50 States, 50 Colleges – Wyoming

We’re moving just a little bit west from our last 50 States, 50 Colleges destination to Wyoming!

College in the Spotlight:  University of Wyoming

Old Main at University of Wyoming

Location:  Laramie, WY (2 hours north of Denver)

Enrollment:  13,929 students (10,209 of which are undergrads)

Fast Facts

What do you think of when you think of Wyoming?  As I’ve never visited the state my ideas are probably pretty stereotypical, but one of the things I didn’t think of was diversity.  As I learned more about the University of Wyoming (UW), I was surprised to learn that they have a very large international population of over 800 students, professors, and community members.   All 50 states and 94 countries are represented within the student body.  With such a diverse student body, UW emphasizes global citizenship – meaning study abroad is big.  The university has the largest single scholarship endowment for study abroad in the U.S.  Many students who participate in the program are given scholarships to help defray travel costs.

Like many of the schools we’ve profiled, part of what makes the University of Wyoming special is it’s location.  Academically, the Wyoming landscape provides amazing opportunities for students studying agriculture, geology, archeology, botany, geography, zoology, and forestry.  There’s no shortage of outdoor activities for students looking to go on an adventure (Outdoor Magazine named UW one of the top outdoor adventure colleges in the U.S.).  There are clubs catering to all kinds of interests, including 3 riding teams:  an equestrian team, a ranch horse team, and a rodeo team.

UW competes at the NCAA Division 1 level.  The Cowboys and Cowgirls compete in the Mountain West Conference.  The school also offers 45 intramural teams and 19 club sports.  One of those club sports teams, Nordic Skiing, is a powerhouse in the competitive skiing world.  Both mens’ and womens’ teams have won national championships over the years.

Even for non-residents, the University of Wyoming is a great value.   The grand total for tuition, room and board for out of state students comes to $24,630 per year.  All undergraduate applicants are also automatically considered for scholarships.  Even factoring in the cost of travel, you may spend less money on a UW education than you would staying closer to home!

For more information, visit http://www.uwyo.edu




New Scholarships!

The new scholarship document for the 2015-16 school year has been posted!  It may be a short list right now, but check back often.  It will grow as the year goes on!

You can access the document here, or any time by clicking on “Scholarships” at the top of the screen.  We update any time we are notified of a new scholarship.  While many of these awards are geared towards seniors, not all of them are.  We post scholarship notifications to our Facebook and Twitter pages – follow us!

50 States, 50 Colleges: Nebraska

I can’t believe we are back, ready to kick off another great school year!  And with that comes news, articles, and features on this blog.  One of our continuing features is 50 States, 50 Colleges.  I am going to kick off this year with Nebraska!

I have to admit, I was not excited about picking Nebraska as the state where I would choose a college to write about.  I was under the assumption that everything I researched would be boring.  I am happy to say that Creighton University changed this.


Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Size: 4, 065 undergraduate students

  • Creighton University’s EDGE program focuses on student success while at the school and after graduation.  This program provides tutoring and workshops that cover topics such as time-management and study skills.  In addition to tutoring, academic coaches are available for one on one support.  Also, students can take Edge 120: Strategies for Academic Success.  This course teaches all of the necessary skills that lead to success in college.
  • Of course the school has it’s strong academic program with over 50 majors to choose from, but the “other education” comes from the Student Leadership and Involvement Center.  They want students to Discover, Develop, and Deliver.  Within the center students can find various programs and events to help them achieve leadership goals.  There is something for everyone.  Click here for more details!
  • About 97% of students who graduate from Creighton University either go to graduate school, volunteer, or are employed within 8 months.
  • The university offers 14 Division 1 sports teams and is known to have a strong basketball program.


  • Omaha is not what you would it expect it to be.  Ranked as one of the top ten cities to live in, there is always something to do.  With shops, restaurants, shows, and so much more, there is an activity that will appeal to anyone.  It is also a great city for internship and employment opportunities.  Ranked as the 11th best city for business and career opportunities by Forbes, Companies such as PayPal, TD Ameritrade, and First National Bank operate out of Omaha.
  • Wish you could bring a car to campus but can’t for whatever reason?  Creighton University has a great program where students can rent a Zipcar.  For a small fee, students can reserve by the hour to get around campus or the city!

For more information about Creighton University, check out the website!