The University of Wyoming ,founded in March 1886, was opened in the September of 1887. As the university was founded four years before the state of Wyoming came into existence, it is unique in the sense that its location is depicted in the state’s constitution. It consists of seven colleges providing higher education in the fields of arts and science, business, education, agriculture and other natural resources, health sciences, law and engineering & applied sciences.
Apart from on-campus classes, the university also offers distance education through online courses in over 41 degree and certificate programs. The university is often abbreviated as UW, pronounced ‘U-Dub’ by the locals.
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The University is located in the state of Wyoming in western USA at an elevation of 7220 feet (2194 m) in the town of Laramie between Laramie Plains and Snowy Range mountains. The university is located in a suburban setting in a soft serene environment.
The campus of the university has its expanse in 785 acres and includes various high end infrastructural elements to meet the informal and formal social requirements such as banquet room, ballroom, game rooms and lounges.
In addition to these, a post office, student store and bookstore are also available. The original layout has been tailored and renovated numerous times to adjust according to the changing requirements and growing student numbers, and now there is more expanded ballroom, food area, bookstore and additional offices.
The University found its inception way back to 1886 when the cornerstone was laid. This event formally marked the beginning of the University of Wyoming. The Old Main House consists of all the administrative buildings like the President’s Office as well as a meeting or conference room where the meetings of the Board of Trustees conduct their meetings.
Surrounding these buildings lie the popular Prexy’s Pasture which is an extensive area covered entirely with lush green grass. All the administrative buildings as well as the academic classrooms are situated along this ring of grass.
The University consists of the famous Coe Library which stocks huge collection of books, journals, periodicals which students can refer to as part of their course. This library has undergone significant changes and modifications in order to accommodate more books as well as more students.
Besides the library, the University also consists of the American Museum Center, the Art Museum, Geological museums, insect museums, Anthropological museum etc. Last but certainly not the least the university also consists of the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center which is a very contemporary place to organize both formal as well as social gatherings.
For housing and accommodation needs of the students, the university has 4 apartment complexes and 6 residence halls. The residential halls primarily house freshmen students and are named after noteworthy administrators or faculty members of the university. The Downey Hall is an eight storied tall dormitory building, whereas the White Hall is a twelve storey dormitory building and is also the tallest building in Wyoming. Other than these, other remarkable halls are the 12-storey McIntyre Hall and 8-storey Orr Hall. The apartments of the university are located to the east side of War Memorial Stadium. One can avail these apartments on FCFS basis for all the students of UW who are above the freshman status.
The University offers plenty of options when it comes to off campus accommodation. Some of the preferred places where students reside are Campus Habitat, The Pointe at WYO, 815 East Ivinson Avenue, 171 North 6th Street, 210 North 13th Street, 612 South 11th Street, 1115 East Park Avenue, 1414 East Gibbon Street, 111 ½ Grand Avenue, 1207 East Canby Street, 518 Russell Street, 1927 East Garfield Street, 1429 Boswell Drive, 1023 East Arnold Street, 468 West Park Avenue etc. The average cost of apartments in these areas is somewhere around $900-$1000.
UW is proud of its talented team of elite faculty. The university believes that the reputation and excellence of the university is built upon the quality and dedication of its high class faculty and staff. The faculty is committed to providing a safe, rewarding and stimulating workplace that promotes joint approaches towards problem-solving and encourages professional development and best learning atmosphere.
Jobs and placements
The university has a ‘Center for Advising and Career Services’ to help students in their quest towards finding a rewarding job. It organizes career Events like job fairs and on-campus interviews for recruitment. It also provides an online interface, where students can see employers interviewing on-campus and sign-up for the recruitment process. Students can easily search the UW2Career or the eRecruiting database of internships and jobs. There is a Career Center, which is dedicated to helping College of Business students with career planning assistance.
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