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Columbus, OH
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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Campus Strictness: The police really do not bother us that much unless we are openly being drunk out in public or carrying alcohol. Undercover cops have been known to arrest a lot of people on game day when they are drinking outside underage.

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Diversity: OSU does have diversity, but people tend to stick to their own ethnic groupe. I am an African-American girl, but the majority of my friends are white.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is pretty awesome. Most of the places deliver and are open late. However, on Friday and Saturday nights around the time before people head to parties or are on their way home from one, off-campus places can get REALLY crowded.

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Weather: When it comes to Ohio weather, Mother Nature is bipolar.

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Computers: Computer labs aren't usually very crowded, but it's still better to have your own computer.

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Health & Safety: I walk alone on campus late at night all the time, so based on my experience alone, I think it's pretty safe.

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Parking: My grandmother got a parking ticket when I was trying to move out of the dorm. She hasn't paid it, so they said they were going to withhold her grades and not let her register for classes. How stupid are they?

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Campus Dining: Live by one rule: If you have to ask what it is, don't get it.

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Greek Life: I've been to quite a few frat and sorority parties, and yeah..the houses are nice on the outside but raggedy as hell on the inside.

College Freshman

Nightlife: If you're underage, your best bet is an off-campus party. Occasionally a group of friends and I will get together and drink in the dorm, but it usually sucks because you have to hide the booze every time someone knocks on the door. And of course there is always the threat of getting caught by the RAs doing rounds. So to summarize, just go off campus somewhere.

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Academics: Despite what OSU says, GECs are pointless. And every TA that I've had has been foreign, and I couldn't understand a word they said.

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Facilities: The athletic center is great, and it's huge. Also, there are plenty of computer labs, libraries, and academic help centers.

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Drug Safety: In my personal experience, I've only ever seen people do and talk about pot. The big "thing" on campus is alcohol.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Those who get involved in Greek life came to OSU with that intention. Those who did not come with any such intention generally stay away from it.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: Almost every night of the week there are a bunch of drunk people running around (alcohol is a drug, come on people, we're in college we should know that!), and especially on south campus you'll get to know the smell of weed pretty well. I don't know why everyone else is lying, but the drug/party scene at OSU is HUGE. If you deny that, then I want to know where it is that you're living or if you're just oblivious.

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Health & Safety: You kind of know what areas of campus to avoid after dark, and those places are mostly off campus. It's generally very comfortable and secure.

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Health & Safety: Lately, the security hasn't been all that great on campus-but it's getting better. There is a women-only transportation service offered at night, which is helpful and is used frequently.

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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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Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
Major
Electrical engineering
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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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