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University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming (Top College No. 235) first opened its doors to a class of 42 students in 1886. Today, students hail from all 50 states and more than 90 countries around the globe. There are more than 200 student organizations on campus. The school’s Geological Museum houses a 75-foot Brontosaurus skeleton. Student-athletes compete in the Mountain West Conference at the NCAA Division I level. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is a notable alumnus.

Where has UWYO ranked?

  • UW was ranked among the nation's top colleges and universities by US News & World Report, Forbes, and Princeton Review in 2010 and Outside magazine has recognized UW as one of the top "adventure colleges."
  • UW has the largest single scholarship endowment for study abroad support in the U.S. and UW's Honors Program has been named as one of the best among public universities.
  • Money ranks Wyoming at #9 for the best state for young adults--"...the cheapest 4-year in-state college tuition rates in the country..."
  • The UW Elementary Education Program ranks No. 5 among 781 colleges nationwide, according to a study by a teacher-focused website.
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3-D Visualization Center

The EIC’s Shell 3-D Visualization Center (Viz Center) proudly houses the only four-walled, 3-D CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) in Wyoming. The Viz Center’s mission is “To create and maintain a community of empowered users who will drive the enhancement of teaching and research at UW, by utilizing visualization technology and embracing collaborative multidisciplinary opportunities”. The Viz Center beautifully complements the primary function of the EIC-- to enable scientists and engineers to visualize and interact with highly complex and data sets.

Designed, engineered and integrated by Mechdyne Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of innovative visual information technologies, the laboratory combines high-resolution stereoscopic projections and 3-D computer graphics to create a virtual environment where researchers can analyze, interpret and share a wide variety of spatially related data.  One of the laboratory’s many capabilities is its ability to model oil, gas, and water movements and interactions in the subsurface environment, which will aid researchers and energy companies in deriving maximum value from their mineral resources.

Morgan Deters in the 3-D Cave

UW Traditions

UW traces its roots back to 1886, when the university was established by the territorial legislature four years before Wyoming became a state.

A land-grant university, the University of Wyoming has since grown into a nationally recognized research institution which includes accomplished faculty and world-class facilities on a picturesque campus.

UW Pride is more than wearing brown and gold. It's a symbol of the relationship between communities and UW that enhances the state.

The story behind the colors of the University of Wyoming dates back to 1895. In the spring of that year, the first ever UW Alumni Banquet was held. Decorations for the banquet included Brown-Eyed Susan’s, a flower native of Southeastern Wyoming. The Alumni were so impressed with the colors (brown and yellow) and the beauty of the flowers that they decided to select these colors as the official school colors at UW. Currently, the colors are described as brown and gold.

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  • One of the nation's best, and most distinctive logos, the image on Wyoming's uniforms depicts a cowboy riding a bucking horse. This symbol has been a part of the University of Wyoming Athletics Department since the early 1920s, when UW Equipment Manger Deane Hunton obtained a photograph of a cowboy, Guy Holt, riding the world-famous bucking horse Steamboat. Steamboat was born on a ranch between Laramie and Bosler in 1901, and is regarded as one of the greatest bucking horses ever. Hunton traced the photo, and had it made into a logo, that was utilized by UW athletic teams. In later years, the symbol more closely resembled the logo on the state's automobile license plates which was a depiction of another horse and rider. That bucking horse also was world famous and was called "Deadman".

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