Columbus, OH
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Reviews 3168 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Even when it snows, classes are not canceled. Classes are not that far from the dorm, so it is nice to be able to quickly get to and from classes/dorm. The campus and city bussing options are free and since there are many pick ups and many routes, it is easy to catch a bus when it is either raining or snowing. Otherwise, it is pretty warm during the Spring and Fall.

Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I have never lived on campus. I have commuted to school since enrolling.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I have only received loans and grants at Ohio State. I have had no opportunities to receive scholarships. The financial aid process was straight forward and easy to do. The financial aid advisors were very helpful and willing to assist with any questions I had.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: There are numerous sports to compete in at Ohio State. I am an older student so I do not participate in the sports other than attending games as a fan. I do know that OSU has the most possibilities of sports for students to participate in. These include tennis, football, baseball, and various water sports.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There are many options around the campus of Ohio State University. Many restaurants are within a five-minute walk of any building on campus. Options range from American fast food to pizza shops to Chinese and Greek food.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is a vast diversity of people attending the Ohio State University. This includes various backgrounds of economic, race, religion, and age. Ohio State is very accepting of all people. However, being of Eastern European descent, I cannot know how the non-white community feel about how they are treated by the student body and faculty, but I know what I have personally noticed in classes while attending there for my undergraduate degree. All students are treated equally by staff and I have noticed no racial discrimination by any students. Most Caucasian students seem to try to make all minority students feel welcome and help them with their transition to American schools and culture.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are huge at Ohio State. There's something for everyone to either participate in or just enjoy. Whether a varsity athlete, an intramural participant or just a fan, sports are fantastic here. They really bring the student body together. I mean, who doesn't love Big 10 college football?

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There are numerous regular events in and around Columbus. Columbus is the state capital and offers a lovely symphony orchestra, state fairs and large conventions. Ohio State is also one of the largest universities in the US and has a plethora of options in the arts and music. The Short North is right by campus and a tremendous area for good bars, restaurants, art galleries and live music. Furthermore, Ohio State has a great sports tradition, provides lots of recreation area and other accommodations for students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There are numerous computers and computer labs throughout the campus. It's much better than other universities I've studied at (even highly rated, world-class technical universities). It's great if you're a mechanical or aerospace engineer as there is almost never a shortage in Scott Labs and you have 24 hr access.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: The RPAC is amazing and even has swimming pools. Thompson library is also beautiful, it is very modern and always clean. Some buildings are older and the bathrooms are hard to find. The oval is the most popular place to hang out. When the weather gets nice everyone goes out and socializes on the oval.

3 College Junior

Weather: It snows here in the winter and campus is usually never cancelled, so if you commute that can definitely cause problems. When the weather is nice though there are plenty of places to hang out and socialize especially in the oval!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of restaurants off campus. There is a variety of food from all american to ethiopian.

3 College Junior

Weather: You get some of everything with the weather at Ohio State. We get to experience all four seasons and the University accommodates for every type of weather.

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3 College Junior

Academics: The academics are fairly good at Ohio State. The chemistry department is terrible and majority of the professors are awful. I could also say the same for the Biology department because I did not learn much in that class either. I had to teach myself a lot in the majority of the classes and lectures were usually very unhelpful.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We have a lot of options, but they aren't all the healthiest. But at least there is a nice variety.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Facilities are modern and attractive. The Thompson Library is particularly unique. It has eleven floors and is equipped with printers, computers, private study rooms, and an 11th floor room with windows that look out over the entire campus.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms are expensive and cramped. They also tend to be loud. You'd be better off living off campus on one of the many houses/apartments that are available for rent within walking distance of campus.

5 College Junior

Athletics: There are numerous athletic facilities/gyms where students can go to hang out, work out, and play sports. There is a variety of athletic clubs on campus, as well as competitive team sports.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are several dining halls on campus with good menus ( a variety of menu options). It is probably cheaper, however, to skip the meal plan and dine on your own. There are many groceries near campus, and students can cheaply prepare meals by shopping at these groceries and preparing their own meals. In addition, there are several restaurants near campus, including McDonald's, Wendy's, Subway, Chipotle, Pita Pit, and Buffalo Wild Wings.

5 College Junior

Facilities: There are tons of things to do on Ohio State campus. There are many athletic centers/gyms, student clubs, and campus events. There are many restaurants and bars surrounding campus. In addition, there are shopping centers close to campus. There are numerous green spaces, including the Oval, where students enjoy studying on the lawn or just hanging out. There are many paths/sidewalks for walking, biking, or running. There is always something going on. Most importantly, there are home football games every other weekend in the fall!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are CAB buses that run everyday and even if you miss one, there's another that comes 10 min later. You can even call if you need to be taken somewhere.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Seeing as how the campus is in Ohio, the weather can be unpredictable and mostly annoying. During the winter, it snows a lot and classes rarely get cancelled. The classes are also far from the dorms so it's annoying having to walk through the terrible weather. There are those rare times where the weather is actually beautiful outside and when this happens, everyone is outside. The weather is pretty much 50/50. Fall semester it's mostly nice out with a little bit of rain. Spring semester consists of winter mostly so it's always cold out and snowy. Towards the end the weather is nice though.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many types of races and religions here. So many that there are also associations, clubs and Greek societies that consist or are there for the many diverse people. However, the school is mostly populated by whites, who can be ignorant at times. OSU is one of the largest schools in the country and is also nationally known worldwide, which is also why you may see some international students on campus as well.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options, however, the apartments close to campus are expensive. The inexpensive apartments and houses close to campus are not well kept up. Also, it's best to have a decision made before Christmas break,

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is so much to do on campus. The RPAC offers many classes and activities one can participate in throughout the year such are Zumba or yoga. There are over 200 hundred clubs one can join, if you can think of it they most likely have it as a club. A long with all the clubs there are many intermediate sport teams you can join.

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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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