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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B
Youngstown State is an above-average public university located in Youngstown, Ohio. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 9,008 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Youngstown State acceptance rate is 69%. Popular majors include Nursing, Liberal Arts and Humanities, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Graduating 37% of students, Youngstown State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,500.
1 University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555
About Youngstown State...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Missouri Valley Conference

Youngstown State University Rankings

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YSU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
69%
Application Deadline
August 1
SAT Range
960-1190
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$45
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$11,033/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$8,371/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
78%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.78 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.93 responses
69%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.93 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
6
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
6
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    31%
  • On Campus
    65%
  • Online
    5%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,008Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,434
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 59 responses
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  • Friendly
    47%
  • Outgoing
    25%
  • Reserved
    14%
  • Shy
    5%
  • TIRED
    5%
  • Helpful
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
60%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.105 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.131 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 61 responses
Report
  • Independent
    38%
  • Like a family
    26%
  • Commuter School
    8%
  • Engaging
    8%
  • Like high school
    7%
  • Awesome
    5%
  • Competitive
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
37%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
79%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.48 responses
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I love Youngstown state university overall. Before COVID they had these amazing (and free) monthly penguin nights that are themed and a lot of fun. They have free food, prizes, activities, and more that are awesome stress relief activities. They have both good and bad aspects of campus. Some of the restaurants/cafes on the edge of campus will once in an awhile get some weird visitors but other than that campus feels pretty safe! I love to sit by the fountain at the beginning of the fall and the end of the spring semester. Food is pretty good but I wish they had a few more options. I love the rec center and all the common areas they created within each building on campus. As a commuter, I wish they had a little better parking though!
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Youngstown State University's STEM College is the only college in Ohio specifically dedicated to STEM. The resources, laboratories, workshops, and research opportunities available to STEM (specifically Engineering) are worth the cheap price of in-state or advantage area (Pennsylvania) tuition.

Outside of STEM, Youngstown State University gives fair value for the price. Due to the low faculty to student ratio and paygrades, interactions with the departments (such as financial aid and housing) can drag on for long periods of time. That being said, most professors have generous open office hours, and there are student resource centers available for Writing, Mathematics, and general tutoring. In addition, the MAAG library offers powerful studying tools.

Outside of academia and the physical fitness center, there is little to do at YSU. Student gatherings/parties/clubs are scarce. Most students seem to spend their leisure time in their dorms, or off-campus.
For starters, the campus is beautiful! I love walking to classes on nice days and looking at all the pretty trees. Plus, the faculty and staff are the nicest people ever! They're always available to help any student with anything and it's nice o know there's always someone there to support you. Not only that, but there's such a diverse group of students that go here; you're bound to meet someone new every day.