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

Campus Housing: I don't know why anyone would complain about living in Morrison—it's a lot nicer than Siebert.

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High School Student

Campus Dining: The food has gotten much better over the years. If you live on South, Marketplace is really the place to be. Located right below the athletes' dorm (of course), Marketplace has an Asian section, deli, pizzeria, salad and soup bar, and grocery store. I also love Mirror Lake, Oxley's, Burritos Noches, and of course, Buck-Yuck (aka, Buckeye Express).

High School Student

Nightlife: The best bars are the O Patio, aka Fratio. Located on 15th and High, it's awesome for day drinking, night drinking, or really any kind of drinking to hang out with your friends. Other favorites are Bento Go Go and Cazuela's---best margaritas in the city. Overall, the nightlife here is awesome because there is something for anyone who wants to party.

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High School Student

Off-Campus Dining: High Street is the place to be any time of day, mainly for the food. From the brand new Five Guys, Chipotle, Bento (best Asian food, by the way), the ever-popular Canes, and Jimmy Johns, you can have every craving met. The best part? Most places deliver!

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High School Student

Off-Campus Housing: Rent for an apartment or house is super low, as are utilities. I highly recommend using the off-campus housing service through the school. They know which landlords are good and which are not, which is a relief when you are a first-time renter.

High School Student

Health & Safety: I am a petite girl, so I probably should be scared of my city surroundings, but I'm not. Off-campus security is great, and the police and campus security are very helpful in case of an emergency or if you just get the heebie jeebies. I find them very accessible because if you call for help, they will not turn you away or arrest you, even if you are underaged and doing something you shouldn't be doing. They are really there for your safety.

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High School Student

Greek Life: I like that Greek life doesn't dominate the social scene. I come from the South, where which sorority or fraternity you are in is just as important as what your last name is. The nice thing about Greek life here is that everyone in it actually wants to be Greek. It is an awesome opportunity to be Greek, with incredible community service, leadership, and social opportunities.

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High School Student

Overall Experience: I love Ohio State. I come from Virginia, where there is pretty much every kind of college you can imagine, but there is no school like OSU. Everyone truly loves being here and considers themselves lucky to be called a Buckeye. We have almost every type of person, every type of major, any extra-curricular activity you can think of, and a thriving nightlife. Oh, and the football!?!? Wow.

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College Student

Athletics: Football! Football! Football! The students worship OSU football. The other sports are nothing compared to it. The intramural leagues get pretty big too.

College Student

Campus Strictness: The police really do not bother us that much unless we are openly being drunk out in public or carrying alcohol. Undercover cops have been known to arrest a lot of people on game day when they are drinking outside underage.

College Freshman

Diversity: OSU does have diversity, but people tend to stick to their own ethnic groupe. I am an African-American girl, but the majority of my friends are white.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is pretty awesome. Most of the places deliver and are open late. However, on Friday and Saturday nights around the time before people head to parties or are on their way home from one, off-campus places can get REALLY crowded.

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College Freshman

Weather: When it comes to Ohio weather, Mother Nature is bipolar.

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College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs aren't usually very crowded, but it's still better to have your own computer.

College Freshman

Health & Safety: I walk alone on campus late at night all the time, so based on my experience alone, I think it's pretty safe.

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College Freshman

Parking: My grandmother got a parking ticket when I was trying to move out of the dorm. She hasn't paid it, so they said they were going to withhold her grades and not let her register for classes. How stupid are they?

College Freshman

Campus Dining: Live by one rule: If you have to ask what it is, don't get it.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I've been to quite a few frat and sorority parties, and yeah..the houses are nice on the outside but raggedy as hell on the inside.

College Freshman

Nightlife: If you're underage, your best bet is an off-campus party. Occasionally a group of friends and I will get together and drink in the dorm, but it usually sucks because you have to hide the booze every time someone knocks on the door. And of course there is always the threat of getting caught by the RAs doing rounds. So to summarize, just go off campus somewhere.

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College Freshman

Academics: Despite what OSU says, GECs are pointless. And every TA that I've had has been foreign, and I couldn't understand a word they said.

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College Freshman

Facilities: The athletic center is great, and it's huge. Also, there are plenty of computer labs, libraries, and academic help centers.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: In my personal experience, I've only ever seen people do and talk about pot. The big "thing" on campus is alcohol.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Those who get involved in Greek life came to OSU with that intention. Those who did not come with any such intention generally stay away from it.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: Almost every night of the week there are a bunch of drunk people running around (alcohol is a drug, come on people, we're in college we should know that!), and especially on south campus you'll get to know the smell of weed pretty well. I don't know why everyone else is lying, but the drug/party scene at OSU is HUGE. If you deny that, then I want to know where it is that you're living or if you're just oblivious.

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Academics: Professors are cool at OSU. Make sure you know your professors, and let them get to know you! Introduce yourself, and visit them during their office hours.

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Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
Major
Electrical engineering
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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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