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Columbus, OH
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5 College Senior

Athletics: We have the best damn band in the land and the best damn team in the land...need I say more?! We are The Ohio State buckeyes, are fans are loyal, and true, they are with us every step of the journey and the fans are cheering on the bucks rain or shine!

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Where You Meet People – The dorms are defintely where you meet people your freshman and sophmore years. Become close with your neighbors and roomate(s). They will end up becoming some of your closest friends in college. Rooming assignments can be difficult, but rememeber to think positive. Rooming randomly is the best way to meet new people and expand your horizons.

4 College Senior

Academics: Speech and Hearing Sciences – Speech and Hearing Science major students are very friendly, you will see a lot of familiar faces in your major classes. The professors are really helpful and decicated to their students and classes. Be prepared to work extremely hard, the field is becoming more and more competetive, be prepared to work hard if you are looking to attend grad school.

3 College Senior

Weather: It's Ohio – Well, we are in Columbus, Ohio so we see everything. This past winter was rough, lots of snow, and ice, on the plus side, campus did close one day, which never happens. Spring quarter is the best, everyone is laying out, playing sports, listening to music, doing homework, napping or just enjoying the day on The Oval, nothing beats a sunny spring day out on the Oval. Fall is also really enjoyable, great sunny weather for tailgaiting :)

5 College Junior

Facilities: Athletic Centers – The Ohio State University's Athletic center the R-pac is the most amazing athletic facility in Columbus. It consists of many newer machines great group classes and large cafe. The R-pac is open to all OSU students and is very convenient. It out does even the high class Life Time Fitness in all areas.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug Use – There are a lot of people from many different places, so yea there are a lot of drugs. Everyone has their own party life so I dont mess with the drugs

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: Most of the Greeks on campus (guys) are looked down upon as joining a frat as a way to make friends. Not a lot of people like "frat guys". The girls however are not really viewed any differently.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Crime happens all over the campus housing areas all the time.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Diverse Campus and Boys – Ohio State is a huge campus with a diverse student population. Looking for a nice indie boy or an attractive frat boy? Gotcha covered. Running into a hot foreign exchange student at a house party? Totally happens. (Personally Italian and French men so far) Not everybody grew up on a farm and there are plenty of out of state students from every region of the country.
On campus gyms and recreational teams are very accessible to students so you'll find the majority of boys active and in shape and with every sort of age and maturity level in between. Meeting people isn't hard either and you literally will have your pick of boys. While there is a mainstream of pop culture trends among most of the student population, there are still plenty of people who are not.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Great City to Start in – Columbus is the state capitol and a thriving city, you can find a lot of things to do if you ever find time to pull yourself away from campus. If you have never lived in a city before, its a great place to start. The bus is easily accessible for students, who get to ride for free with their student ID, and there are many enjoyable places to visit. The Short North is within walking distance of campus or a short bus ride and its filled with galleries, vintage shops, bars and clubs. I've been to a show there and there are plenty of events that go on there. Make sure you have some ice cream form Jenni's! There's also the arena district downtown and all of those bars and clubs. Venture out to the suburbs and there are very nice shopping malls. You should be able to find anything from an eatery to a shop off of HIgh Street that will become a fast favorite. Many cater to students, so they either accept BuckID cash, deliver, stay open late, or have great deals for students. Ohio State has a huge alumni population as well as being a well respected institution. There's a homey and friendly feel towards students off campus and Columbus is a city you can live in without ever feeling overwhelmed.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Work Your Resources – Computers are easily accessible and are in all the libraries on campus that I have used but you need to understand every location to work it to your full advantage. The Thompson Library and the SEL are always going to have their computers full during any convenient time that you would like to use it. Travel a bit north of campus and you'll find the Architecture library in Knowlton Hall to be practically empty or walk east towards High Street and 15th and the Fine Arts Library usually has a computer or two open (they only have maybe four or five computers total). I lived in south campus dorms so I used the computer lab from the library located next to the hospital more often due to location but its usually only half full. If you are an art student who would need to work on the computer, there is a lab fully equipped with media software however I strongly suggest calling ahead to reserve a computer and especially during midterms/ finals. Your department should have their own computer lab anyway which I use during the week when the building is open.
If you don't want to deal with university student's schedule to use the computer at odd hours, then investing in a laptop is the way to go. Most people have one anyway and the campus is wireless so you have internet access in your dorm, in any building, or if you want to study outside on the Oval.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Moderately Safe – Ohio state is a large campus and therefore hard to keep it under a constant watch. Recently a shooting occured at Ohio State. These things are few and far in between however,they can take place. Other wise Ohio State is a relatively safe campus.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: I think that partying is an unavoidable aspect of college life and OSU is certainly no exception. There are plenty of options (both those catering to the underage as well as the 21+ crowd) in the campus area and in the chnance that they don't suit you, downtown is only about five or ten minutes away (free shuttle busses run ferquent routes thursdays through saturdays). Fraternities throw plenty of parties and while I'm not personally big on house parties; you will never find yourself at a loss to find one. While OSU is not thee biggest party school in the country, it certainly knows how to have a good time.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I think that OSU has a good mix of people. It is the biggest school in the country so you are bound to find someone with similiar interests. I went to a branch school during my freshman year so transferring here brought about a refreshing change in scenery. I definitely see more "urban" dress here, though there is still a mix of different cultures and backgrounds. Greek life is not comparatively big at OSU but I am a member of a sorority and so it is my prime source of social interaction. Relationships are most likely the same across the board, in my oppinion- most college students are figuring out what they do and don't want so it's not an aspect that I would see differing too much between schools.

5 College Senior

Academics: The Ohio State University has an impressive list of academic opportunities. I chose this school because the Psychology Program is ranked 7th in the country but students here may choose from 170 majors or may create a custom major specific to their intended career path. The classes are definitely bigger than what I was used to in high school (I've had lectures that were bigger than my entire graduating class), but I believe that students who are motivated to excel certainly have the opportunity to establish relationships with professors. In addition to 170 majors, Ohio State offers over 900 choices for extra-curricular involvement and boasts one of the best First Year Experience programs in the country. I chose OSU because the Psychology Program here is ranked seventh in the country. The school also offers several top-ranked programs and I am consistently impressed with the level of my peers' intellignce. I would give OSU an A+.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Buses Are Good but Sometimes a Car Is Necessary – There are campus buses that run all day and with your student id you have free use of all of the Columbus public buses so when you don't have far to go this is a cost-effective and easy way to get around. When you are venturing further to places such as Easton or Polaris you are much better off driving.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Many Restaurants, Some Require a Car to Get to but Are Worth the Hastle – There are many excellent restaurant options around campus. Many of them are within walking distance but if you have access to a car, there are excellent options in the Polaris and Easton areas that are worth driving to. I highly recommend trying any of the Cameron Mitchell restaurants such as Marcellas, Cap City, and Ocean Club. You won't be disappointed

3 College Senior

Computers: Free Wifi on Campus, Why Not Take Advantage? While there are many labs available on campus I usually only use them when I need to print something because I forgot to print it at home. Using the money on your student id you can print from most labs on campus. There is free wifi access almost everywhere on campus, including on the oval so I prefer to bring my laptop to campus when I need computer access.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Obviously, drinking is not allowed in the dorms. However, my RA for my first year told us just to not let her know about it, and not to act like you don't have it, if you do get caught.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities at OSU are wonderful. The gyms offer a wide variety of equipment the students can use. Also, the gyms are located in various places around the campus so that they're in close range to everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't actually been inside the apartments surrounding Ohio State. However, the outsides of the apartments are very nice. Most of the apartments are quite expensive, though. Most apartments start at around $500.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Not So Hot – I don't even have a car on campus but I can tell you from trying to park with friends, it's a mess!

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Most college students you meet drink regularly, but I was pretty surprised to find that 95% of my guy friends and a good majority of girl friends smoke pot regularly. For anyone underage, it's certainly easier to get weed the alcohol, as you'll have at least two dealers living in your dorm. However, heavy drugs are rare and definitely frowned upon by most students.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Not Bad – Whenever people from other schools visit they seem to be impressed by campus food. With only a few traditional dinning halls, most of the food is on a "swipes" base. You can eat a variety of decent choices, with multiple quick stops in most areas on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse – I am from a diverse area of Florida highly populated with Jews, Hispanics, Greeks, Koreans, African Americans, you name it! But I have to say I've never seen a larger amount of Asians, mostly Chinese. There are a good amount of Indians as well. However, everyone seems to stay in their ethnic circle, there isn't much blending.

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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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