Summer Thunder U 2020 will orient students to campus on Saturday, May 9, 2020. Keep in mind that Thunder U is REQUIRED for all incoming students.

Fall Thunder U 2020 will orient students to campus on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Keep in mind that Thunder U is REQUIRED for all incoming students. Supplementary optional Thunder U events will be held Thursday, September 3 through Monday, September 7.

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.

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.

Thunder U Schedule

  • May 2020 Hear from your ACE (peer mentor)
  • Saturday, September 5 Online Orientation completed (must be completed prior to the start of school, can be found via Canvas on your mySUUportal)
  • Thursday, September 3 - Monday, September 7 On-Campus Move-In Days
  • Tuesday, September 8 Required Thunder U Events
    • Your ACE will email you a detailed Thunder U schedule.
  • Wednesday, September 9 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. You can also visit the Student Help Center “The Nest” in the Student Center (ST 178).

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

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!
  • International Student Orientation- This orientation is for students who are currently living outside of the United States. For more information, visit the International Orientation page.
  • Parent and Family Orientation- Parents of T-Birds are welcome to join the campus move-in day celebration on August 22, 2019. During this time there will be orientations offered for parents and families hosted by our Parent and Family Services.