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Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate78%
Acceptance Rate78%

About Saginaw Valley State University

Saginaw Valley State University Overview

Saginaw Valley State University is a public, state school in the small town setting of University Center, Michigan. Saginaw Valley State University was founded in 1963 and the school presently has around 7,613 students per year, including 6,789 undergrad students. Saginaw Valley State University ensures housing for students. The majority of students live on campus but first-year students are not required to live in the dorms.

Student Activities at Saginaw Valley State University

Are you interested in music or performing? At Saginaw Valley State University you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Saginaw Valley State University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Saginaw Valley State University has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Saginaw Valley State University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Saginaw Valley State University on the Student Life page.

2022 Saginaw Valley State University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 78%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.5
In-State Tuition $11,565
Out-of-State $27,164
Percent of Need Met 69%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $12,703

Is Saginaw Valley State University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can give you a sense of how competitive a university is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a better view of what Saginaw Valley State University offers and if the school might be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Saginaw Valley State University

It is moderately difficult to get into Saginaw Valley State University. Saginaw Valley State University admitted 78% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 5,878 students applied to Saginaw Valley State University and 4,577 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Saginaw Valley State University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 73% of students who start at Saginaw Valley State University return the next year. Saginaw Valley State Universityhas a six year graduation rate of 42 for undergrads. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Saginaw Valley State University Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Saginaw Valley State University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Saginaw Valley State University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Saginaw Valley State University's endowment was $100.4 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Saginaw Valley State University spends about $5,997 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Saginaw Valley State University

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Saginaw Valley State University meets 69% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $12,703 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $30,755.83 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Saginaw Valley State University.

Based on this information, does Saginaw Valley State University seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Saginaw Valley State University a good school for you?

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Where is Saginaw Valley State University Located?

Saginaw Valley State University is located in the small town setting of University Center, Michigan, in the suburbs of Detroit.

If you want to see Saginaw Valley State University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 75 to University Center, or book a flight to the nearest airport, MBS International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Saginaw Valley State University and University Center are like without leaving home.

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College Info

7400 Bay Road University Center, MI 48640

Campus Setting: Small Town

Saginaw Valley State University Application Deadline

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The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Saginaw Valley State University is Continuous processing.

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Saginaw Valley State University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Saginaw Valley State University is like? There are approximately 7,523 students enrolled at Saginaw Valley State University, including 6,789 undergraduate students and 734 graduate students. 84% percent of students attend school full-time, 98% percent are from MI and 2% percent of students are from other states.


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