In Fall 2013, SVSU welcomed a freshman class of 1,593 - a 3.6 percent decrease from 1,663 in 2012. The average high school GPA was 3.2 and ACT score was 22, proving to be the best academically-prepared freshmen class in university history. SVSU also has 632 international students, up slightly from 621 the previous year.
SVSU remains the most affordable public university in Michigan. For a full-time student living on campus, the estimated cost of attendance (including room and board, books, and miscellaneous expenses) is $16,491 for 2013-14. For academic year 2011-2012, 82% of students receive some form of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
SVSU fields 16 varsity teams. In addition 402 students have participated in 24 student-initiated club sports ranging from volleyball and swimming to bowling, and more than 2,274 students participated in campus recreation programs in 2012-13, including 22 intramural sports, group fitness classes, and SVSU sponsored off-campus recreation activities.
While the number one priority for students is their academic experience, more than 130 Registered Student Organizations enrich and enhance their extracurriculuar and college experience. For example, Battle of the Valleys is a fund-raising competition between SVSU and intra-state rival Grand Valley State University. In 2013, SVSU raised $25,185 for Special Olympics, Area 22, and won the competition for the sixth consecutive year!
Some $17.3 million in new construction was added to the campus in 2009. The additions include a new University Health Center (a joint venture with Covenant HealthCare, $2.6 million); Living Center Southwest ($11.7 million) and an addition to the Arbury Fine Arts Center ($2.9 million).
The $28 million state-of-the-art Health & Human Services building opened fall 2010, providing 100,000 additional square feet of classrooms and labs.
In 2011, the $7.5 million Campus Recreation Center opened its doors providing 63,000 square feet for student, faculty and staff recreation and fitness activities. The $6.4 West Complex was expanded to accommodate a new bookstore, food service and additional conferencing areas.
The Ryder Center Field house is projected to open in 2014, adding over 153,000 square feet for indoor athletic practice and recreational activities.
SVSU impacts The Great Lakes Bay regional economy. Some 85 percent of SVSU's employees reside within the four-county region of Bay, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw Counties, and their total compensation is approximately $51.2 million.
Nearly 68 percent ($118.4 million) of SVSU's total revenue comes from outside the region, while 62 percent ($108 million) of expenses are spent within the region.
SVSU values experience in the community. During 2012-2013 nearly 390 students were placed in off-campus career placements in internships and co-ops, an increase of 120 percent. Employers value SVSU students and graduates, as 3,489 employers use the Cardinal Career Network to advertise for internships, co-ops or position openings.