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What to Expect

Getting Ready for Saddle Up

We have designed Saddle Up to be a comprehensive and immersive experience that will help prepare you for the adjustment to college coursework at UW. This type of preparation programming has been shown to have a positive effect on college graduation rates as students transition from high school to a university. You will be guided through a week-long schedule with plenty of opportunities to connect with faculty, staff and of course the classmates who will be part of your college journey over the next several years.





Important Dates


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Early Move-In | August 14

First-year students will arrive early to campus ahead of the fall semester on Sunday, August 14 - one full week before the official semester begins. We'll have a check-in station near the residence halls which will allow you to check into camp, be assigned your Pokes Pack and receive all the details (and SWAG!) about the week's schedule.


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Preparation Camp | August 15-19

Beginning August 15, students will partake in a week of skill-building, study sessions and the course that will earn students an official college credit. These essential touchpoints are designed to help pave the way for a successful journey at UW. Your individualized schedule will be assigned to you at check-in and you can also see what a sample day will look like.


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Weekend Adventure | August 20-21

A week of immersive learning definitely calls for a weekend of fun! After sleeping in, of course. Healthy Relationships & Consent, We are UW, Cowboy Carnival and Rec Fest are ways to meet other Pokes and get to know the Cowboy community. An outdoor movie tops off the weekend leaving plenty of time to relax before classes begin on August 22. Check out the full schedule for details.



Get a Jump on Your Schedule!

When you get to campus, you'll receive your full camp schedule through the UW Navigate app, which will also be a tool you will use for advising throughout your time at UW.

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Camp Highlights



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Earning a College Credit

Since Saddle Up is required programming for incoming first-year, full-time students, you will earn one (1) college credit after completing Saddle Up. This will be listed as UWYO 1019 and can be used towards any applicable credits needed to complete your degree at UW!







Early Move-In - UW Residence Halls

Saddle Up will allow our first-year students to arrive one week early to campus ahead of the fall semester. That's right! You'll get to settle into the residence halls a full week early. Students will arrive on August 14 to check-in* and move into the halls before the start of Saddle Up. Your housing assignments will be finalized at the end of July so if you haven't started your housing contract yet for fall, now is the time!

More Info

*First-year students who have received an exemption from living in the UW residence halls will still be required to check in on campus on August 14 and participate during the full week of Saddle Up. Housing exemption notifications are sent to students weekly.

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Pokes Pack Camp Leaders

You and a small group of classmates will be assigned to a Pokes Pack led by one of our student peer mentors called Pokes Pack Leaders. Selected across various degree programs and colleges, these 150 student peer mentors will guide students throughout the week of Saddle Up.

Meet the Leaders




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Contact Us


Alumni House
214 S. 14th Street
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-4858



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