SUU Orientation

Parent & Guest Orientation

Parent & Guest Orientation offers an opportunity to learn about the exciting new experiences that await your student as they enter Southern Utah University. Parents and guardians are encouraged, but not required, to attend this program, which runs concurrently with our student program during Traditional Orientation sessions.  There is a small additional fee to cover the cost of food for guests.

By attending Parent & Guest Orientation, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the resources available to SUU students and parents
  • Feel more connected to the University
  • Be better prepared to support and empower your student
  • Understand the University's academic expectations

Parent & Guest Programs

The Parent & Guest Orientation program is held concurrently with New Student Orientation. Although parents and guest will accompany students for a portion of the day, there will be multiple occasions when parents and guests will break away from students for specific programs. These programs include the following:

Special Address to Family Members

By Jared Tippets, Vice President of Student Affairs

Hear from SUU’s President or Provost on why they are passionate about SUU and how important they know parents are as a part of the new student experience.  This presentation finishes up with information on how to support your students in their college transition

The Academic Side of Life

This presentation features Kelly Stephens, Director of Academic Advising and faculty member Todd Petersen.  Learn more about the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act and what rights you have as a parent.  This session also covers details related to your student’s academic success at SUU.

Campus Organization Fair

Touch base with various campus resources about your student's college experience.  Offices in attendance include University Housing, University Dining, the SUU Bookstore, Campus Safety, Financial Aid, Student Involvement and Leadership, the SUU Post Office, the SUU Library, University College, Campus Employment, and many more!

Breakout Sessions

You will have a chance to attend breakout sessions of your choosing on topics on Career Services, Housing, Student Life, and the EDGE Project.

Money Matters

In this session, members of SUU’s Financial Aid Office present the different options available to students and parents for financing a college education.  This includes federal work study, grants, loans, and other scholarship programs.

Sign Up

Sign up for the Parent & Guest Orientation program is included in the online reservation form when your student signs up for Orientation. The Parent & Guest Orientation fee will be added to your student's Orientation charge when making the reservation.

Please Note
Orientation programs reservation for Parents and guests registration OPENS MAY 1st 2016 Please note that until that date you will be unable to register for orientation. If you have any questions you can contact the orientation office at 435-586-1932 or email us at

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Debbie Staples

Debbie Staples
Parent and Family Services Coordinator
Office: Sharwan Smith Center, Suite 201
Phone: 435-865-8752
Fax: 435-865-8393