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Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University is a public university located in Cedar City, Utah, United States, founded in 1898. In the spring of 1897, Cedar City was selected as the site for a southern branch of the state�s teacher training school

Location

Address
351 West University Blvd
City
Cedar City
State
UT
Zip/Post Code
84720

Contact Information

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
7017
Total Graduate enrollment
728
In State Tuition Fees
5208
Out State Tuition Fees
17186
ACT Score
23
SAT Score
1531
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.48
Male Female Ratio
45:55
Acceptance Rate
61%
Student Faculty Ratio
20:01

Additional Information

College Type
Public
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mascot
Thunderbirds
Colors
Black White Red
Conference
Big Sky

College History

History

In the spring of 1897, Cedar City was notified it had been chosen as the site for the Branch Normal School, the region�s first teaching training school in southern Utah. For the next three months, citizens labored to complete Ward Hall on Main Street for the first school year. In September, the school opened its doors. School had been in session for two months when officials informed the school administrators that Ward Hall did not comply with state law and that a new building needed to be built on land deeded solely to the state by the next September or the school would be lost. Cedar City residents came together and in January 5, 1898, a group of residents trudged into the Cedar Mountain through shoulder deep snow. It took them four days to reach the sawmills, located near present-day Brian Head Ski Resort. Upon arrival, they realized the wagons they brought with them could not carry logs through the heavy snow. Sleighs were needed. The way back was just as hard as the trip up. The snow continued to fall destroying the trail they originally took. It was this phase of their march that an old sorrel horse proved valuable. Placed at the front of the party, the horse would walk into the drifts, pushing against the snow until it gave way. Then he would pause for a rest and then get up and start over again. �Old Sorrel� was credited with being the savior of the expedition. From January through July they kept up their labors and when September 1898 arrived, Old Main was almost completed. It had a large chapel for religious assemblies, a library and reading room, a natural history museum, biological and physical laboratories, classrooms and offices

College Specialty

Specialty

By reflecting Southern Utah University's core value of community and social responsibility, the Campus Sustainability Committee will provide leadership through education, innovation and outreach to engage our students, faculty, staff and community in sustainable living and purposeful inquiry.

Alumni

Alumni

Michael O. Leavitt, 14th Governor of Utah and Secretary of Health and Human Services in the George W. Bush cabinet. Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, 110th Congress Walter Gibson, chemist and former member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories where he studied nuclear fission and is credited with having discovered ion channeling. Jill Stevens, Miss SUU 2006, Miss Davis County 2007, Miss Utah 2007, Miss America 2008 "People's Choice" semifinalist. Nick Miller, NFL wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders, SUU wide receiver from 2007-2008. 2008 Great West Special Teams Player of the Year. DeWayne Lewis, NFL Cornerback, Lewis was a 2 Time Conference Athlete of the Year. Lonnie Mayne, Professional wrestler in the 60's and 70's. NWA United States Heavyweight Champion. Cameron Levins, 2012 NCAA Track and Field Champion in the 5 and 10k, 2012 Olympian, and 2012 Bowerman Award Winner. Tysson Poots, 2012 Arena League Rookie of the year with Receptions 109 Yards 1,183 Touchdowns 30 for the Utah Blaze. Currently a member of the Arizona Rattlers. Brad Sorensen, 2012 and 2013 Payton Award finalist, threw 3,139 yards and 23 TDs in 2012, drafted in 2013 to the San Diego Chargers

Campus

Campus

129 Acres (0.52 Km�)

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