A small, but well-respected school amidst magnificent scenery.. In Short Located in Cedar City (250 miles south of Salt Lake City), Southern Utah University is surrounded by some of the most beautiful country in the world. Originally founded as a teacher's training school in 1897, now more than 6,000 students attend the state university. SUU is good pick for students who want a personalized education from a public, four-year university. The school's small classes (average size is 28) and its emphasis on teaching help create an environment that focuses on individuals.