The Office of the Dean of Students exists to provide support, education, guidance, and advocacy for ALL members of our campus community during their time at Youngstown State University. In support of YSU’s commitment to “place students at its center,” we are dedicated to ensuring individuals have a safe, centralized point of contact to discuss extenuating situations and concerns, specifically those related to mental and physical health, hospitalizations, food and housing insecurities, challenging family situations, issues with a faculty or staff member, and any other barrier that may impede their success. Our team is comprised of three critical areas that work together to provide proactive and reactive assistance to students in need – Student Outreach & Support, Student Counseling Services, and Community Standards, Advocacy, & Conduct.


Doctor Nicole Kent StrolloDear Penguins,

Serving as YSU’s Dean of Students and Ombudsperson is a true privilege. As a proud alumna, I am blessed to utilize more than 30 years of experience in higher education, student affairs, healthcare, and intercollegiate athletics at a place that means the world to me! As the University’s primary student advocate, my role is to assist all students while fostering a culture of respect across our campus community. I am here to listen, offer advice on how to handle a situation, and provide referrals to campus and community resources when necessary. I promise to work tirelessly to keep you and all of our campus healthy and safe. Please reach out to me at or 330-941-4721 if I can provide assistance at any point along your journey.

Thanks, and GO PENGUINS!!!

Dr. Nicole Kent-Strollo