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38,884
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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Health & Safety: OSU is really safe. We have an escort service that you can call 24/7. You are also never out of sight of a blue-light call-box that you can use to access the police, fire department, or an ambulance.

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Health & Safety: As a girl, it's scary to walk by yourself. This is not because there are hoodlums everywhere, but because it is a rather large city, and bad things can happen.

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Health & Safety: They try really hard, I guess, but there could definitely be more cops around campus, especially from a girl's point of view. I definitely don't feel like its safe enough to walk alone at night.

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Health & Safety: Everyone advises against walking around campus at night, or at least, against doing so alone, but I've never had a problem with it. There have been nights when I didn't leave the library until 11 p.m., and I didn't feel nervous at all about walking back to my dorm-especially when there's at least one emergency blue-light visible from anywhere on campus.

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Health & Safety: I find campus to be extremely safe; I have never had any problems with theft or vandalism at the dorms. Off campus is a little more hairy, but for a city as large as this, it's relatively safe. I have never once been scared to walk by myself anywhere on campus at all.

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Health & Safety: In any place, you have to be careful, but the campus is pretty safe. You just have to watch out off campus, but nothing has happened to anyone I know. Plus, there are plenty of services available for rides.

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Health & Safety: Rapists and riots: these two things alone should be reason enough to not feel safe, whether you are a man or a woman.

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Health & Safety: I feel that the campus and its surrounding areas are very safe. There are constantly police around (on bikes, horses, cars, and on foot), and there are several blue-lights (although I've never used one). I live off campus, and I don't walk alone by myself very often, but it's very safe to walk on campus at all hours.

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Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe at any point since I started at OSU. I have heard several stories about people's belongings getting stolen (one of my friends had her stereo stolen out of her car). Generally, as long as there are a lot of cars in the parking lot, then you have nothing to worry about.

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Health & Safety: Campus safety is rather good-a lot of the troubles that come out of unfortunate situations are due to people either being or living in secluded areas. As for security, I haven't had any of my possessions stolen or tampered with in my dorm since I've been here.

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Health & Safety: Let me just tell you that bike cops rule! No matter how hard you try, you just can't get away!

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Computers: There are tons of computer labs on campus. There is at least one lab in every building, but some labs are busier than others.

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Computers: Computer labs are not crowded because everyone brings their own computer. If you do not bring your own, you will be hated by your roommates, because you will be using theirs often, whether you think you will or not.

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Computers: Bring your own computer, it makes things much easier. I can usually find a computer when I need one on campus because there are so many computer labs. The computer labs in the mechanical engineering and chemical engineering building are wonderful; however, they are only open to students within those majors.

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Computers: It is more convenient to bring your own computer, but the computers are very accessible. Some are even open 24/7. The connection speed is very fast, and you can access anything you want.

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Computers: The computer network is fast. It is truly amazing! I think it is very good to have your own computer, just so you can use it for yourself whenever you're in your room, but most dorms have computer labs, and there are public computing sites everywhere on campus. It's pretty easy to get on a computer wherever you go. I brought my own computer with me last year to the dorm.

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Computers: If you want your own computer, bring it. It just makes things easier. But there are plenty of labs, and they are never so crowded that you cannot get your work done.

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Computers: The Younkin Success Center provides a good source of computers that are usually running very well and are not that crowded. Libraries and things are usually much more crowded during finals, but otherwise, everything is usually available when you need it.

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Computers: I found there to always be an open computer lab, no matter where you are on campus. Many dorms even have a small lab in their building. It turned out that I wanted to write my papers in my pajamas at 3 a.m. in my room, so I brought my own computer.

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Computers: Many of the professors have begun to use the Internet as a helpful guide for their courses, so it is extremely important that you bring a computer which you can use at any time of the day. Baker Systems is open 24 hours a day, but it's a whole lot better to stay in your room and check your e-mail from there.

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Computers: The computer network is very fast. You don't need a computer, but everyone brings their own, and it's very helpful to have one since some classes are online. You also have to check your mail, grades, and schedule online-so save yourself the trouble and bring one.

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Computers: Definitely bring your computer! A computer in the room is a must. Anyone who's said that they got along fine using the computer labs their freshman year is lying to you. The bottom line is that you'll be way less stressed out if you've got your own computer-trust me.

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Computers: Computer labs aren't always open when you need them, and they can be a pain in the butt to get to. Buy your own, put it in your room, and use it whenever the hell you feel like it; it'll make your life much easier.

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Campus Dining: Dining hall food isn't terrible-you just have to be discriminating in what you choose. Avoid the meat!

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Campus Dining: The food here is pretty good. The commons, Mirror Lake Café, Oxley’s By the Numbers, and Buckeye Express all take meal plans.

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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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