The 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 to people close to the university. The university was founded in September 1886, four years before the territory was admitted as the 44th state, and opened in September 1887. The University of Wyoming is unusual in that its location within the state is provided by the state’s constitution. The university also offers outreach education in communities throughout Wyoming and online.
University of Wyoming offers 80 undergraduate and over 90 graduate academic programs through seven colleges and multiple interdisciplinary institutes and schools. With 83% of classroom instructors holding the highest degree in their field, a small student/faculty ratio and 91% of classes taught by faculty and lecturers, UW is among the nation’s top universities ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes.