Making the choice to attend college can be daunting on its own, and recent historical events have only added to the overwhelming and often stressful decision. At Southern Utah University, we know that this is a challenging time for everyone and want to do all we can to help current and future T-Birds succeed.
“We genuinely want the best for our students and that hasn’t changed, only increased through these uncertain times,” said Brandon Wright, assistant vice president for enrollment management at SUU. “There is no roadmap for what we are going through, but I am hopeful that we will make it through this — together.”
Here are just a few ways that SUU is shifting to meet students where they are at.
Extended scholarship deadlines
To help new students impacted by COVID-19, SUU extended the date to apply for academic scholarships for the Fall 2020 semester to June 1. Extending the date gives students who were planning to attend SUU in the fall more time to apply for academic scholarships. It also applies to potential students who returned early from religious missions or delayed entry into the military or service programs to begin achieving their higher education goals sooner than anticipated.
Options to postpone enrollment deposits
Funds can be tight right now and paying an enrollment deposit might be a challenge, so SUU is offering students the option to postpone the enrollment deposit until tuition and fees are paid at the beginning of the term. Designed to allow the university to more effectively plan for class offerings and student resources and pay for transition and transfer services including orientation, first-year programs, and transfer programs, the enrollment deposit can be postponed by filling out the Deposit Postponement Form. This will allow students to continue moving forward toward attending SUU and give them the chance to take the T-Bird Takeoff Questionnaire (TTQ) that is required prior to class registration.
Virtual information sessions and tours
While face-to-face tours of campus are not possible right now, SUU is offering a glimpse at campus life through virtual information sessions and a virtual campus tour with SUU’s Presidential Ambassadors. The SUU Admissions team is available to answer questions about application deposits, housing, student and academic life at SUU, information about programs, and many other tour-related topics.
“We want to make your transition to SUU as seamless as possible,” said Wright. “I hope you will reach out to your admissions counselor with any questions, they will be more than happy to help you through any concerns you may have.”
Expanded online offerings
For students and families facing financial worries caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, SUU’s online degrees, both undergraduate and graduate, are ranked the most affordable in Utah. And SUU’s undergraduate programs are ranked the sixth-best in the United States, by SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher.
SUU has decreased its tuition for online programs to make them more accessible to prospective students. Taking effect last January, online-only tuition for undergraduate degrees has been reduced an average of 23%, while graduate online-only tuition dropped 12%.
In addition to being affordable, SUU continues to expand its online offerings in both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The 100 percent online programs are designed to provide the flexibility that students need, while still placing students first.
SUU is a caring campus community where students come to explore their interests and prepare for meaningful careers and life experiences. With more than 140 undergraduate programs and 21 graduate and certificate programs across six academic colleges, SUU proudly offers world-class, project-based learning opportunities where students gain professional experience before entering the job market.