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Nestled between two mountain ranges in southeastern Wyoming, UW offers varied academic and lifestyle opportunities including year-round cultural and recreational activities. Located in Laramie, a town of more than 30,800 with a unique blend of sophistication and western hospitality, UW has 12,600 students from all 50 states and almost 90 countries. UW offers 200 areas of study, a small student/faculty ratio and renowned faculty. As a nationally recognized research institution, UW’s global impact begins at our very own doorstep with innovative undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. UW provides an environment for success.


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Annual Student Costs

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Resident Undergraduate: $5,055

Average room and board: 8,986

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Non-Resident Undergraduate: $16,215

Average room and board: 8,986

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Resident graduate: $7,119

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Non-Resident graduate: $18,639

UW Student Demographic


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UW Athletics


Competing at the NCAA Division I-A level and as a member of the Mountain West Conference, the Cowboys and Cowgirls regularly contest regional and national powers in basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, track, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling (which is part of the Big 12 Conference). UW is committed to providing a healthy-minded environment with the newly renovated Half Acre recreation facilities, Outdoor Programs, UW credit for National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) courses, 19 club sport teams, and 45 intramural sports.

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Campus Recreation

Outdoor Program

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The University of Wyoming is one of the nation’s comprehensive public research universities, with a growing portfolio of research and scholarly activity in a variety of disciplines. UW offers exceptional opportunities for individualized undergraduate and graduate research. Through steady increases in the number of its outstanding faculty and through significant, ongoing investments in state-of-the-art research facilities, UW contributes strongly to the creation and broadening of knowledge through research and creative work. The Office of Research & Economic Development works with all seven colleges and UW's outreach programs to link research, technology transfer, and economic development efforts to enhance federal, state and private-sector support for faculty and graduate student scholarship. In a real sense, the office coordinates the origination, organization and execution of UW's research mission with principal investigators, departments, colleges, centers and institutes. Also the Research Office, through the Research Product Center, works with faculty, staff and student inventors to identify, protect and commercialize various kinds of intellectual property. These services are provided so that scholarly activities accomplished at UW enhance the creation of the new knowledge, new applications of existing knowledge, and positively impact economic development and society in general.

Office of Research and Economic Development

UW Top-tier Science Initiative

UW Officers and Trustees


Laurie Nichols                                   

UW President                                     

John MacPherson

Trustee President

Dave True

Trustee Vice President

Jeff Marsh

Trustee Secretary

John McKinley

Trustee Treasurer

Mel Baldwin


Dave Bostrum


Larry Gubbels


Kermit Brown


David Fall


Dick Scarlett


Michelle Sullivan


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Kate Miller

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Chris Boswell

Vice President for Governmental & Community Affairs

Bill Mai

Vice President for Administration

Robert Aylward

Vice President for Information Technology

Bill Gern

Vice President for Research & Economic Development

Sara Axelson

Vice President for Student Affairs

Ben Blalock

Vice President for Institutional Advancement & CEO of UW Foundation

Tom Burman

Director for Intercollegiate Athletics

Michael Rotellini

ASUW President

Matthew Mead

Governor of Wyoming

Jillian Balow

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Jim Rose

Executive Director, Wyoming Community College Commission



UW was founded in 1886 under the provisions of the federal Morrill Act of 1862, which provided for the establishment of land-grant universities. The Wyoming Agriculture Experiment Station was created in 1891 under the provisions of the federal Hatch Act of 1887, which provided for the establishment of agricultural experiment stations at those land-grant universities.


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