Now accepting applications

The 2017 Summer Honors Institute will be held June 11-16. Course selection and rooms for the residential option are on a first-come, first-served basis. Open classes at this time include:

  • Acoustic Ecology and Sound Art through Soundscapes

  • International Business

  • The City of You: The Branding, Advertising and Storytelling of Youngstown

  • Audition and Monologue Workshop and Performance

  • Rowling like a Bagshot: Harry Potter

  • Documentary Filmmaking

  • Electronic Music

You can find the 2017 application packet with additional details and instructions by clicking the link below.* Deadline extension: March 17, 2017.

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*If you are having trouble downloading the application, please email us at, and we will send you a printable application.

About the Program

Youngstown State University's Summer Honors Institute offers gifted students the opportunity to explore studies in a wide range of disciplines. Week-long, interactive courses are designed by YSU faculty to introduce students to new, contemporary subjects that aren't traditionally taught in high school.

Students can commute to classes each day or participate in the residential program to live in the Honors dorms for the week. A limited number of spaces exist for both options.


SHI is open to students who have: 

  • Completed 9th, 10th or 11th grade by the time the June program begins.
  • Been formally identified as gifted and talented by their state's criteria for gifted identification, or by YSU Honors College requirements (3.5 GPA; 26 ACT or 1260 new SAT or combined 1760 old SAT).

A principal, guidance counselor or other administrator must recommend a student who applies. The signature of the authorized school official certifies this determination.

Program Fee

Students who apply for the commuter or residential option for this year's Summer Honors Institute can pay the program fee online by clicking the link below. Payment must be received by the application deadline extension date of March 17, 2017.

You may also pay by check or money order (made payable to Youngstown State University) and submit it with your application. Parking is a separate fee and is payable as a daily rate through YSU Parking Services.

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