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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 Freshman

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

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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.

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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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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Don't Get Into Drugs or Get Drunk or Walk Alone a Night – This is a inner city campus so just don't do the basic things: get drunk, do drugs or walk alone at night -- then you'll probably be ok. Don't leave belongings lying around, don't accept food/drinks from people you don't know, etc.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Wow Great Clubs and Hangout – Nightlife is great. There are a lot of places to hang out and socialize everyday and they are easily accessible.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol – Every now and then you will go to a party and see people smoking weed on the porch. If you do not do drugs yourself, it is easy to avoid and generally is not a bother. No one judges you if you do not do drugs. There is lots of drinking on and off campus. If you do not drink, there are plenty of fun things to do, but if you plan to go to a party prepare yourself for lots and lots of crazy people. during the beginning of each quarter there are usually a lot of people who go out on thursday nights, and even some other weekdays!

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife at Ohio State is very good. There is always something to do, whether that be see a movie at the conveniently located theater (The Gateway Film Center), or go downtown to Columbus, or walk down greek row. There seems to always be a party. The bars are close and are good about hosting events such as sorority and fraternity date parties and themes parties. Campus dining halls close way too soon (except Sloopy's) and would probably make more money if they stayed open later. High street is usually very crowded with people during the weekends, so you do not feel unsafe. There are plenty of taxis and busing services that will take you downtown, or simply across campus. I have only used the buses to go downtown for sporting events because most everywhere else is within good walking distance.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: Overview of Campus Network and Computer Accessibility – The computers on campus are accessible and plentiful. I do not usually need to use them because I have my own laptop. The campus internet is sometimes shaky and requires you to log in multiple times throughout the day. It would be nice if you only had to log in once. Also there are often internet problems which cannot be explained; the internet will be down, or you won't be able to access carmen. I like the security of changing your password every few months, but it is hard to come up with and remember five different passwords a year. I would prefer being able to rotate through passwords as apposed to creating new ones. There are so many things these days that require passwords that it is hard to keep track. The speed of the internet is usually fast. In the dorms, at least mine, there is a printer that is fairly easy to use. I have used it a couple times this year when my own personal printer broke down. Overall I like the campus network, but think there are a few quirks that could be fixed.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Awesome – The Ohio State Buckeyes are awesome. It really does not get much better than this. And the fans bleed scarlet and gray, many since they came out of the womb.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety Could Be Better – I feel very safe on campus. There are fairly frequent off-campus crimes-- like armed robberies and gang violence, however. I do not always feel safe while walking to friends' houses.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Weather is weather. Sometimes it's warm, where it's 75 degrees and everyone is out, enjoying the weather, but it's quite possible to get 40 degree weather the next day and everyone will be back in winter clothes, and staying inside. However, if it's cold on a Thursday-Saturday, it doesn't play a role in the party scene.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Ohio State is a school of roughly 50,000 students. There are tons of students from all over the world and from all different backgrounds. You interact and gain a different perspective while in class, which enhances your learning experience.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Social Atmosphere – Ohio State is a great place to be. There are tons of different kinds of people and everyone is friendly.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Go Bucks – I like to follow the football team. I like to workout at a local facility. I like to play basketball.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Its central Ohio...you never know if its going to be 30 or 60 degrees. But usually pretty mild weather

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: OSU has a great bus system that once you figure out is extremely helpful

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Be Careful – Personally I have never felt unsafe on campus during the day or at night, however there is a higher crime rate and I know a lot of people who are nervous walking around. Just be smart, walk late at might on well lit streets and if possible with other people

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Financial aid consists of deadlines. So as a student who wants to pay for classes, and etc. on time, you need to check consistently with fin. aid.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Campus Is Relatively Safe – I have never had any safety concerns while on campus.

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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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