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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 Senior

Athletics: great varsity sports, great intramural sports activities. best part of ohio state- almost too much emphasis on sports and not enough at all on everything else

2 College Senior

Academics: professors are very hit or miss, especially in the GEC courses. good experiences with liberal arts professors and foreign language. registration is relatively easy, workload good on quarters, too much on semesters, guidance counselors rude and offer little direction

2 College Senior

Parking: cost of pass is not terriblle, appreciate it is returnable and difference not used refunded, getting the pass way a crowded long lined nightmare. OSU has so much staff yet is incredibly inefficient, rude, impatient, and impersonal. towing around the area is over-kill and i could truly not afford all the towing. i felt paranoid parking anywhere

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: great city atmosphere. so much to do. loved the city of columbus- though most students didnt appreciate the city and what there was to do enough

1 College Senior

Scholarships: an absolute headache. all aid is given to everyone else- small towners and minorities, disabilities, out of state- most students who came from 2-4 times the money I did had all the aid and I didnt received any or barely any until I became independent. very unfair and kills the diversity of students from different areas of the state and background. i truly felt like the white, working class, city minority with no assistance. number one reason transfering OSU- they did not care about keeping me.

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3 College Senior

Weather: beautiful in the fall and spring. ugly ugly winters. but better weather than Cleveland, Ohio where I am from

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation options around Ohio State are awesome. CABS buses are free for everyone, which is nice when students have visitors that do not have BuckIDs. To go to the Short North for shopping or dinner or to get to the nearby AMC, students can ride COTA buses for free with their BuckID. And for long distance travel, there is a MegaBus stop at the Union.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never had a problem walking across campus alone. Even at night, I have never had an unpleasant experience. The only place where walking alone can be scary, especially at night, is High Street and more specifically, in the Short North which is just south of campus. On campus, there are phones with blue lights on them which can be used in case of any emergency and they are EVERYWHERE.

2 College Freshman

Parking: While acquiring a parking permit is relatively easy at Ohio State, it is not very cheap. And the student lots are not very close to campus and require taking a bus to where you need to go. But having a permit makes it a sure deal that there will be a spot for your car. If you are without a permit, finding somewhere to park is an absolute nightmare. Especially off-campus with all of the one-way streets and the construction that goes on.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The biggest Varsity athletic teams at Ohio State are, of course, Football and Basketball. These teams get a lot of media attention and they are the only sports that are not free for students to attend games. They have their own student sections, Block O and The Nuthouse, respectively, that a huge number of us students participate in to support our Buckeyes. However, because students can go to support any other Varsity or Club Sport for free with their BuckID, it is very common for a group of friends to decide to go to the Baseball game or cheer on Women's Volleyball. Also, the state-of-the-art RPAC that was just built a few years ago gives every student the ability to play a few games of racquetball, volleyball, or basketball with their friends, as well as swim a lap or two in the pool. Ohio State is a school that really supports and encourages student participation in athletics.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Both Campus and City transportation are free, because there is a fee included in your tuition at that you pay at the beginning of the year. All you need is your ID. The city transportation runs late but the campus transportation doesn't have as many routes during the evening. The campus security also has a number that you can call in case you don't feel safe at night walking around campus. Sometimes, they take awhile to come get you, so plan ahead.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are many places around campus to eat and there is always something new to try. At the Union, the some of the stations change what kinds of foods they carry every few months so there is always new options. There are many grab-and-go places that carry quick foods like sandwiches and salads. Other food places carry tasty meals that take a little longer to prepare, but are worth the wait. There are also many off campus areas that take the cash part of your meal plan. I wouldn't buy a huge meal plan unless you plan to use them at the Blackwell at the end of the semester.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Even when it snows, classes are not canceled. Classes are not that far from the dorm, so it is nice to be able to quickly get to and from classes/dorm. The campus and city bussing options are free and since there are many pick ups and many routes, it is easy to catch a bus when it is either raining or snowing. Otherwise, it is pretty warm during the Spring and Fall.

Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I have never lived on campus. I have commuted to school since enrolling.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: I have only received loans and grants at Ohio State. I have had no opportunities to receive scholarships. The financial aid process was straight forward and easy to do. The financial aid advisors were very helpful and willing to assist with any questions I had.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: There are numerous sports to compete in at Ohio State. I am an older student so I do not participate in the sports other than attending games as a fan. I do know that OSU has the most possibilities of sports for students to participate in. These include tennis, football, baseball, and various water sports.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There are many options around the campus of Ohio State University. Many restaurants are within a five-minute walk of any building on campus. Options range from American fast food to pizza shops to Chinese and Greek food.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is a vast diversity of people attending the Ohio State University. This includes various backgrounds of economic, race, religion, and age. Ohio State is very accepting of all people. However, being of Eastern European descent, I cannot know how the non-white community feel about how they are treated by the student body and faculty, but I know what I have personally noticed in classes while attending there for my undergraduate degree. All students are treated equally by staff and I have noticed no racial discrimination by any students. Most Caucasian students seem to try to make all minority students feel welcome and help them with their transition to American schools and culture.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are huge at Ohio State. There's something for everyone to either participate in or just enjoy. Whether a varsity athlete, an intramural participant or just a fan, sports are fantastic here. They really bring the student body together. I mean, who doesn't love Big 10 college football?

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There are numerous regular events in and around Columbus. Columbus is the state capital and offers a lovely symphony orchestra, state fairs and large conventions. Ohio State is also one of the largest universities in the US and has a plethora of options in the arts and music. The Short North is right by campus and a tremendous area for good bars, restaurants, art galleries and live music. Furthermore, Ohio State has a great sports tradition, provides lots of recreation area and other accommodations for students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There are numerous computers and computer labs throughout the campus. It's much better than other universities I've studied at (even highly rated, world-class technical universities). It's great if you're a mechanical or aerospace engineer as there is almost never a shortage in Scott Labs and you have 24 hr access.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: The RPAC is amazing and even has swimming pools. Thompson library is also beautiful, it is very modern and always clean. Some buildings are older and the bathrooms are hard to find. The oval is the most popular place to hang out. When the weather gets nice everyone goes out and socializes on the oval.

3 College Junior

Weather: It snows here in the winter and campus is usually never cancelled, so if you commute that can definitely cause problems. When the weather is nice though there are plenty of places to hang out and socialize especially in the oval!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of restaurants off campus. There is a variety of food from all american to ethiopian.

3 College Junior

Weather: You get some of everything with the weather at Ohio State. We get to experience all four seasons and the University accommodates for every type of weather.

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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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