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Columbus, OH
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38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
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Campus Housing: South Campus is fun, and it's easy to meet people. I find the surroundings to be somewhat of a distraction when I'm trying to study. I would still live in South, though; you need to have fun in college.

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Campus Housing: Home is where the heart is-every single dorm sucks. I don't care if it's in South Campus, North Campus, or the Towers. They are all crappy.

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Diversity: I think OSU is very diverse, and they are always trying to make it even more so. The Diversity Action Plan is a big deal here. The administration is trying to ensure that OSU is racially and ethnically balanced to reflect what society is actually like.

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Diversity: We've got one of the most diverse campuses of any school in the Midwest. Lots of international students, and people of all sorts come here.

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Diversity: The campus is really diverse. That's one thing that OSU prides itself on.

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Diversity: There are people of many different races and religions here, but they comprise a negligible percentage of the student body. Most people here are white, and as a consequence, we have a reputation for being a school full of ignorant rednecks. We do have those types of people, but then again, this is the second largest school in the country.

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Diversity: It's really easy to stay within your own comfort zone and never reach out to another culture. One of the advantages to OSU is its rich cultural mixture. It would be a shame to waste an experience like this.

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Diversity: It's not New York City, but even coming from a diverse high school, I was really surprised at just how many different groups (ethnic, religious, political) are represented on campus. For any interest or belief, there's a group on campus for it.

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Diversity: This campus is so diverse it makes me sick.

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Diversity: There is no diversity whatsoever. It's so bland. Everywhere I look, it's as white as can be. Don't get me wrong, I have white friends, but if we want to create an environment that will get us prepared for the `real world,' shouldn't there be more people of color?

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Diversity: It's about as good as we can expect for being in the Midwest. I think there is a good number of people who each bring their own perspective on things.

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Diversity: I've read in the paper that there are more minorities than people realize because people tend to stay within their own ethnic groups. I think that might be true.

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Diversity: It's not as diverse as I would have hoped.

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Diversity: There are many nationalities and ethnicities represented here. Coming from a very small, homogenous town, it's pretty neat to hear five different languages being spoken just on a walk to class.

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Diversity: It is fairly diverse racially and politically. We definitely have an active conservative scene on campus, which can be incredibly annoying, regardless of what you consider yourself politically. I personally hate the anti-abortion fetus truck that drives around campus, and of course, Brother Jed.

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Nightlife: Campus Partners completely wiped out the entire South Campus bar district leaving nothing standing. This has totally dampened the `party-crazy' stigma of the South Campus residents.

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Nightlife: Red Zone is awesome. They have really revamped the place from the slum I remember. Now, it's actually a decent place to shake your groove thing!

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Nightlife: I'm not 21 yet, so I haven't really checked out the bars, but I'm a musician, so I've checked out a lot of good clubs. In particular, Little Brother's, the Northberg Tavern, and the Newport Music Club are great for live bands.

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Nightlife: Bars and clubs are being revamped around campus. The new trend is to head to bars downtown. There is pretty much any type of club or bar that you could ask for.

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Nightlife: The only good bars are all off campus.

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Nightlife: There is never a weekend without a good party, and most people are very friendly. You can pretty much participate in any party, especially if you're a girl. The bars have pretty much disappeared, thanks to Campus Partners.

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Nightlife: The parties are generally really big and really loud, and alcohol is more abundant than water. I can't tell you about bars and clubs, though, because those places bore me.

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Nightlife: What happened to the South Campus bars? They're all gone now, because of that vile Campus Partners thing; just thinking about it gets me so mad!

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Nightlife: The Brewery District in Downtown Columbus has a massive selection of bars that really appeals to anyone who is 21 and older.

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Greek Life: Personally, I'm kind of anti-Greek (against the frats and sororities themselves, though, not the people). It definitely doesn't dominate the social scene.

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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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