Cedar City is a University town with Southern Utah University (SUU), a liberal arts school, making its home in the city center; which means most of “what’s going on” in town focuses around the stunning tree-lined campus.
Through its more than 100-year history, Southern Utah University has evolved from a teacher training school into a comprehensive, regional university. It serves the southern region of Utah and the contiguous counties of two states with undergraduate and graduate programs and applied technology training. People of the region look to the University for outreach services, culture, economic and business development, public education, regional history, public affairs, and major academic specialties.
University of the Parks©
Surrounded by some of the most scenic wonders in the west, Southern Utah University is a dynamic teaching and learning community where students and staff immerse themselves in—and are inspired by—the diverse and stunning natural landscape that surrounds the campus. The Outdoor Nation On Campus Challenge declared SUU the coveted title of “The Most Outdoorsy School in the Nation”. Winning the competition, which was sponsored by Outdoor Nation, REI and The North Face, further validates and solidifies Southern Utah University as the University of the Parks©.
Must See & Do
Campus Walking Tour
The campus’ walks are beautifully landscaped with fountains, ponds, lush vegetation, and beautiful bronze statues. Along with the beautiful landscaping and lush vegetation this walking tour is filled with traditional and modern sculptures. Start with the Founders Monument to learn the University’s triumphant beginnings thanks to a horse named Ol’ Sorrel.
College of Performing Arts
SUU’s College of Performing and Visual Arts produces over 300 artistic events throughout the year. Talented students offer high caliber entertainment that will inspire audiences from the stage. Jazz, symphonic and vocal performances will delight the senses and beautiful paintings, sculpture and prints will stir the heart. Information on what’s showing at SUU is available at (435) 865-8800 or www.suu.edu/pva/.
Gerald Sherratt Library Special Collections
An unique accumulation of early Southern Utah photographs, writings and books. The William Palmer collection of Native American handcrafts is also located in the collection. www.library.suu.edu
Rent gear from backpacks to snowshoes and get insider tips from staff and students that live and breathe the great outdoors. www.suu.edu/outdoors/
Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center For The Arts
Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA)
A regional gallery that exhibits, collects, and preserves historic and contemporary works of art significant to the American West and hosts art exhibitions from around the world. www.suu.edu/suma/
Utah Shakespeare Festival
The Tony Award winning festival makes its home on the campus of Southern Utah University. Eight plays are presented in repertory each season in three theaters: the outdoor Engelstad Theatre, which is a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the indoor Randall L. Jones Theatre, a stunning modern facility featuring contemporary works, and indoor Anes Studio Theater, an intimate 200 seat performance space. For tickets and information call 1 (800) PLAYTIX or visit www.bard.org.
The SUU Bookstore is where you go to show your T-Bird Pride by picking up your essential SUU merchandise.
Frehner Museum of Natural History features southwest Utah’s fossilized and archaeological history, plus an amazing display of small and large games animals.