Columbus, OH
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Reviews 3541 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Treat students like adults, plenty of freedeom

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The neighborhoods directly around campus will get you killed at night alone. Not recommended.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly fast food and average quality but there are a few great places to go that really bring the score up.

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1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: While they do provide entertainment for the incoming students, they live in the worst squalor with the worst attitudes.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They don't seem to have their priorities in line with what is actually important or not.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is a lot of junk choices and two out of three of the commons to eat at are fairly bad quality, while the third (Kennedy) is really quite good.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: My new major is a lot better, the professors are much more adept at conveying ideas. Originally I was in CSE (Computer Science and Engineering), but the people they hired there are either: a) not very good at English, or b) very introverted and that makes office hours a chore to get anything out of them.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: A lot of the online reviews for the class system in many fields here are horrible, especially the math and science fields, while history and english have been awesome for me, the math and science professors look like they would be more comfortable curled in a dark corner of the University and doing there own work, rather than teach.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There isn't anything wrong that I can see, but I don't have a physical disability, and there might be some problems with wait times at the elevator.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Either a house or an apartment off campus, and then it's all slums or overpriced as f***. People get raped and mugged monthly, and there was even a person who was found murdered and dumped in a dumpster outside a CVS a block from my apartment which I can no longer afford since they raised the price another $100 a month. Slums for me I guess. Stay at home and commute if you can.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: While there is a lot of help available, you really don't have any help searching for anything outside of Federal Student Aid. No ideas or info on anything but departmental scholarships which are 1 in 50,000 chance at getting one.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: It is pretty great to have all the facilities, and of course, there are those Buckeye's....

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not much bad to say about that.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The real downsides are just the ugliness of the area and the distance to the shopping centers, where pretty much everything is located. It seems the only real convenient places are University owned, which will price gouge you.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The rooms can be overpriced, and if you're living in a quad things get really cramped. I lived in a double so I had no problems, but I thought some of my roommates would suffer from claustrophobia. Making friends in dorms is very easy to do.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm completely guessing at this point. I have no desire to join Greek life.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: To request campus escort service you have to schedule it in advance, or you'll be waiting around for a long time. Not a great option if you don't know you're going to need a ride.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living by yourself can get pricey, but if you know how to budget you should be fine.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The chemistry department has a reputation for not teaching students very well, but if you work hard in classes you'll be successful.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The best part about OSU academics is the number of opportunities to do research or study abroad. OSU even has a May session during the summer that's designed for students to pursue these opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is beautiful, OSU has a great RPAC and athletic facilities, and there's plenty of things to do. If you're bored, then it's your fault. The only reason I give the campus a four is because housing on North campus is a travesty. The atmosphere looks absolutely horrible compared to West and South campuses.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: OSU tried to implement a smoking ban across campus, but I honestly didn't think the issue was prevalent until the "ban" was implemented. They're pretty good about enforcing rules on illegal drugs, but not so much on tobacco.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Students tend to keep to themselves when going off campus; it's not very safe in some areas such as past 4th street, especially at night.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of fast food places, but there are also some great restaurants if you know where to look.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are numerous clubs and organizations that offer different types of sports. It gives you the opportunity to continue a high school sport, or try something new.


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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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