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

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Ohio State's varsity sports (especially football) are unmatched. The entire city of Columbus comes alive when the Buckeyes are at play. There is a feeling of community and unity that you just can't find anywhere else, especially when Carmen Ohio plays and you link arms with complete strangers to sing. Its just something you have to experience.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Between the recently renovated Thompson Library and the soon to open, totally new Student Union, and the state of the art recreational facilities like the RPAC and ARC, Ohio State's are hard to beat.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The RAs will only bust you if you're being an idiot.

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many people do them just don't get caught. My roommate smokes weed like every night.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Its alright. Not awesome, not terrible.

3 College Junior

Facilities: I love Ohio State. I only have a couple things that are kind of negative that you will need to look out for. PARKING is $%^&* ridiculous. If you live on campus as an upperclassmen and you have a car...watch out. If you have to leave in the morning to go to work don't expect to find a parking spot until at least after 4:30pm. My worst experience was coming back to campus one morning at 9:30 AM when i had class at 11:30 and driving around for AN HOUR looking for a spot...then getting so maddd that I just parked at a meter and didnt have money to pay it but i needed to go to class and I came back and had a ticket. It would be different if the parking passes weren't so expensive but mine was over $500...not to mention my parking lot isnt even paved so my car is always dirty with dust. GAH...

My second complaint is sometimes it is hard to get a hold of advisors...OSU really needs to hire more advisors because I have waited 3 weeks for replies to emails and calls before.

But other than my two complaints OSU really is the way to go. There are so many opportunities here and so many people to meet that you can't go wrong OR get bored. The social life is amazing you can have anything from a night staying in watching movies and studying to a night downtown. Columbus is a cute city! The sports are the most fun you'll have at a college game and the diversity from teachers, the experiences that they have that they teach you about and the medical center being so close... its really really nice. The opportunities to advance in research.. its all great. :)

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1 College Freshman

Parking: car on campus – It is a hassel to have a car on campus. Parking passes are extremely expensive. There are only certain places one can park and it is usually very far from their residence hall. There are campus and public buses and other forms of transportation all throughout campus. It is very easy to get a parking ticket when bringing a car to campus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Police and safety services – There is always campus security, campus police, and city police on campus. I always feel completely safe. There are student safety vans that transport students to desired destination when it gets dark.There are several panic buttons throughout campus to push when in a dangerous situation.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There are many classes to choose from.There are a number of academically competitive programs.

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Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
Major
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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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