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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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3 College Student

Weather: Welcome to Ohio – beautiful springs
muggy summers
usually not much snow

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Something for Everyone – If you are looking for a school that offers you a gateway to your future- this is it. The career center will help anyone find internships and also make connections. Are you just looking for a place to fit in? It's here, try one of our 800 student organizations, which include sports, interest clubs, and even campus churches!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Foodies Welcome! Foods from all around the world are present off campus. Columbus offers many different atmospheres of lifestyle off campus and it's so fun to see each of the neighborhoods and their different culinary choices!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Awesome Atmosphere – So many things to do practically on campus. Whether it's trying new food, meeting new people, or just hanging with old friends, there is always something to do any night of the week around here!

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys & Girls – There are a lot of middle class hipsters at OSU. Dress is very diverse- some people choose to look nice and others wear sweats every day but either one is fine. Relationships are good and social life can be hard at first, so it is critical to get involved at such a large school

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: All the houses I've been to seem to accommodate everyone, and they all seem to enjoy living there. Safety is the only issue.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health & Safety – I feel unsafe a lot of times. There have been a lot of robberies, and there are constantly homeless people on High Street, so you have to be very careful when you go out.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not really an issue, the usually underage drinking but nothing serious when it comes to drugs

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants at Ohio State are awesome so many different places to try.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Ohio State has had a spur of current robberies and university staff held at gunpoint in a university hall, and all that is being said is it is being investigated so C.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: North Campus Is Where Its at! The south part of campus can tend to be overcrowded and the living spaces are hardly up to date. North campus, however, provides an ideal living location for college students. The dinning is slightly sparse, but the walk to eating facilities isn't unbearable.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The library provides many computers that are easily accessible, but mainly just as backups. They can be crowded and owning your own laptop is almost necessary.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Somewhat Safe – There's crime, then the police send out crime alerts but I guess people are stupid and don't listen to them or criminals are smarter since there were 7 sent out in a 2 month period.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: So Much Variety – There are so many different type of people. If you just get to know the people on your floor you will find diversity. There are people who have have lived on a farm their entire lives and this is the first the that they are in a city. On the other hand there are people who have never left the city and feel right at home.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: So Much Variety – There are so many different type of people. If you just get to know the people on your floor you will find diversity. There are people who have have lived on a farm their entire lives and this is the first the that they are in a city. On the other hand there are people who have never left the city and feel right at home.

2 College Freshman

Majors: Getting Into Engineering – There are many trying to study engineering at OSU. The average ACT score of engineering students is 29.5. Some areas of engineering are very competitive to get into, like biomedical, civil and mechanical. Others, like material science , food-agriculture- and biological and welding engineering don't have as many students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: OSU is strict about alcohol in the dorms and does do write-ups. They have also banned bringing it to athletic events.

5 College Freshman

Computers: OSU has plenty of computer labs on campus, please wireless internet in most places. As our campus computer store says, it is Wired Out!

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife at OSU is pretty much like the nightlife at any other big school. There are a TON of house parties on the weekend and even on weekdays. 90% of the parties you can get into buy the frat parties tend to be a bit more selective (for guys at least). If you want to drink, you can certainly drink. If you don't want to drink at a house party you don't have to but most everyone does. House parties are generally in the neighborhoods that surround campus and it can be quite a walk to get to them. On any given Friday or Saturday night you will see thousands of students walking up and down High Street and in the neighborhoods jumping from party to party.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wireless Access – The wireless system at OSU is excellent. I have a laptop so I rarely find a need to leave my dorm room to do any computing. I've never had a problem with the wireless being down. The only problem is that you constantly have to log yourself back into the wireless system at least once a day if not more. This isn't really a problem but rather a hassle because I like to have my email constantly updating and when I close my laptop or if I leave it sitting for too long, I have to log back into the wireless and wait for everything to reconnect.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Not Too Bad – I don't think you would really need a car at Ohio State, unless you're a commuter or live a ways off campus, since there's a pretty expansive bus system. If you do use a car, the Union and Arps Hall garages are usually ok. If you park in a visitor spot however, you have to be careful because the campus police are pretty strict as far as pass times go.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Pretty Decent. The food is always good, and they do have a reasonable variety of food choices, especially at the Union. However, eating just in dining halls for 9 months can get pretty repetitive, so I suggest using grocery swipes in places like the Marketplace on Neil, where you can get brand name foods you would eat at home.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Lots of Options – Whether you're trying to print something at Ohio State, or trying to find a computer to use on campus, there's no shortage of technological options available. With numerous libraries on campus, and the Pharos printing system that let's you print to any printer on campus, Ohio State makes anything computer related convenient.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Aside from the random robberies off campus, I feel very safe.

2 College Senior

Weather: Ohio Is Cold – I'm not a big fan of cold weather and in the winter, Ohio gets cold and it snows a good amount. Classes NEVER get cancelled unless there is a freak blizzard.

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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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