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

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: So many choices – I never toured a smaller school, so I never had the chance to experience that atmosphere. Being at Ohio State and hearing stories about other schools I feel like i'm a queen, especially when it comes to campus dining. Ohio State has over 25 places to eat on campus, including coffee shops, traditional all-you-can-eat dining, a hot dog stand, a smoothie place at the RPAC, a burrito place, a wings place, a 1950's inspired diner, and much more! There is a very wide variety of cuisines. Sometimes the swipe system gets old. On the bright side, most places give you tons of food, so you'll never go hungry. There are two places that are open late, PAD (Pizza at Drake) and Burritos Noches, so if you get the munchies, you can always go there. Overall, I like campus dining. By the end of the year it gets tiring, but there are plenty of off campus dining places to choose from too!

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity comes to those who seek it. I recently joined the only multicultural sorority on Ohio State's campus, Delta Xi Phi, and I am an International Affairs Scholar, a group that cherishes, relishes, and seeks to learn about different cultures. Besides the obvious racial diversity, there are students from a very wide range of backgrounds economically and socially. Diversity goes way beyond what color your skin is. Ohio State has a predominant white population, bu there are many other facets of diveresity that make OSU stick out.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Blend of Success – Many people worry about getting lost in a sea of students because of Ohio State's vast student population. This is definitely not the case. I had a biology class that was massive, but that is about it so far. My Italian classes are capped at 25, and many professors would like to create relationships with their students, as long as the students are willing. Ohio State has many study abroad, internship, and research opportunities, all of which I plan on taking advantage of. The professors and instructors are very interested in the success of the students, but the students must work hard to achieve success. Ohio State's academics blend great professors, interesting courseloads, and success in the best way possible.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The City to Be in – Ohio State is located in Columbus, Ohio, a vibrant city with many opportunities for success now and in the future. A few minutes away from campus is the Short North, the Arena District, German Village, and more. Each of these places offer great food, plenty of attractions, and awesome shopping for every budget. High Street itself is an attraction, with plenty of eateries, bars, bookstores, shopping, and more! Columbus is the city to be in.

4 College Junior

Facilities: OSU's facilities are excellent. The RPAC is a top of the line recreation center and offers a wide variety of activities. Several other rec centers are available on campus as well, such as the ARC, and JO South/North. The Oxley Library is massive, containing several million volumes. A new student union also just went up, offering a place to study, eat, or just hang out.

4 College Junior

Academics: Overall, the classes I've taken have been good. Class sizes are generally large, but smaller classes are available if you're willing to look for them. Professors are mostly accessible. Whenever I emailed a prof, I always got a response in a timely manner. OSU offers a diverse set of majors and classes, so there's something for everybody.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation on campus is great. The CABS buses are very easy to ride, they often come, there are many stops, and they go all over campus. Also sutdents can ride the columbus public bus for free. Driving on campus can be kind of annoying because of the pedestrians

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. Of course everyone knows OSU to be big but I find no problem with it. My classes and track practices are all over campus, but getting on a bus is very convenient and easy. It is very fun to be on campus and you can find basically anything you need right near campus. It is very fun living on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Health Information Management Systems – I am still in the HIMS pre major and will be applying to the college this spring. The work load combines math, business, science, and other classes. The work load is difficult but managable. The staff seems to be very helpful.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Not Strict – Outside of Honors dorms, only hard drug use or distribution will get you kicked out.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Huge Variety – Its in Columbus, so with High Street and the Short North right nearby, there's a huge variety of food in terms of both type and cost. Check out Thurman Cafe and Jenny's Ice Cream.

2 College Senior

Academics: Huge School, So Depends – OSU is a huge school, so there are professors are excellent and care about your success, and also just as many who should not be teaching.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug Scene – I attended a community college in high school with more drug/cigarette smoking problems than at Ohio State. Surprisingly there aren't as many people that smoke cigarettes. Some students like to smoke black and milds on occasion and there are your typical drug addicts but they are few and far between. If anything students smoke weed socially but I have never come across anything. I only hear about it.

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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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