Youngstown State University


Located in Youngstown, Ohio, Youngstown State University Online is located in northeastern Ohio, midway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Together, the school offers more than 115 undergraduate programs and 40 graduate programs in online, hybrid, and on-campus formats. 12,756 students attend YSU, making it a relatively large school for a small city.i

Youngstown State University was founded in 1908 by the YMCA. In 1944, the YMCA transferred leadership, and in 1967, YSU joined the Ohio System of Higher education.

While the school has Christian roots, it is not a Christian college.

The student to teacher ratio at YSU is 14 to one, and the average class size is 21 students. YSU offers students an intimate class setting for learning and connecting with teachers and


Youngstown State University is NCAA Division I. It has 8 varsity men’s sports and 11 varsity women’s sports. Youngstown State University football has won 4 national football championships, and the school’s athletic program has secured 27 other conference titles since 1995.ii  

Youngstown State University Majors

During the 2015-2016 school year, Youngstown State University conferred 185 associate’s degrees, 1,632 bachelor’s degrees, 388 master’s degrees, and 39 doctorate degrees. It also awarded 58 undergraduate certificates and 50 post-graduate certificates.iii

Bachelors Degree Programs

For students awarded bachelor’s degrees in the 2015-2016 school year, majors in business, engineering, education, health, the liberal arts, and homeland security were most popular. More specifically, students most commonly earned bachelor’s degrees in:

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Business administration and management
  • Marketing
  • Early childhood education
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Health professions and related sciences
  • Registered nursing

Other quite popular programs were in psychology, social work, kinesiology and exercise science, rhetoric and composition, and information technology.iii

Masters Degree Programs

Students who earned master’s degrees in the 2015-2016 school year most commonly did so in business administration and management. Other popular programs included ones in:

  • Social work
  • Health
  • Engineering
  • School counseling
  • Biology
  • Computer programming
  • Educational leadership and administration
  • Electrical engineering

For graduating doctorate students that year, the most popular majors were educational leadership and administration and physical therapy.

Certificate Programs

Undergraduate certificates were popular in business administration and management, non-profit management, organizational leadership, emergency medical technology, and geography. At the post-graduate certificate level, students most commonly earned certificates in the following 7 areas:

  1. Gerontology
  2. Clinical sciences
  3. Family practice nursing
  4. Profession and technical writing
  5. Teaching English as a second/foreign language
  6. Education
  7. Business administration and leadership

Youngstown State University Online

Youngstown State University Online is run by the school’s Office of Distance Education. It offers the following bachelor’s degree majors and programs online:iv

  • Allied Health Major
  • Public Health Major
  • Respiratory Care Major
  • Nursing, RN-BSN Completion Program
  • General Studies Major
  • Criminal Justice Major

It also offers the following master’s degrees online:iv

  • Criminal Justice (M.S.)
  • Engineering (M.S.E.)
  • Financial Economics (M.A.)
  • Health and Human Services (M.H.H.S.)
  • Business Administration M.B.A.
  • Respiratory Care (M.R.C.)

Ranking & Online Numbers

U.S. News ranked Youngstown State University #69-90 in Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs in 2017.v

Of all undergraduate students, 4 percent enrolled entirely in online education at Youngstown State University Online. Nineteen percent of undergraduate students enrolled in at least some online education.

Of all graduate students at the school, 18 percent were enrolled entirely in Youngstown State University online.

An additional fifteen percent were enrolled in at least some online education.iii

Youngstown State University Enrollment

In fall 2016, Youngstown State University had 12,643 total students. Of those students, 11,283 were undergraduate students and 1,360 were graduate students.iii

Seventy-eight percent of the school’s undergraduate students attended classes full-time that school year and 22 percent attended part-time.

The majority of them were traditional students, aged 24 or younger. Twenty-one percent of the undergraduate students attending that semester were 25 or older.

Eighty-three percent of undergraduate students held in-state status, leaving just 16 percent of out-of-state students and one percent of international students.iii

Of the graduate students attending classes that semester, 54 percent did so full-time and 46 percent did so part-time.iii

Youngstown State University Admissions

For admission into the fall 2016 semester, 9,015 prospective undergraduate students applied to Youngstown State University. Of those students, Youngstown State University admitted 67 percent.

Of the 67 percent who were admitted, 34 percent actually enrolled in classes.iii The Youngstown State University acceptance rate is 67 percent, which U.S. News ranks, “selective.”vi

Application Requirements

Youngstown State University considers undergraduate applicants’:

  • High school GPA and record
  • Whether or not the applicant has completed a college-preparatory program
  • SAT/ACT test scores
  • TOEFL scores (for students for whom English is a second or foreign language)

How Much Does It Cost to Apply?

The Youngstown State University application fee was $45 in 2016, and as of 2018, the Youngstown state university application deadline was August 1st.iii

Youngstown State University Tuition and Fees

In the 2016-2017 school year, freshman undergraduate students paid an estimated $8,317 for in-state tuition at Youngstown State University. Out-of-state students of the same status paid approximately $8,557 for tuition that same year. As you can see, out-of-state students paid just a small amount more for basic tuition.

However, out-of-state students also paid an estimated $6,000 tuition surcharge, bringing their total estimated tuition cost to $14,557.vii Both in-state and out-of-state freshman students paid an additional estimated $1,100 for books and supplies.iii

For a four-year degree at Youngstown State University, in-state undergraduate students could pay an estimated $33,914 for tuition including an estimated increase for inflation. Out-of-state graduate students could pay an estimated $34,912 for tuition, also including an estimated increase for inflation.

In addition to tuition, remember that out-of-state students will pay an additional estimated amount of at least $6,000 per school year, so an estimated $24,000 over four years, not including inflation.iii

Graduate Student Tuition

In-state graduate students paid an estimated $8,492 for tuition during the 2016-2017 school year. Out-of-state graduate students paid an estimated $12,992 total for tuition during the 2016-2017 school year. Both sets of students paid an additional estimated $410 in fees.iii

Youngstown State University Financial Aid

Fifty-nine percent of all undergraduate students, or 6,556 students, received federal student loans during the 2015-2016 school year. Seventy-three percent of all undergraduate students, or 8,089 students, received grant or scholarship aid.

Of those 73 percent, 43 percent, or 4,837 students, received federal Pell grants.

In total, each undergraduate student who received aid received an average of $6,757 in federal student loan aid and $6,237 in grant or scholarship aid that school year.iii

Youngstown State University Ranking

U.S. New ranked Youngstown State University within #126 and #165 in Regional Universities Midwest in 2018.viii

That same year, the Youngstown State University engineering ranking was #74 (tied) in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs.iii

Youngstown State University Accreditation

Youngstown State University has institutional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. It has specialized accreditation from:iii

  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (Formerly, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
  • The American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
  • The American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
  • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • The National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
  • The National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
  • The National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation

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