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Central Wyoming College

Riverton, WY


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Central Wyoming College

Central Wyoming College (CWC) began with a dream. In the early 1950’s local leaders first had the idea for a community college located in beautiful Fremont County. The school was ultimately founded in 1966, and the following year on the site of former farmland that offered scenic mountain views, fertile soil and easy access to main roads. In 1968, the campus’ first building were completed and opened for the use of the 230 students and 26 faculty members.

CWC received accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission in 1976, an achievement that served to validate the school’s quality across a number of stringent criteria. In the years since, CWC has grown significantly in both size and scope. In addition to the main campus located in Riverton, Wyoming, the school also has outreach centers in Lander, Jackson and Dubois. Today, the school is home to more than 2500 students pursuing courses, certificates, and degrees in 36 academic areas.

A wealth of Educational Choices and an Affordable Price

CWC is a two-year college that is committed to providing a practical education in a diverse array of fields to help ensure that its students are fully prepared to enter the workplace or continue their college careers in the areas about which they are truly passionate. With a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, the school offers intensive, personalized instruction by dedicated instructors who genuinely care about each and every person they teach. CWC offers a free application for admissions.

The programs offered by CWC include:

Agriculture & Equine

  • Agri-Business
  • Equine Studies and Science
  • Farm & Ranch Management


  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship

Behavioral & Social Science

  • Native American Studies
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Crime & Justice

Career & Technical

  • Automotive Technology
  • Culinary
  • Cosmetology
  • Esthetician
  • Welding

Health Science

  • Healthcare Certificates
  • Nursing
  • Health Science Meta Major

Media, Arts & Humanities

  • Art
  • Photography
  • Music
  • English
  • Education
  • Film
  • Theatre
  • New Media

Outdoor & Environmental Sciences

  • Geospatial Science
  • Expedition Science
  • Outdoor Education & Leadership
  • Outdoor Recreation


  • Science
  • Math
  • Computer Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering

While offering wide-ranging, highly quality academics, CWC has strived to make sure that the price of that education remains as low-cost as possible. With nearly 55% of its students being first-generation college attendees, the school has recognized and taken into account the economic realities that often prevent otherwise qualified individuals from pursuing their higher education dreams. That’s why for the 2018-2019 academic year, annual tuition is only $3120 for in-state students, $4248 for Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) students, and $7632 for out-of-state students.

In addition, CWC offers a number of financial aid options and more than 125 institutional and program-specific scholarships totaling over $1.4 million dollars. These scholarships are awarded based on a number of different criteria, including merit, need, demographics and career focus.

For non-traditional students, CWC provides lifelong learning opportunities through such initiatives as community enrichment classes, professional development, adult education and career readiness.

World-class Facilities

In recent years, CWC has built a series of new facilities designed to meet the ever-evolving needs of its increasing student population.

2011 saw the opening of the Intertribal Education and Community Center, a nearly 17,000 square foot multipurpose facility. In addition to classrooms, the building hosts conferences, workshops, and meetings of all kinds.

In 2013, CWC completed construction on the 52,342 square foot Health and Science Center. In addition to housing several classrooms and various labs for the physical and life sciences, the building serves as the virtual home of the school’s renowned nursing program. Since its opening, it has also afforded expanded opportunities for students to participate in undergraduate research, the kind which are usually only available at four-year universities. As a member of the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative (CCURI), CWC is striving to incorporate research into as many scientific courses as possible and to use an inquiry-based teaching model that gives students real-world experience through case studies.

Life at CWC

CWC offers various on-campus living choices that give its students the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in the school’s culture. Its two residence halls are equipped with up-to-date amenities and offer various common areas where peers can study and socialize together. For those who prefer a bit more personal space, apartments are also available.

Students who are looking for an experience that is more focused on outdoor education have the unique opportunity to live and learn at the school’s Alpine Science Center, which is located in the scenic Sinks Canyon area on the Popo Agie River in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains. In this beautiful setting, students can study as a group while also taking advantage of all of the wonders that nature has to offer. Living spaces include cabins and a 24-person bunkhouse.

Back on campus, one of the main hubs of cultural life is the Robert A. Peck Arts Center. Opened in 1983, it is widely considered to be one of the best visual and performing arts facilities in the region. In addition to spaces where students can explore everything from welding to ceramics to photography to music, the center has a 6,000 foot gallery space and 942-seat theatre that hosts a diverse array of performances. With such dynamic offerings, it is no wonder that the center serves as a vital link between CWC and its surrounding community.

Online Learning

For students who wish to take classes at CWC but cannot do so on campus, the school offers a variety of online courses that provide flexibility and the same rigor as their traditional courses. Associate programs that are conducted completely online include:

  • Technical Studies - Entrepreneurship (AAS)
  • Criminal Justice (AA)
  • Business Management (AAS)
  • Meta Major - Social Science

Something for Everyone

With a diverse array of programs and resources, Central Wyoming College has something to offer any prospective student, no matter what their interests or objectives. Few schools offer such flexible educational opportunities in such beautiful surroundings.

Location & Contact

Address 2660 Peck Avenue
Riverton, WY  82501-2273
United States
Contact Mr. Patrick Edwards
Director of Admissions
Phone: 307-855-2022
Fax: 307-855-2065

Majors & Degrees

Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences Associate Bachelors
Agricultural Business And Management Checkmark
Equestrian Studies Checkmark
Range Science And Management Checkmark
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
American Indian/Native American Studies Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
Accounting Technology And Bookkeeping Checkmark
Administrative Assistant And Secretarial Science Checkmark
Business Administration And Management Checkmark
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Customer Service Support/call Center/teleservice Operation Checkmark
Entrepreneurship Checkmark
Hotel/motel Administration Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Construction Trades Associate Bachelors
Building/property Maintenance Checkmark
Carpentry Checkmark
Education Associate Bachelors
Early Childhood Education Checkmark
Elementary Education Checkmark
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Teacher Assistant/aide Checkmark
Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Environmental/environmental Health Engineering Checkmark
Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
Computer Technology/computer Systems Technology Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
Child-care And Support Services Management Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Athletic Training Checkmark
Health And Wellness Checkmark
Health Professions Related Checkmark
Health/medical Preparatory Programs Related Checkmark
Medical Office Assistant Checkmark
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse Checkmark
Rehabilitation And Therapeutic Professions Related Checkmark
Legal Professions And Studies Associate Bachelors
Pre-law Studies Checkmark
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences/liberal Studies Checkmark
Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Mechanic And Repair Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology Checkmark
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Multi/interdisciplinary Studies Related Checkmark
Science, Technology And Society Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Parks, Recreation And Leisure Checkmark
Parks, Recreation And Leisure Facilities Management Checkmark
Personal And Culinary Services Associate Bachelors
Culinary Arts Checkmark
Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Precision Production Associate Bachelors
Welding Technology Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration Checkmark
Fire Science/firefighting Checkmark
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Protective Services Related Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology Checkmark
Geographic Information Science And Cartography Checkmark
Social Sciences Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Acting Checkmark
Art Checkmark
Commercial Photography Checkmark
Dramatic/theater Arts Checkmark
Music Checkmark
Theater Design And Technology Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Checkmark


Acceptance Rate

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Female Admissions

Females Applied
Females Accepted
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Male Admissions

Males Applied
Males Accepted
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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Recommended Transcript of high school record

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
Room & board
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Tuition deferred payment Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens

Financial Aid

Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid

Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 8.81%
Black or African American 0.84%
White or Caucasian 75.1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 9.75%
Asian 0.79%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.05%
Two or more races 2.52%
Other 1.83%


Male (46.08%)
Female (53.92%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 18%

Student Activities

Student-run campus newspaper Checkmark
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Marching band Checkmark
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Campus events:
Convocation, Theater and Music Productions and Final Feed

Student Services

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Personal/psychological counseling Checkmark
Women's center Checkmark
International students advisor Checkmark

Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
Greek sororities
Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Multi-Cultural Club, La Vida Nueva Club, Fellowship of College Christians, Quality Leaders and Science Club

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
24-hour patrols by trained officers Checkmark
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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Basketball Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Checkmark Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark Checkmark
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Checkmark Checkmark
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Skiing (cross-country) Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Basketball Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark
Cross-country Running No Checkmark Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark Checkmark
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Checkmark Checkmark
Rock Climbing Checkmark No No
Skiing (cross-country) Checkmark No No
Skiing (downhill) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark No No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark No No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark No No
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Weight Lifting Checkmark No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 49
Part-time - 119
Male - 74
Female - 91