Columbus, OH
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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Reviews 3177 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Lottery System – Some freshman dorms are not nearly as nice as others. The environment and community built in my freshman dorm were much better than the actual physical living space. The building did not have AC, it was run down, and the rooms were small. My second year, I moved to upperclassmen dorms, and they were much nicer. I had AC, large, spacious rooms, a kitchen, a great study room, and it was still on a great part of campus. It truly depends on where you end up, what part of campus you are in, and how fun your dormmates are.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Health and Safety Is a-Ok – There are student health facilities and information all over campus. There is a health and wellness center in the RPAC that offers therapy, counseling, condom club, sexual education, healthy eating tips, and more. There is another building relatively close by that offers advice for health related questions-there are advice nurses available to talk. You can also schedule to see a doctor or to have a shot in this building. If there is something more serious, OSU has a hospital on campus. Security is typical for a large campus in an Urban environment. Campus police patrol the area, there is a service that offers students rides home from places on campus if they do not wish to walk home late at night, and crime and hate-crime alerts are sent out to students to inform students about potential dangers lurking in the area.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The RPAC workout facility is the main place to workout on campus. There are 3 other gyms scattered in different sections of campus, but this is the best overall. There are tons of weights and cardio machines. One area is in fact dubbed cardio canyon because of all the equipment that is offered for students and faculty. There is a track on the top floor available for walkers and runners. Below this are several raquetball courts and more space to work out on a bike or elliptical, etc. There are two huge gyms available for playing basketball. The university frequently holds events, research presentations, and the like in the gyms. Attached to this complex is the pool, where students can swim laps or take it easy in the hot tub. The RPAC is a great place to workout, grab a bite to eat, and even study.

3 College Junior

Facilities: A Great Education, Top to Bottom – Many of the buildings are up to date, but some are sub par. The workout complex, the student union, the sporting events, and the Wexner Arts Center are all great places to go on campus. The libraries are a-plenty all over campus, and I enjoy studying in a lot of them. Some of the classrooms get pretty hot when spring and summer roll around, but it doesn't distract me from learning in the classroom.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Make It What You Want It to Be – Greek Life is as much of campus life as you want it to be. It can be a fun, involved atmosphere with alot of pride for community service and brotherhood/sisterhood, but it can also be filled with a great deal of partying too. Many Greek life houses are very nice, but a few of them have not been taken care of properly. Ohio State is such a large campus, that the percentage of kids in Greek life is very low. Those who aren't in Greek Life don't care too much, but there are some negative opinions about Greeks based on typical stereotypes, like that we only drink and party.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food! There is a lot of great places that you can dine off campus. Right next to campus, we have a Five Guys and Panera. Also, due to Columbus' large Asian community, there are many great Chinese places on the edge of campus that are absolutely delicious. If you're willing to travel a bit by bus (free for students), you can also enjoy fantastic cuisine downtown and also in German Village!

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are One of a Kind – The professors at Ohio State--especially within my major--are incredible. They are very helpful and always willing to help you and make time for you. Also, if for some reason you can't understand the professor, the university offers free tutoring to help you when you need it.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Amazing Sports – As most people probably could have guessed, Ohio State has great athletic programs! We really are top notch. There is a lot of school spirit that goes into pushing out teams forward. You don't actually have to be on "the team" to be part of sports. There are many other ways such as clubs to get involved in sports that you like. Also, at the moment, Ohio State offers free group fitness for students! So if all you want to do is hit the bikes, then you can with other students for free.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Lots of Opportunities – There are many things that you can do during night here in Columbus! First of all, there are many clubs that are 18+ on the weekends, so you can go even in your first year. There is also a lot of activity going on downtown and many random events such as concerts and theater that you can attend. You are definitely never bored.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Being Greek Not Huge – Being a Greek isn't really important at Ohio State, and you are not looked at strangely whether you do or do not enter Greek life. However, Greek life is encouraged, and the people that are involved in Greek life are proven to generally have general support environments and involvement in the school, which is always important.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Great Living – the student housing is where you can make your lifetime friends. amazing

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Hot – there's always a hot guy in every class i go to. students are friendly, you can always make new friends everyday

5 College Junior

Facilities: Always Fun – there's something always fun to do through student organizations

4 College Junior

Facilities: my school has the best gym called the rpac, it has a cafe, study area, health information office, where you can go get tested, join the condom club to get condoms at a very inexpensive price, about 50 condoms for 5 bucks, indoor gulf area, unlimited equipments , tennis courts right outside the building . the rpac is the best place to be

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Great College Community – Ohio state is a huge campus and you get to meet new people everyday. i love the library, is calm, soothing and a lovely place to study. the campus community itself has a lot of activity for everyone to get involve. is the best

5 College Senior

Majors: When getting admitted things are layed out in plan black and white. As long as you maintain the GPA you are pretty much guaranteed into your program.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Good Eating – There are a variety of places to eat around campus. Individuals can pick form any type of food to eat.

1 College Senior

Parking: Too Much Money – There are a variety of places to park on campus. The problem with parking that it is far away from classes often or you have to get there extra early for a parking place. Parking permits are good to have because you can park in any parking garage, but the cost is extremely high for students who live off campus and have to drive to school because of other obligations that have to get to.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Financial aid was easy to get, but i feel that I could have received more. I did my FAFSA online so there was little contact with the financial aid office until they disbursed my Aid.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Expensive – If you live close, they're really expensive and aren't as nice as other places would be that haven't had a butt load of college parties. if you live away from campus, the prices may be reasonable but you may have trouble finding a parking spot if you drive to school or overcrowding of the buses especially in the morning or when everyone's getting out of class or work.

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3 College Senior

Majors: It's Interesting – Communication is very interesting. It's a very broad industry you can get into and you can do many things with it.

3 College Senior

Majors: Communications is a great field to get into because you can to many things with it once you've graduated. I wish OSU had a film production major because i want to be a cinematographer.

3 College Senior

Majors: You just need the correct grades and classes to get into the major

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: So Much Diversity – Columbus and Ohio State are great for their diverse communities. There is almost any type of food right off campus that your heart desires, Mexican, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, and many more!

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5 College Junior

Facilities: OSU has over 20 libraries, with the main one in the center of campus next to the biggest student hangout, The Oval. There are also more than one athletic facilities located all over campus so it's very convienient to get to one from any direction.

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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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