New initiative gives YSU freshmen a “Jump Start” on college

students on campusFreshmen can get a Jump Start on college – and at a reduced rate – through a new early summer enrollment initiative at Youngstown State University.

β€œThe Jump Start program is aimed at getting freshmen students on campus and enrolled in classes over the summer, helping them acclimate to college, giving them a head start on their studies, and doing it all at a reduced cost,” said Karla Krodel, director of YSU Metro Credit Education Outreach.

The initiative offers freshmen undergraduate students enrolling at YSU for the first time in Fall Semester 2015 the opportunity to take up to two, three-credit courses over the summer. The classes will be offered during an eight-week period, June 15 to Aug. 7, and will be offered on campus and/or online.

The cost for one three-credit class will be a flat fee of $500. The cost is less than half the regular tuition, which is $1,010.91 for one course. Non-resident surcharges will apply for students outside of Ohio.

YSU is rolling out the program now as hundreds of incoming freshmen attend orientation and class registration sessions on campus in February and March.

Krodel said the university hopes Jump Start will help increase the academic success of students by bringing them on campus prior to the start of the Fall Semester. YSU also hopes the initiative will, through the half-priced tuition, help reduce student costs.

For more information, contact Sharon Schroeder at 330-941-2445 or

The fee structure is pending approval by the Ohio Board of Regents.