Learn, Live, Lead this Summer

YSU's Summer Honors Institute offers gifted high school students the opportunity to explore contemporary topics from a variety of disciplines. We're talking classes on coding Python, documentary filmmaking, blood splattering and forensic investigations, robotics and much more.

We offer a week's worth of interactive summer classes for students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade, along with an optional (but highly recommended) residential program that lets you arrive a day early and stay in our Honors dorms all week.

How to Apply


SHI courses are developed by YSU faculty with two goals in mind: 

  1. To introduce you a discipline that might not be available for you to study in high school, and
  2. To engage you in activities for in-depth study.

This means it's your chance to dive into interesting new topics like healthcare in the 21st century, rapid prototyping, entrepreneurship and more. You'll enroll in one morning and one afternoon class and spend the week interacting with the professors, your fellow classmates and the Honors College staff.

In this program, grades don't matter. Instead, SHI curriculum is all about concept mastery and the love of learning. It's about being immersed in new worlds with experienced faculty leaders on a university campus—it's an academic experience you don't want to miss.

Residential Program

Whether you're outside of Ohio or living right in the Mahoning Valley, SHI's residential program gives you the chance to see what college life is truly like. 

You'll live on campus for the week, taking your SHI classes during the day and exploring the campus and city in the evenings with planned activities. This is where you meet friends you'll connect with long after SHI ends and where you'll develop new leadership skills. From networking seminars to exploring all that downtown Youngstown has to offer, you'll find enhanced learning opportunities through the residential program.

If you're a junior or senior, apply early once our application is available because there are a limited number of rooms.

Fall Immersion

Continue your Summer Honors Institute experience into the fall!

If you're a senior SHI participant, you're invited to spend a few days at YSU with a current Honors College student. You'll see what campus is like during fall semester, attend college classes with your student host and get to meet faculty members or other students in your major of interest. Wondering what life is like outside of class? You'll eat, sleep and hang out on campus as well, taking part in different activities such as theater productions, athletic events or even student organization meetings.

Immerse yourself in the Y life this fall. We'd love to show you what it's like to be a Penguin.