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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Columbus has so much to offer. Many people only stay on campus or High Street, but a quick walk or bus ride can introduce so many of the charms of Columbus. So many stores and restaurants lie just north in Clintonville or south in the Short North and downtown. Don't get me wrong, campus and High Street offer so many things, like clubs, football games, campus activities and concerts, but venturing just off campus can offer an endless amount of things to see and be involved in.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: You can pretty much find anything - house parties, frat parties, tons of bars.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty big at OSU. Greek housing is pretty cool but they definitely are cliquey.

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5 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics are the best thing about Ohio State. We have amazing teams and the Big Ten is a huge conference, it's so fun to be a part of it. Students can get involved in pretty much anything, there are tons of intramural sports and clubs and school spirit is the best thing about this school. Not only are the sports awesome, but the RPAC, our main athletic facility, is one of the best in the country. It's amazing!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of options if you start looking early. Good housing for decent pricing, and right next to campus. Very fun atmosphere.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It is strict but has its lenience. Like every other school, they are of course strict on alcohol and drugs but when it comes to dorm quietness, they are not as strict. Overall, it is a wonderful experience.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I would advise to those who are eligible for financial aid to take advantage. College is expensive and can get stressful when looking for ways to pay it off.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in the summer is very convenient at times when it is not scorching hot. During the fall (and spring) Ohio state has what seems to be perfect whether. Not too hot or cold. As winter rolls in, we get our share of snow and 0 degree whether during early February.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Ohio State University offers a broad options for majors.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: there are many different options around campus with reasonable rents. clean and safe area around campus

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: there are many choices at OSU. You can find many restaurants around campus and in campus with many different options fast food to healthy food

4 College Freshman

Transportation: parking is categorized by students level. Like A, B, and C. C for students with 60 credit hours or more. buses are available for those who park far from campus. Easy accessibility and availability

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm a physics major at Ohio State. The physics program goes above and beyond in ALL aspects. I have yet to meet a professor who is not only a genius, but is ready and willing to help explain a topic to any student who asks. There is a sense of collaboration and exploration in the program as a whole. The undergraduates have a family like relationship, while there are disputes, there is very little ostracism. The computer labs and resources are also exceptional, with free access to declared majors who have completed the freshman intro track. But the most exceptional part is the research. In a field like physics, GPA and involvement is expected, but what actually sets your name apart (whether looking at graduate school or immediate employment with a bachelor's) is research and experience. I just completed my freshman year, having never taken an upper level physics class, or any computer science class before, and was offered a position on the research team for project ANITA. Not all positions are paid, but if they don't offer a paycheck they offer research credit that goes on your transcript (and can count towards full time eligibility which helps for seniors taking an extra semester to complete one or two necessary classes for graduation). They also offer a $3000 grant towards summer research which students can use to find a place to stay for the summer.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: With 1000+ clubs and student organizations at Ohio State, there are endless opportunities for involvement. There are fun laid-back no application necessary clubs, and ultra competitive elite internships. Thousands of students are offered programs that allow them to study abroad, intern at companies/schools such a GEC, Nike, and Harvard. Such a large school has a large amount of donations coming in, and the money is well spent towards research and education programs that offer excellent opportunities to students

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Ohio State University has a beautiful campus! The oval, one of the first landmarks incoming students are introduced to, is beautiful during the spring and early fall. However, in the winter there is orange tape everywhere to prevent students from walking on the grass. Mirror lake is a glorified duck pond, but is very pretty to look at and walk around. I spent many nights there sitting on the stone benches just looking out. There are lots of secret little patios over on west campus, and one in the psychology building. The major pitfall is that in an attempt to renovation and green the entire campus, there is never ending construction taking place somewhere. Downtown Columbus is literally a mile or so down High St, and is made up entirely of recent college graduates it seems. After coming home my first year there, it took a little adjusting to the fact that there were people who weren't between the ages of 18 and 23 around me. One of the main advertising points to incoming students is the number of clubs and student organizations, 1000+ now. As a high school field hockey and lacrosse player, I figured I knew exactly what I'd want to do. There was no one more surprised that me when I ended up joining the club W Rugby team! With 50,000+ undergrads and grads, it's nearly impossible not to contribute in some way

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: From both sides of the spectrum Ohio State comes through. For those looking to experiment, the options are readily available, and not from the sketchy dropouts living off campus. Normal, ambitious, young scholars are experimenting with peers in safe situations. There are also required sessions for freshman where they go and have an open discussion in a group with an instructor about drug and alcohol safety. For others, those who don't want to associate with that life, they have multiple clubs expressly for meeting other straight edge students. In my honors freshman dorm, there were literally no smokers (of cigarettes or otherwise) on the floor, and of the 60 some students, maybe 10 drinkers. The school supports the anti-drug and alcohol persona, but the students and surrounding area offer room for partying if that is your desire

College Junior

Drug Safety: I have not yet started at the main campus. I will be moving there this semester. I have gone to the Mansfield campus for 2 years and there really was no drug scene as far as I was aware.

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3 College Junior

Parking: I will be parking at my apartment and either walking to class or taking a bus.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The area around OSU is fabulous. There are a lot of activities going on in Columbus that people can easily walk to from campus to experience. The Short North is the most popular area downtown where people can easily ride a bike or if they don't mind a little extra walk where you can find lots of cool places to hang out. I love it there!

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I have never lived on campus at OSU due to the lack of amount of financial aid that was given to me. My parents are divorced and both do not make enough money for me to live on campus. I wish OSU could give out more scholarships for people like me. I have to work about 30 hours a week in order to get by to receive enough money for tuition and books which are probably the most expensive materials to buy. Tuition at OSU is not cheap.

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4 College Senior

Nightlife: There are a lot of off campus parties in which people can be a part of if they wish. Usually these parties consist of underage drinking which is up to you whether you want to risk that hazard of being caught underage drinking. Besides the off campus parties, the bar/club scene is really good. There are few 18 and up bars that include cover at the door and a lot more clubs that are usually meant for 21 and up. Once you are 21, everything is up for grabs! Most bars are a nice distance to walk if you like to walk down to the Short North which is a spectacular place to find great clubs/bars.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity is everywhere! There are many ethnic/culture groups people can join whether you are part of that ethnic/culture group or not. Anyone can join on campus! People can say that there is a large amount of white students but that doesn't mean there aren't any other who are not white.

5 College Junior

Transportation: the campus bus and public transportation is very good.

5 College Junior

Athletics: The athletics here are superb. The spirit shown by staff, student, fans and the community is in my opinion not matched by any other.


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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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