Wyoming Colleges Summary

Wyoming is the most sparsely populated state in the nation, so it's no surprise that it's home to fewer than a dozen colleges. However, U.S. News & World Report ranks Wyoming No. 5 in its "Best States for Higher Education" list due to the low cost of higher education, relatively high rate of community college graduation, and other factors.

There are two four-year universities in Wyoming. The University of Wyoming is a public college that offers degree programs in agriculture, engineering, and energy that reflect the state's agriculture and mining industries; Cheyenne is a private university that awards associate and bachelor's degrees to students planning careers in business, technology, and health care.

A system of seven community colleges in Wyoming confers certificates and associate degrees. And there are two private trade schools in the state, one specializing in beauty, the other an automotive technology school.

Online Education in Wyoming

The Wyoming Distance Education Consortium encourages collaboration between the state's community colleges and the University of Wyoming. Students can enroll in online classes or complete online degree programs from any of the colleges in the consortium. Wyoming participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), making it easier for students to take online courses offered by colleges based in other states.

Wyoming's Education Initiatives

Wyoming's Dual and Concurrent Enrollment program allows high school students to take college classes and earn college credit while satisfying high school graduation requirements.

For more information about Wyoming's higher education opportunities, visit the Wyoming Community Colleges Commission, the University of Wyoming, or the Wyoming Department of Education.


  • National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator, Accessed April 2018, https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
  • Best States for Higher Education, U.S. News & World Report, Accessed May 2018, https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings/education/higher-education
  • University of Wyoming, Accessed April 2018, http://www.uwyo.edu/
  • Wyoming Community Colleges, Accessed April 2018, https://communitycolleges.wy.edu/
  • Wyoming Department of Education, Accessed April 2018, https://edu.wyoming.gov/beyond-the-classroom/college-career/dual-enrollment/

Education Institutes in Wyoming
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Wyoming
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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Colleges and Universities in Wyoming
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of WyomingLaramie12,450Four or more years$5,400211
Northern Wyoming Community College DistrictSheridan4,168At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,39681
Laramie County Community CollegeCheyenne4,097At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,426144
Casper CollegeCasper3,650At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,072145
Western Wyoming Community CollegeRock Springs3,183At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,95376
Central Wyoming CollegeRiverton1,974At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,120101
Northwest CollegePowell1,488At least 2 but less than 4 years$3,44767
Eastern Wyoming CollegeTorrington1,462At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,92856
Cheeks Beauty AcademyCheyenne49Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A4
WyoTechLaramie38At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A6

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/