Forbes list includes YSU

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Youngstown State University was included in Forbes magazine’s list of the top 650 universities in the country.

YSU was ranked at No. 638 in the country and No. 160 in the Midwest. The magazines shows YSU’s cost at $20,580 for an out-of-state student living on-campus. Their enrollment is at 14,483. YSU recently had a 3.1 percent enrollment decrease and new president Randy Dunn said they will consider restructuring to cover the budget drop.

“To have YSU on the list of the nation’s top schools is an achievement worth noting and an accomplishment of which we can all be very proud,” YSU President Randy J. Dunn said. “Our students and alumni are well aware of YSU’s excellence; it’s gratifying to see that affirmed by a reputable, independent source such as Forbes.”

The rankings, developed by Forbes in partnership with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, are based on a variety of measurements, including student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt and graduation rate.

“It makes me feel like for the money I’m paying, I’m getting a valuable education. It’s better than most,” said freshman Alex Bratnik.

Forbes ranked 650 out of about 2,000 four-year universities.

The magazine pointed to YSU’s new master’s program in gerontology— the study of aging— the only program of its kind in the region.

They also said YSU increased its women faculty members in its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics College by 41 percent in the last six years.

Forbes also broke down the student enrollment figures, which say 13,303 are undergraduate students.

Dunn said the numbers may resonate more with parents and the adults helping students choose a college, but it also helps with alumni and donors.

“As much as anything it shows the university is on the rising trajectory, and we want to do everything we can to keep it moving that way,” said Dunn. “YSU is strong, it’s healthy and we able to distinguish ourselves nationally.

There is a 19-1 faculty to student ratio and 53 percent of the student population is female.  They also found 71 percent students are white and 17 percent are black or African American.

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