Admitted Students

You've Been Admitted!

Next Steps to Becoming a Penguin:


Confirm Financial Aid Offer

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Refer to How to Accept Your Financial Aid Offer Guide* or the YouTube tutorial for step-by-step instructions. You can avoid financial aid issues by contacting the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and building a relationship with a financial aid counselor.

Counselors are available Monday-Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM at (330)941-3505.
You can also reach the office by email at:


Course placement in Reading, Math and Writing will be determined based on testing. For more information please go to If you require placement testing, please email for instructions on how to begin.

Register for Orientation

Sign up for your First Year Student Orientation date. Log in to your Penguin Portal and click on "Register for Orientation" under e-Services for Students. More information on how to register.

On-Campus Housing

We strongly encourage all students to live on-campus in the residence halls for their first year. To apply for on-campus housing please go to Information about the halls, including floor plans, can be found on the Housing website. All questions can be directed to our central email at

Attend Orientation

Orientation is a day long program with plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with fellow future penguins! You will also have a chance to meet with an academic advisor and schedule your classes. Please note that because this program runs for an entire day, it is very important to choose a day that works best for you and your schedule. More information will come from First Year Student Services prior to your program date.

Our 2022 Orientation program will be held in-person, but please keep in mind that YSU does enforce a mask mandate so we ask that you please wear a mask for the entirety of the program day.

Department contact: 330.941.2131 |

FinaL Steps After Orientation

Dining Options: Choose your meal plan through Dining Services
Parking: Sign up for your parking pass on the Penguin Portal
Books: Purchase books, supplies and other merchandise at the YSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore


On Thursday, August 25th First Year Student Services will be hosting IGNITE. Traditionally, IGNITE is built around the intention of setting you up with all resources necessary for your first day, but also to celebrate! During this event, you will be given a chance to meet your fellow peers, learn more about the university, participate in group activities, and get excited about the start of your college journey together! After attending orientation, you will continue to receive correspondence via email on IGNITE details. In the meantime, please continue to check the First Year Student Services website for more information on IGNITE.