Winona State University (WSU) is a public university in Winona, Minnesota, United States, with approximately nine thousand enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. Winona State University is the oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, the fifth-largest system of two- and four-year colleges and universities in the country, based on student enrollment. WSU offers more than 80 programs on its main campus, as well as select programs on its satellite Winona, West Campus and Winona State University—Rochester.
Founded in 1858, Winona State's mission is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic vitality of the people and communities it serves: creating "a community of learners improving our world".
WSU is noted as being one of the earliest universities in the country to offer a "Laptop University" program, now known as the e-Warrior Digital Life and Learning Program. In this program each student, upon acceptance, is required to lease his or her choice of either an Apple Macintosh or Microsoft Windows based laptop directly from the university. In 2013 WSU became the first public university in the Midwest to offer a tablet and a laptop to all students. The purpose of this program is to increase the bond between education and technology.
Each student attending Winona State University pays a .43 cent per credit fee to fund the Minnesota State University Student Association, a student-led non-profit that advocates on behalf of all Minnesota state university students.