SUU Orientation

 Transfer & Adult Learner Orientation

As a transfer student or adult learner, you may choose to attend either a Traditional Orientation program which is a day-long (or overnight) program including a group advising session, workshops, campus tours, and traditions.  You may also choose a Transfer and Adult Learner Express Orientation, which lasts no longer than three hours and includes information on financial aid, campus resources, the EDGE program, and academic advising.

Transfer students are defined as any student that has taken a college course after finishing high school.  We encourage transfer students with less than 24 transfer credits to attend our Traditional Orientation Program. If you have over 24 credits, you are welcome to attend our Transfer and Adult Learner Orientation.

Adult learners are considered to be any SUU student who is over the age of 25, is married, or has children.  SUU's adult learner (or non-traditional) student population grows every year and we are dedicated to serving this population.
As a student who has already attended another institution or has taken a few years off after high school, we understand that your experience is unique and we respect the knowledge that you bring to SUU.  Although you may have already been enrolled in college, orientation at SUU is a key part of your T-Bird journey and a proven way to enhance student success.

Students do not pay a fee to attend this program.
Fall 2015 Dates
  • Friday, July 17, 2015
  • Monday, August 24, 2015
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Transfer and Adult Leader Express Orientation

Check-In, Welcome Reception & Introductions: Check in at the Convention Center Lobby then head to the Student Involvement and Leadership Office to take your photo for your student ID!  Join us back in the Lobby for a brief reception before the program begins.  Note: Please check your e-mail one week prior to your orientation session to confirm room locations.

Campus Resources: Slideshow of campus services, including scholarships specific to transfers and non-traditional students, veteran’s services, and child care grants through the Center for Women and Families. 

EDGE Project Requirements: Learn about the requirements for your participation in SUU's Experiential Learning Education Program, called EDGE, and how to successfully complete this graduation requirement.

Academic Advising: Learn about the most important things you need to know about transferring credits to SUU.  Reminder: Please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor in person or over the phone if you have not done so already! 

Transfer Student Panel: With transfer Orientation Leaders and non-traditional students. Learn about their experiences and how they navigated transferring credits to SUU, made new friends and got involved, and discovered fun activities in and around Cedar City!  A brief Q&A will follow the panel. 


Traditional Orientations

Traditional Orientation is a fast-paced program that begins at 8 a.m. and concludes around 4:00 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.

Those new first-year students who have yet to register for an orientation must call the Office of Orientation at (435) 586-1932 to discuss your alternate options.  As a reminder, Orientation is a required program for all new students. Find out why we think orientation is so important here:


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.

Remember, transfer students and adult learners are still required to attend Thunder Academy which is a multiple day event on August 20-23rd.  Mark your calendar today!

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