Youngstown State University

One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555-0001

School Details

Youngstown State University is an urban research university with an emphasis on a creative, integrated approach to education, scholarship and service. Youngstown State University was founded in 1908 when the local branch of the Young Men’s Christian Association established a school of law within the Youngstown Association School. In 1928 Youngstown State University was named the Youngstown Institute of Technology and renamed again in 1928 as Youngstown College due to the establishment of the school's College of Arts and Sciences. Due to an expanding curriculum, in 1955 the name changed yet again to Youngstown University and in 1967 after becoming a public institution the name was altered one last time to what it is known as today: Youngstown State University. Youngstown State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Youngstown State University is located on 140 acres just north of downtown Youngstown, Ohio. The campus is located in and urban setting but is often recognized for its park-like atmosphere. The scenic campus houses 15 Academic Buildings, a wellness and recreation center, five Residence Halls, a planetarium and multiple Outdoor Areas.

Students wishing to attend Youngstown State University must submit a $40 nonrefundable application fee, official SAT or ACT scores and an official transcript. Youngstown State University offers a rolling admissions deadline and open admission policy for all Ohio high school graduates. The overall acceptance rate is 86%. Once attending Youngstown State University, 65% of full time students and 38% of part time students return for a subsequent year. Students at Youngstown State University typically graduate within the four years it is expected to take to earn a Bachelor’s degree at a rate of about 10% and graduate within six years at a rate of 35%.

There are a total of 15,194 students enrolled at Youngstown State University, 1,180 of which are graduate students. Of the undergraduate students, 54% are female and 46% are male. A majority, with 89%, of undergraduate students come to Youngstown State University from within the state of Ohio. Of the students who are not in state residents, 1% come from a foreign country. Most undergraduate students (72%) are white. Other races and ethnicities are represented at rates of 17%, 1% and 3% for African American students, Asian students and Hispanic students respectively.  Most students are of typical college age, but there are 4,254 students who are 25 years of age or older.

Students can take classes in over 100 undergraduate majors resulting in a certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree. There are also 35 master’s programs. The colleges at Youngstown State University include:

  • Beeghly College of Education
  • Williamson College of Business Administration
  • Bitonte College of Health & Human Services
  • College of Fine & Performing Arts
  • College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Studies
  • Graduate Studies and Research

There are 457 full time faculty faculty members at Youngstown State University, with over 80% holding their highest degree in the field they teach. These faculty members are part of a nearly 19:1 student to faculty ratio.

Outside of the classroom, students have many opportunities to get involved at Youngstown State University. There are 140 registered student organizations. Some of the most popular organizations include:

  • The student newspaper
  • Student government
  • Greek organizations
  • Literary annual
  • University theater
  • Concerts, recitals, lectures and coffeehouse performances. 

In addition to clubs and organizations, students can also involve themselves in a variety of offered athletics. Students interested in participating in athletics can opt for either varsity level or club level teams. Youngstown State University’s’ varsity athletics are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, division II. The varsity sports available at Youngstown State University include:

  • Baseball
  • Men and Women’s Basketball
  • Men and Women’s  Cross Country
  • Football
  • Men and Women’s  Golf
  • Men and Women’s Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Softball
  • Women’s Soccer
  • Men and Women’s Tennis
  • Women’s Swimming and ping

Non-varsity, club sports leagues include:

  • Bowling
  • Men’s Volleyball
  • Hockey
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Youngstown State University offers a tuition payment plan to help make the cost of higher education more manageable to its students. There is also a financial aid office on campus that fills the role of assisting students in seeking out and applying for scholarships, loans and grants. Currently, 73% of the students receive grant or scholarship aid. In addition to grant and scholarship aid, 70% of the students at Youngstown State University receive federal student loans. 


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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