Best Value Colleges in Wyoming

PayScale's College ROI Report only includes one school in Wyoming, but that college gives students a good return on investment nonetheless.

The University of Wyoming in Laramie has almost 14,000 students.  Read More

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1University of Wyoming (UW)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$442,000
Total 4 Year Cost$71,700
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,700
2University of Wyoming (UW)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$405,000
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,700

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

Students who are Wyoming residents see a 20-year net ROI of $442,000, and those who come from other states see a slightly lower ROI of $405,000. With financial aid factored in though, those numbers rise to $469,000 and $431,000, respectively. Considering the fact the 86 percent of UW students receive some sort of grant money, it's a good statistic to keep in mind. More than one-fifth of University of Wyoming students are Pell Grant-eligible, meaning they come from low-income backgrounds.

Because of generous financial aid, the University of Wyoming has some very impressive annualized ROI numbers. In-state students see a 10.5 percent annualized ROI if they pay full price, and an even higher 13.1 percent annualized ROI if they receive financial aid. It should be noted though, that the typical UW student takes five years to graduate and that only 54 percent of students graduate with a bachelor's degree within six years.

There are a wide variety of majors that students attending the University of Wyoming can study, including education, engineering and health sciences. Their engineering school has some interesting schools and programs, and they are doing interesting work around energy, environmental engineering and oil recovery.

Laramie is a small city, but there are nearly 14,000 students attending UW and those students have over 200 clubs and extracurricular groups to participate in. And UW has a winning basketball team, the Cowboys, to cheer on. In addition, the University of Wyoming operates several satellite campuses and outreach programs in smaller towns in Wyoming so that students who want to earn a bachelor's degree but can't move to Laramie can still get a college education.

Dick Cheney graduated from the University of Wyoming, as well as Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers.