Institutional Accreditation

Saginaw Valley State University was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association as a baccalaureate degree granting institution in 1970. In 1980 the HLC/NCA continued this accreditation and granted accreditation at the master’s degree level. Both accreditations have been retained continuously since the original accreditation.

Special Designation

Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Seal


S‌aginaw Valley State University was selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to
receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification, marking SVSU as a university that is exceptionally engaged with the community it serves. To be selected, institutions provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices. SVSU’s status will remain in effect for 10 years. 

Specialized Accreditations

Saginaw Valley State University has ten programs that have been awarded specialized accreditations.