About YSU


Study in the USA?

Welcome to Youngstown State University!

Why YSU?


YSU is ranked Top 7 most affordable university nationwide by College Consensus.


Youngstown State University (YSU) is a comprehensive urban research university founded by 1908. YSU is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
YSU offers 110+ undergraduate majors through its five colleges:

  • Beeghly College of Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Education (BCLASSE)
  • Williamson College of Business Administration (WCBA)
  • College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Bitonte College of Health and Human Services (BCHHS)
  • Cliffe College of Creative Arts (CCCA)

The College of Graduate Studies offers 30+ Master’s programs, one specialist program, doctorates in Education and Materials Science and Engineering, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy available for international students to study on campus. US News and World Report ranks YSU Engineering programs (ABET Accredited) in Top 25%;  Undergraduate Business and MBA Programs are AACSB accredited; Master’s Degree in Financial Economics ranked Top 10 by the TFE Times (2017); Dana School of Music was founded over 150 years ago, is one of the oldest music schools in the United States. 

YSU is ranked as the Top 7 most affordable university nationwide (collegeconsensus.com). On top of the low tuition rate and cost, YSU also provides multiple scholarships for international students. Details please check Scholarships


Whether it’s painting a mural on a city building with YSUScape, planning the next concert with Penguin Productions or raising money for clean drinking water in Uganda with Student Government, you’ll find yourself immersed in a creative, aware and engaged student life on campus.

Student Organizations

We have more than 200 student organizations on campus. Still can’t find the one that speaks to you? Build and lead it yourself; we’ll make it easy.

Student Activities

It hits at Welcome Week every fall and continues to the end-of-the-year celebration in spring -- the invasion of tons of student activities on campus. Concerts, Fall Fest, Homecoming, Volunteer Week, Federal Frenzy, Humans vs. Zombies...yeah, it’s all covered.

Rec Center

With over 33,000 square feet of workout space, the Andrews Recreation and Wellness Center is open to you free of charge all year.


Living on campus offers the perfect atmosphere for making the most of your college experience. By living on campus, you can be fully immersed in campus culture and build lifelong friendships as you dive into college life. You’ll be in the center of it all, with every class and activity on campus just a short walk from your room!

The YSU Office of Housing & Residence Life offers engaging activities and fun events throughout the year that will draw you into campus life, where you can socialize, have fun and learn something new. Their dedicated, enthusiastic staff also offers support and encouragement to all our resident Penguins.

Research shows that students who live on campus obtain higher GPAs and are more involved in activities, and across the nation, residential students are more satisfied overall with their college experience. This can be you!

YSU offers five residence halls, each of which features a unique atmosphere and clean, spacious rooms. There are also five privately managed facilities on campus and downtown, all within walking distance of campus. If this sounds like the right option for you, we encourage you to learn more at web.ysu.edu/housing.


Youngstown State connects to the downtown district of the City of Youngstown, which means it’s just a short walk to the eateries, nightlife, live entertainment and activities happening downtown all year long. Check Youngstown Live.

During the day, there’s a buzz of professionals working in the city and other YSU students hanging out between classes filling the sidewalks of Federal Street. Grab a bite from a mix of restaurants and cafes that offer everything from gourmet hot dogs at Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts, to Reubens and hot chips at O’Donalds, to pasta and meatballs at Cassese’s MVR.

Nights and weekends, YSU students make up the bands, artists and crowds that bring the city to life. Check out local bands or a headlining artist at the Covelli Centre, Youngstown’s premier sports and entertainment facility.

Need a quiet place to unwind? The 4,400-acre park smack in the middle of the city is your go-to. Mill Creek MetroParks is
Youngstown’s favorite gem, with 35 miles of foot and bike trails, beautiful lakes and flower gardens, and a 36-hole
championship golf course. Enjoy the scenes at Mill Creek that you won’t find in any other city.

Your ticket to all there is to see and do in the city is just a few steps from campus. It’s the ultimate university town experience to share with new friends and enjoy as a student at Youngstown State.


Your first year in college will be amazing. And we’ll make sure you have what you need to also make it a success.

Internship Coordinators will help you explore your strengths, find your path in college and a career after it.

Take advantage of our tutoring centers to get personalized assistance with writing, math and communication assignments as well as reading and study skills support when you need it.

Student Counseling Services provides high quality, short term, confidential mental health counseling, consultation, educational training and referral services to support the health and success of all current students.

The International Peer Mentoring Program provided by the Center for International Studies and Programs connects YSU international students with student leaders that understand the challenges of college life. Peer Mentors are assigned to international students and assist adjusting to American life both socially and academically. The International Peer Mentor Program focuses on getting to know new students, learning about YSU, adjusting to U.S. life and academics, and meeting people and having fun.

The iPals Community is an interactive student group designed to help bring the YSU students together – both international and domestic - to create a globalized learning community by engaging in exciting events and trips on and off YSU’s campus. iPals works to foster global friendships that thrive in the exchange of languages and cultures in an easy, non-threatening environment. When you schedule a YSU Airport Pickup Shuttle, you are welcomed by an iPal and will have the chance to make new friends immediately!

Most importantly, being on campus means being a part of our family. From students to professors, there’s always someone looking out for you during your first year and throughout your entire journey at Youngstown State.