If you are an SVSU student intending to take a guest course(s) at a DIFFERENT institution, please visit the Registrar's page for instructions.

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Guest/Non-Degree Seeking Students

Saginaw Valley State University welcomes all guests and exploring students. Please read the definitions below to see which category best suits your needs, along with information on how to enroll in classes. 

Guest Students

Welcome! As someone wanting to guest at SVSU, you are a valued member of our Cardinal community. We are here to help you accomplish your goals and make progress toward your degree or certification program, no matter what school you are currently attending.

Check out our schedule of classes to make sure we offer what you need.

Apply:

To attend SVSU as a guest student, you must be in good standing at your home institution and be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university.

  1. Complete the student section, Part 1, of the Michigan Undergraduate Guest Application (259KB)
  2. Email your completed section to your current school's registrar's office so they can complete Part II.
  3. Your home institution will then electronically submit the finished application to admissions@svsu.edu on your behalf*.
  4. SVSU is waiving the $30.00 application fee during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

*Guest applications will be received by SVSU as official without an institutional seal as long as an authorizing signature is included. Scanned guest applications sent directly from the host institution are preferred, but during the COVID-19 Pandemic, applications will be temporarily accepted from the student's email address.

 


  1. Guest student status is valid for one semester only. If you wish to attend more than one semester, a new guest application must be filled out each semester.
  2. Guest students are not held by pre-requisite courses. Your home institution will validate that you are eligible to take appropriate classes at SVSU.

  1. Once you are admitted through SVSU, you will receive an email with login instructions to activate an SVSU online student account at my.svsu.edu.
  2. Guest students are eligible to register once scheduling is “Open to ALL students” during Priority Registration and any available registration day after that. Click here for registration dates and times.
  3. Students should work with an academic advisor at their home institution to determine how guest credits earned at SVSU will be accepted.

  1. Students should work with an academic advisor at their home institution to determine how guest credits earned at SVSU will be accepted.
  2. See how your credits will transfer from SVSU.
  3. Upon successful completion of your course(s) here at SVSU, you need to request that an official transcript is sent directly back to your school. Transcript Ordering Process

  1. Guest students pay the same tuition rates as traditional SVSU students. Click here for more information on tuition rates and payment due date.
  2. Guest students are not eligible to receive financial aid from SVSU.

Non-Degree Post-Baccalaureate Students

You are a non-degree post-baccalaureate student if you hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree and desire to enroll in one or more courses at SVSU without entering a degree program. 

This option is often used by those wishing to pursue prerequisites for graduate school programs or for personal interest and already hold a bachelor's degree or higher.

Explore the links below to learn about applying as a non-degree post-baccalaureate student.

  1. Apply online here.
  2. The non-degree post-baccalaureate application can be reached from the svsu.edu/apply page by selecting "Undergraduate" and by selecting "I want to be a student at SVSU."

  1. Provide evidence of your existing bachelor's degree by supplying a copy of your transcript (official or unofficial) or a copy of your diploma.  If you hold an SVSU bachelor's degree, we will already have a copy of your record on file.
  2. Official transcripts of previous college work will not be required until a student completes 31 undergraduate credits at SVSU or you wish to apply for degree-seeking status. However, without transcripts, you may have to seek departmental permission to enroll in courses that have prerequisities.  Therefore, it is recommended that you send an official transcript at the time of application.
  3. Applicants who hold bachelor's degrees and wish to complete coursework for teacher certification should contact the College of Education at 989.964.4057 or email coeconnect@svsu.edu.

 


  1. Once admitted through SVSU, you will receive an email with login instructions to activate an SVSU online student account at my.svsu.edu.
  2. Non-degree post-baccalureate students are eligible to register once scheduling is "Open to ALL students" during Priority Registration and any available registration day after that. Click here for registration dates and times.
  3. Reminder: If you choose not to send official transcripts from all prior institutions attended, then you may need to seek departmental permission to enroll in courses that have prerequisites and you may need to register in-person.  Plan ahead accordingly.

  1. If upon successful completion of your course(s) at SVSU, you need a transcript, here is the Transcript Ordering Process.
  2. See how your credits will transfer from SVSU.
  3. Note that the transcript of a non-degree post-baccalaureate student from SVSU will include no postings for majors, minors, certificates, etc as a credential will not be awarded except to a degree-seeking student.  Exceptions may exist for students who have already been granted a bachelor's degree through SVSU.

  1. Non-degree post-baccalaureate students pay the same tuition rates as a traditional SVSU student. Click here for more information on tuition rates and payment due dates.
  2. Non-degree post-baccalaureate students are not eligible to receive financial aid from SVSU.

Auditors

You are an auditor if you wish to take courses at SVSU but desire neither credits nor grades for these courses. The tuition charge for an auditor is the same as that charged to the student who is taking the course for credit. Auditors are not eligible for financial aid. Explore the links below to learn about applying as an auditor student.

Apply Online by Clicking Here


As an auditor, you are not required to submit high school or higher education transcripts.  However, you must reapply each semester you wish to audit a course. 

To audit a course, you must submit the following:

  1. Completed undergraduate application for admission
  2. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee

Auditors must register in-person at the Office of the Registrar and are eligible to register for courses during those registration periods that are open to all students. No student may register after the late registration period. Please visit Cardinal Direct for the registration schedule. 


Exploring the University

You are an "Exploring the University" student if you would like to take classes for personal enhancement or thinking about pursuing a college degree in the future. Exploring the University students are eligible to take up to 15 credits with a maximum of two courses per semester. At any time students may enter a degree program at SVSU by following the admissions criteria outlined for degree-seeking students. Credits earned through the program will transfer into a degree program. Students are not eligible for financial aid until they are enrolled in a degree-seeking program. No application fee is required. Explore the links below to learn about as an Exploring the University student.

Apply Online by Clicking Here

 


Students must have a high school diploma or GED with no prior college coursework completed. 

To be considered for admission, you must submit the following:

1. Completed Exploring the University application


Admitted Exploring the University students must register in person at the Office of the Registrar. Students are eligible to register during those registration periods that are open to all students. Please visit the Registration Schedule page for dates and times. 


CONTACT US.






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