Columbus, OH
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3 College Junior

Parking: While commuters may grip about paying $90 a year to park on campus, the price is worth it in my opinion. The only downside is that you are 30 min walking distance from main campus. The plus side is that there is a regular busing service to take you from the lot to campus.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug Scene Is Out of Sight, Alcohol Not So Much – To be honest I've never even heard of drug abuse on campus, but that may just be me. Alcohol however is running rampant. If there's are party there is like some form of it present.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Something for Everyone – There are all kinds of people here at OSU, and with them all kinds of beliefs and perspectives. While the majority of the college is white, there are plenty of other ethnic groups represented as well. The only down side that I can see is that there is a monopoly in the religion department, with Christianity taking top spot.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: High Street Is the Place to Be – No matter where you go on High St. you can always find the restaurant you want. From fast food to in-house dinning,there is everything you could possibly want. The prices are to be expected, but there are always discounts to be had for students. The Eddie George's Bar and Grill is an especially hot place for gatherings during Football Saturday.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Condom Club, Mirror Lake and Research Opportunities – What a combination right? Well the Condom Club is a program at the RPAC's Wellness Center that is focused on safe sex on campus and provides members with 50 condoms for $5 after successful completion of a short condom use information session.
After joining the Condom Club you can get yourself hyped up for the Michigan football game in November. The most popular and traditional way to do this is to jump into Mirror Lake the Thursday before the football game, even if the lake has a layer of ice on it.
However, after all the fun there are plenty of opportunities to gain important research experience by applying for the many Research Internships on campus, crucial for anyone who would like to pursue a graduate degree.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Incredible Variety – Ohio State's size results in incredible diversity, there are students from all around the world at this school and tons of pretty people everywhere you look. If you're looking to meet people with similar interests then you must join a few of our student organizations, there are over 900 by the way, that cater to practically any interest. Meeting people is definitely not an issue here at Ohio State.

5 College Freshman

Academics: One of the Largest Majors – Psychology is consistently one of the largest majors here at Ohio State so the program receives a pretty good amount of funding which allows Psych majors to enjoy certain perks. For example, all declared Psych majors at Ohio State have access to the Psychology Building's computer lab and are also given 75 free prints from that lab. Psychology majors also receive $1000 toward any study abroad program they are a part of, even if the program is not related to the major. Also, Psychology Grad Students at Ohio State do not have to pay tuition and may even receive teaching positions at the University during their Graduate studies, a major plus of the Psychology program.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I really enjoy living at Morrison Hall at OSU. I think that the bathrooms really need an upgrade but overall the set up is really nice. You are close enough to everything on campus and you get to know who you are living with in the hall

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Variety of Capums Food – The variety of food on campus is good enough that your are content but the variety could be better. Many of the places on cmpus to eat serve almost the same things and the food gets really old fast.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: In the Middle of Nowhere – Very expensive for parking passes. Buses are available to pick you up across campus but expect a 20 to 30 minute bus ride. An inconvenience.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: It Is Alright – Never really into athletics, but I know OSU has a strong foundation when it comes to that subject.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Even if the size is big, there are people everywhere and there are emergency stands everywhere.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Feels Like Home. The atmosphere has to offer a grand yet filled with variety.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Great Time – the only complaint I can say is weather. The entire school/campus environment is amazing. Love OSU. definitely worth coming to. Unlike any other place...Parties, academics, and athletics all top notch.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Frat parties have been cracked down on since I was there. We used to have all out bashes at Beta. So did Phi Psi and Phi Tau. Now no parties are allowed. Most sororities have really hot chicks so it is a good way to meet them. I joined to feel like I was more apart of campus than just an individual of 50,000 plus students.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: One of the largest and newest workout facilities in RPAC and brand new state of the art main library and student union (the ohio union). Straight up the best in the country for sure.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: As a native Ohioan I am used to the four season extremes. Fall is fun with gamedays and everything though it gets cold towards the end of it. Winter, be ready for snow and lots of it. It can be fun. Spring is amazing and same with summer. Tons of ladies all over campus laying out in bikinis. The oval awesome and O'patio (four kegs) is a sweet bar when it starts to warm up.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I have been to tons of campuses around the country. tOSU has amazing nightlife. Downtown is cool when you are older and want to get a little bit further away from the younger crowd. Bars on High St. are always packed and always a good time.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Busses always running all around the entire campus and the entire city. All free with your student ID. Cabs are also readily available very easily.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Not Bad – Parking at tOSU is not the worst I have ever seen on campus at least. The off campus parking is not bad but if you park in a spot that you are not supposed to you will get towed ASAP

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Tops in the US – The Ohio State University athletics, student involvement and spirit, facilities and team performance are all top notch. The gameday atmosphere at The OSU is unlike that of any other school.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall, it's been good at OSU. I am currently a junior and feel like I still have so much to do. It sucks that I may be graduating soon--I wish I could stay longer!

4 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity at OSU is really not bad at all. One could say it's almost impressive. There are many international students here, both as undergrads and grads. A lot of people come from random places, from every side of the country to the urban and rural parts of Ohio. There is basically every color of the rainbow (racially) and so many various political and religious beliefs. Being in Columbus, OH, OSU has a huge LGBT support group. OSU is a huge college and because of that, it holds a beauty in carrying so much diversity. This is one of its best aspects.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Housing isn't too bad... The quality, however, is just O. K. You'd think that since OSU is such a big place there would be plenty of housing options closeby, but unfortunately a) there really aren't that many, and b) the available ones are ridiculously expensive for their less-than mediocre quality. If the facilities could be in better shape with cheaper rent, then the off-campus housing wouldn't be as bad.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Fun Party Pals – People at Ohio State are very friendly and open-minded. They just like to have a good time. You still have your typical jerky frat dudes and stuck-up sorority girls (although some very nice ones too), but for the most part everyone is laid back and fun.


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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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