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Columbus, OH
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38,884
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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Average
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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.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I love Ohio State! The classes are challenging but not overwhelming. The student body is very diverse it attracts people from all over the world and all walks of life, everyone is very friendly and easy to get along with. There a large amount of big name concerts and guests speakers sponsored by the university. The social life off campus is great too, lots of parties during the weekend. You will never be bored at OSU. The facilities such as the Ohio Union, Library and RPAC(work out) are all brand new and very very nice.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Film Studies – I am a Film Studies major. This major is good if you are interested in a formal study and critical analysis of film istead of a hands on production course. My professors have always been very helpful, easy to access, and always willing to help.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The Computer labs are crowded during the day inbetween classes. You receive 5$ worth of printing each quarter in the labs.It is important to own your own, WiFi is available all across campus.

5 College Student

Athletics: Sports in General – Sports at Ohio State are definitely a huge part of student life. As a student, you are first and foremost a Buckeye. The school spirit is phenomenal!

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: For Some People – It seems like all the Greek people talk about is Greek related things. There are some big sororities and fraternities. Its not really a big deal, but they are there.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many places to eat. A lot of them deliver too which is very convenient. I go for the faster food options rather than sit down places. The sit down places I have been to are good though too. There is so much variety that you'll find something that will get your taste buds.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Nice Area – I really like the Columbus area. It reminds me of Cleveland since it is such a major city. There is plent to do. What really draws me is the concert venues. I am able to go to places like The Newport, The Basement and The LC and a lot of other places. The Blue Jackets play at Nationwide Arena which is also good if you're looking for a professional sports team.

5 College Student

Transportation: Campus buses run every five minutes to take you fast around campus.

5 College Student

Guys & Girls: Ohio State has many diverse interests and events to attract anyone. Everyone can find something to belong to.

5 College Student

Diversity: Many students from around the world attend Ohio State University. It is one of the reasons I have decided to attend there.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Great atmosphere everyone is friendly kind and I've had a great time

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Alot of Choices – There are alot of choices but at a high price and low quality

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Good Choices – Plenty of places on and off campus to eat with great food.

2 College Freshman

Weather: There was a snow emergency issued and they still did not cancel class. A lot of days when other colleges cancelled classes, OSU did not. My shoes were ruined and I had to buy new ones.

2 College Freshman

Computers: Each Student Needs to Purchase His/Her Own Computer – You can never find a spot at a computer lab! You definitely need to have your own computer and printer. Also, during special times (midterms, finals, scheduling) the internet can be very slow, or not work at all.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Going Out? Better Check the Age Limits. There is so much to do around campus at Ohio State, but most have a 21 or older age limit. There are a few 18+ and some of the normally 21+ have 19+ nights that are worth going to, but the majority of students that aren't 21 go to house parties.

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Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
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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