Youngstown State University

2014 Quick Stats
1 University Plaza

Youngstown, OH 44555

Phone: (330) 941-3000
2012-2013 Tuition
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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RNP Ranked Not Published.
U.S. News calculated a numerical rank but does not publish it.
Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Youngstown State University is a public institution that was founded in 1908. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,644, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Youngstown State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,712 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $13,669 (2012-13).

At Youngstown State University (YSU), undergraduate students have more than 100 majors to choose from. The public university also offers a variety of programs for graduate students through the YSU business school, education school, and departments of nursing and physical therapy, among other departments. Outside of class, there are about 140 student organizations to consider joining, including fraternities and sororities, as well as the Youngstown State Penguins sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Horizon League.

Students can also catch free planetarium shows at the school’s Spitz SciDome or test out the five-story, rock-climbing wall in the Andrews Recreation and Wellness Center. The city of Youngstown, Ohio, is close to the Pennsylvania border, and students interested in a road trip can check out Pittsburgh or Cleveland, both home to professional sports teams and arts venues such as the Cleveland Playhouse and Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum. Notable alumni of Youngstown State University include Bob Davie, former University of Notre Dame football coach, and actor Ed O’Neill, who starred in Married...With Children and appears in Modern Family.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Youngstown State University

Mission Statement

Youngstown State University, an urban research university, emphasizes a creative, integrated approach to education, scholarship, and service. The University places students at its center; leads in the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge; advances civic, scientific, and technological development; and fosters collaboration to enrich the region and the world.

The University:
Creates diverse educational experiences that develop ethical, intellectually curious students who are invested in their communities;

Provides access to a broad range of undergraduate programs;

Offers graduate programs in selected areas of excellence, including those that meet the needs of the region;

Supports economic development through applied learning and research;

Integrates teaching and learning, scholarship, and civic engagement;

Fosters understanding of diversity, sustainability, and global perspectives; and

Advances the intellectual and cultural life of the city, region, and world.

Youngstown State University Core Values:

We the faculty, staff, administrators, and students of Youngstown State University hold the following
values essential to achieving the University's mission:

Centrality of Students:
We are a student-centered institution committed to the education, development, well-being, and success of students of all ages and from all walks in life. In concert with our mission to help students grow intellectually, we strive to foster their personal, social, emotional, and career growth, as well as
their capacities for lifelong learning, civic responsibility, and leadership.

Excellence and Innovation:
We value excellence and innovation inside the classroom and out. Thus, we strive to integrate curricular
and cocurricular activities; to offer outstanding academic programs; to foster intellectual inquiry,exploration, and discovery; to transcend traditional boundaries; to apply and perfect knowledge; to encourage creativity; to provide effective tools, technologies, and facilities for learning; and to excel in research and scholarly activity, including the "scholarship of teaching and learning" an area of research that explores how individuals teach and learn.

Integrity/Human Dignity:
As a campus community, we expect all conduct to be rooted in integrity, mutual respect, and civility. We value ethical behavior in scholarly and other endeavors; believe in the dignity and worth of all people; strive to foster an appreciation of, and respect for, differences among the human race; and celebrate the diversity that enriches the University and the world.

Collegiality and Public Engagement:
As scholar-citizens of many extended and interconnected communities, we pledge to work collegially and cooperatively to enrich the cultural environment; establish productive partnerships; provide responsible leadership; address community and workforce needs; foster sustainability; and bring about the greater good of the collective whole-be it the University, the city of Youngstown, the state of Ohio, the region, or beyond.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1908
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $185,802,058


When applying to Youngstown State University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Youngstown State University is $40. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 86.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 86.7%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Youngstown State University is 18:1, and the school has 35.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Youngstown State University include: Criminal Justice/Safety Studies; General Studies; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Accounting; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 10%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 6%
General Studies 5%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 5%
Accounting 4%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 4%

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Student Life

Youngstown State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,644, with a gender distribution of 47.6 percent male students and 52.4 percent female students. At this school, 7.3 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 92.7 percent of students live off campus. Youngstown State University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 13,799
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Youngstown State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Youngstown State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Youngstown State University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Youngstown State University, 77.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,144.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,712 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $13,669 (2012-13)
Room and board $8,150 (2012-13)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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