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If you choose to attend Saginaw Valley, you’ll have chosen a small, public university in University Center, Michigan. You will have the opportunity to live in campus housing, and most students opt for this for at least the first two years they attend - doing so allows you to take more of an active part in campus activities, which can help you to adjust to living on your own more easily.

Overview of Saginaw Valley State University

If you decide to visit the campus, you’ll notice that it’s compact, making it easier for you to find classrooms, the bookstore, the library, and a few takeout restaurants nearby. The entire campus is bordered by University Drive, College Drive and Collings Drive. Knowing these roads will help you stay oriented until you are more familiar with the university and University Center, the suburb in which Saginaw Valley State University is located.

The student population includes just over 8,200 students, making this a medium size school. And the student-to-faculty ratio is a little higher at 17 to 1, which isn’t bad. Saginaw State awards degrees ranging from bachelor’s and master’s to doctoral degrees (professional practice). It also awards postbaccalaureate and post-master’s certificates. You may also be able to earn additional credit if you passed Advanced Placement exams or enrolled in a dual credit program.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 17:1
Graduation Rate 44%
Year Founded 1963

Student Enrollment

Total Students8,251


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,841
Female 4,635

Graduate Student

Male 295
Female 481

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Male 2,536
Female 4,596


Male 1,801
Female 3,401

Acceptance Rate73%

Male 71%
Female 74%

Enrollment 1,461

Male 541
Female 920
Application Fee $30
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline July 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

There are plenty of places where you can find estimates for the total cost of any college or university you hope to attend. At Saginaw Valley State University, this total cost is $23,473. This includes in- or out-of-state tuition, books, supplies, room and board, and other charges.

If you applied for financial aid and are eligible, your grants, scholarships, or loans will be able to cover a portion of this cost. What is left after this is applied is the ’average net price’ which, in a recent school year, was $14,271. However, what you end up paying depends strongly on your family’s annual income, because that is how eligibility is decided for most student financial aids. In a recent academic year, families earning between $30,001 and $48,000 paid around $11,734, while families earning between $75,001 and $100,000 paid around $16,241.

Almost 100% of freshman students at SVSU received financial aid in recent years. About 98% received grants or scholarships averaging $7,022 and 95% received an average of $5,379 in institutional grants or scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $14,271
Average Total Aid $7,022
Students Receiving Financial Aid 98%
Room & Board $10,411

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $10,814
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $25,401
  • Books and Supplies - $1,059
  • Room & Board - $10,411
  • Other - $1,189


Especially if you are still be considering the majors you’re interested in, it’s nice to know what the majority of students are choosing. At Saginaw Valley State University, the most popular programs are health professions and related programs; business, management, marketing and related support services; public administration and social service professions; parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; and engineering.

The retention rate at SVSU is 74%, which is quite good. This statistic keeps track of the percentage of first-year students who return here for their second year of school. The 4-year graduation rate on the other hand is quite low at 15% but the 6-year graduation rate is more than double that and close to the average at 44%.

What can you do if you find an unexpected time conflict between one or more of your classes and something like a part-time job? If you can’t change the time of your working hours or whatever other responsibility you have, something else has to change. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll have to drop the classes, especially if they are required for graduation. Instead, you may be able to talk to you advisor and switch to an evening class or an online section. These won’t be available for anyone, but any additional flexibility is always welcome.

Student Population Total

Student Population 8,251

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 337 Total Graduates / 24%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 207 Graduates
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 64 Graduates
Rehabilitation Science 37 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 15 Graduates
All Business Majors 253 Total Graduates / 18%
Business Administration and Management, General 100 Graduates
Accounting 43 Graduates
Marketing, Other 42 Graduates
Finance, General 30 Graduates
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 91 Total Graduates / 6%
Social Work 84 Graduates
Public Administration 7 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 83 Total Graduates / 6%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 83 Graduates
All Engineering Majors 72 Total Graduates / 5%
Mechanical Engineering 54 Graduates
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 18 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 41%

Outcome & Salary

Whether you walk off stage and into your first job or take a bit longer to find the one that you really want, it’s good to know what to expect after you graduate. While other student’s stories won’t be the same as yours, they can act as a guidepost. Graduate’s from Saginaw Valley State University earn early-career salaries of around $47,900 and, by mid-career, their salaries increase to $80,400.

Now, you should keep the 4-year cost of education in mind ($57,084 on average). This will affect your total income, especially if you paid for much of your school with loans.

Based on the numbers, a graduate’s 10-year salary earning potential is $603,980 and their 20-year earning potential is $1,407,980. If you subtract your 4-year cost of education from both of these numbers, you’ll have your projected return on investment (ROI). The expected 10-year projected ROI is $546,896 and the 20-year projected ROI is $1,350,896.

However, some high school graduates decide to get right into the work force, or perhaps don’t want to add the stress of college debt to their lives. They find jobs instead. While there are outliers that can make good money with a trade education or due to their own brilliance, these workers national average salary is $38,792. After 10 years, their projected total income is $387,920 and, 20 years later, it is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $47,900
College Grads Average Salary $60,398
College Grads Mid Career Salary $80,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $603,980
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,407,980
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $57,084
10 Year Projected ROI $546,896
20 Year Projected ROI $1,350,896
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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