Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI

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Discover something new when you come to SVSU

At Saginaw Valley State University, we value the importance of STEM to push boundaries, improve lives, and advance us into tomorrow. Our hard-working students are leaders and problem-solvers. They are researchers and innovators who question the obvious and embrace their curiosity. SVSU welcomes challenge as pathways to discovering something new. With small class sizes, hands-on experience, and industry-connected professors, you'll be engaged and supported in our outstanding programs. Our Cardinals are continually innovating, defying limits, and making groundbreaking discoveries in their fields.

International excellence
Compete and win against alongside the best students in the College of Science, Engineering & Technology. Our Cardinal Formula Racing team built the fastest college race car in the world—twice—at the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers competition. And our league of Computer Science students have out-programmed competitors to place among the top 100 in the world.

Student-centered, undergraduate research
We believe in learning by doing. By combining classroom instruction with hands-on experience, our students gain practical knowledge. Our University offers unique opportunities to engage in faculty-mentored research projects as well as publish and present your original findings at national and international conferences through our Honors Program and Undergraduate Research Program. For environmentally focused students, our Saginaw Bay Environmental Science Institute provides exclusive research opportunities in the Saginaw Bay Watershed, one of the world’s best freshwater laboratories.

Real-world experience with businesses and industry
Gain experience, enhance your learning, and make your impact through our regional partnerships. With this real-world focus, Engineering students work with regional businesses to develop industry solutions for clients and collaborate with community leaders to design ride-on toy cars for children with special needs. Our Cardinals also earn internships at Fortune 500 companies like Dow, DuPont, Ford, and General Motors—often leading to full-time positions. With nationally accredited STEM programs, the University prepares students to soar in their careers and at some of the best graduate schools in the country.

Making a difference
Whether you're studying the waters of Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region, leading research in cyber behavior and biometrics, joining the biology or chemistry club, exploring our on-campus ecological research area, or working with the US EPA on rapid testing water quality of public beaches, SVSU has every opportunity for you to excel. Cardinals thrive in STEM and challenge themselves to reach for the extraordinary. We lead, discover, innovate, create, and explore where our ideas take us. Our academics combine engaging classroom study with practical experience, providing our students with the tools they need to succeed.

Supportive professors
Our passionate professors are committed to helping you grow, learn, and thrive so you reach your full potential. That’s why our Computer Science department has one of the highest professor ratings in Michigan. SVSU STEM professors know you by name and offer one-on-one mentoring for professional, medical, and graduate programs. As an SVSU Cardinal, opportunities are endless and your success is limitless.


STEM Badge

97% overall job placement rate for STEM graduates

Formula 1 badge

Ranked #1 among the best undergraduate formula racing teams in the world

Computer Programming badge

Ranked #2 "Best Computer Programming Degree" in Michigan

Discover Your Potential

Our students and faculty have a passion for discovery and research as well as ultimately answering the age-old question, “Why?” We have opportunities for you to pursue this passion with your own research in any major. At SVSU, you'll push limits and be driven to succeed. That's why we have:
• Nearly 100% job placement rate for Mechanical Engineering graduates
• Academic pathways to 38 of the most in-demand and high-wage careers in Michigan
• State-of-the-art lab equipment and 17 modern engineering laboratories
• $5 million in funding to support STEM student projects

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “At SVSU, everyone is extremely supportive and inclusive to help each other on their individual journeys. I love the strength, trust, and compassion of our community as Cardinals. SVSU has consistently provided me with the tools I need to succeed in my career.”

    • Lucas Inman, Theatre
      Saginaw, Michigan
  • “You’re a name here, not just a number. Opportunities for professional development, networking events, and leadership roles helped me develop as a leader and grow into who I believe I am supposed to be.”

    • Surina Gupta, Political Science
      Saginaw, Michigan
  • “The best part about SVSU is the access to opportunities. The faculty and staff have been so open to working with me to help me grow as a person and pursue opportunities to gain experience in my field.”

    • Talia Pruiett, Social Work
      Bay City, Michigan
  • “I really like the diversity at SVSU. Being a minority, it’s great to see so many people represented. It’s so nice to be in an atmosphere that's so welcoming.”

    • Adiya Young, International Business
      Waterford, Michigan
  • “SVSU is more than just a school. It’s home. It’s always been home to me. I have created a bond with everyone and anyone here. This is my family. Once you come here, you’re not going to school—you’re joining a family.”

    • Jayson Tunstall, Accounting
      New Lothrop, Michigan