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Alumni House | 214 S. 14th Street

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4858


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Saddle Up - College Preparation Camp


This program, which is mandatory for incoming students, will earn students one credit hour of UW credit. The program is an immersive yet exciting program that will give students the leg up they need to successfully navigate their time at UW as a student and campus community member.

Students attend one of nine college-based camps based on their declared major and participate in a collaborative learning experience by pairing with an undergraduate mentor in their selected college and a group of eight fellow first-time UW students in a Poke Pack. Students also meet and engage with faculty, staff and fellow students in their college.

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Benefits & Costs

In Saddle Up, students gain real-world exposure to the pace, cadence, and expectations of learning in a college classroom. Along with an understanding of the rapid tempo of daily course attendance and work, students also take college-level examinations and receive feedback on how to improve their performance.

With a focus on academic readiness, Saddle Up walks students through experiential learning and research opportunities that can enhance their time at the University. In the end, students are equipped with the ability to manage their time and course loads, be active and engaged learners and have preparation skills that will benefit them over the next four years and beyond.



As an incoming UW student, you will:

  • Experience the demand and pace of a real college class taught by actual professors

  • Receive one (1) college credit (UWYO 1019)

  • Move into your dorm room early

  • Become familiar with the university campus and its resources and people

  • Get an experiential introduction to academic resources, such as Canvas, the STEP Tutoring Center, the Libraries, and the Writing Center Network with peers and faculty in your major

  • Be ready for UW classes on day one!

UW's Saddle Up participants will be automatically enrolled in the one-credit course after confirming their admission enrollment. Students will pay the cost of one credit hour at our current tuition rate and must also pay an additional $200 course fee. Both are applied to the fall semester payment due on September 1, 2022. In addition to this fee, there is a $220 fee for meals and housing for the week of Saddle Up.

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Program Details & Schedules

Early move-in for Saddle Up participants will take place on August 14.


Saddle Up is intended for all incoming freshmen students regardless of academic credentials. You will be automatically enrolled in the UW’s Saddle Up College Preparation Camp and the course that corresponds to your major. It will appear on your schedule as UWYO 1019.

You will participate in the camp run by the college corresponding to your major. Once you’ve confirmed your enrollment at UW, please contact the Saddle Up program if you are enrolled in a camp that does not match your major. Exploratory Studies students will participate in a college camp relevant to their exploratory track.


If you cannot attend, you must receive written approval from a Saddle Up program coordinator. Please email the UW Student Success & Graduation Hub at as soon as possible to request an exemption. Exemptions are only offered in extreme circumstancesThe formal exemption, if approved, will mean you will be enrolled in an alternative course in the fall semester.

Important No-Show InformationStudents will fail the course for non-attendance if they do not receive a formal exemption prior to the start of Saddle Up.

Late or Partial Attendance Policy

If a circumstance arises that may cause you to be late arriving to UW's Saddle Up program, please email us at as soon as possible to request approval and arrange accommodation for missed materials. Likewise, if urgent circumstances arise during the week, you should contact for accommodations. Exemptions are only offered in extreme circumstances. A formal exemption, if approved, will mean you will be enrolled in an alternative course in the fall semester.

Yes! Transfer students can choose to attend either the full week-long program or a specially designed, shorter program on Friday, August 19. You may choose to attend either.

However, please note that this program is not mandatory for transfer students.


Saddle Up Housing Info

Saddle Up participants who sign a housing contract for the 2022-23 academic year will move in on August 14 from 8 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. Saddle Up participants who will not live in the residence halls are responsible for arranging their own housing during the program.

Saddle Up Meal Information

UW's Saddle Up participants will be provided with meals and snacks for the duration of the program. Students are encouraged to bring additional snacks and drinks.

Contact Us

Student Success & Graduation Hub

Alumni House | 214 S. 14th Street

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4858


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