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First Year Opportunities

Programs of Distinction both inspire and challenge students who see the expansion of their educational horizons as endeavors going far beyond the classroom. Students in Programs of Distinction don’t just finish assignments and projects, they seek out faculty as academic and professional mentors who can help them shape their careers. They undertake challenging coursework and extra-curricular activities, and develop research and service projects that make them competitive in graduate school and within their chosen professions.

Garber Cardinal Business Edge

The Garber Cardinal Business Edge is a three-semester program that offers incoming business students the opportunity to grow professionally and gain leadership skills through in-class and field-based activities with peers under the mentorship of senior leaders in the Scott L. Carmona College of Business.

Global Foundation Scholars

The Global Foundation Scholars Program provides a select group of students with a unique college experience through common coursework, living communities, and an opportunity to study abroad.




An honors designation is the most universally recognized sign of academic distinction achieved in higher education. The Honors Program allows students to pursue their major and minor degree work while providing enriched academic experiences in Honors courses, seminars, research projects and social activities.

Wolohan Fellowship

The Wolohan Family Foundation developed the Richard V. Wolohan Fellowship in Leadership and Service, to encourage students to demonstrate the kind of community leadership that characterized Mr. Wolohan’s life.

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Saginaw Valley State University


SVSU students address the needs of local and global communities through the integration of meaningful service and traditional instruction that incorporates reflection and critical thinking to enrich the learning experience. 

Saginaw Valley State University

Contact Us
(989) 964-7320(989) 964-7320


Brian Thomas, Director


Wickes Hall 333


8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.