#3 Best Public Universities in Utah

Southern Utah University

Cedar City, Utah

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Southern Utah University overview
Location Cedar City, Utah
Online suu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Remote Town
Southern Utah University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Southern Utah University (SUU), a public institution established in 1897, is nestled in Cedar City, Utah, approximately 50 miles from Zion National Park, offering a blend of outdoor recreation and small-town charm. The university?s campus reflects a distinct blend of red-brick architecture set against a backdrop of scenic southwestern Utah landscapes. SUU prides itself on a student-centered learning environment and offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable emphasis on the performing and visual arts as well as its College of Education. Academically, the institution maintains a moderately selective admissions process. Residence halls and apartment-style housing provide on-campus living options for students. While SUU hosts a variety of athletic teams as the Thunderbirds, it is recognized in particular for its contributions to gymnastics and has established a reputation in the sport within its athletic conference.

In the most recent statistical year 18,570 prospective students applied, and 15,571 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,160 enrolled in the school.  8,488 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 5,842 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $6,006 plus fees of $764. Southern Utah University is ranked 857 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Southern Utah University is rated within the lower 37% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Southern Utah University overview
SAT 1030/1240
ACT 20/26
GPA 3.58

Applications Accepted

Southern Utah University overview
Applications Due Sep 8, 2023
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

Utah Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Southern Utah University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$764
Room and Board $8,416
Budget for Other Expenses$3,900
Total One Year Cost$19,886

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Southern Utah University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$764
Room and Board $8,416
Budget for Other Expenses$3,900
Total One Year Cost$33,702

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$43,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

35% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Southern Utah University students
Subject Percent of Class
Liberal Arts and Humanities 25%
Education 17%
Business 11%
Health Professions 6%
Psychology 5%

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