President Wyatt Visits Local High School

Published: December 04, 2015 | Read Time: 2 minutes

Wyatt Visits CHSAs high school seniors enter their final semester of high school, the time to apply for college rapidly approaches. To help with that heavy decision, Wednesday, December 2 Southern Utah University President Scott L Wyatt joined more than 200 high school seniors at Cedar High School to talk about the advantages of attending college.

Sharing research that explains the benefits of earning a college degree, Wyatt stressed that the decisions students make now determine the life they will lead. “There are a million reasons why you should go to college, but bottom line; You’ll earn more money, live longer, and be a happier, healthier person,” said Wyatt.

According to national studies, people who graduate from college make more money than those with just a high school diploma. On average, the lifetime income for people with an undergraduate degree is $2.78 million, over a million dollars more than someone with a high school education. Earning a bachelor’s degree is an investment that results in more opportunities and a greater variety in jobs and careers.

Wyatt also explained that a post-secondary experience equips students to navigate their way in life. He went on to say that more confidence, discipline, communication skills and motivation, which all leads to positivity, less stress and greater self-fulfillment.

“Choosing a college is a big decision and SUU admission counselors are available to help you through the process,” said Jay Sorensen, SUU graduate recruitment coordinator. “We really want you at SUU. You can still apply and get scholarships.”

Jennifer Denhalter, a guidance counselor at Cedar High, estimates about 60 percent of CHS seniors apply to SUU every year. SUU offers individual attention, small class sizes and opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning.

SUU’s more than 150 undergraduate and nine graduate programs across six academic colleges are fully accredited. The University is committed to providing the most innovative and relevant university experience, and offers world-class project-based learning, which gives students professional experience before they enter the job market.

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