Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI

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At Saginaw Valley State University, we don’t settle—we are 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.  

The Cardinals of SVSU embrace challenges, push themselves, persevere, and soar without limits. We set ourselves apart with expansive student grant opportunities and Programs of Distinction—such as the Honors Program, Cardinal Business Edge, Roberts Fellows, and the Vitito Global Leadership Institute—that provide our students with the skills they need to achieve their goals.

SVSU students excel on both the national and international stage. Our students present their original research at global conferences in Italy, China, and England. SVSU graduates earn admission to 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.

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)
• The #1 best ranked dorms in the US
• The #2 best ranked college campus in Michigan

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 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 in master’s and PhD programs.

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. 


Location: Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region near the cities of Saginaw, Midland, and Bay City, Michigan

Type of School: Public university founded in 1963

Athletics: 19 NCAA Division II athletics teams

Nickname: Cardinals


Students: 8,265 students; 17:1 student-faculty ratio

Points of Pride:
• SVSU offers more than 90 graduate and undergraduate programs.
• Ranked “Best Dorms” of any public university in the US
• 8,056 different employers hire through SVSU Career Services.
• 1,000+ private scholarships are available, in addition to academic university scholarships.
• 90% of students receive scholarships and/or financial assistance other than loans.
• Most affordable tuition in the state of Michigan (2019)
- In-state tuition and fees: $10,035
- Room and board: $10,411

• Average GPA: 3.46
• Average ACT score: 22.5
• Average SAT score: 1090
• Essay required: No

Top 10 Majors:
1. Nursing
2. Engineering
3. Elementary Education
4. Social Work
5. Computer Science
6. Biology
7. Criminal Justice
8. Exercise Science
9. Psychology
10. Management

PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP: 100% tuition and mandatory fees. Criteria: 3.9+ GPA with 1270 SAT or 28+ ACT; 3.0+ GPA with 1350+ SAT or 30+ ACT; or ranked #1 or #2 in your class

The following scholarships are automatically awarded based on your academic achievement in high school:
FOUNDER’S SCHOLARSHIP: $5,000 every year for four years; 3.6+ GPA with 1200+ SAT or 26+ ACT
DEAN’S SCHOLARSHIP: $4,000 every year for four years; 3.0+ GPA with 1120+ SAT or 24+ ACT
CARDINAL AWARD: $3,000 every year for four years; 3.0+ GPA with 1060+ SAT or 22+ ACT
UNIVERSITY AWARD: $2,000 every year for four years; 3.7+ GPA and test optional, or 3.0+ GPA with 900+ SAT or 18+ ACT

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