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Study at Saginaw Valley State University

Founded in 1963, Saginaw Valley State University, or SVSU, is a state university in Michigan. It is located in the middle of Michigan's lower peninsula in the Saginaw Valley region. It is the youngest of Michigan's various public colleges and universities. SVSU offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its five academic Colleges, which are:

  • College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Business and Management
  • College of Education
  • Crystal M. Lange College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Science, Engineering and Technology
The official mascot of Saginaw Valley State University is the Cardinals. Some of the notable alumni of the college are Bart Stupak, Congressman; James A. Barcia, Congressman, State Representative, and State Senator; and Gail Goestenkors, women's basketball coach at the University of Texas.

Profile of Saginaw Valley State University

Saginaw Valley State University is located in University Center, MI (a medium-sized suburb). The school is a public institution. The highest degree level offered by Saginaw Valley State University is the Post-Master's certificate.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Saginaw Valley State University is known for its programs in education and teaching.

Saginaw Valley State University Selectivity

The school does not offer open admission.


Saginaw Valley State University has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

The school had 9, 662 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life

Saginaw Valley State University values student athletics, and belongs to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Saginaw Valley State University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching734elementary school teaching, educational administration, elementary/middle school admin, special ed, education of learning disabled, early childhood education, reading teaching, history teaching, . . .
Business and Management187business management, accounting, finance, business, marketing, international business, managerial economics, operations management
Liberal Arts115sociology, history, political science, English, creative writing, Spanish language, technical and business writing, international studies, . . .
Security and Law Enforcement94criminal justice and safety
Family and Social Work89social work, public administration
Nursing and Emergency Medicine81registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse practitioner
Engineering59mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, engineering management
Media47communication studies, digital communications
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy46occupational therapy, athletic trainer, exercise science, sports and fitness management
Science43biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, optics, chemistry courses
Therapy and Counselling38psychology
Computer Science and Engineering37computer and info science, computer science
Design16graphic design
Fine Arts12fine arts
Mathematics8mathematics, applied mathematics
Engineering Technician7industrial production tech
Medicine7medical preparatory
Art Studies5visual and performing arts
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Medical Support and Technology2clinical lab tech

Contact: Saginaw Valley State University

Saginaw Valley State University

7400 Bay Rd

University Center, MI 48710

General Phone: (989) 964-4000


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