About Wyoming

Quick Facts about the State of Wyoming:

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Population: 584,153 (2014 census)
Capitol: Cheyenne
Governor: Matt Mead
Motto: Equal Rights
Admitted to the United State: 1890
Size: 97,914, 9th largest state
Highest Point: Gannett Peak, 13,804 feet
Lowest Point: 3100, Belle Fourche River
Nickname: Cowboy State, Equality State
State Flag: Red, white and blue, white buffalo in the middle with seal of the State of Wyoming on the buffalo’s side

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State Flower: Indian Paintbrush
State Animal:
 Buffalo
State Bird: Meadowlark
State Tree: Cottonwood
State Gemstone: Jade
State Fish: Cutthroat Trout

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The logo featured on the Wyoming football helmet, license plates, and everything else in Wyoming is a copyrighted logo, copyrighted by the State of Wyoming preventing anyone else from using the logo, making it to unique to Wyoming.

Quick Facts about the University of Wyoming:

Location: Laramie, WY
Founded: 1886
Nickname: Cowboys and Cowgirls
Mascot: Pistol Pete and Cowboy Joe
Colors: Brown and Gold
Enrollment: 12,627
President: Laurie Nichols

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The University of Wyoming is located on the high plains of Southwest Wyoming. Laramie is located 45 miles from Cheyenne, WY, the state capitol, 145 miles from Denver, CO, and 65 miles from Fort Collins, CO. The University of Wyoming boasts one of the best engineering programs in the Western United States, housed under one of the biggest educational buildings on campus. The University recently underwent a remodel to make it more of a walking/biking campus by eliminating many of the paved roads located within campus to make it safer for the students walking to and from class. They also run a shuttle service from the stadium to campus for anyone living outside of the campus area. Sitting at 7200 feet often takes it’s toll on incoming freshman, especially those not from Wyoming, so staying in shape is often not a challenge in Laramie, but in case it is, there is a large workout facility located next to the Student Union. Prexy’s Pasture is where students gather to soak up the sun, play frisbee and football, and get to class, as it’s one of the most highly traveled parts of campus. Laramie features a great night life, with many bars and restaurants downtown to keep things interesting for students.

  • The residence halls at UW are the most densely populated area of Wyoming. 2500 live within the dorm area.
  • War Memorial Stadium becomes the 3rd largest city in Wyoming when filled. Arena Auditorium becomes the 5th largest city when filled.
  • White Hall and Macintyre Hall, part of the residence halls, are the tallest buildings in the state of Wyoming, standing at 13 stories tall.
  • It is still legal to graze your horse on Prexy’s Pasture.
  • The University of Wyoming is the highest four year university in America, standing at 7,200 ft in elevation.
  • The University of Wyoming is a leading university of the field of environment and natural resource research, specializing in agriculture, energy, and geology.
  • The University is home to seven colleges, which offer 86 bachelors, 66 masters, and 26 doctoral degrees. The University also houses one of the lowest faculty/student ration, among the best in the nation.
  • Named by the New York Times as one of the best educational buys.

Notable Alumni:
Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States of America, former Secretary of Defense
Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers
Les Brownlee, Secretary of the Army
Dave Freudenthal, Governor of Wyoming
Curt Gowdy, Sportscaster
Paul Andrews, Executive Vice President of Kroenke Sports Enterprise
Peter M. Johnson, President of oil division of Sinclair Oil
General Peter J. Schoomaker, Army Chief of Staff
Marlan Scully, theoretical physicist
Gerry Spence, trial lawyer
Carol Tome, CFO of Home Depot
Sol Trujillo, CEO of Telstra

For more notable alumni with profiles go here: UW Alumni Profiles 

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