An Institution of Opportunity: YSU inspires individuals, enhances futures, and enriches lives.

From business to engineering to the creative arts, Youngstown State has a lot of choices as you begin your college career. With over $125 million in total financial aid being distributed annually, we also provide opportunities for students to graduate with little-to-no debt.

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
  • 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

A Downtown Campus That's Still a Campus

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


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