Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University is situated in Cedar City, Utah. SUU was founded by the citizens of Cedar City in 1897. The school was initially named Branch Normal School. Over the years, it underwent five name changes and finally settled on its present name. SUU has now evolved into a comprehensive, regional university which offers a range of graduate, baccalaureate, associate and technical programs.

Southern Utah University is divided into the following academic colleges and schools:

  • College of Computing, Integrated Engineering & Technology
  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • College of Performing & Visual Arts
  • College of Science
  • School of Business
  • School of Continuing & Professional Studies

SUU awards Associate, Bachelors and Masters Degrees.

There are a number of clubs and student organizations on campus, including 4 recognized Greek service organizations.

SUU's sports teams are called the Thunderbirds. They compete in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision in football, and in Division I in other sports.

Some of the notable alumni of SUU are Michael O. Leavitt, the 14th Governor of Utah, and Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader representing the State of Nevada.

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Southern Utah University
351 West University Blvd
Cedar City , UT 84720
General Phone: (435) 586-7700

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Southern Utah University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching351education, special ed, elementary school teaching, art education, business teaching, English teaching, family/home economics teaching, industrial arts teaching, math teaching, ...
Liberal Arts288German language, French language, Spanish language, English, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, economics, geography courses, international relations, ...
Business and Management190business management, accounting, finance, marketing
Nursing and Emergency Medicine78registered nursing
Science69biology, chemistry, geology
Therapy and Counseling68psychology
Media63communication studies
Security and Law Enforcement61forensic science, criminal justice and police
Family and Social Work38family and consumer science, human nutrition, child development
Drama and Performing Arts22dance, drama
Construction Trades18carpentry, construction manager
Design15interior design, graphic design
Hospitality13hospitality management
Art Studies10art studies, arts management
Engineering10civil engineering, engineering science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy9parks and recreation studies, athletic trainer
Agricultural Science and Management7agriculture
Engineering Technician7engineering technology, CAD and design, civil drafting
Fine Arts6fine arts
Law5legal assistant
Computer Science and Engineering4computer and info science, information technology, computer science
Animal Science and Care3animal husbandry, equine science
Mechanics and Repair1industrial electronics tech, automobile mechanics
Production Trades0cabinetmaking
Photography and Commercial Art0commercial art

Number of programs and degrees for Southern Utah University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree87056
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years55
Associate's degree20914
Master's degree2626

Southern Utah University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southern Utah University had a total enrollment of 7,057 students (6,572 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 96%
Part-Time 4%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 95%
Graduate 5%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 47%
(Foreign Students) 53%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 6%
18-19 29%
20-21 18%
22-24 19%
25-29 12%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 5%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown1%

Southern Utah University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 70 %
Part-Time 31 %

Southern Utah University Room and Board (2007)

Southern Utah University offers campus housing for 608 of its 6,572 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Cedar City, Utah for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Utah Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Southern Utah University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal430540
SAT Math440560
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1824

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT11%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT100%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Southern Utah University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 4,028
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,082
Room and board $ 5,400
Room charge $ 1,950
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,288
Books and supplies $ 1,036
Other expenses $ 3,550

Financial Aid:
Southern Utah University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 367800)

Southern Utah University Faculty

Southern Utah University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track6129
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2221

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year26$76,5076$66,583
Associate professoracademic year55$61,37619$58,646
Assistant professoracademic year67$50,14441$49,764
Instructoracademic year0*1*
Lectureracademic year3$32,8155$40,507
No academic rankacademic year6$45,6270*
All faculty totalacademic year157$57,94172$52,819

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Southern Utah University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Independent Southwest Region
Basketball Mid-Continent Conference
Baseball Mid-Continent Conference
Track Mid-Continent Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports64955

Southern Utah University Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agriculture, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production
Horse Husbandry/Equine Science and Management

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Arts Management

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Technology

Construction Trades
Building/Construction Site Management/Manager

Graphic Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Civil Engineering, General
Engineering Science

Engineering Technician
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Civil Drafting and Civil Engineering CAD/CADD
Engineering Technology, General

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Human Nutrition

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Hospitality Administration/Management, General

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
Geography, Other
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Production Trades
Cabinetmaking and Millwork/Millwright

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Southern Utah University Apart:

Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 5%Southern Utah University Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 6%Southern Utah University % of full-time faculty on tenure track
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Top 8%Southern Utah University Number of degree programs
Number of students
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Top 11%Southern Utah University Number of students
% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 15%Southern Utah University % of degrees in education and teaching
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%Southern Utah University Female % of student body
% of degrees in science
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 18%Southern Utah University % of degrees in science

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