SUU Students attending Thunder UThunder U

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 2022 Hear from your ACE (peer mentor)
  • Friday, August 26 Online Orientation completed (can be found via Canvas on your mySUUportal)
  • Monday, August 29 & Tuesday, August 30 Required Thunder U Events
    • The FYE Office will email you a detailed Thunder U schedule that includes optional events on Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.
  • Wednesday, August 31 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 Thunder U.
  3. Non-Traditional students (over the age of 25, married and/or with children) are required to attend Thunder U. We also host a Non-Traditional Student Mix and Mingle during Thunder U, be sure to check for it on the complete schedule.
  4. International students are required to attend both the International Student Orientation and Thunder U.
  5. Veteran students are required to attend Thunder U and should connect with the Veteran Resource and Support Center to attend their Military Connected Orientation.
  6. Online campus students are exempt from attending Thunder U. Students with all online courses that are registered as a "main campus" student are still required to attend Thunder U. For questions about your campus designation, please contact your ACE.


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.