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

Local Atmosphere: Columbus is a mix of college town & downtown, which is awesome. The campus area has lots to do and a lot of places to eat and hang out while just south of campus there is the downtown area with even MORE to do such as museums, sporting events and fun restaurants and bars.

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3 College Junior

Weather: If you are from out of state or country, you might want to get accustomed to the bipolar nature here at Ohio State. It'll be 60 degrees one day and then 15 degrees and snowing the next.

3 College Junior

Computers: The computers aren't terrible, but I've found there are few printers that are accessible in each building, you have to walk a while, also, it takes a bit to get on the internet through wireless access.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are many things to do here at night. High Street is pretty alive at night, and there are a fair amount of things to do.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: OSU is home to many people of many races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statues, and just overall different types of people.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They throw lots of parties, and do lots of philanthropy work, but I don't participate in it.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Being a mathematics major, it is important to keep in touch with your academic advisor. They will also reach out to you, and the communication route is very easy. The math department will also reach out with extra-circulur activities such as attending special meetings, seminars, or workshops. The department invest in each and everyone's success the same, it is up to the student to invest back.

2 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in Columbus, Oh can get extremely cold to extremely hot, and everything in between. The weather can also be unpredictable at times. It wouldn't be uncommon to see a nice monday with the degrees approaching 70, and then a cold wednesday or Thursdays with degrees nearing the lower 40s.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are huge. Whether it is from student/fan support or involvement. Nothing says college fun like sports at Ohio State. Their are plenty of intramural sports for students to participate in, as well as gatherings to watch the variety sports. Not to mention our recreational and training facility, the RPAC, which houses several different sports, from basketball, and swimming to squash and golf, and training equipment for the average person just looking for a workout.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Ohio State is filled with plenty of majors with dedicated departments and teaching staff supporting them. The professors provide great teaching and are open for student interaction for more understanding. There are also a team of teacher assistants for each department and course, as well as a legion of study groups ranging from inside the classroom, the library, the departments, and even inside the dormitory.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of choices for everyone. Price wise, mostly everything is cheap. Columbus is a college town, so they except cheap customers.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: A lot of the nightlife is for people 21 years and older, but there are plenty of parties to attend if you're into that sort of thing. The Ohio Union normally has free movies, or you can go see a movie at the Gateway for $6.50 (student discount). There's something for everybody.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's always a lot to do in Columbus. It's a great city. Since downtown C-Bus is only a 10 minute bus ride down the street, it's easy to get to shows, and great dining locations. Ohio State has a discounted tickets program which is really helpful if you want to go to concerts, shows or local attractions like the zoo or skyzone. Shopping is a pretty far away, but it's worth the bus drive.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are so many people, you're bound to find someone you click with, just beware of the frat boys... For every good guy we have about 20 sleazy ones...

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is basically anything you could ever possible want. Ohio State is huge, one of the benefits of this is that we have a ton of options for food.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather here is so unpredictable. It's February and within the same week we've had a high of 56 and a low of 23. It's ridiculous. However, the summers are beautiful and fall is always nice too. Winter is just too long.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: West campus feels unsafe at times especially when it is dark. Need more lights by the buildings and on the paths

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am an Fine Arts major and all i can say is that it can be really stressful. I find myself putting in A LOT of hours into projects. But I do enjoy it. The assignments are compelling enough to keep me interested (most of the time). The staff is very hands-on, and want to help. It is a lot of work though, and if you want a good grade, you're going to have to put in time.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe here at OSU. There are lots of helpful reminders about safety. We have the Student Safety Escort Service which is open late and can drop you off at your dorm or apartment if you don't feel safe walking home in the dark. The only negatives are that we are located in an urban area, so thefts do happen. And there is a lot of traffic that flows through campus, so people occasionally get hit by cars.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The people who pledge love it, but those who don't just like to go to their great parties. So if you want to party, pledge; if you want to make a difference, volunteer by yourself.

2 College Freshman

Parking: The parking is quite expensive and causes students not to want to bring cars to campus. Even though there are some free parking spots- if you dont pay close attention to the signs you may get towed.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Another great thing about OSU is that since its so large, it's able to host room for a lot of majors. Ohio State has a top staff that are leaders in their fields, and are doing some amazing research and writing. The staff really care about their students and teach some very interesting classes. No matter what major you choose, you will be very happy at Ohio State!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The great thing about living in Columbus is that there's always something to do whether its on or off campus. Whether it's taking a trip downtown to check out the sights and art galleries, eating a delicious ice cream snack at Jeni's, or going to a concert at the Newport across from the Union, you can always find something different to do every weekend. Columbus also has its own bus service called COTA, which OSU students get to use for free with their BuckIDs. The COTA bus service allows a student to head anywhere in Columbus, which also helps when you want to go out and don't want to walk. The one negative thing about Columbus is some of the safety issues at night. Granted that Columbus is a city, there are some pretty shifty people at night. I don't recommend walking around or taking the bus by yourself or with a very small group at night. Otherwise, Columbus is an awesome place to live!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Some of the best in the country. Very modern, always construction to build new facilities.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Ohio State has become one of the top schools in the nation, having excellent business, nursing, architecture, sciences, and engineering programs.

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Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
Major
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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