Columbus, OH
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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Reviews 3529 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: OSU has campus busses that run regularly & they purchase a city bus stop for each student. Transportation is great!

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is hard and cost is high. Freshmen cannot have a car on campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: What It's Like to Live on Campus – Living on campus is the greatest because it's close to everything. OSU has a huge campus, so it's far to walk from one side to the other, esp. if you don't live on campus, or live on the edge of campus.

4 College Student

Facilities: Campus Activities – OSU has an outstanding selection of campus activities. You can find something for everyone! From trying a new athletic skill, a club associated with your major, or and endless amount of other activities.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Size Is a Major Advantage – The sheer size of the school allows a person to pursue any area of academic interest he or she desires, combine any two majors within colleges, and even design one's own major. The Chinese and Japanese programs here are excellent, especially the Flagship certification combinations with non-language majors. The only area that is bad is the Chemistry department; if one is planning to go here for Pre-Med, take as many courses as possible elsewhere and then transfer.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Anything You Like – This university has too many different types of people to describe the guys/girls as one type: anything you are looking for can be found here. We have all types, of all races, present.

4 College Junior

Weather: It does tend to snow alot in the winter but alot of the professors will cancel classes if it is really bad. It's up to the individual professor unless the campus closes which can be annoying but class are not to far from the dorms and we have easy access to buses, both campus and city.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Everything Is Nice – Never been to the RPAC to workout but they have good food if you are looking for something healthier. There are several libraries on campus where you can always find a quiet place to study or a room to work on group projects; some even have awesome views. Campus is beautiful and when the weather is warm the Oval will be full of students everywhere on the grass, playing frisbee, sunbathing, or hanging with their dog.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Nice Town Near Alot of Attractions – Campus is very close to downtown Columbus where there is always something to do, museums (science and art), a bunch of different types of sporting events, movie theaters and most places will give you a discount when you show your student id. Only downside without a car somethings are harder to get to but COTA buses are free with your student id.

3 College Senior

Majors: Alright, Nothing Special – At a big school, there is always a problem with scheduling and class sizes. As a speech and hearing sciences major, I have experienced being part of a small department on campus, which has been helpful for me to get to know professors, etc., but I know others have not been so lucky. The curriculum is mostly easy (I was able to have two minors) and the facilities are decent. The professors are big names in the field, but care very little about undergraduates for the most part. Also, the advisors within the department are terrible and not very helpful because they are grad students. There are no internship/job opportunities within the department; however, throughout the university/through research of your own, those opportunities are available.

1 College Senior

Parking: You Will Get Towed – Parking on campus is ridiculous. There is very little parking to begin with and you will ALWAYS need a pass if you're parking on campus or to pay to park at a meter/in garages. First years are rarely allowed to keep vehicles on campus. Most of the parking is done in large lots where passes are required that are pretty far away from academic buildings. Parking off campus is a joke. You will always get towed. There is virtually no parking available and taking the risk to try it out usually ends up in being towed. There is some off-campus street parking, but is usually always full. Apartment residents can pay extra for parking passes and that is the safest way to keep a car off campus.

2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Police Crash Weekends – Police on campus are infamous for going into parties and bars undercover and busting anyone under 21 or any establishment that serves under 21. Almost all bars on campus are 21+ for this reason. It makes sense because we are in the capital city of the state, but it can kinda put a damper on a college weekend. Many people have house parties in which police will also infiltrate. The punishment for underage drinking is fairly severe - most of the time offenders are taken down to the police department. However, there are still many parties and bars that are never disturbed, so there is always a way to have a good time.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: great campus, everyone is friendly. a lot of things to do, great gym, swimming pool, weight room, rock climbing, etc... a lot of extracurricular activities. beautiful campus. good amount of time to finish homework, however procrastination would be really bad, less free time, hard time catching up, stressful (source: experience)

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College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't Notice – there are some greek fraternity houses, but i'm not involved in any

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: alot of places to eat however, pretty much all the food here is expensive, for an example: a round sandwich roughly 7 inch in diameter is around 6 dollar. Meal plan is a requirement for on-campus residents. meal plan prices seems reasonable, but i never had a meal plan. about 15 dollars a day for meal with the cheapest meal plan. these meal plans can't be use for off-campus food like domino.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Weather at Ohio State is so frustrating--but it is Ohio. Rain is the most incovenient because some o the roads can get flooded, but other than that it is not much of a problem. The university is good about cancelling class when the walkways are icy too.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness if fair and firm. Students are encouraged to have fun but be safe. Penalties are never too harsh, but they are firmly enforced.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing at Ohio State is way too expensive; we're college students! The value of the houses is not even close to the price. The parking is terrible as well. It's hard to find someone on campus who has never been towed or gotten a ticket. Availability is great. It wasn't hard to find a handful of houses to choose from.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Using Drugs – I guess that drugs/alcohol are out there for everyone. A lot of people use drugs. I personally do not use drugs nor do the friends I hang with. I am not around drug use. Alcohol is very popular on the weekends from what I see its pretty well controlled.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good Campus Eats – Ohio State has many places to eat. Some of the Dorms even have dining halls in their buildings. They offer Sunday Brunch which is pretty good. The Student Union has a Food Court which is popular. The Campus has a lot different places to eat which gives you a variety of menu items. You can even use your meal plan at some of the off campus restaurants. Not bad.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Every Student Will Find a Job – My Major is Business Management. Once your in the Business School they will make sure your taking the right courses for your major, they help with getting a internship and they will most likely help you find a job in your major right after graduation.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Where to Go? Parking isn't that serious on campus. Park in the designated places and everything will be fine. Parking passes are expensive though and cost of parking without parking pass is unreasonable as well.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Attractions Meet Nothing – Most of the typical student looks on campus are dry and too typical. Nothing exciting. The majority of students on Ohio States Campus are natives of Ohio & the style, personality, demeanor and up keeping of themselves are highly different from out of students. You can tell who is from Ohio and who isn't very finely. The social life is wonderful though and the interest into diverse things are great. Its durable, just culture shock.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus Living – There are many places to stay off campus. I would recommend that everyone stayed off campus, but then the selections may become limited. There are plenty of parking places with all of apartments/townhouses/houses. Safety would be a problem because some of the local residents or citizens who reside on streets act ignorant towards the college students. Some places are expensive and some are pretty reasonable.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Its Not Easy – there are alot of opportunities, it is just finding them and taking the time to apply, It can be difficult sometimes


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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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