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There are facts, and then there are experiences. The information below provides some “talking points” overview of SVSU.

However, it doesn’t speak to the campus culture and personal experience a student or graduate may have had – the personal relationships with caring faculty, the special opportunities for leadership, the lifelong friendships, the great internship, the bonding moments. Those are personal and individual, and we hope our CARDS members share these experiences and memories with prospective students.

Profile of Our Students

  1. With the freshman class of 2011-12, the average GPA was 3.5 and the average ACT score was 22. SVSU has always been a college of opportunity, yet it is becoming more and more of a school of choice.
  2. Though the Great Lakes Bay Region and the “Thumb” still generate the greatest number of prospective students, other regions – especially southeastern Michigan – are attracting more and more students to SVSU.
  3. For Academic Year 2012-13, an undergraduate student taking 30 credits will pay $8,120 in tuition and mandatory fees, the lowest of all 15 Michigan public universities. Go to Cost of Attendance for costs, including room and board.

What SVSU Is Like

  1. SVSU’s enrollment is a little under 11,000 students. A recent “Right Sizing” task force has determined that this should be the student population for the next several years.
  2. Class size average is 24 students and no class is taught by a teaching assistant. Seventy-five percent of SVSU’s 297 full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their field.
  3. SVSU was founded in 1963. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of SVSU. Our SVSU-Timeline (2,086kB) highlights our first 50 years.
  4. SVSU has five colleges and over 90 programs of study. For a complete list, go to: and under “discover,” click on “undergraduate programs
  5. SVSU has housing for 2,700+ students on campus. About 70% of freshman students choose to live on campus. For more information, go to: and under “On Campus,” click on "Living on Campus." There are several living communities:
    • First Year Suites: for freshmen, 4-bedroom suite style, shared bedrooms, living space including kitchenette, private bath(s)
    • Living Centers (North, South, Southwest): houses some freshmen and upperclassmen. Double/Triple Efficiencies and 4/5 Bedroom units (some single/some shared) with kitchenettes, living space, and private bath(s).
    • Pine Grove Apartments: 2 bedroom (shared) or 4 bedroom (singles), kitchen, living room, private bath(s).  Complex includes affinity housing.
    • University Village: Townhouse style apartments with four single bedrooms, two baths, kitchen and living room. Also includes single efficiencies option for one student.
  6. SVSU athletics: We are in the NCAA Division II, the GLIAC (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference). For a full listing of varsity sports, contact information, etc. go to:
  7. Almost 600 international students study at SVSU. They represent 31 countries with the majority from China and Saudi Arabia.
  8. Life on Campus: There are more than 130 registered student clubs and organizations on campus. Intramural and club sports are very popular; more than 2,000 students participated in various intramural sports in academic year 2011-12. To learn more go to
  9. SVSU has over 38,000 alumni.


About the Campus

  1. About 70% of the campus has been built in the last 20 years.
  2. While years ago SVSU might have been considered a more rural setting, the growth of Kochville Township and environs suggests that SVSU’s setting is more accurately described as “suburban.”
  3. The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is a cultural “gem” located on campus.
  4. The campus is 782 acres.