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UW Areas of Excellence

The Spirit of the West


The spirit of being a Cowboy is more than brown and gold—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 is committed 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.




So Many Reasons to be a Cowboy




Student-Faculty Ratio
Average Class Size of 30 Students 


Study Abroad Locations
In 86 Different Countries 


Registered Student Organizations
Across Campus






Competitive NCAA Division 1 Sports Teams 
22 Club Team Sports 
50+ Intramural Sports 



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Countries & 50 States Represented by
our Student Population






Ragtime Cowboy Joe is the official fight song of the University of Wyoming and serves as a game day tradition for the whole state of Wyoming and fans across the globe. Full-time UW students gain free admission to every home sporting event and sing it loud while cheering on our Cowboys and Cowgirls! While you're there, you might even spot Cowboy Joe himself - UW's favorite pony!

Learn more UW traditions by exploring UW student blogs and become a Cowboy! 


Be Part of Something Bigger


Help Shape UW History


The University of Wyoming is known for bucking the system. When it first opened its doors to 42 students and five faculty members in September 1887, Wyoming was still a territory. Befitting to the University of “The Equality State” both the student and faculty populations included women from day one. The campus consisted of one building built on the outskirts of town in Laramie's city park, where it still stands today. Old Main held classes, the library and administrative offices during the first years of the university's existence. Expansion and unwavering progress were soon to follow.  

Over the last century, UW has grown into a nationally recognized land-grant research and teaching institution with over 700 expert faculty, top-ranked academics, world-class facilities and a beautiful campus sprawling more than 1,000 acres. We still remember where we started though and strive to keep the traditions of the west alive.  

The University Archives at the American Heritage Center is a great resource to access historical materials about important events and thousands of photographs - just another way we continue to buck the system. 

A homecoming parade float from 1937 in front of the current day Arts and Sciences buildingSculptor Robert Russian poses by his statue of Benjamin Franklin in 1958 in front current day A&S A shot of the West side of Coe Library from 1979 in font of the current day buildingTwo women sitting in front of Hoyt Hall when it was still a dorm in 1948 in front of the current day buildingA shot of Merica Pharmacy from 1966 in front of the current day Merica Hall which holds staff and faculty senateView of Old Main in 1954 in front of the current day buildingHistoric shot of the first group of UW faculty in 1891 in front of the current day Old MainGroup photo of the 1897 UW Camera Club members on the Old Main staircase that no longer standsA students photo from the UW 1985 yearbook in front of the current day Prexy'sStudents outside the Union in 1967 in front of the current day building


get involved on campus




Not only is the UW campus beautiful, but it's also full of events and activities and boasting with ways for students to get involved! From concert series to service opportunities, UW can support your interests and offer you a community of people passionate about the same things you are. Be part of something bigger - be a part of UW! 


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Contact Us

UW Office of Admissions

Knight Hall 150
Department 3435, 1000 E. University Avenue
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-5160
Toll-Free: (800) 342-5996
E-mail: admissions@uwyo.edu 

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