Welcome to Cardinal Country! You are a part of a genuine community that embraces a strong culture of growth and opportunity. What are you waiting for? You have a few "Next Steps" outlined here. And if you have questions, you'll find contact information to our departments where you will experience friendly, approachable staff to assist you. Consider "Bookmarking" this page and coming back to it as you need to!
Now that you have received your SVSU acceptance letter, it is time to create your official SVSU account which gives you access to my.SVSU.edu.
Many of you may have created a log-in and password if you completed the online application for admission. This account was just for the purposes of applying. You will now create a new account which will be your official SVSU account. This account gives you access to my.SVSU.edu which is your one stop online account for all things related to being a Cardinal! Your username was provided in your acceptance letter and you will use the below link to activate that account and establish your password.
What is my.SVSU.edu?
my.SVSU.edu is the online student portal. To login, you must have a SVSU username and password. mySVSU allows you to:
Several types of financial aid can help pay for your education: federal, state and institutional aid, SVSU scholarships along with student loans and payment plans.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine student aid eligibility. The FAFSA can be completed beginning Oct. 1st for the next academic year. Some aid may be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Types of Aid
SVSU administers more than $87.9 million in financial aid each year: over $30 million in scholarships & grants, $55 million in low-interest loans and $2.5 million in student employment.
SOAR is your first of three steps in the freshman orientation program at SVSU.
What happens at SOAR?
During this interactive program, you will be teamed up with an Orientation Leader and a small group of fellow new Cardinals for your day on campus. Some of the event’s activities include:
How do I register for a SOAR date?
All students register for orientation online via my.svsu.edu. After logging in to your portal and submitting your non-refundable $95 orientation fee, you can select the SOAR date you would like to attend. For an easy to follow, step-by-step guide on how to sign up for SOAR, please click here.
Are you a transfer student?
Instead of attending SOAR, you will attend a different program that has been specifically designed to assist new transfer students. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (989)964-4070 to learn more.
You've wanted to live at a place without your parents for what seems like forever! While living on campus is not mandatory, over 70% of the Fall 2016 freshman class chose to live on campus!
SVSU's residence halls will be your home away from home!
Housing contracts for freshmen who are admitted and plan to start at SVSU the following August are mailed in December. Incoming freshman housing materials are automatically mailed to all freshmen who are admitted. Housing is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are looking to enjoy the benefits of living on campus, reserve your space as soon as materials are available! The status of your housing contract affects your roommate and any single room requests.
You may request a roommate. Three criteria are used to award roommate requests:
a.) Mutuality - each student must request the other student. Changes, adds, deletions, etc., must be in writing from the SVSU student's official email address.
b.) Roommate requests must be submitted early; a general deadline is May 1st for all students.
c.) Contract materials must be received on or near the same date.
Students in special programs may not have preferences honored due to community limitations by the advisor. It is not possible to honor all requests, although every attempt will be made to do so. Final determination of room assignments rests with the University.
The status of your housing contract affects your roommate requests, single bedroom awards, and preferences for first year areas.
It’s not uncommon for freshmen to be unsure about their degree program or career path. At SVSU we are dedicated to help new Cardinals find a major that matches their interests and helps set them on the path toward completing a degree:
Explore opportunities for involvement; including Fresh Start Weekend, registered student organizations, recreational programs and more!
The next step after Orientation
Fresh Start Weekend is Friday, Aug. 26- Aug. 28, the weekend before classes start on Aug. 29, 2016. Mark your calendars to attend events to help you make a successful transition to life at SVSU!
180+ Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)
RSOs are student-run groups that offer you opportunities to engage with other students with similar interests. Many are tied to an academic program, providing a way to learn about your career field. Others provide activities that you may enjoy, such as performance, service and more. All RSOs use OrgSync to manage communication with other SVSU students. Browse the Office of Student Life website to see the many options!
Campus Recreation and Fitness Programs
From group fitness and team sports to outdoor adventures, we are committed to “Building a Stronger Student Body” and providing diverse and intentional recreational activities. Two programs specifically for freshmen:
There are many accepted payment methods available when paying your tuition & fees.
Payment plans allow undergraduate students to spread their educational expenses over four (4) interest-free, monthly payments! They may wish to use the payment plan in combination with scholarships, financial aid or student loans to cover any remaining balance owed. Payment plans are available for graduate students also.