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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Students beginning and continuing higher education return to Youngstown State University with new campus additions.  

Students were greeted on the first day of fall classes Wednesday by millions of dollars in renovations to the campus.  

After a summer full of improvements, the one thing that might be immediately noticeable to YSU students is the ways they'll be able to get to class a little easier.

There's an improved shuttle service on campus and additional parking spaces now available.

"With the transportation fee, the majority of our students have parking permits which we feel brings them into safe and secure parking. We're excited about that," says Danny O'Connell, YSU Parking Director.

There's also an addition of the "Farmer's National Bank Field" across from Stambaugh Stadium.

It's the new home to YSU women's soccer, and will also serve as a running or walking track.

Two academic halls also received major renovations.

DeBartolo and Cushwa Halls received more than $3.5 million in renovations, including new lighting, flooring and wall covering.

A new Veteran's Resource Center is also on the drawing board.

"There's a significant number of military that are returning from the Middle East over the past few years. We anticipate that continuing to happen. It's a growing population we see coming to University campuses, not just YSU, but across the state and across the nation," says Ron Cole, YSU Communications Director. 

YSU is determined to continue to invest in all aspects of higher education, and build a strong foundation to keep the university progressive and moving forward.

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