At SVSU, we are hardworking, persevering, odd-defying, game-rallying Cardinals. We take on challenges, solve problems, and grow relations that last a lifetime. When you join SVSU, you join our flock. And together, we soar- in academics, local, and global communities and of course, on the court and the field. This page is where we welcome all new Cardinals, giving you details and connecting you with the people who will change your life in the coming four years. So go ahead, bookmark this page and start getting to know us. Because we already know: you belong here, and we can't wait to see you next fall.
SVSU keeps you connected to everything happening with your scholarships and financial aid, orientation and living arrangements. In your acceptance letter, you’ll find the details to launch your SVSU account right away at my.SVSU.edu. All things “you and SVSU” can be found here, and you should check this account just like your regular email—at least once a week. In fact, we have something waiting for you in your account right now. Let’s get started. Check the information in your acceptance letter to activate your account.
Congratulations! You’ve been accepted, and you’ve set up your my.SVSU.edu account. Now it’s time to reap your financial rewards. The first step is submitting your FAFSA online to the government. The earlier you get your FAFSA submitted, the better. Your FAFSA directly impacts SVSU’s ability to give you great scholarships and grants. FAFSA forms are available starting October 1. Once you have submitted your FAFSA, starting December 1, SVSU will send your Financial Aid Award notification to your my.SVSU.edu account and mail within 4-6 weeks. You can also apply for additional private scholarships starting December 1, and we’ll keep you updated as they roll in and your aid increases. Want more information? See the Financial Aid Enrollment Checklist!
You’ve got an SVSU account, started your financial aid process, and now it’s time for SOAR: your first official on-campus experience as a Cardinal. Orientation sign-up begins December 1 through your my.SVSU.edu account, and SOAR dates begin in May and run through July. During your SOAR experience, you’ll join fellow first-year Cardinals, take your Student I.D. photo, learn about on-campus organizations and resources, meet with an academic advisor to register for your first year of classes and more! Here’s a tip: the earlier SOAR date you pick, the more options you’ll have when you register for courses. Also, you’re welcome to bring your parents or guardians with you; we offer a separate family program on each SOAR date so they get a taste of Cardinal life, too.
A national poll shows students are more than satisfied with SVSU's on-campus housing. We rank second in the nation (February 2018) among public universities for having the best dorms. While living on campus is optional, we welcome you to join a vibrant, comfortable and safe Cardinal community. Rooms are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so submit your contract today! The next years are going to shape your life forever, and we want to ensure you feel at home here. So we offer living areas with kitchens, private bathrooms and fully furnished living spaces. We also make it easy for commuters to customize a dining plan and eat healthy on campus. More information about housing options, room layouts and housing rates are enclosed in your admissions packet or at the links below.
Keeping track of all your college details can be a lot, and you don’t have to do it alone. SVSU lets you authorize other people, like your parents or guardians, with whom we can share your financial and academic information when you submit a “Personal Information Release Form.” You can assign a special PIN that will grant them access to your information through my.SVSU.edu under "Students" and then “Privacy Settings.”