There are quite a few things that really set Wyoming apart from other places in the U.S., having only one University is an interesting one and Wyoming truly stands alone.

There are branches of the University of Wyoming around the state, but they're still connected to the main campus.

Now, just because there's only one University, that doesn't mean there aren't options for a college degree. There are 12 options to continue your education at the collegiate level, a few cosmetology schools and several truck driving schools in Wyoming.

Of the 12 college options, outside of University of Wyoming and Wyoming Catholic College, the highest degree you can earn is an Associates Degree. 9 of the 12 schools offer students the opportunity to continue with collegiate athletics.

When you compare Wyoming to the neighboring states with state colleges/ universities , Montana (6), Colorado (13), North Dakota (6), South Dakota (6), Utah (9), Idaho (4) and Nebraska (7). Future Wyoming college students still have options that aren't too far away from home.

Here are the schools you can attend in Wyoming

Casper College - Casper, WY - Wyoming's oldest community college and the campus consists of 28 buildings on more than 200 acres.

Central Wyoming College - Riverton, WY - serving Fremont, Hot Springs and Teton Counties that offers certificate programs, associate's and bachelor's degrees.

Eastern Wyoming College - Torrington, WY - serves almost 1937 students in credit courses and over 5912 students in non-credit activities.

Gillette College - Gillette, WY - part of the Northern Wyoming Community College District.

Laramie County Community College - Laramie, WY & Cheyenne, WY - LCCC started in 1968 as a full-service, comprehensive community college.

Northwest College - Powell, WY - one of the older options for college in Wyoming, has held current name since 1989.

Sheridan College - Sheridan, WY - part of the Northern Wyoming Community College District. Only athletic program currently is rodeo.

Western Wyoming Community College - Rock Springs, WY -  The only Community College in the southwest part of the state. In the 63 year history, the attendance has grown from just 40 in 1959, to over 7,000 today.

University of Wyoming - Laramie, WY - Wyoming's only university. Competes in the NCAA for sports and is part of the Mountain West Conference. The school began before Wyoming was officially a state and currently has over 12,000 students

Wyoming Catholic College - Lander, WY - Wyoming's only 4 year private higher education institution. This liberal arts school that guides students with a set curriculum that is divided into 8 tracks.

WyoTech - Laramie, WY - provides students with training programs for careers in the automotive field.

Wind River Tribal College - Fort Washakie, WY a tribally chartered school that offers degrees in social work, business admin, education and criminal justice.

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