Saginaw Valley State University
University Center, MI, USA

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Saginaw Valley State University
3.95 Average Rating

Rachel from Bay City, MI

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
I am currently in 14 credits and I am signed up to take 15 credits in Winter 2010. I am learning a lot at Saginaw Valley. I am taking classes that are not similar so I am in classses I have never taken before. I have learned a lot about Political Science and Communications. I have improved my writing in my English class and there is the Writing Center which is a great resource.
Am enjoying being here
I can live at home and still have a great college experience. For me Saginaw Valley is great because I can get my degree from there. I can be in clubs and extracurriculars and still focus on my school work.
Bang for the buck
There are many scholarship opportunities. It is cheaper then many other schools although living on campus is not cheap. There are perks such as free parking and free use of the fitness center.
Tips for prospective students
Apply early and decide early. You will get more benefits if you decide to go there early. Also you can get a chance at campus scholarships if you make the decision fast. Also use the resources at school you can get 400 free prints and in college you need to print almost everything. The library is great, as well as the math and writing centers.
Great for these types of students
It is great for students going into the medical field because of the new building that was just built. It is especially good for nursing because there are opportunities for nursing students. It is good for a student starting out because the class sizes are small and the campus is easy to navigate around on. It is good for business majors and education majors as well.
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M

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
This is a beautiful campus. Very small community setting with great dorms. Most professors are nice and willing to help you.
Tips for prospective students
Make sure to tour the campus and apply for every scholarship you can find, get to know the campus and the people. Make sure it is a good fit.
Academic Rigor
Academics will keep you busy, study hard.
Dorm Life
Amazing dorms. Most are very spacious and come with kitchen and bathroom.
Food and Dining
The food is okay. Starbucks, panda express and Einstein Bro Bagels are good places but the cafeteria marketplace is hit or miss. Sometimes it is tolerable and other times you get very sick of eating there.
What to do for fun
There are many things to do depending on what you like to do. There are many sports, clubs and organizations to join or places to hang out around campus.
Bang for the buck
This is a relatively affordable school.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
The sculpture museum is very interesting and a fun place to go. There is a rock in the middle of campus that we decorate depending on what is going on around campus, it is a cool tradition.
Great for these types of students
Students who like a school with small class sizes and great dorms.
Clubs and Activities
There are many options.
Greek Life
There is not a lot of Greek life, there are only a few fraternities and sororities to join.
Campus Safety
It feels pretty safe, and as a woman I have never felt unsafe, even walking alone at night.
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Lauren from Byron, MI

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Saginaw Valley is a beautiful, small campus that has everything to offer that a large university does without the large crowds. Class sizes are small and professors take the time to get to know their students making you more than just a number. There is something for everyone on campus and it once you are there it is the greatest home away from home.
Tips for prospective students
Do not skip a class unless you are really sick and always let the professor know you wont be there so that they can get you the notes. Make atleast one friend in every class so that if you do miss you can get notes and so you have a study buddy, Go to office hours and ask for extra credit professors do understand that you have other classes.
Academic Rigor
Class sizes are small and if you talk to professors and pay attention are not to difficult. Some are and if you are struggling just go talk to the professor or utilize the free tutoring.
Dorm Life
SVSU Has the best dorms in the state. Every room comes with atleast a stovetop with the living centers having an oven as well. Kitchen is great and bathrooms are nice. You get to know your roommates and the people on your floors, great experience.
Food and Dining
Food is good and other places to eat on campus other than the cafeteria.
What to do for fun
The gym is open 10-10 so you can go and play sports with your friends. There are also clubs and organizations on campus that you can join to meet new people. Off campus there is the mall and other stores to shop at.
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
The battle of the Valleys game is a tradition between SV and GV and happens each fall.
Campus Safety
Never have I felt unsafe on campus. SVSU has their own campus police that are not just mall cops they are an actual police station working for the state of michigan. There are boxes on campus to hit in case of emergencies and at any time you can call the police and get an escort back to your dorm or car.
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from elkton, MI

a current student here
18 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Class sizes are pretty close to high school, there are plenty of opportunities to get help from the professors.
Am enjoying being here
The dorms/living centers are great! Brand new and air conditioned!
Tips for prospective students
If you apply during your campus tour, you will save the admittance fee.
Great for these types of students
SVSU has something for everyone!
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K from Waterford, MI

a current student here
16 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Tons of opportunities for extra help if need be.
Am enjoying being here
I love being here! The campus is so beautiful! They have everything here that you need within two miles.
Bang for the buck
Such an affordable school with so many extras!
Tips for prospective students
Small campus atmosphere but really a medium sized college. Everything is within walking distance.
Great for these types of students
SVSU is great for people who like to save money maybe for graduate school :)
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Samantha from Detroit, MI

a current student here
12 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Saginaw Valley State University is a great school. The classes have the right amount of students in them. You are able to learn what you need to learn and the professors will work with you. So when choosing Saginaw Valley State University, i think you will make the right decision.
Am enjoying being here
It has a nice size population, the college is resting in a decent area. They have a bus system that will take you off campus if you don't drive. And there are friendly students as well as faculty. I have no problem with anyone.
Bang for the buck
You get what you're paying for. The food is great. The living condition is outstanding. You have your own kitchen, equipped with a stove, microwave refrigerator, and sink! Take some time out the day to go chill in the game room, which is free to students.
Tips for prospective students
Tour the campus.
See what they have to offer.
Look at the population and cost of living and see how the living situation is.
Then look at the programs, and accreditations.
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Brianna from Washington, MI

a current student here
8 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Universities have high expectations for students and Saginaw Valley State University is not an exception. The classrooms hold a maximum of 25 students and lecture halls hold a maximum of 60 students. With small class sizes, the professors are able to give one on one attention to students. The professors at Saginaw have a passion for what they do and are willing to help you during their office hours. The professors will get to know you by the end of the semester. There is tutoring offered on campus for just about every subject and it is free for students. With this type of attention offered at this university, a student learns a lot in the class. A student grows outside the classroom and learns to become more independent.
Am enjoying being here
Saginaw Valley State University has a lot to offer. This university offers over 250 registered organizations on campus, there is at least 1 program going on every month that students can participate in, sports events are free for students, everyone is friendly on campus and supportive, everything on campus is walking distance, and the housing on campus is one of the best in the state of Michigan.
Bang for the buck
Saginaw Valley State University is one of the cheapest Universities in the state of Michigan. Tuition covers tutoring, printer balance, fitness facility, the classes that a student is taking, sport events, and other costs. Saginaw offers meal plans to make sure that students do not starve and have multiple food places on campus. Just out of warning, some of the food places on campus are more expensive than Meijer’s and Walmart. Saginaw offers apartment style housing providing a microwave, oven, stove, refrigerator and freezer, bathroom, kitchen table and chairs, couch, T.V stand, beds, desks, closets, and small dressers. Saginaw stretches the dollar bill compare to other Universities.
Tips for prospective students
Students need to look at different universities first before they make a final decision. A medium size university might seem great at first but the idea can change. Tour campuses first before making a final decision on which university a student wants to attend. If a prospective student knows what career they want to get into then search for a college that offers the career. Universities have higher expectations and standards for students to work hard, expect to lose sleep, have to be in control and independent of their schedule, always carry a planner around, and join at least one group on campus but not more than two. Always keep in mind that school comes first and extracurricular activities come second.
Great for these types of students
Saginaw Valley State University is great for high school students who come from small communities and for students who have disabilities.
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Tyler from Croswell, MI

a current student here
6 people found this review useful
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Academic Rigor
I've had good academics all throughout high school, so I didn't know what to expect at a college level. Although I had to put in more effort and cut back precious sleep to get in some extra study time � something I didn't have to do in high school � I managed to take a lot from my classes and apply it to real life. I find myself using what I've learned in most classes in real life on a day to day basis. The presentations and papers can be tough at times, but with resources like the Writing Center, you shouldn't have to worry!
Am enjoying being here
First going in I figured a college with 10,000 was huge, but it's really not all that bad. It's the perfect amount of people to where you can network with new people anytime you please. There's lots of organizations of every type of imaginable, and I highly recommend getting involved with at least one of them.
Bang for the buck
The most inexpensive public university in the state of Michigan! Residential facilities are definitely above and beyond what other universities provide for their students. Although, tuition rates are on a constant rise everywhere now-a-days, if anyone could put a price on the college experience, SVSU has the best value.
Tips for prospective students
Use your resources. If you're struggling or worried about struggling, there are lots of FREE resources such as the Writing Center for help with papers, the Center for Academic Achievement for tutoring in subjects, and so much more!
Get involved. It's hard to get the motivation to do it, and can seem pretty scary to do it. But it's a great way to network and develop friendships that will last throughout your college experience. (And it could look good on a resume, too!) Involvement has been my favorite part of the academic experience.
Great for these types of students
Those looking for a lower-priced college.
Those looking for better housing accommodations.
Those looking to be a person to a professor, not a number.
Those looking for a friendly atmosphere.
Those looking to be a Cardinal.
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Allison from Marlette, MI

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am enjoying being here
I believe that SVSU is the best choice I made. I am having an amazing time here and couldn't imagine going to any other university. I am involved in about four extra curricular groups and living on campus really adds to the experience. I try to be as involved as I can, but still save time for homework.
Bang for the buck
I am a presidential scholarship recipient, so the only fees I have to worry about are housing and my payments haven't been too bad so far.
Tips for prospective students
Get involved, go to events especially when free t-shirts are offered, take your time walking to places because you will always see someone you know, go to sports events, enjoy yourself.
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Jasmine from Detroit, MI

a current student here
3 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
Time management is the key to your success.
Am enjoying being here
There is so much that you can get involved in.
Bang for the buck
Cheapest College in Michigan
Tips for prospective students
Saginaw Valley State University is a great university. SVSU has so much to offer. Theres a variety of things that you can get involved in and make yourself known. The campus is very well kept together and small enough for you to stay inside during the winter. The atmosphere of SVSU is very friendly. You can easily make friends and don't have to worry about going anywhere alone. The class sizes are just like high school with an average size of 30 students. If you aren't understanding the material feel free to contact your professor or even get a tutor. I will advise if you are having difficulty to get assistance immediately. Everything on campus is for you to use so take advantage of all the resources around you.
Great for these types of students
Tour the campus and see if this is the college for you before you make a decision. Focus on your courses and please use all of your RESOURCES!
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