SUU Orientation

 New Student Orientation

SUU Orientation programs are designed for students attending SUU who have less than 24 post-high school college credits. They provide students with tools and resources to support their transition to college life. Orientation is required for all new students by policy 6.5, V.D.11 of SUU Policies and Procedures (http://suu.edu/pub/policies/pdf/PP65Undergraduate.pdf). Students taking only online classes through SUU are exempt from attending orientation. Transfer and non-traditional students (over age 25, married or with with children) should attend a Transfer Express Orientation Session. 
                            

                  

Traditional Orientation

Traditional Orientation is a fast-paced program that begins at 8 a.m. and ends between 3 and 5 p.m.  Throughout the day participants will learn about academics, student life and services, meet with their advisor, and get to know other new students.  Students do not pay a fee to attend this program.

Fall 2015 Dates

  • June 8 (with an overnight option on June 7)- CLOSED
  • June 9- CLOSED
  • June 10- CLOSED
  • June 11- CLOSED
  • July 13 (with an overnight option on July 12)- CLOSED
  • July 14- CLOSED
  • July 15- CLOSED
  • July 17 (Iron County residents only, see below "Local Student Orientation")- CLOSED
  • August 14 CLOSED
  • August 15-18 (Adventure Orientation)
  • August 18 (International students and those students from over 375 miles away) CLOSED
  • August 19 (International students and those students from over 375 miles away) CLOSED

All students not currently registered for Orientation, will need to sign up for our Online Orientation option. Students will receive an email once they are enrolled in the Online Orientation. 

Spring 2016 Dates

  • January 5, 2016

Schedule

Orientation check-in runs from 7:45-8:30 a.m. on SUU's campus.  Please consult your email for details on where to arrive on campus.  The program concludes between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m., depending on your individual academic advising appointment.  Please expect the below activities to take place:

  • Take your photo for your student ID card
  • Meet other incoming students during o-group meetings
  • Attend breakout sessions on topics such as Housing, Career Services, Student Life, and EDGE
  • Learn about how to succeed in the SUU classroom
  • Have lunch with staff and faculty on campus
  • Get excited about SUU athletics by participating in SUU traditions
  • Meet individually with your Academic Advisor and finalize your class schedule
  • Attend an organization fair to meet with various offices on campus
  • Take an optional tour of campus

Overnight Orientations

(Summer only)

Fall 2015 Dates

  • June 8 (with an overnight option on June 7)- CLOSED
  • July 13 (with an overnight option on July 12)- CLOSED

This program is designed to offer an extended preview of campus life.  Participants can take advantage of extended advising, have more time at information sessions, and enjoy a fun night of entertainment and socializing.  SUU Overnight Orientation will provide you with a great opportunity to develop friendships, experience a night in the residence halls, explore the campus, and discover life at SUU first-hand. 

Overnight orientation is an added experience and students will join others attending just the Traditional Orientation program on Monday.

Adventure Orientation

(Summer Only)

Fall 2015 Dates

  • August 14-18, 2015
Adventure Orientation is designed to orchestrate a shared experience for participants to create social bonds that lead to lasting friendships, a connection to the SUU community, and the amazing places surrounding Cedar City.  Adventure Orientation also provides the opportunity to learn and be inspired in natural landscapes through adventure.  You will begin your four day adventure camping at a group site in a BLM recreation area west of Cedar City and then spend three days adventuring (backpacking, climbing, camping, caving, hiking, and/or canyoneering), ending with a memorable lunch back on the SUU campus.  After their adventure, participants will attend Traditional Orientation as a team.

Adventure Orientation Options

Bryce Canyon National Park- Backpacking
  • Travel to Bryce Canyon (1.5 hours), hike, participate in ranger talks, star gaze, and spend the night in a group campsite
  • Backpack into Bryce’s backcountry 4.5 miles, enjoy and explore a secluded place
  • Backpack 4 miles to the trailhead and travel back to Cedar City.
Group will camp first in a front country group site, then in a primitive backcountry site.
Rating:  Moderately Strenuous
Experience:  No experience needed, you will learn through training and by doing.


Zion National Park- Canyoneering

  • Travel to Zion (1 hour) and go through dry land skills, rappelling training and a short canyon
  • Enjoy a full day of canyoneering in one of the area’s world-class canyons
  • Complete a classic Zion hike before returning to Cedar City

Group will camp in a group campsite in Zion.
Rating:  Moderately Strenuous
Experience:  No experience needed, you will learn through training and by doing.

Sand Hollow State Park, Snow Canyon State Park, Veyo- Climbing and Paddle Boarding

  • Travel to Crawdad Canyon for rock climbing.
  • Paddleboard and swim at Sand Hollow State Park.
  • Explore Snow Canyon State Park's Lava Tubes and return to Cedar City

Group will camp in a group site in Veyo.
Rating:  Sport climbs from 5.5 to 5.12 (beginning to expert)
Experience:  No experience needed, you will learn through training and by doing.

Great Basin National Park- Caving and Camping

  • Travel to Great Basin NP (2.5 hours), and explore Lehman Caves
  • Ascend Wheeler Peak (Nevada’s 2nd highest peak)
  • Enjoy a mini alpine adventure before returning to Cedar City

Group will camp in a group site at Great Basin.
Rating:  Moderately Strenuous
Experience:  No experience needed, you will learn through training and by doing.

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Dixie National Forest- Hiking, Exploring

  • Travel (20 minutes) to SUU’s Sheepherder’s campsite, explore the area and travel to Cedar Breaks National Monument (20 minutes) to hike (1-3 miles) and enjoy the alpine environment.
  • Hike and explore the Dixie National Forest. 
  • Experience what Cedar Mountain has to offer and return to Cedar City.

Group will camp in a group site in the Dixie National Forest
Rating: Moderate
Experience:  No experience needed, you will learn through training and by doing.

    Local Student Orientation

(Summer program only for Iron County residents)

  • July 17, 2015- CLOSED
Students who are residents of Iron County are given the option to attend a Local Student Orientation, which is tailored specifically to students from the local Cedar City area.  This program features information essential to the success of all students, without the details that local students generally already know.  This abbreviated session also features a parent and guest track discussing issues specific to local family members.  A final schedule of events will be posted as this date approaches.

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