WNB Financial Markets LabWinona State University is once again the second ranked public institution in the State of Minnesota, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 rankings.


The university, which is the top-ranked university in the Minnesota State system, ranks sixth overall in Minnesota and 13th among top public universities in the Midwest. The university is tied for 66th (out of 162) on the comprehensive list of all regional universities in the Midwest.


New this year, WSU also is tied for the 22nd public institution in Minnesota for social mobility, which recognizes the university’s success in enrolling and graduating large proportions of economically disadvantaged students.


WSU was again recognized as one of the Best Colleges for Veterans, one of only seven 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.


WSU’s online master’s program in Nursing program was ranked #1 in Minnesota and 30th overall, among 179 schools nationwide. Only regionally accredited institutions whose programs are offered mostly or entirely online were evaluated, and rankings were based on factors such as graduation rates, academic and career support services offered to students, and admissions selectivity.


In addition, peer assessment data reported to U.S. News ranked WSU among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs for its Composite Materials Engineering program, which is the only accredited undergraduate program in the U.S. that offers a bachelor of science degree in composite engineering, and among the Best Undergraduate Business Programs for its programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).


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 usnews.com/colleges.


For more information, contact University Communications at 507-457-5024.


About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive, regional public university with approximately 8,000 students on campuses in Winona and Rochester. Around half of WSU students are first-generation, meaning neither parent has a four-year bachelor’s degree. The oldest member of the Minnesota State system, WSU offers more than 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate and doctorate programs in five colleges: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing & Health Sciences, and Science & Engineering.

Winona State is ranked as the second public institution in Minnesota by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges,” has been named among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review for 16 years in a row, and has been featured as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for quality and value for 23 consecutive years. The University generates $447.9 Million in economic impact for the region per year. The University’s mission is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic vitality of the people and communities we serve: a community of learners improving our world. For more information, visit winona.edu.


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Emily Vander Laan

Emily is a Public Relations major and Creative Digital Media minor. She is from Lake City, Minnesota and her hobbies include hanging out with friends, reading and writing.