The university also remains ranked 11th among public universities in the Midwest and ranked among the top 50 public and private institutions in the Midwest, claiming the 49th spot in the "Best Regional Universities”
Thirteen institutions ranked in this category are located in Minnesota; of these, seven are public institutions and six are members of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. WSU is the highest-ranked MnSCU institution.
U.S. News & World Report ranks more than 1,400 schools nationwide, including 572 schools in the regional universities category. The rankings compare accredited four-year schools on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence, including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.
The annual ranking of schools is available for review online at: http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/
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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, WSU 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 has been featured as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for quality and value for 14 years in a row, has been named among the "Best in the Midwest" by The Princeton Review for the seventh consecutive year, and ranks among the top 50 public and private institutions in the Midwest in the 2011 edition of “Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group. The university’s mission is to educate and enlighten our citizenry at a distinctive institution: