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