Columbus, OH
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Reviews 3168 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Even if the size is big, there are people everywhere and there are emergency stands everywhere.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Feels Like Home. The atmosphere has to offer a grand yet filled with variety.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Great Time – the only complaint I can say is weather. The entire school/campus environment is amazing. Love OSU. definitely worth coming to. Unlike any other place...Parties, academics, and athletics all top notch.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Frat parties have been cracked down on since I was there. We used to have all out bashes at Beta. So did Phi Psi and Phi Tau. Now no parties are allowed. Most sororities have really hot chicks so it is a good way to meet them. I joined to feel like I was more apart of campus than just an individual of 50,000 plus students.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: One of the largest and newest workout facilities in RPAC and brand new state of the art main library and student union (the ohio union). Straight up the best in the country for sure.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: As a native Ohioan I am used to the four season extremes. Fall is fun with gamedays and everything though it gets cold towards the end of it. Winter, be ready for snow and lots of it. It can be fun. Spring is amazing and same with summer. Tons of ladies all over campus laying out in bikinis. The oval awesome and O'patio (four kegs) is a sweet bar when it starts to warm up.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I have been to tons of campuses around the country. tOSU has amazing nightlife. Downtown is cool when you are older and want to get a little bit further away from the younger crowd. Bars on High St. are always packed and always a good time.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Busses always running all around the entire campus and the entire city. All free with your student ID. Cabs are also readily available very easily.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Not Bad – Parking at tOSU is not the worst I have ever seen on campus at least. The off campus parking is not bad but if you park in a spot that you are not supposed to you will get towed ASAP

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Tops in the US – The Ohio State University athletics, student involvement and spirit, facilities and team performance are all top notch. The gameday atmosphere at The OSU is unlike that of any other school.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall, it's been good at OSU. I am currently a junior and feel like I still have so much to do. It sucks that I may be graduating soon--I wish I could stay longer!

4 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity at OSU is really not bad at all. One could say it's almost impressive. There are many international students here, both as undergrads and grads. A lot of people come from random places, from every side of the country to the urban and rural parts of Ohio. There is basically every color of the rainbow (racially) and so many various political and religious beliefs. Being in Columbus, OH, OSU has a huge LGBT support group. OSU is a huge college and because of that, it holds a beauty in carrying so much diversity. This is one of its best aspects.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing isn't too bad... The quality, however, is just O. K. You'd think that since OSU is such a big place there would be plenty of housing options closeby, but unfortunately a) there really aren't that many, and b) the available ones are ridiculously expensive for their less-than mediocre quality. If the facilities could be in better shape with cheaper rent, then the off-campus housing wouldn't be as bad.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Fun Party Pals – People at Ohio State are very friendly and open-minded. They just like to have a good time. You still have your typical jerky frat dudes and stuck-up sorority girls (although some very nice ones too), but for the most part everyone is laid back and fun.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: South Vs North Campus – South campus dorms are more social. They are a little lower in quality however. North campus dorms offer a bit more space. I recommend choosing your campus (North or South) based on where the majority of your classes will be.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Vegeterian Friendly Options – Great dining options with a wide variety of fresh food. I'm a vegeterian and there are many available options for me.

4 College Senior

Academics: Overall Sufficient – I don't have a problem with the professors; all of mine have been engaging and willing to help the student learn. I really enjoy listening to someone who is passionate about their work. The problem I have is getting night classes in an International Relations major. I am currently working full time and there aren't any night or on-line classes thatI can take. I will have to either convince my boss to let me move to second or third shift or quit work in order to finish my degree.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Try to Remember – There are plenty of clubs in the area to have a good time, but there are literally dozens of house parties going on at any given night. If it's the night before, or night of an Ohio State football game make sure you bring a sober friend who can remind you where you are the next day.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Commute If You Can – Freshmen are required to spend their first year in the dorms. They recently bought the Holiday Inn on Lane Ave. so those rooms are nice. However the regular dorms are small, and poorly ventilated. Maybe thats why so many people are able to wear sandals in the winter.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Room to Improve – Although the campus feels mostly safe, there is plenty of room for improvement. I only see a handful of campus police driving around, and for a campus like Ohio State their needs to be much more; especially on High Street.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Research Oppurtunities – There are tons of oppurtunities to get involved and enhancing in your education.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have never really witnessed the drug problem on campus. I don't usually affiliate myself with that type of thing, but I know it will always be taking place, but to me it is not really noticeable.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties on campus are like no where else. You may think you have seen a college party, but not until you party at Ohio State. The people are partying from noon until night, it just never stops. There is never a dull moment at Ohio State when it comes to nightlife.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The way campus is set up, you never feel unsafe while on campus, even at night. There are help buttons all over campus that you can press and with the lighting on campus you never feel afraid as if there is a dark place. I am impressed with how big the campus is, and how safe it feels.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: This is the best place on Earth. It is like one gigantic family here. The total college experience. So many opportunities things to do here.


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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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