Southern Utah University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University is a public institution situated in Cedar City, Utah. The institution has a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students to choose from. Academics are backed by a 19 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and students can remain active outside of the classroom by participating in the university’s 100 organizations and clubs. The Southern Utah University Thunderbirds play in the NCAA Division I Summit League for most sports. Women’s gymnastics plays in the Western Athletic Conference, and football plays in the Great West Conference.


  • Total Enrollment: 10,196 (9,271 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male/58% Female
  • 73% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,770 (in-state); $20,586 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,600
  • Room and Board: $7,349
  • Other Expenses: $4,800
  • Total Cost: $20,519 (in-state); $34,335 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 88%
    • Loans: 54%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,162
    • Loans: $4,547

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 73%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 21%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 40%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Basketball, Football, Golf, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Baseball, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Southern Utah University Admissions

Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. This institution has a robust admissions process that involves a multitude of academic measures. Applicants must complete an online application. A persuasive essay and glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the admissions offices mean range. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices. Students should make a campus visit to determine if the institution is a good fit for them.

Admissions Data                        

  • Southern Utah University Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 510/640
    • SAT Math: 500/610
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 21/27
    • ACT English: 20/28
    • ACT Math: 19/26

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Southern Utah University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Southern Utah University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

La Salle University, Liberty University, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas A&M University – Kingsville, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Southern Utah University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Florida Gulf Coast University, Hampton University, Washington State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Southern Utah University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, then you’ll be a competitive candidate for these schools.

University of Arizona, University of Alabama, Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington

Applying to Southern Utah University

Application Deadline: May 1

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