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Youngstown State University is a medium-sized public university in Youngstown, Ohio. It has a strong reputation as a research institute that offers opportunities for students interested in conducting their own research at all levels. Founded in 1908 as a small law school, it initially operated out of another school created by the YMCA. It then became the Youngstown Institute of Technology and offered classes at night to better assist students working in the city. It also served as Youngstown College before gaining university status, and most refer to the campus as YSU today.

Due to its location near the border of Ohio and Pennsylvania, the university is popular with students in both those states. Its popularity only grew after it implemented a program that dropped the cost of tuition for students from Pennsylvania. YSU now ranks as one of the more affordable public colleges in the country and as a best value school. Though the campus is home to residence halls, just 1,000 of its students live on its campus. The majority of students live with friends or family or live on their own and commute to classes. YSU reorganized its courses in 2007 and now offers programs and classes through departments in one of seven colleges, including its Graduate School, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Bitonte College of Health and Human Services. More than 14,000 students now attend YSU, including more than 13,000 undergrads.

Youngstown State University Accreditation Details

YSU has all the different types of accreditation that you might find in a university twice its size. Its main form of accreditation, which is regional accreditation, comes from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS). With NCACS accreditation, you can rest assured that the university will meet all your needs now and in the future. The organization requires that the university renew its regional accreditation every 10 years. You'll also find that YSU has specialty accreditation for the programs it offers in subjects like engineering, dental hygiene, nursing, business, art and music. The organizations responsible for this type of accreditation include:

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology, Inc. (ABET)

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation

Youngstown State University Application Requirements

Though YSU now offers several online undergrad programs, you must still use the same application when applying for admission to one of those programs. The online application is so easy to use that most can complete it in an hour or less. It starts with some background information, including your name, current address, the high school that you attended, your ethnicity and your social security number. As you complete each step, the YSU website will automatically save your information to protect against computer crashes and other problems.

Once you submit the online application, YSU asks for a nonrefundable $45 application fee that you can pay online with a credit card or debit card. You must also supply YSU with an official transcript from your high school and the scores/results from either the SAT or ACT. Ohio residents must provide proof that they took and passed the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT). The university will accept an official GRE score in lieu of some of these requirements. All home school students must submit a transcript that shows all work completed up through senior year classes, proof that the student had the right to enroll in one of these programs and proof that the student took a graduation academic exam.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time YSU students pay around $8,300 a year as Ohio residents. This lets them take between 12 and 18 credits during the two main semesters and covers the cost of any university fees. The cost for nonresidents, which are students who did not live in Ohio prior to enrolling, is closer to $14,300 a year. Students living in certain areas of Pennsylvania qualify for its Affordable Tuition Advantage program, which drops their overall costs to around $8,600 a year. YSU also offers different rates for students enrolling in one of its online distance education programs. Those students pay around $6,700 a year as an Ohio resident or a member of its Affordable Tuition Advantage program and around $13,100 as a nonresident.

While completing an online program can help you save some on overall tuition costs, you may still need financial aid. The sooner you file the FAFSA, the sooner the university can look over your information, determine your total package size and mail an award letter to your registered address. Online undergrads will qualify for different aid types based on whether they enroll part-time or full-time. As a full-time student, you may receive grants and other incentives that pay many of your costs, but you may qualify for subsidized student loans too.

Online Bachelor of Science in Applied Science, Public Health

Youngstown State University offers a number of online completion programs that are suitable for students who take classes on campus and those who attended another university. When you transfer to YSU, the university will use your transfer credits to reduce the number of classes you must take and let you take all remaining classes online. Completion programs are also suitable for those who live close to the campus. You can take some required courses before finishing your degree online. One of the only programs it offers entirely online is its Online Bachelor of Science in Applied Science, Public Health.

Also called its Online BSAS in Public Health, this program prepares you for continuing your studies in graduate school and for working in fields like social work or community health care. You can pick between a specialty in environmental health and safety or health education and health promotion. Both programs include 65 semester hours of core public health courses like preventive public health care, management skills for health professionals, grant writing, agents of mass casualty, environmental regulations and ethical issues in public health.

Environmental health majors will also take courses on cultural anthropology and intercultural communications. When you enroll in the public health option, you'll take classes like microbiology and infectious diseases. Youngstown State University requires that all online students complete general education requirements too.