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

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I, myself, don't approve of or take part in the drug culture. However, smoking is very prevalent at Ohio State. Most of my friends smoke pot and some kids I know are into heavier drugs as well.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Free on-campus bussing is always readily available.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have our own police dept on campus, so we're fairly well off. It's the off campus areas that need better patrolling sometimes.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is particularly prevalent in the off campus areas and around campus on football game days, but really it sticks to the off campus bars most of the rest of the time. Drugs are not a part of campus life, except in the shadier off campus areas

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The dorms are strict if you are loud and get caught but it is pretty easy to get away with drinking if you keep it quiet. Off campus I have had the police come once and it was easy to get out the back door and not get in trouble.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Greek Life on campus is not a must like it can be at other schools but if you do join you will not regret it. Do not believe the stereotypes that sororities and fraternities are just rich children paying for friends because it is not. You meet people that you will be friends with for the rest of your life as well as people that will support you in a time of need. I was diagnosed with a condition called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome which severely limits the daily activities down to even getting out of bed due to debilitating fatigue, extremely high heart beat among others. The girls in my sorority kept me company while in the hospital as well as making sure I was happy and comfortable while being 3000 miles from family. Joining greek life was the best decision.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Had a mechanical engineering co-op with a GE engine parts supplier. Real life experience, money, exposure to interview process, coworker interaction, etc. is unbelievably helpful when getting an engineering degree.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are a great place to make friends. They are renovating a lot of dorms so there should be several with modern amenitites.

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1 College Junior

Health & Safety: There was a spree of crimes during the beginning of the semester.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a small part of Ohio State so you don't have to be in one.

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: As a freshman, I see a lot more of this than older students. Living in a dorm, especially toward the beginning of the year, there was some wild behavior with drinking and smoking pot. The cases that were caught were punished, and rules are enforced heavily in these cases. However, there is not always a presence to catch this behavior, and often it goes unchecked.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are countless ethnicities, economic backgrounds, political beliefs, religions, and all sexual orientations at OSU. Walking down the sidewalk, you can catch snippets of conversations in other languages, styles of dress can be radically different from person to person, and everyone comes from different financial situations. In my dorm alone, there were political disparities and campaigns that fueled debate and thought within the hall. Overall, any type of person can be found here.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is mostly for students who are 21 or over. There are quite a few bars for people 21 and up, and lots of different options. However, there are a few places that are open to 18 and up, but only on certain days. There are usually lots of people out on the weekends, so it isn't hard to find a house party to go to.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Basically, there's everything a college student could want at Ohio State. There's tons of late-night restaurants, fast food, good sit down places, breakfast places, lunch places, and dinner places. They also have a super fancy restaurant called the Blackwell that is good for dates or formal occasions. I've never been disappointed.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: On campus and off campus are completely different at OSU. Off campus, there are occasionally bike cops that ride around but never really do anything. They are mainly there just to scare kids and disrupt big parties. I used to be scared of police but now it's just a regularity there. On campus however is much stricter. I live in the honors dorms so that may be why but I've already been caught twice in the first semester for drinking. My RA is very intrusive and is always walking in our dorm room and snooping around and is basically a nuisance. First and second right ups include writing a paper and doing some kind of activity, the third time is probation, and the fourth you get put in front of the student conduct board which is very serious. So overall, lay low your first year or two until you move off campus.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Some facilities are newly renovated and some are older. Where some buildings lack others make up for it.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: The student body is very diverse. Athought the schools reputation is known for being predominatly white, you are guranteed to find some diversity on the campus whether you look.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Newly renovated student union. Three different libraries with study spaces and cafe's.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Foreign students are more into their studies which leads to a majority of the time in the library. I believe they are missing out on life experiences for the total college experience.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I am very happy with the Aerospace and aeronautical program and I would definitely do it all over again and do exactly the same. I hope to graduate and work on AirForce jets and pilotless drones as I will commit 4 years to the United States Air Force once I graduate. I hope to find a career as an engineer with a manufacturing company or stay in the Air Force to continue working with military flown aircrafts. I May also try to find a job with a federal government agencies after the Air Force. If there is one thing I would not have done was take Philosophy because I love science, math, and real facts so the philosophy course really bothered me because you do not really learn philosophy.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I beleive The Aerospace Engineering program is the most vigerous program at Ohio State, but because of this the demand out of college will be very high and will hopefully be easier to get a job. I believe one of the most important things to do is to get to join in on a project that involves your major. I am in an aeronautical club "Design/Build/Fly" where we design and build remote control planes and go to competitions against other colleges. This is definitely giving me the edge whenit comes to learning material in class becase I am actually implementing what I am learning.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I was a Science Research intern at a Liquid Crystal Institute and I was working with a Graduate from China and a Professor trying to improve experiments done in China. Worked with properties of liquid crystals and medical physics. It was a lot of hands on and problem solving which made it very exciting and beneficial. I was not paid but I did this for an entire year and I would not have done anything else.
Another internship I had was very different then the science one, it was an accountant internship. I worked at Airgas Business Service Center for the Northern United States. I am an A/R Specialist which included crediting accounts for defective cylinders, tax exemptions, price changes, and much more. I also created and sent out Re-bills and created many Credit Memos. It was an office job and I had my own cubicle so it was very different than working in a lab, which I like to do much more. I am paid for working with Airgas though.
I also Volunteer and work with Streetsboro Fire Department because I have received my Emergency Medical Technician card and can ride in the Ambulance; this is also not paid.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It is very competitive to get into the Aerospace Engineering Program and because of this it is very intense, but it is well organized and if you want to get it then you need to focus and study and know you are competing with your fellow students. Ohio State is very big but I am in many clubs and extra-curricular activities which makes it much smaller and very enjoyable so I would say get involved and study hard.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather in Ohio can be unpredictable. You can experience all four seasons in one week. It can be rainy sometimes and the weather can change quickly it could be completely sunny one minute and then pouring rain 10 minutes later so carrying an umbrella at all times is a good idea. It gets pretty cold during the winter and it snows a lot. But you never know last winter we barely got any snow. Be sure to have good winter coat, hat, gloves, and boots. The fall and spring can be really nice though.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It all depends on what you like to eat! There's a variety of options on and off campus. The campus or Columbus buses are also very helpful when traveling if you don't have a car. Plus it's free to OSU students!


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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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