University of Wyoming

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1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-1121
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Aug. 10
application deadline

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#161 Overall Score: 35 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Wyoming is a public institution that was founded in 1886. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,194, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 785 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Wyoming's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 161. Its in-state tuition and fees are $4,404 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,124 (2013-14).

The University of Wyoming campus is situated between two mountain ranges in the southeast corner of the state, in the town of Laramie. The university, often abbreviated to UW, offers nearly 200 areas of study, including graduate programs in the fields of business, law, engineering and education. UW students can also earn academic credit by taking classes in the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Through this program, students can explore many interesting places and activities in courses such as Alaska Mountaineering, Himalaya Backpacking and Baja Sea Kayaking.

On campus, students can get involved in more than 200 organizations and participate in events such as Battle of the Bands and UW's Got Talent. Student athletes can play for many teams at the intramural, club and varsity level. The Wyoming Cowboys and Cowgirls intercollegiate teams compete in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference. Notable UW alumni include Dick Cheney, former vice president of the United States.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Wyoming is the state's only provider of baccalaureate graduate education, research, and outreach services. UW combines major-university benefits and small-school advantages, with more than 180 programs of study, an outstanding faculty and world-class research facilities -- set against the idyllic backdrop of southeastern Wyoming's rugged mountains and high plains. Among UW's features is its School of Energy Resources (SER), which provides nationally-competitive undergraduate and graduate instruction in energy-related disciplines while advancing the state of the art in Wyoming energy-related science, technology, and economics research. The SER also serves to support scientific and engineering outreach through dissemination of information to Wyoming's energy industries, companies, community colleges, and government agencies. The main campus is located in Laramie, approximately two hours north of Denver. The university also maintains the UW/Casper College Center, nine outreach education centers across Wyoming, and Cooperative Extension Service centers in each of the state's 23 counties, and on the Wind River Indian Reservation. To learn more about UW, go to the official Web site at

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1886
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $358,529,984


When applying to University of Wyoming, it's important to note the application deadline is August 10. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 10. The application fee at University of Wyoming is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 95.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 95.7%
Application deadline August 10
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 10

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Wyoming is 14:1, and the school has 40.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Wyoming include: Elementary Education and Teaching; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Psychology, General; Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; and Business Administration and Management, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 73.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 23%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 8%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 8%
Psychology, General 7%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 5%
Business Administration and Management, General 4%

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Student Life

University of Wyoming has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,194, with a gender distribution of 47.7 percent male students and 52.3 percent female students. At this school, 23 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 77 percent of students live off campus. University of Wyoming is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 12,903
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Wyoming offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Wyoming also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of Wyoming, 17 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Wyoming.

Students who have cars on campus 17%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Wyoming, 46.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,743.

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In-state tuition and fees $4,404 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,124 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,451 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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