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Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University Rating: 4.0/5 (21 votes)

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Introduction

Founded in 1897 as Branch Normal School, Southern Utah University (SUU) is located in historic Cedar City, Utah. The university offers technical certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. Students seeking to earn continuing education credits or simply take a few classes for personal or professional enrichment may do so as well.

In addition to having an excellent academic reputation, Southern Utah also has an organized intercollegiate athletics club that offers a wide array of sports. The university also has an active Greek life as well as many student organizations and clubs so that students may participate in campus life in many different ways.

Cedar City, much like many American West towns, has a rich and wonderful history and has many organizations such as Bryce Canyon National Park that pairs with the school in order to provide interesting, educational, innovative ways for students to learn in a hands-on environment. Cedar City and the surrounding area offers many activities for students to participate in including outdoor activities such as hiking, camping and rock climbing. There are also excellent restaurants, historical spots, shopping venues and national parks within walking distance. SUU has something for everybody, regardless of interest!

Academics

Southern Utah University offers many different educational options and meets the needs of a diverse community. Students may earn technical certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. They have an unusually varied program and many supports in place to promote student success.

Students may choose to earn an associate’s degree for many reasons. They may want to start a new career, or obtain the educational requirements necessary to progress at their current jobs. Some students may also earn an associate’s in order to get a higher-paying job while working towards a bachelor’s. Students may either earn an Associate of Art, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Pre-Engineering. There are several different majors within most degrees.

Bachelor’s programs include numerous majors. There is the traditional Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees offered as well as three Bachelor of Fine Arts programs including Art & Design, Theatre and Music. Students may also choose to chart their own course and choose a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies. Should a student decide to pursue a second bachelor’s degree, they may do so by adding an additional 30 credit hours to their existing degree.

There are a currently nearly ten master’s degrees offered including majors in accountancy, education and sports conditioning & performance.

Southern Utah University has eight different colleges that contain all of their programs and departments. There are the standard colleges such as the the Graduate School, the College of Education, the School of Business and the College of Science and Engineering but there are two others designed for students with different needs.

The School of Continuing and Professional Studies is designed to serve the needs of a wide variety of students. They offer continuing education programs for working professionals, English as a Second Language Program and Community Education courses that offers programs for adults and children alike that are seeking personal enrichment and “just for fun” classes. In addition, this school is home to the online and distance learning program.

Finally, the University College offers programs that help students with more concentrated academic needs such services as tutoring and general courses that bridge the gap and help get them up to speed enough so that they may proceed to college-level courses. This college also offers career and professional services and houses the First Year Seminar Program and the Study Abroad and Away Program.

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Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

In order to apply on time for Southern Utah University, applications must be submitted by May 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester. Applications for summer courses must be made at least one week in advance of the start date of the class. The university does accept late applications, but a late fee is charged.

In order to apply to SUU, first-year students need to complete the application either online or using the paper application and submit it along with the fee by the application deadline. Prospective students will also need to submit an official high school transcript and ACT/SAT scores. SAT scoring is based only on Critical Reading & Math sections; the Writing Section isn’t considered.

When considering undergraduate applications, SUU utilizes an admission index. Students who score less than the required index score should contact the admissions office to discuss alternate admission methods. For students that are admitted but score low on the English portion of the ACT, lower-level courses will be required. For students that score below the minimum requirements on the Math section of the ACT, a math placement test will be required. This is to ensure academic success for all students.

Graduate Admissions

All applicants to the graduate programs are required to have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. International students must have achieved the equivalent. There are separate admission requirements for each graduate program but there are several things that graduate candidates can expect to be required to submit. Some of these include the application and fee, standardized graduate preparedness tests such as the GRE, undergraduate transcripts, and letters of recommendation.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to students who qualify in the form of merit-based and need-based scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. Students wishing to apply for assistance with tuition, books and living expenses need to start the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that’s available online starting in January. Financial information for both the student and family will be required so the student should have this information readily available when completing the application.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5853rd for the average student loan amount.
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Athletics

The Southern Utah Thunderbirds is an NCAA Division I organization that offers several intercollegiate sports activities including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf and track & field. Men have the additional options of baseball and football while women may also choose to participate in gymnastics, softball, tennis, soccer and volleyball.

The Thunderbirds football team plays in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division 1-AA and competes in the Great West Football Conference. The other teams participate in the Summit League and the Western Athletic Conference. Starting in 2012, the university will be a member of the Big Sky Conference. Team colors and red and black.

Southern Utah University also offers a Rodeo Team and Club that competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Bibliography

  • Southern Utah University. Southern Utah University. 2011. Web. 8 August 2011.
  • SUU Southern Utah Thunderbirds. Southern Utah University. 2011. Web. 8 August 2011.
  • “Southern Utah University.” The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review. 2011. Web. 8 August 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 6th in Utah and 1132nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Utah and 90th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.03
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 6 0.08

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 36 0.12
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 12 0.04
Robbery 4 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 175 0.59
Larceny 693 2.36
Vehicle theft 31 0.11

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Cedar City, UT 84720
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population29,204 (21,978 urban / 7,226 rural)
Households9,075 (3.15 people per house)
Median Household Income$33,150
Families6,887 (3.46 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4902

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 1255th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,208 $5,208 $17,186
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $716 $716 $716
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $244 $244 $810
FT Graduate Tuition $6,566 $6,566 $20,620
FT Graduate Required Fees $716 $716 $716
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $294 $294 $927
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,082 $19,082 $31,060
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,824 $19,824 $31,802
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,324 $12,324 $24,302

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,198 $5,576 $5,198 $5,576 $15,910 $16,984
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,600(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,500 $6,458
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,800(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,500(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,800(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,800(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 8,318 (3,313 male / 5,005 female)
Admitted 4,749 (1,883 male / 2,866 female)
Admission rate 57%
First-time Enrollment 1,272 (449 male / 823 female)
FT Enrollment 1,211 (418 male / 793 female)
PT Enrollment 61 (31 male / 30 female)
Total Enrollment7,745

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Big Sky Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Big Sky Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big Sky Conference

ACT Test Admission

498th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 90%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26

SAT Test Admission

629th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 13%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 930 / 1150

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity599
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$3,078
Board Fee$3,680

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 39 21 52 20 17 1,470 38 1,685
Accounting 3 2 2 1 77 1 86
Agriculture, General 15 15
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production 1 1
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2 1 3
Art Teacher Education 4 4
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1 2
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General 2 2
Athletic Training/Trainer 2 7 9
Biology Teacher Education 1 5 6
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 5 1 1 65 1 75
Building Construction Technology 2 2
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager 7 7
Business Administration and Management, General 13 1 1 59 2 78
Business Teacher Education 2 2
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician 7 7
Chemistry Teacher Education 1 1
Chemistry, General 18 1 19
Computer Science 1 7 8
Computer and Information Sciences, General 5 1 6
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 1 2 1 1 36 2 46
Dance, General 6 6
Drama and Dance Teacher Education 1 1
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 16 1 19
Economics, General 1 9 10
Education, General 3 2 176 4 186
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1 71 2 76
Engineering Science 8 8
Engineering Technology, General 2 9 11
English Language and Literature, General 1 23 25
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 6 7
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education 1 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 1 15 1 17
Finance, General 1 1 7 9
Fine/Studio Arts, General 10 10
French Language and Literature 3 3
General Studies 2 3 18 8 3 368 14 426
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 1 1
Geology/Earth Science, General 9 9
German Language Teacher Education 2 2
German Language and Literature 1 1
Graphic Design 1 1 10 12
History Teacher Education 3 3
History, General 1 1 1 13 16
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management 4 4
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 4 12 17
Human Nutrition 1 1 20 22
Information Technology 1 1
International Business/Trade/Commerce 3 3
International Relations and Affairs 2 4 6
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 10 11
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 2 2
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 9 9
Mathematics Teacher Education 1 8 9
Mathematics, General 1 8 9
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1 1 1 8 13
Music Teacher Education 8 8
Music, General 1 5 6
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 8 8
Philosophy 1 1
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 3 4 1 52 1 66
Political Science and Government, General 1 9 10
Pre-Engineering 3 3
Psychology, General 2 2 1 1 1 56 3 67
Public Administration 1 1 1 2 14 19
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 49 51
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Social Science Teacher Education 1 8 9
Sociology 2 1 11 1 15
Spanish Language and Literature 1 11 12
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 1 2 1 1 54 2 65

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2302nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $59,867 ($63,264 male / $53,503 female)
Number of FT Faculty 247 (157 male / 90 female)
Number of PT Faculty 330
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $7,414,576

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