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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  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 6,559 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Saginaw Valley State acceptance rate is 74%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Social Work and Youth Services. Graduating 40% of students, Saginaw Valley State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,500.
About Saginaw Valley State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
7400 Bay Rd
University Center, MI 48710
Website

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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
74%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
990-1190
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$13,991/ 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
$6,393/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

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
57%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.108 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.108 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
6,559Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,287
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 64 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    73%
  • Typical
    11%
  • Very motivated to learn
    8%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Lazy
    2%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Stressed
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
47%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.110 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.131 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 69 responses
Report
  • Evolving as it grows.
    38%
  • Welcoming
    29%
  • Innovative
    19%
  • New
    6%
  • Guiding
    4%
  • Perfect
    3%
  • Fast-paced
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,300/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
40%
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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Saginaw Valley State University is a great University to attend while obtaining a degree or certificate. The professors that I have had are all very qualified to teach ,and they have been extremely helpful as I continue my studies.
The diversity of the school is pretty good, the majority of the students are European American then it seems to be African American. Other ethnic groups are minorities as well , but there is a huge International community at Saginaw Valley State University. If you are looking to major in International Studies or Business then this would be a great school to attend. There are many International people and resources to help jump start your career. Saginaw Valley State University even offers Japanese as a minor.
Also, the food on campus is amazing! You may put on weight because the food is that delicious.
The campus is located in a safe area,and also has on campus police who will make sure you feel safe while attending Saginaw Valley State University.
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This school was always on my radar for nursing school. Once I came and took a tour I fell in love with it all. The living centers are great, the dining halls and the cafe have great food. Lastly, the people here are amazing! Everyone is so welcoming. Since this is a smaller school, the professor really take the time to learn everyone’s name. If you see them outside of class they always smile and say hello. It makes the transition from highschool to college so much easier. I am so proud of my choice to come to SVSU and be apart of the cardinal family. GO RED!
Loved my four years st SVSU. Very close-knit feel with small classroom sizes and lots of opportunities for students to get involved around campus. Some programs/courses are definitely better than others, but there are many amazing professors at the university. Great experience overall!