Columbus, OH
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Reviews 3177 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Academics: We have many good professors at Ohio State, there are also many tutoring and success workshops offered for those courses that are more difficult than others. You can succeed, you just have to utilize the resources.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I have not completely gotten into my program yet, however there have been many programs designed to help us succeed, and reach out to us.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are not many apartments, mostly houses. Also, the houses do not seem to be worth the money. The apartments are nice, however they can be quite expensive.

3 College Junior

Weather: Well, winters can be brutal. The walks to class are long and extremely cold. While they are really good at making sure the sidewalks are clean, it can still be dangerous. It is Ohio so you can't complain too much.

3 College Junior

Weather: Ohio can get pretty cold in the winter and that is never fun to walk around in. Classes aren't all that close to dorms either so when stuff freezes it can get dangerous. Plus, I'm in my third year and I still have not witnessed a day where classes got completely canceled due to weather. Night time classes were canceled once though. The people who take care of the sidewalks and stuff are pretty good about salting everything most of the time.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I don't usually feel too unsafe on campus. They've recently been improving the lighting along streets which is really nice because a lot of people in my major end up outside walking home at pretty late hours. I've never had to deal with the campus police but I know that they are present because I see them driving around often. There are also these emergency buttons posted around campus that you can hit and call for help. They have blue tops. Around actual campus (where classes take place) there are a decent number of them but there could be more. I am often surprised when I see some in an area that I consider to be off campus (there are a few in the student populated neighborhoods surrounding campus.)

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The sports teams are great. Two very good malls are close by.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are parties every weekend. A lot of people attend frat parties.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I was not involved in this scene and dont think that it is very large but there are so many students it is definitely there.

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: It is easy to receive it is just hard to keep up with.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: CABS buses are great. Until the weather gets cold that is. Once the weather gets bad and more students want to take the bus it becomes a lot more of an inconvenience than the twenty minute walk to class would be. More buses running in the winter would be great.

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Plenty of options. Plenty of meal plan options. The menus and the variety are great. There's always something to eat on campus

3 College Freshman

Weather: Its more often cold than not. It also rains and snows a lot. Classes rarely get canceled. Buses fill up quickly so most students have to walk even if its all the way across the huge campus.

2 College Freshman

Computers: The wireless internet connectivity is horrible. Good luck getting your smartphone to connect on campus. Difficulties arise even in the residence halls.

Once connection is actually established, there are no problems speed-wise.

College Sophomore

Transportation: Being a student of the Mansfield branch I have not had to use the different transportation options.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: When my friend and I went out for the FAFSA goal day the people who were there seemed friendly and helpful. I had went in prepared with the additional information that one of the administration people told me to bring. I have given this the grade of a "B" because somewhere along the line communication was lacking. Lacking because the information I carried in was not needed and when I ask about "grants and scholarships" all I was told was that I had to apply on my own. I am not quite sure exactly how to apply for scholarships so I am searching and trying to figure this out.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I am not involved in the athletics at this school because I am 51 years old. I do support our teams though - Go Bucks! It does seem like there is a high energy of team support through out the school and community.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Was a Pharmacy major, switched into Food Science and Technology because I didn't want to work behind a counter for the rest of my life. Overall, very good school. Chemistry classes here are notoriously tough, and this is coming from someone who loves chemistry. It makes sense though because they're setting many people up for med-school. Organic is BRUTAL. But if you work hard, do the problems they tell you to do, and go to lecture, you will be set. Never got a grade below a B in chem. Going here makes me feel like I'm really getting prepared to make it big in the real world.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are fantastic fraternities and sororities--those that are very involved with community service and are well-behaved citizens. Then there are the "frat" type of Greek organizations: those that ruthlessly haze (even though it's illegal) and binge drink. Stay away from them, as they are trouble.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: OSU is a huge school--your're likely to find someone that's right for you. There are lots of attractive girls and lots of not-so-attractive ones, with plenty of in-between. Beware: Most of the good looking girls are taken.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus does enforce basic rules and laws, but in general the school's environment isn't that strict

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Off-Campus Dining is awesome. There's tons of options on High Street and the main streets right around Campus where it is possible to get good food for not-too-bad prices. Additionally, there's lots of great places to order food from and have it delivered to both on and off-campus housing!

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some of the Off-Campus Housing at OSU is really nice, and some of it is...not so nice. It really depends on the location and who lived in the house before you. A lot of the housing is a little outdated too, but the University is working to renovate many of those units, which are very nice once done.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at OSU are HUGE. They are one of the main attractions for people on and off campus in Columbus. We are a Division I school with amazing sports teams and tons of school spirit because of this. Additionally, there are plenty of club teams appropriate for people passionate about all kinds of sports that have many active participants. Athletics in general are a huge part of life here at Ohio State.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of off campus housing options in the Victorian Village, Short North, German Village, Grandview, etc. Apartment rates are reasonable and sizes are really great. The one negative to living off campus is that parking passes are expensive and finding a good parking spot is tough. However, the COTA bus system is really great and goes pretty much everywhere, so getting to class that way is a great option.


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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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