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| Oh, SUU. Let's start with the good points. The campus and surrounding city are beautiful! I've never experienced a more beautiful fall or winter in my life (and coming from the snow-capped mountains of Salt-Lake, that is really saying something.) The campus is small so you get a decent amount of individual attention (if I see one of my professors wandering around they always greet me BY NAME, which is cool). It's large enough that you are always meeting new people but small enough that you are able to establish close relationships. On-campus housing is clean and well-kept (at least Cedar Hall.)|
Socially, because its such a small town there is next to nothing for you to do outside of class. The school hosts some events but for the most part you are left to your own devices when it comes to finding things to do on a Friday night. Movie nights are about as exciting as it gets if you're not into partying. Speaking of parties, they are hard to find, but aren't completely non-existent if you know the right people. Basically, social happenings seem to be few and far-between. Most students are so bored that they end up driving to their hometowns or just do the two hours to Vegas on the weekends. The students are very nice but the majority ARE Mormon which can make it hard to establish relationships unless you are willing to convert. Friendships come easily but you will usually face pressure from new friends to attend church functions.
Academically, SUU is not very challenging, classes aren't particularly interesting, and few professors are actually good at what they do.I don't necessarily hate SUU because I have made some great friends and done some fun things since I've been here, but it hasn't been without A LOT OF EFFORT. I personally wouldn't recommend this school to friends or family, but your experience will ultimately be what you are willing to make of it no matter where you go!
|Nov 20 2012|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| I am a geology major who attended SUU for one semester. The reasons why I eventually left had nothing specifically to do with SUU itself. This is a decent school with a strong academic program and excellent professors (at least in my experience). In regard to other comments posted, I think it's important to understand that interstate 15 runs from LA to Las Vegas and up through Cedar City, so culturally there is a lot of spill over from those two cities. Many of these people have an attitude that makes for a tense atmosphere around town and on campus. A thug attitude if you will. I have lived in many places around the country, and California is the only other place where I have experienced this kind of cultural atmosphere. Enough said there. I've lived in Utah for five years now and I can say that the mormon influence isn't always so great, but for the most part if you keep to your business they will keep to theirs. |
The school itself is beautiful. There isn't much to do in town, but if you like the outdoors there is much to see and do. The financial aid office leaves something to be desired, but I never had a problem with my advisers. In fact they were much more helpful than I was used to considering other schools I have attended. The great advantage, in my opinion, in attending SUU is that there are very FEW graduate degrees offered. This may sound counter intuitive, but at other larger schools I have attended most instructors don't really even respect you unless you are a grad student. For the most part, this isn't even an issue at SUU because most departments are comprised entirely of undergraduates. The reason I left SUU and Cedar City was because I was hemorrhaging money. I have had five years of military training in law enforcement and aircraft maintenance among other things, and I could not land a job to save my life! There just isn't much there as far jobs are concerned. This may be something to really consider if you are looking at SUU as a possibility.
|Feb 26 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |
| Overall the school is relatively decent, but the financial aid for Transfer and Out-of-State students is a joke. They offer little advice toward paying for your education, regardless of how high your grades may be. I was offered multiple scholarships, which I accepted, but later found out I "could not renew" them, despite having excellent grades. While most faculty is helpful, the tenured professors are sometimes hard to please. Moreover, many of the students are very nice, but most are highly close-minded. |
|Jul 26 2011|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2013 |