New Freshmen

As a new freshman applicant to Youngstown State University, there are several resources that will help you while preparing to attend our college. To learn more about each, choose the dropdown areas below. 

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  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements:

    Applicants must have graduated from high school or have successfully completed the General Education Development (GED) test to be considered for admission.  Freshman applicants applying for admission to Youngstown State University must submit a high school transcript and American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) scores.  Students are excused from this test score requirement only if they have been graduated from High School for two or more years.

    Applicants must have a high school grade point average of 2.00 or higher on a 4.00 point scale, have an ACT composite score of 17 or higher, or a combined SAT score of 910 or higher from the evidence-base writing and reading test, and the math test to be admitted unconditionally.

    Home-schooled applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Applicants are required to submit results from the ACT or SAT. Those applicants who have been out of school for two or more years are exempt from this requirement.
    • An official transcript showing documentation of coursework completed of grades 9-12 and indicating date of completion of studies or graduation must be sent to Admissions.
    • A copy of academic assessment (i.e. Iowa Basic Skills Test, California Achievement Test, etc.) reports submitted to the appropriate superintendent of school pursuant to Section 3301-34-04 of the Ohio Administrative Code must be received by Admissions.
    • A copy of the Superintendent's Exemption Notice showing the student is excused to receive home schooling.
    • Home-schooled students from states other than Ohio must submit the appropriate documentation required for allowing home-schooling in their state, along with above criteria #1, and #2.

    High School Transcripts:

    Applicants must arrange to have their high schools send to the Office of Admissions a record of all work completed. Partial transcripts will be given consideration for early decisions. If the applicant's record clearly indicates satisfactory completion, notification of conditional acceptance will be made before high school graduation. Final high school transcripts showing a graduation date must be received prior to the first day of the semester in which the student is enrolled.

    Conditional Admission:

    Students with a high school grade point average below 2.00 (out of 4.00) or a composite ACT below 17 (or SAT critical-reading and math composite below 820), or transfer students with a transfer GPA below 2.00 (out of 4.00), are not eligible for regular admission, but may be admitted with conditions after review by the Admissions Committee.

    If a student has not taken the ACT or SAT, or does not have a high school GPA, the student is not eligible for regular admission, but may be admitted with conditions until a placement test is taken. Following the placement test, if a student tests into RSS 1510B Basic College Success Skills or ENGL 1539 Fundamentals of College Writing, the student will remain conditionally admitted. If a student tests out of both RSS 1510B Basic College Success Skills and ENGL 1539 Fundamentals of College Writing, the conditionally admitted status is removed.

    For complete Conditional Admission requirements, please review the New Freshman Applicants page in the Course Catalog.

  • Advanced Placement Program

    The Advanced Placement Program (AP) Chart gives specific information about scores, credit, and placement recommendations.

    If you are a high school student and you asked the College Board to send your scores to Youngstown State University, your scores will be evaluated when YSU receives the score report. You and your academic advisor will receive notification of credit several weeks later.

    Please note: Credit is only posted once a student has enrolled at Youngstown State University.

    Contact Information

    If you did not ask the College Board to send your scores to YSU, you will need to contact the College Board directly. You can obtain reports by contacting:

    AP Services
    P.O. Box 6671
    Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
    Phone: (609) 771-7300 or (888) 225-5427 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada)
    Email: apexams@info.collegeboard.org

    Score reports should be sent to:

    Youngstown State University
    Records Office
    One University Plaza
    Youngstown, OH 44555

    Credit earned for AP tests will be posted as transfer credit upon receipt of an official report sent from College Board. Eligibility for credit is considered only for those tests recognized by the departments at the time of matriculation.

  • Student Orientation

    High school seniors who have been accepted for admission by February 15, receive an invitation to attend the early First-Year Student Orientation program which is held throughout February and March. Those students who attend the orientation program are among the first to register early for fall term courses. Also, students are given the opportunity to visit campus and become acquainted with the university prior to summer orientation.

    Please contact one of our admission counselors for questions on the orientation program or feel free to visit the orientation website

  • GED Students

    A GED student is one who has successfully completed the Test of General Education Development (GED). GED students should submit the following in order to complete the application process:

    • a completed Youngstown State admissions application and $45 application fee
    • an official high school transcript (reflecting any completed coursework)
    • official American College Test (ACT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores must be submitted if you have been out of high school for less than two years or if required for entrance into a specific program
    • a copy of the Official Report of Test Results mailed directly from the GED testing service to the Office of Admissions

    You may write to the appropriate address below to request your GED test results:

    OHIO GED Testing

    Department of Education
    65 S. Front Street, Room 812
    Columbus, OH 43215
    (614) 466-4868 or 1-800-334-6679
    ($5 fee)

    PENNSYLVANIA Commonwealth

    Diploma Program-Department of Education
    333 Market Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17136-0333
    (717) 787-6747
    (No fee)

  • Required High School Courses for Admission

    Courses that are expected to be completed prior to enrolling at YSU are as follows:

    Students graduating from high school who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree should complete the following college preparatory units in order to receive unconditional admission status:

    Required High School Courses - Course Units:

    • English - 4 units
    • Algebra I and II - 2 units
    • Geometry - 1 unit
    • Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics - 1 unit
    • Other Science - 1 unit
    • U.S. History - 1 unit
    • U.S. Government - 1/2 unit
    • Other Social Science - 1/2 unit
    • Additional Science or Social Science - 1 unit
    • Foreign Language* - 2 units
    • Creative Arts and Communication - 1 unit
    • Other Subjects - 1 unit

    Total: 16 units

    All high school deficiencies should be completed prior to the beginning of the junior year at Youngstown State.

    The Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) program suggests a unit of mechanical drawing, a half unit of trigonometry, one unit of chemistry, and one unit of physics in addition to the above courses.

    Students considering programs in computer science, physical sciences, and mathematics should take a fourth year of mathematics.

    For the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree, applicants are expected to have proficiency in one or more branches of applied music. It is recommended that a student who is considering a voice major select French, German, or Italian when scheduling the high school foreign language requirement.

    • Students in BS and AB degree programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences must satisfy a foreign language requirement for the degrees. Students in the BA and BM degree programs in the College of Creative Arts and Communication should consult with advisors in the College of Creative Arts and Communication.
    • Students who wish to begin their college-level foreign language study with 2600 Intermediate or above MUST take the foreign language placement test (FLPT).
    • Students who have had some high school or college-level language study may enroll in any 1550 Elementary foreign language course without taking the FLPT.
    • Students with no high school or college-level study are to enroll in FNLG 1500, Introduction to Foreign Language Study, before enrolling in 1550 Elementary, or may take the FLPT to place into 1550 or 2600, if they learned the language outside of school.
    • Students with AP credit in a foreign language have completed the requirement. Students with transfer credit for college foreign language courses may enroll in the next course in the sequence.

    If a student has not completed the above requirements in high school, he or she will be required to complete the requirement at the university.