The University of Wyoming is a land-grant university located in Laramie, Wyoming, situated on Wyoming's high plains, at an elevation of 7,200 feet (2194 m), between the Laramie and Snowy ranges. The university first opened in September 1886 and is the only educational institution in Wyoming that offers bachelor's or graduate degrees. The university also offers outreach education in counties throughout Wyoming.
UW is also a national research university, prominently in the fields of environment and natural resource research, specializing in agriculture, energy, geology, and water resource related fields.
The University of Wyoming men's basketball program, which currently competes in the Mountain West Conference, has a lengthy tradition dating back to 1905. The first team of note was the 1934 team, which took second in the AAU national tournament. Cowboys fans can claim something that few other teams' fans can: an NCAA Championship, won in 1943 under Basketball Hall of Fame coach Everett Shelton and behind star guard Ken Sailors, who pioneered the jump shot that is now the standard in basketball.
Wyoming has made a total of 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, though the closest it has come to the lofty heights of the 1943 team was a Sweet 16 appearance in 1987. Since the Mountain West was formed in 1999, Wyoming has won two conference titles, including an outright championship in 2002. Prior to that, Wyoming won five championships in the Western Athletic Conference, eight championships in the Skyline Conference, and one championship in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.