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Reviews 943 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Thus far into the semester at Youngstown State University, has been quite enjoyable. I thoroughly enjoy my classes and meeting new people on campus. All the professors and advisors have been a great help in making the transition from high school life to college life. I do not regret the decision on made in going to school at Youngstown State University.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: YSU has been great so far. Throughout Youngstown many students take YSU for granted because it's right in our backyards, but it truly is a great school. You get a quality education for a low price and you can't say that about many colleges and universities. And since we're a smaller school, so it's a very close knit community and extremely easy to meet new people because you get to see them more than once a day. Plus there's always different events going on for you to get involved with or to go to. I'm glad I chose YSU, I get to stay at home, get a good education for a low price and I get to meet new people. I wouldn't want to go to any other school.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love YSU! It is truly a great university. I really missed it when I was away last spring semester.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Overall this university is a pretty standard university. Definitely have to be motivated to get involved or you feel isolated.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like being here at Youngstown State, it has shown me many opportunities, and the jobs on campus are very willing to work around your schedule as a student. I also love all my classes that I am taking right now.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I transferred to YSU my second semester of college. So far my experience has not been bad, but it has not been great. As a commuter it is difficult to make friends, and get involved. YSU is great at informing their students about upcoming events and opportunities. If I could do it over I would not choose YSU, because I personally feel like as a commuter I am being held back from opportunities I could of had. Though I do believe if I would stay on campus my experience would be much more positive.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I chose my school, Youngstown State University because it is close to home, it's affordable, and it provides an excellent education. My favorite thing about my beloved YSU is being able to live at home and have a job and still be a full-time student. Being so close to my school makes it easier to get things done outside of school and keeps me close with my family. Aside from that, YSU provides a diverse staff, my teachers and professors I have had have all been smart and passionate about the lesson. This is incredibly important to me because I am an Education Major and it motivates me more when I see teachers doing what they love. It's reassuring to me that I am on the right path. Youngstown State University will equip me with the experience I need to reach my goals and that is what I love so much about my school. I would choose YSU again if I had a second chance, and my sister, who is in her midst of high school is considering YSU because of my positive experiences there.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love YSU. It has an amazing engineering program and is the perfect size for me.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Being a commuter, it is hard to become friends with people. On the positive side of things there are a variety of groups that students can join. Including Fraternities, Sororities, NSCS (which I am currently active Treasurer in) and many more. Also there is numerous ways to find help with classes if needed.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Its okay. It is a major change from high school, meeting new people and classes are so much different. But it is a good change

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: YSU has gone so far downhill since I started here three years ago. We have gone through three university presidents and so many budget cuts that it has definitely affected the mood of the entire campus. The only food places left on campus are franchises and there is never anything too exciting happening in the area. I really wish I would not have transferred here to be closer to home. Yes, it is cheap- but is it worth the experience?

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: College in general was a wonderful choice for me, but YSU simply has a splendid community that really got me excited for every portion of the college experience: community service, classes, room and board, extracurriculars, all of it became wildly exciting thanks to the mentality of the YSU community.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I just really love being in control of my own life and being responsible for doing good in school.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love the theater department. I feel like we are one big family, always watching out for each other. I always feel like I can go to any of my colleagues or professors when I need help. Despite all the curveballs that are thrown at us from those in power, we keep on going with our heads held high. We all have a want and need to succeed, and it is evident that our professors want us to as well. As a transfer student I wanted to find a place I fit in more, and Youngstown State Department of Theater and Dance is the place for me.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Everyone in administration is very enthusiastic about their school.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Its okay. Need more teachers who love teaching and are involved with classes.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Nice University, just a lot of changes in administration.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Close off-campus housing can be dangerous due to the neighborhood

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: The party scene close to campus, downtown is great.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is close and convenient.

4 College Junior

Administration: I believe the administration is strict, but not strict enough

3 College Junior

Campus Food: More options would be nice.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid for YSU is extremely difficult for transfer students such as myself. We are kind of stuck in limbo.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Safety is my biggest concern. Most off campus student who chose to live near campus live right next to some very bad neighborhoods. You frequently get alerts on your phone that there has been a robbery (usually on the street, not a break in). They really need to bulldoze all of the empty dilapidated houses around campus, because there are squatters. Now prices can vary, and you can get a very nice apartment cheaply, but those fill up quickly, and you can be left with some very expensive rent for a sub-par house or apartment. Convenience and proximity to campus are a major plus. Most are withing walking distance.

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5 College Junior

Party Scene: Many people party on the weekends here. But that may just be my bias, since I live in my fraternities house (I rarely drink btw). Campus courtyards has many small appartment parties basically every weekend, but they are very secluded. The fraternities take turns having parties and so for much of the fall and spring semesters there is one every week or other. Summer party life is non-existent.

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Many local high school students do not bother applying to YSU because they consider it a second-rate college that's too close to home. These students do not know what they are missing! College is only what the student makes of it, and YSU will fully satisfy students who put forth an effort into their college experience. Many current students find themselves pleasantly and unexpectedly surprised that they are actually enjoying their time on campus. As time passes, more and more people are recognizing that YSU is truly a great university.

The campus itself is pristine and gorgeous; the landscaping is well-done, and the architectural structures are being renovated to project a modern, artistic look. Walking to class on a sunny spring morning, students often find themselves stopping in wonder to gaze at the flowers and trees. A lovely atmosphere enhances the students' love for the institution and even the subject matter in classes. An important advantage for YSU's students is the high quality of their instructors and professors. Most of the professors, staff, and assistants are extremely helpful, challenging, and engaging. Some benefits include networking with professionals in various venues, developing competitive skills, and utilizing wonderful hands-on experiences in the field. YSU provides its graduates with running leaps into the future for a price that few other schools can match.

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