Laramie, Wyoming is a town of 28,000 located in south eastern Wyoming 49 miles from the state capital of Cheyenne, and 130 miles from Denver, Colorado. Laramie sits 7,200 feet above sea level on the eastern edge of a large plateau called the Laramie Plains. UW students and visitors enjoy both a special blend of Laramie’s western hospitality and the comfortable sophistication that comes from the influence of a major university.
Browse through the shops in historic downtown, dine in one of our fine restaurants, relax in a coffeehouse, check out the Laramie Plains Museum, or take in the restored Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site which was originally built in 1872, it is one of only two territorial prisons remaining in the nation. Summers offer the excitement of Laramie’s Jubilee Days celebration and close proximity to the world-class rodeo action and entertainment of Cheyenne Frontier Days.
The University of Wyoming is the state's only provider of baccalaureate and graduate education, research, and outreach services.
UW combines major-university benefits and small-school advantages, with more than 180 programs of study, an outstanding faculty, and world-class research facilities all set against the idyllic backdrop of southeastern Wyoming's rugged mountains and high plains. The main campus is located in Laramie, approximately two hours north of Denver.
The UW Mathematics Department is a collection of friendly, easygoing people dedicated to excellence in mathematics. UW math faculty and lecturers combine a passion for teaching with a deep commitment to research. The department strives to nurture and prepare all of its students for successful careers in the mathematical sciences, whether in academic, governmental, or industrial positions. Active research areas include algebraic combinatorics; biological and geophysical modeling; complex analysis; computational number theory and cryptography; control theory; mathematical and computational fluid mechanics; nonlinear partial differential equations; numerical analysis; and stochastic analysis.
Directly to the east of Laramie runs the rocky spine of the Medicine Bow Mountains and to the west, across the high plains of the Laramie River valley, rise the majestic granite peaks of the Snowy Range. Both of these popular areas offer a variety of year-round recreation and sightseeing opportunities.
Wildlife species abound in both areas, with sightings especially common in the early morning and late evening. Inhabitants include black bear, badger, bobcat, coyote, elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, wild turkey, and hundreds of other bird species. And the trout fishing is some of the best in the west.
Located in the Medicine Bow National Forest 12 miles east of town via I-80, Vedauwoo (pronounced VEE-dah-voo), features towering granite rock formations that provide a stunning backdrop for picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, and camping. The site has also become a hot spot for rock climbers from across the entire Rocky Mountain region. The Happy Jack area in the national forest east of Laramie is home to popular hiking and mountain biking trails.
The Snowy Range Mountain range and the Pole Mountain Forest are nearby Laramie and offer splendid opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking, etc.