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SVSU Sees Teacher Certification Enrollment Growth and Student Achievement

Saginaw Valley State University is seeing gains in the number of students pursuing teacher certification at the university for the fall 2022 semester.  In addition, SVSU’s award-winning residence halls are completely filled, as student interest in living on campus has rebounded.

SVSU has 146 students pursuing teacher certification, up from 126 last year, including 23 new students who are employees of Saginaw Public Schools and enrolled through a new partnership between SVSU and the school district. All of these students have previously completed bachelor’s degrees and want to become certified teachers.

“I would like to express appreciation for the dedication of our colleagues in the College of Education, who worked quickly and effectively over the summer with Saginaw Public Schools to develop this new partnership to address that district’s acute need for more teachers,” said Donald Bachand, SVSU president.

“We also have a new partnership with MyMichigan Health, allowing their employees to complete degrees at SVSU in areas of critical need, such as nursing, laboratory science, finance, computer science and more. These innovative relationships with regional employers are critical to our mission of meeting the talent needs of our region and state.”

There are 2,250 students living on campus this year, up from the two prior years, as SVSU residence halls have returned to pre-pandemic occupancy. SVSU has earned the distinction of “best dorms” among all public universities in the U.S. for the fourth consecutive year in the annual rankings by the website Niche.

SVSU welcomed 1,337 new freshmen this year, nearly the same as last year (1,335), and the freshman class has the highest entering GPA on record. The entering class has an average high school GPA of 3.59, up from 3.48 last year.

In all, there are 7,147 students enrolled at SVSU for the fall 2022 semester, compared to 7,523 in the prior year.

Fall classes at SVSU began on Monday, Aug. 29.

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