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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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2 College Sophomore

Academics: As a photography major, I have to spend hundreds of dollars on equipment to appease the art department. Even if there is a more logical and less costly option, I'll still have to spend money on ridiculously expensive and impractical supplies. When worst comes to worst, my classmates and I sometimes boycott the instructions from the art department to save money. They're stuck in an era that uses film cameras and other expensive equipment when the real world outside of Ohio State is using digital. There is a huge cost difference.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: There is a great variety of majors and classes here, so finding your ideal schedule is easy.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you want to travel from one side of campus to the other, you have plenty of options and it isn't too hard to catch a bus. However, the public transportation is fairly dangerous and low quality.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You can find a good place with you and your friends for a very reasonable price. The worst part about off-campus housing is that sometimes you'll have to live a considerable distance away from your classes and the rest of campus.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: They won't cancel class if we have to walk to school in a blizzard.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many places near campus that we can go to. They are all within walking distance and also very cheap. Subway, Jimmy Johns, Chipotle, Qdoba and many other places are there for us to choose from.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to use our meal plan credits. The food is high quality and there's a good variety of choices, too. The only down side is that eating on campus without a meal plan will burn a hole in your wallet. The cost for food is ridiculous.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: If you don't have your own computer, you're going to have a very hard time getting your work done. There aren't a lot of computer labs around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are emergency phones all over campus and there is a calling service that will pick you up in a car or will send someone to come walk with you to where you need to go. I do hear about break-ins in off campus housing and there was an attempted bank robbery down the street to my dorm so stuff does happen here.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I was surprised how much I adjusted to the big city life. Always busy, places to eat and shop.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Can't beat school spirit at OSU! You always know when it's game day and at home here cause you feel and see the excitement everywhere. Football and basketball are the most popular. The gyms are great, they have the huge RPAC and then smaller gyms at other locations closer to the dorms and other housing.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: With such a large campus and so many students, it's a very diverse atmosphere. There are a lot of international students and clubs that support different groups of people. It's a very friendly and open campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I'm pretty content with dorms. They are small but you can pretty much expect that anywhere. I lie in a newly renovated dorm so it's in good shape with lots of study areas. Housing process wasn't bad, I eventually got to be with the roommate I requested in the dorm I chose as 1st choice to live.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Ohio weather sucks. Always have an umbrella with you and a sweatshirt or something. No telling what it'll be doing when you get out of each class.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food here is almost too good...there's a pretty big variety of places to go to each with a variety of options. Least favorite thing is the late-night options are very limited so you gotta pay attention to when places close if you want to eat that night. The meal plan is quite a rip off. It goes by $5 blocks so if you want to most bang for your buck you spend within multiples of 5s or else you're getting even more of a ripoff. For example if you get something that's $7 they will either count that as 2 blocks ($10 worth) or 1 block and charge you $2 on your BuckID, and of course most things are just over $5...but the food is really good which is a plus.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: North high street has a bunch of options and its pretty close to campus, cost is about the same as other places and they don't really have any special student discounts. Your BuckID does have monthly specials at certain places you just gotta know about them.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is great if you're that kind of person. The clubs throw parties and you don't even have to be part of the club to go but you might have to pay more to get in. I don't really go to anything so it's all what I hear from others lol

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Really the only experience with drugs I noticed was the fact someone down my hall in the dorm was smoking pot and it made the whole place smell so the RAs came around. I don't really go out much so I don't pay much attention to the drug scene.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love my experience at OSU so far. The happy atmosphere is contagious. I was worried about it being so big, but that is literally nothing to worry about, once you find where your classes are its like only those locations are your school. I was surprised with it being such a big school, I would see the same people everyday and recognize people all over campus. Before coming here there were very few reviewers didn't like OSU and 99.9% of all others love it, and I'm part of that 99.9%. I honestly wouldn't want to go to another school.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm not actually in my major yet, but I'm applying to be very soon. For OSU you first have to take pre-req courses and meet certain requirements for the major you want to pursue and it differs across all majors. I'm applying for Marketing in the Fisher College of Business. Once accepted they have internship fairs with companies from the area looking to hire and as part of the program they have an interviewing process to help you prepare for out of school job interviews.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I've been here for one semester and one of the biggest things I was worried about was not being able to understand the professors, and that wasn't an issue for me- at least not yet. The workload depends on the classes you're taking, some require a lot of work, others not so much. Registration for my first semester classes was really stressful since I didnt really know what was going on, but registration for second semester was sooo much easier; because there's a tool you can use to put in the classes you need and the breaks you want and it plans out all the different possibilities you can choose from.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It seems so far the financial aid situation has not been too great. Basically most of the scholarship applications are part of the admission application which is nice but at the same time, sooo many people apply I feel like you have such slim chances of getting anything. Plus I've noticed that most are based off of financial need but their idea if financial need is not reasonable.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Most of the facilities around campus have been or are being renovated. The RPAC (the really big gym) is pretty awesome, tons of equipment and activities are offered there. The student union is really nice and the library is huge and a great place to study.

2 College Junior

Parking: The parking permits are expensive. If you want to use a meter for a few hours, you will not be happy with the cost either. For all the money that we pay in tuition, it would be great to have better parking for a lower or free cost.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Parking is strictly enforced. The parking is managed by a large company and I feel they are really out to make money. They go though the lot every morning checking for cars without permits. The honor code is also taken VERY seriously at the College of Vet Med. It is viewed as the basis of professionalism.

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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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