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Minnesota State College Southeast
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Winona Campus 2019

Winona Campus and Community

Winona (pop. 27,000) lies on the banks of the Mississippi River with a backdrop of beautiful high bluffs and lush countryside. The town is located about 45 miles east of Rochester, Minnesota and 30 miles north of LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Winona's three institutions of higher learning - Minnesota State College Southeast, Winona State University, and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - add to the educational experiences available. The Minnesota Marine Art Museum, the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Mid West Music Fest and many other cultural amenities make Winona an exceptional place to live and learn. While most students live in nearby apartments, residence hall living is available at Winona State University.

The Winona campus is located on the south end of town, just off the corner of Highways 61 and 43. There are 3 public buildings on 71 acres. Sugar Loaf Bluff is just across Highway 43 from the campus. (directions)

  • Winona's Main Campus features a spacious front lobby, a large book store, The Roost (Learning Resource Center), and the Student Commons. It also houses:
    • General education classrooms
    • Trade labs (Construction Technology, Welding, Mechatronics, CNC Machine Tool, Electronics, etc.)
    • Health labs (Radiography, Nursing)
    • The MSC Southeast Cosmetology Academy, which is open to the public for salon services.
  • The Norris P. Abts Transportation Center is a newly-constructed, state-of-the-art facility housing Automotive Technology, Auto Body Collision Technology, Diesel Maintenance, and the Truck Driving programs.
  • Tandeski Center is the home of Riverway Learning Community, a public charter PreK-12 school.

Food Service: Pre-packaged food items are available in the Winona campus Bookstore.

MSC Southeast does not offer housing on campus. Most students from out of town must rely on privately owned rental housing. We recommend that incoming students arrange for housing well in advance of the start of classes. The college does not assume any liability arising from the relationship between landlord and tenant. Online rental resources include:

Live on campus at WSU

Residence Hall living is available at Winona State University. For information to start the application process, please call the Housing & Residence Life Office at 507-457-5305 or email them at


Winona Transit Service provides regularly scheduled bus service throughout the city of Winona, including a stop at MSC Southeast. NEW! MSC Southeast students ride FREE with current student ID! Need an ID card? Stop by the IT Desk. There is no charge for obtaining an ID card or program badge.

The college does not offer child care on campus. Check the links below to find a child care provider in your area.

  • Parent Aware - Online search tool for licensed day care providers 
  • Winona County - Day care provider information and listing 

If you need assistance in paying for child care, a Minnesota Child Care Grant may be available. Please review the grant information on our Financial Aid/Grants page, or call the Financial Aid office for more details.

Winona is home to a number of large companies, including Fastenal, Cytek, Wenohah Canoes, Winona Health, and many more. Check our Career Services Job Postings page for openings. Additional resources for finding jobs include:

Work Study: Eligible students may have the opportunity to participate in work study programs on campus. These are part-time jobs that may relate to the student's field of study. There are both state and federally funded programs that allow students to work 5 to 20 hours a week. Be sure to fill out the FAFSA and contact the Financial Aid office if you are interested.

Health care is available with your Student I.D. at Winona State University's Integrated Wellness Complex. For more information, please see our Student Health and Wellness page.