Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI

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At Saginaw Valley State University, our hardworking business students innovate, inspire, and achieve. With determination and passion, the Cardinals of our Carmona College of Business soar to new heights and excel as leaders and professionals.

Our world-class programs are led by experts and accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). This recognition means that our students graduate from one of the top 5% of business schools in the world and stand out in the job market. 

At SVSU, we set ourselves apart with specialized degree programs that allow our students to decide their own unique path. For example, our BPA program reaches far beyond the typical undergraduate level of accounting to prepare our students to excel on the CPA exam and fast-track a successful career in public accounting. Concentrations in programs like family business management and professional sales allow our students to explore which areas of business spark their passion. Our programs include:

• Accounting (BBA)
• Professional Accountancy (BPA)
• Economics 
• Finance
• General Business
• International Business
• Marketing
• Management
• Supply Chain Management
• Entrepreneurship (minor; certificate)
• Legal Studies (minor)
• Professional Sales (minor; concentration)
• Family Business Management (concentration)

We know that where you study effects how you learn. That is why we invested in our students and have constructed a new $25 million business building opening in 2020. Our innovative new facilities will allow our students to combine classroom knowledge with practical experience, as well as interact with faculty and business executives. Instead of being limited to a typical classroom, our new additions create a real-world environment and include:

• The Consumer Behavior Lab provides a space for students to conduct research, lead focus groups, and learn firsthand how consumers make decisions

• The Research & Innovation Hub serves as an adaptive space for students to interact and freely share ideas with their peers, professors, and members of Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region business community

• The Finance & Big Data Lab simulates the live trading of Wall Street and uses state-of-the-art technology (like the Blomberg platform) to teach students how to analyze and apply financial data

At SVSU, we provide our students with the opportunities and resources to become accomplished alumni, and we are proud of all that our students accomplish. Our graduates become leaders at Fortune 500 companies, regional business owners, and CEOs of multimillion-dollar firms. We don’t settle for ordinary and we set ourselves apart with:

• 97% overall job placement rate
• Nearly 100% success rate in placing students in master’s and PhD programs
• 30 regional businesses that create internships for students
• 11 business-specific student organizations
• Frequent career fairs and networking opportunities that lead to student co-op appointments and job offers
• Competitive scholarships for every major 
• Exclusive programs of distinction available for both underclassmen and upperclassman, including Garber Cardinal Business Edge and the Vitito Global Leadership Institute 

Our industry-connected professors are committed to your success and push you to maximize your potential. They work with you one-on-one to provide personalized mentoring and guide you to achieve your goals. Our students have endless opportunities to conduct original research, present their work at national and international conferences, study-abroad to experience global business practices, and gain practical field work experience. At SVSU, your personal and professional success is our top priority and we are dedicated to helping you succeed in business. 


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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