Winona State University
is primarily an undergraduate university, the oldest of the schools that constitute Minnesota
State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). It is not part of the University of Minnesota, the state's land grant
institution. Founded in 1858 to train teachers, today it offers bachelors degrees in many
areas. It has several masters programs, most relating to education, but no doctoral programs. The main campus is in Winona, Minnesota and there is a branch campus in Rochester, Minnesota (WSU Rochester Center). Its pre-medical program operates in conjunction with Mayo Medical School,
affiliated with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. It competes in Division II
NCAA athletics and its teams are called the Warriors.