University of Wyoming

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The University of Wyoming is a public, 4-year school set in Laramie, WY, in the high Laramie Plains between the Laramie and Snowy Mountains. The school was founded in 1886 before Wyoming became a state as a land grant school and its location is written into the State’s Constitution. The 785 acre campus features a blend of traditional Gothic, modern and contemporary architecture. Among the open and green spaces is Prexy’s Pasture – an open space set within the academic buildings and named for the obscure rule that the University President is set aside acreage for the grazing of cattle. Among notable alumni are former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of the Interior James Watt and sportscaster Curt Gowdy.

Academic Programs

The University of Wyoming is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and offers Bachelor’s degrees, post-baccalaureate Certificates, Master’s degrees, post-masters Certificates and Doctorates in over 190 programs. Noted for Pharmacy, Nursing, Teacher Education and Music, the largest programs on campus are in Business, Healthcare Professions and Education. The University is comprised of nine colleges and schools: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, College of Health Sciences, and College of Law, School of Energy Resources, School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Outreach School offering over 40 online degree programs. Per the Mission Statement, “In the exercise of our primary mission to promote learning, we seek to provide academic and co-curricular opportunities that will: Expose students to the frontiers of scholarship and creative activity and the complexities of an interdependent world; Ensure individual interactions among students, faculty, and staff; Nurture an environment that values and manifests diversity, free expression, academic freedom, personal integrity, and mutual respect; and Promote opportunities for personal growth, physical health, athletic competition, and leadership development for all members of the university community.”

Student Life

There are over 10,000 undergraduate students enrolled in the University of Wyoming, many of whom live on campus among the 10 residence halls and living communities. The University sponsors dozens clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the brown and gold Cowboys and Cowgirls, led by Pistol Pete and Cowboy Joe, field teams in 9 sports and participate in NCAA Division I competition. Per the stated Vision, “The University of Wyoming aspires to be one of the nation’s finest public land-grant research universities. We serve as a statewide resource for accessible and affordable higher education of the highest quality; rigorous scholarship; technology transfer; economic and community development; and responsible stewardship of our cultural, historical, and natural resources.” And the Mission Statement concludes “As Wyoming’s only university, we are committed to outreach and service that extend our human talent and technological capacity to serve the people in our communities, our state, the nation, and the world. The primary vehicles for identifying the specific actions and resource allocations needed to accomplish this complex mission are the university’s strategic plans, revised periodically.”

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