Saginaw Valley State University

Saginaw Valley State University
Saginaw Valley State University

Motto Something More. Something Better.
Established November 13, 1963 (charter granted)
Type Public
Endowment $37.0 million[1]
President Eric R. Gilbertson
Provost Donald Bachand
Chairman of the Board of Control K.P. Karunakaran, M.D.
Academic staff
Students 10,790 [2]
Undergraduates 8,190 [3]
Location University Center, Michigan, USA
43°30′51″N 83°57′42″W / 43.5141°N 83.96156°W / 43.5141; -83.96156Coordinates: 43°30′51″N 83°57′42″W / 43.5141°N 83.96156°W / 43.5141; -83.96156
Campus Suburban/Rural

Red and White

Mascot Cardinals

SVSU Cardinal

Saginaw Valley State University, commonly known as SVSU, is a state university in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located in the middle of Michigan's lower peninsula in the Saginaw Valley region. The university is located in Kochville Township, Saginaw County. However, its official address places it in University Center, Michigan, which it shares with Delta College (which is 3.3 miles (5.3 km) to the north-northwest, in Bay County's Frankenlust Township). It is the youngest of Michigan's 15 public colleges and universities.



Academic Colleges

SVSU has five academic Colleges. The original College is the College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences.

  • 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


Buildings are listed in order of their date of occupation.

Not all buildings on campus are listed.

Name Occupied Notes
'66 Building January 1967 First building completed on campus
Instructional Facility #1:
Wickes Hall
September 1969 Administrative offices
Crystal M. Lange College of Health and Human Services
Named for Harvey Randall Wickes
Doan Center September 1969 Main dining hall
Student Life Center
Named for Leland I. Doan
Cardinal Gymnasium September 1971
Pioneer Hall of Engineering and Technology January 1978 Recently underwent renovation (2007). The building has been "certified green" by the U.S. Green Building Council, the first building in mid-Michigan to do so.
Instructional Facility #2:
Brown Hall, Zahnow Library, Dow Doan Science Building West
September 1986 Brown Hall named for Maurice E. Brown
Zahnow Library named for Melvin J. Zahnow
Dow Doan Science Building named for Herbert Dow Doan
Arbury Fine Arts Center September 1988 Home to the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Named for Ned and Dorothy Arbury
Ryder Center September 1989 Main athletic facility
Named for second President Jack Ryder
Wickes Memorial Stadium September 1991 Named for Harvey Randall Wickes
Founders Hall December 1995 Small hall for presentations and lectures.
Curtiss Hall/Groening Commons August 1996 Originally called "West Complex"
Curtiss Hall named for Charles B. Curtiss III
Groening Commons named for William Groening
Instructional Facility #3:
Dow Doan Science Building East
August 2001 Named for Herbert Dow Doan. Contains numerous classrooms and chemistry labs.
Regional Education Center August 2003 Home to the College of Education
Auditorium named for Alan W. Ott
Student Center August 2003 Features large stained glass and tile floor versions of the SVSU seal
Saginaw Valley HealthCare July 2009 A 10,000-square-foot (930 m2), $2.6 million clinic open to SVSU students and the public. Part of a partnership with Covenant Healthcare. Has X-ray and lab facilities.
Health & Human Services August 2010 A 90,000-square-foot (8,400 m2), $28 million building that will house the Crystal M. Lange College of Health and Human Services. The building will incorporate the largest aqua-thermal heating/cooling system in the state of Michigan to reduce energy costs by over 35%.

3-D PDF map of the SVSU campus

  • August 4, 1994: Ground broken for West Complex, which would become Curtiss Hall
  • December 2, 1996: Curtiss Hall/Groening Commons opened (dedicated in April 1997)

Residence Halls

(In order of construction)

  • First year suites A-E
  • First year suites F and G
  • Living Center North
  • Living Center South
  • Living Center Southwest



2004 data puts the General Fund at $67 million. The sources include: state appropriations (42%, or $28.1 million), tuition & fees (55.2%, or $36.8 million) and "other sources" (2.8%, or $1.9 million).

SVSU's 2004 'self study' provides detail concerning the university's financials and other miscellaneous information.

The 2004 budget includes a cut of $1.3 million from the 2003 budget. Attempts have been made to avoid future budget cuts by means of raising tuition costs. This has sparked controversy, as SVSU has always prided itself on being a university with a very high quality/cost ratio; i.e. the quality of education has ostensibly and historically been more than commensurate with the price of attending the university. The university's mission statement reflects this belief.

As of Winter 2010, per credit hour charges for in-state students is $229.00. Out of state and non-resident aliens pay $557.30 per hour. [5]


The Saginaw Valley State University fields 16 varsity teams at The NCAA Division II level as members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Cardinals compete in the following sports:




National Championships:

  • 1982 - Men's Indoor Track and Field - NAIA
  • 1983 - Men's Indoor Track and Field - NAIA
  • 1989 - Softball - NAIA
  • 1991 - Men's Bowling - USBC Collegiate
  • 1997 - Men's Bowling - USBC Collegiate
  • 2006 - Men's Bowling - USBC Collegiate
  • 2007 - Men's Bowling - USBC Collegiate
  • 2009 - Men's Ice Hockey - ACHA Division III
  • 2010 - Men's Ice Hockey - ACHA Division III

National Runners-up:

  • 1977 - Men's Cross Country - NAIA
  • 1978 - Men's Cross Country - NAIA
  • 1982 - Men's Cross Country - NAIA
  • 1983 - Men's Outdoor Track and Field - NAIA
  • 1984 - Men's Outdoor Track and Field - NAIA
  • 1984 - Men's Golf - NAIA
  • 1985 - Women's Basketball - NAIA Division I
  • 1996 - Men's Bowling - USBC Collegiate
  • 2004 - Men's Bowling - USBC Collegiate
  • 2009 - Men's Bowling - USBC Collegiate

Basketball Final Four:

  • 1982 - Women's Basketball - NAIA Division I
  • 1985 - Women's Basketball - NAIA Division I (Runner-up)

Notable alumni

Famous graduates of SVSU include the following:

SVSU Today

Saginaw Valley State University is one of the fastest growing universities in Michigan, and has continued to grow year after year. For the Fall 2009 semester, SVSU saw its largest incoming freshman class to date with 1,740 arriving and over 75% of them living on campus. The overall enrollment now stands at 10,498 students: a record level for SVSU. Saginaw Valley State University is also continuing to build on to its campus, both in new housing developments for students and in new buildings to help further the academic achievement of the students. Pioneer Hall of Engineering was completed in 2007, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held in March 2009 for the new Health & Human Services building, which was opened for the Fall Semester of 2010. SVSU also recently opened Saginaw Valley HealthCare, a clinic for SVSU students and the public to use, and Living Center Southwest, the fourth large dormitory. With the completion of the new dorms, the number of students living on campus has risen to 2,700. SVSU news is covered by both the Valley Vanguard and the Saginaw Valley Journal.


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