By Nikki Koontz
SUU Marketing Communication
CEDAR CITY—Southern Utah University has been ranked among the seven Best Colleges in Utah for 2017.
The ranking from College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, put Southern Utah University in 4th place for Best Colleges in Utah. It should be noted that within the ranking, SUU is listed as the second best public school in Utah, edging out Utah State University, Weber and Snow College.
SUU has experienced unprecedented growth in the last several years and has simultaneously increased the quality of students being admitted into the university.
“Last year we had record-breaking growth in new undergraduate students,” said Brandon Wright, executive director of admissions and recruitment. “These numbers reflect what myself, my team and the SUU community already knows; SUU is the best university experience in the state and the region. We’re proud of the caliber of students that are present in our freshman class.”
Located in the world’s best backyard, SUU is the University of the Parks thanks to its close proximity to several outdoor recreational areas and its educational partnerships with the National Park Service. SUU’s safe, residential campus allows students to create lifelong friendships along with once-in-a-lifetime outdoor adventures in conjunction with innovative academic endeavors.
“SUU is a student focused & student prioritized University,” said Hayden Carroll, student body president at SUU. “It’s large enough to offer incredible amounts of opportunities, but small enough to allow the students to receive a personalized education. We take pride in our beautiful campus and the matchless university experience that it offers.”
According to College Choice, the ranking is based on institutional excellence, student satisfaction, and return on investment—a measurement of total cost against expected early career income. The data from their ranking comes from the National Center for Education Statistics’ IPEDS database, U.S. News & World Report, Payscale, and individual college websites.