With an uncompromising focus on student success and an advancing academic profile, the SUU experience is on the rise, as is our reputation across the West. We are proud to stand out, offering a personalized, experience-based education, innovative educational partnerships and a spectacular natural location that, together, make Southern Utah University unlike anything else.
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A WELL-CHARTED COURSE
Behind all we do, the SUU academic experience aims to heighten student achievement and preparation through experience-based learning programs, a supportive academic environment and strong community partnerships. Institutional strides in these endeavors include: ■
5% increase in fall-to-fall retention (since 2007) 9% increase in six-year graduation rate (since 2007) 93% of faculty/staff at or above College and University Professional Association (CUPA) compensation standards 38 new faculty added to continue providing small classes and personalized attention for every student
BEST REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES WEST
“Best in the West” U.S. News & World Report One of just 40 public schools in the nation to be included on the annual collegiate ranking. 2012, 2011, 2010 & 2006
“Best Colleges: West” The Princeton Review Noted as one of the nation’s best schools for an undergraduate education. 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2005
s the state’s premier and only public university of liberal arts and sciences, Southern Utah University is at the forefront of undergraduate research and scholarship, with a commitment to a personalized student experience that cannot be afforded at larger schools. This commitment to our students and their unique educational opportunities is gaining increasing national attention, positioning SUU as one of the top universities in the state and across the West.
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ecognizing the unique value of an experiencebased education model and the University’s distinct advantages that make undergraduate research, service learning, internships and crossdisciplinary capstone work possible for every student, SUU Academics has implemented an innovative undergraduate model in its new EDGE Program (Education Designed to Give Experience).
THE SUU EDGE
Charting each student’s academic course around their own interests and future goals, the EDGE Program gives SUU students real-world experience that enhances their education and hones their skills, making them more marketable to future employers and graduate schools looking for something unique amongst a pool of qualified applicants. Our students gain this edge through: ■
Applied learning beyond the classroom Hands-on capstone projects or research Integrated focus on academics and personal interests
In an increasingly depersonalized world, we remain committed to a personalized learning experience with opportunities for handson learning spanning all fields of study. Our experiential learning model enhances personal, academic and professional growth by bringing the academic and extracurricular interests of each student together under the tutelage of faculty and mentors within five cross-disciplinary engagement centers: ■
Community Engagement Center Center for Creativity & Innovation Global Engagement Center Leadership Engagement Center Outdoor Engagement Center
P ERS ONA L
rom the moment they step on campus as new freshmen passing under the Carter Carillon and through cheering throngs of new friends and mentors, our students know they are our top priority. Indeed, few schools can match the level of personal attention the SUU student gets from accomplished tenure-track faculty who truly do put our students and their experience above all else.
A CLASS ALL OUR OWN
No two experiences are quite alike for the SUU student, thanks to a very intentional plan to ensure our students’ interests, challenges and ideas shape all that we do in their education. This begins in the classroom, with faculty who get to know students on a personal level and hold a vested interest in each student’s progress and success. ■
Credit hours taught by full-time faculty: 80% Student-faculty ratio: 18:1 Classes of 20 students or less: 38% Classes of 30 students or less: 68%
With a more personalized and comprehensive education than is possible at the state’s larger institutions, SUU is just the 27th school in North America to be added to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.
GOING THE EXTRA MILE
In the classroom and beyond, there are countless opportunities to get involved and connect with others: ■
Service-learning: 4,468 students served 141,307 hours University-sponsored outdoor activities: 190 per year Student productions & exhibits: 100+ per year SUU Student Association activities: 70+ per year Student-run clubs and organizations: 154 Division I Athletic Teams: 17
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N A T U R A L
S E T T I N G
I LIMITLESS LEARNING
Integrating our campus’ unique geographic location into the educational experience remains a top priority as SUU students and faculty work alongside the National Park Service in unparallelled educational partnerships with several national treasures: ■
Bryce Canyon National Park Cedar Breaks National Monument Pipe Springs National Monument Zion National Park
n proximity to the largest concentration of national parks and monuments in the nation, SUU has a reputation as the Collegiate Gateway to the National Parks, providing programs and activities unmatched by other universities. Our unique surroundings inspire much of what we do so well.
S P E C TA C U L A R O P P O R T U N I T I E S
Beyond academics, a brief 40-minute drive from SUU will land you in the “greatest snow on Earth” for spectacular skiing and snowboarding or, in the opposite direction, year-round sunshine and a host of other outdoor recreational opportunities. Metropolitan offerings are also not far, with Salt Lake City just three hours to the north and the entertainment capital of the world—Las Vegas—just over two hours to the south.
S T U D E N T S
bove all else, we strive to empower students as productive citizens, socially responsible leaders, high achievers and lifelong learners. Year after year, we are astounded at the great heights our students and alumni reach in all such pursuits.
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ELEVAT RECENT LEAPS AND BOUNDS ■
SUU’s Bachelor of Nursing graduates regularly lead the state in first time pass rates for the RN-NCLEX exam, tallying 100% for four out of the last five classes. 10
SUU Gymnastics earned its 12th Academic National Championship. M.Ed. alumna named 2012 Teacher of the Year in U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Schools. Theatre alumna won 2013 Theatre World Award & Tony Award nomination for breakout Broadway performance. Two vocal students competed for Best Choral Performance in Classical Music in 2012 Grammy Awards. SUU Phi Beta Lambda students topped 1700+ PBL student members for Nation’s Best Student-led Service Project. Track & Field alumnus topped two NCAA championship wins and an Olympic debut by winning prestigious Bowerman Award. The Fall 2012 incoming freshman class was the largest and best academically prepared in University history. SUU grads leave with the third lowest student debt among all the West’s colleges and universities.
“America’s 100 Best College Buys” Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. Second lowest annual tuition among Seal nation’s Finished Look the top 100 colleges and universities to successfully balance academic quality and price. 2012 & 2011
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SALT LAKE CITY
U N I Q U E E D U C AT I O N A L & C O M M U N I T Y PA R T N E R S H I P S ■
Business Resource Center for Iron County Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative North Elementary STEAM School Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah SUCCESS Academy Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Program Utah Rural Summit Utah Shakespeare Festival Utah Summer Games Zion Park Group
We remain committed to contributing our talents and services to community needs and social platforms. Recent strides include: ■
Best in state in annual Facilities Preventative Maintenance Audit, with a 97.7% ranking Among top 100 schools in the world for sustainability initiatives and environmental impact Piloting U.S. funded American Cultural Center with Hunan Normal University in Changsha, China Utah’s first established circle of the elite Omicron Delta Kappa national honor society 2012 Excellence in Education Award for Professor Peter Sham at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Fulbright Scholar grant for Professor Jon M. Smith to teach at University of Swaziland and film documentary
he SUU community is made stronger by the partners and organizations that support us in every season of our endeavors, echoing the same commitment and care we strive to provide every one of our students.
SUU students earned Distinction for Excellence & fourth consecutive appointment to the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
HEADCOUNT FALL 2012 TOTAL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Undergraduate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . % Full-Time (undergraduate & graduate). . . . . % Males (undergraduate & graduate) . . . . . . % Utah Resident (undergraduate & graduate). % International Students. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8,297 7,633 . . 664 . 69% . 45% . 86% . . 6%
ACADEMIC COLLEGES Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education & Human Development College of Humanities & Social Sciences College of Performing & Visual Arts School of Business Walter Maxwell Gibson College of Science & Engineering Number of Undergraduate Programs . . . 98 Number of Graduate Programs . . . . . . . . . . 9 TOTAL DEGREES AWARDED (2012-13) Master’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259 Bachelor’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,033 Associate. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 456
MOST PREVALENT BACHELOR’S DEGREES 2012-13 1. Biology 2. Elementary Education 3. Physical Education & Human Performance 4. Psychology 5. Communication MOST PREVALENT MASTER’S DEGREES 2012-13 1. Education 2. Accounting/Business Administration 3. Professional Communication PEER INSTITUTIONS Austin Peay State University Christopher Newport University Columbus State University Eastern Connecticut State University Georgia College & State University Sonoma State University Southern Oregon University SUNY at Geneseo Truman State University Western Carolina University
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT TUITION & FEES PER TERM (10-18 CREDITS) Utah Resident Out-of-State 2013-14 $2,962 $8,951 2012-13 $2,788 $8,492 2011-12 $2,599 $7,955 NCAA TEAMS (DIVISION I, BIG SKY CONFERENCE) THE $100 MILLION CAMPAIGN FOR SUU TOTAL raised as of 5/2013. . . . . . . . . $90.1 million VALUE OF UNIVERSITY 2011-12 . . . . . . . . . . . . 2010-11 . . . . . . . . . . . . 2009-10 . . . . . . . . . . . .
ENDOWMENT ASSETS . . . . . . . . $18,686,808 . . . . . . . . $14,711,295 . . . . . . . . $12,614,144
MEN’S BASKETBALL MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY MEN’S FOOTBALL MEN’S GOLF (America Sky Conference) MEN’S TENNIS MEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD WOMEN’S BASKETBALL WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY WOMEN’S GOLF WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS (Western Athletic Conference) WOMEN’S SOCCER WOMEN’S SOFTBALL WOMEN’S TENNIS WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
rom our unique 1897 founding made possible by the unparalleled sacrifice of
community members who mortgaged their homes and braved dangerous blizzard to bring the Branch Normal School to Cedar City, the SUU community has always rallied behind educationâ€™s cause. This stalwart commitment to the rising generation continues today. In our ever-broadening and supportive community, in the successes of each of our students and alumni, and in the great strides among our faculty and staff, the SUU experience is proof that with more opportunities, more attention, more access and more support, the skyâ€™s the limit for the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds.
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Published on Jul 1, 2013
With an uncompromising focus on student success and an advancing academic profile, the SUU experience is on the rise, as is our reputation a...