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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 Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Harding Highway Strip – There are a lot of fast food restaurants that do offer student discounts if we show our ID.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Students of many races and ethnicity make up the several religions at the Ohio State university. Students here respect one another for their values and beliefs.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many nearby apartments that provide a safe housing environment for college students. The University also offers affordable dorms to students with a 24/7 criminal watch for their safety both near dorms and off-campus as well as around the campus itself.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Love It! Glad I Came Here. I love OSU and am very happy I made the decision to attend here. I am pleasantly surprised that there is really no pressure to drink here and lots of kids don't. You can drink if you want to but I like that there isn't pressure to do so. You are accepted the way you are. Not as many super-geeky kids that I expected as well. I really appreciate it that girls don't have to pretend that they are stupid here.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Super Smart Girls Who Are Pretty – It's very difficult to get accepted on to main campus for your first year because of the tough academic expectations (27 ACT, 3.8 GPA). Was pleasantly surprised with how hot smart girls can be. Interesting to talk to and look at.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do. Never Bored! OSU is huge. There is always something to do both on campus as well as off campus. The south campus area has recently been renovated and has lots of restaurants, movie theatre, bars, stores. All students get a free COTA bus pass so we can take a bus downtown or anywhere we want to go!

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Tradition Galore – Of course there are the basic things every campus has. However, I do not think that any campus has Ohio State's sense of tradition and unity. At some point during your college career, you will begin to bleed scarlet and grey,a dn it just will not ever end. Because of that, you are able to connect with not only people on campus, but alumini around the world.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Awesome Atmosphere to Begin – It is nice being able to take a majority of classes that you are actually interested inn and actually enjoy. Getting involved in student organizations has been the best thing that I have done so far, it is the best place to start to make friends. There is always someone doing something, and you can always find help with anything. Sporting events are a big deal, but there is always someone at your dorm to watch the game with. We have a vibrant student life that is always upbeat and friendly.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All Housing Unique in Its Own Way – Most underclassman live on-campus, which is very convinient for navigating the first few years of campus life. There is always something going on, either in your own dorm or somehwere else close by on campus. All the houses are nice, and all are different. Some do not have air conditioning, which is a downfalll. The move into the housing is extremely smooth and easy, which makes the first day there a whole lot better.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: You pay a fee for using Columbus's bus system with your tuition. The COTA buses take you all around town and a fairly consistant, all you have to do is show your BuckID to get on them. The CABS buses run around campus and are really conveinient for getting from one end of campus to another quickly.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars on campus and it can be difficult to find on-street parking, but there are parking garages all over the place.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Beautiful Libraries – The main Library on Ohio State's Campus is amazing. Thompson Library big and beatiful, there are two fantastic reading rooms and 11 floors full of books and other research materials. Their is always a comfy chair open for studying in and the entire place is very well-kept. If you get hungry while studying there is a cafe on the first floor with delicious hot drinks and food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Punishment Is Ehhh – Lots of warnings. Weed and alcohol are treated the same. Just dont be stupid and they dont mind

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We Have School Spirit – The student and staff at OSU have a lot of school spriit. On game day you will usually hear the OH-IO chat from student and buckeye fans. There is not a place on campus where you will find someone not wearing scarlet and grey.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers on campus are up to date. There is a 9 cent charge per page when you print, 18 if the page is doudle sided. There is wireless access all over the campus if you are a student.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great Dining Places – Many different places around Ohio State within walking distance. Some off my favorite fast food place are here like Wendy's and Chipotle.

3 College Junior

Parking: Passes Get Expensive – Passes for on campus parking are limited and are difficult to come by close to classes. Its best to not get a pass and just use the public transit/CABS (Ohio State's own bus system) buses.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Requires Some Hunting – Living off campus is just as good as living in a dorm here for 1/3 the price. Some places are gonna be a little sketchy and you have to read the fine print on leases but if you do your research you can find a nice place to live for a reasonable price and within walking distance to campus

3 College Junior

Computers: Awesome Wireless, Carry Your Laptop Anywhere – Wireless is great, good speed and decent signal strength also every building on campus has its own wi-fi so there are no dead spots. Access to public computers is limited and printing is hard to find unless you are near a library or writing center. Everyone carries laptops with them and use them whenever is needed. The only problem is trying to find an outlet when the battery goes dead.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking permits are several hundred dollars, even for the lots across the river. Most students park there (commuters and dorm residents) and take the campus bus to and from the main campus and classes. Surrounding campus, parking is also horrible. Very difficult to find a spot, and a lot of streets require permits to park on.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Huge Variety, but Not So Mixed – There is a HUGE variety of people at OSU. Hundreds, if not thousands, of countries, nationalities, ethnic backgrounds, cultural backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations are represented. Unfortunately they could be better mixed, however. Many clubs, majors, housing options, etc are predominantly homogeneous. I never noticed any tension or anything as a result though.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Best School in the Nation – I love it here at Ohio State. There is not a club or event that you can think of that is not here. There is even a pizza eating club, seriously. There is help readily available to students who may be in need. The college itself is a self-sustaining city within a city. And no matter where you go in America, people know your college and someone who went here.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity Sports – Ohio State has many top ranked teams in the country in sports. Where to start? Football, Did I mention football? The tradition in football is the highest and richest in the country. Our fans cover the world, and our team stay in the rankings year in and year out to point in which we are spoiled. Our Basketball team is also ranked highly in the nation and also has a rich tradiction of winning. And school spirit is al about O-H.....I-O.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The RPAC – The atletic facilities at OSU are second to none in the country. No matter what type of event you wish to participate in, OSU has it. There is rock climbing walls, Nike video lounge, multiple swimming pools, multiple level gyms and more weight lifting machines than the rest of Columbus, Ohio. The Student Union is freshly renovated to a modern state of the art facility that many Buckeye's are proud of. Everything you would think of in one of the top colleges in America.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: financial aid was a bit of a pain, but that's to be expected. After a lot of work it was done and over with. My biggest tip is get started 2 months before you planed on starting, you'll need as much time as u can get to figure it out

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Gilburt L. Chiang
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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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