SUU Orientation

 New Student Orientation

SUU Orientation programs are designed for students attending SUU who have less than 24 post-high school college credits. They provide students with tools and resources to support their transition to college life. Orientation is required for all new students by policy 6.5, V.D.11 of SUU Policies and Procedures (http://suu.edu/pub/policies/pdf/PP65Undergraduate.pdf). Students taking only online classes through SUU are exempt from attending orientation. Transfer and non-traditional students (over age 25, married or with with children) should attend a Transfer Express Orientation Session. 
                            

                  

Traditional Orientation

Traditional Orientation is a fast-paced program that begins at 8 a.m. and ends between 3 and 5 p.m.  Throughout the day participants will learn about academics, student life and services, meet with their advisor, and get to know other new students.  Students do not pay a fee to attend this program.

Fall 2015 Dates

  • May 18 (with an overnight option on May 17)
  • June 8 (with an overnight option on June 7)
  • June 9
  • June 10
  • June 11
  • July 13 (with an overnight option on July 12)
  • July 14
  • July 15
  • July 16 (Iron County residents only, see below "Local Student Orientation")
  • August 15-18 (Adventure Orientation)
  • August 18 (International students and those students from over 375 miles away)
  • August 19 (International students and those students from over 375 miles away)

Schedule

8:00-8:45 am Check-In Students and Guests check-in and receive materials for the day. After you check-in, take another tour of campus. This tour is focused on what YOU want to see. You can also beat the crowd and have your ID picture taken, visit with the Financial Aid or Registrar’s office, pay your bill or even stop by the bookstore and price your books. Sharwan Smith Center Entertainment Bureau/Living Room/Mall
8:45 - 9:00 am Welcome and Overview Sharwan Smith Center – Sterling Church Auditorium
9:30 - 10:15 am O-Meetings Get to know other students at SUU as well as your orientation leader for the day.
10:15 - 10:45 am Breakout Session 1 Choose from the list of sessions aimed at helping you get the most out of your experience at SUU.

A Student’s Guide to College Life
Where do I live?
EDGE Project: Create Your Own Experience
Paying for College
10:50-11:20 am Breakout Session 2 Choose from the list of sessions aimed at helping you get the most out of your experience at SUU.

A Student’s Guide to College Life
Where do I live?
EDGE Project: Create Your Own Experience
Paying for College
11:10-12noon Tradition Time University traditions are an exciting part of the SUU experience. Learn more important Thunderbird traditions and win prizes!
12:00-1:00 pm Lunch & Bookstore Open House Lunch is provided as a part of Orientation. SUU faculty and staff will join you for the meal and conversation. Grab a few minutes at the end of lunch to visit the SUU Bookstore and use your coupon!
Sharwan Smith Center - Ballroom & Bookstore
1:00-1:30 pm How to Succeed in School.. A favorite faculty member will acquaint you with general academic expectations at SUU and will discuss how to be a successful student at SUU.

Sharwan Smith Center - Sterling Church Auditorium
1:35-3:00 pm College Student Inventory/Academic Advising: A partnership between Students determine your academic and skill needs. Following the survey, you will receive general information on university academic requirements and opportunities, including our hints and tips for getting the most out of your SUU education. You’ll have a chance to meet with your academic advisor and talk about and Their Advisors This session starts with an online survey to details of your major, ask questions about the requirements or classes, and learn more about your
3:00 pm Pick up your SUU ID Cards Sharwan Smith Center - Entertainment Bureau
3:00 pm Individual appointments with your Academic Advisors Sharwan Smith Center - Academic Advising Center
3:30 pm Housing Tour Meet in Eccles Living Learning Center lobby to learn more about on-campus hosing, and receive a tour of the residence halls.

Overnight Orientations

(Summer only)

Fall 2015 Dates

  • May 18 (with an overnight option on May 17)
  • June 8 (with an overnight option on June 7)
  • July 13 (with an overnight option on July 12)

This program is designed to offer an extended preview of campus life.  Participants can take advantage of extended advising, have more time at information sessions, and enjoy a fun night of entertainment and socializing.  SUU Overnight Orientation will provide you with a great opportunity to develop friendships, experience a night in the residence halls, explore the campus, and discover life at SUU first-hand. 

Overnight orientation is an added experience and students will join others attending just the Traditional Orientation program on Monday.


SCHEDULE

DAY 1
4:45-5:15 p.m. Orientation Check In

Students and guest check in to Eccles Hall to place items in their rooms and get orientation informational items.

Eccles Hall

5:15-6:00 p.m. Dinner and Welcome

Meet other overnight orientation students as you enjoy dinner in our Student Center.  Learn more about the overnight program and your Orientation Leaders.  

Sharwan Smith Center - Ballroom or T-Bird Circle

6:00-6:30 p.m. Academic Advising Prep

Prepare for your academic advising appointment tomorrow, learn about MyDegrees, check out the SUU Portal, review the Red Book, and ask questions of your Orientation Leader.  Make sure to set up your academic advising appointment at this time.

TBD

6:30-7:30 p.m. EDGE Session

Learn more about our experiential learning program, entitled "EDGE" and how it can give you the EDGE in your future career.  This brainstorming session allows you to dream big!             

TBD

7:30-8:00 p.m. Prep for Open Gym

Head back to the residence halls to change and get ready for open gym

Eccles/Cedar Hall

8:00-10:00 p.m. Open gym

Enjoy our recreation facilities, including a climbing wall, volleyball, and racquetball courts.

10:00-11:00 p.m. Snacks, leisure time, and capture the flag

Join other overnight orientation participants in a late night outdoor capture the flag event!  Or, stay indoors and enjoy snacks with other new students.

DAY 2
7:30-8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast Eccles Conference Room
8:00 a.m. Check-in #2  Head to the Student Center to join the other Traditional Orientation students for a full day of activities.  Please see the Traditional Orientation schedule for full details on the rest of this day.

Adventure Orientation

(Summer Only)

Fall 2015 Dates

  • August 14-18, 2015
Adventure Orientation is designed to orchestrate a shared experience for participants to create social bonds that lead to lasting friendships, a connection to the SUU community, and the amazing places surrounding Cedar City.  Adventure Orientation also provides the opportunity to learn and be inspired in natural landscapes through adventure.  You will begin your four day adventure camping at a group site in a BLM recreation area west of Cedar City and then spend three days adventuring (backpacking, climbing, camping, caving, hiking, and/or canyoneering), ending with a memorable lunch back on the SUU campus.  After their adventure, participants will attend Traditional Orientation as a team.

Adventure Orientation

Bryce Canyon National Park- Backpacking
  • Travel to Bryce Canyon (1.5 hours), hike, participate in ranger talks, star gaze, and spend the night in a group campsite
  • Backpack into Bryce’s backcountry 4.5 miles, enjoy and explore a secluded place
  • Backpack 4 miles to the trailhead and travel back to Cedar City.
Group will camp first in a front country group site, then in a primitive backcountry site.
Rating:  Moderately Strenuous
Experience:  No experience needed, you will learn through training and by doing.


Zion National Park- Canyoneering

  • Travel to Zion (1 hour) and go through dry land skills, rappelling training and a short canyon
  • Enjoy a full day of canyoneering in one of the area’s world-class canyons
  • Complete a classic Zion hike before returning to Cedar City

Group will camp in a group campsite in Zion.
Rating:  Moderately Strenuous
Experience:  No experience needed, you will learn through training and by doing.

Sand Hollow State Park, Snow Canyon State Park, Veyo- Climbing and Paddle Boarding

  • Travel to Crawdad Canyon for rock climbing.
  • Paddleboard and swim at Sand Hollow State Park.
  • Explore Snow Canyon State Park's Lava Tubes and return to Cedar City

Group will camp in a group site in Veyo.
Rating:  Sport climbs from 5.5 to 5.12 (beginning to expert)
Experience:  No experience needed, you will learn through training and by doing.

Great Basin National Park- Caving and Camping

  • Travel to Great Basin NP (2.5 hours), and explore Lehman Caves
  • Ascend Wheeler Peak (Nevada’s 2nd highest peak)
  • Enjoy a mini alpine adventure before returning to Cedar City

Group will camp in a group site at Great Basin.
Rating:  Moderately Strenuous
Experience:  No experience needed, you will learn through training and by doing.

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Dixie National Forest- Hiking, Exploring

  • Travel (20 minutes) to SUU’s Sheepherder’s campsite, explore the area and travel to Cedar Breaks National Monument (20 minutes) to hike (1-3 miles) and enjoy the alpine environment.
  • Hike and explore the Dixie National Forest. 
  • Experience what Cedar Mountain has to offer and return to Cedar City.

Group will camp in a group site in the Dixie National Forest
Rating: Moderate
Experience:  No experience needed, you will learn through training and by doing.

    Local Student Orientation

(Summer program only for Iron County residents)

  • July 17, 2015
Students who are residents of Iron County are given the option to attend a Local Student Orientation, which is tailored specifically to students from the local Cedar City area.  This program features information essential to the success of all students, without the details that local students generally already know.  This abbreviated session also features a parent and guest track discussing issues specific to local family members.  A final schedule of events will be posted as this date approaches.

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