Columbus, OH
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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Reviews 3177 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In regards to personal health and safety, students receive multiple email warnings about outbreaks, crimes and how to improve personal safety.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking passes are very expensive and students are not always guaranteed a spot close to where you live. There are plenty of spots located on west campus and buses run at almost all times to get to classes and back to your car. Tickets are common and people get caught easily if the meter runs out of time or if the car is parked in a wrong area.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Many professors are the most strict about plagiarism and students can easily get caught when citing quotes wrong in their papers. The RAs and hall directors are pretty strict about underage drinking and illegal substance abuse in the dorms.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is currently growing a lot, with the addition of a couple new fraternities & one new sorority. Most fraternities will have parties, which are usually fun & aren't a status thing but it helps to know someone in the fraternity if you're a guy. There's a mix review of how non-Greeks view Greeks, from a good opinion to no opinion to viewing us as people who "pay for their friends" so it depends who you talk to. Most chapters have their own house which allows members to live in.

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3 College Junior

Parking: Parking passes are really expensive, so it makes it difficult to afford having a car on campus & students typically only are able to get passes for west campus parking which aren't close to central campus classes so you have to take a bus to get there & it can take a little while depending on where you need to go.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms aren't bad, the social atmosphere is pretty good depending on the dorm you stay in, south is typically known for being more social whereas north is known for being the more studious dorms. I stayed on north, found it rather social & still convenient for studying. Housing process is pretty easy & organized as far as assignments & move in/out, cost is a bit pricey.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are lots of places to eat, that's for sure. But after navigating everywhere, you want more places to go!

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Columbus is the capital city of Ohio and with that said, it's a great city. You will find anything and everything here that you may be looking for. In downtown Columbus, there are various events that go on daily. The Short North is one of these. No matter who you are or what you are interested in, you will find someone here that is interested in the same thing!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Ohio State is like a small city. Plenty to do on campus (movie theater, restaurants, coffee shops) , new renovated student union, bus lines to all your classes and surrounding apartment areas. Classes are challenging but professors are easy to work with. A lot of different organizations that you can join and a diverse mix of students. Public transportation is free with your BuckID. Student discounts! I once saw Chris Rock for free! Free or low cost concerts and a plethora of other events. Overall, a good college experience.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of different types of guys and girls because people come from all over to go to OSU. There are the athletes, city boys, country boys, preps, party goers, artistic. Some of the girls are a little stuck up its hard to make friends with them and they kind of all dress the same unless you run into one who is artistic or just different from the rest.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: They have different activities and groups that show the how diverse the community and school is. So even if you don't see it while walking around campus chances are is a group or activity for it. But the bad part some of them aren't advertised as much so you really have to look for it or ask around.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: there are decent places around campus, but they are all about the same thing. Pizzas and burgers. i wish there could be more variety since its a hugee campus!

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3 College Junior

Weather: Spring and summer the weather is amazing, but once it hits winter it gets freezing! ohio has the tendency to change weather every five minutes, thus, there's no steady weather.

1 College Freshman

Weather: One day at Ohio State you could have a chance of seeing all four seasons.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They are helpful when you get them but the chances of getting them so far for me has been hard or slim.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It is pretty good and has a very good amount of choices.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I have not attempted to be involved in Greek life nor do I know anything about the Greek life.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is not an extremely large number of people who use hard drugs and I would say that they are relatively difficult to come by however not impossible. There is an average amount of marijuana and alcohol use which is whatever.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The classes necessary for engineering are extremely difficult as expected. Chemistry is probably the hardest course on campus. However, they are do-able if you utilize resources such as peers, tutors, and professors' office hours.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It seems that there are a lot of "plain-jane" girls and nerdy country boys in Ohio, but there are also a lot of different types of people on campus considering the large student population and wide variety of areas of study. You will definitely find someone for you if you just look in the right places; I sure did. I would suggest joining clubs to meet people who share similar interests.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The general courses needed for engineering are extremely difficult as expected, but do-able. Chemistry is probably the hardest subject on campus. The professors I have encountered are very intelligent and helpful in terms of individual attention.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: High Street has tons of options for places to eat including fast food and sit down dining.

4 College Junior

Academics: Academics are outstanding. OSU continues to be top rated for research and development for many departments.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: It more expensive now. The bars are nice but the number of options are not there as there were years ago.

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4 College Junior

Academics: It is a highly involved program and lots of group work is done. We get to know the other students very well. My professors are awesome and help when needed


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Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
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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