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Columbus, OH
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38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
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4 College Junior

Majors: Promising Future in Nutrtion and Community Health – My program is Nutrition and Community Health. I have no regrets about choosing this path. With a major involved in health care there are plenty of job opportunites. I really like studying it, and it fits in with my career goal of working in the medical field without medical school, and I can work with kids. My only complaint is that the academic advisor rarely have open appointments, and are not all that helpful with scheduling or getting back to you on questions involving scheduling and classes that you need to take.

3 College Junior

Weather: All Four Seasons. (Sometimes in One Day) – It's Ohio so the weather can be completely unpredicticable. It can go from 70 and sunny to freezing in the 30s all in one day. You get to experience all four seasons which can be both a blessing and a curse. Fall is usually beautiful. Winter is cold. Classes never get cancelled. And it doesn't really snow more than an inch or two, but it ices and can get really slippery. But once spring warms up campus is really pretty. All through spring and summer though everyone goes to the Oval and turns it into our verison of the beach with frisbee, football, cornhole, and just hanging out with friends.

4 College Junior

Transportation: You Don't Really Need a Car. Transportaion around Columbus is pretty simple. There is a campus bus service, and a pass to ride the Columbus Bus is included in tuition so it is free with a Buck ID. But even with the buses everything is within walking distance. Late at night there is also a student safety service that you can call and they will come pick you up and drive you home. The only real need for a car is when you move off campus and need to do things like grocery shopping. But as long as one roommate has one, you can all go together and you really don't need a car.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The RPAC Is Amazing! Ohio State's Rec Sports facilities are amazing. The RPAC is currently the largest rec sports facility in the USA. It is only one of five facilities. It contains anything you could possibly want to do to stay fit and maintain your health and wellness. Not to mention their incredible and very helpful staff. Thompson Library, one of the many libraries is incredible. The view of the 11th floor of downtown at night is beautiful. And the Ohio Union is under five years old. It has three places to eat, plenty of places to study, and all kinds of resources for students to use. It really shows Ohio State's school spirit.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: My friends that are involved in Greek life really like their experiences. But Greek life does not have a very strong presence on campus. Most parties that are thrown are not Frat parties. Very few students that are not invloved in Greek life, and are not freshman attend any Frat Parties. Most of the non-Greeks view the presence of Greek life as kind of pointless and dumb with typical sterotypes of frat guys and sorotity girls. They avoid sorority row and frat parties but no real problems exist between the two groups.

1 College Junior

Parking: Could Be Better – There are very few places for students to park directly on campus. The dorms have very small parking places and can make finding a spot near holidays difficult. The options for parking are expensive also. The university could do better with on campus parking

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is a vast diversity on campus. Some majors may be filled with a more distinct race or religion than others but walking around campus you see a wide range of different people.

5 College Junior

Athletics: High Quality Athletic Organizations – Not only are the varsity sport organizations top notch at osu the intermural sports are also amazing. There are many organizations to be involved with, each has amazing fitness crew and the chance to improve performance is extremely high. If you don't think the fan support is amazing there is something wrong. Most sports almost sell out to students throughout the year. OSU has the best athletic programs a college can offer

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: A loose leash – Gordon Gee isn't your mom. Although OSU takes measures to keep campus safe, those measures are restricted primarily to safety. The police wont bother the typical Friday night partier or the sly stoner smoking a joint on the oval. As for residence halls, it completely depends on your RA. My RA was very relaxed and wouldn't reprimand for drinking in the dorms. But I've also heard horror stories of RAs going to great lengths to bust residents for drinking and smoking weed in the dorms. Keep your head down when the cops come around and don't cause a scene and you will go 4 years without a problem.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Somewhat Safe – alot of crime on campus but is addressed by campus police

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There Are a Lot of Places to Eat – The surrounding areas have an abundance of choices of places to eat. They have your gerneral strip malls and a cinema 10 movies theatre. The good thing about the campus I am on is you can drive 1 hour in either direction N,S, E, W and you are in a big city where there is anything you want that big cities have to offer ie.. shopping malls, museums, amusement parks, etc.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: This School Does Have an Over Abundance of Agriculture Majors – Due to the fact this school is heavy in agriculture, there is an exceptional amount of caucasional individuals. It appears that most are rednecks and honky tonkers. It gives the apperance that the students are of less intellegence than would be found at other colleges. When that is not the truth. OSU has a wonderful Vetenarian program and Nursing prgram, both which reuire a GPA of 3.2 or higher to continue.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Food Is Amazing! The campus offers tons of varieties in eating choices, along with hotspots for food all over the campus. Tons of eatery places provide food in respect to special religious obligations for certain students. While without a doubt the food tastes absolutely spectacular.

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2 College Junior

Weather: The weather in ohio is drastic and changes frequently, usually through the course of one day. If its snowing one minute, it'll be absolutely snow free and wonderful the next. Snowing affects travel time in getting to class especially since the campus is already crowded. But don't let it phase you, as in the fall and spring the campus has an absolute rustic, calm and beautiful feel thats pleasant for studying, chilling or partying :)))

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Limited Parking – If you live on campus, parking isn't really an issue and you can walk to most of your classes. The COTA is free for students with a BuckID and there is the university bus system as well if your classes are too far to walk. But commuting is a pain. A parking pass is very expensive and you still can't park most of the places that are closest to class.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Choices – There are plenty of places to eat by campus. It's a huge campus, and there are restaurants lining the streets. If you have a car there are plenty of paces to drive nearby as well. With your BuckID it's very likely you'll get some sort of discount anywhere you go.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: My biggest problem with Ohio State is its lack of ethnic/racial diversity. Many native Ohio students view the university as very diverse, but I have to disagree. The university seems almost all white to me, and the outreach towards minority groups is almost inexistant. There is some racial tension between the races, sometimes, especially considering recent events on campus, which is something that students are working towards solving but have a far way to go.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at OSU has never been a historically large part of the social scene because there are so many other things to do - imagine 30% of 40,000 undergraduates as Greeks! There are so many other opportunities to be a part of a group that many students don't feel the need to join Greek life - however, those that do seem to love it. The classes have been expanding lately as the Greek community reaches out to the rest of the school.

5 College Junior

Majors: Psychology/ Criminology. I am a third year double major in criminology and psychology, I LOVE IT. The sociology department has very knowledgeable staff, as well as the psychology department. All of the professors I have come across love to help students and really have a passion for what they are doing. If I could do it all again, I would definitely pick OSU for my pre-law study!

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Awesome School! The pride, community, academic, and everything else can't be beat. love being a buckeye

5 College Junior

Computers: Sometimes Crowded, Widely Available. tOSU has tons of computers available to their students! There are computer labs everywhere, very convenient. Sometimes crowded, however.

1 College Junior

Parking: Not a Huge Car School – You don't really need a car for main campus. I have heard from friends that west campus is a hard parking place.

4 College Junior

Academics: Profs Help Push Towards Undergrad Thesis – A few of the professors here at OSU have really helped push me towards furthering my academic career by pursuing an Undergrad Research Thesis. They have helped me enroll as a Mentor for the Peer Assisted Student Support program, I am now the Vice President of the Psychology Club, and I have begun meeting with my Adviser for my Research Thesis. They have supported my journey and have introduced me to other programs that will help set me apart from other students applying to Grad School. My professor has encouraged me to join SURI (Summer Undergrad Research Institute) in Columbus, OH to network with other research students and to form a support group. The curriculum for Psychology is tough, especially with the Quarter to Semester conversion, but the professors are always really helpful to guide the students to where they need to go. The academic advisers are not as helpful, but the professors are always there.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty Good Food – There a lot of different places off campus that are easily accessible to students. They range in cuisine from fast food to pizza to chinese to indian to steak houses, etc. There are also a lot of places that are willing to deliver to students as well.

2 College Senior

Diversity: Lots of Heterosexual White Students – There are a lot of different races and religions represented at OSU but it predominately white. The university tries to make itself seem very diverse but in reality, its not. it seems like a good majority of students are not open to different politcal views, religions, sexual identities, or sexual orientations.

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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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