The Honors College is open to students meeting select criteria from any associate or baccalaureate program. Completion of Honors College requirements results in the placement of the Honors College distinction on the student transcript and diploma.
See the Honors College section of the Undergraduate Catalog for more information.
Early Enrollment Opportunities
Youngstown State University offers programs that provide additional academic challenges to high school students who have demonstrated college readiness. The program allows qualified high school students to experience college-level course work, supplement their high school curriculum, enjoy special interests and accumulate college credit. Course work may be applied toward a program at Youngstown State University or may be transferable. Students who plan to continue at YSU after graduation from high school must reapply to YSU and provide a final high school transcript to the Office of Admissions. These programs include:
College Credit Plus
The YSU College Credit Plus program (CCP) offers credit-bearing college courses to 7th - 12th grade students. Students earn college credit on an official YSU transcript that is transferable to any state-funded college or university in Ohio and some private and out-of-state schools. CCP students who plan to continue at YSU after graduating high school must reapply to YSU and provide their final high school transcript. See the College Credit Plus website for eligibility and information about course offerings in each school district. In addition:
- Students can enroll in any class for which they are qualified. Classes may be taken on campus, online or at the high school (course offerings vary). See the College Credit Plus website for eligibility and information about course offerings in each school district.
- There are two payment options in the CCP program. Students can either be self-pay (Option A) or state-funded (Option B). See the Student Cost: Option A vs Option B webpage for more information.
College Tech Prep
Ohio College Tech Prep blends high-level academics with advanced career technology education. Focused on student success and workforce development, this educational initiative requires collaboration among secondary and postsecondary partners to support students through a smoothly structured transition from high school to college to careers.
Students successfully completing the secondary portion of College Tech Prep and continuing in their career pathway at the postsecondary level may earn articulated college credit or Career Technical Credit Transfer (CT)2/CTAGs.
College Tech Prep is coordinated in Ohio through six regional centers. Ohio College Tech Prep is jointly managed by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (formerly the Ohio Board of Regents) and the Ohio Department of Education's Office of Career-Technical Education. For more information, contact the Office of Associate Degree and Tech Prep Programs or visit the College Tech Prep site.
Youngstown Early College
YEC, the first school of its kind at a public university in Ohio, helps Youngstown city school district students succeed in high school and make a successful transition to higher education. From YEC's home base in Fedor Hall on the YSU campus, students take a combination of high school and university classes, graduating from high school with up to 64 hours of college credit. The YEC program operates in partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College and YSU. Youngstown Early College was developed with the assistance of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Individualized Curriculum Program
The student whose needs are not met by existing conventional programs may wish to investigate and apply for the Individualized Curriculum Program (ICP). This option requires a student to design the curriculum suited to his or her particular background and needs, allowing alternative paths for reaching the currently offered undergraduate degrees.
A student admitted to the program will have the help of a committee of faculty advisors selected by the student. This committee will help to develop a program that will serve a valid educational goal not attainable within the regular curricular structure of the University. To receive approval, the overall program needs to be of a scope and intensity comparable to conventional programs leading to the degree being sought.
Students wishing to develop an individualized curriculum must meet the following requirements:
- Sophomore standing 32 s.h. completed (for baccalaureate degree)
- GPA of at least 2.50
- Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree must have at least 30 s.h.'s to complete once the program has been approved. Students pursuing an associate degree must have at least 20 s.h.'s remaining upon approval.
The ICP does not provide for new or modified courses or degrees, or for changes in course prerequisites. Credit by examination may be sought, subject to approval through normal channels.
Detailed information is available from the director of the program, Room 104, DeBartolo Hall or on the web at ICP.
The Northeast Ohio Medical University
The Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) was established under the sponsorship of a consortium formed in 1972 by University of Akron, Kent State University, and Youngstown State University. Admitted by a joint-admissions process to both an undergraduate consortium university and to NEOMED, students in the BS/MD program are able to complete both their BS and MD degrees within six years. Students spend two to three years of full-time, year-round study at one of the three consortium universities, complete the basic medical science coursework at the NEOMED Rootstown campus, and complete two years of clinical clerkships and rotations at the consortium teaching hospitals.
The BS phase of the BS/MD program of study integrates a liberal arts education with an accelerated and enhanced science curriculum. The program fosters the development of intellectual curiosity, appreciation of diverse cultures, an historical framework for interpreting the present and creating the future, written and oral communication skills, the desire for lifelong learning, and other perspectives and skills characteristic of a liberal education. Further, it prepares students for success in a premier medical school curriculum and builds the foundation for a life-long career as a physician in the 21st century.
Prospective YSU students interested in the NEOMED program can refer to the catalog under Admissions and under Combined BS/MD Program in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics section. A detailed description of the curriculum is available from the office of the dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics or from the Office of Admissions.
Students interested in the NEOMED College of Pharmacy should consult with an advisor in the STEM advising center for coursework appropriate to a pre-pharmacy concentration. Upon completion of their undergraduate degree, they should seek direct entry in the College of Pharmacy using the procedures found at NEOMED.
The University offers a number of interdisciplinary programs. More information on these programs may be found in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences section of the catalog:
- Africana Studies
- American Studies
- Global Education
- Judaic and Holocaust Studies
- Islamic Studies
- Peace and Conflict Studies
- Women's Studies
- Working-Class Studies
Center for International Studies and Programs (CISP)
The CISP is an integral part of the Division of Academic Affairs and is responsible for coordinating the international dimensions of the university, including international student and faculty services, study abroad and exchange programs, and servicing the English Language Institute (ELI).
For more information on International Student Services, see Center for International Studies and Programs under Student Services; for more information about international student admission, see International Applicants.
Youngstown State University encourages students to engage in international study as part of their YSU education. Credits earned through study abroad at postsecondary institutions overseas must be approved in advance through the CISP in consultation with academic colleges and departments. Students studying abroad through YSU-affiliated programs and institutions maintain full-time status at YSU and remain eligible for state, federal, and institutional financial aid. Credits earned by foreign study through YSU- approved study-abroad programs are treated as transfer credit and therefore are not computed into the student's grade point average. Students must be in good academic standing and meet the GPA requirements of the host program in order to submit an application to study abroad.
Scholarships for Study Abroad
Most YSU tuition scholarships apply to study-abroad programs. The CISP also coordinates advising for the Fulbright, Gilman, Freeman-Asia, National Security Education Program (NSEP), and Rhodes Scholarships.
International Exchange Programs
YSU students pay tuition and fees at YSU and exchange places with students from the overseas institution for one or two semesters. YSU maintains reciprocal exchange agreements with the University of Jyväskylä in Finland and with Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey; both programs offer courses in many majors, taught in English. In addition, intensive Chinese language study and select business courses in English are available though an exchange program with Lunghwa University of Science and Technology in Taiwan.
Youngstown State University is a member of the Ohio International Consortium (see below). This membership provides YSU students with the opportunity to study in many countries throughout the study abroad programs administered by other member institutions. YSU maintains direct affiliate agreements with other high-quality study-abroad organizations, including the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA), International Studies Abroad (ISA), and the Semester at Sea program.
The Ohio International Consortium (OIC)
OIC facilitates study abroad opportunities for students of the University System of Ohio by allowing matriculated students from any of Ohio's thirteen state assisted public universities to participate in overseas programs irrespective of which campus maintains the program. Youngstown State University students may participate in study abroad programs through Bowling Green University, Central State University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University, Shawnee State University, Wright State University, Miami University, Ohio University, The Ohio State University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, and University of Toledo. OIC also supports and administers the Donald Nelson Study-Abroad Scholarship.
International Field Study Courses
CISP works with YSU faculty who teach YSU international field study courses, which are YSU courses that incorporate an international component, usually one to four weeks in length. Recent YSU international field study courses have been conducted in the Bahamas, Brazil, China, England, Ireland, Guatemala, Mexico, India, Italy, and Turkey. YSU credit is also available for an intensive Italian language program offered in the summer in Sicily during select years.
The English Language Institute
The English Language Institute (ELI) at YSU was established through the CISP and the Department of English to provide intensive study of English to speakers of other languages. It offers non-degree credit courses designed to teach English to students who already have some knowledge of English. In addition, the ELI provides an orientation to college life and culture in the U.S. Courses are available both to international students and to immigrants.
The ELI welcomes all students, as well as professionals, who wish to increase their English language proficiency. The ELI prepares students for academic study in American universities, using the following curriculum:
- Five levels (Introductory, Beginning, Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced) covering Grammar, Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking
- TOEFL Preparation for a total of 20 hours per week.
- There are two seven-week modules per semester (fall and spring) and one eight-week summer session.
ELI admission is through the CISP. Students must be at least 17 years old or have completed high school. For an application and more information about the ELI, visit the ELI website.
Off-site Degree Programs
Allied Health and Public Health
The University offers baccalaureate degree-completion programs in allied health and in public health on the campus of Lorain County Community College (LCCC). Allied health is also offered at Cuyahoga Community College (CCC) and Lakeland Community College (LCC). Students in these programs are registered at Youngstown State University and attend classes online or at the LCCC, CCC, or LCC campuses. Courses are taught by YSU faculty members via online (web-based delivery). LCCC, CCC, and LCC provide support services and access to facilities, such as computer labs and the library, including Ohio LINK online research services. Students are advised by YSU faculty members or a YSU academic advisor. Faculty members may hold office hours at the off-site campus, online, or through video conferencing systems. Students communicate with faculty members using a variety of methods including online discussions, e-mail, video conferencing, phone, and face-to-face meetings.
Youngstown State University offers a baccalaureate degree-completion program in criminal justice on the campuses of Lorain County Community College (LCCC) and Lakeland Community College (LCC). Students in this program are registered at YSU and attend classes at the LCCC or LCC. Courses are taught by YSU faculty members, using interactive video conferencing systems. LCCC and LCC campuses provide support services and access to facilities, such as computer labs and the library, including Ohio LINK online research services. Students are advised by a YSU academic advisor. Faculty members may hold office hours online, by phone, or through video conferencing systems. Students communicate with faculty members using a variety of methods including online discussions, e-mail, video conferencing, phone, and face-to-face meetings.
YSU offers Bachelor of Social Work degree completion programs at the following off-campus sites:
- Butler Community College (Butler, Pennsylvania)
- Lakeland Community College (Kirtland, Ohio)
- Loraine Community College (Elyria, Ohio)
- Stark State College (North Canton, Ohio)
Students in these programs take course work at the host community college and combine credits earned with YSU social work courses taught on the site of the respective community college to fulfill requirements for the BSW degree. All YSU instruction is provided by YSU faculty members through face-to-face meetings, telephone, or video conferencing. Students have access to Ohio LINK online research services and student support available on the community college campus.
Electric Utility Technology, Power Plant Option
The University offers an Associate of Technical Studies degree in electric utility technology, power plant option (EUT/PPT) on the campuses of Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) in Steubenville, Ohio and Belmont Technical College (BTC) in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Students in the program are registered at Youngstown State University and attend classes at the community college campuses. The community colleges provide supporting courses, services, and access to facilities. Students are advised by both YSU faculty members and EGCC/BTC academic advisors. Faculty members may hold office hours at the off-site campuses, online, or by phone. Students communicate with faculty members using a variety of methods, including video conferencing, e-mail, phone and face-to-face meetings.
At EGCC, the EUT/PPT courses are taught by YSU faculty members via interactive video conferencing; at BTC, the courses are taught on site by YSU faculty members.
Metro Credit Educational Outreach
Metro Credit Educational Outreach, working in partnership with University colleges and departments, school districts, employers, and community and government agencies, offers opportunities for a variety of populations to obtain college credit and degrees. The department designs programs to deliver college-credit coursework to high school students, teachers and others needing graduate education, the unemployed, the under-resourced, student-inmates at local correctional facilities, and those who cannot access campus services and programs.
Specific programs include:
The Learning Community
This program is designed by and for first-generation college students. The Learning Community provides a supportive college experience that helps students achieve college-level performance and build the resources needed to complete their goals.
Advanced Job Training (AJT)
Metro Credit delivers core undergraduate courses at local correctional facilities offering course completion certificates via in-person teaching and interactive distance learning.