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Division of Academic Affairs

Kate Miller, Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs
Tami Benham-Deal, Vice Provost, Academic Affairs
312 Old Main
(307) 766-4286; Fax: (307) 766-2606

Enrollment Management
Kyle Moore, Associate Vice Provost

Admissions Office
Shelley Dodd, Director of Admissions
150 Knight Hall, (307) 766-5160
Web site:

A new undergraduate student’s first official contact with the University of Wyoming is often through the Admissions Office. This unit is responsible for recruiting/admitting undergraduate students to the university. Responsibilities include the development of effective school relations, programs with high schools and community colleges, recruitment of prospective freshmen and undergraduate transfer students, and the orientation of new undergraduates. The Admissions Office determines initial scholarship eligibility for all new undergraduate students. This office also facilitates the admission process for graduate students. A detailed description of admission to the university and procedures can be found in the admission policies section of this publication.

Office of the Registrar
Kwanna King, Registrar
167 Knight Hall, (307) 766-5272
Web site:

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for overseeing course registration, transcripts, verification of enrollment, adding/dropping/withdrawing from courses, administering the residency policy for tuition classification purposes, and for maintaining student academic records. This involves responsibility for web registration, as well as preparation and electronic publication of the Class Schedules and University Catalog. The office is also responsible for the electronic degree audit program, graduate record processing, and for determining whether or not students have successfully met all degree requirements. Additionally, this office evaluates all transfer credit for undergraduate students to determine transferability as well as UW equivalents.

Transfer Success Center
Amanda Reeder, Director
Knight Hall, Rooms 231, 232, 240
Web site:

The Transfer Success Center provides assistance, referrals and advocacy to enhance transfer students opportunities for strong academic performance and smooth transition to the University of Wyoming. The office works closely with Undergraduate Admissions, the Office of the Registrar, Wyoming Community Colleges and out of state institutions to implement effective policies to streamline the transfer process. The office facilitates articulation efforts including programmatic articulation agreements and transfer planning guides. Additionally, the office provides student support services though peer mentors, the Reverse Transfer Program and Transfer Advance.

Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid
Debra Tolar Hintz, Director
174 Knight Hall, (307) 766-2116
Web site:

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid assists students in obtaining funds to attend the University of Wyoming by coordinating and administering all forms of financial assistance to students. Four broad categories of aid are available: scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study employment. Over 1,000 different scholarship programs, funded through federal, state, institutional, and private sources, are coordinated. Federal Pell, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are available to undergraduate students with significant financial need, who are pursuing a first bachelor’s degree. Hathaway Scholarships, Federal Perkins, Federal Direct and Federal Direct PLUS Loans are available to qualified students. Federal Work‑Study employment is available to students with a qualifying level of financial need. For additional information, please refer to the Scholarships and Financial Aid section in this catalog.

Global Engagement Office
Anthony C. Ogden, Associate Vice Provost for Global Engagement
(307) 766-3677
Web site:

The Global Engagement Office (GEO) is the home of internationalization at the University of Wyoming. Units within the GEO include Associate Vice Provost for Global Engagement, Center for Global Studies, International Students & Scholars, Education Abroad, and English Language Center. Whether recruiting and supporting international students, providing exchange and study abroad opportunities, facilitating global partnership development, coordinating immigration for new international hires, or assisting with visiting dignitaries, we support the entire UW campus community in achieving their internationalization goals. Stop by and visit us in the Cheney International Center to learn more about the programs and services we offer to the UW campus community to promote global citizenship, inform visitors, and communicate with our partner institutions abroad.

Education Abroad
(307) 766-3677
Web site:

The Education Abroad Office connects students from all majors and programs with international study, exchange, service and internship opportunities on six of the seven continents at hundreds of locations around the globe. Students earn UW credit towards major, minor or general education requirements on academic year, semester, summer and faculty-led short-term programs. The Education Abroad Office is located on the first floor of the Cheney International Center.

UW students with a minimum 2.750 GPA are eligible to apply to participate on a wide variety of credit-bearing programs outside of the U.S. The Education Abroad Office staff advises students individually to tailor the program to students’ specific needs. Considerations are made for cost, financial aid opportunities, transfer of credit, health and safety, degree completion, country or region desired, and foreign language requirements.
In addition to learning about other cultures in depth and perfecting foreign language skills, studying abroad can be a life changing experience. Students return home with altered perspectives by developing flexibility and critical thinking skills. Students gain a greater sense of what it is to be an American, what it is to be a citizen of the world, and who they are individually. Studying abroad can help students clarify life and professional goals which leads to the development of greater direction, focus, and motivation for the remaining years of their university life and beyond.

English Language Center
Frederica Suess, Director
(307) 766-3630
Web site:

The English Language Center offers full-time academic English preparation for international students in the Intensive ESL Program. The ELC also provides short-term English Language training and study tour options for international visitors.

International Students and Scholars
Jill Johnson, Associate Director of Admissions
Cheney International Center, Suite 5, (307) 766-5193
Web site:

International students, numbering over 825 from nearly 90 countries, are a vital part of international education at the University of Wyoming. As such, International Students and Scholars (ISS) works to promote an interchange of ideas and understanding from among all of the countries represented on campus. ISS is responsible for recruitment of international students and provides advising and counseling to all international students/scholars for their academic, social, personal, and immigration concerns. The office also promotes and implements social and cultural activities for international awareness and educational exchange through International Education Week, Friendship Families, American Conversation Club, international coffee hours, and other special programs. Many of these activities are coordinated through the ISS-sponsored International Resource Center in the Cheney International Center, Room 1.

International students and visitors are required to contact International Students and Scholars to confirm their arrival at the University of Wyoming and to consider the office their primary contact for further information and assistance. Students must be enrolled as full-time students each semester as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The ISS e-mail address is

National Student Exchange: The University of Wyoming is a member of the National Student Exchange (NSE) consortium. Through NSE, students are provided an opportunity to attend one of more than 175 U.S. institutions in the NSE consortium. NSE offers a student the chance to live in another part of the United States and to travel and experience college life in different settings for an academic semester or a year under his or her normal UW tuition and fees. Financial aid is often available and academic credit is guaranteed to transfer back to UW.

For more information about the National Student Exchange, please contact International Students and Scholars, Cheney International Center, Suite 5 or call (307) 766-5193. The e-mail address is

Undergraduate Education

Anne Alexander, Associate Vice Provost

Advising, Career, Exploratory Studies Center
Jo Chytka, Director
222 Knight Hall, (307)766-2398
Web site:

The Advsing, Career, Exploratory Studies Center (ACES) provides a variety of services to UW students, including advising Exploratory Studies and Bridge students; providing academic support to various populations of probationary, conditionally admitted, and reinstated students; assisting students campus-wide with their career exploration, planning, and job search needs; assisting in coordinating discussions, information dissemination, and event planning between the various professional advisors and advising offices on campus; and coordinating national tests and exams through the University Testing Center in Knight Hall, Room 4.

ACES is committed to providing a comprehensive and integrated service that moves a student along a continuum of receiving academic advising, exploring academic and career options, selecting a college major, and finally, implementing his/her degree in the world of work.

Exploratory Studies and students admitted with support, placed on probation, or reinstated to the university are highly encouraged to meet with a ACES career counselor. The purpose of this meeting is to analyze the student’s past academic progress and future career goals to develop a strategic plan to maximize his/her academic success and future employment opportunities. ACES also works closely with other campus offices and departments to engage students in available study skill and tutorial resources.
Students interested in engaging in career exploration activities may make an appointment to meet with a career counselor to discuss their career goals and/or confirm their choice of major. Various assessment tools that provide feedback on the match between a student’s interests or personality type and the world of work, are available. ACES career specialists provide information pertaining to a broad range of career fields, internship opportunities, specific employer information, general job search strategies, and federal government application processes.

Students are advised on how to use the HANDSHAKE and EPIC database on the ACES homepage to find out about and apply for summer, internship, and permanent job opportunities. Each year numerous employer representatives from business, industry, health care, education, and government visit ACES to interview students for these types of opportunities. All information pertaining to these visits is contained in the HANDSHAKE link on the ACES homepage.

The campus wide experiential learning program SOAR is coordinated in the ACES office. Students are advised how to contribute to and utilize their own personal profile to help better prepare them for career or graduate school.

ACES hosts numerous general and specialized job fairs each year for students and alumni. Upcoming job fair dates can be found on the ACES homepage.

The University Testing Center: The University Testing Center coordinates national tests and exams and is housed in the Knight Hall basement, Room 4. Students may register to take national tests and professional school entrance exams. Information is available on the University Testing Center web site or by calling (307) 766-2188.

Student Educational Opportunity (SEO)
Pilar Flores, Director
330 Knight Hall, (307)766-6189
Web site:

Student Educational Opportunity is composed of both on-campus and outreach projects with offices throughout Wyoming. These projects serve students who are first generation; income-eligible; students with cognitive, psychological or physical disabilities; ethnic minority students; and non-traditional students. SEO assists eligible students to plan and prepare for entry into higher education, succeed in the higher education environment, and graduate from college by providing academic success services, and instruction in basic skills, career, and personal development. All projects within SEO seek to increase the public awareness of the needs of ethnic minority, first generation, income-eligible students, and students with disabilities in an educational environment.

On-Campus Projects

McNair Scholars Program: The McNair Scholars Program prepares students to pursue doctoral level study. Services include intensive academic support including tutoring and academic counseling; activities related to successful application to graduate school and pursuit of financial aid opportunities; preparation for the GRE; and faculty mentoring. The capstone of the program is a paid summer research internship program which prepares students for admission to graduate level education. Students who are juniors and seniors, income-eligible, and first generation college students or who are from ethnic minority groups under-represented in graduate education qualify for program services. The McNair Scholars Project is a federally funded TRIO project. Note: this is a graduate school preparation program; it is not a scholarship.

Student Success Services: The Student Success Services (SSS) project offers academic support to students who are first generation college students, income-eligible, and/or individuals with disabilities. Student Success Services provides assistance with academics, personal/social choices, financial issues and pursuit of financial aid opportunities, and choice of college major and related career opportunities. The SSS project also provides its students with individual and group tutoring. All services are free to eligible participants, and services are intended to help students be successful in college and to stay in college through graduation. SSS is a federally funded TRIO project.

University Disability Support Services: University Disability Support Services (UDSS) provides a variety of services for students with physical, sensory, cognitive, or psychological disabilities, including printed materials in alternative format, note-taking assistance, classroom relocation, testing accommodations, access to adapted computers, parking assistance, advocacy, sign language interpreters, mobility orientation for the blind, as well as other academic support services. UDSS assists UW to meet its legal and ethical obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Services are coordinated with the efforts of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Wyoming Services for the Visually Impaired, when appropriate. Students with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations to fully participate in classes and programs at the University of Wyoming are strongly encouraged to register with UDSS and provide documentation of their disability.

Outreach Projects

Educational Opportunity Center: The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) assists first generation and income-eligible adults throughout Wyoming to continue their education. Services include assistance with college and financial aid applications, career and college exploration, and GED preparation. Outreach offices are located in Casper, Cheyenne, Ethete, Rock Springs, Powell, Riverton, Gillette, Torrington, and Laramie. EOC is a federally funded TRIO project.

GEAR-UP: The Wyoming Statewide GEAR-UP project provides services to 2000 income-eligible pre-college students throughout the state each year. Student services include career exploration, advising and supporting students in taking a college preparation curriculum, college preparation, ACT - preparation, college exploration, application, and planning, and assistance with financial aid processes and procedures. Student services are provided through GEAR-UP coordinators located at each of Wyoming's seven community colleges. The GEAR-UP grant also works with the Wyoming Department of Education in providing teacher training and school improvement initiatives. All GEAR-UP services are aimed at increasing student academic preparation and performance levels suited for post-secondary education, rates of high school graduation, rates of post-secondary education participation and graduation, and GEAR-UP student and family knowledge of post-secondary education options, high school preparation needs, and means of financing.

Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS) Project: The Math Science Project provides services to income-eligible and first generation 9th through 12th grade high school students throughout Wyoming. UBMS is designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary to be successful in high school and to complete a college degree program in a math or science area. Assistance with high school coursework and tasks related to college enrollment are provided throughout the academic year. The UBMS program includes a six-week, residential, summer academic session on the UW campus with an intensified math and science curriculum that includes performing active research under the guidance of university staff and graduate students. UBMS is a federally funded TRIO project.

Upward Bound: The Upward Bound program works with income-eligible, first generation high school students (grades 9-12) and their families to help them gain the skills and motivation necessary to successfully complete high school and to pursue a college degree. The program includes a six-week, residential, summer academic component on the UW campus designed to help students develop academically and socially in a university setting. Tutorial and enrichment services are provided throughout the academic year and participants and their families receive individualized assistance in completing tasks related to successful college enrollment. Outreach offices are located in Albany, Fremont, Laramie, and Natrona counties. Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO project.

Graduate Education

James C. Ahern, Associate Vice Provost
(307) 766-4286
Web site:

The Office of Graduate Education oversees and supports graduate and professional education at the university. In collaboration with Graduate Council, the Office of Graduate Education develops, reviews and implements policies and procedures regarding graduate and professional education and helps develop and review major changes to graduate and professional programs. The office also provides funding to programs and students including special initiatives, graduate assistantships, graduate fellowships and student travel. Furthermore, the Office of Graduate Education is the administrative home for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary graduate programs.

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