SUU Orientation

 Transfer Student Orientation

As a transfer student, you may choose to attend either a Traditional Orientation program which is a day-long (or overnight) program including a group advising session, workshops, campus tours, and traditions.  You may also choose a Transfer Express Orientation, which lasts no longer than three hours and includes information on financial aid, campus resources, the Fast Track for our EDGE program, and academic advising.

For students who have completed 24 or more college credits after graduating from high school, we encourage you to attend a Transfer Express Orientation program.  For those students who have under 24 college credits, we suggest a Traditional Orientation session.

As a student who has attended another institution, we understand that your experience is unique and we respect the knowledge you bring to SUU.  Although you have already been enrolled in college, orientation at SUU is an essential part of your T-Bird journey and a proven way to enhance college success.

Students do not pay a fee to attend this program.
If you are a student entering into our Professional Pilot or Aviation Program, please consider our Aviation Student Orientation.

Transfer Express Orientation

Date

  • Monday, January 5, 2015, 4-7 p.m.

Check-In, Welcome Reception & Introductions: Check in at the Convention Center Lobby then head to the Student Involvement and Leadership Office to take your photo for your student ID!  Join us back in the Lobby for a brief reception before the program begins.  Note: Please check your e-mail one week prior to your orientation session to confirm room locations.

Campus Resources: Slideshow of campus services, including scholarships specific to transfers and non-traditional students, veteran’s services, and child care grants through the Center for Women and Families. 

EDGE Project Requirements: Learn about the requirements for transfer students in SUU’s Experiential Learning Education program, called EDGE, and the Fast Track option you have to complete your project before you graduate. 

Academic Advising: Learn about the most important things you need to know about transferring credits to SUU.  Reminder: Please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor in person or over the phone if you have not done so already! 

Transfer Student Panel: With transfer Orientation Leaders and non-traditional students. Learn about their experiences and how they navigated transferring credits to SUU, made new friends and got involved, and discovered fun activities in and around Cedar City!  A brief Q&A will follow the panel. 

Traditional Orientations

Traditional Orientation is a fast-paced program that begins at 8 a.m. and concludes around 4:00 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.

Those new first-year students who have yet to register for an orientation must call the Office of Orientation at (435) 586-1932 to discuss your alternate options.  As a reminder, Orientation is a required program for all new students. Find out why we think orientation is so important here: http://www.suu.edu/ss/orientation/why.html

Spring 2015 Traditional Orientation Programs 

  • Monday, December 15, 2014-CLOSED
  • Friday, January 2, 2015 

Schedule

8:00-8:45 am Check-In Students and Guests check-in and receive materials for the day. After you check-in, take another tour of campus. This tour is focused on what YOU want to see. You can also beat the crowd and have your ID picture taken, visit with the Financial Aid or Registrar’s office, pay your bill or even stop by the bookstore and price your books. Sharwan Smith Center Entertainment Bureau/Living Room/Mall
8:45 - 9:00 am Welcome and Overview Sharwan Smith Center – Sterling Church Auditorium.
9:30 - 10:15 am O-Meetings Get to know other students at SUU as well as your orientation leader for the day.
10:15 - 10:45 am Breakout Session 1 Choose from the list of sessions aimed at helping you get the most out of your experience at SUU.

A Student’s Guide to College Life
Where do I live?
EDGE Project: Create Your Own Experience
Paying for College
10:50-11:20 am Breakout Session 2 Choose from the list of sessions aimed at helping you get the most out of your experience at SUU.

A Student’s Guide to College Life
Where do I live?
EDGE Project: Create Your Own Experience
Paying for College
11:10-12noon Tradition Time University traditions are an exciting part of the SUU experience. Learn more important Thunderbird traditions and win prizes!
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch & Bookstore Open House Lunch is provided as a part of Orientation. SUU faculty and staff will join you for the meal and conversation. Grab a few minutes at the end of lunch to visit the SUU Bookstore and use your coupon!
Sharwan Smith Center - Ballroom & Bookstore
1:00-1:30 pm How to Succeed in School.. A favorite faculty member will acquaint you with general academic expectations at SUU and will discuss how to be a successful student at SUU.

Sharwan Smith Center - Sterling Church Auditorium
1:35-3:00 pm College Student Inventory/Academic Advising: A partnership between Students determine your academic and skill needs. Following the survey, you will receive general information on university academic requirements and opportunities, including our hints and tips for getting the most out of your SUU education. You’ll have a chance to meet with your academic advisor and talk about and Their Advisors This session starts with an online survey to details of your major, ask questions about the requirements or classes, and learn more about your
3:00 pm Pick up your SUU ID Cards Sharwan Smith Center - Entertainment Bureau
3:00 pm Individual appointments with your Academic Advisors Sharwan Smith Center - Academic Advising Center
3:30 pm Housing Tour Meet in Eccles Living Learning Center lobby to learn more about on-campus hosing, and receive a tour of the residence halls.

Overnight Orientations

(Summer Only)

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.  Those attending this program are assessed a $50 fee to cover the cost of meals (dinner and breakfast), the extended activities, and overnight accommodations.  There are limited spaces available so register soon!

Dates

  • Thursday, June 12 - Friday, June 13 - CLOSED
  • Thursday, July 17 - Friday, July 18 - CLOSED

Schedule

Day 1
10:30am-Noon Orientation & Residence Hall Check-In

Students and Guests check in at the Eccles Living Learning Center.

Eccles Conference Room

10:30-11:45 am Campus Tour

Your opportunity to take another tour of campus. This tour is based on what YOU want to see. You also have time to get your ID card picture taken and visit support service offices such as Financial Aid, the Registrar or Cashier office.

Sharwan Smith Center - Rotunda

11:45-12:30 pm Welcome & Overview Sharwan Smith Center - Ballroom
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch & Bookstore Open House

Lunch and Bookstore Open House Lunch is provided as part of Orientation. SUU Faculty and staff will join you for the meal and conversation. Save few minutes at the end of lunch to visit the SUU Bookstore and use your coupon!                

Sharwan Smith Center - Ballroom  

1:30-2:15 pm O-Meetings  Get to know other students in your group.
2:20-3:00 pm Breakout Session 1

Choose from the list of sessions aimed at helping you get the most out of your experience at SUU.

A Student’s Guide to College Life
Where do I live?
EDGE Project: Create Your Own Experience
Paying for College

3:00-3:40 pm Breakout session 2

Choose from the list of sessions aimed at helping you get the most out of your experience at SUU.

A Student’s Guide to College Life
Where do I live?
EDGE Project: Create Your Own Experience
Paying for College

3:45-4:30pm How to Succeed in School... A faculty member will acquaint you with general academic expectations at SUU, and will discuss how to be a successful student at SUU.
4:45-5:15pm College Student Inventory This is an online survey designed to give your academic advisor information on your academic and skill needs.
5:15-5:45 pm O-Meetings

Various spots around campus

6:00-7:00 pm Dinner Sharwan Smith Center - Ballroom
6-7pm Dinner Sharwan Smith Center - Ballroom
7:00-7:45pm Tradition Time University traditions are an exciting part of the SUU experience. Learn some important Thunderbird traditions and win prizes!
8:00-10:00 pm Social Time  Various social activities which might include: movie night, swim and gym, Capture the Flag, Ice Cream Social.
Day 2
9-9:30am Continental Breakfast Sharwan Smith Center - Ballroom
9:30-10:15 am How to Succeed in School.. A favorite faculty member will acquaint you with general academic expectations at SUU and will discuss how to be a successful student at SUU.
10:40-noon Academic Advising A partnership between Students and Their Advisors You will receive general information on university academic requirements and opportunities, including our hints and tips for getting the most out of your SUU education. You’ll have a chance to meet with your academic advisor and talk about details of your major, ask questions about the requirements or classes, and learn more about your schedule.
Noon Check out & Pick up your SUU ID cards Eccles Conference Room
Noon Individual appointments with your Academic Advisor Sharwan Smith Center - Academic Advising Center

Adventure Orientation

(Summers Only)

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 on August 17 camping at a group site in a BLM recreation area west of Cedar City, and then will spend three days adventuring (backpacking, climbing, hiking, and/or canyoneering), ending with a memorable evening back at the group campsite.  On August 21, participants will attend Traditional Orientation as a team. Participants will be assessed a $195 fee to cover meals, transportation, permits and campsites fees, and group equipment.

August 16-20 Adventure Orientation - Limited space in certain trips is still available (climbing in Veyo, backpacking in Bryce Canyon National Park, hiking in Dixie National Forest and exploring Great Basin National Park)

Dates

  • Saturday, August 16 - Wednesday, August 20

Adventure Orientation Options

Backpacking in Bryce Canyon National Park. CLOSED
  • 8/17: Travel to Bryce Canyon (1.5 hours), hike, participate in ranger talks, star gaze, and spend the night in a group campsite
  • 8/18: Backpack into Bryce’s backcountry 4.5 miles, enjoy and explore a secluded place
  • 8/19: 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.


Canyoneering in Zion. - CLOSED

  • 8/17:  Travel to Zion (1 hour) and go through dry land skills, rappelling training and a short canyon
  • 8/18:  Enjoy a full day of canyoneering in one of the area’s world-class canyons
  • 8/19:  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.

Climbing in Veyo.  CLOSED

  • 8/17: Travel to Veyo and climb
  • 8/18:  Climb.  The area will be determined by the group
  • 8/19:  Explore Snow Canyon’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:  All levels of climbers welcome – beginning to expert.

Caving & Camping at Great Basin National Park.

  • 8/17: Travel to Great Basin NP (2.5 hours), and explore Lehman Caves
  • 8/18: Ascend Wheeler Peak (Nevada’s 2nd highest peak)  *Note that this is a 12,000 foot peak and will require a substantial hike to get to
  • 8/19: 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.

Hiking and exploring in the Dixie National Forest  CLOSED

  • 8/17:  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
  • 8/18:  Hike, fish, and explore.  The group will choose the day’s activities.
  • 8/19:  Return to Cedar City the scenic way on a C-Trail hike (4.2 miles from the top to the bottom)

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


Schedule

Saturday, August 16

9 am – noon Move-In Participants will move into housing.
1 pm Gear Check, Group Introductions, and Travel Participants will meet their leaders and fellow group members.  After introductions and some initiatives to get to know each other, personal equipment will be inspected, group gear and food will be distributed, and groups will travel to Three Peaks Recreation Area (15 minutes away) to explore and set up camp.
6 pm Evening Dinner and Games Group dinner and an evening of campfire games designed to help participants get to know their group members and other adventure group members.
10 pm Quiet Time Quiet time in the camping area.

Sunday, August 17

Groups will travel to trailheads and individual camping areas to begin their adventures.


Monday, August 18

Groups will continue adventuring – bonding with each other and the natural world.


Tuesday, August 19

Groups will host solo reflection time before returning to campus and Three Peaks.  After cleaning up and wrapping up group adventures, all groups will meet at Three Peaks for a final dutch oven dinner and an Adventure Orientation ceremony.  Each group will perform a song or skit describing their small group experience.  Participants will sleep on campus (or in their respective living spaces).


Wednesday, August 20

Orientation, see schedule for Traditional Orientation.

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