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Columbus, OH
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38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
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Average
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Local Atmosphere: OSU is a very chilled-out environment with massive amounts of things to do every single day of the week-the problem is just waking up the next day for classes.

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Local Atmosphere: Columbus is the perfect little big city. I'm sure there are other schools around, but who cares when you go to Ohio State? Stay out of dark alleys and Chittenden, and visit the Newport-it is the longest-running rock club in America!

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Local Atmosphere: Take a trip downtown, just to visit. You can even take a trip to a different city on the weekends-Cincinnati is about an hour and a half away from Columbus, Dayton is an hour away, and Cleveland is about two or three hours away.

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Local Atmosphere: Every once in a while, a few famous people might come to the clubs or throw a concert. Other than that, you will have to go out and look for fun-just don't get in trouble doing it.

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Local Atmosphere: Columbus is a great town; there's always something to do, or so I hear. I actually haven't had much of a reason to venture off campus, since virtually everything I need is right here. I've got access to Target and the movies by way of COTA, and that's all I really need.

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Local Atmosphere: There are five concert venues, three major shopping malls, and a lot of cool museums such as the COSI Science Center and the Riffe Art Gallery downtown. There is an area of town called the Short North that has a lot of really funky art galleries, too. For a small, Midwestern city, it's pretty cultured and sophisticated.

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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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Off-Campus Dining: You can get anything you want, anywhere, at any time here. I'd never been exposed to so many different foods before.

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Off-Campus Dining: I am going to get so fat here that it's not even funny, there are so many wonderful restaurants and little delis to try out each and every day that it makes it impossible to lose weight.

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Off-Campus Dining: If Homer Simpson were a real person, I'm sure he would have no trouble finding something to satisfy his every need-and, yes, we have a couple of donut shops around!

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Off-Campus Dining: My waistline has gone to high heaven. Truthfully though, there is a wide (no pun intended) variety of differing types of food that will, one way or another, satisfy even the choosiest people. I have gone on some romantic dates in some of the nicer places around town, and I have been to some low-down burger joints, which aren't all that bad when you have no other options around 4 a.m.

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Off-Campus Dining: As long as there's a local fast food restaurant around, I could care less if there are any other restaurants. Let me tell you, double cheeseburgers for a dollar, it doesn't get any better than that.

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Off-Campus Dining: Chipotle, Apollo's, and Mark Pi's-need I say more?

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants off campus make up for the average food on campus.

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Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
Major
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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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