Columbus, OH
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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.

5 College Senior

Athletics: OSU football is a religion in the entire state of Ohio.

5 College Senior

Facilities: RPAC & Union – The gym and the new student union building are the two most populated building with the best of facilities

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Beer Pong – I haven't had a lot of encounters with drugs, but I'm assuming the the most widespread drug use would be in marijuana. Alcohol and parties are definitely the more preferred choices.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Go Bucks! So I'm originally from Maryland where popped collars and polos are the norm. OSU was pretty different from what I was used to. There not really a unique style that you can call "Midwest". The social life is great. People definitely like to have a good time, especially during football season!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: High St. High St. has every restaurant you could ever want to eat at. Prices range from low to average. It is just across from campus

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are tons of nigh life opportunities. The only bad part is there have been some armed robberies around campus lately.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are everywhere at OSU and wireless abounds. We all use our phones, iPads, etc plus computer labs. It's great!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of options just steps away on High Street. All the chain restaurants and a few locally owned are there in all food genres. The Gateway Center has a lot of choices just in it. The student union has lots of choices as well.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pretty Good – Better than most schools, lots of options and different dining places, but of course not home cooked food

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Be Careful – I get tons of alerts about muggings and robberies off campus. If you go out at night, go in a group. Safety around campus is pretty good, just don't go out too late at night.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's Ok – Some of the housing is in a safe neighborhood but most of the areas are kind of sketchy. There is a large variety available and costs vary from place to place. Most of the landlords I have talked to seem to be nice and helpful.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Confusing at Some Times – My university is so diverse and big which is a good thing to other but hard for others. I am somewhere on the hard side. I've been here for 3 months and its beein pretty hard to find people with my interest or to even bond with. I can say i have really one friend. I dont even bond with my roomates. I dont know if its me or not. Also, with the stress of tuition and fees I have got discouraged at the beginning of my terms and the end. Its still alot I have to find out about this school....i just hope it get better by spring.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Two Words: High Street – High Street is where all the off campus dining related restraunts are at.There are so many restraunts privately own and chains. Many of the restraunts let us use our buckeye I.D to purchase food which is very convient instead of using paper money. Each having student discounts or monthly discounts when we use our buckeye to make a purchase.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Always Something to Do – Here at Ohio State University there is always something to do here because there so many people, attractions, activities,cultural events,shopping,sports/recreation here. There hasn't been one day yet that I havent recieved an email on something to throughout the week.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I would say there is a very diverse population, but recently we have started to become the new china town

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: OSU is a pretty safe place to be, and the administrators expect the highest of all the students. BUT, that doesn't mean that they don't know what we do. Take Mirror Lake Jump (before the big Michigan game,) though the university does not promote it, they are providing EMT's incase of any emergencies that may occur. They love us here!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus Food – Columbus is a huge food city- so you literally have endless options when it comes to dining. Plus, almost everywhere takes your Buck I.D or gives you a discount for showing it. There are run of the mill places like Wendy's, OSU holes like Buck I Donuts and then there are higher end places like sushi houses.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The athletic centers are top notch, and in great areas accessible to all. Same thing goes with the libraries, which offer countless amounts of resources and study space. The campus as a whole is amazing, and there is always something to do, or some place that you haven't yet gone.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: campus area buses are free for all students, travel all around campus and stop every 5-10 minutes during the day, with less frequent stops at night. some COTA buses also stop at these stops, and COTA buses go all over Columbus, and are free for OSU students. There is little need for a car on campus, and freshmen are not permitted to have a car on campus.

5 College Freshman

Computers: OSU has Mac desktops available in almost every building, and wireless internet is available all over campus, even outside. printing is available at libraries and the ohio union, but I have a personal printer because I can print for free.


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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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