Western Wyoming Community College

Tel: (307)382-1600
  • Western Wyoming Community College is under the control of a locally elected Board of Trustees responsible for governing Western Wyoming Community College District. It is a public, tax-supported, co-educational, two-year community college.
School Highlights
  • Western Wyoming Community College serves 3,472 students (33% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is higher than the state community college average of 20:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 17% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 16%.
  • Western Wyoming Community College is the only community colleges within Sweetwater County, WY.
  • The nearest community college is Uintah Basin Applied Technology College (97.30 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 157 teachers has grown by 6% over five years.
Western Wyoming Community College (WY) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges Baccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution Level Less than 2 yrs At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public Public
Total Faculty 157 staff 149 staff
Western Wyoming Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 3,472 has declined by 13% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has decreased from 28:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.30 is more than the state average of 0.29. The school's diversity has grown by 30% over five years.
Total Enrollment 3,472 students 3,422 students
Western Wyoming Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 22:1 20:1
Western Wyoming Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 1,135 students 1,085 students
Western Wyoming Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 2,337 students 2,337 students
Western Wyoming Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Western Wyoming Community College Enrollment Breakdown WY All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
- 276
Western Wyoming Community College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2015)
% American Indian/Alaskan
-
2%
Western Wyoming Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2012)
% Asian
1%
1%
Western Wyoming Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
9%
7%
Western Wyoming Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
2%
1%
Western Wyoming Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
83%
84%
Western Wyoming Community College White (2007-2016)
% Non Resident races
4%
2%
Western Wyoming Community College Non Resident (2007-2016)
Western Wyoming Community College Ethnicity Breakdown WY All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.30 0.29
Western Wyoming Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
53%
28%
Western Wyoming Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $41,400 $34,500
Western Wyoming Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,400 is less than the state average of $2,712. The in-state tuition has grown by 15% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $6,384 is less than the state average of $6,737. The out-state tuition has grown by 16% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,400 $2,712
Western Wyoming Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $6,384 $6,737
Western Wyoming Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 87% 93%
Western Wyoming Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates $8,000 $10,000
Western Wyoming Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $3,500 $5,232
Western Wyoming Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Western's fundamental purpose is to provide high quality learning opportunities to students who are at various stages of life and have differing needs and expectations. Committed to quality and success, Western encourages flexibility, innovation, and active learning for students, faculty and staff. The College understands that learning occurs inside and outside the classroom and, therefore, seeks to create an environment where lifelong learning is encouraged and where students and employees interact in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Western Wyoming Community College, the fifth of seven community colleges in Wyoming, was established in the Fall of 1959. In 1960-61, the College moved to Reliance, five miles from Rock Springs, to occupy the former Reliance High School and daytime classes began. In September, 1964, the original district was expanded to include all communities within Sweetwater County. Consistent growth of the College led to the inauguration of a $1,822,000 building program on October 4, 1966. On November 11, 1967, ground-breaking ceremonies marked the beginning of construction on a new campus, and completion in June, 1969. Growth continued. In March, 1973, voters approved a $1,780,000 bond issue to provide additional instructional facilities. The new vocational-technical education building was ready for occupancy in Fall, 1974, and the college center building was completed. In 1976, three residence halls were constructed to provide on-campus housing, made possible by a loan from the State Farm Loan Board. The college offers Occupational and Transfer Programs in Arts & Performing Arts, Business, Computer Science and Office Information Systems, Education, Health, Humanities & Communication, Math & Science, Social Science, Technology & Industry Programs Technology & Industry Programs and General Studies. The college offers Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S), Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees and One Year Certificate Programs and Certification Testing. Western Wyoming Community College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools.

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Did You Know?
For Wyoming public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $2,712 per year for in-state students and $6,737 for out-of-state students. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Wyoming community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.29, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Wyoming is Wyotech-Laramie. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.