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Online Colleges in Wyoming

Most Affordable Online Colleges

A college education is becoming a prerequisite for many jobs across the nation and Wyoming. In fact, the Lumina Foundation projects that 62 percent of Wyoming jobs will require at least some postsecondary training by 2018. However, as of 2010, only 37 percent of working-age residents had earned a college degree. In order to better prepare its labor pool, the state has recently been working to bring more employment and training opportunities to its citizens with programs such as the Workforce Development Training Fund, which was created to help Wyoming-based businesses train new or current employees.

Recently, many prominent colleges in Wyoming have begun to embrace online education. For example, the University of Wyoming now offers an array of degrees completely online. Bachelor's programs include Business Administration and RN/BSN completion, while several Master's degrees, such as an executive MBA, are also available. Casper College offers 67 degrees and six certificates (as of September 2013) that, depending on the program, are either fully online or blended (part online, part face-to-face). Currently, Northwest College offers a selection of classes online, including Criminal Law, Principles of Biology, Principles of Nutrition, Medical Terminology, General Psychology, and many others.

There are 563,626 residents of the state of Wyoming, and of those 18 to 24 years old, nearly half have earned an Associate's degree or attended some college, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012. Just over 6 percent have a Bachelor's degree. Among those older than 25, 27 percent have attended college without earning a degree, 10 percent have an Associate's degree; 16 percent have a Bachelor's degree; and 8 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

There are just under 280,000 workers in Wyoming, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and those workers earn an average of $21.05 per hour for an annual wage of $43,770. There are only two universities in Wyoming that offer four-year Bachelor's degrees - CollegeAmerica in Cheyenne and the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Affordable Online Colleges in Wyoming

The following list features a few schools in Wyoming that offer online degrees at low tuition costs. To see Wyoming schools ranked by quality and other factors, use our Top Colleges tool.

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Wyoming

1

Western Wyoming Community College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$1,992
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
42.08%
Institution Type
Public

About

Western Wyoming is based in Rock Springs, but its influence is being felt well beyond that city's borders. It offers 17 online degree programs in Wyoming, including Associate of Arts degree programs with emphases in criminal justice, general studies, social science, social work, or sociology. The Associate of Science degree programs have emphases in accounting, business administration, computer information systems, marketing and general studies. And an Associate of Applied Science degree program is available in office information systems. Western Wyoming also offers six professional certificates requiring commitments of anywhere from 15 hours to one year.

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Casper College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$1,992
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
35.30%
Institution Type
Public

About

Although it doesn't offer any online bachelor's degrees, Casper College has been aggressively adding many of its associate degree programs completely online or partially online. In fact, Casper offers 67 degrees and 6 certificates, and every one of them is at least partially online. Its fully online associate degree programs include agri-business, computer science, early childhood education, fire science and general studies. The classes are set up as compressed, 9-week semesters, and are also available in a traditional setting and as a hybrid course with both online and in-person sessions.

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Eastern Wyoming College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$1,992
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Institution Type
Public

About

Eastern Wyoming College provides a flexible, fully online associate degree program in several areas, making the school attractive to busy professionals who don't have time to travel to campus. Their online degree programs in Wyoming include associate degree programs in business administration, criminal justice, early childhood education, elementary education and interdisciplinary studies.

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Laramie County Community College

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$1,992
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43.46%
Institution Type
Public

About

Laramie County Community College offers both certificate and Associate degree programs, and many of them are available completely online. The online associate degree programs are in accounting, business management, computer information systems, general studies, health science, public policy administration, homeland security, American and comparative government, social sciences and psychology.

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Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Wyoming

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University of Wyoming

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$2,856
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
28.24%
Institution Type
Public

About

The University of Wyoming is leading the way in the state with online degree programs in Wyoming. It offers online bachelor degree programs in business administration and nursing. Its online master's degree programs include instructional technology, educational administration, business administration and nurse educator.

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CollegeAmerica-Cheyenne

Accredited
 
Tuition/Year Tuition per year refers to the average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2014, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
$18,021
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Institution Type
Private

About

CollegeAmerica maintains physical campuses in several western states, including Wyoming. But these campuses offer many of their degree programs completely online, making it easy for Wyoming residents and students in other states to avail themselves of the wide variety of online degree programs offered by the college. CollegeAmerica offers associate degree programs in computer technology, graphic arts, and business management and accounting. Its 21 bachelor degree programs are in such fields as health care, business and information technology. Its master's programs are in health care informatics, information systems, business administration, health care administration, nurse education and nursing administration.

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College Accreditation in Wyoming

Students interested in colleges in Wyoming can double-check that their school is accredited by an institution that's sanctioned by the U.S. Department of Education. This is typically known as regional accreditation, which means that the school has been found to meet certain standards in education and has undergone a rigorous review by that specific agency.

In Wyoming, there is one such regional accreditation agency charged with overseeing the state's universities, colleges and even community colleges:

  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

The Higher Learning Commission manages regional accreditation for 19 U.S. states, including Wyoming and many other nearby states.

If the school has accreditation through another institution, checking that organization's validity through the U.S. Department of Education is advisable.

School Interviews

Monica Wesley
Online courses and programs also provide the opportunity to explore a topic of interest without always requiring a significant, long-term commitment of time or money.

Monica L. Wesley

Marketing Manager

University of Wyoming

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at the University of Wyoming?

The University of Wyoming was the first university west of Missouri to offer correspondence courses. For nearly a century, UW has sent its faculty across the state to meet with citizens, students, teachers, business owners, ranchers, and farmers to help them learn. Today the Division of Outreach Credit Programs, in partnership with the university's colleges and departments, delivers university distance learning opportunities to students across the nation with online, audio conferencing, video conferencing, correspondence study, hybrid instruction, and Web-based instruction.

This division extends the University of Wyoming to the state and the world, and brings the world to Wyoming by offering more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degrees, programs, and certificates to students who wish to study online or through blended learning technologies. A list of UW's distance degree and certificate programs can be found at http://www.uwyo.edu/outreach/ocp/degrees%2Dprograms/

Q. What advice would you give students interested in an online degree program?

There are some important questions that prospective students can ask themselves to determine if an online degree program is a good fit. First, take an honest look at whether you're self-motivated and can manage your time well. Online degree completion requires both of these qualities.

Second, it's important to determine if your expectations match the degree program in which you're interested and whether it can deliver on those expectations. What are your educational and/or professional goals? What are you trying to achieve, and what's most important to you both while you're pursuing your degree and after the program ends? If it's important for you to have a lot of peer or faculty interaction, a smaller program rather than a MOOC might be the best option for you. If you want to complete your program as quickly as possible, look for options that have delivery methods that allow for self-directed or on-demand learning. Finding a good match between what you're looking for and a program that can deliver those priorities is a key to success.

Third, be sure to do some research about the time and cost commitments, as well as the credentials and reputation of the programs that seem to be a potential fit. Finally, prepare yourself for the actual work. Make sure you're ready for the technological requirements. Organize yourself and create a work schedule to which you can commit. Spend time familiarizing yourself with the course interface or delivery method. Having a thorough understanding of the degree program and what it can offer, as well as recognizing what you need to do to succeed is an excellent way to prepare for an online degree program.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

I think that the popularity of and demand for online education will continue to grow in the foreseeable future. Online and distance education options provide a high level of flexibility, personalization, and the ability to tailor a degree to one's particular and specific interests. Even for students who choose the more traditional route of a four-year, on-campus degree, online coursework can provide additional flexibility and assist students with graduating on time.

Because more on-campus students are seeking online options, I think the distinction between an onsite and an online student will begin to collapse. Instead, we will simply have students looking for the best way (for them and in whatever manner they define "best") to achieve an education. Because online courses and programs are now offered through a variety of outlets, such as accredited universities, MOOC's, for-profit providers, and corporate universities, online offerings are attractive for a variety of reasons. These include expanding one's skill or knowledge base, filling in the gaps of experience or education, assisting with career changes or advancement, remaining informed about emerging trends or practices, and enhancing one's marketability, among other reasons.

Online courses and programs also provide the opportunity to explore a topic of interest without always requiring a significant, long-term commitment of time or money. I believe that students (broadly defined) will continue to create customized learning experiences by capitalizing on the many available resources to define their own personalized curricula, in a manner that fits into their busy life with all of its many demands.


Dave Siemens
No matter what their major program is, it is likely that students can take at least a portion of the required courses by distance delivery.

David R. Siemens

Director of Digital Learning

Casper College

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at Casper College?

The Casper College online programs ensure that students can work on their course work at any time and place that fits their schedule. With the Digital Learning Center at Casper College there are eight fully online programs with more to come in the near future.

Degrees offered 100 percent online:

  • Accounting (AB)
  • Agri-Business (AAS, AS)
  • Agriculture (AS)
  • Computer Science (AS)
  • Early Childhood Education (AA, AAS)
  • Fire Science (AAS, C) - field experience required
  • General Studies (AA, AS)
  • Hospitality Management (AAS, C)

Seventy to 100 percent of the required coursework for an additional 67 degrees and six certificates available at Casper College can also be completed online. The Casper College Digital Learning Center is a student-centered department that focuses on the quality of the online class. Whether it is through support or class design and instruction, we keep the students first.

Q. What advice would you give students interested in an online degree program?

Online education provides students with the opportunity to take some of the same classes offered on campus but in a different format using the online learning environment. Online, hybrid, and Web-enhanced courses have textbooks, assignments, exams, student-centered interaction, and other features that encourage online success. Communication with the instructor and classmates is usually within the learning management system, online discussion forums, or via email. Some courses use real-time two-way audio/video and application sharing software such as a Google Hangout or WizIQ. No matter what their major program is, it is likely that students can take at least a portion of the required courses by distance delivery. Online programs at Casper College offer opportunities for students to reach their lifelong academic goals while balancing other personal and professional commitments.

Students interested in an online program at Casper College should ensure they have the proper resources such as a reliable computer, which meets the hardware and software requirements, a stable Internet connection, the time to commit to online classes, and most importantly, the self-motivation needed to succeed. Also students who are new to online learning need to determine if online learning is a good fit. These students should talk with their academic adviser or the Casper College Digital Learning Center.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

Online learning is an invaluable service to students in Wyoming and around the globe. Online learning allows all students to get the education they deserve by making learning accessible and convenient. Online learning at Casper College is more than just a tool for teaching; it is a way to reach out to a variety of learning styles and allow students to get an education while managing their busy lives. Casper College's online program will continue to offer students a rich experience that is focused on high quality online instruction.

Featured Cities In Wyoming

Casper, WY Metro Area

Total Population

80,011

Median salary for high school grads

$31,537

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$48,589

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

24.2%

Median rent

$826

Fun Facts

Cheyenne is rich in western culture — the kind that features cowboys and bucking broncs. Rodeo is a popular sport in this region, but the area's railroad industry has built a number of fun attractions, including the old Cheyenne Depot and the annual Depot Days.

Cheyenne, WY Metro Area

Total Population

95,431

Median salary for high school grads

$30,527

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$48,418

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

27.4%

Median rent

$827

Fun Facts

Most visitors to Casper make sure they take time to enjoy the Platte River Parkway, a recreational trail that takes in the local scenery and leads to several attractions, including the Fort Casper Museum, the Tate Pumphouse, the White Water Park and other area trails.

 
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