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A Great University in the Rockies and Wonderful College Environment

The University of Wyoming Union


If you are looking for a wonderful college environment, look no further than the University of Wyoming. From its' beautiful mountain setting in Laramie, to its wide range of academic offerings and its nationally-respected athletics programs, UW offers a memorable college experience to its students.

UW provides an atmosphere that allows you to achieve both your academic and athletic goals.

The University opened Sept. 6, 1887, with one building, five professors, two tutors and 42 students. Programs of study included philosophy, arts, literature and science. We've come a long way since then.

Today, UW offers approximately 180 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through the colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences and Law, as well as through the Graduate School and the Outreach School, including the University of Wyoming/Casper College Center. This wide range of choices allows each student to explore many options to find his or her career niche. Another way we contribute to the success of our students is by offering a large number of courses each semester, making it possible for most to graduate in four years.

UW students can travel 15 minutes to access the Vedauwoo Recreation Area in the Medicine Bow National Forest.
(Wyoming Travel & Tourism photo)


Our comfortable size and hands-on approach give students ample access to their professors who have as their primary responsibility the education of undergraduate students. Unlike faculty at most other major research universities, our faculty teach more than 90 percent of all credit hours. In fact, many of our most accomplished professors teach first-year courses -- beginning the mentoring process with students from the first day of class. Our students have a chance to work with world-class faculty on cutting-edge projects that benefit people across Wyoming and around the world -- projects like creating super-strong artificial spider silk or studying stressors that contribute to cardiovascular disease.

At UW, we encourage students to develop their full potential by becoming involved as active members of the university, local community and the world. Opportunities for involvement in some 200 recognized student organizations include student government, publications, the speech and debate team and religious and cultural organizations. Many of our students also take advantage of exceptional international opportunities to become part of the world community through Study Abroad and International Programs. With so many choices, our students enjoy the benefits of meeting new people, making good friends, developing leadership skills and gaining invaluable life experiences.

UW offers a true college-town atmosphere. Laramie has a population of approximately 30,000 with a student enrollment of 13,207. The Laramie campus is composed of 80 major buildings on 785 beautifully landscaped acres. There is a pleasant mix of modern and traditional structures, many built of native Wyoming sandstone quarried northeast of Laramie. At the heart of the campus is the Wyoming Union, our "living room." Fresh from a new multi-million dollar renovation, the union is where students can kick back between classes, have a sandwich, meet friends, check out an art exhibit or study.

An aerial view of the UW campus.


National publications continue to rank Wyoming as one of the nation's best. Barron's Best Buys in College Education ranked UW among the top four-year United States Institutions in its fifth edition. The Princeton Review ranked Wyoming as one of 81 "Best Value Colleges" for 2006. UW is the perfect place for learning in a friendly yet achievement-oriented environment.

As the state's sole four-year educational institution, the university receives strong support from the state and its residents. There is a dedication to making UW the best it can be in terms of its facilities, programs, people and aesthetics. Capital improvements on campus are a high priority, reflecting a commitment to maintaining UW's world-class stature.

Spend some time here and you'll agree that much of UW's character is shaped by this great "home on the range". Laramie, the location of the main campus, is a safe, friendly community of 30,000 people. Nestled between the Laramie and Snowy Range mountains in southeastern Wyoming, it's a beautiful, unspoiled place with a special lifestyle.

It's a place where the sun shines 320 days each year. It's hard to be gloomy here. When you view the world from 7,200 feet, you see things more clearly.

Great people, great surroundings and a great education ... it's all here at the University of Wyoming.

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