The Lander-based Wyoming Catholic College is welcoming its largest class this coming term, according to a news release.


“We are delighted to welcome our largest class ever,” college President Dr. Glenn Arbery said in the news release Tuesday.

Fifty-nine freshmen from 26 states will increase the college's total enrollment to at least 175 students, which marks a 60 percent increase over the past four years.

“These students from across the country show the national appeal of WCC," Arbery said.

"It’s especially encouraging that with this dramatic growth, we have been able to maintain the caliber of students entering," he said. "From test scores, to high school GPA, to personal integrity, these are some of the brightest young Catholic minds.”


Freshmen arrived Monday to participate in informational meetings and introductory activities.

For the rest of the week, they will take a wilderness first-aid course to prepare for the unusual orientation program of a three-week backpacking trip across the Wind River Mountains.

Dr. Thomas Zimmer, assistant professor of leadership and outdoor education said the backpacking trip is more than about fun.

"It's the beginning of the transformative formation they will receive here at Wyoming Catholic College," Zimmer said.

"Over these three weeks, our students will grow in confidence and leadership skills, being called upon to make real-life decisions with real-life consequences," he said. "And they will grow in wonder as they experience God in His marvelous and beautiful Creation.”