Southern Utah University

A small school in southern Utah became a university and a member of the Big Sky conference and, it offers over 140 undergraduate degrees to over 10,000 students.


So that stands for Southern Utah University and it is located in Cedar City, Utah

Here is the history or status of the college.

  • 1987
    • Branch Normal school
      • Training school in Southern Utah
  • 1913
    • Became the Branch Agricultural college
      • It was part of Utah State Agricultural College, which is now Utah State e University
  • 1951
    • Became College of Southern Utah 
    • Doubled in acreage
  • 1969
    • Became Southern Utah State college
      • The student enrollment grew from 360 to 2000
  • 1991
    • Became Southern Utah University
      • Constructed 14 buildings
      • Launching the Utah Summer Games
      • Achieving NCAA Division I status.

It is one of 27 universities in the U.S. that is a designated public liberal arts and sciences university.  They are known as the Thunderbirds.

Other things

It also does other things besides academics, like the following:

  • Utah Summer Games
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Tennis
    • Archery
    • Gymnastics
    • Basketball
    • And many more
  • Utah Shakespeare Festival
    • Now has a full-time staff
    • People come from all over to see it
    • Actors from Hollywood come and do the plays.

Division I school

As a member of the Big Sky Conference they have the following sports

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Rodeo

Which has helped recruit and put out some good alumni of the school.

  • Several NFL Football Players
  • A Governor of Utah
    • Michael O Leavitt
  • Miss America 2008 People choice semifinalist
  • A professional wrestler
  • Track and Field Champion
  • Mixed Martial Artist
  • Arena League Rookie fo the year
  • Broadway performer and Tony Award nominee and a featured role in The Greatest Showman
    • Keala Settle
  • First African-American General Authority for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Not so famous Alumni

  • Christopher Dorner
    • An LAPD member who committed a series of shootings in Southern California in 2013.

All in all

This is a small town University that has come a long way. It is involved in the community and brings in thousands of visitors a year.  It is the place to be for performing arts.

What did we do

We went to the student center and picked my son checked in and got some swag. We went to a parent’s info meeting, picked up a facemask and a shirt. Got some information and walked around campus and that was it. I know exciting

Even statues are wearing masks.

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