What to expect:

Thunder U 2018 will be held from Thursday August 23 - Saturday, August 25, 2018. Keep in mind that it is REQUIRED for all students to attend Thunder U. At Thunder U you will:

  • Build relationships with other incoming students, especially those 10-15 who are in your Tavi Group. These students have the same interest as you selected.
  • Have the chance to experience SUU's most beloved tradition of walking under the Bell Tower.
  • Gain valuable insight about how to get involved in your interests on campus, learn about important campus resources, and gain insider tips about your major and career goals.
  • Participate in many social events such as the campus wide tie-dye dance, price is right gameshow, and late night entertainment.
  • Free food, free swag, and lots of fun! 

Move-in and various move-in activities start Thursday, August 23rd. We highly recommend those living on- and off-campus moving in this day as there is little time during Thunder U to buy textbooks, go grocery shopping, etc.

Students will be emailed and contacted by their ACE for the full detailed Thunder U schedule.

Thunder U 2018 Schedule

Below is an overview schedule of Thunder U 2018. Students will be emailed and contacted by their ACE with the full, detailed Thunder U schedule. If you have specific questions about Thunder U, please contact the Orientation and First-Year Experience Office at orientation@suu.edu or 435-586-1932. Thunder U Overview Schedule PDF

Time Event Location
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM Thunder U Check-In Ballroom
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM Resource Fair Student Center
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM On-Campus Move-In Residence Halls
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM International Orientation Hunter Conference Center
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Military Student Orientation Cedar Breaks Room
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Parent Orientation Sterling R. Church Auditorium
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM College Connection Social Starlight Room
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM New Student Induction America First Event Center (AFEC/EVT)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Bell Tower Tradition Carter Carillon Bell Tower
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Thunderbird Welcome Upper Quad
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM Multicultural Orientation Ballroom
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Honors Student BBQ Starlight Room
9:00 PM - Midnight Open Rec Night P.E. Building
Time Event Location
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM ACES Meetings Various Locations
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Tavi Group Breakout 1 Quads
10:30 AM - Noon Campus Connect Kickoff Various Locations
Noon - 1:00 PM New Student Photo Eccles Coliseum
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Nation Lunch Quads
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Aviation Orientation SUU Hangar
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM College Meetings Various Locations
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Tavi Group Breakout 2 Various Locations
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Lightning Rounds Student Center
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Taste the Outdoors Business Quad
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Student Center Spectacular Student Center
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Campus Tie Dye Party Multipurpose Quad
11:00 PM - Midnight Zombie Night Games Upper Quad
Time Event Location
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Tavi Group Breakout 3 Various Locations
11:00 AM - 11:20 AM Mini Resources 101 AFEC
11:20 AM - Noon Title IX Seminar AFEC
Noon - 1:00 PM Feel the Thunder Pep Rally AFEC
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM T-Bird Tailgate Eccles Coliseum
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Lightning Rounds Student Center
3:30 PM - 3:50 PM President Wyatt Welcome AFEC
3:50 PM - 4:30 PM Price is Right Game Show AFEC
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Chalk Campus Library Patio
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Nation Dinners Various Locations
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Tavi Group Breakout 4 Various Loctions
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM T-Bird Talks AFEC
7:30 PM - 8:20 PM Closing Celebration AFEC
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM T-Birds After Dark Party Student Center
10:00 PM - Midnight Red and White Dance Party AFEC

Is Thunder U Required?

Incoming first-time full-time students are required to attend Thunder U. Orientation is required for all new students by SUU Policy 6.5, Undergraduate Admissions, V-D-11. Students taking only online classes at SUU are exempt from attending orientation.

  1. Non-Traditional Students (over the age of 25, married and/or with children) need to contact the Non-Traditional Center to receive information in regards to the non-traditional track of Thunder U.
  2. Transfer students are invited but not required to attend. Transfer students must attend the in person Title IX training during Thunder U that is required for all incoming students. Information regarding time and location of the training will be sent from the First-Year Experience office closer to the start of Thunder U.

Parent of an Incoming T-Bird

Parents of T-Birds are welcome to join the celebration on August 23, 2018 for campus move-in day. During this time there will be several orientations offered for parent and families hosted by our Parent and Family Services. Join us in welcoming the new T-Birds through one of the most treasured tradition of walking under the Bell Tower, and a free concert afterwards.