In Fall 2015, SVSU welcomed a freshman class of 1,571 - a 4.6 percent increase from 1,502 in 2014. The average high school GPA was 3.35 and ACT score was 22.4, proving to be the best academically-prepared freshmen class in university history. SVSU also has 909 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 $19,652 for 2015-16. More than 85 percent of our students receive financial aid assistance.
SVSU fields 17 varsity teams. For the Winter 2015 semester, our student athletes recorded a combined GPA of 3.19. SVSU has been awarded six times by the GLIAC and NCAA for community engagement. In addition 402 students have participated in 25 student-initiated club sports ranging from volleyball and swimming to bowling, and more than 2,274 students participated in campus recreation programs in 2012-13, including 24 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 2014, SVSU raised $32,294 for the Cory Rivard Jr. Promise Foundation!
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 2014-15, 414 employers joined us for seven on-campus employment fairs, meeting 1,563 prepared SVSU students/alumni, while 6,098 employers used the Cardinal Career Network to advertise internships, co-ops or position openings. Also during 2014-2015, 413 students were placed in off-campus career placements in internships and co-ops.