Wyoming is a really great school. Academically it has very strong programs and the accreditations necessary. It has a beautiful but small campus in a small college town. If you're looking for a big city atmosphere, the University of Wyoming is definitely not the place to go. The students at the school have their fair share of parties, but many of the people that come to the University come because of the really great deal on tuition and room and board, or for the many outdoor opportunities that the school has to offer. Fifteen minutes east is Vedavoo, a great hiking and rock climbing spot; thirty minutes west are the Snowy Range Mountains, Centennial and some great scenic spots for those who enjoy winter sports, fishing, hiking and much more. If you feel like taking a weekend trip, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Saratoga Hot Springs, the Grand Tetons, and the Big Horn Mountains are only a relatively short drive away. My favorite thing about the school is the variety of activities it has to offer that you can't get out on the east coast, the fun old west culture that you get to see so often, and the country swing dances that happen in Laramie all the time. As much as I love these things you do find the negative aspects of the campus, I mean no college or university is perfect. A lot of times instead of 6 degrees of separation you find only 2 or 3. Many people that go to school at the University of Wyoming are from the area and come to school with an already settled group of friends. Sometimes it's hard to make friends when no one else is looking for them. I've made some great friends but you have to make sure to go out there and be social. Another thing I've learned is that Wyoming is usually at least 10 or 20 years behind the rest of the country in social mannerisms. Now don't get me wrong the chivalry shown is great, but sometimes people aren't so politically correct or accepting. This is definitely not the case for everyone, it just is a little more noticeable in a place like Wyoming, compared to the hub of liberals living in Massachusetts. The school has a lot of great things going for it, but i'd say the biggest student complaint would be the lack of things to do that aren't outdoor related, but there has been a lot of construction and new businesses coming in this past year, so we'll see if that changes a little!
The University of Wyoming provides a unique one-on-one atmosphere between students and staff that makes learning more efficient and gratifying. Moreover, classroom sizes are not exceedingly big or inconvenient for students. Hence, making appointments with professors during or after their scheduled office hours is advantageous to students, due to professors having less grading and more time for students. Likewise, the staff is very helpful and knowledgeable, which can be a valuable resource to students. Additionally, the size of the campus is not too big or too small, but just right, due to everything being in walking distance. Furthermore, the university provides a wide range of services including access to tutors, writing centers, sporting events, various types of transportation, multiple libraries, Registered Student Organizations, and fun activities throughout the week and on weekends. Also, this university is known for its school pride and attendance at sporting events, so there is never a dull moment. Nevertheless, UW is located in a small college town called Laramie, Wyoming, which has an elevation of 7, 200 feet, so this is a mile high university. Therefore, expect lots of wind and cold weather in the winter time. Nonetheless, this is an outdoor enthusiast paradise and many recreational activities are provided throughout the year. Remarkably, this university is also ranked fairly well in the nation and is affordable to most students. Overall, I would recommend this university to students that are looking for something new and exciting away from city life.
I don't think that I would change anything about UW. I love it here, even when I get weird looks when I say that I am going to school there, just because NY is so far away from it. The atmosphere is great although it is almost always cold. It is not taken for granted though when the sun comes out, you see so many more people outside enjoying it. A college town is what Laramie is to me. When the school year is over it becomes more quiet so I hear, and on the weekends you can tell that the students are out because campus is deserted. I think that the administration does a great job keeping the students updated on campus activieties and construction and all sorts of opprotunities, many of them are free. We get emails at least once a week updating the students. I think that UW has a good amount of campus pride. We do well not only in academics but in extracuricular activities and sports. The one thing that is most complained about is the fast changing weather, however we put on our layers and walk to school and around campus with the same attitudes as when the sun shines- sort of. We at least still go to class. I think that I will always remember the welcoming feeling that comes when a new semester starts, there is a new beginning-like feeling. An opprotunity is again opened to become a better student and get more involved. The University of Wyoming was my first choice and still is.
The wide open spaces and everyone's generosity is by far my favorite part about our state. I would bring more people here and have at least one big city. This place is too small and everyone seems to get sucked back into the state. I love the size of our university. I hope it stays this sixe so we can eventually get another university in the state. Because Laramie is so small the town is basically the campus so everyone is always at the union, on Greek Row or buzzing around downtown in Laramie. We are very lucky to have such a strong faculty and administration here at UW. They are all here truly for the students. This is evident because they know everyone's names and make you feel like people. I think the biggest controversy on campus is parking and pedestrian safety is our biggest challenge and concern. Unfortunately we have little to no school spirit. I think my high school has more spirit. This is because everyone who attends here are on scholarships and Wyoming was not their first choice. Our parents have so much pride. Wyoming is just very small and everyone here has a small town mentality. This makes us a little unusual. The one experience I will always remember is the lasting friendships I have made here. I am a better person because of this University and all that it has offered me. I think parking again is the biggest complaint.
Even though some people might look at this as a negative, I love the fact that the University of Wyoming is pretty small. On campus, everybody almost knows everybody else. It's quiet and peaceful for the most part. Unlike some cities that just happen to have a college, the University of Wyoming is a college that happens to have a town. The locals do a very good job of supporting the University in every way they can. People in Wyoming are very proud of their state and doing things their way, so with this being the only 4 year college, there is a lot of school pride also. The students don't universally show that spirit at the sporting events like at other places, but those that do attend are among the most rabid fans in the nation. There really is no reason not to go to Wyoming though because it is cheap. If you're from Wyoming, you can almost get all of your schooling paid for, and if you're not from Wyoming, the non-resident tuition is still lower than many of the schools where you're from.
Wyoming may seem like a boring place, if you have never been here. You may not even know where it is, WE ARE NOT IN COLORADO. WE are the other square state, just north of CO. I am originally from the east coast so if you love the ocean like i do then yes things will be lacking but besides that its a pretty great place to live. Unlike other places we do a lot of outdoors things. Rock climbing, snowshoeing, hiking, snowmobiling, 4 wheeling, camping, bouldering, like i said, lots of outdoor things. If you have never breathed fresh air than come on up. As a state, WY is far above the water line with concern to elevation, we also have the freshest air. If you are a runner, skier, or all around sportman,then you really want to train here, it will expand your lung capacity. The only things that i would change would be exactly how the winter is, the wind, and the colors, the shades of brown and beige may work for some but i like a litte green here and there that is not from an Evergreen tree.
Coming from a small town I was worried about going off to college by myself in a large city. The great thing about the University of Wyoming is that it is based in a small town. The community supports the University and as a college student, the community is welcoming and comfortable. It was easy to feel at home in my home away from home. The University is also great because you get the Division I experience with a smaller population. With a small population, the crime is low so I always feel safe on campus and in town. Furthermore, the school has a lot of pride. Surrounded by pride, I am proud to be a student at the University of Wyoming. At athletic games the crowd supports are teams, win or lose. If your a Wyoming fan, people will high five you or start a conversation just because you have something in common. Overall, I have had a positive experience at the University of Wyoming and I'm always telling high school students that they need to check it out.
Okay, so the school is cool and I really like all the facilities and conveniences and all that jazz, but the wind here is so terrible that it makes me want to kill myself sometimes (haha, not really, but it's pretty bad). I like the town of Laramie because it's just the right size for my liking and is very "hip" and "college-y." It has some cool stores and coffee shops, and it has a Safeway, which is badass. As for school pride and all that, I'm pretty sure it's through the roof. I'm really not into football and cowboys and things of that sort, so I'm not exactly like "Go Pokes! Whoop whoop!" but everyone else is, so I guess that's good. Ummm...I spend a lot of time at the gym and in the Fine Arts building (Art major, what do you expect). But yeah, I'm pretty content with everything except for the shitty weather.
wyoming has great scenery. if i could, i would stop the wind from blowing. the school is a good size. business classes are typically about 30 students. i spend most of my time on campus in class. its best to be indoors during winter. there are a lot of new building being built right now (08) that should be completed in a few years. school pride is really strong. the football games always have good attendance and also our girls basketball team kicks ass. parking is the biggest complaint from all students. there really is only one big parking lot and you must ride a bus to the campus from it. if you park closer to campus it's in a pay lot where you pay 50 cents an hour but this lot is really small and you have to get there early to find a spot.
Choosing the University of Wyoming for me was a very difficult decision, but one I would not change for the world. My dad went there and the pressure he exerted on me was insurmountable. I finally gave in and was hesitant about it at first. But now I could not be more proud of my decision, my school, friends, and the good ol cowboy Joe. The school pride is the best of anywhere I have seen, and everyone uses our common thread, being "pokes" to bond together; one united front as we face other schools.