Youngstown State University in Ohio

About Youngstown State University in Ohio

Youngstown State University (YSU) was founded in 1908 and sits on a 145-acre campus in Youngstown, Ohio. The university was originally sponsored by the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) and was one of the first institutions to offer bachelor's degree-level law courses. YSU became a state university in 1967.

In addition to a wide range of academic disciplines, students can participate in more than 140 student organizations or join one of ten women's and eight men's NCAA Division I sports. In fall 2010, student enrollment was approximately 15,000.


Over 100 undergraduate majors and 35 master's degrees are offered through YSU's seven different colleges. The school awards certificates, associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and two doctorates in physical therapy and educational leadership. The university offers three libraries and resource centers, including the Maag Library, which houses 700,000 volumes of documents.

The majority of bachelor's degrees awarded at YSU are business oriented. Composed of four different academic departments, the Williamson College of Business Administration offers a variety of degree programs for undergraduate and graduate business students. Other schools at YSU include the Beeghly College of Education, the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and the College of Fine and Performing Arts. The campus' newest addition is the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which was founded in 2007. YSU also administers a number of online courses in skill-oriented topics like computer science, healthcare, publishing and writing.


Although YSU is an open admissions university for Ohio students, there are still a number of requirements that applicants must fulfill before they are able to attend. Prospective students may complete an online application or download and print a paper application from the university's website. In addition, Ohio residents must also submit an official school transcript, SAT or ACT test scores, passing scores on the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) and a $40 application fee. Non-residents have additional requirements that include minimum SAT or ACT test scores and high school class rankings.

Deadlines for applications are August 1st for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester. As of 2011, the undergraduate student body was 72% white, 17% black or African American and 3% Hispanic or Latino. Almost 90% of all students came from Ohio.

Tuition & Financial Aid

The 2012 base tuition rate for an undergraduate in-state student at YSU was $7,712 per year. Out-of-state students must pay a tuition surcharge, bringing the annual cost to about $13,669. Western Pennsylvania and other close regional residents may be eligible for reduced tuition surcharges. Housing, meals and a security deposit bring the total yearly school costs to about $16,062 for Ohio residents and $22,019 for non-residents. Books, supplies, parking fees and personal expenses were not included in these figures.

Over $144 million was distributed to YSU students as financial aid in 2011. Students may find an array of aid applications at the university's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website. The MyYSU portal allows students to accept and view their financial aid information online.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate degree, bachelor's degree, postbaccalaureate certificate, master's degree, doctorate**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Small city**
Student Body 13,303 undergraduates and 1,180 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 4 campus-operated co-ed housing buildings; 1 privately owned women's residence hall*
Schools and Programs 7 colleges and more than 135 majors*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate: Engineering technology and related (74)
Bachelor's: Business, management, marketing and related (255)
Master's: Education (109)
Doctoral: Health professions & related (22)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates for Those Beginning in Fall 2003 10% in 4 years
34% in 6 years
39% in 8 years**
Admission Rate Open admission policy**
Entering Class Size 2,162 freshman enrolled in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 65% (full-time students)
38% (part-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% SAT scores: 400-520 in critical reading, 410-530 in math for 2010*
Application Due Date August 1st for fall semester; December 1st for spring semester*
Tuition (2012-2013) Undergraduate tuition is $7,712 for OH residents and $13,669 for non-residents*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) For first-time undergraduate students in 2010-2011: Federal grants (60%), Pell grants (60%), other federal grants (28%), state and local grants/scholarships (50%), institutional grants/scholarships (35%), federal loans (71%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 96% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Youngstown State University in Ohio; **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Youngstown State University, 1 University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555
  • Phone: (330) 941-2000
  • Website:

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