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Columbus, OH
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38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
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Average
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Reviews 3177 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Rain Oh Rain – Cold in the winter, however the sidewalks are always cleared off. Fall and spring is lovely. It is wonderful to just sit/lay out somewhere o campus, and there are plenty of places to do so. When it rains, there tends to be streams all over the place.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Increasingly Competitive – The admission process was simple and easy; I had no issues with it. I do know that each incoming class continues to be a little better than the next, in terms of grades and test scores, making the process more competitive. However, this is a good thing for the school because it increases the standards. A new admission process is used for the Honors and Scholars program which should be able to select the best candidates.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Wide Variety of Options – I am in the International Studies program and there are so many course options to choose from. The department is continually finding new programs and adding courses that are current with the times and will provide the most help for its students. Most of the professors have had actual experience in the area they are teaching and are able to help students with career options.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Campus dining at OSU is pretty good, and getting better!

2 College Freshman

Weather: Ohio has bothersome weather patterns. If it's raining when you go to your 0830 class, it will probably be snowing when you head to lunch. The weather changes constantly in Ohio. Residents have to expect extreme heat and humidity in the spring and summer months, and be ready for extreme cold in the winter months.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: A Little Slow – OSU is a large and inflexible bureaucracy, and it's financial aid notifications reflect that. I received a small amount of money for my academics and a slightly larger amount from the School of Music in a talent scholarship, but I did not know about these until a few days before I graduated. This was a little frustrating. I have heard that the OSU School of Music has lost a few good DMA students (and potential TA's) due to the slow response times from the OSU financial aid office.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at The Ohio State University are very well attended and well supported. The facilities are state-of-the-art and constantly maintained and added to. The RPAC, the student physical activity facility, is unparalleled by other facilities on other college campuses.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Learning Communities Are Awesome! Since it's such a big school, Ohio State offers a lot of different housing opportunities. I roomed in a learning community dorm that was specific to my major, and I couldn't have been happier. Dorms are widely diverse in size, communities, and location, but they're all run by friendly, knowledgeable people who will get to know you despite the size of the school.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty Good for Such a Big School – Overall, the off campus selection is good. It's a really big school, but there are tons of resources made easily available to students to see all of their options. The housing has a big range of quality, but it's not hard to find something that will work.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do – There is always something social happening on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking and Dope – There is a lot of drinking on and off campus and I have heard people talking about smoking marijuana.

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3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Not Much – Columbus, Ohio, it may be the 15th biggest city, but it is kinda bland. It's like a ghost town sometimes and it's always overcast. Not many sunny days until summer. There are malls that are no where near campus. The main places in the city can get repetitive.

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3 College Student

Nightlife: Too Routine – If you like doing the same things over and over with your weekend OSU is for you! There is always a party to be found, but depending on who's there you may not want to be found if the police show up. Columbus has very few attractions, but it's in the progress of changing that reputation.

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3 College Student

Overall Experience: Not Too Bad, Depending – I really like the spirit that is seen on campus not only by the students, but also by staff and loyal alumni. However, I am in a health care field which requires a lot of science. I feel that the science curriculum is weak and sets a lot of students up for failure. Also the campus I feel is too big. You can meet someone then never see them ever again that same year. Also if you planned on making friends in class, don't bet on it. Most classes are 40+ and it's hard to meet class mates. Most of your friends will be people from clubs/activities, your dorm and if your lucky, smaller seminar classes. If you have the option to do Honors/Scholars programs apply! There are so many perks, just go to the website and check them out.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Very Diverse – There are people all over campus all the time, and all of different races. However there are still a majority of white students, there are a sufficient number of asians, and muslims. There is truly a stop for everyone on campus and I never see to much of an issue with diversity.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Police Interactions – I feel that the Police are doing a good job at keeping students social lives from going out of hand. I have never been in a situation where i have been confronted by the police, so I do not know how nice or mean they are. However I have not heard any bad things about them. I do know that if you drink and you're not of legal age then you are already asking for trouble. The police do not accept any type of indecent behavior or public drunkenness. If you show signs of intoxication they will ask you questions and ask to see your id.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Taylor, Bradley, and Lincoln – Honors dorms are by far superior, regardless of if you're on West, North, or South.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: Favoritism for Athletes – As a varsity athlete, I know how much special treatment athletes get. Is this fair? Maybe, maybe not. We certainly have twice the stress level of anyone else who is trying to do everything we are without the practices, away matches, etc. My point is, we work really hard, and the university rewards us heavily for it.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Never a Boring Time – Columbus is an awesome college town. There is always something to do, depending on what kind of shenanigans you want to get into. High Street is a hot bed for entertainment, delicious food, and rowdy bars. A little further down High there's the arena district/downtown where you can find more bars and clubs if you're in the mood to dance you're pants off. For the more artsy fartsy stuff, there's the Short North, down on High, where you can go to gallery hops and check out some little hole in the wall shops. Even if you just want to hang out and find something to do on campus, there's always stuff going on at the Union or the Wexner Center for the Arts.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Nothing to Be Afraid of – Punishment in the dorms is frequent, however its never really much to get worried about. Unless of course, you're a repeat offender. Kids who usually get written up once or twice get a "slap on the wrist" so to speak, and by that second time, its easy to see just what you can and cannot get away with. After that, its up to you to not get in trouble or caught. However, if you decide to keep flirting with crossing that line, its obvious punishments are going to get more severe as you get in trouble more often. RA's don't want to get you into trouble, you just can't be a total idiot about it.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Generally Good and Well Organized – Overall the university it extremely prestigious, however at student level there are a variety of issues. The advising departments are hard to get in touch with and in my experience have not been very helpful. The same is true of the financial aid office. Scheduling is also routinely a minor nightmare.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Food – The food around campus is readily available and can be both healthy and delicious. Students should explore all the dining facilities, and find one that balances value and quality, especially since there are so many choices on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The campus is located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio. This location gives students access to the various events, shopping outlets and recreation locations within the large city. However, since Columbus is an urban city, the area outside of Campus may not be safe during night hours and there are some areas students should generally avoid. Other than that, it is a great location!

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2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's Ohio, What Do You Expect? It's Ohio, it's going to be cold.

However a lot of the buildings at OSU have underground tunnels connecting one another so you don't always need to walk outside to go to another building.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Shuttle Bus to University Village – The shuttle bus from campus to University Village is good -- for students who want to live in a safe neighbourhood with cheap rent University Village might be the place for you. They have a shuttle bus (courtesy of UV) going from campus to UV every 20-30 min.

Other than that you do need a car to get around Columbus.

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Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
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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