Saginaw Valley State University

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School Overview

Saginaw Valley State University (locally referred to as SVSU) is a state university located in the center of Michigan’s lower peninsula in the township of Kochville, in the county of Saginaw. SVSU shares a campus with Delta College and is the most recent addition to Michigan’s 15 pubic higher education institutions. SVSU was founded in 1963 as Saginaw Valley College. It’s name was later changed to Saginaw Valley State University to reflect its enhanced educational offerings and status as a four-year higher education institution.

General Information

Admission Office

7400 Bay Road

University Center, MI 48710

(989) 964-4200

(800) 968-9500

Fax: (989) 790-0180

Contact: Jennifer Pahl

Director of Admissions
Main Address

7400 Bay Road

University Center, MI 48710

(989) 964-4000

Total undergrads: 8,190

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,661

Degree-seeking undergrads: 8,018

Graduate enrollment: 1,647


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 88%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 69%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Marketing Management B
Operations Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Systems Analysis B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Elementary Education B
Physical Education B
Special Education B


Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Engineering Technology – General B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Health Services – General B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Applied studies B
Global Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Physical Sciences

Business chemistry B
Chemical Physics B
Chemistry B
Optics B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Saginaw Valley State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (989) 964-4000
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 7400 Bay Rd, University Center, MI 48710
Setting: Suburb: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 8,251
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 40%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 6,231 (76% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $10,814
Out-of-state Tuition: $25,401
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $7,022

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Saginaw Valley State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Saginaw Valley State University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 91
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 12
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 21
Education 11312
Engineering 2
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 11
English Language and Literature/Letters 3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 69
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Physical Sciences 4
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 22
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 6
Grand total 16728

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Saginaw Valley State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $10,814
Out-of-state $25,401
Books and supplies $1,059

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $15,300
Out-of-state $28,780

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,539 98%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,539 98% $7,022
Student loan aid 998 64% $6,025

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 6,751 87% $6,366
Federal student loans 4,619 60% $6,509

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Saginaw Valley State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Saginaw Valley State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 7,132 2,536 4,596
Percent admitted 100% 71% 74%
Percent admitted who enrolled 21% 21% 20%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Saginaw Valley State University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 8,251
Undergraduate enrollment 7,476
Graduate enrollment 775

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Saginaw Valley State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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