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Columbus, OH
Undergrads
38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: You have to know the outgoing people and the ones that go to the parties

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very Friendly Environment – The other kids here all get along and we are all friends

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College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I only attend a branch of Ohio State University, the one in Mansfield. I only live about fifteen minutes away so I still live at home to save money until I get to transfer to main campus OSU in Columbus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Wide Range of Opportunities. I currently go The Ohio State University in Mansfield, however this fall of 2012 I am transferring down the the main campus in Columbus. The Ohio State University offers incredible opportunities for a wide variety of studies. For example, my major, public affairs, OSU has connection with organizations all over the world and sends you to Washington D.C. to do an internship your senior year, which all counts for credit towards graduation. The work course load all depends on your major of course, but it's never too much as long as you prioritize correctly, and do not take too many overwhelming classes at once. They offer a wide range of classes to take as well, whether it be totally incorporated towards your major, or just a "fun" class. Personally for me, I enjoy art classes such as music, film, and writing courses, and they offer more than enough for everyone. Special studies options are also available nearly everywhere on campus. There is a few libraries, on top of special study groups for certain subjects all over campus. There's always a chance to be caught up.

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2 College Sophomore

Computers: Could Be Updated – With as much money The Ohio State University receives each year they could afford to update their systems. I go to the branch of OSU in Mansfield, and a lot of rooms have mac's, however, a lot of them are not updated, or do not work anymore. The PC's aren't that useful either because they're insanely slow, same with the wireless access for your laptop. You also have to print to pay now, which is seven cents per page, which is not a lot, however, you put put money on your BUCK ID card to print, which is a pain in itself to get money onto it sometimes.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Not only are we know for our amazing sport teams, die hard fans, and athletic passion but our academics are top notch too. We are home to some of the best programs in the country for vet school and chemistry. Not to mention our outstanding business school. Overall, this university has a lot more going for it than just the football team.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Where You Are – The strictness really depends mainly on where you live on campus. Areas known for partying and underage drinking are more strict than those areas thought of as the "studious" parts of campus.

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.

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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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