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 WSU Named Best College Buy

Winona State University has been named among America's 100 Best College Buys for the 16th consecutive year.
WINONA, Minn. – Winona State University has been named among America's 100 Best College Buys for the 16th consecutive year.

The publication is an independent ranking of the value and quality of colleges and universities across the nation, conducted by Institutional Research and Evaluation (IRE) of Rome, Ga. The report profiles the schools that are the highest rated academically, but also have the greatest value as a function of academic quality, cost of attendance and financial aid available.

To be considered for America's 100 Best College Buys, a college must meet specific requirements. The college must be an accredited four-year institution offering bachelor’s degrees; offer full residential facilities including residence halls and dining services; have an entering freshman class with a high school grade point average and/or SAT/ACT score equal to or above the national average; and have an out-of-state cost of attendance that is below the national average.

In 2011 IRE researched 1,449 accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Of the institutions surveyed, 1,069 schools responded. Winona State University is one of only two Minnesota schools included in the 16th annual report of America's 100 Best College Buys. (The other is University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.)

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About Winona State University

Founded in 1858, Winona State University is a comprehensive, regional public university with nearly 8,900 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 Winona and Rochester. Winona State ranks as the second public institution in Minnesota in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges,” has been named among the "Best in the Midwest" by The Princeton Review for the eighth consecutive year, and has been featured as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for quality and value for 15 years in a row. 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:​