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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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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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Ohio State has the best football team in the nation as well as many other sports. There is a very very high level of student support as well as many dedicated fans. Intramural sports include almost every sport possible from racquet ball to field hockey.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is great diversity in age, gender, as well as race. The university offers several organizations to be a member of depending on what interests you.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Always Something Going on Within Your Department – Ohio State University is a very active and involved school. There is always something going on that is sure to grab your interest within your department. It has several excellent facilities and clubs where students can meet a diverse group of people.

1 College Junior

Parking: Recession? Not for the Towing Companies – Parking on campus is entirely a nightmare if you are not aware of the side streets and areas that do not require a permit. There are parking garages on campus, but for a student, the fees are outrageously high. The whole area is teeming with tow trucks and meter cops prowling the area for violators. I believe it is easier to just not have a car on campus.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: On Ohio State Campus, the Greek culture is largely tied into Ohio State Football mania. The Greek housing available is seen to the rest of campus (and Columbus) as the "party zone" where you want to avoid on any weekend night, especially in football season.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: there are plenty of computers and i can print easily. Everything but the internet speed is great. The internet lags every once in a while

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Food Places – Columbus offers a wide variety of very expensive to very cheap dining. I suggest The Melting Pot

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: When did use off campus housing, it was an extention of the dorm life, sheer partying, beer cans everywhere, loud music, landlords unwilling to maintain their property and unaccessable during the weekend. Now as I drive around the same areas, there has not been much change, other than the revamping of area businesses, which now encourage underage drinking, and a party atmosphere. The main difference, these new business are within walking distance of the apartments. Prices are ridiculous, for the space and locations, which is one reason why so many apartments are for 6 people or more. When I lived off campus, I wished I had remained in the dorms, it was so bad.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports Are Top-Notch – Varsity sports at Ohio State are pretty huge, especially the way campus treats us. We have wonderful training and workout facilities, including our own trainers, psychologists, and academic advisers. IM sports are pretty huge, too, because anyone can play. We have some pretty diverse ones, too, though I’m not really sure how popular inner tube water polo is.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: Over All Safe – There are some places on campus where you don't feel as safe as other place. But that is why you should always travel around with someone else and you do not have to worry as much

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: Looks and Interests – Most people seem to be very friendly, the guys and the girls all seem to get along very well

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There Is a Lot of Crime – There are rules but they are not enforced as much as they should be to keep students safe on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is very scarce although there is a lot, the price of them are very expensive. there are just a ton of students it is hard to find a place that is suitable.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs Are Available All Over but Usually Crowded – The computer labs are usually pretty crowded but there are plenty of computers. The library is the only place that could use more computers and possibly its own computer lab.

3 College Junior

Parking: While commuters may grip about paying $90 a year to park on campus, the price is worth it in my opinion. The only downside is that you are 30 min walking distance from main campus. The plus side is that there is a regular busing service to take you from the lot to campus.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug Scene Is Out of Sight, Alcohol Not So Much – To be honest I've never even heard of drug abuse on campus, but that may just be me. Alcohol however is running rampant. If there's are party there is like some form of it present.


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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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