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University of Wyoming: Narrative Description


Laramie, WY 82070
Tel: (307)766-1121
Free: 800-342-5996
Admissions: (307)766-4272
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1886. Setting: 785-acre small town campus. Endowment: $190 million. Research spending 2003-04: $37.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $8566 per student. Total enrollment: 13,207. Faculty: 692 (643 full-time, 49 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 3,211 applied, 95% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 77% from top half. Full-time: 7,762 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 1,827 students, 69% women, 31% men. Students come from 53 states and territories, 46 other countries, 27% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 20% 25 or older, 20% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 75% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.75 high school GPA. Required for some: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Application deadline: 8/10. Notification: continuous. Preference given to qualified graduates of Wyoming high schools.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $2610 full-time, $87 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8640 full-time, $288 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $633 full-time, $153 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, program, and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, program, and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $5953. College room only: $2590. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 180 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 8% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Golden Key, SPURS, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, MECHA. Major annual events: homecoming, Resource Fair, Club Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,860 college housing spaces available; 1,839 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. William Robertson Coe Library plus 8 others with 1.3 million books, 3 million microform titles, 12,632 serials, 4,641 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $7.8 million. 950 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Named for Jacques LaRamie, an early trapper for the American Fur Company, Laramie was established in 1868. Today, the community is known as the "Gem City of the Plains." The mean annual temperature is 42 degrees. The city is accessible by air and bus lines. There are 24 churches in the area, representing 20 different religious denominations, a full-service hospital, library, and civic and fraternal organizations serving the community. Local recreation includes 2 movie theaters, bowling, golf, hunting, fishing, and nearby Snowy Range ski area. An annual rodeo and jubilee are held in July.

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