Columbus, OH
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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Reviews 3541 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love city living so it was wonderful for me. I also like the suburbs and family-life which would be nice to have also. But downtown is always exciting and there is literally ALWAYS something fun going on very near by. You will NEVER be bored!

3 College Junior

Weather: Its Ohio which means you can get anything on any given day.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: They have so many students to deal with but eventually they get the job done. Financial aid is always much easier at a smaller school but OSU is worth every single cent.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Many many options for many different interests - even lots of cultural diversity!

5 College Junior

Academics: Academics can be VERY challenging bc almost everyone has a PhD and conducted some field-changing research. Professors like to show what they know and they want you to know everything too. its great

5 College Junior

Majors: So many its outrageous but it is fabulous because there is literally a major for EVERYONE!

5 College Junior

Majors: Challenging, so many groups, clubs, amazing professors, so many work opportunities.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus life is way better than on-campus but lets be real - its columbus. Too expensive IMO and landlords can be real assholes. Just gotta find the good ones and ALWAYS look as early as possible!!

4 College Junior

Facilities: There are so many facilities it really depends on where you are looking. but the majority are excellent - especially labs and OMG the RPAC!!!!

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some of the buildings are absolutely amazing!!! some are very old, but they are cleaned day in and day out.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: OSU is really only ridiculously strict with parking because it is so rare. Everything else they understand. Unless you get an RA with stick up their butt.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The only thing I really notice on campus is alcohol use. If there is a drug problem on campus, I'm not aware of it. I'm sure some students partake in smoking marijuana on the weekends, but I don't think people are shooting up heroin in the bathroom, or anything like that. It doesn't seem like hard drugs are a problem on campus. I've never felt pressured to use drugs, nor have I ever really known anyone who uses anything other than marijuana.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: Tons of bars and house parties. If you're into that type of thing, fine. It's not really my cup of tea. There are tons of restaurants in the off campus area, as well as shopping centers if you prefer that type of night life. If you're underage, you can probably get into a party and drink. You may get caught by Police, though.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The staff at the campus health center aren't always friendly. It's sometimes hard to get an appointment.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of off campus restaurants, from chain restaurants, to fast food joints, to restaurants found only in Columbus. Along High Street, there is a Chipotle, Pita Pit, Subway, McDonald's, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Quodaba, and BW3's. There are also local favorites like Mad Mex, Cazuela's, The Blue Danube, Adriatico's, Buckeye Donuts, and Eddie George's Grille.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I've never lived in campus housing, but I've had friends live in campus housing. The dorms are pretty small, and in most of them, there are communal bathrooms. There isn't much privacy or quiet. I wouldn't want to live in a dorm. I guess they're pretty average for dorms. Some of the senior dorms are like mini apartments with a bathroom, a small living area, and a kitchenette. These are nicer.

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5 College Junior

Majors: You can major in just about anything at Ohio State. There are hundreds of majors to choose from, and you can prepare for just about any career field at Ohio State.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I just met with my adviser and filled out paperwork to declare my major, which was psychology. It was a twenty minute process. Other majors, such as pre-med, education, etc, are harder to get into, from what I've heard.

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Greek Life: I was never a part of Greek Life.

4 College Junior

Academics: There are a variety of majors, and most classes provide students with a great learning experience. Classes are about as hard as can be expected for college courses. If you attend class, study for exams, and complete your assignments, you will do well. Science courses are especially difficult and require extensive studying/effort.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is a great atmosphere at Ohio State. The campus is just minutes from downtown, and there are numerous parks, museums, and shopping centers in the area.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Ohio State sports are the heart of the university. Football games draw large crowds to campus, and the student section is roaring at football games. Basketball is also popular on campus. The gyms/recreation facilities are state-of-the-art. There is a variety of high quality equipment. You can swim, hang out in the hot tub, use the sauna, run on the treadmill, lift weights, play basketball, or attend a variety of exercise classes.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Ohio State is extremely diverse. They have a club/group for just about every type of person. There is a large population of international students at Ohio State, and there is a lot of ethnic/racial diversity on campus. Ohio State is very accepting of everyone.

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3 College Junior

Computers: There are some computer labs on campus, but there is a limited number of computers, and they are usually all in use. I'd recommend bringing your own lap top if you want to be able to get things done without waiting on a computer. As far as printing, there are printers available. I think it costs around 10 cents a page to print.

4 College Junior

Transportation: You can pretty much walk anywhere you need to go on or around campus. The COTA bus and CABS bus runs around campus. But, like I said, you can walk pretty much anywhere. There are grocery stores and gas stations without walking distance of campus, and there are countless restaurants along High Street just minutes from campus. If you need to get somewhere, the bus isn't a bad option.


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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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