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transfer Student Guide

Programs of Study– Majors and Minors: SVSU was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association as a baccalaureate degree-granting institution in 1970. In 1980 the HLC/NCA continued this accreditation and granted accreditation at the master’s degree level. Both accreditations were renewed in 1986, 1994 and 2004.

Choices + Decisions Then...

At some point in your past, you made a decision to delay going to a university, or perhaps you attended a university but didn’t see yourself graduating from that institution. Conceivably, you were unsure of your career path and college major. Maybe you wanted to stay home and save some money. Or possibly you had too many other obligations that would at least temporarily keep you from dedicating yourself to getting your four-year degree. Whatever the reason(s), your plans led you elsewhere and now you are at the point of looking to transfer to a four-year school.


Why SVSU? Isn’t that the real question? You have already decided to transfer, so you do not need information or convincing on the importance of getting a bachelor’s degree or more. Your questions are about fit, affordability, opportunity, value of your degree, quality of education, and the overall experience. Rather than our doing the talking, we asked recent transfer students to tell you about their experiences. You’ll probably see yourself in one or more of their stories – a little apprehension about the process, fear of a bigger school, a lot of questions about financial aid and credit transfers, uncertainty about handling the rigor of university expectations, and worries about meeting new people – our transfer students tell the SVSU story by sharing their own success stories and advice. TABLE OF CONTENTS 2-3: Choices & Decisions 4-5: College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences 6-7: College of Business and Management 8-9: College of Education 10-11: College of Health and Human Sciences 12-13: College of Science, Engineering and Technology 14: Student Resources 15: Life on Campus 16: Athletics & Club Sports 17: Study Abroad & Alternative Breaks 18-19: on-campus Housing 20-21: Scholarships and Financial Aid 22-23: How To Transfer 24-25: FAQ 26: Awesome photos of campus 27: A map of Campus 28: Facebook and Twitter

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Sydney Rawlings graduated from Mt. Pleasant High in 2008 and had an opportunity to play softball at Mott Community College. Since she was young (17 when she graduated), Sydney decided that community college was the perfect in-between step for her. “I knew I wanted to end up at a university, but community college was a great way for me to get my feet wet.”

an SVSU student with plans to major in elementary education and minor in Spanish.

In the spring of 2010, Sydney toured SVSU, met with the director of admissions, and adds that the experience “was a home run.” As the first in her family to go to college, Sydney wasn’t quite sure how to navigate the transfer experience, but with the help of SVSU staff and her step-mom, she made it and admits that it was actually “pretty easy.” By fall 2010, Sydney was officially

Advice from “transfer expert” Sydney Rawlings:

Sydney loves the fact that the campus is compact. She is pleasantly surprised that just like at the community college level, she knows her professors (and they know her). “You just need to do it. I had some apprehension. I didn’t know people or the area but that also made it exciting. I always knew I wanted to end up at a university so it was just a matter of where. You get to know people fast, because everyone’s here to learn; so you have that in common.”

College of Arts + Behavioral Sciences The College of Arts and Behavioral Sciences offers many programs of study most commonly referred to as “liberal arts.� Popular programs include criminal justice, graphic design and psychology.

Applied Studies Art Communication Creative Writing Criminal Justice Economics English Fine Arts French Graphic Design History International Studies Music* Political Science

Psychology PRE-LAW** Public Administration Rhetoric & Professional Writing Sociology Spanish Theatre *SVSU is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. **Select a major in consultation with advisor.

MINORS: Asian Studies Black Studies Gender Studies Geography GERMAN Legal Philosophy Philosophy Polish Public History Religious Studies Youth Services graduate: M.A. - Administrative Science M.A. - Communication & Digital Media

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Assistant professor of social work Vanessa Brooks Herd is proud of the fact that her program’s advising begins well before social work transfer students come to SVSU. She and other social work faculty regularly present at Delta and Mott community colleges. Back on SVSU’s campus, they work with the Office of Admissions as well as continue their own advisement to students, from the transfer stage all the way to graduation! When asked why a social work student with an associate’s degree would pursue a B.S.W., Dr. Herd explains that a B.S.W. is the first recognized level of professional practice for social workers (state licensure is at the B.S.W. and M.S.W. levels).

At SVSU, professor Herd focuses on three priorities in the social work program: First, a solid preparation for entry level into the profession; second, preparation for admission into graduate school; and third, preparation of ethical social workers. As Herd notes, “We (social workers) handle people at their most fragile and vulnerable, so it’s important that we learn to handle things with grace, discretion and professionalism.” Beyond the classroom, professor Herd suggests great learning experiences for social work students through internships, volunteerism and a range of registered student organizations that offer components of community service.

College of BUSINESS + MANAGEMENT Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a hallmark of excellence in management education. Only 25% of business colleges are AACSB-accredited.

Accounting Economics Finance General Business Industrial Management International Business Management Marketing Professional Accountancy MINORS: Entrepreneurship Legal Studies GRADUATE: M.B.A. – Master of Business administration

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Colin Ohl tried community college right out of high school, and it wasn’t a good fit. Then, he moved out of state for 15 years, only to return in 2006 for family reasons. Interested in a career in accounting, Colin knew a degree was required. This time around, he had a good community college experience at Delta College. In spring 2010, Colin received an applied science/general education associate’s degree; he started at SVSU in fall 2010. Being an organized, dot-your-i’s-and-cross-your-t’s-type, Colin knew he wanted the transfer process to go smoothly; so he started early to stay on top of things. He found assistant director of admissions/transfer admissions Jeff Zulauf to be reassuring; “He steered me in the right direction.”

Now the accounting major and math/computer forensics minor is well on his way to his degree and CPA designation. And he’s taking advantage of all of the programs and special opportunities the university has to offer: He’s involved with the Student Alumni Connection, is a member of the prestigious “Roberts Fellows” program, works in the SVSU Foundation, and plans to get the most out of membership in Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity.

Advice from “transfer expert” Colin Ohl: “Start early. Don’t be afraid to call the transfer advisor with questions, and follow through if something doesn’t seem right.” On the academic front, Colin adds, “Go to your professors’ offices and use that time to interact and learn. (For extracurricular experiences) get involved. I waited a semester to see what was available and once I saw what aligned with my goals, I did it. Take chances.”

College of Education Academic departments include Educational Leadership & Services, Teacher Education (elementary, early childhood and special education, middle and secondary education). The college is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), which has cited SVSU for its exemplary practice.

Teacher Education Elementary Secondary Special • Cognitively Impaired • Emotionally Impaired • AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER GRADUATE: Post Teacher Certification Non-Degree & Endorsement Programs M.A.T. – Master of Arts in Teaching M.A. – Instructional Technology M.A. – E-Learning M.Ed. – Master of Education – Principalship M.Ed. – Master of Education – Educational Leadership M.Ed. – Master of Education – Education Specialist

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Acceptance into the teacher education program is based on the desire to “train the very best teachers possible,” says Bob Pratt, associate professor of teacher education. The process includes GPA/transcript review, a look at volunteerism experiences and technology background, and a personal interview that conveys a sense of disposition and personality suitable for the classroom. Once a student is accepted into the teacher education program, Dr. Pratt notes that “it is the clinical

piece (of SVSU teacher preparation) that distinguishes us. We provide early, continuous and diverse field experience – long before the student teaching takes place.” And as a source of pride, Pratt adds, “superintendents are interested in hiring SVSU students. They tell us our students are always at the top.” (For a complete listing of certifications and endorsements, go to

College of Health + Human Services Opened in 2010, the Health & Human Services Building includes 13 labs, 12 classrooms and state-of-the-art equipment to give students a technological, experiential and collaborative learning advantage. The nursing programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing, the occupational therapy program by the American Occupational Therapy Association, the athletic training education program by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and the social work program by the Council on Social Work Education.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing HEALTH SCIENCE Kinesiology • Athletic Training • Exercise Science R.N. to B.S.N./M.S.N. Social Work Medical Laboratory Science Occupational Therapy PRE-MEDICAL/PRE-HEALTH, PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY* *SELECT A MAJOR IN CONSULTATION WITH ADVISOR

MINORS: Athletic coaching Gerontology GRADUATE: M.S.N. in Nursing M.S.H.L. Health Leadership M.S.O.T. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY DOCTORATE: D.N.P. Nursing Practice

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Leslie Hittle has always had a plan to be a nurse. Her goal after high school was community college and getting the “gen ed” courses completed. SVSU was high on her list for the B.S.N. she sought, especially because of the program’s admission process. “I love how SVSU does it; it’s much more personal (because of the interview), and it’s about who you are.” Leslie admits to being a bit nervous about the transfer process, even though she was sold on SVSU. “You’re not sure about how to get involved, where classes are, when to buy books, what meal plans to purchase.” But, she adds, the

Admissions staff “helped me a ton.” Additionally, Leslie notes that her advisor was of tremendous help in recommending the course load for her first semester.

Advice from “transfer expert” Leslie Hittle:

“Do your homework. I knew that SVSU’s (nursing) program was strong and I heard about all of the help you are given. For me, getting the transferable ‘gen ed’ courses out of the way was the way to go, and that extra year at home made me less nervous about moving away from home to live on campus.”

College of Science, Engineering + Technology Programs are accredited by the appropriate national accrediting bodies including ACS (American Chemical Society), and the engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Applied Mathematics Biochemistry Biology Business Chemistry Chemical Physics Chemistry Computer Information Systems COMPUTER SCIENCE Electrical Engineering Engineering Technology Management Mathematics Mechanical Engineering Optical Physics Physics

MINORS: Alternative Energy (new) Computer Applications Computer Forensics GRADUATE: M.S. - Energy & Materials (new) Pre-professional PROGRAMS: PRE-Agriculture/MSU Bound PRE-chiropractic medicine Pre-Dentistry Pre-medicine pre-optometry pre-pharmacy pre-physician assistant pre-podiatry pre-veterinary medicine

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In the SVSU mechanical engineering program, every professor is assigned a group of students to advise. Faculty advisors start by helping students “traverse the curriculum” as well as finding research projects. Advisors also communicate information about student clubs and groups, and are just “there” to help. “Some students think faculty can be out to get them. Here, we want you to succeed. Our job is to find for our students the best opportunities we can,” says professor of mechanical engineering Brooks Byam.

Dr. Byam is also the advisor for the Cardinal Formula Racing team. His teaching philosophy is to teach his students the difference between the will to win and the will to prepare to win. It must work. SVSU’s Formula SAE race team, which is entirely managed by undergraduate students, annually designs and builds a competitive race car. Since 2002, SVSU has placed 6th and 8th in the world and in 2005, 2007 and 2008, SVSU had the highest placing of participating Michigan schools.

student resources Great resources ensure your academic success. Help is available – and free. Career Services give you great assistance in all aspects of your journey to career success. THE MATH AND PHYSICS RESOURCE CENTER provides in-house and on-line tutoring and special workshops for students seeking help with math, at any level. THE STUDENT TECHNOLOGY CENTER helps students become successful users of technology. THE SVSU WRITING CENTER helps students involved in every discipline improve their communication and critical thinking skills. THE OFFICE OF TUTORING FOR ACADEMIC PROGRESS assists students in various disciplines. CAREER SERVICES can help students with free workshops, interview coaching, career building, locating a job, networking, resume writing and a variety of co-op and internship opportunities. To learn more, go to

When Tiara Cameron graduated from Carrollton High School in 2007, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. When community college was suggested, Tiara thought it made sense so she made her way to Delta College. Community college was a great way for Tiara to obtain “gen ed” credits and to learn that computer science wasn’t for her. After two years, Tiara decided on SVSU because of its affordability, small classes and its computer information systems program. Tiara’s transfer experience began with web site research, followed by a meeting with Rebecca Dewald, coordinator for transfer student programs and services. Their thorough review of curriculum, credit hour transfer, course selection, graduation requirements, and registration process made for an “easy transition,” says Tiara. At SVSU since winter 2010, Tiara is excited about her studies, noting that over time, she has gotten more comfortable and more confident, due in part to her taking advantage of the Math and Physics Resource Center and computer counseling. Advice from “transfer expert” Tiara Cameron: “Don’t be intimidated. I’m shy so I was really nervous but everyone was so nice and helpful. Students and staff want to help if you let them. Open up and they’ll come to you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”

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A great university experience is about striking a balance between academics and extracurricular engagement. Here, you can study, play, research, dine, learn and love a campus that is all about making your SVSU experience the very best. Dining on Campus – Your tastes, schedule, and wallet are accommodated in a variety of dining venues located throughout campus.

LIFE ON CAMPUS Registered Student Organizations – You can choose to be involved in one or more of our 130 registered student organizations, ranging from academic/professional to recreational, spiritual, special interest, honorary, community service, residential and Greek. Academic/professional AIESEC – SVSU AIGA SVSU Student Group Alpha Chi National Honor Society Alpha Psi Omega American Foundry Society American Society of Mechanical Engineers Association for Computing Machinery Association of Professional and Technical Writers Athletic Training Club Biology Club Cardinal Ink Chemistry Club CMENC (Collegiate Music Educators National Conference) Criminal Justice Society Delta Sigma Pi Designers Guild Finance Club Geography Club Health Professionals Club Health Science Association History Club La Societe Francaise Law Club at S.V.S.U. Law Review Math Club Medical Laboratory Science Organization Model United Nations National Society of Collegiate Scholars P.E. Club Phi Delta Epsilon Physics Club Pi Theta Epsilon Political Science Student Association (PSSA)

Political Science Student Journal Project Design Club Psi Chi Psychology Club Student Alumni Connection (SAC) Student Council for Exceptional Children Student Exercise Science Association Student Michigan Education Association (SMEA) Student Nurses Association (SNA) Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) Student Social Work Organization Tall Readers Work N’ Progress (Theater) Voices of Leadership recreational Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Saginaw Valley Dance Team Saginaw Valley Dodgeball Cardinal Equestrian Team Gymnastics Club Team Forte Hip-Hop Dance Team Club Hockey Men’s Rugby Men’s Lacrosse Club Men’s Club Soccer Obscure Sports Club Paintball Club/Team of SVSU Running Club Saginaw Valley Baseball Club Saginaw Valley Pompon Saginaw Valley Swimming Club Sand Volleyball Club SCUBA Club Club Tennis Team of SVSU

Tri-Valley Judo Club Saginaw Valley Ultimate Frisbee Saginaw Valley Waterski Team Saginaw Valley Women’s Club Rugby Women’s Bowling Club Women’s Lacrosse at SVSU Women’s Cardinal Club Soccer Club Wrestling at SVSU spiritual Appointed and Anointed Bible Study Campus Crusade for Christ Catholics on Campus ECM - Ecumenical Campus Ministries His House Christian Fellowship Latter Day Saints Institute Muslim Students Association Standing in the Gap Valley Voices Gospel Choir special interest Ablers Club Encore Agriculture & Natural Resources Club Anime Club Board Gaming Society Cardinal Radio Chinese Student Association College Democrats College Republicans of SVSU Commuter Advisory Board Conversation Pods Crafting Club Friends of Ishmael International Student Club Korean Student Association

L and R Sk8 Latino Unidos Association Living Proud Military Members Association Model United Nations Music ‘n Motion National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Organization of Black Unity (OBU) Peer Health Educators Press Start Program Board Psychology Club Prestigious Young Notable Queens (P.Y.N.Q.) Saudi Club Sociology Club Student Association Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Through Line Theatre Ensemble Walt Disney World College Program Alumni Association honorary Alpha Mu Gamma Lambda Pi Eta National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) National Society of Collegiate Scholars Pi Theta Epsilon Psi Chi community service Alpha Phi Omega Colleges Against Cancer. (Saginaw Valley) Habitat for Humanity Honor Corps

Taking Education Abroad@SVSU Toms Shoes SVSU Campus Club Up ‘til Dawn residential housing First Year Board Living Center Southwest Programming Council National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Pine Grove Council Residence Housing Association Southeast Community Council University Village West Council greek Alpha Sigma Alpha Delta Sigma Theta Interfraternal Council (IFC) Kappa Alpha Psi Kappa Tau Epsilon National Pan-Hellenic Council of SVSU (Saginaw Valley) Panhellenic Association Phi Beta Sigma Phi Kappa Tau Phi Sigma Sigma Sigma Pi Tau Kappa Epsilon Publications Valley Vanguard (Student Newspaper) Cardinal Sins (Fine Arts & Literature Magazine)


Varsity sports are in the NCAA Division II, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) VARSITY SPORTS - MEN Baseball Basketball Bowling Cross Country Football Golf Soccer Track VARSITY SPORTS - WOMEN Basketball Cheerleading Cross Country Soccer Softball Tennis Track Volleyball

Club Sports Intramural Sports (Student organized and maintained and (Fun for all, at whatever are inter-university competitive sports.) level of skill.) Dodgeball Basketball Equestrian Billiards Gymnastics Floor Hockey Golf Men’s Ice Hockey Indoor Soccer Men’s Lacrosse Kickball Women’s Lacrosse Paint Ball Volleyball Men’s Rugby Wallyball Women’s Rugby Men’s Soccer Women’s Soccer Table Tennis Tennis Waterskiing

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OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM Study Abroad – Programs range from faculty-led 10-day trips to semester-long programs. SVSU offers programs in 40 countries and more than $85,000 in study abroad scholarships; Alternative Breaks – Trips occur during fall, winter and spring breaks. Groups of eight-to-12 students volunteer either domestically or internationally while studying and experiencing social issues and populations that include at-risk youth, the elderly, urban poverty, health and wellness, and the environment, to name a few.

Unique Programs – SVSU’s Student Research & Creativity Institute awards students up to $10,000 for research or projects. The SVSU Honors Program supports the “best and brightest” students and accepts transfer applications. According to its administrator, Dr. Paul Teed, “Transfer students make really good honors students. They are often on-track and they want to complete the program.”

1 First year Suites


1 Pine Grove

2,700 students reside on campus.

1 The Living Centers

1 University Village


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Housing for freshman-level transfer students is offered in “The Living Centers” or “First Year Suites.” A freshman transfer student is defined as a student with 30 (or fewer) completed credits and less than one year of on-campus residential living. Freshman transfer students are also required to be on a mandatory meal plan. Option 1: 10 Meals + $450 Declining Balance = $7,830 Option 2: 14 Meals + $150 Declining Balance = $7,580 Option 3: Unlimited Meals + $100 Declining Balance = $7,980

First Year Suites 2-person and limited single rooms

Single Bedroom Premium Request = $1,500 additional (academic year, space permitting)

Living Center 4-5 bedroom apartment

Living Center 2-3 person efficiency

Sophomore, junior and senior housing is in “The Living Centers,” “University Village” and “Pine Grove.” Transfer students beyond the freshman year are eligible to live in these areas; a meal plan is optional. To learn more go to

Pine Grove Option 1: Single Bedroom/Shared Apartment = $5,410 • Option 2: Shared Bedroom/Shared Apartment = $3,970

Pine Grove 4-5 person bedroom apartment

Plan A

Plan B

University Village

Living Centers

Option 1: Single Bedroom (of 4)/shared apartment = $5,410 Option 2: Single Bedroom (of 2)/shared apartment = $5,820 limited availability Option 3: Single Efficiency (limited availability) = $6,200 limited availability

Option 1: Single Bedroom/Shared Apartment = $5,160 Option 2: Shared Bedroom/Shared Apartment = $3,970 Option 3: Double/Triple Efficiency = $4,410

Living Center 2-3 person efficiency University Villiage single bedroom

University Villiage single efficiency


UPPERCLASS TRANSFER HOUSING OPTIONS (room rates per academic year):

Living Center 4-5 bedroom apartment

Costs, Scholarships + Financial Aid Costs


Financial Aid

In-State Transfer Students, Undergraduate – Expenses Estimate Tuition and fees credit hour rate for Michigan residents is $260.50 for the 2011-12 academic year. Tuition, fees and books based on a 30 credit hour schedule for the year (upper division professional courses in some programs will necessarily be calculated at a higher rate): Tuition & Fees $7,815 Books $900 Total $8,715

Community College Scholarship Competitive awards for transfer students with 50+ completed semester hours and a minimum 3.50 GPA. $1,000 per year, renewable for one year by maintaining a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA as a fulltime SVSU student. Application by June 1. Awarded in fall semester only.

Federal Pell Grants Need-based grant ranging from $555 to $5,550 for two full-time semesters (for 2011-12).

Various Transfer Student Private Scholarships Based on major, GPA, age, ethnicity, gender, etc. (dollar amounts vary).

Eighty-two percent of all students receive some form of financial aid to offset educational costs. Many types of financial aid opportunities are based on the ability of the recipient to pay for his/her education. A student may qualify for need-based aid if need is determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants Need-based up to $1,500 annually. Stafford Student Loans Federal government program providing loans up to $5,500 as freshman; $6,500 for sophomores, and up to $7,500 for juniors and seniors. Independent students may qualify for up to an additional $5,000 in loans. Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students Federal government loan program for the parents of dependent undergraduate students (dollar amount varies). College Work Study Programs Provides on and off-campus employment opportunities for qualifying students.

The above-mentioned aid opportunities require annual completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form which is available online at or from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (989.964.4103 or

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When Sterling Heights native Alyssa Gorlitz transferred from Macomb Community College to SVSU in 2010, the maximum number of credits came with her. During her search, Alyssa looked at four universities and says SVSU was hands-down the most personalized and where everyone she met made her feel welcome. That friendly help was particularly important to Alyssa since she is the first in her family to attend college. “I didn’t know everything to ask but any information I needed, I somehow received without having to ask for it.”

Alyssa came to SVSU with the nursing program in mind. It wasn’t until she started classes that she realized that she wanted to major in criminal justice. Now she is planning to join the Criminal Justice Society, one of the largest registered student organizations on campus.

Advice from “transfer expert” Alyssa Gorlitz: “Get with financial aid. That was the best route for me, because I didn’t know where to start. All of the suggestions and tips were so helpful.”

HOW TO TRANSFER SVSU operates on a rolling admissions basis; for best results, application is encouraged by February 15 for Fall, October 1 for Winter and February 1 for Spring and/or Summer.

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Meet with Admissions


Take Any Required Placement Testing

Before any formal process is begun, we encourage you to

Meet with an Admissions representative to review your transfer

meet with Admissions and tour campus.

credits, and to learn whether or not you will need placement

testing in (1) Mathematics, (2) Reading and/or (3) Writing.

Apply for University Admission

Attend Transfer Orientation Program (TOP)

• Submit the $25 U.S. non-refundable application fee.

After you are admitted, pre-register for and attend your

• Have official transcripts – from each institution attended –

mandatory TOP where you, along with other first-semester

mailed directly from the Registrar’s office at each of your

transfer students to SVSU, will:

prior institutions to the SVSU Office of Admissions at 7400

1. Take placement testing, if needed

Bay Road, University Center, MI 48710. (989.964.4200 or

2. Discuss basic skills, major/minor requirements


3. Register for your first-semester SVSU courses with an advisor

• If no associate’s degree is completed, provide proof of high school graduation (GED, diploma or copy of high Copies can be faxed to 989.790.0180, Attn: Admissions.

Pay on Time to Keep Your Classes

• If less than 24 academic credit hours completed prior to

Payment due dates are enforced. Check due dates on

transfer, then high school transcript and ACT are required.

Cardinal Direct (

school transcript), along with ACT scores if completed.

Apply for Financial Aid

• Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, completed by February 15 or as soon as possible after that date. 1. SVSU Federal School Code: 002314 2. Internet Address for the form: 3. FAFSA Questions: U.S. Dept of Education: 800.433.3243 4. SVSU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid Questions: 989.964.4103


on-line at

• Complete an SVSU application


No matter how comprehensive our transfer guide, you may still have questions. Some may be answered in this section. Others can be researched at

What is the maximum number of credits I can transfer to SVSU from community colleges? 62 total.

Does SVSU honor MACRAO, and if so, should I earn MACRAO from my community college? SVSU honors

Note: Some special agreements with community colleges allow for additional credits to transfer. Please check with the Office of Admissions for details.

MACRAO with provisions. MACRAO covers 30 of SVSU’s 35-41 general education/communication intensive (CI) credits. The benefits of MACRAO can depend largely on your SVSU major. Schedule a pre-transfer appointment with SVSU for a customized transfer plan to see what will work best for your individual situation.

Is an associate’s degree required before I can transfer to SVSU? No, it’s a

matter of individual choice. I want to take more classes at my community college before transferring to SVSU. Where can I find additional information about which classes to choose for transfer credit? You can check

out our website at or make an appointment with SVSU’s Office of Admissions. Be sure to bring at least a copy of your transcripts from all institutions attended so that the Admissions representative will know what you have already taken or are currently taking.

When should I first talk with SVSU? As

soon as you know you have an interest. We can help you choose courses at your current institution for eventual transfer. When should I apply to SVSU? Apply

up to a year prior to transfer, and for best results, no later than a semester prior to transfer. What do I need to apply to SVSU? The “How to Transfer” section of this guide, on page 22, gives you complete details.

What kind of Grade Point Average (GPA) is needed to be admitted to SVSU?

Do I need to have my high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores sent?

A minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA from all college courses taken is required. If a transfer student applies to the university having less than 24 academic credit hours completed prior to transfer, then a review of high school performance (high school cumulative GPA and ACT results), will be needed before an admission decision can be made.

Transfer students may be able to waive certain basic skills testing requirements based upon ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA. It is recommended that you have your high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores, if taken, sent to SVSU. Otherwise, a copy of your high school diploma is sufficient. Exception: If a transfer student applies to the university having less than 24 academic credit hours completed prior to transfer, then a review of high school performance (high school cumulative GPA and ACT results), will be needed before an admission decision can be made.

I took Advanced Placement courses and exams in high school and/or dual enrollment. Can I earn credit for these at SVSU? Yes, quite possibly. Have

your official dual enrollment college transcript and official AP score report sent when applying to SVSU.

How much does it cost to apply to SVSU? A one-time, non-refundable fee of

$25 U.S. is due upon application. Does SVSU have a special orientation/ registration program for newlyadmitted transfer students? Yes.

Students who apply and are admitted early will be able to take advantage of early registration. New transfer students are required to sign up for a Transfer Orientation Program (TOP). A $50 U.S. reservation fee and advance reservation form are required. Other details are outlined in the “How to Transfer” section on page 22. What if I’m not sure that I am ready to apply. Can I meet with an Admissions rep and tour campus to help me make my decision? Yes, we encourage you

to visit with us. Much of the university choice is about finding the right fit, so we want you to know that we are your best choice. How do I look up classes to see if they transfer to SVSU?

1. Go to 2. Click one of the two search options to see how your community college credits transfer. 3. If you have university transfer credits, contact the Office of Admissions: 989.964.4200. Tuition and fees credit hour rate for Michigan residents is $260.50 for the 2011-12 academic year. Tuition, fees and books based on a 30 credit hour schedule for the year (upper division professional courses in some programs will necessarily be calculated at a higher rate): Tuition & Fees: $7,815 Books: $900 Total: $8,715

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30. Owsley Grove 31. Performing Arts Center A. Malcolm Field Theatre for Performing Arts B. Rhea Miller Recital Hall 32. Pine Grove 33. Pioneer Hall (Science, Engineering & Technology) 34. Putting Green 35. Regional Education Center (Regional Math/Science Center) 36. Ryder Center for Health & Physical Education 37. Dow Doan Science Building East 38. Dow Doan Science Building West 39. South Campus Complex (Buildings A, B & C)


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Soccer Fields Softball Fields Student Center Tennis Courts Tranquil Residence Halls (First Year Suites F & G) University Health Center University Police/Parking Services University Village East University Village West Wickes Hall (Admissions & Financial Aid) Wickes Memorial Stadium Zahnow Amphitheatre Zahnow Library

COLOR KEY Faculty/Staff Reserved Parking: Permit Required in Shaded Portions of F, G, L, and J4 Lots until 6:45 p.m. Roadways and Open Parking Lots Free, Resident (UR permit required) & Overnight

Power-Assist Door 1st Floor Power-Assist Door 2nd Floor

Native Plantings

July 2011

40. 41. 42. 43. 44.

Student Housing

VR Student Resident

Educational Buildings

UR Student Resident

Outdoor Sports Locations

P Student Resident

Parking (VR permit required) Parking (UR permit required) Parking (P permit required)

Smoking is permissible only in lettered and residential parking lots, at least 25 ft. from any building.

SVSU does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical impairment, disability or veteran status in the provision of education, employment and other services.



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Housing For on-campus residential options: Office of Housing 989.964.4255 Email us: Website:

Career Services For assistance with rĂŠsumĂŠs, employment fairs, job postings, co-ops and internships, on-campus interviews, student employment opportunities, etc.: Office of Career Services 989.964.4954 Email us: Website:

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SVSU Transfer Viewbook, 2011-12  

Saginaw Valley State University, Undergraduate Transfer Viewbook, 2011-12

SVSU Transfer Viewbook, 2011-12  

Saginaw Valley State University, Undergraduate Transfer Viewbook, 2011-12