Youngstown State University: Narrative Description

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One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555-0001
Tel: (330)941-3000; 877-468-6978
Admissions: (330)941-2000
Fax: (330)941-1998
E-mail: [email protected]
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Founded 1908. Setting: 200-acre urban campus with easy access to Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Endowment: $4.7 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5435 per student. Total enrollment: 13,092. Faculty: 989 (422 full-time, 567 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 3,978 applied, 99% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 27% from top quarter, 55% from top half. Full-time: 9,372 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 2,424 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 56 other countries, 9% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 11% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.5% international, 28% 25 or older, 10% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 71% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Lorain County Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, North Central State. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Open admission for state residents, students from Mercer and Lawrence Counties in Pennsylvania. Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Entrance: noncompetitive. Application deadlines: 8/15, 2/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 2/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $5655 full-time, $235.62 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $10,863 full-time, $452.62 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $229 full-time, $9.54 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $6100. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 130 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 4% of eligible men and 3% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: student government, Omicron Delta Kappa, Golden Key Society. Major annual events: Homecoming, Walk on Wick, Youngstown State University Annual Awards Banquet. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, residence hall patrols. 1,222 college housing spaces available; 1,131 were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Maag Library with 991,501 books, 90,023 microform titles, 2,908 serials, 16,976 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.4 million. 1,619 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The Youngstown area is a vibrant community, rich in heritage, natural and manmade resources, industry and business, and skilled responsible citizens. It is successfully undergoing a change from basic steelmaking to many diversified industries and businesses. Youngstown is located in bustling Northeast Ohio, five miles from the Pennsylvania line, equidistant between New York and Chicago, and 65 miles from both Pittsburgh and the Ohio River and the ports and beaches of Lake Erie. A network of interstate highways and Youngstown Airport have made it a major transportation center. Residents enjoy the areas lakes, fields, and forests, plus unusual 2,400-acre Mill Creek Park near the heart of the city. There are many churches, numerous fine teaching hospitals, a community playhouse, symphony orchestra, an outstanding public library system, excellent schools and many other cultural attractions, including the internationally famous Butler Institute of American Arts.

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