Summer Thunder U 2021 will orient students to campus on May 14th. Keep in mind that Friday, May 14th is REQUIRED for all incoming students. 

Fall Thunder U 2021 will orient students to campus on September 4-7. Keep in mind that Tuesday, September 7th is REQUIRED for all incoming students.

Thunder U is a welcome program that takes place prior to the start of school. Students indicate their favorite interest and participate in activities surrounding that interest throughout Thunder U. Thunder U offers a chance to connect with key resources, like your ACE, and learn other important information to get you started on the right foot.

Before Thunder U

Students will be emailed the full Thunder U schedule with additional information from both the FYE Office and their ACE.

Thunder U Schedule

  • May 2021 Hear from your ACE (peer mentor)
  • Friday, September 3 Online Orientation completed (can be found via Canvas on your mySUUportal)
  • Tuesday, September 7 Required Thunder U Events
    • The FYE Office will email you a detailed Thunder U schedule that includes optional events on January 9th.
  • Wednesday, September 8 First Day of Classes

If you have specific questions about Thunder U, please contact the Orientation and First-Year Experience Office at or 435-586-1932

For details about other important dates throughout the academic year, review the Academic Calendar.

Is Thunder U Required?

Thunder U (orientation) is required for all new students under SUU Policy 6.5, Undergraduate Admissions, V-D-11.

  1. Incoming first-year students are required to attend Thunder U.
  2. Transfer students are required to attend a shortened and specialized Transfer Thunder U. The Transfer Thunder U schedule will be sent via email from the FYE Office.
  3. Non-Traditional students (over the age of 25, married and/or with children) are required to attend Thunder U. However, we understand non-traditional students may have circumstances that require a condensed Thunder U. Non-Trad students interested in the condensed Non-Traditional Thunder U track should email their name and T-number. 
  4. International students are required to attend both the International Student Orientation and Thunder U.
  5. Veteran students are required to attend Thunder U. If a veteran student is also a transfer or non-traditional student they may participate in those specialized or condensed Thunder U tracks. 
  6. Online campus students are exempt from attending Thunder U.


Optional Programs

  • T-Bird Outdoor Connection- T-Bird Outdoor Connection (TOC) is designed for participants to create lasting friendships, connect to the SUU community, and appreciate the amazing places surrounding Cedar City. TOC provides the opportunity to learn and be inspired in natural landscapes through meaningful adventure. While not required, TOC can be very beneficial. Your four-day adventure awaits!
  • Parent and Family Orientation- Parents of T-Birds are welcome to join us for an open house on January 8th.