Frequently Asked Questions about the 3-Year Degree Option

Details are still being worked out for the 3-Year Degree program, so if you can't find your answers on this page then send us your question and we will respond with as much information as we have available.

General Questions

The three-year degree is an optional program for students to accelerate the traditional undergraduate process and enter the workforce earlier while still gaining the professional hands-on experiences needed for the job market. The program will include an adjustment to SUU’s academic calendar to accommodate three full semesters, plus a reasonable summer break. Students will have the option to attend SUU all three semesters, stick with the traditional two semesters, or attend just one - it all depends on the students’ needs and desired academic path. Approximately 71% of SUU major/degree programs will be available for summer semester of 2020. Scholarships have been transitioned from the current 4-year model to an 8-semester model, allowing students to select the semesters they want their financial aid applied.

Students will still take eight semesters to graduate, but instead of two semesters each academic year they can opt into taking three semesters for the first two years of school and then two semesters their final year.

We believe that there are a number of advantages to students by giving them this shorter degree option, including:

  • Many students want to finish their degrees more quickly and are prepared to do so
  • Lower living expenses compared to the traditional model
  • The ability to enter the workforce more quickly
  • More effective learning retention by not taking a long summer break
  • Greater work stability because students can keep a job year round instead of just working from August to May
  • Less crowded classes
  • More housing options
  • Less crowded parking
  • More efficient use of facilities (helps lower costs)
  • Access to summer community and university events (Summer Games, Shakespeare Festival, etc.)
  • Getting to be on campus during one of the most beautiful times of year!
No. The 3-year degree is an optional program for students. Students still interested in finishing their degree in 4-years will be able to do so.

Academic Questions

Yes. SUU has a new academic calendar in place. We asked for and received input from the students, faculty and staff members. The process of arriving at the new calendar was fair, inclusive, and carefully considered.
Yes. The new calendar goes into effect in January 2020. Fall semester will start after Labor Day and conclude in the middle of December. Spring semester will begin in early January and will conclude with commencement in the middle of April, and the new Summer semester will begin in May, and finish during the first week of August.

No! Even if you decide to take the 3-year option, you will still get a four-week summer break in August.

Yes! Based on current calendar models, you will have approximately 2 additional weeks of summer break - - starting earlier in April, and ending after Labor Day in September.

Although the academic calendar was changed in anticipation of adding additional summer classes, the length of classes has remained the same: 50 minutes for courses scheduled MWF and 80 minutes for TR courses.

Yes! There will be a mix of upper and lower division major courses available along with a full slate of General Education courses available. Visit the Summer 2020 website for the full list of programs.

There will be some online major courses available during the Summer semester, and this will vary by department and program as it does currently. There will also be a full slate of online General Education courses offered online during the summer semester.

Yes! Some courses that lend themselves to a shorter, more intense delivery option will be offered as 7-week classes.

Yes. Department chairs should be available in a similar fashion as spring and fall semesters. Individual faculty members who are teaching in the summer semester will be required to keep regular (and published) office hours.

Approximately 71% of SUU major/degree programs will be available on the 3-year track. Other degrees will become available in subsequent academic years. Your department can keep you up-to-date with this information.

Fall semester begins in early September (after Labor Day); Spring semester begins in January; Summer semester begins in early May.

Financial Aid Questions

No. All students will continue to pay the same tuition rates regardless of which timeline they choose.

Yes. Scholarships and waivers will now be offered for eight semesters, rather than four academic years. This will allow students the flexibility to apply them to any semester in which they are enrolled. Pell grants will also be available for all three semesters. Qualifying students can also apply for State and Federal aid to further reduce the expense.

In order to qualify for an academic scholarship or waiver, a student must enroll for 12 or more credits during the summer semester.
Pell Grants are available at 150% to cover the summer tuition for those who qualify.
Yes. Out-of-state and international students will pay in-state tuition as in past summer sessions. However, because resident tuition is lower than the rate currently paid by out-of-state students in fall and spring semesters, these students will not be eligible for academic scholarships/waivers. An exception to this rule is made for President’s Scholarship recipients.

Summer Housing Questions

There will be some on-campus housing available for students in Ponderosa Terrace with some overflow in Founders Hall. This space is available on a first-come/first-serve basis. A significant amount of off-campus housing will also be available.
The usual summer discounted rates will apply. For example, the cost for a fall/spring semester for a double room in Ponderosa is $1250. For summer this same room would be $910.
Yes. The president’s cabinet and other university leaders have kept local landlords informed of the upcoming changes.
For summer 2020, students currently residing in university housing will move from their spring semester housing to their summer housing on April 25 (the day after commencement). A new student with no current spring semester contract on campus can move into their summer housing on May 9.
Summer housing has three options: 1st session only, 2nd session only, or both sessions. For a 1st session student, the contract would run from May 9-June 23, for a 2nd session student, the contract runs from June 24-August 8, and a full summer student contract runs from May 9-August 8.
Yes, on a limited basis.
Yes. Email University Housing and they will accommodate your roommate request.
Students living on-campus during the fall/spring semesters will be able to move into their summer on-campus housing on the day their spring semester contract ends. For summer 2020, this is April 25, 2020.
Probably not. Students staying for summer semester will most likely need to relocate to an open building.
University Housing will take an application any time, and fill space based on vacancy.

Campus Life & Resources Questions

There is SO much to do in Cedar City over the summer! From exploring the world’s best backyard to attending shows at the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, there is something for everyone. Plus, the student affairs offices are planning a calendar full of events, so stay tuned.
SUU Dining Services will accommodate the needs of summer enrollment. As the number of students on campus each summer grows, operating hours and options will also increase. In the initial year of operation, Chick-Fil-A and Outtakes will be open as they currently are during summers (Chick-Fil-A: 11am-2pm, Outtakes: 9am-12pm).
Yes. Resources have been allocated to keep the Tutoring Center open for extended hours beyond those usually available in the summer.
Yes. Resources have been allocated to keep the library open for extended hours beyond those usually available in the summer.
Yes. It is anticipated that clubs and other activities will be offered at a scale at or near those seen during fall and spring semesters.

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