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Dual Enrollment

SVSU partners with school districts throughout the state to offer high school students the opportunity to take college classes. This allows high school students who have moved beyond the curriculum available in their school to continue to advance their education. 

To apply to SVSU, you should:

  1. Complete and submit a dual enrollment form. 
  2. Ask your high school counselor to send your high school transcript and SAT scores or ACT scores (if taken) to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Please return all documents listed above to: Saginaw Valley State University Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Attn: Dual Enrollment Coordinator: Amy Borchard, 7400 Bay Road, University Center, MI 48710. 

If a student plans to continue to enroll in SVSU courses, he/she needs to submit an updated dual enrollment form and a current copy of their high school transcript to SVSU's Office of Undergraduate Admissions for each semester in which he/she intends to enroll. 

Students are allowed to submit paperwork up through the first day of that class for the term. They will not be allowed to do late registration after the class has already begun.

Please contact Amy Borchard at (989) 964-4201 with any questions about the application process. 


Some high school students may be eligible for enrollment in SVSU courses while completing high school graduation requirements. Student eligibility to participate in dual enrollment is a local decision that should include multiple sources of information about whether or not a student is ready for a post-secondary educational experience. Therefore, a student must receive permission from a high school administrator/counselor to participate in SVSU's dual enrollment program. A full evaluation of all transcripts, SAT scores, ACT scores (if taken) and other supporting application materials will be conducted through the SVSU Office of Admissions. 

To ensure academic success, SVSU recommends that interested students who are at the 11th or 12th-grade level have a minimum 2.5 cumulative high school GPA. Each application is considered individually based upon the particular class the student is interested in taking. Students who demonstrate the ability to be successful in courses with established prerequisites may have the prerequisite requirement waived. 

To be considered for dual enrollment admission, you must submit the following:

  1. Completed High School Dual Enrollment Form
  2. Official high school transcript and SAT or ACT score (if taken)
  3. No application fee is required

Up to three classes may be taken each semester with the approval of the high school counselor and SVSU's Office of Admissions.

Students must submit a new High School Dual Enrollment Form and updated high school transcripts each semester that they are interested in enrolling. 


SVSU posts each semester of course offerings on an online course lookup tool called Cardinal Direct. Visitors may access this system 24/7 and do not need a login or password.

Access Cardinal Direct to find the course(s) you wish to enroll in.

  • Go to: Course Schedule Lookup tool
  • Enter the SVSU term you want to take the course, the course department and any other information you would like to include in your search and click the red "Search" button at the bottom of the page. 
  • Find the course(s) that you wish to enroll in and keep track of the course information (ex: ACCT 213 Financial Accounting, Line #0268, Section #02, 3 Credit Hours).
    • When looking up courses make sure that the class status is "Open." This means that there are seats still available in the class. 
    • If the course is full, please contact Amy Borchard directly at (989) 964-4201 for alternative options to register.

Submit the course information on the High School Dual Enrollment Agreement prior to mailing it in.

  • The SVSU Office of Admissions will register dual-enrolled students for the course(s) he/she wishes to take each semester once all application materials have been received. 
  • The early application allows for earlier registration opportunities. 

Once accepted as a dual enrollment student at SVSU, you are eligible to activate your SVSU email and online student account through Cardinal Direct. Detailed instructions including your SVSU Student ID# and UserName will be sent through the postal mail along with your admission letter. 

You should complete this as soon as possible so that you can receive important notifications from SVSU and pay any remaining balance not covered by your high school. 

If you are unable to activate your student account or create your password, please contact the SVSU ITS Support Center at (989) 964-4225 (Toll-Free: (866) 827-4357) for assistance. Once you have successfully created your password, you will now have access to all online services for SVSU students by logging in with your SVSU username and password. 

Payment Instructions

Billing authorization must be completed on the High School Dual Enrollment Agreement.

If the high school is agreeing to pay all or a portion of the tuition cost of the course(s), they will be mailed an invoice directly from SVSU. Checks can be made out to Saginaw Valley State University and returned to: 

Saginaw Valley State University

Attn: Computer Financial Services Center

7400 Bay Road, University Center, MI 48710

It is important to list the student's name and SVSU I.D. number on the check. 

If the parent is responsible for paying all or a part of tuition/fees, remaining balances will be posted on the student's account through Cardinal Direct. Payments may be made online by check or credit card or made in person at the Campus Financial Services Center. Remaining balances must be made in full by the first day of class unless you have enrolled in the Cardinal Payment Plan, which can be found by clicking on the following link: http://svsuedu/cfsc/undergraduatepaymentplan/ 


  • All dual enrollment paperwork must be submitted and processed prior to the first day of the semester in which he/she plans to enroll. No dual enrollment registrations will be accepted after the semester has started. 
  • Student high school transcripts, SAT scores or ACT scores (if taken) and all supporting application materials are evaluated by a representative in the Office of Admissions to determine if the student is eligible to take their desired course(s). If necessary, the SVSU representative will contact the student and/or high school counselor to gather more information about the academic ability to register for a certain course. The student may need to contact the instructor of the SVSU course for special permission. 
  • Dual Enrollment students are not held by pre-requisites for most courses. However, students need to know that they will be expected to know all material covered prior to enrolling in their desired course(s). 
  • Students will receive a permanent official SVSU transcript with grades posted for the enrolled course(s). 
  • Students are responsible for following SVSU's class drop policy and are subject to pay any tuition charges that are incurred if not followed appropriately. 
  • Students are subject to all of the rules and regulations applied to students attending SVSU.

CONTACT US.






Office of Admissions
178 Wickes Hall
admissions@svsu.edu
(989) 964-4000