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 determined and engaged students in reaching extraordinary heights. At SVSU, you get unique opportunities other undergraduates don’t. We offer innovative programs in which our passionate students are inspired by real-world experiences through undergraduate research, fieldwork, hands-on internships, study abroad opportunities, leadership development, and more. With nationally ranked programs, supportive professors, and a welcoming and friendly campus ranked #1 in Michigan, anything is possible. At SVSU, we're invested together—and we believe in you. Your Cardinal story starts today. 

Academics, international travel, and world-class opportunities
At SVSU, you can pursue your dreams and reach your goals. SVSU Cardinals embrace challenges, push themselves, and soar without limits. With countless national and international achievements, our students are empowered to defy limits and unleash their potential. The University offers competitive Programs of Distinction and the Undergraduate Research Program for high-achieving students to make the most out of their college experience. Students even have the opportunity to get paid to travel and do important research. Our students don’t just succeed, they excel. 

SVSU students shine on both the national and international stage. They present their original research at global conferences in Italy, China, England, and across the world. They admission to prestigious graduate programs such as Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University. They land jobs at Fortune 500 companies such as Dow, Ford, and Quicken Loans. Our students prove they 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, devoted educators, state senators, and performers on Broadway. Here, the possibilities are endless. 

Support from dedicated professors
The University's small class sizes and knowledgeable professors will guide and support you, so your goals become a reality. We believe in a personalized education and providing genuine support to students in every aspect of their lives. We know the importance of one-on-one mentorship, so you’ll benefit from our average class size of 22 students. 

We also understand that the cost of your education shouldn't hold you back. We’re proud to have the lowest public tuition in the state of Michigan. With our high-quality, affordable education, nearly one-third of our students graduate with no debt at all.

Our supportive philosophy and emphasis on diversity and inclusion creates leaders and empowers students to achieve. This atmosphere contributes to the 97% of students who find employment or attend graduate school after graduation and a nearly 100% placement rate for graduates in Accounting, Early Childhood Education, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Special Education, and more.

Engaging campus experience
We believe in promoting a safe, inclusive, and inspiring environment for all. Not only are we a nationally awarded community of scholars, we also understand the value of giving back. The University earns national recognition for devoting over 18,000 community service hours each year! Our focus on cultivating a comfortable and collaborative community for learning has helped us achieve status as the #1 college campus in Michigan and the #1 best dorms in the US among public universities. Whether in class, on stage, on the field, or in one of our more than 200 student organizations, SVSU students have endless opportunities to thrive, succeed, and achieve.


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Ranked #6 among the "Best College Dorms in America," and #2 in the Midwest |, 2023

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Ranked #1 among the "Best College Dorms in America" in Michigan |, 2023

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Ranked the #1 most affordable university in Michigan

Visit our Transfer Hub!

Take your first step today toward joining our community. The Transfer Hub at SVSU provides all the resources you need to soar and start your Cardinal journey. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at or call or text us at (989) 342-1033.

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