SVSU offers strong programs of study in its five colleges. Among the more popular are engineering, business, the health professions, and traditional liberal arts programs like the performing and visual arts, as well as degree programs like criminal justice, psychology and professional technical writing.
Our 70 majors and minors are divided into five colleges. Our colleges and the percentage of students who have declared majors within each:
|Health & Human Services||31.65%|
|Arts & Behavioral Sciences||19.03%|
|Science, Engineering & Technology||18.28%|
|Business & Management||14.54%|
Your college experience isn’t just about what you learn in the classroom – learning is also on campus, in the local community and around the world. At SVSU, students say there are more opportunities than there are students! Engagement and leadership can be formal or informal, including joining or leading a Registered Student Organization, getting involved in Alternative Breaks, or presenting research at a national conference. The value of the experiences and opportunities for knowledge and growth at SVSU is enhanced by the fact that the university offers the lowest tuition rate of Michigan’s public universities.
|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 $19,652 for 2015-16.|
|For academic year 2011-2012, 82% of students receive some form of Scholarships and Financial Aid.|
Our students enjoy a safe, modern campus with easy access to urban amenities and the year-round activities and festivals of the Great Lakes Bay Region.
|Over 50% of campus has been constructed since 2003.|
High achieving students have unique opportunities for leadership and experiential learning through participation in one or more of SVSU’s six Programs of Distinction. These opportunities allow students to engage in research, attain new levels of leadership, travel the world, and give back to the community. Programs are competitive and offered at no cost to selected students.
|Any student can receive up to $10,000 for research projects, capstone projects, honors theses, and travel to conferences.|
|The Roberts Fellows program concludes with an all-expense paid three-week trip to Asia.|
Our regional connections and partnerships lead to opportunities for relevant field-based studies, “real world” projects, internships and placements.
|60% of students will participate in experiential education in their field of study during their undergraduate education.|
At many universities, PhD faculty are required to conduct research and publish their findings, leaving undergraduate courses taught by teaching assistants. It’s not like that here. At SVSU, the primary responsibility of our professors is teaching undergraduate students. Professors have the freedom to choose research topics and often engage undergraduate students to assist in the process.
|In Fall 2013, the faculty to student ratio was 1:19.|
|The average class size is 21 students.|
|Of SVSU's 307 full-time faculty, 77% hold the highest degrees in their field (usually doctorates).|
Diversity and inclusion are important to SVSU. More than 600 students from 36 countries study at SVSU and free international events and programs are offered on campus throughout the year. More SVSU students study abroad than the national average, and these students bring that global perspective back to the campus. Staff and faculty are encouraged to participate in inclusion advocacy training, a program offered throughout the year.
|In 2013, SVSU received the Higher Education in Diversity award from “INSIGHT Into Diversity” for “exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives” to groups based on gender, race, ethnicity, veteran status, sexual orientations, and people with disabilities. Of noteworthy citation was the award’s acknowledgment of SVSU’s Inclusion Advocate Program (IAP), the formal diversity training SVSU offers faculty and staff who are part of search-hiring committees. The purpose of the IAP is to advance the University’s strategic goal of “promoting a diverse faculty and staff.”|
Chances are, you’ve connected with a Cardinal today. Approximately 85% of our alumni reside in Michigan, so many of our alums make your community a better place. Our alumni are your child’s teacher, nurse, elected official, accountant, t-ball coach, and neighbor.
|We have alumni in all 50 states.|
|Top 5 states with SVSU alumni: Michigan, Florida, Texas, Ohio and California.|