Southern Utah University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Public

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Utah


Founded in 1897, Southern Utah University is a public university located in Cedar City, Utah. Outdoor lovers will find national parks and skiing nearby, and Las Vegas is just a two-and-a-half hour road-trip to the southwest. The university is made up of six schools and colleges. Majors in education, business, communications, biology and psychology are particularly popular with undergraduates. Academics are supported by a 19 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Student life is active with over 100 clubs and organizations, and visitors should check out the Utah Shakespearean Festival and Utah Summer Games. On the athletic front, the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds compete in the NCAA Division I Summit League for most sports. Women's gymnastics competes in the Western Athletic Conference and football competes in the Great West Conference.

Most Popular Majors

Accounting, Biology, Communication, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Nursing, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 7516
Total Grad Students: 280
Undergraduate Students: 7236
Faculty: 229

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 33:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 32:1

Percent Male: 42%
Percent Female: 58%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 23%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 43%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

351 West University Blvd
Cedar City Utah 84720


Main Email:

Main Phone: 435-586-7700

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
David Smailes
Transfer Counselor, Admissions
(435) 865-8725

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:
Ken Beazer
Director, Athletics
(435) 865-8354

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
The minimum GPA required for transfer is a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
The lowest grade earned for any course that may be transferred is D.

Credits (Min/Max):
At least 30 upper division credits must be completed at SUU to earn an associate or bachelors degree.

Test Scores for Applying:
You must submit official standardized test scores if you have less than 24 semester hours to transfer.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Letter of recommendation are not required.

Essay(s) required:
The submission of an essay is not required.

Application Fee:
There is a non-refundable $40 application fee. A late fee of $10 will be applied if your application is submitted after the deadline.

Other Requirements:

Fall Deadline:

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:
1 week prior to 1st day of class

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 19 26
English 19 26
Math 18 25
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 460 580
Math 450 560
Writing 440 560

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 928

Transfers Accepted: 655

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 71%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 76%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -5%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2009


Books: 1600

Other Expenses: 4800

Room and Board: 7500

Tuition and Fees: 15910

Total Cost: 29810

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 5198

Total Cost – In-State: 19098

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Southern Utah University offers a variety of financial aid opportunities including loans, grants and scholarships.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 3775

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 70%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 57%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 39%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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