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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Recent Alumnus

Academics: Exploration Program – I had a tough time figuring out my major. The advisors have been helpful. I enjoy the college atmosphere here. There is always something to do.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Your Decision – Wandering off campus is where most alcohol and drug events are. The biggest drug abuse (other than caffeine) is probably smoking. Drinking is the biggest abuse however.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: No Impact – While Greek life is offered at OSU, only around 10% of students are involved. They do have various service events, but are mostly used as party scenes.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Tons of Options – There are many things to do and see both on and off campus at OSU. The Student Union typically hosts free events. A short bus ride (free for students) takes you into the heart of Columbus for clubs, concerts, etc. If you don't want to ride the bus there are always house parties every weekend.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Convenient but Expensive – I lived in dorms my first two years of college and it was a fun experience. I got to meet lots of cool people, it was great for having study groups, and it was convenient and easy. The only downside is that they are much more expensive than getting an apartment just off campus. On campus dining is also very good and convenient but again expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The prices are high and spots are very hard to find.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are the Best – Buses are free to use at the Ohio State University. They are very convient with many routes and areas for pickup.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Numerous Choices – There are so many options to choose from in the dining halls. There are also many cafes with healthy eating options.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I chose Ohio State due to its outstanding academics and research options. Everyone is extremely nice and helpful. There is a plethera of resources available to all students for academic suport, which are free of charge.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love all Ohio State athletics. The environment is great and there's so much support and spirit. The athletes represent the school well.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm going to live off-campus for the first time this up-coming school year. The process of findng a place wasn't too difficult, and so far the realtor company as been easy to deal with.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: 11Th Floor – The 11th Floor Study Area of our main library is amazing. Igt looks over an 11 acre college yard and the entire campus. It's decked out with nice furniture and a good vibe. Love it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There is freedom at OSU. College is a place to expand and grow, without restriction, only with guidance.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Ohio State has more computers than you can shake a stick at! Everything is state of the art. I love the availability of technology in this school.

1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: people never wash their hands and the security is ok.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: New City, New Things to Learn – Columbus is an ok city. There are alot of things I could do that I never could have done in my hometown. But the people in Columbus are picky of who they want to hang out with, talk to, etc.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Lots of People = Lots of Parties – there is GREAT transportation on the buses, cabs and safety service rides. almost all of the clubs/bars are 21+, so there are a lot of parties going on, always for the underagers. most of them are at bros' houses and frats, though.
there are always alternatives to drinking, if that's not what you're into.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are SO many people, no 'type' dominates. There are obviously a lot of sports fans, but I myself am not a huge football fan but I still have a great time interacting with the people on campus. Some kids go out every night, and some don't drink at all. There are always alternatives to drinking available, but there is always a party or place to go, too.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Brand New! We just renovated our main library and re-built our student union within the past year. The main rec center is nice and the rest are decent, but with so many students they do get crowded sometimes. What's important is learning the best times to go so that you won't be waiting for a machine.
The campus in general is beautiful. It's BIG, has the college feel from most buildings, and the Oval, our lawn space, is so nice. It doesn't feel like we're so close to down town, but it's so convenient that we are!

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Grad School Is Good – Faculty and program are great.
I wish there was an older student population.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I LOVE everything about my university. The feeling of comradery is amazing, and it's everywhere. There is no other feeling like being in the shoe, with your fellow buckeyes, cheering on our team. The amount of diversity is so high. I have met people from all over the country and the world, every one of them are some of the nicest people I know. The campus is beautiful, with so many state of the art facitilites, especially the new student union and the physical activity facility. There is never a dull moment at this university with so many activities and clubs, concerts and sporting events. I would choose Ohio State again and again, if I could do it all over. There is no other university like The Ohio State University.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding a house off campus is a difficult task. There are a vast amount of houses, but finding one that suits all of your needs is difficult. Convenience is not really an issue, for me, because the university does have an off campus bus route that goes through the main section of off campus housing, in addition to riding my bike, which many students also do. The cost is relatively high. Many places off campus do not offer rent that is all inclusive, so in addition to paying a high amount for rent, you must also pay for all of your utilities seperately. Parking I do not think is a major issue because many students do not even bring cars, and those that do, do not use them often. The types of landlords vary, but personally, my landlord is very attentive and helpful, and I have yet to have a problem with him. Finally, I have never had an issue with safety off of campus. I have found that if you use common sense and pay attention to your surroundings then you will be fine.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Dining Options – In comparison to many other universities, Ohio State has a wide variety of dining facilities for students to use their meal plan. Each facility has many food options, catering to all types of people (vegetarian, vegan, etc.). My favorite place to eat, on campus, is Oxley's Cafe. The food their is excellent and they always offer a lot of different choices. Also, the baked goods and desserts are always a bonus for breakfast and snack cravings. The amount of sides that come with each meal, on the meal plan, is very generous and allows for leftovers. I also like that I can use my flex dollars to purchase food from off campus restaurants and merchandise from nearby stores.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: I Do Not Have a Car at School – I do not have a car at school. I use the COTA to get around.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: No Enough Black Representation – Diversity is encouraged, the mix is slightly biased.


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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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