Youngstown State University.

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University (YSU or Youngstown State) is a public university in Youngstown, Ohio. Founded in 1908, it became known as Youngstown College in 1931 and sought accreditation through the North Central Association in 1944. As educational needs in the Mahoning Valley changed, Youngstown College grew significantly. In 1955, Youngstown College became Youngstown University, later designated Youngstown State University in 1967. Youngstown State University is the easternmost member of the University System of Ohio.The University is composed of 5 undergraduate colleges including the Cliffe College of Creative Arts and Communication, Beeghly College of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences and Education, Dr. Dominic A. and Helen M. Bitonte College of Health and Human Services, College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and the Warren P. Williamson, Jr. College of Business Administration. Youngstown State University has over 150 undergraduate degree programs and 50 graduate degree programs serving over 12,000 students in studies up to the doctoral level. Beyond its current student body, the university has more than 125,000 alumni across the country and around the world. Collectively known as the Penguins, Youngstown State's athletic teams compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The university is a member of the Horizon League in all varsity sports, with the exception of football which competes in the Football Championship Subdivision of the NCAA as a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference.


  • Offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and associate degrees
  • 10,039 students
  • 0.18 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Youngstown State University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Business, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, and Human Resources Management.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

6,379 students out of 10,025 applicants were accepted into Youngstown State University. They had an average SAT score of 1104. 18% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 84% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Youngstown State University was $8,811, while for in-state students it was $8,451. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $16,472.

The average financial aid at Youngstown State University is $6,335. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $2,476 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Youngstown State University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

71% of undergraduate students at Youngstown State University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Youngstown State University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Youngstown State University was of $9,090 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,100.

Diversity at Youngstown State University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017