In Fall 2016, SVSU welcomed a freshman class of 1,301 - down from 1,331 in 2015. The average high school GPA was 3.39 and ACT score was 22.5, proving to be the best academically-prepared freshmen class in university history. SVSU also has 718 international students, representing 42 different nations.
SVSU remains the most affordable public university in Michigan. For a full-time student living on campus, the estimated cost of attendance (including room and board, books, and miscellaneous expenses) is $21,085 for 2017-18. More than 85 percent of our students receive financial aid assistance.
SVSU fields 17 varsity teams. For the Winter 2017 semester, our student athletes recorded a combined GPA of 3.018. SVSU has been awarded six times by the GLIAC and NCAA for community engagement. In addition 387 students have participated in 27 student-initiated club sports ranging from volleyball and swimming to bowling, and more than 2,356 students participated in campus recreation programs in 2016-17, including 25 intramural sports, group fitness classes, and SVSU sponsored off-campus recreation activities.
While the number one priority for students is their academic experience, more than 130 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 2016, SVSU raised $26,000 for Hidden Harvest!
Some $17.3 million in new construction was added to the campus in 2009. The additions include a new University Health Center (a joint venture with Covenant HealthCare, $2.6 million); Living Center Southwest ($11.7 million) and an addition to the Arbury Fine Arts Center ($2.9 million).
The $28 million state-of-the-art Health & Human Services building opened fall 2010, providing 100,000 additional square feet of classrooms and labs.
In 2011, the $7.5 million Campus Recreation Center opened its doors providing 63,000 square feet for student, faculty and staff recreation and fitness activities. The $6.4 West Complex was expanded to accommodate a new bookstore, food service and additional conferencing areas.
The Ryder Center Field house opened in 2014, adding over 153,000 square feet for indoor athletic practice and recreational activities.
SVSU impacts The Great Lakes Bay regional economy. Some 85 percent of SVSU's employees reside within the four-county region of Bay, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw Counties, and their total compensation is approximately $54.5 million.
Nearly 68 percent ($118.4 million) of SVSU's total revenue comes from outside the region, while 62 percent ($108 million) of expenses are spent within the region.
SVSU partners with employers in the region and beyond. Employers value SVSU students and graduates, in 2016-17, 593 employers joined us for eight on-campus employment fairs, meeting 2,596 prepared SVSU students/alumni, while 7,276 employers used the Cardinal Career Network to advertise internships, co-ops or position openings. Also during 2016-2017, 681 students were placed in off-campus career placements in internships and co-ops.