Cotter is a diverse Catholic School community of faith, scholarship and service.
Cotter is a Catholic day and boarding college preparatory school.
Our diverse school community includes students with wide ranging talents and interests.
Cotter faculty and staff assist students of all abilities as they strive to achieve their personal best.
Students receive an excellent education with close attention given to their individual needs. Cotter provides students with a challenging and supportive school environment with teachers who are passionate about teaching and assisting students become young men and woman of character.
This care and enthusiasm inspires students to strive for success.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked MN School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 945 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $48,000
  • Acceptance rate: 94%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Cotter Schools ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Minnesota for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
945 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade
Cotter Schools Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
18 students
Number of AP Courses
9 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Language & Composition, AP Literature & Composition, AP Physics, AP US History, Engineering, Honors Chemistry, Honors Human Biology, STEM
Average SAT score
Average ACT score
Average Percentile SSAT
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Collared shirt

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
International Tuition Rate - $48,000 | Domestic Boarding - $38,000 (All inclusive - tuition, room and board, insurance, activities, travel from local airport to school, sports fees and testing)
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Jeff Novakoski
Admissions Associate
Celia Kaiser



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
23 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Badminton Club, Bike Lab, Book Club, Chess Club, Debate Team, International Club, Math Team, Mock Trial, Model Legislature, National Honor Society, Photography Club, Speech Team, Student Council, Teen Press, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama, Music Listening, Musical Theater, One Act Play, Pep Band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Intramural Sports, Running Club, Ski Club

School Notes

  • Founded in 1911, Cotter Schools, is a private, co-educational day and boarding school located in Winona, Minnesota, USA. Cotter Schools serves motivated and engaged students from 16 months through grade 12. Cotter Schools offers boarding for students in grades 7-12. With over 1,000 students from the Winona area and from over 14 countries around the world. Together, we are Cotter! At Cotter Schools, our mission is to challenge students to achieve their full potential and use their lives in the service of others. Our interdisciplinary, liberal arts education helps students develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity, preparing them to meet the needs of an ever-changing world.  More than 98 percent of our students go on to college and attend some of the best schools in the country. Our curriculum includes numerous honors and Advanced Placement courses that offer a more rigorous curriculum and the potential for earning college credit. At Cotter Schools, you'll experience faith and community, excellence in education, individualized attention, and opportunities to grow. Our goal is to challenge, support, and inspire our students! Cotter is, and always will be, a place where we challenge YOU to be the difference!
  • Cotter Schools challenges students to achieve their full potential and use their lives in the service of others. 
  • - As a Catholic learning community, we believe: God is present in all creation.
  • - Each person is valuable and deserves respect.
  • - Education prepares people to build a better world.
  • - In community, everyone grows.
  • - Community
  • - Faith
  • - Service
  • - Respect
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Cotter Schools cost?

Cotter Schools's tuition is approximately $48,000 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of Cotter Schools?

The acceptance rate of Cotter Schools is 94%, which is higher than the national average of 91%.

What sports does Cotter Schools offer?

Cotter Schools offers 18 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Diving, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling. Cotter Schools is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Minnesota for most sports offered.

What is Cotter Schools's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Cotter Schools?

The application deadline for Cotter Schools is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Top Ranked MN School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 945 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $48,000
  • Acceptance rate: 94%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Minnesota is $7,287 for elementary schools and $13,527 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Minnesota is 91% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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