Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI

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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.


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#1 top-ranked dorms in the US

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#2 top-ranked college campus in Michigan

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#1 in affordability with the lowest university tuition in Michigan

Experience & Excellence

SVSU students are empowered to reach past the ordinary and distinguish themselves with opportunities they wouldn’t find anywhere else, with 95% of students participating in experiential learning. We are also home to:
• Top-ranked Nursing and Social Work programs in the Midwest
• A top 5% internationally ranked business school
• Nationally recognized teacher preparation programs
• A world-leading undergraduate formula racing team (Engineering)
• A moot court program ranked 17th in the nation (Pre-law)
• Over 8,000 employers hiring through SVSU Career Services
• $6 million awarded for undergraduate research

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “Overall, my favorite part of SVSU is the close-knit community. It’s something you don’t get at a bigger setting and it’s a huge added value. One of the effects of the environment that SVSU has created is an incredible faculty and staff at the university. They are truly there to make a difference and it shows.”

    • Carl Gardner
      Finance & Economics
  • “SVSU has prepared me in every way for my future. From the classes I took and the connections I’ve made, to the professors who genuinely cared, and the endless opportunities I was presented, I will be eternally grateful for my journey at SVSU. I don’t think I could’ve possibly gotten this much out of college if I would’ve gone anywhere else.”

    • Ashley Reece
      Biology major, Chemistry minor, Pre-dentistry track
  • “It has been life changing. I came here not knowing what I wanted to do, and SVSU has helped me discover my passion and find my path. I love everything about this place. I am truly going to miss it.”

    • Miranda Strasburg
  • “The best thing SVSU did for me was linking me with the hands-on opportunities in the community and outside of the classroom. I'm just thankful and appreciative of the people who have taken the time to help me grow—the people here are different than anywhere else.”

    • Isabelle Pacitto
      Social Work