Columbus, OH
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Reviews 3561 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking is pretty common, as well as light marijuana use. The use of Adderall for academic purposes is also somewhat common. I have not noticed much hard drugs being used. I do not feel pressured to use any drugs although going to party's and not drinking can be tough.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The options are seemingly healthy, but not actually. Most things are over priced

4 College Senior

Facilities: Ohio State always is expanding and upgrading. They just recently equipped most of the South Campus dorms with A/C, we also have brand new Ohio Union, and main library. The workout facilities are have up to date equipment. Just this year we resurfaced all 8 basketball courts in the remarkable RPAC which is the main workout facility. The only thing that held me back from giving this university an A+ was that Bolz hall and some of the other engineering buildings could use some renovations.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a large diversity of guys and girls at OSU. They range in their looks from preppy to athletic to dressing up daily and everything in between. We have so many different groups all over campus that interests can range from Greek life, artsy students, theater kids, science and mathletes, to regular everyday guys and girl. There are plenty of guys and girls who seem to workout non-stop to those who could care less. There are plenty who would seem to just like to go out and party, and those that seem to be there for studies alone. Relationships I'm sure are very diverse. Personally I have been in a long term relationship but I know plenty of people who are just looking for a weekend hookup. There are guys and girls for anyone and everyone to get along with.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a large diversity of races, religion, political beliefs, and sexual orientation at OSU. I would say that the acceptance for these groups is quite good. There are so many clubs and groups that embrace these difference and have events and do so many positive things for the university. Some people may think it can't be that diverse because it's Ohio and there can only be a bunch of "rednecks" but that couldn't be further from the truth. I don't think I have run into one "redneck" within my first year on campus. We have students from all over the state, the country, along with many international students. I'd say that OSU is a very diverse campus and very accepting of anyone who is considered a "minority".

4 College Senior

Facilities: Ohio State has many excellent facilities available for students to use. The Wexner Center is my favorite building on campus I would have to say. It is used for many purposes such as for concerts, gallery showings, international film nights, dance performances and many other interesting cultural displays. If you have chance to go the Wex you won't be disappointed!

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: As a Biology major student i really enjoy the sciences i must take. My major has me taking very interesting classes with labs that i really enjoy. I would definitely pick it again. Plus it helps me get the classes i need for medical school.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Im in Ohio state University and i really enjoy it. It is a good school to go to and will look good when applying to medical schools. Plus it has its own medical school that i could apply for.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: the process of getting into my Biology major was relatively easy. i had no special applications to fill out. I was just asked which major i would enjoy and i chose Biology because i wanted to be prepared for medical school.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: i have not had an internship, but i am a biology major so i have recently applied for one at some hospitals. i would be unpaid and doing simple tasks like answering phone calls and seri up appointments.

3 College Junior

Weather: It's Ohio, so the weather is kind of unpredictable. But OSU does a really good job of cleaning up after snow/storms.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of chains, but if you go off campus a little farther, it gets a lot better.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: This is such a large school that literally everyone can make friends. No matter what you are looking for, there will be someone here who is looking for the same thing. And the numerous clubs help find exactly what you're looking for.

4 College Senior

Athletics: great varsity sports, great intramural sports activities. best part of ohio state- almost too much emphasis on sports and not enough at all on everything else

2 College Senior

Academics: professors are very hit or miss, especially in the GEC courses. good experiences with liberal arts professors and foreign language. registration is relatively easy, workload good on quarters, too much on semesters, guidance counselors rude and offer little direction

2 College Senior

Parking: cost of pass is not terriblle, appreciate it is returnable and difference not used refunded, getting the pass way a crowded long lined nightmare. OSU has so much staff yet is incredibly inefficient, rude, impatient, and impersonal. towing around the area is over-kill and i could truly not afford all the towing. i felt paranoid parking anywhere

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: great city atmosphere. so much to do. loved the city of columbus- though most students didnt appreciate the city and what there was to do enough

1 College Senior

Scholarships: an absolute headache. all aid is given to everyone else- small towners and minorities, disabilities, out of state- most students who came from 2-4 times the money I did had all the aid and I didnt received any or barely any until I became independent. very unfair and kills the diversity of students from different areas of the state and background. i truly felt like the white, working class, city minority with no assistance. number one reason transfering OSU- they did not care about keeping me.

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3 College Senior

Weather: beautiful in the fall and spring. ugly ugly winters. but better weather than Cleveland, Ohio where I am from

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation options around Ohio State are awesome. CABS buses are free for everyone, which is nice when students have visitors that do not have BuckIDs. To go to the Short North for shopping or dinner or to get to the nearby AMC, students can ride COTA buses for free with their BuckID. And for long distance travel, there is a MegaBus stop at the Union.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never had a problem walking across campus alone. Even at night, I have never had an unpleasant experience. The only place where walking alone can be scary, especially at night, is High Street and more specifically, in the Short North which is just south of campus. On campus, there are phones with blue lights on them which can be used in case of any emergency and they are EVERYWHERE.

2 College Freshman

Parking: While acquiring a parking permit is relatively easy at Ohio State, it is not very cheap. And the student lots are not very close to campus and require taking a bus to where you need to go. But having a permit makes it a sure deal that there will be a spot for your car. If you are without a permit, finding somewhere to park is an absolute nightmare. Especially off-campus with all of the one-way streets and the construction that goes on.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: The biggest Varsity athletic teams at Ohio State are, of course, Football and Basketball. These teams get a lot of media attention and they are the only sports that are not free for students to attend games. They have their own student sections, Block O and The Nuthouse, respectively, that a huge number of us students participate in to support our Buckeyes. However, because students can go to support any other Varsity or Club Sport for free with their BuckID, it is very common for a group of friends to decide to go to the Baseball game or cheer on Women's Volleyball. Also, the state-of-the-art RPAC that was just built a few years ago gives every student the ability to play a few games of racquetball, volleyball, or basketball with their friends, as well as swim a lap or two in the pool. Ohio State is a school that really supports and encourages student participation in athletics.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Both Campus and City transportation are free, because there is a fee included in your tuition at that you pay at the beginning of the year. All you need is your ID. The city transportation runs late but the campus transportation doesn't have as many routes during the evening. The campus security also has a number that you can call in case you don't feel safe at night walking around campus. Sometimes, they take awhile to come get you, so plan ahead.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are many places around campus to eat and there is always something new to try. At the Union, the some of the stations change what kinds of foods they carry every few months so there is always new options. There are many grab-and-go places that carry quick foods like sandwiches and salads. Other food places carry tasty meals that take a little longer to prepare, but are worth the wait. There are also many off campus areas that take the cash part of your meal plan. I wouldn't buy a huge meal plan unless you plan to use them at the Blackwell at the end of the semester.


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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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