Columbus, OH
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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Reviews 3529 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Senior

Greek Life: Do Not Know – I do not live on campus and do not know of any greek students

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Lots of Variety – Campus is in the center of things, for dorm residents there are various opportunieis as well as a large variety of vendors

4 College Senior

Facilities: Campus Offers Most Anything That You Would Want – OSU has a fabulous recreation center incuding a pool, track, workout equipment, weights, etc. Student Heath Center is accessible, main library is brand new with many college specific liabraries as well as on-line libraries

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug safety information is hyper-salient at OSU. Most people know how to manage their alcohol intake. Peer pressure isn't as controlling as it is at some other colleges.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Almost everyone at The Ohio State University is involved in athletics in some way. As most of you know, Ohio State is always a contender in just about every major sport, resulting in tremendous fan support. Ohio State has the largest on campus recreational center open most hours to all students.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of Options – The Ohio State University Columbus campus is surrounded on all sides by all sorts of restaurants. The variety is unrivaled, and most have very reasonable prices for the amount and quality of the food. This is very convenient for students on a budget, as well as students that don't have much time to eat.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Combination of Macs and Dells – OSU has many different computer centers. Many of the buildings have their own Computer labs, and Thompson Library has many as well. I've never had a bad experience with any of the computers I've used on campus. However, I mainly use my own laptop on campus. OSU provides decent technical support for student computers, which is a perk. The "Buckeye Bar" at Thompson library is available to assist students with computer issues for free during the day.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Diverse and Full of Opportunities – The Ohio State University campus definitely has whatever you're looking for. OSU has a huge selection of student organizations, intramural sports, and clubs to get involved with. On top of what OSU offers, the city of Columbus itself has many opportunities as well. Campus is right near the arts community, in the Short North and in Grandview.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I Hear That.. Off campus housing options are pretty broad in Columbus. If students don't decide to live in a dorm or reside at home they have choices of joining Young Life houses or leasing housing with a few roommates for reasonable prices. Leasing is around a year usually in areas that can be considered a little unsafe. They are close to campus and have lots of things to do around them. Like any downtown area, parking is a little tough but most things you need are close.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Definitely Safe! Each building requires a special I.D given at orientation to the student for the student to be able to enter and use the facility. If someone feels unsafe they can call campus security and be escorted or driven by the officers to their desired destination. There is security in most buildings, especially ones where there are a lot of students.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of cuties laying out or walking around the oval when it's warm.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors at OSU will find a research opportunity for anyone who wants one. Not to mention, they spend over 750 million dollars per year on research alone.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is few and far between since it is such a big school. Extra curriculars and good grades help.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus and city buses are free but sometimes are overcrowded or are late. Also, with lots of construction around campus you have to be careful that you're aware if the routes change. There are taxis available, an airport within 20 minutes, and a Greyhound station that is accessible via the city bus. On-campus transportation is provided if you are on crutches or otherwise disabled.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits are a little expensive and you can only have them as an upperclassman, freshman are not allowed to have cars. However, there isn't really a need to have a car on campus. City and campus buses are free to students and there are tons of taxis around if you'd rather take one of those.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Pretty Chill – Ohio State seems to understand that students are going to party, and we do. Extremely hard. campus police are relatively non-existant when it comes to shutting down parties.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – I've met so many different people and learned so much from all of them. There are so many international students and people from all over the country. The lgqbt group is pretty good too. Before coming to osu i knew maybe one gay person, now my best friend here is a lesbian.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being an engineering major requires A TON OF WORK and dedication, and lots and lots of math. You will spend countless hours studying and your class load will be bigger then any of your friends since you'll be taking at least two lab classes a quarter. The professors are very helpful and there are so many opportunities on campus to get involved through engineering.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My first year at OSU went so well, I'm an out of state student who didn't know anyone. Now i have an awesome group of friends and I am involved with a few different clubs and a dance group. I had some mishaps, like changing my major and a nightmare of a roommate freshman year, but things all worked out wonderfully.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Lots of Attractive Guys! Just go out to the Oval on any Spring Quarter day, guys with their shirts off playing any imaginable sport. The Oval is extremely chill and great for hanging out and meeting new people :) Lots of the athletes walk around campus a ton, super attractive ones there!

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Work Environment – Ohio State offers such a great work environment with so many places to study and ways to get help with your studies. Between The Union, the SEL (science and engineering library) and the big library there is always some where quiet to study. Professors are very willing to help, there are many tutor services, plus the Younkin Success building provides classes and tips to help with study. Overall, OSU has an awesome hands on attitude and is dedicated to student's successes.

College Freshman

Nightlife: i go to the OSU in marion so there really nothing to do at night unless you go out of town

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: in the bulding we take classes in there is a student lounge with vending machines. but all around the campus are fast food and sit down resturaunts

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Love It – Ohio State is awesome. i would recommend it to anyone and it is a very prestigious university

4 College Freshman

Computers: Very Useful and a Great Place to Study – the libraries at the Ohio state university offer great places to focus on school work and the computers they offer are very accessible. they have very fast wi-fi and there are thousands to choose from


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Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
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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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