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Saginaw Valley State University signs agreement with Michigan State University for Early Assurance Program for premed students

September 30, 2010

SVSU becomes seventh university in growing statewide pipeline of med students for MSU

An agreement signed by Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine will provide an enhanced opportunity for SVSU pre-med students to attend medical school. 

Officials from both universities, including Donald J. Bachand, Ph.D., SVSU provost and vice president for academic affairs, Deborah R. Huntley, Ph.D., SVSU dean, College of Science Engineering and Technology, Andrew M. Chubb, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and pre-health professions advisor, Randy Hillard, MD, MSU associate provost for human and health affairs,  and Jerry Kooiman, MSU College of Human Medicine assistant dean for external relations, finalized the Early Assurance Program for admission September 30 in the Roberta Allen Reading Room, located at SVSU.

“MSU is committed to ensuring a continuous pipeline of well-qualified students from Saginaw Valley State University to the College of Human Medicine,” said Hillard. “This is a long-term vision for enhancing health care in the region and beyond, as many of these students will complete their third and fourth-years of medical school in Saginaw or Midland and likely return to the area to practice.”

“We’re very pleased to partner with Michigan State University in a manner that will benefit both institutions, the people of this state, and most importantly, our students,” said Bachand. “In recent years, we have seen a significant increase in the number of SVSU students seeking and gaining admission to medical school. This agreement provides enhanced opportunities for them to study and ultimately practice medicine within our state.”

MSU College of Human Medicine’s partnership with Saginaw Valley State University is part of a growing network of collaborations MSU has established with local institutions with a long-term vision for enhancing health care in mid Michigan.  

Preference for the Early Assurance Program will be given to Saginaw Valley State University students interested in caring for underserved populations. Candidates will complete a program of enriching clinical and service experiences, as well as academic advising directed toward admission to MSU College of Human Medicine. 

During their junior year, students who excel in the Saginaw Valley State University program may apply to the College of Human Medicine and selected students will be assured of admission and begin a relationship with MSU College of Human Medicine during their senior year of college. There will be two – three seats reserved for this program. 

In June, MSU announced an Early Assurance Program agreement with Kettering University in Flint. Other Michigan universities participating in the MSU College of Human Medicine Early Assurance Program include the University of Michigan – Flint, Northern Michigan University, Lake Superior State University, Michigan Technological University, and Grand Valley State University.


Saginaw Valley State University is a baccalaureate and master’s level university offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study and nine master’s degree programs.  One of the fastest-growing universities in Michigan, SVSU has a current enrollment of more than 10,500 students and has increased the size of its physical facilities by more than 40 percent over the past ten years to keep up with student growth.  In the past decade, the residential student population has tripled, and more than 70 percent of freshmen live in student housing.  Situated on a spacious 756-acre campus, SVSU is conveniently located in the heart of the Tri-Cities of Saginaw, Bay City and Midland.  SVSU features a quality learning environment that emphasizes personal attention (average class size: 25) and modern facilities, including more than $45 million in new projects recently completed or currently underway.  


Founded in 1964, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine was among the first community-based medical schools, with a curriculum that emphasized a patient-centered philosophy. As a community-based medical school, the College of Human Medicine provides students with comprehensive training in clinical settings that most closely parallel the environment in which many physicians practice. During the third- and fourth-year of the program, students complete a series of required and elective clerkships at one of MSU’s eight community-based program sites. The sites are located in Saginaw, Midland, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Traverse City and the Upper Peninsula.