The state of Wyoming has a lot of land, some of it overwhelmingly beautiful, but very few people.
In fact, despite being able to fit 80 Rhode Islands into the state’s area (with room to spare), Wyoming has only 586,107 people—the lowest total of any state in America. So if you’re looking for open skies and open ranges, this is the place to be. Many people call Yellowstone National Park, located mostly in Wyoming, the most beautiful place in the country.
But with so few people, Wyoming does not offer quite as many options for future college students as other states do. The only-longstanding four-year college in the state is the public University of Wyoming. But it is now not the only one. In 2011, a second four-year college graduated its first class of students:
Wyoming Catholic College. Since these are the only four-year colleges in the state, we’ve decided to include both of them in our ranking. Unfortunately, because Wyoming Catholic College is so new relative to most other colleges, our databases and ranking tools do not yet have enough statistics about it to generate a proper numerical score. Nevertheless, we’ve included it underneath our full assessment of University of Wyoming, just so you know about both of Wyoming’s great colleges. Also, if you are looking for Top Online Schools in Wyoming, we have that too!
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What are the best colleges in Wyoming?
Our statistical ranking is performed using three different factors: institutional excellence, return on investment, and student satisfaction. Institutional excellence is assessed using the National Center for Education Statistics’ IPEDS database and the data of U.S. News & World Report. We look for data points including test scores of incoming students, endowment size, and student-to-faculty ratio. Return on investment is a measurement of what a college students gains financially from their education. It weighs tuition against the expected early career salary of a graduate. The student satisfaction factor aggregates student reviews from a variety of outlets to gauge how pleased students are with their school.
See our rankings methodology page.
OverviewUniversity of Wyoming was founded in 1886 in Laramie, Wyoming, part of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains and an 1860s railroad town. Today, UW’s 785-acre campus is 7,220 feet above sea level. They also provide several satellite locations at local community college campuses so residents don’t have to relocate to Laramie. The UW museums have over 8,000 artworks and a 75-foot long Brontosaurus Skeleton.FeaturesUniversity of Wyoming offers 80 majors for over 10,000 undergraduate students. Inside the classroom, the student-faculty ratio is 15-to-1. Nearly 38% of the classes have less than 20 students. Outside the classroom, student can access over 200 student organizations. University of Wyoming participates in NCAA Division I sports teams. Top majors include:
- Criminal Justice & Safety Studies
In the October 2016 edition, Backpacker Magazine
ranked UW #3 for their Outdoor School program. You can find over 30 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails, 300 miles of snowmobiling and 100 miles of mountain bike trails. That doesn’t even include the other activities like fishing, rock climbing or the national forest. If you like your adventures – UW is the place to be.