Southern Utah University (SUU), a public university located in a residential area of beautiful Cedar City, Utah in the United States, is renowned for having a dynamic and caring community. There are over 140 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs at SUU that provide students with world-class academics and teaching, along with amazing hands-on learning opportunities that give students important work experience before they graduate from the university.

Students who have completed 10th grade can earn both a high school diploma and associate's degree in just two years or continue and complete their full bachelor's degree much earlier than their peers. This unique program allows them to save time and money.

- Nicole Funderburk, Recruitment Coordinator, International Affairs, Southern Utah University

SUU is proud to offer an Early College program that gives high school students the unique opportunity to get ahead and earn a college degree while still completing their high school education.

University Of The Parks

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Southern Utah University has officially trademarked the title “University of the Parks,” and there is no wonder why. Located near 20 national parks, monuments and recreation areas, and with its special educational partnerships with the National Park Service, the school is in a unique position to not only offer students an excellent academic experience, but an opportunity to discover the great outdoors as well.

Dubbed one of the most “outdoorsy” colleges in the country, SUU is fortunate to be surrounded by a diverse and awe-inspiring landscape. Students can participate in a wide array of activities such as horseback riding at Bryce Canyon National Park, hiking in Zion National Park, spelunking in Great Basin National Park or even a little boating at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The beautiful surroundings are not only for pleasure - students can take advantage of SUU’s geographical location and apply learning in real life as they complete degrees in geology, biology, archaeology, environmental psychology and outdoor recreation.

Recognition Of Excellence

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Southern Utah University has earned recognitions for its academic excellence, affordability, and promotion of outdoor sports and recreation. In 2016, The Princeton Review named SUU one of the Best Colleges in the West for its academic excellence in undergraduate education and the U.S. News & World Report ranked SUU in the top tier of all universities in the western United States. In recognition of its value for money, The Princeton Review also named the university one of America’s Best Value universities in 2015. Southern Utah University has also received the honor of being among the country’s Colleges of Distinction, and it is the only public university in Utah to be awarded this recognition.

SUU’S Early College Program

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Southern Utah University is proud to be one of the growing number of Concurrent Enrollment learning institutions in the country. This concurrent enrollment or Early College program, held in conjunction with SUCCESS Academy, allows high school students to enroll in college-credit classes taught by college-approved high school teachers. This gives students the opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree while completing their high school education.

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Students enrolled in the unique Early College program are exposed to the challenges of a university education while still enjoying a supportive high school environment. As a part of this program, students still participate in sports, clubs and other extracurricular activities, and receive personalized guidance and advice from faculty and staff.

For international students enrolled in the Early College program, Southern Utah University arranges living accommodations through their Homestay Housing initiative. Through this program, students live with a local family to ensure they learn about US culture first-hand and have a safe and supportive environment in which to live and study.

Early College Program Requirements

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To enroll in Southern Utah University’s Early College program, students must have completed their 10th or 11th year of high school. There are English proficiency requirements, however, if students do not meet these acceptance levels, they can take part in SUU’s Intensive English Program (IEP). If a student successfully completes the IEP, they are guaranteed admission to SUU’s Early College program. Other requirements for the program include an application, application fee, high school transcripts that show a minimum of a 2.0 GPA, passport copy, and a financial document from a bank stating that the student has the required funds available for the first year of study.

If you are interested in finding out how you can take part in Southern Utah University’s Early College program, click on its SchoolApply profile for more details and information. Apply now!  

About the Author: Muneeza Kizilbash grew up in the United States and Pakistan and was active in her university’s International Student Council. Now settled in Dubai, she loves to inform, educate and entertain her readers through her writing.