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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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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We have a lot of options, but they aren't all the healthiest. But at least there is a nice variety.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Facilities are modern and attractive. The Thompson Library is particularly unique. It has eleven floors and is equipped with printers, computers, private study rooms, and an 11th floor room with windows that look out over the entire campus.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms are expensive and cramped. They also tend to be loud. You'd be better off living off campus on one of the many houses/apartments that are available for rent within walking distance of campus.

5 College Junior

Athletics: There are numerous athletic facilities/gyms where students can go to hang out, work out, and play sports. There is a variety of athletic clubs on campus, as well as competitive team sports.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are several dining halls on campus with good menus ( a variety of menu options). It is probably cheaper, however, to skip the meal plan and dine on your own. There are many groceries near campus, and students can cheaply prepare meals by shopping at these groceries and preparing their own meals. In addition, there are several restaurants near campus, including McDonald's, Wendy's, Subway, Chipotle, Pita Pit, and Buffalo Wild Wings.

5 College Junior

Facilities: There are tons of things to do on Ohio State campus. There are many athletic centers/gyms, student clubs, and campus events. There are many restaurants and bars surrounding campus. In addition, there are shopping centers close to campus. There are numerous green spaces, including the Oval, where students enjoy studying on the lawn or just hanging out. There are many paths/sidewalks for walking, biking, or running. There is always something going on. Most importantly, there are home football games every other weekend in the fall!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are CAB buses that run everyday and even if you miss one, there's another that comes 10 min later. You can even call if you need to be taken somewhere.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Seeing as how the campus is in Ohio, the weather can be unpredictable and mostly annoying. During the winter, it snows a lot and classes rarely get cancelled. The classes are also far from the dorms so it's annoying having to walk through the terrible weather. There are those rare times where the weather is actually beautiful outside and when this happens, everyone is outside. The weather is pretty much 50/50. Fall semester it's mostly nice out with a little bit of rain. Spring semester consists of winter mostly so it's always cold out and snowy. Towards the end the weather is nice though.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many types of races and religions here. So many that there are also associations, clubs and Greek societies that consist or are there for the many diverse people. However, the school is mostly populated by whites, who can be ignorant at times. OSU is one of the largest schools in the country and is also nationally known worldwide, which is also why you may see some international students on campus as well.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options, however, the apartments close to campus are expensive. The inexpensive apartments and houses close to campus are not well kept up. Also, it's best to have a decision made before Christmas break,

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There is so much to do on campus. The RPAC offers many classes and activities one can participate in throughout the year such are Zumba or yoga. There are over 200 hundred clubs one can join, if you can think of it they most likely have it as a club. A long with all the clubs there are many intermediate sport teams you can join.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys and girls at OSU are a unique group of people. Their style ranges from all over but in general every one is pleasant.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Columbus is a vibrant city with much to do near OSU campus. Right across the campus their is High Street with shops, eatery and clubs. Further down High is the Short North with wonder art galleries, more eatery places that are fun to go and visit. On the first sunday of every month there is Gallery hop in the short north that is fun to attend with a group of friends.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: If you buy traditional, beware, depending on where you live. I've heard the West Campus one is awful, but I've never eaten there since I live on North. The North Campus one lacks options and usually has more meat than anything else on the menu. The South Campus traditional commons is great with lots of options! If you buy blocks, however, there are plenty of great places to go with good plans so you don't spend more than necessary.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is great! The buses can get a little behind, but there are plenty of bike paths, and the campus buses are fairly regular. It's always good to be early, just in case, though. The Columbus buses, however, are sporatic, so stick with the on-campus bussing to get to your classes on time.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: their there when you need them and are pretty accessible.

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2 College Sophomore

Weather: during winter, it is a nightmare. having to park far and waiting for buses to take to class.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: the security is doing well and is always on alert.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: parking is kind of a hassle and the cost for it is even more outrageous. if I am going to pay that much, I believe I should get my moneys worth.

4 College Junior

Transportation: There are many campus buses as well as a city bus to make transportation easy. I live off campus, but a campus bus picks me up basically at my front door and takes me to my classroom building.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus police normally do not interfere with student interaction. Exceptions occur when noise levels reach the point of being obnoxious or when underage students are openly drinking in public.

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4 College Junior

Weather: There are four very distinct seasons. The winters are long, but the fall and spring are beautiful.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is not prominent at OSU like it is in the south. They have fun with themselves, but they don't dominate the school like a college that is 50+% Greek.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: Bar life is great for all years because many bars/clubs are 18+ so no friends under 21 will be left out. Countless number of options for people with varying interests.

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: You have to pay for a bus pass, but that gets you unlimited rides on the Columbus bus system as well as rides on the campus bus system (which is free). Columbus is working on being more bike friendly and you can walk just about anywhere you need to go.

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Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
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Major
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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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