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The University of Wyoming General Statement of Capabilities and Mission

The University of Wyoming was established in Laramie in 1886 as one of the Nation's land grant institutions and remains the only four-year degree granting educational institution in the State of Wyoming. UW's more than 2,000 full-time faculty and staff are dedicated to providing quality instruction to students, conducting valuable programs of research, and serving Wyoming through education and cultural programs.


The University of Wyoming is governed by a bipartisan board of twelve trustees appointed by the governor with the consent of the Wyoming Senate. UW offers programs of study within seven accredited colleges: Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Law. Some degree programs are also offered through the UW/Casper College Center.  Enrollment at UW averages 12,000, including off-campus enrollment.

UW received more than $65 million in grants and contracts for the 2005 fiscal year. These funds support programs in instruction, service, and basic and applied research programs conducted throughout the state, the nation, and many international sites.  The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected UW for its highest research classification: Doctoral/Research Universities-Extensive.

The Laramie campus spreads over 785 acres and includes 82 major buildings housing instructional, research, and service facilities. The University Library system includes 7 separate libraries including the William Robertson Coe Library which has cataloged collections which total over 1.3 million volumes and 13,000 active periodical and serial titles.  Other resources include the American Heritage Center and 9 other museums and collections.  More than 20 research centers and institutes are housed on campus with several others located throughout the state. 

Information about specific UW programs may be obtained at www.uwyo.edu.

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