Columbus, OH
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Reviews 3186 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: While the academics are challenging and worthwhile, I don't know that I would accept going to Ohio State because of it's extreme focus on sports. I feel that the University's priorities are sometimes focused on the students' social lives instead of the educational value.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Applying for financial aid was an easy process. On applying to the University, options were clearly visible on which scholarships to apply for.

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: In regards to drug use, it's not the worst, but there are always instances of people getting busted in the dorms for smoking Marijuana. In regards to alcohol, it's extremely visible. If you do not partake in drinking, you are (9 times out of 10) left out of the group. Drinking is a big problem at OSU, and I do not believe that the right steps are being taken to reduce it!

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: When it comes to strictness of aspects such as drinking, noise violations, and drug use, it honestly just depends on who your RA is/the person who busts you is. Some people are very lenient while others are extremely strict and do not allow any warnings.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The wireless availability can be very frustrating at times, even though there are thousand of hot spots on campus. The University does have a plethora of available computers with good discounts, such as free printing (with certain majors).

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus food is fantastic. With so many different options, students can get food at virtually any time of the day or night, including weekends. All of the restaurants are in great proximity to the campus.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The workload of the STEM majors is usually overwhelming (as expected). There is not enough time in the day to dedicate the proper amount of time to each course if a students wants a good grade, especially taking into consideration extracurricular involvement.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Night life (especially after a football night game) is quite bad. There are so many students stumbling around the streets drunk. It's almost impossible to sit down in a restaurant in peace because there are so many police taking care of drunken people. I strongly recommend walking in groups (especially if you are a girl) because there are many people who seem dangerous at night before and after parties.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not involved with Greek life, so I cannot give an accurate review. While the sororities/frats are a huge thing on campus, the majority seem to not be very accepting of diversity. They are very picky.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The quality of off-campus housing simply depends on the building's proximity to the University. The houses that are closer cost more, but sometimes are not worth the extra cost based on the building's amenities. There are many off campus houses that are farther away, but are very nice in quality.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Because I live in an older residence hall, the building amenities are losing value. The campus is always renovating, so these buildings will be improved eventually. The newer residence halls are fantastic, extremely clean, and very sophisticated in appearance.

3 College Freshman

Weather: While the spring, summer, and fall are great, winter is where it gets bad (just like every other college campus). I do not approve of the fact that Ohio State rarely cancels classes when the temperatures are subzero. The campus does a good job of cleaning off the sidewalks, but has done a poor job with clearing ice buildup with salt.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Ohio State has so many attractions that draw students to the University and outside city. There are a plethora of shopping centers, movie theaters, recreational facilities, etc. While the night life is sometimes overwhelming, with good plans, it's very easy to have enjoyment.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Ohio State has so many different types of students. While some ethnicities seem to bypass others, a good mixture is prevalent. In regards to economic backgrounds, that is something that most students do not focus on, so it's an aspect that gets overlooked.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym facilities at Ohio State are fantastic, with extremely well kept equipment. Varsity sports are a huge part of this university, while the intramural sports are second place. Sports in general are a massive part of Ohio State, so if you are not a sports fanatic, you'll more than likely become annoyed.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Because I am only a freshman, I cannot give the best review of my program. I do feel that the Microbiology program (based on word of mouth) is great at Ohio State.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I cannot give any reviews because I am only a freshman.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel that the security on campus is average. If I had to walk alone at night, I would not feel the safest. There needs to be more police cars driving around the campus during the week night, not just during the weekends for a party bust.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Only somewhat bad thing is the weather. It is very unpredictable and you will barely ever get classes off because of it.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: High street and the Short North are great places to go on the weekends and week during the day and night. There is always something happening somewhere in Columbus.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are so many different kinds of people here that I had never even seen in my home state in my life.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus food is open most hours of the night and it is all delicious.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got about half of the cost of school in scholarships, which helped my family out very much when paying for school.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Definitely need a laptop for school. Most classes require some sort of online homework and the grades are posted online only mostly.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Every weekend there is something going on, you just have to put yourself out there and find something. Be sociable and friendly and you'll make friends in no time.


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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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