Wyoming is home to one four-year online school recognized as a Title IV institution, which makes it easy for us to do our rankings. The University of Wyoming is the top online college in the state that offers students four-year degrees. It is also the most affordable of the online colleges in WY.
This page begins with a general overview of higher education in the state and then document Wyoming’s state-specific initiatives and any progress they’ve made in supporting online education. We provide a look at what the University of Wyoming has to offer for distance learners in the school’s profile, including links to the online course delivery system and tools for online students. Located at the bottom of the page is a list to scholarships and higher education resources for Wyoming students. Remember that the best option for your desired online degree may lie outside your home state, so feel free to browse our nationwide database of online colleges as well.
A Brief Overview of Higher Education in Wyoming
In 2013, the National Center for Education Statistics reported that Wyoming had 11 degree-granting institutions, broken down as follows: 8 public schools and 3 for-profits. The total number of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the ’12-’13 school year at these schools was: 2,053 at public schools and 4 at private nonprofits.
- 8 public
- 3 non-profit
Tuition-wise, the College Board found that, in the ’15-’16 school year, the average in-state tuition and fees for four-year public schools was $4,890, the lowest average amongst all states, while the out-of-state average was $15,630, the second lowest average amongst the states.
As for the state’s financial aid efforts, the National Association of State Student Grant & Aid Programs (NASSGAP) reported that Wyoming awarded $15.15 million in need-based grants for the ’13-’14 school year. Grants make up 4.3% of the state’s total fiscal support for higher education.
Unsurprisingly, given its size and rural makeup, Wyoming has strikingly low in-state and out-of-state tuition; nonetheless, the state succeeds at offering reasonable levels of financial support to its student population.
The State of Online Higher Education in Wyoming
The NCES estimates that at least 11.2% of students enrolled in Wyoming’s Title IV institutions are in fully online programs. Of those, 87.6% were reported to be undergraduates and 83.1% were found to be living in Wyoming.
As for organizations promotion online education in Wyoming, two lead the way: WyCLASS and the Wyoming Community College Commission. WyClass joins the University of Wyoming and seven of the state’s community colleges to offer students a directory of the various courses and programs conducted fully online. WyClass lets students search and register for courses, which means, if allowed, they can easily secure a spot in distance courses otherwise unavailable at their primary institution. WyClass is also affiliated with the Wyoming Distance Education Consortium (WYDEC), a committee of representatives from each of the seven WyClass institutional members designed to bolster the quality of each school’s online courses and student services through better sharing of resources between the institutions.
Similar to WyClass, the community college commission brings together seven of the state’s community colleges, helping enrolled students get the most out of their education. In terms of distance learning, offers a simple resource that directs students to the online programs offered at each institution, while also directing students to WyClass. The commission also assists students interested in enrolling in a dual or concurrent program, where courses are more evenly split across two or more of the member colleges ― this sort of service showcases the potential of distance learning, where students can effectively earn the best degree possible, taking the best online courses from the top online colleges in WY.
Best Online Colleges in Wyoming
Below, you will find our rankings of the best online four-year programs in Wyoming. Our profiles look at how schools approach online education and then list out their services for distance students and their popular, fully online degrees. After reviewing our best of Wyoming, explore our state resources, like a database of every college and university in Wyoming or our index of popular in-state scholarships.
University of Wyoming
- City: Laramie
- per credit online: $113
- annually: $2,712
Online students at UW access their WyoCourses through the learning management system Canvas. Instructors and students share materials and make discoveries together through each step of the online course using tools such as email, document sharing, live chat sessions, threaded discussions, web conferencing, real time video conferencing, and social media. Although courses are primarily asynchronous, students do need to log into the system several times per week. This ensures active participation in class, collaboration between classmates and a quality learning experience overall.
Online Undergraduate Degrees
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN Degree Completion)
A Certificate & Endorsement Program in Early Childhood Program Director is also offered fully online.
Online Graduate Degrees
- Master of Arts in Educational Administration in Adult and Postsecondary Education
- Master of Arts in Education: Instructional Technology
- Master of Arts in Education: Educational Administration with cognate in Educational Leadership (K-12)
- Master of Arts in Education: Executive MBA
- Master of Arts: Nurse Educator Option
- Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration with cognate in Adult and Postsecondary Education
Correspondence study is another option providing students with the opportunity to earn college credits without having to attend regularly scheduled on-campus classes. With a nine-month long enrollment period and the chance to register at any time, busy distance students can set their own pace for these courses. 24/7 support service for Canvas is accessible from the Help Center.
Most Affordable Online Colleges in Wyoming
Scholarships and Financial Aid in Wyoming
Cody Youth Council Scholarship
The Wyoming Community Foundation provides this scholarship to graduating seniors from Cody High School. To be eligible students must have a minimum GPA of 2.7, and be enrolled in a postsecondary institution. The amount of the award is determined by financial need; the minimum award is $1,500 per year.
Edelle Pirtle Job’s Daughters Bethel 48 Scholarship
This scholarship is administered by the Wyoming Community Foundation. It is available to female residents of Green River who are past or current members of Bethel 48. Selection is based on financial need, academic record, and community or extracurricular involvement. The award may be used for tuition or fees at a postsecondary institution.
Ellis & Nellie Patch Scholarship
This scholarship is available to sophomore, junior, and senior students who are attending a not-for-profit university, community college, or trade school. To be eligible, students must have graduated from high school in Johnson County. Selection is based on financial need and academic performance. Award amounts vary.
Fred Albert Memorial Scholarship
The Wyoming Community Foundation provides this scholarship to graduating seniors of Niobrara County High School. To be eligible students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and be enrolled in a postsecondary institution. The amount of the award is determined by financial need and academic merit. The minimum award is $1,000 per year.
Huston Centennial Scholarship
The Huston Centennial Scholarship is provided by the Wyoming Community Foundation for seniors graduating from Pinedale High School. To be eligible students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and be enrolled at a postsecondary institution.
Mabel C. Sargent Scholarship
Administered by the Wyoming Community Foundation, this scholarship is available to junior and senior students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at the University of Wyoming. Selection is based on academic merit, leadership, and community involvement. A GPA of 3.0+ is required.
Melinda Jean Tillett Memorial Scholarship
Provided by the Wyoming Community Foundation, this scholarship is available to graduates of Lovell High School who are pursuing a degree in Business or Finance. Selection is based on academic merit and involvement in community or extracurriculars.
Myron D. Kiesling Scholarship
The Wyoming Community Foundation administers this scholarship for seniors at Upton and Newcastle High Schools. One winner from each school will be selected annually. To be eligible students must have a GPA of 3.0, and be entering an engineering or nursing degree program at an accredited college or university. Preference is given to students attending the University of Wyoming.
Vera Asay Sargent Scholarship
This scholarship is provided by the Wyoming Community Foundation to assist graduates of Lovell High School who will be attending Northwest Community College. Selection is based on academic merit, financial need, and involvement in community or extracurriculars.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship
Freshmen entering the University of Wyoming are eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program. To qualify, students must be residents of a WUE partner state. (For a list of partner states, see the UW website.) Instead of paying out-of-state tuition, recipients will pay tuition at 150% of in-state tuition rates. Selection is based on academic merit.