Career & Academic Advising
The Office of Career & Academic Advising provides holistic, career development services and programs to YSU students from freshmen to senior years as well as to alumni.
Exploratory career & academic advising is provided to first/second year students by Career & Academic Advisors and career and job search guidance is provided to third/fourth year students by Career Management Coordinators.
To enhance student satisfaction and post-graduate success, the Career-Academic Advisors
- provide individualized career exploration and planning assistance. This personalized process ensures that students make well-informed decisions and create a secure plan for reaching their career goals.
To prepare students for post-graduate success, Career Management Coordinators
- provide marketing (resume and interview) and job search skills services
- foster positive relationships with hiring employers to offer YSU students and graduates a broad range of employment opportunities
- connect students with employers through a variety of recruitment activities including career fairs
- Job/internship postings from over 3,000 local, regional and national employers
Central to employment and employer networking opportunities is Handshake (https://ysu.joinhandshake.com/login). This is a web-based application that makes it possible for students and alumni to connect with hiring employers, 24-hours-a day/7-days-a-week. Through Handshake students and alumni can search job listings, upload their resumes for review by Career Coordinators, and send resumes directly to employers. Students also receive notifications of employer networking events and sign up for interviews with employers on YSU’s campus. For more information, visit Career & Academic Advising (http://www.ysu.edu/career-academic-advising) on the web.
The YSU Student Counseling Services provides high quality, short term, confidential mental health counseling, consultation, outreach (educational training), and referral services to our currently enrolled students. Common issues that we address include anxiety, depression, stress, relationship concerns, and difficulty managing multiple roles and the impacts of these on being a successful college student. Juggling life's responsibilities is a challenge that causes many individuals to feel anxious, confused, or overwhelmed at times. We are here to help. The Student Counseling Services Center is located in Room 2082, Kilcawley Center. Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Our phone number is (330) 941-3737 and/or visit Student Counseling Services.
Students who have younger children may wish to place them in on-campus childcare centers.
Wee Care Day Care and Learning Centre is the official provider of childcare services to Youngstown State University students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Special discounted rates are available and we accept ODJFS contracts as well. The Center has a professionally trained staff that takes care of children ages six weeks to 10 years, including preschool and pre-K State approved curriculum based programs. The Centre is located in Fedor Hall and is open from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The phone number is (330) 941-2936.
Wee Care is equipped with 24-hour-a-day video monitoring and a very strict sign-in and sign-out policy. Besides the convenience of its on campus location, Wee Care has six other locations throughout Mahoning and Trumbull County. Students especially like the flexible scheduling options to meet their university needs.
Students may also be eligible for child care through the Mahoning County Educational Service Center, which has day care facilities throughout Mahoning County, including one on the YSU campus. Please call (330) 965-7828 for more information.
Partial reimbursement is also available to University students for either Wee Care Day Care or other licensed off-campus day care facilities. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at (330) 941-3501 for more information.
For more information, visit Wee Care Day Care.
First-Year Student Services
First Year Student Services
First Year Student Services has the main goal of making sure all of our students have a successful first year on campus. We do this by providing important information, opportunities to connect with peers, mentors who can assist students, and more. Our office contains five main programs and services listed below:
All incoming first year students will attend one of our programs that happen prior to the semester beginning. During Orientation, students will learn about the expectations of the university, make connections to other incoming students, and register for their academic courses. The orientation program for new transfer students is a shorter version that offers insight in to YSU, however transfer students are able to register for classes even before attending orientation. For any questions regarding Orientation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-941-2131.
IGNITE is a program for all Summer and Fall start first year students. It takes place the two days before Fall semester begins and is aimed at allowing the entire incoming class the opportunity to connect to each other, to campus, and to resources offered. It’s a dynamic and engaging two days to welcome students to the community.
Peer Leaders are YSU students who are dedicated to helping first year students succeed on campus. They serve as a main point of contact, referral agent, and source of knowledge to students. Any first year student can count on their Peer Leader to answer questions, get them connected to campus, and help them find answers to any questions. Peer Leaders work with students for their entire first year at YSU.
First Year Leadership Programs:
We are proud to offer programming that will help first year students build the skills they need to be successful inside and outside of the classroom. Our programs will teach essential skills, theory, and knowledge while also allowing students to apply this to their collegiate experience. Programs are open to all first year students.
Parent and Family Programs:
We pride ourselves on welcoming the entire family to the Penguin community. We send a monthly newsletter to interested family members sharing campus information and asking for assistance in the first year transition. We also offer programming during Family Day and other university events.
Since its opening in April 1974, Kilcawley Center has served as the heart of campus. This not only refers to its central location on campus, but also to the many services, conveniences, programs, and amenities it provides to the University community. The Center’s casual atmosphere, comfortable lounges, and attractive dining areas focus on making free-time activity an integral part of a YSU education. Through cultural, social, and recreational programming, Kilcawley Center provides for rich and diverse experiences for YSU students. Visit Kilcawley Center for details on services, hours of operation, staff directory, the daily calendar of events, and student job postings.
Kilcawley Center’s study lounges are renowned for their comfortable chairs and couches that are perfect for studying, relaxing, or napping. The lounges and restaurant dining areas in Kilcawley Center provide high-speed wireless Internet access. The Center offers convenient ATM banking, copy services at ComDoc, as well as offices for Student Government, Student Media, and Rookery Radio. Kilcawley Center houses sixteen seminar rooms, two computer-training classrooms, and a large multi-purpose room. On a daily basis, these rooms host luncheons, workshops, seminars, lectures, organization meetings, and programs.
Graphic Services, located on the lower level of the Center, designs flyers, banners, posters, brochures, and graphics for student organizations and student projects.
Kilcawley Center offers diverse choices in dining. Located on the lower level of Kilcawley are:
- YSU Wendy's with all your favorites
- Jamba Juice (smoothies, juices, and steel cut oatmeal)
- KC Food Court - which includes Denny's "The Den" (bold breakfasts, grilled burgers, hot sandwiches, and fresh salads)
- Chop'd & Wrap'd (made-to-order salads and wraps)
- 2.Mato (classic Italian favorites including specialty pizzas)
- Dunkin' Donuts
- Mondo Subs (made to order gourmet subs, wraps, and flatbread sandwiches)
Located on the upper level is Kilcawley Center’s popular Chick-fil-A Restaurant offering delicious chicken that is 100% breast meat, no fillers or additives, and is hand-breaded in our kitchens. Visit Dine On Campus for meal plans, catering, campus places to eat, and today’s menus including sustainability and nutritional information.
Pete's Treats & More is a popular place for quick snacks and beverages, along with U.S. postage stamps and single-dose healthcare items. Visit Pete's Treats & More to choose delicious chocolates and candy favorites in glass candy jars. Pete's Treats & More is located on the lower level of Kilcawley Center.
Campus Meal Plans are available for purchase and are offered with a variety of dining options. A YSU meal plan brochure is available at Meal Plans. For answers to frequently asked meal plan questions or to purchase a meal plan, visit the YSU Chartwells webpage at Dine On Campus.
Adding Pete’s Points to your YSU ID card will allow you to debit your purchase at ANY Kilcawley dining location including Pete's Treats & More. Pete’s Points are also accepted at many nearby locations both on and off campus and are listed at Times2Dine. Stop in the Kilcawley Center Staff Office for more information. Visit Welcome to GET to add Pete's Points or flex on the fly.
Chartwells provides a full catering menu for small group functions to large dinner buffets. Once you have secured a room reservation in Kilcawley Center, or a site location on or off campus, Chartwells catering director will help you coordinate every detail to ensure your event is a success—whether you are planning a quick box lunch or an elaborate buffet. Contact the Chartwell Catering Department at (330) 941-1979, visit Dine On Campus, or visit the office located on the lower level of Kilcawley Center.
The Office for Student Experience is located on the upper level of the Kilcawley Center. This suite of offices includes the Kilcawley Center Staff Office, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and the Office of Student Conduct. The upper level also includes Career and Academic Advising, Disability Services, Student Counseling Services, and Student Outreach and Support. Student Activities, Student Government, and student organizations/mailboxes are located in west end of Kilcawley, as is the Center for Student Progress. The Andrews Student Recreation and Wellness Center can also be accessed from the upper level of Kilcawley Center.
The YSU Penguin Xing is where students can find popular software programs on the PCs and access to the Internet. The Penguin Xing serves as the information center and lost & found for the University, registers students for campus locker rentals, provides estimates for Kilcawley Resume and Typing Service and takes photos for all faculty, staff and student ID Cards on campus. A fax service is also available and includes international faxing. The Penguin Xing is located on the upper level of the Center near the main lobby.
The east wing of Kilcawley Center is Kilcawley House, where the Office of Housing and Residence Life is located on the first floor.
Mercy Health Student Health Center
The Mercy Health Student Health Center is located on the corner of Wick and Lincoln Avenue. The Center provides health care to all currently enrolled YSU students – both resident and commuter students. These services are provided because of the Student Health Fee of $34 that is paid by all students each semester. The mandatory fee provides revenue to Mercy Health System to give students access to their Primary Care Facility. The center will be staffed by a full-time primary care physician and advanced practice provider. It will also provide the following services below:
Full service primary care practice:
- Establish and develop continuity of care
- Address acute issues
- Walk-In-Care location for non-scheduled visits
- Preventative care
- Extended hours
- Lab draw site
- Services also include access to MyChart. This is a patient portal which allows direct communication with the practice and provider, prescription refills, electronic visits and access to a patient's medical record.
Mental health services:
- Mental health, behavioral health and addiction issues addressed
- Two half-days per week
- Psychiatrist and psychiatric advanced practice provider
Health care is available for illness, injury, first aid, and routine health checks. Health screening tests, physical exams for sports and academic programs, gynecological exams, as well as consultations and referrals, are provided. Flu and other immunizations are also given; however, there are charges for these injections.
Office visits are free. Students do not need to have health insurance to use the Center's services. Blood tests, x-rays, lab tests, etc., ordered by a physician are done off campus at the student's choice of provider and at the student's expense.
Student records are kept strictly confidential. Information cannot be released to anyone without the written consent of the student. Certain public health diseases, however, must be reported to the Department of Health as required by law.
For more information, visit Student Health Clinic.
Photo Identification Card
The Division of Student Experience issues a photo identification card to every student enrolled at the University. The student must carry the card while on campus. The use of this card is restricted to the student to whom it was issued. Lost or stolen cards must be replaced at the student's expense (see "Student Fees and Charges" for amount). To replace the card, the student must present proper identification (e.g. driver's license) in Kilcawley Center at the Penguin Xing and pay the applicable replacement fee. The photo identification card is the property of the University and must be surrendered by the student upon request by University officials.
Located in the Veterans Resource Center at 633 Wick Avenue, the Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA) serves as a central location to discuss issues, questions, or concerns current and prospective military and veteran students may have regarding their enrollment. The university recognizes the sacrifice of military service and waives the undergraduate and graduate application and new student orientation fees for all veterans and currently serving military members. To have the application fee waived, the applicant must provide a DD Form 214 or other verification of honorable service in the armed forces of the United States.
After their initial registration, all military and veteran students are then qualified for the following veteran benefits at YSU:
- Priority registration
- Enrollment into select “Veterans Friendly” GER courses
- Voluntary membership into the “Armed Forces Student Association” (YSU’s Student Veteran Organization)
- Evaluation of military training for possible college credit
- GI Bill counseling and certification
- Assistance with coordination of periods of military service during the semester
- Advocacy and counseling services
- Email information letters with pertinent information related to student veterans
- Special recognition at graduation
The OVA also works with the Office of Veterans Affairs Advisory Council, an independent body that guides and supports the university’s efforts to serve those who have or are serving in the armed forces. The Council is a representative body drawn from faculty, students, staff, and the community.
The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) on campus at 633 Wick Avenue 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 that are using veteran’s education benefits.
Students and all interested parties can contact the OVA by visiting our OVA website, emailing us at email@example.com, or calling the office at (330) 941-2503. Individual person-to-person meetings are available and encouraged.