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

Off-Campus Dining: There is a lot of places to eat off campus. The possibilities are nearly endless.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: This issue has not arisen in my personal experience.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Ohio State seems, to me at least, to be very diverse.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not have very much insight into this aspect of life on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Ohio State has a great nightlife and plenty of places to go.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I love the Engineering Program thus far. All of the instructors are extremely knowledgeable and motivated.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The most important criteria is the EPHR courses. There is no essay, but you must have at least a 3.0 if you want a chance of getting in. The difficulties arise mostly as a transfer student who has transferred EPHR course credits that wont count towards your EPHR. These students simply have a smaller pool of available classes that they have to take to get accepted. These classes are usually rather difficult.

4 College Freshman

Computers: I have no problems with the internet at OSU. At times it can get a little slow, but other than that it isn't bad.

2 College Freshman

Parking: I commute and Ohio State is unwilling to make it easier for us commuters. You can get a spot by parking at the stadium, but you must be there before 8:00 am to get a spot. You can alternatively park on west campus which is a mile or two away from most classes. They do offer a bus service which is free, but it would be nice if they would consider creating more parking spaces closer to campus.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Ohio State University is a fun and diverse place. There plenty to do and there is seldom nothing to do.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Ohio State is known for football. I would guess its the most common association in the country with Ohio State. Ohio State's football program is sometimes notorious, which makes people hate us, which makes the students love it more. It's a strange cycle.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I have heard Ohio State isn't the easiest, academically. To succeed, you need to spend a significant amount of time studying. Ohio State doesn't offer too many classes that you can just breeze by in.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My first year, I did not receive any financial aid, but I did apply. The second year I didn't bother applying. I need financial aid, and I haven't really found it fair that I didn't receive any just because of an amount written down that my parents make.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally had a big problem with campus safety this year. I lived about 100 yards from "campus" off of High Street. My car was broken into. Columbus police said to call campus police, and campus police said to call Columbus police. I don't see campus police very often, but it's a huge campus, and a lot of crime is going on. The student health center is great, but sometimes their availability is limited and it takes about an hour and a half per visit.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: It's crucial to have a laptop on campus if you plan on doing homework at your house or dorm. You can wait on a computer in the library, or your individual college probably has some to lose, but you'll want to have your own. The availability will be very limited at times like finals.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Ohio seems unpredictable. We just went from what seemed like the coldest winter to the most humid spring in a matter of days. It's not extreme weather at any point, but usually uncomfortable.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: On Saturdays, you can find a party anywhere you look. Outside of Greek life, you would be hard pressed to find someone who is standing on porch and won't invite you into a party if you walk by. That may sound creepy, but on Saturdays after games, there's an overwhelming sense of community. Everyone is just looking to have fun and be friendly with each other.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I visited friends at other colleges throughout the school year, and I have to say that Ohio State's dorms are pretty great. Ohio State's dorms seem to be newer than dorms you see at other colleges. They do a very good job of keeping the dorms up to date.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I am not a minority, so I can't say for sure how minorities feel, but along with Ohio State's size, comes it's extremely diverse population. I don't think a lot of people have trouble finding their "niche".

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love the city of Columbus. I grew up in a house that was about three miles from the nearest neighbor, and I loved that. However, the city is great. Everything is really convenient. There's also so much to see. There are nights when I do miss the country. I miss the quietness sometimes. The hustle and bustle of Columbus is what I also miss when I'm home. I can't see myself staying in Columbus a day after I graduate, but it's a great atmosphere to call home for a few years.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Anyone can find their fit in Greek life. I thought I found my own the first couple of months at school, but I quickly realized it wasn't for me, once winter break rolled around. When I dropped out of Greek life, things did become slightly different. There was a lot of tension when I would see someone I knew from Greek life around campus. If it becomes something you enjoy, it can be the best experience of your college career. If you're unsure, as I was, I wouldn't recommend trying it. They can be pretty hurtful in the long run.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Ohio State isn't the most strict because we are in the middle of a huge city. Crime is literally happening all around us. There's a lot more out there to deal with than underage drinking, honestly. The school is very strict on parking, however. I would warn everyone to never park anywhere without a pass or you will get towed, even if it's just a couple minutes. Other than that, it is one of the largest universities in the country. It'd be extremely difficult to keep every students drinking under a watchful eye, and it'd cost a lot of money. I'd say students get away with a little more on average than others schools.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The CABS buses on campus are extremely efficient. When I came to OSU, I felt extremely intimidated by the thought of taking a bus to class as opposed to walking. I couldn't live without the buses now.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's easy to get away from the drug scene on campus. Ohio State offers a lot socially, such as a rich football tradition, that many students take part in without the use of drugs. It's also fairly prestigious, academically, for being a public, midwest college. I think most people who come to campus on the day of a sporting event would be shocked by how many students stay in to study on the weekends.

5 College Junior

Majors: Ohio State is rigorous in a good way. The workload is demanding in each major which in turn creates a better student, leader and overall more well rounded individual. The amount of opportunities here really cause one to fall in love with the university. Companies take time to visit here at Ohio State to pull its students into their company.

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Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
Major
Electrical engineering
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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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