Wyoming Ranks No. 5 on ‘Best States for Higher Education’ List
The low cost of higher education in Wyoming, combined with low student debt and a relatively high community college graduation rate, have placed the state No. 5 on U.S. News & World Report’s new “Best States for Higher Education” list.
Wyoming trails only Florida, Utah, Washington and California in the rankings, which are part of the magazine’s annual “Best States” report.
In the area of tuition and fees, Wyoming ranks No. 1 because of its low cost for University of Wyoming and community college students. UW’s tuition and fees for resident undergraduates are the lowest in the nation among doctoral degree-granting institutions, and its nonresident tuition and fees are also among the lowest.
Students from UW and Wyoming’s community colleges also graduate with relatively little debt, resulting in a No. 8 ranking in that category by U.S. News & World Report. In fact, more than half of UW graduates have no student loan debt.
Wyoming also ranks ninth for the percentage of students who earn associate degrees within three years.
Meanwhile, the magazine ranks Wyoming 27th for the percentage of students who earn bachelor’s degrees within six years.
Taking into account all of those factors, Wyoming ranks fifth overall in the “Best States for Higher Education” category, just ahead of North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado and North Carolina.