President's Message

Welcome to Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah — located among five breathtaking national parks — where learning is our primary focus. What you engage in while obtaining your degree will affect you for the rest of your life.

This year marks Southern Utah University’s 125th anniversary. It is a commemoration of the positive impact this institution has had on many generations of the past and a celebration of the present. Our university has one of the most storied foundings of any school in America. I encourage you to read our fascinating story, or view the historical re-enactment, Back Up The Mountain. The spirit of SUU’s founders to support education and foster student success remains evident even on today's campus.

Here at SUU, enriching and diverse majors are offered through our seven outstanding colleges and schools. With more than 150 undergraduate programs, 32 graduate and certificate programs, and a professional doctorate degree, SUU has created its niche as an institution focused on innovation and personalized learning experiences. All of Southern Utah University’s programs are fully accredited. 

True to SUU’s mission, faculty, staff, and administrators are interested in helping to build your character as well as contribute to your knowledge. We have some of the most dynamic extracurricular activities, including a roster of nearly 120 clubs and organizations, the Utah Summer Games, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and 17 NCAA Division I athletic teams within the Western Athletic Conference.

In reflecting on this milestone of 125 years, we have the opportunity to focus on the future as we cultivate tomorrow’s leaders among current students and witness alumni leave lasting impressions on society.

We look forward to being part of your success!

Mindy Benson

President, Southern Utah University


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