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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B+
Saginaw Valley State is an above-average public university located in Frankenlust Township, Michigan in the Saginaw Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 6,472 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Saginaw Valley State acceptance rate is 77%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Social Work and Youth Services. Graduating 43% of students, Saginaw Valley State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,500.
7400 Bay Rd
University Center, MI 48710
About Saginaw Valley State...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Saginaw Valley State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

SVSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
77%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
990-1200
ACT Range
19-26
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$14,669/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,450/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
95%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.94 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.115 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.115 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
1
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    17%
  • On Campus
    81%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,472Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,247
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 66 responses
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  • Friendly
    76%
  • Typical
    12%
  • Very motivated to learn
    8%
  • Lazy
    2%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • rude
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.117 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.138 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 76 responses
Report
  • Evolving as it grows.
    36%
  • Welcoming
    29%
  • Innovative
    17%
  • New
    5%
  • Guiding
    4%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Perfect
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
43%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.67 responses
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I come from a family that has attended U of M and I knew from the get go that wasn't for me- I didn't want to always compete against the whole school for the best student label. I wanted something where I could just get my degree with a much smaller student body with a nice community (so it could also be a get away from home). My senior year, when I attended SVSU Open house I knew it was home for me. If I wasn't accepted to SVSU I wouldn't have attended college at all to be honest with you. But, I'm entering sophomore year and I couldn't be happier! Yeah, college is a little about where you go but, it's mainly about how you utilize your time and experience! ALWAYS, make the best of it! I've attended a couple different clubs and groups and It helps to enjoy your time here at SVSU. Not mentioning, while walking to your classes, your surrounded by beautiful dorms inside and out, with nice upkept campus. Not mentioning how good their food smells, tons and tons of options available for you
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My online classes were great! There was more work to do for some of them, but the professors still supported you as if you were in person. When the change was made part way through this past semester professors also did a great job of pivoting and trying to communicate about changes that were happening. Even though there were small technology issues, they were still trying and were interested in student success.
I really like SVSU as a college for me! It is small enough that I know people anywhere that I go, but not so small that I feel confined, or like I'm not at a university. There are people from all different backgrounds here and so that gives me different perspectives and different types of interactions. SVSU has given me many opportunites such as study abroad, alternative breaks, and many different organizations to join to keep myself involved on campus (The dorms are the best that I've seen of any school too! )