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Saginaw Valley State University

Saginaw Valley State University

United States of America

"Something More. Something Better." Become a Cardinal by enrolling in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Saginaw Valley State University this year!


Thinking about studying in the USA as an international student? Consider enrolling at Saginaw Valley State University!

While not as big as or as populous as Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor or Lansing, the County of Saginaw is an important part of the Flint/Tri-Cities region of Mid-Michigan. These include the cities of Saginaw, Bay City and Midland. Saginaw City is approximately 2,100 square kilometers in area.

Fondly known as SVSU, the university was established in 1963 and is considered to be the youngest among the 15 public colleges and universities in Michigan. And SVSU is still growing in terms of student population and buildings.

Take part in the endless opportunities offered by Saginaw Valley State University (or SVUS) and take note of what makes the university different:

  • Shout out to International Student: SCHOLARSHIPS are available at the time of admission! Get in touch with an IVC Education Counselor for more details;
  • Nine postgraduate programs from nursing to social work;
  • Wide selection of 90 undergraduate programs;
  • Great campus! SVSU's residential facilities have been voted "Michigan's Best Residential Life" by Michigan Organization of Residence Halls Association (MORHA).
  • One of the LOWEST TUITION fees in Michigan and many Midwestern states; 
  • Great restaurants, shopping centers, movie theaters, art museums and more close by SVSU;
  • The MBS International Airport is only ten minutes from campus and Detroit is two hours by car.

Why Study in Saginaw Valley State University

Winning is important to everyone, especially to those who play sports!  SVSU's athlete students are called "Cardinals" who compete in men's and women's basketball, men's football, baseball and soccer and other sports.

Are you interested in being a Cardinal? The graduation rate for Cardinals is higher than other state universities!

But even as a regular student, you can still take advantage of what the university has to offer.

For one, all SVSU programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association along with many other specialized program accreditations.

  • The College of Business & Management is accredited by the AACSB - International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). AACSB accreditation is the mark of quality distinction most widely sought after by business schools - less than 5% worldwide have earned the achievement.
  • The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is approved as a teacher preparation institution by action of the Michigan State Board of Education.
  • The Crystal M. Lange College of Health & Human Services nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education which is affiliated with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The Occupational Therapy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational therapy (ACOTE), affiliated with the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).


In addition to the main campus on Bay Road, University Center, Saginaw Valley Statue University has two Regional Education Centers that offer post-baccalaureate teacher education and related graduate programs.

Macomb Campus The Macomb Campus, one of the Regional Education Centers is located along Hickey Road, Chesterfield, Michigan.

Faculties & Departments

College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences or ABS

The College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences offers a wide selection of majors and minors, plus a core of general education courses for all students. In addition, professional programs in the behavioral sciences are part of this academic unit.

The ABS Departments are:

  • Department of Art
  • Department of Communication
  • Department of Criminal Justice
  • Department of English
  • Department of History
  • Department of Geography
  • Department of Modern Foreign Languages
  • Department of Music
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Psychology
  • Department of Rhetoric & Professional Writing
  • Department of Sociology
  • Department of Theatre


College of Business & Management or CBM

As a student of SVSU's College of Business and Management, expect to:

  • Gain a better appreciation of the arts, literature and the sciences;
  • Acquire a better sense of history and the workings of the social, political and legal institutions that form your environment upon graduation
  • Be able to sharpen your communication skills so you can speak, listen, write and read more effectively;
  • Have a more global perspective of your total environment.

The CBM also offers many opportunities for you to get involved and enhance your academics with extra-curricular activities and programs.

In addition to Student Organizations and Honor Societies, CBM also offers:

  • Two Programs of Distinction
    • ​Cardinal Business Edge. A two-year leadership development program for incoming Business majors on the cutting edge
    • The Vitito Global Leadership Institute. This is a selective three-semester program for current majors from the CBA
  • International Opportunities.

The programs of the College of CBM include:

  • Accounting, Law, and Finance
  • Economics
  • Management/Marketing
  • General Business
  • International Business
  • MBA


College of Education

Saginaw Valley State University's College of Education offers programs in:

  • Initial teacher certification
  • A variety of master's and specialist degree programs;
  • Special education administration approval programs, and;
  • A wide range of endorsement programs designed to provide quality educational opportunities for teachers and school leaders

The College of Education has two academic departments:

  • Teacher Education

This department includes the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate Elementary Teacher Education Program, the Master of Arts in Teaching degrees in Early Childhood Education, K-12 Literacy Specialist, and Special Education, the Master of Arts in Instructional Technology & E-Learning, and numerous endorsement programs.

  • Teacher Education: Middle/Secondary & Educational Leadership

This department includes the Middle/Secondary undergraduate and post-baccalaureate Teacher Education Programs, the Master's of Education (M.Ed.) in Principalship, the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree program, and various endorsement programs.


College of Health & Human Services or HHS

The College of Health and Human Services offers undergraduate degrees in:

  • Athletic training
  • Exercise science
  • Health science
  • Medical laboratory science
  • Physical education teacher education
  • Nursing and social work
  • Minors in health science, youth services, gerontology and athletic coaching

Graduate degrees include those in

  • Health administration and leadership
  • Occupational therapy
  • Nursing (nurse administrator, nurse educator or clinical nurse leader), and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (for Family Nurse Practitioners)

The departments of the College of HHS include:

  • Health Sciences
  • Kinesiology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Programs.


College of Science, Engineering & Technology or SET

The College of Science, Engineering & Technology consists of seven academic departments offering students a variety of undergraduate programs. The department are:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science & Information Systems (CSIS)
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics

Academic Programs

Nursing and Midwifery

Business and Management

Wages and Salaries in the United States of America

Wages and Salaries in the United States of America

2017 Highlights:

  • Nineteen states began the new year with higher minimum wages;
  • Seven states (Alaska, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio and South Dakota) automatically increased their rates based on the cost of living;
  • Five states (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Maine and Washington) increased their rates through ballot initiatives previously approved by voters;
  • Seven states (California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York and Vermont) did so as a result of legislation passed in prior sessions; 
  • Washington D.C., Maryland and Oregon raises their respective minimum wages on July 1, 2017 due to previously enacted legislation. 
State Minimum Wage  Future Enacted Indexed Automatic
    Increases Annual Adjustments
 Alabama none - -
 Alaska $9.80 - Indexed annual increases begin Jan. 1, 2017. (2014 ballot measure)
 Arizona $10.00 $10.50 eff. 1-1-18
$11.00 eff. 1-1-19
$12.00 eff. 1-1-20
Rate increased annually based on cost of living. (Ballot measure 2006)
 Arkansas $8.50 - -
 California $10.50 $11.00 eff. 1-1-18
$12.00 eff. 1-1-19
$13.00 eff. 1-1-20
$14.00 eff. 1-1-21
$15.00 eff. 1-1-22
Indexed annual increases based on CPI begin Jan. 1, 2023
 Colorado $9.30 $10.20 eff. 1-1-18
$11.10 eff. 1-1-19
$12.00 eff. 1-1-20
Rate increasedannually based on cost of living beginning Jan 1, 2021 (2016 ballot measure)
 Connecticut $10.10 - -
 Delaware $8.25 - -
 D.C. $12.50 $13.25 eff. 7-1-18
$14.00 eff. 7-1-19
$15.00 eff. 7-1-20
Indexed annual increases based on CPI begin July 1, 2021
 Florida $8.10 - Annual increase based cost of living. (Constitutional amendment 2004)
 Georgia $5.15 - -
 Guam $8.25 - -
 Hawaii $9.25 $10.10 eff. 1-1-18 -
 Idaho $7.25 - -
 Illinois $8.25 - -
 Indiana $7.25 - -
 Iowa $7.25 - -
 Kansas $7.25 - -
 Kentucky $7.25 - -
 Louisiana none - -
 Maine $9.00 $10.00 eff. 1-1-18
$11.00 eff. 1-1-19
$12.00 eff. 1-1-20
Indexed annual increases based on CPI begin Jan 1, 2021
 Maryland $9.25 $10.10 eff. 7-1-18 -
Massachusetts $11.00 - -
 Michigan $8.90 $9.25 eff. 1-1-18 Annual increases take effect Jan. 1, 2019, linked to the CPI. Increases not to exceed 3.5%. (2014 Legislation)
Minnesota $9,50/$7.75 - -
 Mississippi none - -
 Missouri $7.70 - Minimum wage increased or decreased by cost of living starting Jan. 1, 2008. (2006 ballot measure)
 Montana $8.25/$4.00 - Increases done annually based on the CPI and effective Jan. 1 of the following year. (2006 ballot measure)
 Nebraska $9.00 - -
 Nevada $8.25/$7.25 - Increases subject to the federal minimum wage and consumer price index. Increases take effect July 1. (Constitutional amendment 2004/2006). 
 New Hampshire repealed by HB 133 (2011) - -
 New Jersey $8.44 - Indexed annual increases based on the CPI, effective Jan. 1, 2014. (Constitutional Amendment 2013)
 New Mexico $7.50 - -
 New York $9.70

$10.40 eff. 12-31-17
$11.10 eff. 12-31-18
$11.80 eff. 12-31-19
$12.50 eff. 12-31-20
After 12-31-20, the rate is adjusted annually for inflation until it reaches $15.00

 North Carolina $7.25 - -
 North Dakota $7.25 - -
 Ohio $8.15/$7.25 - Indexed annual increases based on the CPI. (Constitutional amendment 2006).
 Oklahoma $7.25/$2.00 - -
 Oregon $10.25 $10.75 eff. 7-1-18
$11.25 eff. 7-1-19
$12 eff. 7-1-20
$12.75 eff. 7-1-21
$13.50 eff. 7-1-22
Indexed annual increases based on the CPI are effective July 1, 2023 (2016 legislation). 
 Pennsylvania $7.25 - -
 Rhode Island $9.60 $10.10 eff. 1-1-18
$10.50 eff. 1-1-19
 South Carolina none - -
 South Dakota $8.65 - Annual indexed increases begin Jan. 1, 2016. (2014 ballot measure.)
 Tennessee none - -
 Texas $7.25 - -
 Utah $7.25 - -
 Vermont $10.00 $10.50 eff. 1-1-18 Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, minimum wage increased annually by 5% or the CPI, whichever is smaller; it cannot decrease. Note: Vermont started indexing in 2007 but enacted additional increases in 2014. (2014 legislation)
 Virginia $7.25 - -
 Washington $11.00 $11.50 eff. 1-1-2018
$12.00 eff. 1-1-2019
$13.50 eff. 1-1-2020
Annual indexed increases began Jan. 1, 2020. (ballot measure 2016)
 West Virginia $8.75 - -
 Wisconsin $7.25 - -
 Wyoming $5.15 - -


Source: National Conference of State Legislatures.  http://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/state-minimum-wage-chart.aspx.  Last Visited November 9, 2017

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