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The University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming campus. (Wikipedia/cqfx)

It’s known by many as simply, “U-Dub”. And from its very beginning this great place has been a source of Wyoming pride and joy. The University of Wyoming is the Cowboy State’s only baccalaureate-granting institution of higher learning. And UW is unique in that Wyoming is the only state in the Union with just one 4-year college.

The University of Wyoming was a creation of the Wyoming Territorial Legislature of 1886, signed into law by Governor Francis E. Warren. Four years before Statehood, and the grant was given, and one year later, September 6th, 1887, the very first classes were held. It was actually called Wyoming University when it opened its doors, in a brand-spanking-new building called Old Main. This magnificent structure that cost a whopping 49,000-dollars to build, would open for classes with 5 professors, and 42 students. The cost of a Wyoming education for a student in that first class was $7.50 per class for the semester. Ex-Wyoming Governor John Hoyt was the university’s first President.

The University of Wyoming today offers 200 programs of study. The University boasts a faculty and staff of 5,000, and a student body in excess of 13,000 students. Every state in the Union, and more than 20 different countries are repesented in the University of Wyoming’s student body. The campus itself was all of 17-acres in 1887, today’s U-Dub covers 500 beautiful acres in Laramie, Wyoming. UW is the “highest” university campus in the land, at an elevation of 7,200 feet, nestled amongst the Snowy Range, the Medicine Bow Mountains and the high plains.

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