University of Wyoming is a land-grant university located in Laramie, Wyoming, situated on Wyoming's high Laramie Plains, at an elevation of 7,200 feet (2194 m), between the Laramie and Snowy Range mountains. It is known as UW (often pronounced "U-Dub") to people close to the university.
On September 27, 1886 the cornerstone of Old Main was laid marking the beginning of the University of Wyoming. The stone is inscribed Domi Habuit Unde Disceret, which is often translated,"He need not go away from home for instruction." The following year, the first class of 42 men and women began their college education. For the next decade the building housed classrooms, a library and administration offices.
In September 1937, with the approval of the Wyoming State Legislature, President Arthur G. Crane obtained a Public Works Administration loan for $149,250 to be used for construction of a student union. On March 3, 1938, ground was broken and construction began on what would become the Wyoming Union. Many students were involved in the construction and twenty-five students were trained to be stone-cutters.
The original library at the University of Wyoming consisted of three hundred books and was located in Old Main. In 1923, the library was moved to the new Aven Nelson Memorial Building. With the 1950s came a larger student population and a greater push for America to excel academically. These factors contributed to the decision by the board of trustees that it was necessary to construct a new library. However, the 1951 state legislature rejected the funding request.
College of Arts & Sciences offers more than 50 majors, 60 minors, and seven interdisciplinary programs. Geology, Archaeology, Botany, and Geography programs take advantage of Wyoming’s unique environment, while International Studies, Sociology, and Political Science provide global context. Emphasizing field study, internships, and individual research projects, A&S enhances global perspectives through exchange programs and study abroad.
College of Business is one of fewer than 15% of all business schools worldwide to be fully accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels by AACSB. Seniors consistently score in the top 10% on nationwide business achievement tests, and more than 100 business scholarships are awarded annually. Internationally recognized faculty provide hands-on education in state-of-the- art facilities.
College of Health Science offers programs in pharmacy, nursing, social work, kinesiology, communication disorders, and dental hygiene, and students have the opportunity to receive preprofessional advising. Students study and learn in interdisciplinary teams with state-of-the-art technology, including nursing students who are able to study and learn in a simulated hospital ward.
Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) was formed as a center of excellence and a depository of knowledge regarding the implementation of Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) techniques in Wyoming. The mission of EORI is to promote the recovery of Wyoming’s stranded oil. The Institute exists to assist Wyoming operators with their EOR projects by applying existing technologies and creating new knowledge when necessary, maximize the economic potential and minimize the risk of EOR projects, facilitate the testing, evaluation, and documentation of EOR recommendations in the real world settings, and transfer the information to Wyoming producers by forming partnerships and conducting workshops and conferences.
Transit & Parking Services monitors parking lots and provides transportation to ease access to the University of Wyoming campus. The transit service consists of different systems that operate independently. Students need only to present their ID card to board the shuttles. With the exception of first-time visitors, other users are required to purchase tickets or passes. As of the Fall semester of 2010, a single ride costs US $0.50
Mohammed Al Mady – Executive President, SABIC
Paul Andrews – Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Kroenke Sports Enterprise
Eli Bebout – Wyoming state senator from Riverton since 2007, former Speaker of the Wyoming House of Representatives, Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2002
Rigo Beltrán – former Major League Baseball pitcher
Larry Birleffi – Class of 1942, announced all Wyoming Cowboys football and basketball games from 1947–1986
Anthony Blakes – current Harlem Globetrotters basketball player
Charles Bradley – NBA Basketball Player
Bradley A. Buckles – Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) 1999–2004
Jerry Buss – owner of the Los Angeles Lakers
Dick Cheney – former Vice-President of the United States of America (George W. Bush President), former U.S. Congressman, former White House Chief Of Staff (served under Gerald Ford) and former U.S. Defense Secretary (served under George H. W. Bush)
Francis Chesley – linebacker for the Green Bay Packers
Josh Davis – NBA Basketball Player
Fennis Dembo – NBA Basketball Player
W. Edwards Deming – Creator of Total Quality Management
Francois M. Dickman – former United States Ambassador to Kuwait
Floyd Dominy – Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner 1959–1969
Aaron Elling – NFL placekicker
Bob Fitzke - MLB and NFL player