Freshman class larger, academically stronger, more diverse

Youngstown State University today welcomed a freshman class that’s significantly larger in number and more diverse than last year and the strongest academically in the 107-year history of the university.

In addition, the university reported that residence halls are at capacity and that the number of Honor College students has also increased by nearly 70 percent.

“We have made tremendous strides in the past year to recruit students with increased academic credentials and from an expanded geographic region,” President Jim Tressel said. “The challenge now is to ensure that these freshmen are given the resources to be successful and graduate in a timely fashion.”

The 2015 freshman class by the numbers:

  • 2,125 freshmen enrolled, up 17 percent from last fall and the largest since 2012.
  • Average ACT test score of 21.15 and high school grade point average of 3.14, both new highs for the university.
  • 79 freshmen with ACT scores above 30, up 52 percent from last year, and 645 with high school grade point averages of 3.5 and above, an increase of 31 percent from last year.
  • 497 multicultural students, up 47 percent from last year, and 344 out-of-state students, an increase of 62 percent.
  • Freshmen from 423 high schools, up 40 percent, and 53 Ohio counties, an increase of 43 percent.

In addition, the university reported that enrollment in the Honors College has increased from 96 to 162 students in the past year, and the university’s residence halls are at capacity at 1,343. Last year, the residence halls housed 1,183 students.

Official student counts, including overall enrollment, will be recorded on the 15th day of the semester.

Last year, overall enrollment decreased 6.3 percent, the fourth consecutive annual enrollment decline. While this year’s numbers will not be known for two weeks, the university anticipates overall enrollment will stabilize this year.