Columbus, OH
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Reviews 3168 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Lots of New Construction Here – The libraries and Student Union have been rebuilt and reopened to students this year. The buildings are gorgeous and provide a lot of study and hang out space. I'm a commuter student and it's nice to have places to hang out when I have gaps in my class time. The RPAC is the student rec center and has almost every kind of exercise machine and sports class you could think of!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Everywhere and Almost Too Convenient – There are so many places off-campus to eat because OSU is in a city. There are a lot of fast food places like McDonalds, Subway, Donatos, Wendy's, etc. There are also a lot of unique little places around campus. Buckeye Donuts, which is open almost 24 hours, is a favorite for cheap and delicious donuts and breakfast sandwiches as well as a late night gyro. Insomnia Cookies is also a student favorite; they sell amazingly warm and delicious cookies late at night and even deliver to campus-area places until 2am! There are a lot of really good nicer (but more expensive) restaurants in the Short North district south of campus including tea shops, coffee houses, retro diners, sushi bars and salsa clubs. North of campus Cazuela's is the place to go for Mexican cuisine and by-the-pitcher flavored margaritas. Overall there are a lot of off-campus options, so student living off-campus can do without a dining plan; and on-campus students can take a break from the dining halls.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Columbus, OH – Ohio State University is conveniently located in the more northern edge of Columbus. We have the Wexner Center for the Arts on campus and the Columbus Art Museum is just downtown of OSU. We have great sporting events, with local teams such as the Columbus Clippers (baseball) and The Columbus Blue Jackets (for ice hockey fans).

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Easy Gecs, Tons of Options – Overall, OSU's GEC program is pretty easy, which causes a lot of student headaches once they enter their major coursework. Also, because classes (especially higher level ones) fill up quickly, you might be stuck on the waitlist or having to wait until next quarter for a class you want to take. Attendance is usually not taken in GEC classes unless there is a lab or discussion portion. Discussion and participation are important in higher level classes though! Professors are really helpful and willing to meet with you (usually), especially in upper-level classes, and there are tons of available resources for help. The student has to take the initiative to do well here, however, because nobody is looking over your shoulder telling you what to do. There are also a lot of ways to advance your education with travel abroad and special interest programs. Every major under the sun is available here, and most programs are rated highly. The students who don't belong get weeded out of hard classes fairly soon, and if you don't keep up, you probably won't pass. Registration is done online and by earned credit hours, honors affiliation, sports or band affiliation and special program affiliation. Popular study areas include the libraries, the oval (when it is nice out) and dorm room common areas/study rooms. Dorms can get noisy, so it is nice to go to the library--except during finals week.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Delicious, Open Late and Everywhere – There are dining halls everywhere on campus! There are at least 2 or 3 in both the north and south dorm area, coffee and sandwich places in all the libraries and even a few coffee places in classroom buildings (if you can find them!). If you don't feel like using your swipes, many of the dining areas offer grocery type items that you can buy with grocery swipes. There are a lot of different options, including more traditional dining halls, diner-type places, grab-and-go options and even a sit-down restaurant! The dining plans can get expensive, so when you move off-campus it is best to stick with a commuter plan (if anything) so that you can grab lunch or coffee in between classes without having to worry about cash. Also, there are many places along High St. that take BuckID money, so if your meal plan comes with some cash, you can get off campus for a change.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Always Available – There are a million labs and printers on campus, and usually they are available and easy to use. Printing can even be free with your BuckID in some labs! The internet is reliable, especially the WiFi, which is available everywhere on campus. It is nice to have your own printer, however, because most dorms do not have printers in them.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Generally Safe – Overall, security at OSU is good and the police are out and active, especially at night. Because it is in the city of Columbus, crime is inevitable, but avoidable. There have been a few incidents of shootings and violence on campus, but if proper safety precautions are taken (like not walking around at night alone, having a phone on you, not getting belligerently drunk)OSU is a very safe place to be. Also, the campus police and the Columbus police are there to help you, not arrest you for pointless things. If you need help, they will help.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: dorms are great they give us a sense of self responsibility

2 College Freshman

Weather: Hot summers, fall is up and down between warm and cool very windy, winter is often freezing and full of snow, spring is often rainy, sometimes snow. The weather changes daily, and can go from 80 to 40 overnight...

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not Too Strict – You never hear about people actually getting punished unless they were doing really crazy stuff. In the dorms and campus housing you can get in more trouble for underage drinking and drug use if you get caught, but in some dorms the RA's are more lenient and won't bother with it unless it's very obvious and obnoxious.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They have their parties and events which are often a ton of fun and really cool, but a lot of people just go to private house parties as well. Mostly only freshmen and people actually a part of the Greek life attend Greek parties and events. There isn't much of a status to Greek life at OSU, because the school is way too big to know who is involved and who goes to the parties anyways.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: the security on the campus is one of the most important things because of events that already happened with students bringing guns to school. another reason security is important is because people could be seeking onto the campus threatening the students

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Ohio State is almost like a mesh of a city, park, and school!
It is surely the most beautiful campus I have ever seen.
The first thing that made me fall in love with this school was the fact that everyone was so happy and so friendly. The staff, the teachers, and even the students walking around.
There is such a vibe here; everything is alive and fast paced.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Keep an Eye Out.. It's best to look at apartments and houses as soon as you get back to school (a few months before leases are signed) to get an idea of what's out there and the rates. Also talk to friends to see what experiences they've had with renters. It's a college town, so it's not the best of places and can seem expensive to parents for what you're getting...so it's best to search early and zero in on a place as soon as possible.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food variety is pretty good, and the portions for each "swipe" are plentiful. However, it's pretty easy to understand how the "freshman 15" is put on when eating the campus food and its proportions.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: They have CABS buses which provide transportation around and off campus. And there are COTA buses

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Ohio state students are usually well dressed in jeans and t-shirts. They are interested in music, and have fun social lives.

2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: When I first got there everyone would tell me "If you don't like the weather, wait around a bit." Or something like that. Well, it's pretty much true. If it's a really sunny day, there might be a crazy downpour, if there's a blizzard, it might stop and the sun will come out. Be prepared for anything. If you live on campus, regular shoes might be fine because they plow the sidewalks really well, but I needed snow boots for anywhere off campus. But other times of the year, you'll be in shorts and flip flops or a bikini on the oval.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I Didn't Notice It. When I went to parties, I didn't see anything but alcohol and cigarettes, but maybe people were being secretive? And I smelled pot random times walking around high street and every once in awhile in the dorms, but definitely not as frequently as I'm used to in California. But I'm sure it depends on the people you hang out with. Nothing significant enough to worry about if you are worried about it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The campus seems a lot more diverse when you're there than on paper. Coming from California, a big difference between home and school was that in Ohio, people tend to segregate themselves. They interact with each other maybe for school and studying, but not as much on social occasions. And I did have difficulty with political beliefs in classes. Several professors tried to push their liberal beliefs on the students. Some might not mind that, but I'd rather learn the course material.

4 College Freshman

Parking: It Depends – When the classes start early, it's usually not a problem to find a parking spot. It's a little bit more difficult round noon.
There is a free campus bus service that is very convenient.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: It's a City Within Itself – The campus is great. It looks like a small town. The university research facilities, libraries, and bookstores are my favorite places.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Amazing Experience – Although OSU is one of the largest universities in the country, it feels like the smallest. Everyone calls it the biggest little university. I always see someone that I know when I am walking to class. You will become close friends with people you meet in your classes,and meet a large number of people. You feel like you are attending a small university when in reality there are over 50,000 students, this makes it a truly unique experience.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: So Much Fun – There is always a party at OSU. If you are under 21 there are always house parties to attend and some bars are 18 and up with cover. 21 and older students frequent the bars on High Street which are in walking distance of off campus housing. Down Town Columbus bars are also popular for 21 and up with a free shuttle bus that takes students to and from.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: South Campus Is Where It's at – Freshman dorms are average size and quality. Almost all students only live on campus during their first year. Students on South Campus tend to be more social than on North. Dorm life is still a fun experience that every student at OSU should have.


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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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