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At SVSU, we are hardworking, persevering, odd-defying, game-rallying Cardinals. We take on challenges, solve problems, and grow relations that last a lifetime. When you join SVSU, you join our flock. And together, we soar- in academics, local, and global communities and of course, on the court and the field. This page is where we welcome all new Cardinals, giving you details and connecting you with the people who will change your life in the coming four years. So go ahead, bookmark this page and start getting to know us. Because we already know: you belong here, and we can't wait to see you next fall.

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SVSU keeps you connected to everything happening with your financial aid and scholarships, orientation, living arrangements, and class schedule through your official SVSU account. To access your SVSU account you will first need to create a new password using the link below. 


Your SVSU Student ID Number: (this is a 7-digit number that starts with a zero)

Your SVSU Username: (usually a combination of your first and last name)

Your SVSU Email Address: (usually your

This can be found in your initial admissions packet or at the bottom of your admission letter. See button 2 below if you need help.

 A temporary password has been created for you using your 7-digit ID number, including the leading "0" + birth date. (Example: 0######MMDDYY).

  1. Click on the CHANGE PASSWORD button and you will be prompted to create your own, unique SVSU password.
  2. At the Microsoft page click + Use another account
  3. Add your SVSU email (example: this is found in your admissions packet.
  4. Enter in your temporary password (7-digit ID number and birth date) and your new password. 

Once you have created your password you can access all your emails, register for Orientation and Housing through

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted, and you’ve set up your account. Now it’s time to set up your financial aid. The first step is submitting your FAFSA online to the government. The earlier you get your FAFSA submitted, the better. Your FAFSA directly impacts SVSU’s ability to give you additional scholarships and grants. FAFSA forms are available starting October 1.  Once you have submitted your FAFSA, starting December 1, SVSU will send your electronic Financial Aid Award notification to your account. You can also apply for additional private scholarships through SVSU starting December 1. For more information visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

1. FAFSA Application

SVSU's school code: 002314

2. Apply for Private Scholarships

Applications Accepted: Dec 1

Priority Deadline: Jan 15

Final Deadline: April 1

VIDEO: Tips on how to make your application stand out

You’ve got an SVSU account, started your financial aid process, and now it’s time for SOAR: your first official on-campus experience as a Cardinal. Orientation sign-up begins December 1 through your account, and SOAR dates begin in May and run through July. During your SOAR experience, you’ll join fellow first-year Cardinals, take your Student I.D. photo, learn about on-campus organizations and resources, meet with an academic advisor to register for your first year of classes and more! Here’s a tip: the earlier SOAR date you pick, the more options you’ll have when you register for courses. Also, you’re welcome to bring your parents or guardians with you; we offer a separate family program on each SOAR date so they get a taste of Cardinal life, too.

> Register for Orientation

SOAR Registration opens Dec. 1, 2020

> Change your SOAR Date

Need to pick a different date?
Just switch your registration.

> Parent & Family Orientation

Designed for your parents or guardians.

A national poll shows students are more than satisfied with SVSU's on-campus housing. We rank first in the nation (February 2020) among public universities for having the best dorms. While living on campus is optional, we welcome you to join a vibrant, comfortable and safe Cardinal community. Rooms are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so submit your ONLINE contract today (online contracts open tentatively December 1). The next years are going to shape your life forever, and we want to ensure you feel at home here. So we offer living areas with kitchens, private bathrooms and fully furnished living spaces. We also make it easy for commuters to customize a dining plan and eat healthy on campus. More information about housing options, room layouts and housing rates are enclosed in your admissions packet or at the links below.

View Housing Information

Options, Layouts, and Rates

View Dining Options

Eating Made Easy

Submit Your Housing Contract

May 1, 2021: 
Deadline for guaranteed
on-campus housing

Keeping track of all your college details can be a lot, and you don’t have to do it alone. SVSU lets you authorize other people, like your parents or guardians, with whom we can share your financial and academic information when you submit a “Personal Information Release Form.” You can assign a special PIN that will grant them access to your information through under  "Students" and then “Privacy Settings.” 

Submit a Personal Information Release Form

Give your parents or guardians permission
 to talk with SVSU about you.


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Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.