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Points of Pride

Points of Pride

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UW Pride is more than just colorful clothing—it’s a bold attitude that draws on a rich heritage of education, exploration and enterprise, and symbolizes the spirit of the West. UW celebrates the achievements of the individuals who represent our institution including students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors, as well as its unique bond with the people of Wyoming.

UW Pride also showcases our commitment to excellence in facilities and programs supported by public and private contributions, ranging from the Michael B. Enzi STEM facility and the Buchanan Center for Performing Arts to the Top-Tier Science Initiative and Trustees Education Initiative.

Learn hard, play hard. For more than 100 years, Pokes fans have been cheering on their favorite UW athletic teams while sporting their best Brown and Gold. Our outstanding student-athletes compete in both NCAA Division I-A and club sports, and strive for excellence on and off the field. Go Pokes!


10 Reasons to be a Cowboy

Top tier education at an excellent value

Students on Campus

A low student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1

Professor and Students

Nationally recognized research institution

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An unmatched study abroad scholarship program

UW Student at Great Wall of China

200+ student organizations and volunteer opportunities

UW Students Dancing in Gymnasium

World-class educational and research facilities

Stairwell Profile

Competitive Division I-A athletic programs

UW Basketball Player

Make global connections through the UW network of Alumni

Cowboy and Horse statue in front of Alumni House

Outreach and support to every corner of Wyoming and beyond

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Recognized as a top outdoor adventure school

Mountain bike trudging through snow

UW Students At a Glance

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Where we come from

We hail from all 50 states and 90 countries, and 59% of us are from the great state of Wyoming.

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We find support along the way

We can apply for $42.6 million in available scholarships or even get aid to study abroad.

Professor and Student have a lighthearted discussion

We study hard and love to learn

Before enrolling at UW, we earned an average high school GPA of 3.46 and a 24.5 average ACT score.

student standing

What we study

We are majoring in one of 80 undergrad or 90 grad programs.

UW History

The Gem City of Wyoming

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 13,500 students and more than 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 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 almost 125 years.

University Archives at the American Heritage Center is a great resource to access historical materials about important events and thousands of photographs in its online digital collections.

Explore our Community

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UW By The Numbers

7220 Feet of elevation
31,814 People call Laramie home
13,500 Number of UW students

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