During its earlier years, the institution had a number of homes. Starting in the old Central YMCA building, it occupied various sites on Wick Avenue until the completion of Jones Hall in 1931. Additional buildings have been constructed and nearby properties converted to University use so that today the campus extends through most of an area five blocks long and four blocks wide, covering almost 150 acres. The University also owns 118.4 acres in Hartford Township.
The long-time home of the YSU Football program, the Arnold D. Stambaugh Stadium complex is one of the top FCS facilities in the country. The Penguins play all their home games on Beede Field, which features a state-of-the-art artificial-turf surface. The Stadium itself has a seating capacity of 20,630 and has a loge complex that houses 26 individual suites. The building is the location of the Jermaine Hopkins Academic Center, the Athletics Strength and Conditioning Complex, Athletic Training Room, Athletic Ticket Office, ROTC, a travel agency, racquetball courts, three full-length basketball courts, and numerous athletics offices. The locker rooms for the softball, soccer, baseball, and football programs are also housed in the building.
Atop the stadium and overlooking the city of Youngstown is the DeBartolo Stadium Club. The club provides meeting and dinner/party seating for more than 200 guests and is available to campus and community organizations or individuals. For reservation information, please contact the Athletic Department at (330) 941-2385.
Beeghly Physical Education Center
The longest-standing on-campus athletics facility is the Beeghly Physical Education Center. The facility, which was first used in 1972, is home to the basketball, volleyball, and swimming and diving programs. The Department of Human Performance and Exercise Science, the basketball programs offices, and many YSU athletic teams are located in the building. The Beeghly Center court is named after longtime basketball coach Dom Rosselli. The arena has a seating capacity of more than 6,000 and serves as the home court for the volleyball and basketball teams. The Natatorium features four diving platforms and an impressive swimming pool. Also in the new-look building is the Coaches Court, a room used by the YSU Penguin Club. Additionally, Beeghly has faculty offices; 10 classrooms including laboratories for research and kinesiology; physical education for handicapped; dance studio, a rifle range; and a fitness center.
YSU Softball Complex
The Youngstown State Softball Complex opened in the spring of 2014 and provides a full-time on-campus home for the Penguins. The facility is located on the west side of campus west of Stambaugh Stadium and just south of Farmers National Bank Field. The lighted complex has access to concessions and restrooms and has seating for more than 200 spectators.
The Watson and Tressel Training Site opened in the fall of 2011. One of the more eye-popping buildings on campus, the WATTS is an indoor athletic facility containing a 300-meter competition track, a full-length football field, batting cages, a putting green, protective netting, and locker room facilities. Built at a cost of nearly $14 million, this facility allows for year-round training for all athletic programs, as well as a competition site for the track and field teams. Students are permitted in the facility at most times, the WATTS is open for public use in the evening during the winter.
Farmers National Bank Field
YSU's soccer and track and field programs call the brand new Farmers National Bank Field, located on the west end of campus across from Stambaugh Stadium, home. The full-length soccer field and eight-lane 400-meter NCAA regulated track is one of the best in the region. The facility opened in the fall of 2013 and is utilized by the campus recreation department for intramurals throughout the year.
YSU Tennis Courts
The area between Stambaugh Stadium and the WATTS is the location of the YSU Tennis Courts. The tennis facility features 10 lighted hard-surfaced courts that are used for practice and competition.
Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center
The Department of Campus Recreation is located in the Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center. This state-of-the art facility contains more than 140 pieces of strength and conditioning equipment. Located near the free-weight and cardio area is the Center's impressive rock wall, at 53 feet Ohio's tallest. Volleyball, basketball, and other activities are situated within the multi-purpose sports forum, which contains four courts. The spacious aerobic studios are home to many group exercise classes and are adjacent to the 1/8-mile indoor track, both on the top floor of the facility.
The Andrews Center also includes a tranquil meditation studio, full-functioning locker rooms, and the Wellness Resource Center. In addition to the Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center, the Department supervises programs in Beeghly Physical Education Center, Stambaugh Stadium, and the outdoor complex.
Participants must have a valid YSU ID card to use the facilities, equipment, services, and programs offered by the Department of Campus Recreation.
The Department is one of the most popular places on campus to be employed. If you are interested in applying for a position, complete the department application found online at the Campus Recreation website. Submit a cover letter and resumé to the Department of Campus Recreation administration office, located in the Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center.
For additional information about the Department of Campus Recreation, please contact (330) 941-3488 or visit Campus Recreation.
Off-Campus Athletics Facilities
While Youngstown State has some impressive on-campus facilities, programs still utilize areas off campus for events and competition. The baseball program plays all home games at Eastwood Field in Niles. Eastwood Field, a 6,000-plus seat stadium, is home to the Cleveland Indians' short-season Class A affiliate. The golf programs call Mill Creek Park's course its official home, but practice at various courses throughout the area. During the winter portion of its campaign, the tennis programs utilize the Boardman Tennis Center. The BTC features 10 indoor courts for all-year use.
The four-story, 96,600 square foot Beeghly Hall opened in the fall of 1998 to serve as the College of Education building.
On the main floor are the main north/south entrance and access, dean's suite, Wilcox Curriculum Resource Center, Child Study Center, and the 400-seat multi-purpose and multi-media Mckay Auditorium.
The Beeghly College of Education building includes:
- interactive distance-learning classroom
- classroom of the future
- Center for Teaching and Learning Technology
- Macintosh- and Windows-based computer labs
- Curriculum Resource Center
- counseling clinic
- child-study center
- Testing Office
Housing the Cliffe College of Creative Arts and Communication, Bliss Hall, completed in 1977, was named in memory of William E. Bliss, a prominent area industrialist. Its facilities include:
- the 390-fixed seat Ford Theatre, named for the Ford family
- the 248-seat Bliss Recital Hall
- an experimental theatre with flexible seating for up to 250
- 80 music practice rooms equipped with Steinway studio or grand pianos
- a Schlicker performance organ and two Flentrop practice organs
- 30 faculty office-studios which can be used for music instruction
- a band/orchestra room with a library
- a photography studio with enlargers
- a metals studio
- fully equipped drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and painting studios
- a MIDI/graphics computer lab
- a video editing suite
- a Mac-based graphic design laboratory with dye-sublimation printer
- ceramics studios with gas, electric, raku, and salt kilns
- a complete shop with heavy equipment for working in three-dimensional design
- art faculty office-studios
- a student lounge/art gallery
- conference and seminar rooms
Bliss Hall has recently seen major renovations to administrative offices. A new jazz rehearsal room, video production studios, and upgrades to art and sculpture areas were part of same renovation project. Opened in Fall 2005, a painting and sculpture addition included a foundry and metal fabrication, wood shop, sculpture and painting labs, offices, a 3D visualization lab, and an exterior work court.
Opened in 1976, this structure houses the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services, as well as Media and Academic Computing, the Peace Officer Training Academy, and Janitorial Services and Recycling. One of the largest buildings on campus, it contains 27 classrooms, 44 laboratories, 173 offices, and two lecture halls. In summer of 2013, the building underwent a $2.2 million renovation. Various medical artifacts from the Rose Melnick Medical Museum are currently displayed throughout Cushwa Hall as well.
First occupied in 1978, DeBartolo Hall houses the departments of Economics, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Political and Social Science, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and the Africana studies and women's studies programs. Also housed in DeBartolo Hall is the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. In this six-story structure are more than 165 offices for faculty and staff, five student lounges and study areas, 15 classrooms, 15 laboratories, a computer terminal room, a 200-seat lecture hall, and special varied laboratories for the Department of Psychology. Building renovations took place summer of 2013 and 2014.
Fedor Hall is located on the west side of Elm Street. It was constructed in 1949 and purchased from the Youngstown Board of Education in September 1965. A $1,100,000 renovation project was completed in 1992. It houses the Wee Care Day Care Center, the Rich Autism Center, and Youngstown Early College.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of their representing important eras in Youngstown's development, these two buildings are in the Wick Avenue Historical District. Renovation efforts were dedicated to maintaining the visual, architectural and physical character of these structures while recognizing, identifying, and preserving their heritage.
The Honors College is housed in the oldest building on campus, built in 1893 and originally the home of the Myron Israel Arms Family. It is located on the corner of Wick Avenue and University Plaza.
This two-story brick building, located on the north side of University Plaza, was constructed in 1933 and renovated in 2010 to house the College of Graduate Studies.
One of the oldest buildings on the present campus is Howard W. Jones Hall, a limestone structure of conventional Tudor style on the northwest corner of Wick and Lincoln avenues. Built in 1931 and long the institution's "main building," it was renamed in 1967 to honor the man whose energy and acumen, during his 36 years as president, brought an embryonic college to membership in the state university system.
The structure was enlarged in 1949 by the addition of the C.J. Strouss Memorial Auditorium, named for the then president of the Strouss-Hirshberg Company, a friend and trustee of the University. In 1978 the interior was completely remodeled to accommodate administrative offices. Jones Hall currently houses the Offices of Student Success, Payroll, Accounting, Enrollment Management, Records, the Center for International Studies and Programs, Associate Degree and Technical Preparation Programs, and Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Kilcawley Center is the community center of the University. The Center's facilities and services include numerous dining rooms with a variety of diversified food service programs, lounges, 19 conference and multi-purpose rooms, ATM machine, graphic services, candy counter, copy services, stage and entertainment areas, and a billiards recreation area, as well as a FAX service, campus locker rentals, the University's lost and found, and the Center's reservations and conference services office. Kilcawley Center also includes a computer/word processing access center, campus information center, catering offices, Career and Academic Advising, Disability Services, Student Conduct, Student Counseling Services, Student Media, Student Outreach and Support, Vice President for Student Affairs office, and the Center's staff offices. Student Activities, Student Government, and student organizations/mailboxes are located in west end of Kilcawley, as is the Center for Student Progress.
The Lincoln Building houses the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the Math Assistance Center, and the offices of Distance Education and Metro Credit, as well as 14 classrooms and four laboratories.
The University's six-story William F. Maag, Jr., Library, completed in 1976, provides an attractive and comfortable environment for study and research. A member of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), Maag Library provides reference and inter-library loan services, CD-ROM as well as online database searching, access to government documents, and other services necessary to the needs of the University community. The University Archives are housed on the fifth floor, and the Tech Desk is located on the fourth floor. The lower level of Maag houses the Writing Center, the Reading and Study Skills Center, and the English Language Institute.
Located on Wick Avenue, the YSU Foundation and WYSU-FM are housed in Melnick. In the future, a space will be created for the Rose Melnick Medical Museum.
Meshel Hall, dedicated January 1986, houses expanded facilities for academic and administrative computer use that broaden Youngstown State University's educational programs. The state-of-the-art center is for instruction, research and application in advanced computer technology that serves the entire University community.
The four-story steel, concrete, stone and glass structure contains 90,100 square feet of space and is located to the west of the Wick Avenue Parking Deck with its main access and entry by the pedestrian walkway over Wick Avenue. The building contains five classrooms, 10 specialized computerized laboratories, and 23 faculty offices. The Office of University Bursar, the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, and the Enrollment Center are located on the second floor.
The Department of Computer and Information Systems is located on the third floor. The fourth floor houses the University's main computer facilities and Computer Center staff.
John J. McDonough Museum of Art
The John J. McDonough Museum of Art, located on Wick Avenue between Bliss Hall and Meshel Hall, opened for the fall quarter of 1991. The 14,000 sq. ft. multi-level building exhibits faculty and student art work, which in the past has been displayed in the Bliss Art Gallery and the Kilcawley Center Art Gallery. It also exhibits works by artists from other universities as well as local and regional artists, and serves the academic program of the Art Department with shows and competitive exhibits. The museum has the following spaces and functions: installation gallery, traditional galleries, art lecture hall, work/preparation area, storage, public lobby and restrooms, offices, loading dock and receiving area, and the necessary mechanical and electrical equipment spaces.
Moser Hall, a five-level structure completed in 1967, houses the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In addition to 49 laboratories, 11 classrooms, two research and development rooms, seven conference rooms, and 76 offices, it contains the 200-seat state-of-the-art Schwebel Auditorium. A $6,873,000 renovation project was completed in fall 1996. Moser Hall also houses the Clarence R. Smith Mineral Museum.
The Phelps Building, located on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Phelps Street on campus, houses the Department of Geography and the Public Service Institute, including the Center for Urban and Regional Studies and the Center for Human Resources Development, and Institutional Research and Analytics.
The buildings at various locations on campus that house specific services include:
Salata Complex, located on Rayen and Wood Streets, houses University planning and construction, maintenance, administration staff, Grounds Department staff and equipment, Central Receiving, Key Control, Motor Pool, various repair shops, Printing Services, and Mail Room.
Central Utility Plant
The Central Utility Plant is located south of the new WATTS Center on the north side of campus. The plant has the capability of producing steam and chilled water for University needs and is distributed through a system of underground tunnels and direct-burial utility lines.
Parking Services has been moved to this new location at 275 Fifth Avenue (southeast corner of Rayen and Fifth Avenues).
Sweeney Hall--formerly Dana Hall--a classic one-story building located at the corner of Bryson Street and University Plaza, was constructed in 1908. The building houses the Sweeney Welcome Center and the Office of Admissions.
The University's main administrative offices are in Tod Hall, a former library building built in 1952 and thoroughly renovated in 1978. These offices include:
- Office of the President
- Office of the Provost
- Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration
- Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
- University Development, Grants, and Contracts
- Office of Assessment
- Office of Marketing Communications
- ASECU Credit Union
- Office of Equal Opportunity and Policy Compliance
- YSU Board of Trustees' meeting room
- Human Resources
- The Office of Alumni and Events Management
Veterans Resource Center
The brand new Veterans Resource Center, located at 633 Wick Avenue, houses the Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA) which serves as a central location to discuss issues, questions, or concerns current and prospective military and veteran students may have regarding their enrollment.
The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is a 6,000 square foot, fully handicap accessible facility that is the first of its kind at any university in Ohio. The VRC features lounge space, a computer lab, meeting rooms, a community/class room, kitchenette, ample office space for outside veteran-related organizations, and much more. The VRC is open to all student veterans, currently serving military members, and military dependents who are using veteran’s education benefits.
Students and all interested parties can contact the OVA by visiting our OVA website, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling the office at (330) 941-2503/2523. Individual person-to-person meetings are available and encouraged.
Ward Beecher Hall
This building houses the departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy. The five-story original unit was constructed in 1958, a major addition was built in 1967, and a small addition comprising chemical storerooms was completed in 1997. It was built with funds contributed by Mahoning Valley Industries and area industrialist Ward Beecher. Presently the building contains 31 laboratories, including a planetarium and a greenhouse, nine classrooms, 66 academic offices, 53 faculty-research rooms, and a conference-seminar room.
Opened in fall 2010, Williamson Hall houses the Williamson College of Business Administration offices, including:
- Office of the Dean
- Center for Student Services and the Professional Practice Program
- MBA program
- Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance
- Department of Management
- Department of Marketing
In addition, the building houses 14 classrooms, a Financial Services Lab, a Professional Sales and Business Communication Lab, interview rooms, a 200-seat auditorium, and a conference center. WCBA student organizations share office space in the building, and students have access to eight student team rooms, three networked computer labs, a quiet study lounge, and collaborative areas. Williamson Hall is also home to:
- Center for Nonprofit Leadership
- Williamson Center for International Business
- Nathan and Frances Monus Entrepreneurship Center
- Ohio Small Business Development Center at YSU
- Executive-on-Campus office
The Gallery of Industry, Business, and Entrepreneurship, a spacious sky-lit atrium, and café with outdoor seating are also part of the 110,000 square feet facility.
LEED-certified by the US Green Building Council, Williamson Hall is the first "green" building on the Youngstown State University campus.