Students looking for viable distance learning options may have a difficult time finding online universities and colleges in Wyoming. As the least-populated state in the country, there are relatively few colleges in general, making it difficult to find online degree programs in Wyoming.
Wyoming has more than 12 post-secondary institutions, of which 6 offer online programs. Of these accredited online colleges, one is public four-year college or university and three are public community or technical colleges and two are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 86 online certificate programs, 1,109 online associate programs, 214 online bachelor’s programs, 153 online master’s programs, 206 online professional programs, and 53 online doctoral programs. These programs offer students courses in subjects such as information systems, computer programming, and dental hygiene.
The state has a total workforce of approximately 269,910 employees. Wyoming currently enjoys a 4.8 percent unemployment rate, well under the national average of 7.5. However, Wyoming also has the lowest population of any of the 50 states. As such, jobs are harder to find. Most job fields have seen employment shrink since November of 2012 and non-farm employment has shrunk by half a percent. Manufacturing, education and health services, and trade, transportation and utilities boast the strongest current rates of growth, but none of these fields is growing faster than five percent per year. Elementary, special education, and middle school teachers have the strongest rates of job growth in the state, with registered nurses, and operations managers showing lower rates of growth, but higher numbers of projected hires.
The average wage in Wyoming is approximately equal to the national average. In the US, workers earn a reported $42,871 annually. However, in Wyoming, workers earn a reported $41,510 annually. The highest paid workers in the state earn over $71,510 annually, while the lowest paid workers earn under $17,910 annually. The median annual income for employees is around $35,020.
Tuition for online college courses varies depending on factors such as the type and location of the institution as well as the program. Public four-year colleges and universities in Wyoming charged students an average of $2,970 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $1,632 per year. Annual tuition at private accredited online colleges ranged from $9,480 to $9,480.
Online degree programs in Wyoming receive their school accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), via the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) formally recognizes this governing body. Be sure to check that the school of your choice is accredited by the HLC before applying. Online schools in Wyoming that lack school accreditation from the HLC cannot ensure that your academic credits will transfer or that your degree will be recognized by a future employer.
Distance Learning Resources
- Wyoming Community College Commission provides information on each of Wyoming’s seven community colleges. Use this website to research financial assistance, enrollment statistics, and more.
- Wyoming Economy at a Glance provides valuable information on projected economic growth. Use this information to decide which major to pursue.
- Wyoming Library Database (GoWYLD) provides access to journals, academic publications, newspapers, and more.
Wyoming, which is located in the Northern Rockies and Plains region of the United States, is named from the Algonquin tribe word meaning “large prairie place”. The state, which has an area of 97,813 square miles, is the 10th largest in the nation. The average annual temperature in the state is approximately 50°F.
Wyoming has the smallest population in the nation. It has 23 counties with a reported population of 563,626 residents. An estimated 41 percent of those living in Wyoming are less than 30 years old. With approximately 14 percent of its population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group, the state has one of the least diverse populations in the US.
Wyoming’s capital city is Cheyenne, which is the largest city in the state, with a population of 59,466 residents. An estimated 9.48 percent of the state’s residents live in the Cheyenne metropolitan area. Other large cities in the state are Casper, Laramie, Rock Springs, and Sheridan.
Wyoming residents typically have a higher than average level of education as compared to those around the country. According to the 2010 Census, about 19.9 percent of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have completed high school, 3.6 percent have at least an associates degree, 1.7 percent have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1 percent hold a graduate level degree.