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Southern Utah University Admission Requirements

Cedar City, Utah

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Your chances of getting into Southern Utah University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

83.9%
Admission Difficulty for Southern Utah University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Southern Utah University is 83.9%.  Its admission rate is the 4th lowest in Utah.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Southern Utah University and can you get accepted?

Southern Utah University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 15,571 out of the 18,570 who applied were admitted.

Southern Utah University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.58. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 14% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Southern Utah University?

84% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Southern Utah University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.58 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1140 on the SAT
  • Score 23 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

Southern Utah University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.58

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Southern Utah University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Southern Utah University are to have around a 3.58 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.58 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Southern Utah University accepts 84% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Southern Utah University is 3.58 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #4 in Utah for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Southern Utah University is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Southern Utah University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 11.1% Good
3.75 to 3.99 37.9% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 19.3% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 11.6% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 8.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 8.7% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 3.1% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.3% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Southern Utah University SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required by Southern Utah University. The school has a test blind policy.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1030-1240

Applicants Submitting SAT 

4%
SAT Scores for Southern Utah University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 520
Math 25th Percentile 510
Composite 25th Percentile 1030
SAT Scores for Southern Utah University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 640
Math 75th Percentile 600
Composite 75th Percentile 1240
Average SAT Score 1140

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Southern Utah University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Southern Utah University is 1140 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1030-1240. Students who get into Southern Utah University score in the top 55 percent of all SAT test takers..  Southern Utah University ranks #5 in the state of Utah for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1140 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Southern Utah University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1030 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1030, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 920, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Southern Utah University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not considered for admission, even if submitted (test blind)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1140 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1135, you have around a 84% chance of being admitted. A 1240 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 91% chance of getting in.

Southern Utah University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1240 and Above Good >91%
1135 to 1240 Avg + 84%-91%
1030 to 1135 Avg - 73%-84%
925 to 1030 Reach 59%-73%
Less than 925 Low <59%
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Southern Utah University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

20-26 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

81%
ACT Scores for Southern Utah University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 19
Math 25th Percentile 18
Composite 25th Percentile 20
ACT Scores for Southern Utah University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 26
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Southern Utah University?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Southern Utah University is 23, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 20 and 26.  The school ranks #4 in Utah for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 23. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 20 and score in the score in the top 49 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 17.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 81 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Southern Utah University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Southern Utah University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not considered for admission, even if submitted (test blind)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Southern Utah University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 23 score has around 84% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 91% with a 26 ACT score.

Southern Utah University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >91%
23 to 26 Avg + 84%-91%
20 to 23 Avg - 73%-84%
17 to 20 Reach 59%-73%
Less than 17 Low <59%
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High School Class Rank

78% of Southern Utah University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 48% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Southern Utah University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 22%
Top 25% of class 48%
Top 50% of class 78%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Southern Utah University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,261 8,298 18,570
Accepted 8,694 6,874 15,571
Acceptance Rate 85% 83% 84%
Enrolled 1,348 812 2,160
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 12% 14%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Sep 8, 2023

Days left to Apply

None

The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Sep 8, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Southern Utah University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Southern Utah University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Southern Utah University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not considered for admission, even if submitted (Test Blind)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Southern Utah University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Southern Utah University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.58 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1140 and ACT of 23 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=230603 IPEDS survey data for Southern Utah University.

Last updated February 24, 2024

FAQs

Does Southern Utah University prefer SAT or ACT?

4% of students submit their SAT scores to Southern Utah University. 81% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Southern Utah University?

84% of those who apply are granted admission to Southern Utah University. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Southern Utah University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1240. The average SAT score is 1135. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Southern Utah University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. The average ACT score is 23. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.