Youngstown State University awarded 2,270 degrees this past academic year – the most in 31 years.
“This noteworthy total is a reflection of the high enrollments that the university experienced a few years back and the hard work of our faculty and our staff in helping these students achieve success and earn their degrees,” said Martin Abraham, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
A new report from the YSU Office of Institutional Research also shows that the university conferred 1,682 bachelor’s degrees this past academic year – the most in 41 years. Specific bachelor’s degrees reaching record years: Criminal Justice and Social Work hit all-time highs in degrees awarded, 120 and 98, respectively; Mechanical Engineering’s 46 bachelor’s degrees were the most in 40 years; and Psychology’s 58 degrees were the highest in 12 years.
On the master’s degree level, Counseling’s 49 master’s degrees were the highest in 29 years, and General Business’ 40 master’s degrees were the highest in 11 years.
Abraham said the high number of degrees offers a challenge to the university to replace the graduates with new incoming students. As of last week, the number of freshmen registered for classes for this fall semester was up 25 percent to 1,777. The university’s goal is for that number to increase to 2,200 by the start of the fall semester.
“We look forward to bringing in a robust freshman class this fall – the class of 2019 – and to working with each and every one of them to make their YSU experience a successful one,” Abraham said.