Columbus, OH
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Reviews 3541 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have never seen any form of discrimination on campus.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was able to get a scholarship thru the College of Engineering that has been very helpful. There is a separate application, besides the university-wide application.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – The entire Ohio State campus is very well lit. There are campus police patrolling the streets all the time, you will see a patrol car pass by you every minute or so if you are walking on a street. Also where there are walking paths inaccessible to vehicles you will find emergency call booths, and I'm told that the police have very fast response times. Also with the amount of people walking around campus you never feel as if you are alone. I feel very safe walking around campus at night.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: They're Out There – The internships are out there, and depending on your major, you may be e-mailed notices about them. I've applied to two positions here so far, and am waiting for a response.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Some universities have free places to park. This isn't one. The campus is essentially a city; if you have business in more than a small section of it, bring a bike. I can't speak to how much parking is actually available once you've paid; just don't expect to put your car anywhere for free.
Fortunately, buildings are lumped together by category. I've never needed to travel more than a reasonable walking distance on campus.

The one time I did have to park, I found myself on the seventh floor of some huge parking complex, the kind it takes five minutes to get in and out of.

5 College Junior

Facilities: When most people think of Ohio State the football history and tradition of excellence first comes to mind. But, the university itself is much more than a great winning football program. Ohio State boasts the most collegiate sports teams in the state of Ohio, offers award-winning academic programs, and a President with a bowtie. If there is one thing that is special about Ohio State, it's options. The Ohio State community offers numerous choices in housing, dining, and social events. They bring concerts, comedians, lecturers,and political figures to campus free for students. The social atmosphere is conducive to any type of person and the diversity of students and cultures is prominent, welcomed,and celebated.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: You'll Have Some of the Best Times You'll Never Remember - Alcohol – Alcohol is by far the most visible and popular drug on and around campus. In the dorms, you are given a slap on the wrist the first couple times you are caught doing some underage drinking. While some people smoke pot, it is usually done at parties where alcohol is present as well. As long as house and frat parties are held inside or on the lawn, and not spilling onto the sidewalks or the street, cops do not bother. Some of the bars around campus have cracked down on underage drinking and have changed from 18+ to 21+, but free beer is only steps away from High Street at somebody's house.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Average at Best Expect for the Parties – Being a part of a fraternity or sorority is not a necessary part of the Ohio State college experience. Many students look down on the Greek organizations for their lack of volunteer efforts, community contributions, GPA failures, and school violations. Most students join for the parties and to make friends. However, a few sororities and fraternities do get it right and put on noteworthy and popular events around Columbus and Ohio State. Ohio State does not offer on-campus or special Greek housing. The Greek houses are right off-campus. While most of the houses look like mansions with magnificent accommodations, the insides are atrocious and the floors are falling in. Overall, a student will have a social life if he or she chooses not to join the Greek community, but others will gain community opportunities, a close circle of friends, and free beer by joining.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My Money – Financial aid changed everything and now I'm getting less money. But they did give me more grants this year. One very IMPORTANT thing, always talk to your advisor to lay everything out straight. It CAN seem like they're trying to cheat you on money, but it turns out you misunderstood or mistyped some information so make sure everything is CRYSTAL CLEAR

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: What Do I Think? I think Ohio State is a really great school, the huge campus can present a number of problems but that's also what makes it a spectacular school. There's nothing I would change about it.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Plenty of parking, it's just all over the place because of the HUGE campus. You have to get to class early because parking can fill up quick. Parking isn't too expensive, its a good price. The only problems would be a full parking lot close to a particular building you wanted to be by.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Number 1 ranked sports teams
Highly ranked hospitals
Over 10 Top ten ranked programs
Considered a "best value" among public universities

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of apartments and housing close by. The university area has become a lot safer over the years.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus – There are many dining options nearby. My favorites are Panera, McDonalds, BW3, Wendy's and Chipotle. You can use your BuckID card for convenience. Cost is fine with student discounts available.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is like a tipical midwest state, but a little warmer. Being from Iowa there was not much change going to Ohio. The only difference I noticed is that Columbus doesn't have as bad of winters as Iowa.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletics at Ohio State are off the chart! As a student-athlete myself at Ohio State, the athletics and athletic department is amazing! They care about the athletes well-being, and the students/fans experience. They are always improving things to increase the experience for not only the athletes but the fans.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The facilities and campus are amazing! The level of opportunity at The Ohio State University is limitless! If for some reason the university doesn't have what you need to better yourself. They will find it and get it for you. Along with being a fantastic university, the workload and classes are not easy. Ohio State wants its degree to hold a high stature in the working world. Professors and departments expect a lot out of the students, but at the same time there tons of resources to help you. LOVE OSU!! I bleed scarlet and grey!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Student safety on campus is very important to OSU. Emergency buttons are located throughout campus. Student Safety Services offers free rides to the campus and some surrounding housing areas via Campus Escort. I feel very safe to walk alone on campus, but I wouldn't recommend it at night. I'll ride the bus or the escort service.
OSU also offers an emergency alert system though every students cell phone and email to keep everyone updated during an emergency.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: While OSU is located in a very urban area, the school itself is pretty isolated. There is a lot to do on campus because of its size and access to opportunity. Shopping is great, with Easton and Polaris malls a short bus ride away.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Options – There are obviously tons of off-campus housing options when you're right in a city like Columbus.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not Much Room – The dorms are extremely cramped my freshman year but there are always people to hang out with.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: OK but Not as Good as Home – There are a lot of good places right off campus that accept the BuckID so that is nice. The food is okay but it's incomparable to a home cooked meal.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Ohio State has an outstanding amount of student clubs and organizations. These clubs showcase the amount of diversity the university offers. There is literally something for everyone. It seems like everyday, some group has a table set up on campus, giving away free food so they can talk to you about their cause for a few minutes. Also, the student involvement fair in the fall allows not only the incoming freshmen, but also upperclassmen the large amount if clubs and organization that are just waiting to take on new members.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – I lived on South Campus in the high rise dorms, and it was the best decision I have ever made! It was close to the middle of campus, dining places, and shopping/restaurants too. I met a lot of great people living in the dorms, and wouldn't trade the experience for the world! However, a downside was the lack of air conditioning. Also, the bathrooms/rooms could stand a bit of a makeover. But other than that, the dorms were a lot of fun and an essential part of the "freshmen experience"!

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The policies are strickly enforced at my school, but they do have some bars on campus. if you are not 21 or older they will not serve you drinks and you will be kicked out if you buy drinks for anyone who is underage. I havent had to deal with much drug use, and it is also enforced very well.


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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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