Columbus, OH
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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Reviews 3177 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Great Work – There are Emergency "booths" scattered all over campus, where a student, if in danger, could press the emergency button and be immediately connected to the OSU police. Standing at one, you can always see another spot, which was a great move by the university.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is always a problem between the months of Novemeber and March. OSU is a huge campus and when its ice cold outside like it right now its almost unbearable to make the long walks between classes. Classes also never get cancelled.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Food, Food, and More Food! Around the Ohio State University you will find any type of food you can imagine. From italian, to indian, to japanese, we have it all and at all costs!

College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The atomosphere around the Ohio State Campus is an extremely lively one. There are countless activities to participate in and always students on the go whether they're going to class, the RPAC to work out, or just out grabbing something to eat. There's never a dull moment.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are plenty of places on campus to eat, they may not all be that convenient. Therefore, it can get repetitive after awhile.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Study Options – There are so many educational options at OSU. So if you decide to change your major it can be easily done and you won't have to transfer.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Lots of Drinking, Not Smoker-Friendly – There is A LOT of drinking at Ohio State. I do not drink at school and have a somewhat hard time finding people to hang out with that also don't, which is why I have not yet found a roommate to move into an apartment with. Lots of opportunities for partying! Also, OSU is becoming less smoker-friendly, which is great for someone like myself who suffers from asthma.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Rec Centers – The Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC) is a state-of-the-art facility, but I feel that some of the equipment they have is very unnecessary. That being said, they have almost everything one would ever need for working out.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Keep Searching! If you want to obtain many scholarships it is best to fill out Ohio State's scholarship application and your college's scholarship application. But going to outside sources is the best way to get as many scholarships as you can!

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The Ohio State is full of diversity. There are students from nearly every state and from countries all over the world. There are different professors from various countries as well that like to work their culture into lectures. There are many classes about different cultures to choose from. Ohio State is a great place to meet all different sorts of people and learn new things about the world.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Campus Technology – Computer labs at The Ohio State University are very accessible. There is always someone to give assistance when needed. There are Mac labs as well as PC labs and most of the time it is easy to find an open computer. Printing on campus is easy with just a quick swipe of a student's BuckID. The IT staff is VERY reliable. They will sit there for hours if necessary in order to assist students.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: So Far, So Good! The experience has been great so far -- I enjoy the relax atmosphere of the campus and have had wonderful professors who have helped me adjust from undergraduate studies to graduate studies. I am also a 5th-year senior on the Ohio State Cross Country/Track and Field teams, which has allowed me to form tight bonds with a group of girls that are very similar to me!

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am a graduate student and therefore am not completely in the "greek scene." I have had interacted with greek members at my undergraduate university and the greek life at Ohio State seems to be relatively similar. However, it seems to be a bit less cliquey and not such an essential part of social life on campus.

4 College Junior

Diversity: I find the university campus to be extremely diverse with a wide range of cultures, ethnicities, races, nationalities, religions, etc. I enjoy going to class because I receive such a broad, wide-range of view points and there are a variety of experiences that are brought to the table with every topic.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The FAFSA was easy to fill out. The scholarship application and external scholarships are not made known enough to the students. You have to search the website to find them. The financial aid office tends to not get things done accurately sometimes, because they have so many students. Additionally, the lines are long.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I do not live on campus, so am not entirely sure. However, in terms of Academic Conduct, there is no tolerance for cheating or plagerism.

College Senior

Campus Housing: Not Applicable – I do not live on campus. I live in an apartment about 10 minutes from campus.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: Most of the nightlife is off-campus drinking at people's apartments.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Student Success Rocks! It seems like it would be tough to get better assistance with school work than what OSU ATI provides. There are professional tutors on staff all the time as well as peer tutoring and combined with small class sizes.

4 College Senior

Weather: Not Too Bad – Its normal northeast Ohio weather which means cold, rainy/snowy and temperamental. However it is not very often severe and student housing is a 5 minute walk from class.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Agricultural School=Drinking – Here at Ohio State ATI in Wooster everything is all about drinking. Lots of beer and country music. Little bit of weed here and there but that is to be expected.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Columbus (And a Student Pop of 50K) Provides Endless Entertainment – I enjoy going to school in Columbus, Ohio. Coming from Connecticut, outside of NYC by about an hour, I'm used to a huge and slightly overwhelming city. Columbus provides a city life with culture and entertainment without being overwhelming.
Touring productions often come through Columbus. There are endless bars and restaurants off campus, both high class and inexpensive. Columbus is also very close to farmland. I take horseback riding lessons 20 minutes outside of the city.
In addition, you'll be hard-pressed not to find something to do on one of the largest campuses in America. OSU provides a major source of entertainment at the union almost every day of the year. Recently the Ace of Cakes team visited to give a panel. Lady Gaga is coming in the spring. I the past Conan O'Brien, Weezer, and other celebs have visited.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: I have had so much trouyble trying to find money to pay for school. The people at the financial aid office are no help. I feel as if i am just another number at this school and i have had incredible difficulty trying to take out loans and search for grants.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is a boy/girl for everyone and anyone. Most of the students around here would say that there is a huge selection of girls/guys. From short, fat, skinny, tall, dark, light, blonde, brunette, you can find any type of partner that you want!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the students are located in the same area West of campus. Businesses arose around the off campus housing making this school its own community with everything including most students within walking distance.


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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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