Saginaw Valley State University: Narrative Description

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7400 Bay Rd.
University Center, MI 48710
Tel: (989)964-4000; 800-968-9500; Admissions: (989)964-4200; Fax: (989)964-0180; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1963. Setting: 782-acre rural campus. Endowment: $22 million. Research spending 2002-03: $660,928. Educational spending 2002-03: $3450 per student. Total enrollment: 9,168. Faculty: 243 (235 full-time, 8 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 28:1. 3,324 applied, 90% were admitted. 2 National Merit Scholars, 100 valedictorians. Full-time: 5,505 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 2,075 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 18 states and territories, 41 other countries, 0.1% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 24% 25 or older, 14% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 63% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters plus summer session. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA. Placement: SAT II: Subject Tests required for some. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Area resident tuition: $139.60 per credit hour part-time. State resident tuition: $4799 full-time, $139.60 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,398 full-time, $325.95 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $611 full-time, $20.35 per credit hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and program. College room and board: $5645. College room only: $3530. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 75 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 8% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Sigma Alpha, Sigma Pi, Organization of Black Unity, International Students Association, University Residence Association. Major annual events: Card's Party, Homecoming Week, Concert Series. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, rape prevention program. 1,500 college housing spaces available; 1,436 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Zahnow Library with 631,455 books, 360,554 microform titles, 1,113 serials, 22,713 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.7 million. 851 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: The college has a 782-acre campus located 3 miles south of I-75 on M-84. Combined with this rural atmosphere are urban advantages available in neighboring Saginaw, Bay City and Midland, where tri-county populations total 410,000.

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