WSU is one of 152 Midwestern schools receiving the designation. Of the 13 Minnesota schools on the list, WSU and University of Minnesota are the only public institutions earning the designation. WSU is the only university in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to receive the designation.
Other Minnesota schools included on Princeton Review's 2011 “Best in the Midwest” list are: Augsburg, Carleton, St. Scholastica, St. Catherine, Gustavus Adolphus, Hamline,
Macalester, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Saint Mary’s University of Winona,
St. Olaf, University of St. Thomas and University of Minnesota (Twin Cities and Crookston campuses).
In total 623 colleges across the Midwest, Northeast, West and Southeast were named "regional bests." According to the Princeton Review these colleges represent only about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.
The Princeton Review’s annual “Best Colleges: Region by Region” rankings are based on student opinion data from the schools. Students are asked to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.
For more information or to view WSU’s Princeton Review profile, visit: http://www.princetonreview.com/
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About WSU: Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive, regional public university with more than 8,500 students. The oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, Winona State offers more than 80 undergraduate, pre-professional, licensure, graduate and doctorate programs on its three campuses in southeast Minnesota: the original Main Campus in Winona, the West Campus in Winona, and Winona State University-Rochester.
Winona State is ranked among the top 50 public and private institutions in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, and has been recognized among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review for seven years in a row. The university’s mission is to educate and enlighten our citizenry at a distinctive institution: