Your Cardinal story starts here
Saginaw Valley State University is dedicated to supporting our determined and engaged students in reaching extraordinary heights. At SVSU, you get unique opportunities that other undergraduates don’t. We offer innovative programs, where our passionate students are inspired by real-world experiences through undergraduate research, fieldwork, hands-on internships, study abroad, leadership development, and more. At SVSU, we are invested together—and we believe in you.
International travel & world-class opportunities
The Cardinals of SVSU embrace challenges, push themselves and soar without limits. At SVSU, we offer competitive Programs of Distinction and the Undergraduate Research Program for high-achieving students to make the most out of their college experience. Students have the potential to get paid to travel and do important research.
SVSU students excel on both the national and international stage. Our students present their original research at global conferences in Italy, China, England and across the world. SVSU graduates earn admission to prestigious graduate programs such as Harvard, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern, and they land jobs at companies such as Dow, Ford, and Quicken Loans. At SVSU, the possibilities are endless. Our students have the drive and determination to become lawyers at the top law firms of the world, CEOs of multimillion-dollar companies, world-class doctors and researchers, state senators, and performers on Broadway.
Support from dedicated professors
At SVSU, we believe in a personalized education and in providing genuine support to students in every aspect of their lives. We know the importance of one-on-one mentorship, so every class is taught by one of our dedicated professors, with an average class size of 23. We also understand that the cost of your education should not hold you back, and we’re proud to have the lowest state tuition in the state of Michigan. We provide high-quality, affordable education that allows nearly one-third of our students to graduate with no debt at all.
Our supportive philosophy and emphasis on diversity and inclusion develops leaders and empowers students to achieve. This atmosphere helps generate a 97% job placement rate for all SVSU graduates and a virtually 100% placement rate for graduates in Accounting, Early Childhood Education, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Special Education, and more. We also have a nearly 100% success rate in placing graduates of our Carmona College of Business into master’s and PhD programs.
Engaging campus experience
At SVSU, we are a nationally awarded community of engaged scholars. We understand the value of giving back to our community and fellow Cardinals—we earn national recognition for devoting over 18,000 hours annually to community service. We believe in providing a safe, inclusive, and inspiring environment for all, and we also have the #1 best ranked dorms in the US among public universities. Whether in class, on stage, on the field, or in one of our over 200 student organizations, SVSU students have endless opportunities to thrive, succeed, and achieve.