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As one of the nation's land-grant universities, the University of Wyoming executes several missions: to educate its students, conduct research, and provide service and outreach. These missions are vitally interwoven at UW in a strong, vigorous, academic community serving both Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region.

Ranked multiple times by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best colleges, most recently in 2013, and with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1, faculty and students benefit from individual interaction, an achievement-oriented environment, and unique opportunities for learning and research presented by the state’s geography, natural resources, economy, and communities.

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Office of Academic Affairs
1000 E. University Ave
Dept. 3302
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307 766-4286
Fax: 307 766-2606

Endowment Enhances Wyoming Higher Education

The 2006 Wyoming Legislature established the Excellence in Higher Education Endowment, which included a $70 million endowment for the creation of senior faculty positions for highly distinguished scholars and educators at the University of Wyoming.  The legislation creating the Excellence in Higher Education endowment states that the endowed positions must expand university instruction and research in disciplines related to economic and social challenges facing Wyoming.

The allocated positions conform to the legislative mandate. Four positions in Education, as prescribed by the legislation, have been created in areas critical to the future of K-12 education: literacy education (2 positions), science education, and mathematics education. The strategy for allocation of the other positions was to coordinate a set of positions in the life sciences, an institutional area of distinction identified in the University Plan, and to build greater depth in other areas of distinction, including the arts and humanities and professions critical to the state such as business, law, and health professions. In addition, positions were selected for allocation based on their potential to address economic and social challenges in the state, such as community economic development, livestock and wildlife disease, managing natural resource conflicts, and preparing for a global economy. Endowment for Excellence position allocations are designed to complement a group of faculty positions focused on energy resources that are funded by the School of Energy Resources.

The University of Wyoming is conducting national and international searches to fill positions in the following areas:


Each year the university reports to the Wyoming Legislature on the accomplishments of the individuals holding the endowed positions.

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Campus Life

The university enjoys a distinctive leadership role in the state and region as the only public four-year institution of higher learning in Wyoming. The main campus is in Laramie, a city of 27,000 people in a scenic valley between the Laramie and Medicine Bow Ranges of the Rocky Mountains. Laramie is a two-hour drive north of Denver and little more than an hour from Fort Collins and Colorado State University.

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