Location
Columbus, OH
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38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Coming Back Strong – More people at OSU need to join Greek life-while it is not essential because OSU is such a big school and there is always so much going on, it enhances the experience so much.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Lots of Options! There is everything from burgers to hummus and pita. Sometimes it is hard to find veggie options, but there are a lot available. The fast food place I work at serves Veggie burgers and subs.
Off campus is where the real selection is. High street is full of mediterranean, istanbul, pizza, sandwiches, burgers, subs, mexican, italian, breakfast, indian, cajun, donuts, you name it!
The meal plan will get slightly more expensive with the semester 'Block' plan conversion. So it'll be about $7-10 for one block/swipe.
Food prices overall are $5.50 or more for a meal, sides aren't that expensive at all.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I attend an Ohio State regional campus at Mansfield, Oh. Here there are approximately 1600 undergrad students. Majority are white, however, there are several student ran organizations that promotes diversity. These groups consist of minority students and the support for these groups is pretty well received.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Cota Buses, Security Cars – The Cota buses are available to all students at Ohio State University with you school card. You can also receive security cars when it is late and the buses do not run. All you have to do is swipe your ID card and it is free.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Moderately Priced – Many of the apartments are available for students who do not get into the dorms. Many students stick to the outskirts of the campus. Ohio State University is such a huge campus that the buses make it easy to move around so it's easy to find an affordable apartment.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Lab Is Always Available – The computer labs are always open at Ohio State University. Many of the students are able to go there at any time and work on assignments and lab work.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food Is Good – There are many places to eat at Ohio State University. Eating at the dining halls can be some of the same food, but there are so many different eateries that you can get pizza, wings, noodles and regular McDonalds all within walking distance.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Diverse Ethnicity – The atmosphere on campus caters to all different types. You can stay in your dorm, go to the library to socialize, go to different campuses to explore the different ideas around the entire area.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Columbus Rocks – There is something for everyone in Columbus. Entertainment, restaurants, shopping, not to mention a multitude of options for internships. And the city bus system is free for students so it easy to get around.

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.

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3 College Freshman

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

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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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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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