Online and On-Campus Colleges in Wyoming

Article Sources
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, accessed March 2, 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
  • Most Recent Cohorts (All Data Elements): 2014-15, College Scorecard, U.S. Department of Education, accessed March 2, 2016, https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/data/
  • School pages, accessed June 16, 2017: Transferring Credits, University of Wyoming, http://www.uwyo.edu/admissions/transfer/transferring-credits.html; About UW, University of Wyoming, http://www.uwyo.edu/uw/aboutuw/; Bachelor's Degrees, UW Distance Degrees & Programs, University of Wyoming, http://www.uwyo.edu/outreach/ocp/degrees-programs/bachelors/index.html;
  • Wyoming Department of Education, accessed June 14, 2017: Douvas Scholarship, https://edu.wyoming.gov/beyond-the-classroom/college-career/scholarships/douvas/; Hathaway Scholarship, https://edu.wyoming.gov/beyond-the-classroom/college-career/scholarships/hathaway/;
  • About the Scholarship, Hathaway Scholarship, accessed June 14, 2017, http://hathawayscholarship.org/hathaway-scholarship/about-the-scholarship/
  • Daniels Fund Scholarship Program Overview, Daniels Fund, accessed June 14, 2017, http://www.danielsfund.org/scholarships/#Daniels%20Fund%20Scholarship
  • Scholarship directory data is copyrighted material which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. Copyright © 2017-18 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

Students in Wyoming can go out of state for college, but our analysis of the best traditional and online colleges in Wyoming and elsewhere in the U.S. suggests that one of their best options might be closer to home.

We gathered a ton of data on four-year schools nationwide, mostly from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, and ran it through a 13-point methodology in order to find out which institutions stood out above the rest. We've also pulled together a list of the top degree programs in the state, provided some information about state-based financial aid programs for Wyoming residents and laid out some career market data to help you get an idea of how you might use your degree once you've earned it.

If you're a student at one of Wyoming's seven two-year schools, remember that your associate degree courses can transfer directly to the University of Wyoming with only a few exceptions. Check with a community college advisor on your campus for more information.

Best 4-Year College in Wyoming

Here's a full rundown of how the University of Wyoming ranked among all the schools we surveyed nationally. Click the button below if you want to see just how we came up with the rankings.

1University of Wyoming+

We analyzed close to 1,650 schools across the country to produce our rankings, and the University of Wyoming came up with some impressive finishes on the national stage. Overall, just 13 other four-year schools in the country ranked higher than the Laramie institution, and affordability was one of the main reasons it stood so tall.

The affordable raw cost of tuition and fees at UW landed in the top one percent of U.S. schools — ranked No. 11 out of 1,649 — and average books and supplies expenses fell among the top 10 percent. UW's average net price, an estimate of out-of-pocket cost that subtracts the expected amount of institutional grant aid from the total average price tag of tuition, fees, room and board and other necessities, ranked in the top 15 percent of all schools we surveyed.

University of Wyoming students received institutional grants that covered a considerable percentage of their tuition cost, as well. UW ranked No. 44 nationwide for its proportion of grant aid awarded, placing it in the top three percent of all schools we surveyed.

Students seeking an online bachelor's degree in Wyoming had several distance education options at UW in 2015-16, including a fully online degree in business administration and hybrid programs in criminal justice, social science and nursing. On-campus students had over 200 degree programs to choose from in the 2015-16 catalog, ranking UW among the top 100 schools nationally for academic variety.

Along with being one of the best online colleges for Wyoming students, UW also has campus-based flexibility initiatives in place for non-traditional students seeking a traditional degree. Academic/career counseling, placement services for degree completers and optional credit for life experience are just a few of the measures available for students who need them.

On top of all that, numbers from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard show that more than 87 percent of UW alumni reported being able to eliminate their college debt in just three years or less after graduation. Overall, the University of Wyoming ranks as one of the best traditional or online colleges, in Wyoming or anywhere in the U.S.

Most Popular Degree Programs in Wyoming

Knowing which degree programs are most popular among Wyoming students can help you better understand the approach to college that your fellow students are likely to be taking. Check out this list of the state's top degrees by enrollment.

Additional Info

In-Demand Careers in Wyoming

If you're hoping to transition out of college and into the job market with as little pain as possible, it's a good idea to be aware of career sectors that are likely to be searching for an education background like yours. Here's a quick rundown of some of Wyoming's hottest careers.

Career TitleProjected Job GrowthTotal EmploymentAnnual Salary
Wind Turbine Service Technicians98.6%100$43,760
Physical Therapist Aides41.1%140$26,620
Nurse Practitioners36.9%210$113,020
Physical Therapist Assistants35.8%150$51,540
Occupational Therapy Assistants35.1%80$53,130
Physical Therapists33.7%420$82,050
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians32.6%50$52,300
Physician Assistants29.5%220$110,450
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers29.5%70$66,070
Home Health Aides27.5%880$26,680
Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other27.3%80$42,190
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers25%130$56,110
Occupational Therapists24.9%270$74,360
Personal Care Aides24%1,890$23,090
Craft Artists23.4%50$25,590
Community Health Workers23.1%90$43,820
Dietitians and Nutritionists22.4%90$52,880
Mental Health Counselors21.9%320$58,020
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists21.5%90$58,410
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians21.1%160$39,710
Opticians, Dispensing20.9%240$36,400
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary20.7%40$64,990
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists20.6%200$71,630
Web Developers20.1%130$65,530
Medical Assistants20.1%630$32,670
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary19.6%220$71,090
Forensic Science Technicians19.5%50$59,380
Source: 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Wyoming

Wyoming residents can offset some of the costs of tuition with state financial aid programs like the Douvas Scholarship, which awards $500 each year to a first-generation American who plans to attend either the University of Wyoming or one of the state's community colleges. Other options include the Hathaway Scholarship which includes four separate merit-based awards and an additional need-based award that can supplement the others. Also available is the Daniels Scholarship, a variable four-year award available to graduating high school seniors in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).




November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)


Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

President's Non-Resident Scholarship
Applicant must be an incoming freshman student who is not a resident of Utah. Applicant is automatically considered with application for admission.




Not Available


Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.6 GPA.

Amigo Scholarship
Applicant must have a minimum 3.5 high school GPA with minimum composite ACT score of 23 (combined SAT Reasoning score of 1070) or have a minimum 3.0 high school GPA with a minimum composite ACT score of 26 (combined SAT Reasoning score of 1170). Applicant must not be from New Mexico.




February 1 (fall); October 1 (spring)


Renewable for four years.

Jayhawk Generations Scholarship
Applicant must be an admitted first-time, non-resident freshman student whose parent, step-parent, legal guardian, grandparent, step-grandparent, or great-grandparent earned a degree at the university. Minimum 3.5 GPA and combined SAT Reasoning score of 1090 (composite ACT score of 24) required.




November 1


Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.4 university GPA and completes 30 university semester hours per academic year.

Additional Resources

Article Sources

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
University of Wyoming
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Corner of Ninth and Ivinson
Zip Code
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
UnderGraduate Application Fee
Admission Rate
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Number of Online Programs Offered
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
Explore Colleges and Universities in Wyoming