UW Group Suggests Growing Enrollment to 16,000 Students

Old Main University of Wyoming.

 

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A University of Wyoming group has suggested the school grow its student population to more than 15,000 to increase revenue.

The Laramie Boomerang reports that the University of Wyoming Division of Student Affairs found with a current enrollment of 12,341 students, UW is losing money on students due to high instructional costs. Instructional costs are about $14,000 per student, compared to about $4,500 paid in tuition by each student.

Officials say raising the student-to-faculty ratio would also reduce inefficiencies.

UW President Laurie Nichols says recruiting has been a problem for the university. About 700 Wyoming high school graduates enrolled for the 2015 school year, a number Nichols says is too low.

Vice President for Student Affairs Sara Axelson says the university is currently working on agreements with community colleges to increase enrollment in the future.