Columbus, OH
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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Reviews 3555 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The campus is located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio. This location gives students access to the various events, shopping outlets and recreation locations within the large city. However, since Columbus is an urban city, the area outside of Campus may not be safe during night hours and there are some areas students should generally avoid. Other than that, it is a great location!

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2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's Ohio, What Do You Expect? It's Ohio, it's going to be cold.

However a lot of the buildings at OSU have underground tunnels connecting one another so you don't always need to walk outside to go to another building.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Shuttle Bus to University Village – The shuttle bus from campus to University Village is good -- for students who want to live in a safe neighbourhood with cheap rent University Village might be the place for you. They have a shuttle bus (courtesy of UV) going from campus to UV every 20-30 min.

Other than that you do need a car to get around Columbus.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Don't Get Into Drugs or Get Drunk or Walk Alone a Night – This is a inner city campus so just don't do the basic things: get drunk, do drugs or walk alone at night -- then you'll probably be ok. Don't leave belongings lying around, don't accept food/drinks from people you don't know, etc.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Wow Great Clubs and Hangout – Nightlife is great. There are a lot of places to hang out and socialize everyday and they are easily accessible.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol – Every now and then you will go to a party and see people smoking weed on the porch. If you do not do drugs yourself, it is easy to avoid and generally is not a bother. No one judges you if you do not do drugs. There is lots of drinking on and off campus. If you do not drink, there are plenty of fun things to do, but if you plan to go to a party prepare yourself for lots and lots of crazy people. during the beginning of each quarter there are usually a lot of people who go out on thursday nights, and even some other weekdays!

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife at Ohio State is very good. There is always something to do, whether that be see a movie at the conveniently located theater (The Gateway Film Center), or go downtown to Columbus, or walk down greek row. There seems to always be a party. The bars are close and are good about hosting events such as sorority and fraternity date parties and themes parties. Campus dining halls close way too soon (except Sloopy's) and would probably make more money if they stayed open later. High street is usually very crowded with people during the weekends, so you do not feel unsafe. There are plenty of taxis and busing services that will take you downtown, or simply across campus. I have only used the buses to go downtown for sporting events because most everywhere else is within good walking distance.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: Overview of Campus Network and Computer Accessibility – The computers on campus are accessible and plentiful. I do not usually need to use them because I have my own laptop. The campus internet is sometimes shaky and requires you to log in multiple times throughout the day. It would be nice if you only had to log in once. Also there are often internet problems which cannot be explained; the internet will be down, or you won't be able to access carmen. I like the security of changing your password every few months, but it is hard to come up with and remember five different passwords a year. I would prefer being able to rotate through passwords as apposed to creating new ones. There are so many things these days that require passwords that it is hard to keep track. The speed of the internet is usually fast. In the dorms, at least mine, there is a printer that is fairly easy to use. I have used it a couple times this year when my own personal printer broke down. Overall I like the campus network, but think there are a few quirks that could be fixed.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Awesome – The Ohio State Buckeyes are awesome. It really does not get much better than this. And the fans bleed scarlet and gray, many since they came out of the womb.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety Could Be Better – I feel very safe on campus. There are fairly frequent off-campus crimes-- like armed robberies and gang violence, however. I do not always feel safe while walking to friends' houses.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Weather is weather. Sometimes it's warm, where it's 75 degrees and everyone is out, enjoying the weather, but it's quite possible to get 40 degree weather the next day and everyone will be back in winter clothes, and staying inside. However, if it's cold on a Thursday-Saturday, it doesn't play a role in the party scene.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Ohio State is a school of roughly 50,000 students. There are tons of students from all over the world and from all different backgrounds. You interact and gain a different perspective while in class, which enhances your learning experience.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Social Atmosphere – Ohio State is a great place to be. There are tons of different kinds of people and everyone is friendly.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Go Bucks – I like to follow the football team. I like to workout at a local facility. I like to play basketball.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Its central Ohio...you never know if its going to be 30 or 60 degrees. But usually pretty mild weather

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: OSU has a great bus system that once you figure out is extremely helpful

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Be Careful – Personally I have never felt unsafe on campus during the day or at night, however there is a higher crime rate and I know a lot of people who are nervous walking around. Just be smart, walk late at might on well lit streets and if possible with other people

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Financial aid consists of deadlines. So as a student who wants to pay for classes, and etc. on time, you need to check consistently with fin. aid.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Campus Is Relatively Safe – I have never had any safety concerns while on campus.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: It is hard to describe the typical student because there are so many different types. Their are so many different ethnicities, but mainly I notice the Chinese/Japanese and the Indian students. I can also tell the fraternity/sorority girls apart sometimes. The boys often wear khaki shorts and button up shirts with Sperry shoes. The girls often wear shirts and clothing with their sorority symbols on it. Then everyone else pretty much wears sweat pants and sweat shirts and are very casual. It is nice because you aren't expected to be all nice and dressy for class and you don't have to take time to really get ready for class.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love Ohio State. A school that will challenge you but provide you with the best education and lasting memories.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: One of the best football and basketball programs in the country. Student Pride for athletics is unmatched anywhere.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: High Street – Many dining options just off campus. Everything to indulge in.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel really safe on campus. The security is top notch and always looking to serve the campus community. I have never feared to go around campus or off-campus at anytime of the day.

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere of Ohio State University in Columbus is welcoming and encouraging. The school offers many varieties of clubs that encourage involvement of students. Sport events held at OSU builds spirit among students and a sense of family. OSU goes through extreme measures to make the school students feel as safe as possible. I feel extremely lucky to be going to this great school.

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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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