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Casper College

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Introduction

Casper College, founded in 1945, is a public community college located in Caspar, Wyoming. Today, there are over 4,000 students enrolled from most states and over 70 countries across the world. Students can earn certificates in many areas of study, and the school awards Associate of Arts, Science, Business, Fine Arts, and Applied Science, which take two years to complete. The college has also started to form partnerships with four-year Universities to create distance-learning programs where students with an associate’s degree can continue to study and receive a four-year degree, a master’s, or a doctorate with these schools.

The college is spread over 200 acres in the heart of Wyoming where students can enjoy the scenery and take advantage of city life at the same time. The famous Yellowstone National Park is only a road trip away, along with Denver, CO being a close by option for students who may want to ski down the slopes of the Rockies. The entire campus perched in the foothills of Casper Mountain, overlooking the city.

Academics

There are five academic divisions at Casper:

  • Business and Industry
  • Fine arts and Humanities
  • Health Science
  • Science
  • Social and Behavioral Siences

The college offers 108 associate degree programs and 37 one-year certificate programs. All told, there are more than 140 academic transfer, technical, and career programs. The most popular programs at the college are general studies, elementary education, business administration, nursing, and fire science technology.

Library Resources

The Goodstein Foundation Library holds over 80,000 print volumes. The Western History Center within the library hosts an archive of central Wyoming, including a large number of maps and photos. The library features Reference Universe, a database of print and online reference materials owned by the school, making research easy for students.

Transfer Opportunities

Many students go on to earn four-year degrees from other educational institutions, and in these cases it is important to make sure that all credits will transfer. The college has transfer agreements with University of Mary, Rush University, University of Wyoming, Franklin University, Western Governors University, and University of North Dakota.

Partner Colleges and Universities

Partnerships with several institutions are available that can provide education to students through the campus, or online with some assistance from faculty and staff. Partners in the Bachelor degree program include National American University, Franklin University, University of Mary, Maryville State University, University of Phoenix, Regis University, University of Wyoming, Upper Iowa University, Valley City State University, Western Governors University, and University of Wisconsin Green Bay.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Admissions

In keeping with their mission to provide technical and continuing education to any student who desires to pursue it, Casper has open admissions. Prospective students must submit an application with placement test or ACT scores and a modest application fee. Some programs may have additional requirements—check with the department you wish to study in. In addition, some programs have limited enrollment and can fill up quickly, so be sure to apply early in the year.

Financial Aid

Not only does this school boast of the lowest tuition in the Western United States, but the college participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange program, which offers low tuition rates to many out-of-state students as well.

In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options open to any college or university student in the state of Wyoming, the school administrates several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. Many students take advantage of Hathaway Scholarships, which offer both need and merit awards.

Students interested in Federal Pell Grants of student loans need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The school is also the first public institution in Wyoming to offer the VA Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4973rd for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Residing on Campus

There are two main options for on-campus housing at Casper. They are:

Wheeler Terrace Apartments, a set of 18 apartments which house 3 people in two bedrooms and 12 one-bedroom apartments for non-traditional students aged 24 or older, usually singles or couples. Rent includes all utilities, high-speed internet, cable television, and local telephone service.

Civic Apartments include 8 1-bedroom apartments for single occupancy. Rent includes all utilities, high-speed internet, cable television, and local telephone service.

Dining on Campus

Dining options include the Roberts Commons Dining Hall, which serves standard cafeteria fare, including pizza, pasta, made-to-order sandwiches, and a salad bar. Other dining options include the Doornbos Student Lounge in the Administration Building and T-Bird on the Go! In the Physical Science Building, which both serve coffee drinks, soups, sandwiches, pastries, snacks, and pop.

Student Activities

There are a wealth of student activities sponsored by Casper throughout the year, including intramural sports, comedians, speakers, concerts, dinners, picnics, dances, and trips. Each year the Activities Coordinator organizes a Week of Welcome for new students, a Spring Fling dance, and a group trip to Denver.

Student Services

The Counseling and Student Development Center assists students in personal, emotional, and social development. Students may also seek professional, career, and academic counselling from the Center. Testing services and disability services are available.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Athletics

The Thunderbirds compete on the intercollegiate level in the NJCAA and Region IX (Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, and Colorado). Men’s sports include basketball and rodeo. Women’s sports include baskeball, volleyball, and rodeo. School colors are red and white.

There is, in addition, a vibrant intramurals program for all students interested in athletics. Students enrolled in degree and certificate programs are eligible to use the fitness facilities at no charge.

Local Community

Casper, located nearly in the dead-center of Wyoming, is the second largest city in the state. It is four hours from Denver and five hours from Yellowstone National Park, both popular road trips with students. The school is a major center of cultural life in this city and hosts guest lecturers, artists, and performers for the benefit of the student body and the wider community.

With a population of over 60,000, however, the city of Casper has many other offerings in terms of recreation, entertainment, and cultural events. Highlights include the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, the Nicolaysen Art Museum, and the National Historic Trails Center. Outdoor recreational activities are very popular, including hiking, fishing, camping, golf, rock climbing, backpacking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

Information Summary

Ranks 3rd in Wyoming and 1854th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.07
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.02
Robbery 1 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 1 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 70 0.13
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Forcible Rape 10 0.02
Robbery 22 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 287 0.51
Larceny 1,693 3.04
Vehicle theft 77 0.14

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Casper, WY 82601-4699
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population23,230 (20,312 urban / 2,918 rural)
Households9,678 (2.29 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,219
Families5,719 (2.93 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
UndergraduateAssociates
GraduateN/A
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5600

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 2638th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,896 $1,896 $5,688
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $552 $552 $552
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $102 $102 $260
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $12,078 $12,078 $15,870
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $14,668 $14,668 $18,460
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,348 $6,348 $10,140

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,136 $2,232 $2,136 $2,232 $5,544 $5,832
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,320(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,300 $5,530
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,055 $2,610
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,010 $7,920
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,545 $3,100
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,145 $2,700

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity506
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$3,100
Board Fee$2,720

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 11 7 34 7 7 719 8 796
Accounting 1 4 5
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 6 6
Acting 5 5
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 2 2
Agricultural Business and Management, General 10 1 11
Agriculture, General 5 5
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 1 1
Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other 4 4
Animal Sciences, General 10 10
Animal-Assisted Therapy 9 9
Anthropology
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 1 2 3
Art Teacher Education 4 4
Art/Art Studies, General 3 3
Assistive/Augmentative Technology and Rehabilitation Engineering 1 1 7 9
Athletic Training/Trainer 1 3 4
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 12 12
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 13 13
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9 9
Business Administration and Management, General 1 2 17 20
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry
Chemistry, General 2 2
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 1 2 7 10
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 6 7
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Construction Management 2 2
Construction Trades, General 7 7
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 6 1 8
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management
Dance, General 2 1 3
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 2 13 15
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 1 11 12
Economics, General
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 3 24 27
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 3 28 32
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 8 8
Engineering, General 1 9 10
English Language and Literature, General 6 1 7
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Environmental Science 1 1
Fine/Studio Arts, General 8 8
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 2 38 2 42
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 5 6
Forensic Science and Technology 1 1
General Studies 5 4 4 1 84 1 100
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 20 20
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 2
Graphic Design 2 2
Health Aide 1 1
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 1 14 16
History, General 1 1
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 1 1
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 1 8 9
International Relations and Affairs
Journalism 1 1
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching 13 13
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 6 7
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 4 4
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 1 13 15
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 5 5
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician 4 4
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 3 3
Mass Communication/Media Studies 1 1 2
Mathematics, General 1 5 6
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 1 7 8
Mining Technology/Technician 1 1
Museology/Museum Studies 1 1
Music Performance, General 3 3
Music Teacher Education
Music, General
Musical Theatre 1 1 2
Nutrition Sciences 4 4
Occupational Therapist Assistant 2 20 22
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 10 10
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 3 18 1 22
Photography 1 4 5
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3 3
Physics, General 2 2
Political Science and Government, General
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Law Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 1 1 2
Pre-Occupational Therapy Studies 4 1 5
Pre-Optometry Studies
Pre-Pharmacy Studies 3 3
Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 1 2 3
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Psychology, General 1 13 14
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 14 14
Range Science and Management 1 1
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 1 22 25
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other 2 2
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 12 12
Retailing and Retail Operations 1 1
Robotics Technology/Technician 2 2
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 1
Social Work 1 8 9
Sociology 1 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 5 6
Statistics, Other 7 7
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 12 12
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education 2 2
Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment Management and Recycling Technology/Technician 9 9
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Welding Technology/Welder 1 20 21
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 4 4
Women's Studies 2 2

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1706th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $65,555 ($64,967 male / $62,201 female)
Number of FT Faculty 153 (88 male / 65 female)
Number of PT Faculty 277
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $4,606,233
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