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From its founding in 1897, Southern Utah University has evolved from a teacher training institution to a leader in experience-based undergraduate education. The University’s innovative model has earned SUU rank within the top tier of all regional colleges and universities in the West. Proving itself a unique value among its peer institutions and state counterparts, Southern Utah University’s recent accomplishments include:

  • Best graduation rate among Utah’s regional universities.
  • Standouts in postgraduate preparedness: 100 % optometry, 92% pharmaceutical, 90% medical, 90% law & 85% dental school prospects from SUU were accepted into top-choice programs.
  • Excellence in professional licensure: 100% NCLEX first-time pass rate for SUU Nursing (84% state & 82% national average); 90% SUU pass rate for ETS Business Field Exam (57% state % national average).
  • Third among all schools in the West—no. 1 in Utah—for the lowest student debt at graduation. ($15,227 for SUU borrowers vs. $22,000 for average state & $29,400 for national borrowers). 
  • Best graduation rates among Utah’s minority students (American Indian, Hispanic & Pacific Islander).
  • A Princeton Review Best Value College (one of only 12 public schools in the western U.S.).
  • Top-Tier Regional University U.S. News ranking (one of just 40 public schools in the West).
  • Exemplary student engagement recognized in prestigious Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification.

Southern Utah University’s more than 160 undergraduate and nine graduate programs across six academic colleges are fully accredited. SUU is the only university in Utah to guarantee all students will graduate with both a diploma and field experience, through internships, undergraduate research or study abroad. SUU has always placed its students first, fostering small, personalized classes evident in the University’s impressive. SUU offers a traditional college experience on its residential campus. More than 90 percent of our 7,656 students live within one mile of campus.

A member of the Big Sky Conference, the University supports 17 NCAA Division I teams. The SUU Women’s Basketball and Softball programs are reigning Big Sky Conference champions.

With an important role in the regional economy, the University partners with the Utah Summer Games and the Utah Shakespeare Festival to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Cedar City each year.

SUU President Scott L Wyatt’s inaugural promise regarding University’s strategic mission: “Southern Utah University will  lead students to rates of success that no other public school in our region can match.” 


Alumni, faculty and staff welcoming new students to campus during the annual Carter Carillon Tradition