Saginaw Valley State University

2014 Quick Stats
7400 Bay Road

University Center, MI 48710

Phone: (989) 964-4000
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
rolling admission

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RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Saginaw Valley State University is a public institution that was founded in 1963. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,052, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 782 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Saginaw Valley State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,120 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,064 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Mission-The University creates opportunities for individuals to achieve intellectual and personal development through academic, professional, and cultural programs. By fostering an environment of inquiry and openness that respects the diversity of all whom it serves, the University prepares graduates whose leadership and expertise contribute to the advancement of a pluralistic society. The University serves as a cultural and intellectual center dedicated to the pursuit and propagation of knowledge.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1963
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $52,210,055


When applying to Saginaw Valley State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due September 1. The application fee at Saginaw Valley State University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 85.3 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 85.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by September 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Saginaw Valley State University is 20:1, and the school has 47.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Saginaw Valley State University include: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; Elementary Education and Teaching; Social Work; and Accounting. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 69.7 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 20:1
4-year graduation rate 9%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 8%
Elementary Education and Teaching 7%
Social Work 7%
Accounting 6%

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Student Life

Saginaw Valley State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,052, with a gender distribution of 43.6 percent male students and 56.4 percent female students. At this school, 30 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 70 percent of students live off campus. Saginaw Valley State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 10,552
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Saginaw Valley State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Saginaw Valley State University also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Saginaw Valley State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Saginaw Valley State University, 71.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $8,120 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,064 (2012-13)
Room and board $8,220 (2012-13)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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