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University of Wyoming Honors College

The Honors College is 100% about the students — a truly exceptional group of people who make a difference at UW and in the world. Honors scholars are intellectually curious students from all majors who are creative, inspired by diverse ideas, and seek a greater understanding of their place in society.

Combine excellent students with superb faculty in small classes and the result is an invigorating and highly effective learning environment. Honors faculty talk with students, not at them. Honors students thrive in this stimulating environment, develop lasting friendships, and succeed in their academic and professional pursuits.

Prospective Students

Honors College: Why Joing Honors?

Why Join Honors?

First year students apply

First Year Students

Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • A composite ACT score of 27
  • A combined verbal and quantitative SAT score of 1270
  • A high school GPA of 3.7
Current or transfer student form

Current UW or Transfer Students

  • A 3.25 cumulative college GPA
  • Completion of 30+ post-high school credit hours
  • Completion of a COM1 and COM2 course

Honors in the News

Amy Nicole Olson

man standing outside

Old Shipping Pens
By Amy Olsen
The old shipping pen stands
Drifted in with snow
Sun beating down
Wood dark brown
Some black Railroad ties hold the smaller posts
They’ve weathered many storms
Pounding rain, beating hail
Black bodies slammed into the wood at one point
Rough horseback gentleman used to open the gates
Sort apart the wanted from the leaving
Loaded the trailers
There weren’t aspens in the pen then
Their white bark a contrast to the dead ties
The white snow offers silence, solace
A contrast to the old days
The bawling pairs, whistling men, barking dogs
That, undoubtedly made a living in the pen
And made a life on the land
The snow kills the life
The pen remembers the flesh and the emptiness.

Amy's poem can be found here:

Catherine O'Connor


This April I attended the tenth annual Women in the World Summit in New York. This was a phenomenal experience. I was able to hear many women from all over the world speak on a variety of relevant issues. Everyone from Oprah and Hillary Clinton to CEOs of companies, entrepreneurs and frontline journalists shared stories and experiences that inspired me. This summit opened my eyes to the struggle that occurs throughout the world. I heard from women who have been exiled from Iran and Saudi Arabia. Women from China and Uganda who were putting their own lives and the lives of their families in danger by speaking out. I was challenged by every woman there to be bigger than myself and take every opportunity to change the world. The question of the summit was “Can Women Change the World?” The critical thing that I took away from this experience was that, yes, women can change the world and we are.




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The Honors College

Guthrie House

1200 Ivinson St.

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-4110

Fax: 307-766-4298



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