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Columbus, OH
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38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: there are many choices at OSU. You can find many restaurants around campus and in campus with many different options fast food to healthy food

4 College Freshman

Transportation: parking is categorized by students level. Like A, B, and C. C for students with 60 credit hours or more. buses are available for those who park far from campus. Easy accessibility and availability

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a physics major at Ohio State. The physics program goes above and beyond in ALL aspects. I have yet to meet a professor who is not only a genius, but is ready and willing to help explain a topic to any student who asks. There is a sense of collaboration and exploration in the program as a whole. The undergraduates have a family like relationship, while there are disputes, there is very little ostracism. The computer labs and resources are also exceptional, with free access to declared majors who have completed the freshman intro track. But the most exceptional part is the research. In a field like physics, GPA and involvement is expected, but what actually sets your name apart (whether looking at graduate school or immediate employment with a bachelor's) is research and experience. I just completed my freshman year, having never taken an upper level physics class, or any computer science class before, and was offered a position on the research team for project ANITA. Not all positions are paid, but if they don't offer a paycheck they offer research credit that goes on your transcript (and can count towards full time eligibility which helps for seniors taking an extra semester to complete one or two necessary classes for graduation). They also offer a $3000 grant towards summer research which students can use to find a place to stay for the summer.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: With 1000+ clubs and student organizations at Ohio State, there are endless opportunities for involvement. There are fun laid-back no application necessary clubs, and ultra competitive elite internships. Thousands of students are offered programs that allow them to study abroad, intern at companies/schools such a GEC, Nike, and Harvard. Such a large school has a large amount of donations coming in, and the money is well spent towards research and education programs that offer excellent opportunities to students

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Ohio State University has a beautiful campus! The oval, one of the first landmarks incoming students are introduced to, is beautiful during the spring and early fall. However, in the winter there is orange tape everywhere to prevent students from walking on the grass. Mirror lake is a glorified duck pond, but is very pretty to look at and walk around. I spent many nights there sitting on the stone benches just looking out. There are lots of secret little patios over on west campus, and one in the psychology building. The major pitfall is that in an attempt to renovation and green the entire campus, there is never ending construction taking place somewhere. Downtown Columbus is literally a mile or so down High St, and is made up entirely of recent college graduates it seems. After coming home my first year there, it took a little adjusting to the fact that there were people who weren't between the ages of 18 and 23 around me. One of the main advertising points to incoming students is the number of clubs and student organizations, 1000+ now. As a high school field hockey and lacrosse player, I figured I knew exactly what I'd want to do. There was no one more surprised that me when I ended up joining the club W Rugby team! With 50,000+ undergrads and grads, it's nearly impossible not to contribute in some way

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: From both sides of the spectrum Ohio State comes through. For those looking to experiment, the options are readily available, and not from the sketchy dropouts living off campus. Normal, ambitious, young scholars are experimenting with peers in safe situations. There are also required sessions for freshman where they go and have an open discussion in a group with an instructor about drug and alcohol safety. For others, those who don't want to associate with that life, they have multiple clubs expressly for meeting other straight edge students. In my honors freshman dorm, there were literally no smokers (of cigarettes or otherwise) on the floor, and of the 60 some students, maybe 10 drinkers. The school supports the anti-drug and alcohol persona, but the students and surrounding area offer room for partying if that is your desire

College Junior

Drug Safety: I have not yet started at the main campus. I will be moving there this semester. I have gone to the Mansfield campus for 2 years and there really was no drug scene as far as I was aware.

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3 College Junior

Parking: I will be parking at my apartment and either walking to class or taking a bus.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The area around OSU is fabulous. There are a lot of activities going on in Columbus that people can easily walk to from campus to experience. The Short North is the most popular area downtown where people can easily ride a bike or if they don't mind a little extra walk where you can find lots of cool places to hang out. I love it there!

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I have never lived on campus at OSU due to the lack of amount of financial aid that was given to me. My parents are divorced and both do not make enough money for me to live on campus. I wish OSU could give out more scholarships for people like me. I have to work about 30 hours a week in order to get by to receive enough money for tuition and books which are probably the most expensive materials to buy. Tuition at OSU is not cheap.

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4 College Senior

Nightlife: There are a lot of off campus parties in which people can be a part of if they wish. Usually these parties consist of underage drinking which is up to you whether you want to risk that hazard of being caught underage drinking. Besides the off campus parties, the bar/club scene is really good. There are few 18 and up bars that include cover at the door and a lot more clubs that are usually meant for 21 and up. Once you are 21, everything is up for grabs! Most bars are a nice distance to walk if you like to walk down to the Short North which is a spectacular place to find great clubs/bars.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity is everywhere! There are many ethnic/culture groups people can join whether you are part of that ethnic/culture group or not. Anyone can join on campus! People can say that there is a large amount of white students but that doesn't mean there aren't any other who are not white.

5 College Junior

Transportation: the campus bus and public transportation is very good.

5 College Junior

Athletics: The athletics here are superb. The spirit shown by staff, student, fans and the community is in my opinion not matched by any other.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The major I have now is dance, and it is the reason I decided to go out of state. The opportunities that the major provides outside the world of dance is amazing and I believe it is the same with other majors as well. There is a reason why OSU is one of the biggest schools in the US, and having an abundance of majors with good quality is probably one of the reasons.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't know so much about the drug scene at OSU because I don't hang around people who do such things. But I have heard stories about certain drug use, but it is not apparent when walking on campus. Also, the university as a strict policy enforcement about the use of drugs and I believe it is pretty useful.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Ohio State is such a big school so parties are held everywhere. In South Campus there is a section where there are clubs and movie theaters and a great nightlife experience. Also, there is bus transportation by the city and the University that is free with school ID which makes going places much easier.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Email is great just remember to use you OSU email or they can't do anything for you online.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Parking is STRICTLY enforced, as well as towing. In addition, J-walking can get you a $200 ticket. When there were bomb threats at the school, police vehicles and officers were all over campus, which made me feel safe.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus area transportation is nice, however, schedules are only posted by the union, and whenever I have used the text messaging system, it has been inaccurate. The bus app is also a hit or a miss personally. However, I know that the buses are always running and the use of it is basically free.

4 College Junior

Transportation: C.a.b.s. Bus system is great, The city buses are also very helpful.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Fall and spring is decent. Winters are long, grey, cold and seem to last forever.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: There are a good amount of scholarships available, but I have found it difficult to find out how to apply for them. I have also found that there are not many scholarships available for adult students. I did receive a grant from OSU that was very helpful.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking is pretty common, as well as light marijuana use. The use of Adderall for academic purposes is also somewhat common. I have not noticed much hard drugs being used. I do not feel pressured to use any drugs although going to party's and not drinking can be tough.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The options are seemingly healthy, but not actually. Most things are over priced

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Gilburt L. Chiang
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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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