Columbus, OH
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Reviews 3524 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Ohio. It rains. It's not a big deal for me though.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: As a gay man who was sort of out of the closet in high school but still very uncomfortable with talking about it, I found a community here where it does not matter at all.

A fear I had was that I wouldn't really have close straight guys friends. I do, which is cool. It just makes no difference. But there is a variety of people. There is a minority of students on campus who will treat you differently. But you generally just don't associate with them.

I am sure you will be in a similar situation at most large public institutions in the US.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't have any experience with it.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: You are in a city, but the campus generally in one place and there is greenery. You can find tons of good restaurants and attractions.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I have never felt restricted by campus strictness.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: If you take the correct precautions, you should be fine. You are in a populated area though - crime happens. For example, you need a good bike lock, if you have a bike. People will break bad ones and take your bike.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I do not follow the athletics. (You don't have to to have a social life.)

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I almost didn't apply here. I am out-of-state. I received the National Buckeye scholarship, making it much cheaper than the other similar out-of-state schools to which I did apply.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have not had to do much searching yet.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The university has enough money to make most everything pretty. As far as events go, lots of variety. Sometimes it is a bit hard to find what best suits you, because a lot is going on. But that's not a big problem for me.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The main rec center is extremely nice, and the main library is too. The university has enough money to make things nice and pretty. And plenty is going on socially.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I think there are plenty of opportunities to party. I don't take advantage of them often, but there is a variety of things to do.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: As someone who does not see a problem with casual drinking and marijuana use, but does not attend parties, I have experienced no problems.

2 College Junior

Parking: I do not have a car on campus but from what I have heard from others it is terrible, hard to find parking and the cost is outrageous. I personally find it just as easy and convenient to walk everywhere on campus.

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife is an area where Ohio State thrives. No matter what night it is you can find something to do whether it be a house party, a busy bar or a frat party. Some of my best memories come from nightlife and I miss school when I am not in Columbus.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I really enjoyed my dorm life freshman year. I met some great people and missed living in a dorm so much this past year. I think living in the dorms is very important to meeting friends and finding a place for yourself. The new dorms on campus are beautiful and provide even more opportunities for students.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: I would say we have great diversity throughout campus. I would say a lot of different groups tend to stick together for the most part but prejudice isn't really an issue. We have a great number of different people that make up our campus and make it diverse and beautiful as a result.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am in the process of changing majors from pre-veterinary to health sciences. I would say as a whole majors are well geared to your future career goals. What I was experiencing in animal science turned out to not be for me and I am hoping to enjoy health sciences much more.

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College Junior

Majors: As I am in the process of changing majors I really dont have much to say yet about health sciences. However, I have been taking applicable classes and have experienced positive things for the most part.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the off-campus housing is quite dated and if you do want newer housing, the cost is substantially larger. However, what we have now works well for students and gives you everything you really do need. For college students I would say the living is quite suitable.

3 College Junior

Computers: The library's computers are almost always crowded but if you are in desperate need of a computer one is most always available. I would say the great majority of students have their own computer so outside of their personal laptops, computers aren't really a necessity.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't eat out often but when I do I am almost always pleased. We have about all the typical spots people love and a few more for those that sometimes prefer the more obscure of choices. I would say we have a good balance that most people would claim to enjoy.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I had a little trouble receiving my refund for my financial aid this past year but I am hoping now that I have experienced it I will be able to handle to process a little more smoothly.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The most important thing that sets us apart is the school spirit that drives a majority of our success within the university. School spirit promotes the well-being of our university as a whole as everyone is driven to make our school the best it can be in all ways. We are blessed to have so many opportunities to become a part of the school and what makes it the best. The gyms are some of the best in the country, the football stadium is breathtaking, the union and library are always packed because of their usefulness and beauty. The dorms are even extremely well providing and loved by students. I would say we are unique because we have the best of everything and celebrate this greatness everyday.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The Oval will forever be one the favorite spots to hang out on campus; in good weather of course. This is where you can see just about everyone walking to and from class and on sunny days people tanning, throwing frisbees and even studying. The RPAC and Jesse Owens centers are more than I could ask for in gyms. As a person that attends the gym close to everyday I am very pleased with the equipment and the time and money that has gone into improving and keeping them up to date. School spirit, most especially for football is very prevalent across campus. Great memories include football games in the shoe and of course Mirror Lake Night.


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Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
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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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