Small Wyoming Catholic College Faces Challenges As It Grows

Feb 29, 2016

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Wyoming Catholic College in Lander is steadily growing, and administrators say it’s been difficult to find housing for new students. 

Wyoming Catholic College President Kevin Roberts says enrollment is currently at 150 students. That’s up from 110 a few years back.

"What we’ve seen in the last 3 years is record enrollment growth," says Roberts. "Each freshman class has been larger than the previous one."

All WCC students are required to live on campus. To make that work, Roberts says an average of 3 students live in most dorm rooms—and the school has had to get creative to find more space.

"We were able to strike a win-win with the Inn at Lander, one of our great local hotels," says Roberts. "They have a back building that they needed more business in, and we provided that by leasing out 10 of those rooms."

The college aims grow to about 400 students over the next 10 years. Roberts says they’ll likely build a new housing facility when enrollment tops 200, which he expects to happen in the next couple of years.