Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University

Founded in 1908, YSU currently serves over 12,000 students in studies up to the doctoral level. It is affiliated with the University System of Ohio. Currently, it offers more than 170 undergraduate degree programs and over 50 graduate degree programs within its 7 schools and colleges in social science, education, STEM, communication, health, and business. Beyond its current student body, YSU claims more than 94,000 alumni.

YSU’s athletic teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and are collectively known as the Penguins, competing in the Horizon League in all varsity sports except football, which competes in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.


Year established



One University Plaza, Youngstown, OH 44555

Number of students

12,000 students

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The University comprises the following colleges, as of the summer 2007 academic reorganization:

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences[4]
Beeghly College of Education[5]
College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics[6]
College of Creative Arts and Communication[7]
Bitonte College of Health and Human Services[8]
Williamson College of Business Administration[9]
School of Graduate Studies[10]
YSU offers doctoral degrees in educational leadership and physical therapy, as well as a doctorate in mathematics in cooperation with Rhodes University. Together with the University of Akron and Kent State University, YSU sponsors the Northeast Ohio Medical University, a BS-MD program. YSU engineering students may pursue doctoral studies in cooperation with the University of Akron and Cleveland State University. In addition, YSU has 35 masters programs and over 100 undergraduate majors.

The Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University was deemed an “All-Steinway” school in 2004. The Dana School of Music is one of the oldest non-conservatory schools of music in the United States.[citation needed] Additionally, the Youngstown State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in March 2005 and again in November 2015.

The Williamson College of Business holds a AACSB accreditation, the most recognized form of professional accreditation an institution can earn. As of 2018, this accreditation is held by less than five percent of the worlds business schools.