Columbus, OH
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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Reviews 3541 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Campus is Beautiful! The Ohio State University campus is surprisingly beautiful. It is very well maintained and classically landscaped for the traditional homely and elegant university feel. You feel very at home here. The buildings are all fresh looking and some are even very new like the Thomas Library and Ohio Union. Columbus is also a vibrant area by Short North and the Arena district, though most of the college crowd hangs out on North High and Lane.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Go Bucks! So many majors! 900+ student organizations and clubs. GREAT sports and the best damn band in the land!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Can get a little dicey... just depends on where you are.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Best thing about campus dining is the variety. Students can use their meal plan at any and all of the dining locations, many of which are non-traditional: delivery pizza to dorms and libraries, burrito place open until 2 am etc.

3 College Junior

Weather: Columbus has typical Ohio weather. Summers usually are 80 to 95 degrees. It will rain once a week on average. Winters are cold. 2 or 3 big snow storms a winter season.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: High Street – High Street, which runs right down the side of campus, has a plethura of various off-campus Dining options.

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4 College Junior

Computers: Ohio State has excellent computer technology. The Computers are up to date and stylistically nice as well. There are great labs, printers. The Network speed would be about a 8 out of ten due to heavy traffic in the evenings. Sites such as Youtube can get slower. There are plenty of accessible computers and labs on the campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Everyone Loves Sports – The sports scene at Ohio State is largely dominated by football, but other sports are supported as well. Athletic facilities are huge and have almost anything you can think of. Everyone gets involved in sports in some way, even if it's just watching the game on Saturday.

4 College Junior

Facilities: When I entered Ohio State University as a sophomore, the campus had buildings without air, building interiors were falling apart with rain leaks and dry wall missing, and stores and buildings around campus seemed old and run down. However, overall, the campus has really come up in the years. They have torn down or renovated buildings to bring them up to date including buildings with air conditioning for the hot summers and autumns of Ohio. The new athletic center is wonderful and has convenient times for the busy student who wants to fit a good workout into their daily routing. They even have more study areas than ever before including computer labs added to certain buildings for added student access. Their libraries are excellent and divided into subjects and each library is found close to a specified college for added convenience. There are more activities around campus than ever before for added entertainment. These also include new stores where the student does not even have to leave the comfort of campus life to find a Barnes and Noble or shop for essentials other than school supplies. The food locations have increased and now one can find many fast food favorites included in the student union. They also have food locations now spread throughout campus so the typical student does not have to walk as far. The revamped bus routes makes it more convenient for the average student as it relieves parking parking problems, lessens the walking distances for most students, and makes making it to your next class that much faster.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The Campus Area Bus Service (CABS) is great. It comes about ever 7 minutes. Also, in the last year the school has added electronic signs giving ETA for when the next bus or two busses will be arriving at that stop. Late at night, however, the bus only comes every 15-20 minutes.
The city bus (COTA) is also great as one line runs up and down the main off-campus street every 7-10 minutes and is "free" to ride with student ID (a $9 fee is included in each student's tuition).
Overall, transportation around campus is great. Even injured or disabled students have the Handivan option, where one is able to set up their schedule and receive rides to and from school, work, or anywhere within 3 miles of campus!

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is quite ridiculous. The parking on campus is by permit only, although OSU has made a great effort to allow anyone to park in certain campus lots using a "Pay and Display" machine, which has improved some availability of parking to those without permits. Permits for the year are quite expensive (about $230 for a student permit for the year)! There is almost never enough parking during the day. Additionally, recently the school closed a student lot to build a structure which was thought to be a parking ramp for students and turned out to be another administrative building, thus reducing a whole parking lot intended for students and not replacing those lost spots! Parking is awful and it doesn't seem like the school has done much to improve on campus parking for students! There is "west campus parking" in which the permit costs less and busses continuously run to campus from those lots. But it is difficult on weekends and at night because the busses run less frequently.
Freshman are not allowed a car on campus, which is good since there is barely enough parking for juniors and seniors. As a sophomore, you are allowed a west campus permit, and a junior and senior you are allowed a campus permit.
Overall, there is definitely not enough parking on campus and there is nothing that is being done to rectify the situation.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Safety Is Top Priority – Campus is not very strict. Off-campus there has been known to be some undercover cops looking for underage drinking, and when large campus events are occurring (football home games/upsets, cinco de mayo, etc) there is a larger police presence, which can actually be a good thing since OSU is such a large school and things can easily quickly get out of hand. I don't feel that the police interrupt any activities unless the safety of the students is at risk.
The student population has a good say about most things that go on around campus, but sometimes the feeling that students have input into "the system" is a false sense in that the decisions seem to be coming from somewhere else, even when the administration actively seeks student input.
However, as for strictness, on and off campus is not very strict against the students.

Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Lots of Girls – All different types of guys. The girls are plenty.

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Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are different races and religions at OSU. I have friends of different races. That is what I like about this school.

Recent Alumnus

Academics: Exploration Program – I had a tough time figuring out my major. The advisors have been helpful. I enjoy the college atmosphere here. There is always something to do.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Your Decision – Wandering off campus is where most alcohol and drug events are. The biggest drug abuse (other than caffeine) is probably smoking. Drinking is the biggest abuse however.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: No Impact – While Greek life is offered at OSU, only around 10% of students are involved. They do have various service events, but are mostly used as party scenes.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Tons of Options – There are many things to do and see both on and off campus at OSU. The Student Union typically hosts free events. A short bus ride (free for students) takes you into the heart of Columbus for clubs, concerts, etc. If you don't want to ride the bus there are always house parties every weekend.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Convenient but Expensive – I lived in dorms my first two years of college and it was a fun experience. I got to meet lots of cool people, it was great for having study groups, and it was convenient and easy. The only downside is that they are much more expensive than getting an apartment just off campus. On campus dining is also very good and convenient but again expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The prices are high and spots are very hard to find.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are the Best – Buses are free to use at the Ohio State University. They are very convient with many routes and areas for pickup.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Numerous Choices – There are so many options to choose from in the dining halls. There are also many cafes with healthy eating options.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I chose Ohio State due to its outstanding academics and research options. Everyone is extremely nice and helpful. There is a plethera of resources available to all students for academic suport, which are free of charge.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love all Ohio State athletics. The environment is great and there's so much support and spirit. The athletes represent the school well.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm going to live off-campus for the first time this up-coming school year. The process of findng a place wasn't too difficult, and so far the realtor company as been easy to deal with.


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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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