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

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – I lived on South Campus in the high rise dorms, and it was the best decision I have ever made! It was close to the middle of campus, dining places, and shopping/restaurants too. I met a lot of great people living in the dorms, and wouldn't trade the experience for the world! However, a downside was the lack of air conditioning. Also, the bathrooms/rooms could stand a bit of a makeover. But other than that, the dorms were a lot of fun and an essential part of the "freshmen experience"!

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The policies are strickly enforced at my school, but they do have some bars on campus. if you are not 21 or older they will not serve you drinks and you will be kicked out if you buy drinks for anyone who is underage. I havent had to deal with much drug use, and it is also enforced very well.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not Much – I do not have much of a night life at my school, just because I do not enjoy drinking or being around drinking.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I enjoy the food around campu very much. There is plenty of choices, so matter if you are craving french fries or oriental dishes, you will always have a happy stomach.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Good Night Life – it is super awesome. all the bars have good deals.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Buckeye Land! Perhaps the biggest place you could easily feel at home in; Columbus offers a little piece of everything, and more. The Ohio State University itself produces attraction world wide, football being one of their countless focuses. OSU is also always sponsoring activities for the youth to participate in (k-12), as well as events for partiers, art admirers, comedy enthusiasts, music lovers, and much more! Downtown Columbus offers incredible shopping, dining, history, activities, etc. Columbus brings you the "big-city" atmosphere while leaving the big-city congestion you would normally find in an area like NYC.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Exciting Sports and Great School – Everywhere in Columbus you will find at least 20 people talking about OSU football. It's a big part of Columbus and Ohio itself. We pride ourselves on being one of the best sports school here and having the best fans that anyone could ask for. Along with sports OSU is also a great school, with a huge campus. The students love being here and the people love calling OSU their home state school.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Very Helpful – In order to get into the college of Allied Medicine, I had to attend a meeting, on the college, and then sign up for a pre-health science major. Everything was explained very well. I was able to ask individual questions, given handouts, and given an academic counselor in that college. I now have to meet the pre-reqs, and then apply to my major.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Where Should I Study? There are many popular study areas offered at Ohio State. Thompson Library is the most popular, and is beautiful at night, with an incredible view of downtown Columbus from the 11th floor. Be sure to get there early during exam time though, as it is often crowded.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Always Something Going on – There is always something going on in Columbus. There is Ohio State and several small colleges. One of my favorite places to go is to the short North. It is very modern and has all kinds restaurants, and galleries. There are also several professional sports teams.

4 College Junior

Majors: Transition to Semesters – OSU is currently transitioning from quarters to semesters (2012-2013), but all of the advisors are being very helpful to students whose majors are drastically changing. There are many majors to choose from and the Fisher College of Business is top-notch, so is OSU's medical.

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4 College Junior

Academics: There is plenty of help to access at anytime, and the academics at OSU are held to a higher standard, one of the reasons I am attending OSU.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Diverse, Art District – Ohio State's campus, and the surronding areas, or very diverse and there is much to do. Including the short north discrit, arena, and brewery district. Buckeye-nation is always fun since Ohio State football has it's own cult following.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ohio state has one the best recreation centers for their student to use for exercise, intermural sports, etc. This is where student can use the rec to relieve stress from the classes. Also Ohio State is a very big sports school with attractions like football and basketball that allows student and alumni to come together to support their team.

College Senior

Greek Life: Do Not Know – I do not live on campus and do not know of any greek students

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Lots of Variety – Campus is in the center of things, for dorm residents there are various opportunieis as well as a large variety of vendors

4 College Senior

Facilities: Campus Offers Most Anything That You Would Want – OSU has a fabulous recreation center incuding a pool, track, workout equipment, weights, etc. Student Heath Center is accessible, main library is brand new with many college specific liabraries as well as on-line libraries

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug safety information is hyper-salient at OSU. Most people know how to manage their alcohol intake. Peer pressure isn't as controlling as it is at some other colleges.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Almost everyone at The Ohio State University is involved in athletics in some way. As most of you know, Ohio State is always a contender in just about every major sport, resulting in tremendous fan support. Ohio State has the largest on campus recreational center open most hours to all students.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of Options – The Ohio State University Columbus campus is surrounded on all sides by all sorts of restaurants. The variety is unrivaled, and most have very reasonable prices for the amount and quality of the food. This is very convenient for students on a budget, as well as students that don't have much time to eat.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Combination of Macs and Dells – OSU has many different computer centers. Many of the buildings have their own Computer labs, and Thompson Library has many as well. I've never had a bad experience with any of the computers I've used on campus. However, I mainly use my own laptop on campus. OSU provides decent technical support for student computers, which is a perk. The "Buckeye Bar" at Thompson library is available to assist students with computer issues for free during the day.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Diverse and Full of Opportunities – The Ohio State University campus definitely has whatever you're looking for. OSU has a huge selection of student organizations, intramural sports, and clubs to get involved with. On top of what OSU offers, the city of Columbus itself has many opportunities as well. Campus is right near the arts community, in the Short North and in Grandview.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I Hear That.. Off campus housing options are pretty broad in Columbus. If students don't decide to live in a dorm or reside at home they have choices of joining Young Life houses or leasing housing with a few roommates for reasonable prices. Leasing is around a year usually in areas that can be considered a little unsafe. They are close to campus and have lots of things to do around them. Like any downtown area, parking is a little tough but most things you need are close.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Definitely Safe! Each building requires a special I.D given at orientation to the student for the student to be able to enter and use the facility. If someone feels unsafe they can call campus security and be escorted or driven by the officers to their desired destination. There is security in most buildings, especially ones where there are a lot of students.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of cuties laying out or walking around the oval when it's warm.

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Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
Major
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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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