Columbus, OH
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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Reviews 3168 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My first year I would've gotten more money if I had better grades, but this year I've gotten enough to pay for school with enough left over to pay for rent and a little extra book money.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining Halls – There are only a few cafeteria-type, because there are SO many up-to-date, cool, fresh, delicious options! You don't have to feel stuck in a routine. You can go somewhere different for like 2 weeks. The food never gets old.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless Access – You can get online anywhere on campus. Sometimes it takes a minute to connect, but you can log on anywhere.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Process Could Have Been Better – Getting through all of the processes was a bit time consuming and seemed repetitive but it all worked out in the end. You will probably end up having to email them a few times to get a response.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everything here is amazing, from the sports (GO BUCKS) to academics to the night life. Anything you want to do you will be able to do here. Since OSU is so big there are so many opportunities within the university to push yourself to the next level. If you are looking for food, there is every kind of food you can think of within walking distance. And the night life goes strong until the wee hours of the morning. The tradition runs deep with every student here, thats one of the main reasons I ended up at OSU. The tradition of excellence in every arena to the camaraderie shared amongst all student cannot be beat.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Take a Back Seat – While there are always frat parties they are not the prevalent form of fun or parties on the weekends. Bars, clubs and house parties are the place to be. Frat parties can be fun but it isn't a big deal.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The advisers are very nice and helpful. I got all the money I needed.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is good but it costs too much for me to get it all year. But parking garages are only $2. I have never gotten a ticket or fines for anything

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial Basics – I got a few scholarships for just applying to school. However, I was unable to find any other scholarships that are offered through OSU. It is a difficult process but the financial aid officers are very helpful!

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: There is a sport for everyone here at Ohio State! As a varsity athlete, I am very lucky to be working with some of the best and brightest trainers, coaches, nutritionists, and advisors. However, club sports are huge for all students who would like to stay fit and have fun. We also have so many wonderful facilities for athletes of all skill levels!

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Lots of Fun – Campus is a great place to live and hang out. It's serious if you get caught but the police are out mainly just for protection. They watch out for the students. Sometimes the President is seen out and about on weekends, showing up at parties and celebrating life with the students.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Not Great, but Not Bad. The financial aid office handles the amount of students as best as they can. With a campus of 50,000+ students it can be hard during high traffic times, like the end or beginning of the quarter. If you go between week three and seven the lines are never bad, but in the beginning and the end everyone tries to go in last minute and the lines can be very long, but the staff is very easy to work with and they know students get frustrated, but we have to remember that they are dealing with hundreds to thousands of students in a day.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Pretty Average – The campus itself is a dry campus. The school does not pretend that underage students do not drink, but they do try to let the students know that they have a few chances in the dorms before they get in trouble, otherwise if you are off campus they typically do not care because you are off the property, but CPD has been known to crackdown on football weekends and popular party nights.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Great Options – The dining halls on campus have a wide vaiety of food options. It is vegetarian friendly and offers healthy choices for the students. The addition of the Student Union added a great place with similar food options to certain dining halls but is more centralized so students do not have to go all the way north or south to get what they want. My personal favorite is Burrito Noches on North Campus I would say it is comparable to Chipotle, not the same but still good in my book.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: I have a 3.6 gpa, studyhard, don't party, on the bass fishing team and only received a 300 academic scholarship if I go to the branch. applied for a lot of scholarships but can't get more than that

College Junior

Drug Safety: I Am Not Involved in This Scene – I don't know what the drinking or drug scene is like because I choose not to participate.

4 College Junior

Academics: Excellent College to Go to – I live in columbus, ohio and have been raised a buckeye. My parents both graduated from Ohio State and are still in columbus.I love the communty, buckeye fans, the reputation Ohio State University has. My parents are paying for my education and I will be debt free when I graduate.

3 College Freshman

Weather: As is usual with Ohio, it can get very cold or very hot, but the campus usually isn't terribly adversely affected.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: A Busy Campus Within a Busy City – Ohio State has a lot to do within the city of Columbus. Concerts, shows, etc come to town (though not always the best) and there are museums and the like as well.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: If you're looking for a party autumn quarter or spring quarter, it's not hard at all, especially during football season. Winter quarter features less house parties, but the bars are still rowdy. Little harder to rage if you're not 21, but you'll still have a blast. The Night Owl bus on High street runs until 2 am on the weekends, so transportation downtown or to the short north is easy.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: The gym (RPAC) is enormous and has everything you could want and is open until midnight. 2 other gyms are open later. The main library is perfect for studying and the new student union is always bustling with activity. All the buildings on campus are unique so it's very interesting to walk around.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not qualify for any government aid through OSU, but I did receive a ethnicity based scholarship. I would encourage everyone to apply to whatever aid they qualify for! If you apply for 10 scholarships, and only receive $1,000, that is getting paid $1,000 for an hours worth of work!

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: CABS, COTA – At OSU there are 2 bus systems that run 24/7 throughout campus and the city. CABS (campus area bus service) has several routes throughout campus that run all the time and is free to students. COTA (Central Ohio Transit Authority) also runs through campus all the time, but sometimes has a different schedule, and is also free to OSU students with a valid student ID.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – Overall, life in the dorms is not bad. I am currently a sophomore and am living in them again. They are convenient and are usually very well kept.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Once a Buckeye, Always a Buckeye – Ohio State provides students with a sense of being. I have never felt like a number. I have attended a few smaller schools that definitely gave that feeling. Being at OSU makes you feel like you belong there, like without you as a fan, a student, or a peer it just wouldn't be the same.

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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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