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As the state’s premier liberal arts and sciences university, boasting a unique experience-and service-based educational vision and ideal location amongst some of the nation’s most acclaimed national parks, Southern Utah University offers an experience unlike any other for its students, faculty, staff and administrators. The University’s personalized, experiential education, unique educational partnerships and increased funding have all heightened Southern Utah University’s academic profile and reputation across the West.

Unprecedented $100 million “The Future is Rising” Fundraising Campaign
The Future is Rising campaign marks SUU’s largest and most ambitious comprehensive campaign. To date, more than $85 million of the University’s $100 million goal has been raised and pledged, including the three largest gifts to SUU in the school’s history:

In addition to the soon-to-be constructed Center for the Arts, The Future is Rising Campaign is responsible for the University’s new Science Center, the Cedar Hall University Housing complex and the Carter Carillon. This campaign will heighten educational opportunities and elevate the University’s influence for years to come.

EDGE Program Pioneer
Recognizing the unique value of an experience-based education model and the University’s distinct advantages that make undergraduate research, service learning, internships and cross-disciplinary capstone work possible for every student, SUU Academics has implemented an innovative undergraduate model in its new EDGE (Education Designed to Give Experience) Program.

Prestigious COPLAC Membership
SUU offers a more personalized and comprehensive education than is possible at the state’s other, larger institutions. In recognition of SUU’s distinct value, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) cast a unanimous vote to accept the University for COPLAC membership, making SUU its 27th member institution.

State Leader in Kennedy Center Alliance
First established and still broadly known for its standout teacher education and arts programming, SUU leads the Utah Alliance for Arts Education in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Big Sky Athletic Conference Membership
SUU’s Thunderbird Athletics opened its 2012-13 season as new members of the Big Sky Athletic Conference, bringing decades of effort to better align the University for both locale and academic reputation to fruition.

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