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 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. At SVSU, we are invested together—and we believe in you. 

International travel and 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
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 the cost of your education should not hold you back, and we’re proud to have the lowest state tuition in 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
SVSU is 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 200+ student organizations, our students have endless opportunities to thrive, succeed, and achieve


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Ranked #1 among the “Best College Campuses in Michigan” | Niche

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Ranked #4 among the “25 Best College Dorms in America” | Niche

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Recognized for affordability and low tuition costs among Michigan universities

Visit our Transfer Hub!

Take your first step in joining our Cardinal community! At SVSU, we are engaged scholars, determined leaders, and driven problem-solvers. We are dedicated to helping our students grow and unleash their fullest potential. We care about your success and are here to support you in every way we can. Join our flock to experience our passionate Red Pride and discover the endless opportunities that are awaiting you here. Our Transfer Hub 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 give us a call at 989-964-4200 or 800-968-9500.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • "Saginaw Valley has been incredibly helpful and supportive of my personal, professional, and academic development."

    • Dalton Crabtree
      Transfer student
  • “SVSU has prepared me in every way for my future. From the classes I took and 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 here. I don’t think I could’ve possibly gotten this much out of college if I would’ve gone anywhere else.”

    • Ashley Reece
      Biology with a Chemistry minor, Pre-dentistry track
  • “[SVSU] 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 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