Saginaw Valley State University

Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) (commonly referred to as SVSU, SV, or Saginaw Valley) is a public university located in University Center, Michigan. It was founded in 1963 as Saginaw Valley College. It is located on 748 acres approximately 6 miles from downtown Saginaw in Kochville Township, Saginaw County. It is also only 8.5 miles from Bay City and 20 miles from Midland.



Higher education in the Saginaw Valley region dates back to the founding of Bay City Junior College in 1922. Saginaw Valley College was founded as a private institution in November 1963, and became a state-supported institution in 1965. The name changed to Saginaw Valley State College in 1974 and again to Saginaw Valley State University in 1987.


It is the youngest of Michigan's 15 public colleges and universities. SVSU offers over 100 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels with approximately 10,000 students at its main campus in University Center. SVSU offers strong programs of study in its five colleges. Among the more popular are teaching, nursing, engineering, business, the health professions, and traditional liberal arts programs like the performing and visual arts, as well as degree programs like criminal justice, psychology and professional technical writing.


Our mission is to support the economic vitality of the region by providing assistance in matching top quality interns, graduates, and alumni with organizations to meet the needs of the community.  We do this by serving as a resource center for students and alumni, providing the appropriate services and information that will assist them in successfully meeting career objectives; providing students and alumni with information, strategies, and skills necessary for career development; and providing mutually beneficial links between students and employers. 


Student services

The SVSU Alternative Break program offers opportunities for students to learn about an important social issue and then travel to another state, and sometimes other countries, to provide service relating to that particular issue. SVSU Alternative Breaks is a student-run, student-led program provided by SVSU Student Life Center. A drug and alcohol free program, it offers college students an "alternative" to the traditional university break.

Housing services

Student Life hosts Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge trips every Winter, Spring, and Summer break. Students travel to various locations to work with local communities. Applications will be posted on OrgSync when trips are open and accepting students. Those selected to go on a trip will be required to attend a minimum of three pre-trip group meetings before their scheduled departure date and pay a small fee.

Library services

The Zahnow Library provides information resources and services to support the teaching and research needs of the students, faculty and staff of Saginaw Valley State University . Spread over four floors with entrances on the first and second floors, its collections cover a vast array of topics and a multitude of formats.

Medical services

University Health Center, located inside Saginaw Valley HealthCare, provides walk-in primary medical care, disease prevention, health education and various specialty services to SVSU students, faculty and staff, and the surrounding community.

Student Life

Sports facilities

SVSU fields 17 varsity teams. For the Winter 2015 semester, our student athletes recorded a combined GPA of 3.19. SVSU has been awarded six times by the GLIAC and NCAA for community engagement.  In addition 402 students have participated in 25 student-initiated club sports ranging from volleyball and swimming to bowling, and more than 2,274 students participated in campus recreation programs in 2012-13, including 24 intramural sports, group fitness classes, and SVSU sponsored off-campus recreation activities.

Student clubs

RSOs are registered student organizations that are formed with a common objective. The topics of the organizations are boundless, some RSOs are focused on real world issue such as service and volunteerism while other organizations are social and exist simply to meet every week and play games together. Some of the organizations are academic and professional based which are focused on helping students succeed academically


Saginaw Valley State University was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association as a baccalaureate degree granting institution in 1970. In 1980 the HLC/NCA continued this accreditation and granted accreditation at the master’s degree level. Both accreditations have been retained continuously since the original accreditation.

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