SVSU Fast Facts

This is a quick overview of Saginaw Valley State University. For more detailed information about everything from academic programs to where to find the tastiest slice of pizza on campus, take a look at our Admissions and Visit SVSU pages.


Enrollment (Fall 2011)


In Fall 2011 SVSU welcomed another record-setting freshman class of 1,777 - a slight increase from the 1,753 freshmen who enrolled in 2010. The average high school GPA was 3.21 and ACT score was 21.6, proving to be the best academically-prepared freshmen class in university history. SVSU also has 542 international students, up from 459 the previous year.


Yearly Cost (In-state, Undergraduate tuition and fees, 2011-12) $7,305

SVSU remains the most affordable public university in Michigan. For academic year 2010-2011, 82% of students receive some form of Scholarships and Financial Aid.


Average Class Size

In Fall 2010, the faculty to student ratio was 1:20. Of SVSU's 306 full-time faculty, 75% hold the highest degrees in their field (usually doctorates). 


NCAA Division II Student Athlete

SVSU fields 16 varsity teams. In addition, 13 student-initiated club sports teams have formed in sports ranging from equestrian to water skiing, and more than 1,470 students participated in intramural sports programs in 2008-09, an increase of nearly 40 percent over the prior year.

Residential Life

Incoming Freshmen Choosing to Live on Campus

SVSU's residential facilities, which house more than 2,700 students, have been voted "Michigan's Best Residential Life" by Michigan Organization of Residence Halls Association (MORHA).

The number of students living on campus has skyrocketed from 645 in 1998 to 2,734 this fall.

Student Life

Students Have Leadership Opportunities

While students number one priority is their academic experience, more than 120 Registered Student Organizations enrich and enhance their extracurriculuar and college experience. For example, Battle of the Valleys is a fund-raising competition between SVSU and intra-state rival Grand Valley State University. In 2010, SVSU raised $40,088 for the Salvation Army of Saginaw, and won the competition for the third consecutive year.

Campus Growth

SVSU Campus Facilities Constructed Since 1990

Some $17 million in new construction was added to the campus fall 2009 and the new $28 million Health & Human Services building opened fall 2010.

This year's additions include a new University Health Center (a joint venture with Covenant HealthCare, $2.6 million); Living Center Southwest ($11.8 million) and an addition to the Arbury Fine Arts Center ($2.6 million).

Economic Impact

University Employees

SVSU impacts The Great Lakes Bay regional economy. Some 85 percent of SVSU's employees reside in the region and their total compensation is approximately $60 million.

Nearly 75 percent ($117.3 million) of SVSU's total revenue comes from outside the region, while two-thirds ($103.8 million) of expenses are spent within the region.

Students & Graduates Work

Jobs Posted via Cardinal Career Network


SVSU values experience in the community. During 2009-2010 nearly 200 students were placed in off-campus career placements in internships and co-ops, and 322 students worked on campus. Employers value SVSU students and graduates, as 2,036 employers use the Cardinal Career Network to advertise for internships, co-ops or position openings.



Approximately 85 percent of SVSU grads reside in the state, and more than half reside in the nine-county service region of east central Michigan.