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Columbus, OH
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38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Ohio State University is large and spacious for sure. However, while expansion and building projects have increased the size and number and number of types of buildings and services they provide, the quality has not necessarily been equal to the physical expansion of the campus.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: I'm sure that academically speaking, Ohio State University has an excellent reputation, and from what I know, it deserves it. However, I am disinclined to be so generous with my impression of their student life. Being a large school, the students get lost in the crowd and not treated as individuals necessarily.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is very sub-par. And prices are terribly high

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3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is just trying to fit in.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Wildlife Sciences is a super fun major. While some of the science can be a little difficult for those not used to it, and we still need a Calc class and two physics courses, a lot of the classes are hands on and get you working outside. Though Columbus is obviously not the best place for outdoor forest activities, they make due!

4 College Junior

Academics: The workload is not major, though it isn't a walk in the park either. It is mostly a science and communications based major.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I wish there were't any lecture halls, but other than that it's been good. The professor always are people with incredible resumes, some are better than teachers than others. My first year I had classes as small as 12 students and as large as 700, but mostly positive experiences. I learned a lot my first year and was challenged but could manage the work load.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are experienced people with impressive resumes. Some can teach better than others but for the most part the are very knowledgeable and want to help you.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of options in different price ranges. I am living off campus starting in the fall in a modest 5 bed apartment. I know some friends who live in really big but old houses as well as friends who live in expensive trendy apartments. Very doable though, and cheaper than dorm living.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm still under 21 so I haven't experienced much. There are a couple U21 dance clubs but they are too crowded and creepy. I have a lot of fun at greek parties or house parties around campus, since a lot of people move to off campus housing that is literally on campus but not run by university.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I am a Brazilian student from the Northeast of the United States, my best friends are from Philadelphia and Ohio. Some of my close friends are engineers, others business majors, one is a speech and hearing. In my close circle there are people of very different socioeconomic backgrounds and majors. I love it. No one in my group is the same person. Unlike high school where all my friends were like each other .

5 College Sophomore

Majors: First of all, this is a huge school so the resources are amazing. I am a Business student but plan on minoring in Diplomacy. I've able to create a circle of friends within the business school but also have a ton friends outside the business school because of the opportunities to take so many different types of classes. Yes there are Gen Ed requirements that aren't relevant to your major, but there are so many ways in which one can fulfill a history, a literature, a science requirement that you end up taking classes that are still within your interest even though unrelated to your major.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't had an internship yet but I plan on having one next year. The career services office at the Business school is incredible and help you in a lot of ways. All my upperclassmen friends have had a couple of internships and they really enjoyed it, all paid internships to.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Similar to dining, there's a great variety. You rank, your major, your honors status, your involvement in a learning community, all affect where you get to live. There are very new dorms in South Campus. There are more specious ones, with private baths on North. I lived in Lane Ave Res Hall which used to be a hotel and now is dorm so my experience was very unique. Most dorms are mixed boys and girls, and mine had students from freshman through senior ranks. We had a pizza place in our dorm and plenty of study space in lounges.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Campus dining is fantastic. There are over 30 dining options and a wide range of food available, from burgers and pasta to paninis and ethnic options. There is even a diner located right in the student union. There are tons of options and everyone loves it!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are so many libraries in every part of campus. The main library Thompson is an incredible place! As a business student I am also very pleased with our computer and study facilities. There is wireless printing in Mason Hall (the student resource center for business students) and there's a stacks in there. Actually a lot of libraries have a café inside of them and some of those cafés serve Starbucks coffee which is awesome.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There is usually something happening every night from the middle of the week to Saturday. The best parties seen to be at fraternity houses and/or apartments and off campus student housing. Other fun nightlife options are the numerous bars and clubs near campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are a lot of health resources. I feel like I know where to go for support if I ever was a victim of assault. Also sex and alcohol education initiatives are very present in Res Life and I would say the majority of the student body has an appropriate understanding of what is okay and what is not.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't want people to think that things here are out of control and unsupervised but my freshman year I never once got caught drinking, never once was afraid of being caught. I went out every weekend and at time would have a couple friends over my dorm to drink and play games and I never got caught. RA's aren't looking for trouble, but if you are obvious about it then they will write you up.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The people on campus are a diverse group. We are a very accepting campus. There is no competition. Relationships are popular, both platonic and romantic. Dress code means nothing, everyone wears what they are comfortable in. Interests vary and there are tons of clubs, programs and groups that accommodate these interests, there is most definitely something for everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There's a lot of variety as far as different types of restaurants go. Unlike most schools, it's not just the traditional dining halls. There are a ton of different food locations that are part of your dining plan.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: As an out of state student I was really impressed with the amount of pride that everyone in the state of Ohio has for the Buckeyes. Football game days create an incredible sense of school pride and of community. It helped make my first year really incredible.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is amazing. Columbus is a vibrant community. There are always events on campus but when you leave the confines of campus, you will see that there are countless things to do. Just miles from campus are shopping malls, dance clubs, art galleries, professional sports events and incredibly delicious restaurants. There is never a dull moment in the city.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Some areas off campus are beautiful, full of lovely apartments and housing with plenty of amenities, parking, and safety. However, other areas aren't too comfortable. Safety and parking are two of the main issues, as are space confinements, lack of certain amenities and distance from transportation.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics at Ohio State bring the entire university together. Gathering in the sports facilities for any event is incredible...to be with your peers and classmates cheering together creates a bond like no other. Fans come out in thousands packing into any and every event they can attend. It's an amazing thing to experience and be apart of.

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Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
Major
Electrical engineering
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There is a reason the Buckeye Nation is considered to be so devoted; an overwhelming love for OSU is evident in student responses, and in the loyalty of alumni to their alma mater. Each person has his or her own reasons for loving the University, and there are quite a few of them. Some students feel that the academics are top-notch and have found exactly the programs they wanted; others lean toward the athletic success of the Buckeye teams, while some just feel that the friendships and bonds they have made are enough to make their tenure at OSU worthwhile. At any rate, everyone can agree that being a Buckeye creates a special bond between you and nearly 50,000 other students, which you will carry with you for the rest of your life.

Once you get past the sheer size of the University, it will really become a second home. After only a quarter of classes, you won't be able to cross the Oval without seeing someone you know. Ohio State is truly the smallest large university you will find. The people are known for their friendly attitudes, and alumni are scattered across the nation. If you choose to go to OSU, you're choosing a school with a name that's well known, both in the workplace and in the college community. Few students ever regret their time at Ohio State, and most consider their college experience to be among the best offered in the Big Ten and the country.

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