Columbus, OH
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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Reviews 3525 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Columbus has ample amounts of off-campus housing opportunities that are within accessible distance of campus with many different accomodations such as several or single person, pets or no pets, etc. If you start searching early enough you can find very nice places for good money but they longer you wait the harder it will be to find a nice place without paying an arm and a leg. Not to mention you have to watch the area you choose. Crime rate is highest just off campus.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Opportunistic University – My major is pharmacy with a minor in nutrition and another in studio arts at The Ohio State University. All professors I've encountered thus far are very knowledgable and experienced offering as much assistance as I could ask for. If a concept is misunderstood, there are abounding actions to be taken in order to fully understand. Such a large university also provides many shadowing, volunteering, club, and community service opportunities that can broaden your experience, ensure your confidence in your career choice, and also enhance job search and fulfill one's moral ambitions. There is also a pharmacy living community in one of the dormitories which provides students with opportunities to speak with pharmacists and many other ways to get involved in the pharmacy community, which is always favorable for job placement. However, job search may be made relatively painless as these conveniences extend into future prospects also, with the opportunities to be placed in the workforce directly out of school.

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1 College Junior

Parking: Almost Impossible – Nearly impossible to find parking. Parking garages are useless. YOu pretty much have to find a free parking space outside someone's house.

College Freshman

Academics: This Ohio State University is the perfect school for me. It has many opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, including tutoring programs, advising, minority groups, athletic, and volunteering. I have been selected to be a member of their Scholars Program for Architecture. At OSU, I know that I will learn many valuable things, meet new people, and greatly prepare for a successful life as an architect.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Lots of Opportunities – This school is for everyone. If you're athletic, OSU has huge sports and fitness facilities. If you're musically talented, there is a place for you, maybe in the band! There is a farm just on the edge of campus for those who enjoy animals and crop science. There is also a large amount of faculty and facilities for the science majors, along with an entire hospital for medical students, which has just started a new building phase. OSU pretty much has everything you could want.

4 College Senior

Weather: Pretty Good – During the winter it can be somewhat a cold walk in between classes, and during the spring a little wet if you don't have an umbrella, but it is really great during nice weather because you can enjoy the trees and outdoors on your walks.

4 College Senior

Academics: I'm a Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology Major. I'm a Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology major and this has given me some unique opportunities that I otherwise would not have even considered doing, like volunteering over the summer to work in a faculty member's research lab. I will continue this work into the next academic year and actually earn credit towards graduation!

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Excellent Use of Size – Ohio State is a very large school, but they use it to their advantage instead of making people feel left out.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is there for parties and some other events, but it doesn't dominate atOSU. It's not a big deal if you are in a frat or anything like that..I really can't give it a grade as I don't participate

College Sophomore

Athletics: everyone knows what's going on in our athletic department at the moment..just pick up a newspaper

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Bio Engineering – I am in my fresheman year and like it so much I am enrolling in summer school. I know that I have a great future but it comes with alot of hard work.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Average, but Getting Better – Not being used to sharing a room made living in the dorms a lot harder. However, for being as big a school as Ohio State is, they do put every effort into making the dorms feel comfortable and homey. New renovations on the South Campus dorms as well as the addition of Lane Avenue housing should make living on campus easier in the future.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safe, but Still in the Middle of a City – Being a big school in the middle of a city Ohio State has put a lot of security measures in place to make it as safe as possible. However, Columbus is still a big city and the campus is public, meaning anyone can walk around campus. During the day it's very safe, but it's probably not a bad idea to avoid walking alone at night and to follow all the basic safety procedures.

4 College Junior

Academics: The School That Has Everything – If there is something I love most about Ohio State, it's that it has a lot of diversity in the classes offered. From Agriculture to Zulu, there is something for everyone. Additionally, the tradition of excellence claimed by the university is reflected in it's faculty and teaching staff as I've yet to encounter a professor or teaching assistant that was not dedicated to what they were teaching.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mixed Bag – There are so many different races and religions at OSU. You can walk down the street and see everything.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are so many food options. From greasy to fresh.


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Gilburt L. Chiang
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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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