2022 best colleges in Wyoming

The University of Wyoming in Laramie is the only 4-year school in the state, though there is a network of 2-year colleges servicing local communities. Wyoming is a member of the Western Undergraduate Exchange, allowing residents to enroll in public colleges and universities located in 16 member states at a cost no more than 150% the in-state tuition. The University of South Dakota specifically offers Wyoming residents in-state tuition pricing.


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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Earningsplus: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

Rankings: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earningsplus performance.

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#1 in Wyoming | #220 in National Universities

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

Economic score: 2.81

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $12,159

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.8 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $50,685

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $0

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 95%
Graduation rate: 59%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.