Location
Columbus, OH
Undergrads
38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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1 College Senior

Academics: For as much as you pay for tuition, you'd think they'd have smaller classes, but almost all of your classes will be 100+ people, and some of the more popular classes will be 200+ people. You will always have a TA, and it's pure chance if the TA is any good. You will sit through a lecture from the teacher, and on another day have recitation with the TA. The TA is where most of your contact for class is. The TA's aren't actual teachers either, they're graduate students in the field of the course and are doing it as part of their graduate program. I don't know how much they train the TA's but it seems like the ones that are good are just the people with a knack for teaching.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: They process it pretty quickly, but there are several hoops to jump though, mainly composed of forms you need to fill out that you may or may not knew you needed to fill out.

1 College Senior

Overall Experience: This school is HUGE. Their idea of a small class room is 80 people, and average is 100+. It is best if you are a freshman just out of high school, because they will mold you how they want you to experience OSU. If you are a non-traditional or completed some courses at a community college, a lot of things will frustrate you.

There is a general atmosphere that the college is more interested in you having a good social life than your academics. In addition to all of the extra studying you need to do because all of your classes are in huge lecture halls, if you commute, the parking lot is so far away from campus that you have to take a bus in (turning a 20 minute drive into a 1 hour commute). This school will take over your life. Which is fine for those who want "The College Experience", but if you don't, then you'll be miserable. I have attended several different colleges and by far, this was the worst in terms of academics, convince, and cost (There isn't cheap food around except for McDonalds, and once you get there, it's not worth the extra time to drive somewhere for lunch)

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Get the student insurance, it's going to be better than anything else you can afford. There is a clinic on campus, and most of your visits will be covered.

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2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Be prepared to shell out a lot of money for food unless you can cook in your dorm room. Almost all of the coffee on campus is Starbucks, so it's $3 for a cup of coffee. There is one McDonald's, and most of the other restaurants are Chipotle-like (just instead of Mexican, it's Middle Eastern, or sushi, etc.). It will cost about $7 per meal including drink.

1 College Senior

Parking: This college is designed around the Freshmen just out of high school that is living on campus. Commuting is a pain. Not only is the cost of permits expensive, but the standard lot students park in is several miles from the campus. You have to take a bus from your car to get to campus. Even if you live 20 minutes away from campus, it will still take you an hour to get to class.

And forget trying to do anything near or on campus during football Saturdays.

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2 College Senior

Parking: Parking on OSU's campus is almost impossible to find and very expensive.

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3 College Senior

Weather: Ohio State University is located in central Ohio and has decent weather, but is not consistent. Tends to be hot in the summer, very cold in the winter.

4 College Senior

Computers: OSU has a great IT department as well as a reliable wireless network on campus.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I enjoyed my time at Ohio State, but I would not say that I am overly in love or obsessed with my university like others are.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of people on OSU's campus and therefore a wide array of people to form social and personal relationships with.

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4 College Senior

Majors: There is a wide array of majors to choose from with many open options for classes and requirements to fulfill those majors.

3 College Senior

Transportation: OSU is not a campus that was meant to have high traffic driving, nor is there ever much available parking on campus.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: The process (and really for anything at OSU) is a bit of a headache, but it is usually taken care of eventually.

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: There is a wide and diverse selection of campus dining options for students - not so much for visitors or those who come to campus to not eat in a dining hall or market.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus Housing is generally so-so. There are some nice places to live near campus, but you will definitely pay the price for them. Most houses and apartments are rough and not exactly up to high standards (due to the poor reality companies).

5 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek Life is prominent at OSU (though not completely by numbers due to the large size of the student population).

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Overall, OSU has a good control on the alcohol and drug issues on campus. Because of its size, there is still a significant presence of both though.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Not enough housing for more than the freshman class usually - I only stayed in the dorms for one year.

5 College Senior

Diversity: The Ohio State University is very progressive with minority and diversity affairs and is something pushed forward daily.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There were some robberies off campus but I never feel unsafe, and the health center is really convenient and friendly

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Columbus is a pretty big city with a lot of things to do

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4 College Freshman

Computers: I don't know anyone who's had problems printing or using computer labs

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Go Bucks! Everyone loves varsity sports, especially football, and the games are so much fun

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of students so it's easy to find someone attractive

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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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