University of Wyoming

University of Wyoming Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Laramie, the University of Wyoming is a public university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus tuition and admission information.

Is University of Wyoming the School for You?

The University of Wyoming (UW) is located in Laramie, roughly 50 miles from Cheyenne, WY, and two hours away from Denver, CO. UW is a public research school and the only 4-year university in Wyoming. It offers certificate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in more than 190 areas of study within 8 colleges. Weigh the facts below to find out if you should attend UW.


  • Total cost (including all school and living expenses) is $3,799 lower than the national average for out-of-state students
  • Acceptance rate is 29.5 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 14:1, which is lower than the national average
  • High number of academic programs


  • UW's 4-year graduation rate is 17 percentage points below the national average
  • Very high number of TAs teaching classes
  • Far from major cities and airports

UW at a Glance

The University of Wyoming had 10,163 undergraduates and 2,762 graduate students in 2011, making it a medium-sized school. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that UW accepted 95% of applicants, well above the national average of 65.5%. Roughly 74% of full-time and 36% of part-time students return to the school after their freshman year, according to the NCES. However, the university had a 4-year graduation rate of 23%, lower than the national 4-year average of 40%.

As a UW student, you'll be able to choose from over 190 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The school boasts a student-faculty ratio of 14:1, which is lower than the 16:1 national average. However, more than half of the university's instructional faculty members are TAs, so professors may not teach some of your classes.

If you're an out-of-state student, you may benefit from attendance costs that fall below the national average. Non-resident attendance costs (including tuition, room and board, books and personal expenses) were about $25,904 for the 2011-2012 academic year, lower than the average of $29,703. Wyoming residents paid roughly $17,174 in that same period, which is on par with the national average for in-state students at public universities. Additionally, UW students graduate with $23,341 in student debt, lower than the national average of $26,660, and the student loan default rate is less than 5%.

Getting In & Financial Aid at UW

To apply to UW, you'll have to submit the school's application, a high school transcript and standardized test scores. You can also send in AP, CLEP or dual credit materials to receive advanced course credit. According to the NCES, 91% of students submit ACT scores, while only 16% send in the SAT. In 2011, the middle 50% of admitted students scored between 21 and 27 on the composite ACT and between 980 and 1210 on the combined math/reading SAT. Test scores are due at the university by August 10.

Approximately 42% of accepted students attend UW. If you need help paying for school, you can complete your application by March 1 to receive priority consideration for aid. The NCES reported that 92% of first-year undergraduate students receive some sort of financial aid, and College Board reported that 11% have had their full need met. As an undergraduate, you may qualify for scholarships based on need or success in academics, art, athletics, leadership, music, ROTC and other activities. If you are entering a graduate program, you may be eligible for assistantships or fellowships in teaching and/or research.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) August 10***
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013) March 1***
Application Fee (2013) $40***
Acceptance Rate (2010) 95%*
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2011-2012) $17,174 for in-state students, $25,904 for out-of-state*
Average Financial Aid Package (2013) $2,704***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2013) 11%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2013) $23,341***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 4.9%*

Student Life at UW

According to figures from the NCES, 52% of UW students are female, 56% are Wyoming residents and 3% come from other countries. As a freshman, you'll be required to live in one of 6 residence halls during your first year. Apartments are offered for upperclassmen and students with families; attendees with children can also take advantage of on-campus day care services. Special interest housing is available for a variety of academic programs and personal preferences, including women-only or substance-free communities.

If you want to get involved at UW, you can choose from almost 250 student organizations, 45 intramural sports teams and 14 Greek chapters. You will also have access to 8 libraries, including ones for geology and law. The school has a number of notable academic facilities, such as a meteorological station, planetarium, veterinary lab, on-campus elementary school and the Grand Teton National Park research center. If you're interested in outdoor sports, the university is located close to several mountain ranges that offer opportunities for skiing, hiking and other recreational activities.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Suburban***
Student Population (2011) 10,163 undergraduates, 2,762 graduate students*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 48% to 52%*
% of Full Time Students (2011) 82%*
% of In-state Students (2011) 56%*
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 74% for full-time students, 36% for part-time*
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 21%***
Number of Libraries 8**
Extracurricular Activities Nearly 250**
Noteworthy The only 4-year public university in Wyoming**

Article Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **University of Wyoming, ***College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Dept. 3435, 1000 E. University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071
  • Phone: (307) 766-5160