Youngstown State University hosts high school students Monday

The head of admissions said this year's turnout is expected to be the largest yet

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown State University’s campus was busy on Monday as about 1,000 potential students visited for the school’s Crash Day.

High school students were given the chance to “crash” actual classes, tour the campus, see the dorm rooms and learn about what YSU has to offer. One of those students, Terron Crowder, came all the way from Columbus.

“It’s a really nice campus. It’s a nice school,” Crowder said.

He said he has had several friends go here. He’s interested in the football program, and he said he likes the president of the university — Jim Tressel.

“When I was watching him coach at Ohio State, I was really fascinated with how he did things,” he said.

The head of admissions said this year’s turnout is expected to be the largest yet. YSU has held open houses for decades but started the official “Crash Day” in 2012.

Tressel said with everything happening in Northeast Ohio, it is the perfect time to come to YSU. He said while the college is affordable, it has a lot to offer its students.

“A lot of them, first time they’ve seen our campus. They’re like, ‘Wow, this is beautiful. This is a great place. I had no idea,'” he said. “It’s just fun to see the excitement in their eyes and them thinking about their futures.”

He said students top priorities need to be getting out of school in four years, keeping debt down and having a plan after graduation. He hopes students take one thing away from Crash Day.

“Just a positive feeling about the Valley.  A positive feeling about the people they met, about what they saw and maybe a thought of, ‘I’m going to keep looking at this place,'” he said.

More than 800 students preregistered for Monday’s event, but the university’s admissions director said the final number will likely be around a 1,000.

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