Saginaw Valley State University

Saginaw Valley State University

Founded in 1963, Saginaw Valley State University, or SVSU, is a state university in Michigan. It is located in the middle of Michigan's lower peninsula in the Saginaw Valley region. It is the youngest of Michigan's various public colleges and universities. SVSU offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its five academic Colleges, which are:

  • College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Business and Management
  • College of Education
  • Crystal M. Lange College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Science, Engineering and Technology

The official mascot of Saginaw Valley State University is the Cardinals. Some of the notable alumni of the college are Bart Stupak, Congressman; James A. Barcia, Congressman, State Representative, and State Senator; and Gail Goestenkors, women's basketball coach at the University of Texas.

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Saginaw Valley State University
7400 Bay Rd
University Center , MI 48710
General Phone: (989) 964-4000

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Saginaw Valley State University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching692educational administration, elementary/middle school admin, educational admin and supervision, special ed, education of learning disabled, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, ...
Business and Management191business, business management, operations management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, international business, marketing
Liberal Arts119French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, technical and business writing, international studies, interdisciplinary studies, economics, political science, ...
Family and Social Work118public administration, social work
Nursing and Emergency Medicine112registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Media70communication studies, digital communications
Security and Law Enforcement70criminal justice and safety
Science52biology, biochemistry, chemistry, chemistry courses, physics, optics
Therapy and Counseling45psychology
Engineering43electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering management
Design29graphic design
Computer Science and Engineering27computer and info science, computer science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy17sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer, occupational therapy
Engineering Technician16industrial production tech
Fine Arts12fine arts
Drama and Performing Arts6drama
Medical Support and Technology5clinical lab tech
Mathematics4mathematics, applied mathematics
Art Studies3visual and performing arts
Medicine2medical preparatory

Number of programs and degrees for Saginaw Valley State University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,15967
Master's degree46120
Post-master's certificate142

Saginaw Valley State University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Saginaw Valley State University had a total enrollment of 9,662 students (7,991 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 23%
Women 32%
Full-Time 67%
Part-Time 33%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 81%
Black 6%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 24%
20-21 21%
22-24 20%
25-29 14%
30-34 7%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)3%

Saginaw Valley State University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 69 %
Part-Time 27 %

Saginaw Valley State University Room and Board (2007)

Saginaw Valley State University offers campus housing for 2,497 of its 7,991 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Bay City, Michigan for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Michigan Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Saginaw Valley State University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1724
ACT Composite1824

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT98%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Saginaw Valley State University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,492
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 14,891
Room and board $ 6,830
Room charge $ 4,100
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,730
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 968

Financial Aid:
Saginaw Valley State University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 231400)

Saginaw Valley State University Faculty

Saginaw Valley State University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3929
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1725

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year78$80,12633$72,051
Associate professoracademic year32$63,68030$59,686
Assistant professoracademic year40$55,39036$53,400
Instructoracademic year8$42,61911$43,358
Lectureracademic year7$44,26011$43,882
All faculty totalacademic year165$67,599121$58,267

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Saginaw Valley State University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports335588

Saginaw Valley State University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
French Language Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering/Industrial Management
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other
Optics/Optical Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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