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Celebrating Excellence, Pride and Tradition

In the more than 125 years since the University of Wyoming was founded, the University of Wyoming has grown into a nationally-recognized research institution that boasts accomplished faculty and world-class facilities on a picturesque campus. 

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 13,000 students and over 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 and cordial 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 more than 125 years.

For a more in depth look at the University of Wyoming's history, please see Connecting Wyoming to the World: A History of the University of Wyoming Virtual Exhibit.

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College of Education – Celebrating 100 years!

The College of Education is proudly celebrating its 100th year in Wyoming and invites you to join them for all of the wonderful events we have planned this year!

>> Join in the College of Education's 100th year celebration!

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Wyoming Union – Celebrating 75 years!

In honor of the Wyoming Union's 75th Anniversary, the Wyoming Union will choose a selection of submitted alumni and student stories to be featured in the Wyoming Union 75th Anniversary Exhibit in Gallery 234 from Sept. 15 – Oct. 23, 2014.

>> View their upcoming events page for a list of events happening throughout their celebration!
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UWAA – Celebrating 120 Years!

Over the past 120 years, the UW Alumni Association has grown into a community serving more than 118,000 alumni and friends who span the globe.

>> Read more about UWAA's 120th Anniversary

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