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    Points of Pride

    Points of Pride

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    UW Pride is more than just colorful clothing—it’s a bold attitude that draws on a rich heritage of education, exploration and enterprise, and symbolizes the spirit of the West. UW celebrates the achievements of the individuals who represent our institution including students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors, as well as its unique bond with the people of Wyoming.

    UW Pride also showcases our commitment to excellence in facilities and programs supported by public and private contributions, ranging from the Michael B. Enzi STEM facility and the Buchanan Center for Performing Arts to the Top-Tier Science Initiative and Trustees Education Initiative.

    Learn hard, play hard. For more than 100 years, Pokes fans have been cheering on their favorite UW athletic teams while sporting their best Brown and Gold. Our outstanding student-athletes compete in both NCAA Division I-A and club sports, and strive for excellence on and off the field. Go Pokes!

    10 Reasons to be a Cowboy

    Top tier education at an excellent value


    Students on Campus

    A low student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1


    Professor and Students

    Nationally recognized research institution


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    An unmatched study abroad scholarship program


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    200+ student organizations and volunteer opportunities


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    World-class educational and research facilities


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    Competitive Division I-A athletic programs


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    Make global connections through the UW network of Alumni


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    Outreach and support to every corner of Wyoming and beyond


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    Recognized as a top outdoor adventure school


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    UW Students At a Glance

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    Where we come from

    We hail from all 50 states and 90 countries, and 59% of us are from the great state of Wyoming. Enjoy a global education with a small-town feel.

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    We find support along the way

    We can apply for $42.6 million in available scholarships or even get aid to study abroad virtually anywhere in the world. Caring faculty and staff members help us make the most of UW’s opportunities

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    We study hard and love to learn

    Before enrolling, we earned an average high school GPA of 3.46 and a 24.5 average ACT score. At UW, we enjoy free tutoring and support services to help ensure our continued success.

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    What we study

    We choose from 80 undergraduate and 90 graduate programs of study and study abroad in 50 countries each year. A broad offering of quality programs means we can find the perfect match for our interests.

    UW History

    The Gem City of Wyoming

    The University of Wyoming was founded in 1886, when Wyoming was still a territory. In September 1887, UW opened its doors to 42 students and five faculty members – as befitted the university of “The Equality State” both the students and faculty included women from the first day. Built on the outskirts of town in Laramie’s city park, Old Main was UW’s first building and held classes, the library, and administrative offices during the first years of the university’s existence.

    The first university president, John Wesley Hoyt, established a curriculum focused on arts and humanities and created a graduate and normal school. Additionally, as Wyoming’s land-grant institution, the university taught courses in agriculture, engineering and military tactics.

    UW has since grown into a major teaching and research university with approximately 13,500 students and more than 700 faculty members. Throughout its existence, UW has been the only four-year university in the state of Wyoming, though it has maintained a close relationship with the state’s community colleges.

    Programs such as athletics, agricultural extension, state and federal partnerships—and more recent initiatives such as the School of Energy Resources and the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center—have played important roles in the lives of many Wyoming residents and communities for almost 125 years.

    University Archives at the American Heritage Center is a great resource to access historical materials about important events and thousands of photographs in its online digital collections.

    Explore our Community

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    UW By The Numbers

    7220 Feet of elevation
    31,814 People call Laramie home
    12,366 Number of UW students

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    Contact Us

    UW Office of Admissions

    Knight Hall 150
    Department 3435, 1000 E. University Avenue
    Laramie, WY 82071
    Phone: (307) 766-5160
    Toll-Free: (800) 342-5996
    E-mail: admissions@uwyo.edu 

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