weaves in and around the city. The trails and public parks are open for full-season fun whether you enjoy running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing or skiing.

These are just a few of the many reasons Rochester has consistently been ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States. Whether you are a life-long resident or merely a visitor, experience all that Rochester has to offer.