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
- Equine Studies and Science
- Farm & Ranch Management
Behavioral & Social Science
- Native American Studies
- Anthropology and Archaeology
- Crime & Justice
Career & Technical
- Automotive Technology
- Healthcare Certificates
- Health Science Meta Major
Media, Arts & Humanities
- New Media
Outdoor & Environmental Sciences
- Geospatial Science
- Expedition Science
- Outdoor Education & Leadership
- Outdoor Recreation
- Computer Technology
- Computer Science
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.
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.
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.
Majors & Degrees
|Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, And Related Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Agricultural Business And Management|
|Range Science And Management|
|Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|American Indian/Native American Studies|
|Biological And Biomedical Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Accounting Technology And Bookkeeping|
|Administrative Assistant And Secretarial Science|
|Business Administration And Management|
|Customer Service Support/call Center/teleservice Operation|
|Communication, Journalism And Related Programs||Associate||Bachelors|
|Radio And Television|
|Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Early Childhood Education|
|Environmental/environmental Health Engineering|
|Computer Technology/computer Systems Technology|
|English Language And Literature/Letters||Associate||Bachelors|
|Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Child-care And Support Services Management|
|Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Health And Wellness|
|Health Professions Related|
|Health/medical Preparatory Programs Related|
|Medical Office Assistant|
|Registered Nursing/registered Nurse|
|Rehabilitation And Therapeutic Professions Related|
|Legal Professions And Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities||Associate||Bachelors|
|Liberal Arts And Sciences/liberal Studies|
|Mathematics And Statistics||Associate||Bachelors|
|Mechanic And Repair Technologies/Technicians||Associate||Bachelors|
|Automobile/automotive Mechanics Technology|
|Multi/interdisciplinary Studies Related|
|Science, Technology And Society|
|Natural Resources And Conservation||Associate||Bachelors|
|Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies||Associate||Bachelors|
|Parks, Recreation And Leisure|
|Parks, Recreation And Leisure Facilities Management|
|Personal And Culinary Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Security And Protective Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration|
|Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Protective Services Related|
|Geographic Information Science And Cartography|
|Visual And Performing Arts||Associate||Bachelors|
|Theater Design And Technology|
|Visual And Performing Arts|
|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
|Black or African American||0.84%|
|White or Caucasian||75.1%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||9.75%|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.05%|
|Two or more races||2.52%|
Freshman car parking
|% of undergrad students who live in college housing||18%|
Convocation, Theater and Music Productions and Final Feed
Multi-Cultural Club, La Vida Nueva Club, Fellowship of College Christians, Quality Leaders and Science Club
Campus Security & Safety
|Swimming And Diving||No||No|
|Swimming And Diving||No||No|