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High School Counselors

Preparing students to Soar!

As a high school counselor, you play an essential role in your student’s journey to post-secondary education. We designed this website to help you and your students navigate the college admissions process. From basic research, to applying, and finally joining the Cardinal Family, everything is housed in this one-stop shop. We appreciate you and all you do.

If you need further guidance beyond what you find on this page, please contact us at our office email ( or phone number (989-964-4200). Our office of Admissions is still open for business in person to answer all of your questions.  Have a great year!


The button below will allow you to connect with our office quickly! Please fill out the information needed, as well as any questions or needs that our office can help you with. 

  • Students should fill out this form to get in contact with their personal admissions representative.  

  • For graduating seniors class of 2021, SVSU has transitioned to a test-optional admission process. 
  • Students with a 2.75 and higher cumulative high school GPA will receive automatic admission to SVSU. 
  • Students with a 2.749 and lower cumulative high school GPA will be reviewed using other criteria. Students may be asked to submit additional documents as needed once their application is submitted.
  • For class of 2022 and beyond, we are still making decisions about whether we will continue to admit test-optional or alter our admission process in any way.  Check back here for updates as decisions are made! 

  • SVSU has moved to test-optional admission for the class of 2021.
  • For the class of 2022 and beyond, we are still making decisions about whether we will continue to admit test-optional or alter our admission process in any way.  Check back here for updates as decisions are made!
  • Test-optional admission at SVSU for Fall 2021 means that students do not need to submit a SAT/ACT score to be considered for admission.  We understand many students may have missed out on the opportunity to test during their junior year and it will not be required to apply for admission.
  • We still encourage students to take the SAT/ACT if a date becomes available this year. Having those scores will help us build a class schedule for them their first semester at SVSU.  Some private scholarships may also require a test score for consideration.
  • Depending on a student’s GPA, they may be required to participate in our College Transition Program to ensure a successful transition from high school to college. If a student chooses to send in an SAT/ACT, it may allow them to “test out” of this freshman year program.
  • Sending in a test score at a later date will not disadvantage a student with admissions or scholarship eligibility.  A test score will only improve their student file.  
  • Students do not need to indicate whether they plan to send SVSU a score or not. 

  • SVSU’s application opens on July 1 for the following year. The best time for students to apply is between junior & senior year. However, our “Rolling Admission” means that we will accept applications at any time throughout the year. As long as students have completed at least six semesters of coursework, we will consider them for admission. 
  • Click here to access our application.
  • There is NO application fee. Students can apply for free!


  • All we need beyond an application is your student’s official high school transcript. They can be sent directly to Saginaw Valley State University or requested through Parchment.
  • Parchment isn’t the only electronic service to utilize. We also accept transcripts from: National Student Clearinghouse, eScript, SCOIR, & Credentials.
  • If you plan on sending transcripts over yourself for students, official transcripts can be mailed to: SVSU Office of Admissions, 7400 Bay Road, University Center, MI 48710.  Unofficial transcripts can be emailed to or faxed to (989) 790-0180 but at least one official transcript must be on file at point of enrollment. 

  • Once we have all the documents we need, it typically only takes about two weeks for your student to receive an admission decision.
  • After the student’s application has been reviewed, they will receive an admissions decision letter in the mail. It will also be accessible in their Self-Service Portal. Admitted students will receive their SVSU student ID number and SVSU email/username on their admission letter.
  • Admitted students will also want to check out our Next Steps website to see step-by-step instructions on how to activate their account, finance their education, register for orientation, and more!
  • Final admission is dependent upon a review of final high school transcripts with a posted graduation date.

  • SVSU has worked hard to create multiple options for students and their families to explore our campus! We are still offering individual on-campus tours in a safe and secure manner. Click here to help students schedule their on-campus visit today!
  • If students would rather meet with an admissions representative virtually, they can schedule a one-on-one appointment or attend a Virtual Valley Visit program. Click here to check out our visit page and sign up today!

  • View this map of Michigan to find your personal  SVSU admissions representative assigned to your specific county.  Admissions Representative Map by County (463KB)
  • If you are from Illinois or Indiana, please contact your personal admissions representative, Melinda Grashuis, at If you are from any other state, please contact your personal asmissions representative, Michelle Stanley, at

  • SVSU offers over 100 different academic programs so there is something for everyone! 
  • NEW this year: Students can declare their Major in Environmental Science and we have broken down our Biology major into 4 categories to better guide students to their desired career outcome.
  • Students who are undecided can contact an Admissions Representative for guidance at

  • Click here to see what scholarships your students may be awarded! Merit scholarships are automatically awarded based on high school GPA (no test required!). 
  • Our private scholarship application opens December 1 each year. Our deadline for priority consideration is January 15 and the final deadline is April 1. Click here to apply.
  • Our simple Cost Quiz has made it easier than ever to estimate how much it may cost students to attend SVSU. Share this helpful tool with your students! 
  • SVSU has the lowest 4-year tuition in the State of Michigan!  Click here to review costs.
  • Students can submit their FAFSA beginning October 1.  Financial aid award letters from SVSU are mailed out beginning in December!  Add SVSU’s school code:  002314.

         2020-2021 SVSU Scholarships (51KB)

         Cost and Financial Aid Book


  • SVSU welcomes students who have prior credits earned through AP, IB, CLEP, or dual enrollment. Students can receive transfer credit for approved exams/coursework towards their degree at SVSU.
  • Click here to review our AP, IB and CLEP credit policies.
  • If your students have taken dual-enrollment courses at another institution, they can check out our transfer equivalency page to see how credits will transfer. Courses need at least a C- letter grade or a 2.0 numeric grade on a 4.0 scale.
  • Click here to access our dual enrollment information.

  • SVSU welcomes students who have been enrolled in an Early or Middle College program. If a student completed courses in an Early or Middle College program prior to graduating with a high school diploma, they will still be considered an incoming freshman, even if they are completing Grade 13. This means these students will still be eligible for freshman academic scholarships and financial aid opportunities.
  • Check out our transfer equivalency page to see how credits will transfer. Courses need a C- or higher to transfer.
  • Students will be placed in freshman student housing...which are ranked #1 in the nation!  Please contact the Housing Operations Office at or (989) 964-4255 to discuss your specific situation.
  • Early Middle College Brochure 

Yes! For the 2021-2022 school year, if you have a GPA of 3.9 or higher you will be given the opportunity to apply for the Honor’s Program. The Honors Program encourages academically gifted students to develop life-long qualities, like curiosity and engagement, by giving them access to research, travel and service experiences. Students will participate in classes to help them develop a thesis project in their program of study to be presented at the end of their senior year. Honor’s housing is also offered to students admitted into the program. You can read more information about the program at

Absolutely. SVSU has programs of distinction based in academics, leadership, service, study abroad, and more. Your student can explore programs such as Garber Cardinal Business Edge, Cardinals in Action, the Global Foundation Scholars, and more at

SVSU offers freshman direct admission entry to select professional programs in Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Education. For driven students who have a deep sense of purpose, strong academic credentials and dedication to a specific profession, a direct admission program allows new incoming freshman students the opportunity to start immediately in their major. Our programs offer high quality instruction and hands-on skills-based training to provide your student with the resources they need to pursue their passion right from the beginning of their freshman year. For details on the requirements for admission, please visit

Our Promoting the Publics event page give you access to:

  • A recorded info session covering highlights and changes for the year ahead
  • The links to our Admissions podcast "Cardinal Talk"
  • A self-guided virtual tour
  • And more!

Students are invited to compete for the President’s Scholarship if they have a GPA of 3.9 or above. The competition involves a timed, written essay. The President’s Scholarship covers 100% of tuition and mandatory fees. Like our other academic awards, it is renewable for all four years of college. Students must apply by December 1st for full consideration. Recipients of this award will also qualify for our $1,500 renewable Valley Housing Scholarship.

Not always. In the past few years, 2 out of every 3 Saginaw Valley students received need-based aid from SVSU. In many instances, the amount was as much or more than the student would have received in TIP finding at a community college.

2020-2021 SVSU Scholarships (51KB)    

Junior Year Checklist (275KB)    

Senior Year Applicant Checklist (279KB)    

Senior Year Admitted Checklist (244KB)    

Admissions Representative Map by County (463KB)    

Programs of Distinction for Freshman

Cost and Financial Aid Book

Housing Viewbook

SVSU Viewbook

2021 Nursing Freshman Direct Admit Flyer (532KB)    

2020 Pre-Health Professions (610KB)

Informational Video: SVSU presents the updates for 2020 for high school counselors, as well as an overview of the five major reasons students choose to attend SVSU. 


Office of Admissions
178 Wickes Hall, 7400 Bay Road, University Center, MI 48710
(989) 964-4200