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You may be admitted to Youngstown State University with credits from non-traditional educational sources.

Prior Learning Assessment Credit

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is an option that enables students to demonstrate what they have learned outside the classroom and translate that learning into college credit. Prior Learning Assessment validates learning acquired through corporate training programs, extensive volunteer activity, military service, workplace experience, civic engagement, individual readings and studies, training sponsored by professional organizations, and training sponsored by governmental agencies. Credit is awarded for college-level learning (knowledge, skills, and competencies) that students have obtained as a result of their prior learning experiences.

Students must demonstrate their mastery of the knowledge in a subject area in order to earn college credit. Prior learning can be verified by:

  • performance on standardized tests or department challenge exams;
  • creation and evaluation of a portfolio;
  • or demonstration of military service learning.

For more information regarding PLA credit and guidelines, please see the Prior Learning Assessment website.


Efforts are made to give all necessary guidance and assistance to military veterans and others eligible for VA educational benefits.
Courses taken through the United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) or the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) as well as certain formal service school courses may be considered for transfer toward the student's degree program. USAFI or DANTES courses must be evidenced by an official transcript, and service school courses by certification of in-service training on AARTS (Army), SMARTS (Sailors and Marines), CCAF (Air Force), and Coast Guard Institute.

An individual who has served or is serving in the United States Armed Forces and has completed Basic Military Training will receive credit for that training. Credit may also be granted for Advanced Individual Training (A.I.T.) obtained while a member of U.S. Armed Forces. A copy of the applicant's DD 214 or DD 229 must be supplied to the Office of Veterans Affairs in order to validate such credit. AARTS (Army), SMARTS (Sailors and Marines), CCAF (Air Force), and Coast Guard Institute transcripts should be provided to the Office of Admissions. Granting of credit for A.I.T. will be based on the American Council of Education's (A.C.E.) recommendation. Credits granted may not be applicable to specific degree requirements. The University participates in the Con-Ap Program.

Questions should be addressed to the Office of Veterans Affairs, (330) 941-2503. See the Office of Veterans Affairs website for more information.

Credit By Examination

Credit by examination is available to students who satisfactorily complete the appropriate subject examination.

  • Advanced Placement Program (APP) - available only through student's high school.
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Departmental Examinations - Call the specific department for a list of available exams and registration information.

Online Credit

The University will accept online work taken in connection with a regionally accredited institution under the same circumstances as provided in the section titled "Transfer Credit."

Transient Applicants

A student seeking a degree at another institution may ordinarily take one semester of course work at YSU as a transient student. The student must apply for admission to the University and provide a statement from the registrar from the student's current institution that she or he is in good standing. Only students in good academic standing and eligible to return to their institution will be permitted to enroll as transients. Students who wish to remain as a transient student for a second consecutive semester should contact Admissions. A transient student who wishes to transfer to Youngstown State University must:

  • complete an Undergraduate Application Form,
  • provide an official high school transcript, and
  • submit official transcripts from all other colleges attended.

Former Student Applicants

All students who have interrupted their attendance at Youngstown State University for three consecutive semesters must reactivate their record. Students who have attended any accredited college or university since last attending YSU must contact the Office of Admissions, submit an application and provide all official documentation described under, "Credentials for Transfer Students."

Non-Matriculated Admission

The option of non-matriculated admission provides an opportunity for adults out of high school two or more years to enroll in undergraduate courses without completion of the regular admission process. High school or previous collegiate transcripts are not required until the non-matriculated student completes 18 credit hours or decides to seek admission to a degree program. Coursework taken in the 18 semester hours as a non-matriculated student can be applied to a degree program at Youngstown State University. Non-matriculated students are able to register only after current students have registered.

Applications for non-matriculated admission can be obtained through the Office of Admissions.

Suspended Students

A former student who was academically suspended must apply for reinstatement to the dean of the college he or she wishes to attend. Reinstatement procedures may vary with the college. For details, consult either the Office of Records or the appropriate dean's office.

See Grade Requirements for rules regarding suspension and reinstatement.

Combined Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Medicine Applicants (BS/MD)

Prospective students seeking admission to the YSU combined BS/MD degree program must submit an application for admission to Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and must take either the ACT or the SAT. Official results from either the ACT or SAT must be sent directly to NEOMED from the testing agency. Also, high school transcripts with grades through the junior year must be mailed directly from the high school to NEOMED.

Northeast Ohio Medical University is a publicly chartered and funded institution in the state of Ohio. Therefore, its charter mandates giving admissions preference to residents of the state of Ohio as defined by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be considered for admission to NEOMED. Upon application, you must have U.S. citizenship or permanent-resident status.

Students should consult the NEOMED website for application deadlines and current application process information.

See the Bachelor of Science/Medical Degree web page for more information.