A place to live. A place to learn.

Beyond the buildings of a city on the rise, the first step of your career is waiting for you. Where value is not only defined by our cost, but also in the degrees and experiences we offer to our students. It's a place to live, and a place to learn. A small town with big opportunity where friendships are forged and professional connections build the foundation for your future. A place where education is everything and experience matters. That place is Youngstown State University, and we are waiting for you. What are you waiting for?

Youngstown State is located between Pittsburgh and Cleveland

Halfway Between "Believeland" and "The Burgh"

YSU is conveniently located in Northeastern Ohio between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. 

  • Cleveland, Ohio

  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Not Too Big, Not Too Small

Just the right size school to move beyond the high school experience without getting lost in the crowd.

  • 12,756
    students
  • 14:1
    student-faculty ratio
  • 21
    average class size

Plenty of Living Choices

Live on campus, off-campus, or downtown.

  • 5 University Residence Halls
  • Student apartments located on-campus and downtown

SMALL TOWN. BIG OPPORTUNITY.

Our students get the best of both worlds. From the excitement of city living, to the security and community of a traditional college campus.

  • 145-acre campus
  • 20+ restaurants within walking distance
  • One of the safest campuses in Ohio

#goGuins

NCAA Division 1. Nine men's and 12 women's varsity sports. Four NCAA football championships and 27 other conference titles since 1995.

  • 9
    varsity men's sports
  • 12
    varsity women's sports
  • 4
    national football championships

Leadership starts at the top.

  • Jim Tressel
    President of Youngstown State University

A Humble History, a Bright Future

We started out as a single commercial law course offered by the local YMCA. Over a century later, we serve the Youngstown area with the same passion — and even more offerings.

  • 1908
    Founded by the YMCA
  • 1944
    YMCA transferred leadership
  • 1967
    Joined the Ohio system of higher education