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

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4 College Student

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness is very reasonable. If you do anything loud and obnoxious, you are obviously going to get busted, especially if you are bothering other students.

Because of this, there is not a huge stress level with the police and what police officers I have talked to have been very nice and friendly. I have seen some students do some pretty stupid stuff and were caught. Some of those students that were caught either were in danger of being suspended or were suspended.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Drinking is heavy around Football season and with that, depending on the crowd you hang out with, peer pressure can be reasonable.

Drug visibility is rather low and the only drug usage that I have observed has been on North High Street which is one of the main roads that is right outside of OSU.

I tend to avoid the parties and the Football games since my goal is doing my schoolwork and because of that, I avoid the alcohol and all of the drama that tends to go with it.

3 College Student

Parking: Parking is pretty expensive but you are always guaranteed to find a parking spot. With the campus being rather large, their are plenty of parking spots to chose from.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug and alcohol rules are enforced if you are caught in a residence hall, but they are unlikely to catch you. The police enforce open containers on front lawns occasionally but generally you are fine off campus. It is very easy to avoid drinking though. I have many friends who don't drink but still hang out with those who do! People often enjoy others who don't drink or do drugs!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I don't ever ride campus busing but the COTA bus is very easy to navigate and you ride for free with your student ID!

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have a rather large health center. Anyone can go there is they are not feeling well. The safety is negotiable. We have had several incidents in the past off campus that went on every night for a few weeks. It was really scary, but the school apparently worked to make the off campus areas safer after dark. Only time will tell if that actually works.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Some landlords are willing to work with you on any issues, and some just do not care at all; they just want your money. I have found that off-campus housing has some very unfair prices. Some people pay so much to live in a piece of junk.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking on campus, like any school, is expensive. But I've never heard of anyone having a hard time finding a spot. Freshman aren't allowed to have cars and even the off-campus housing options are so close that most people walk everywhere.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I like it because there are a lot of options in many corners of campus. Unfortunately, I didn't like the location closest to my dorm and the food there got old really fast.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't had a bad experience but plenty of people have stories of their own personal thefts or sketchy moments. I generally feel safe but am cautious.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I wouldn't really recommend living off campus. There is a-lot of unreported crime that takes place off campus. Some of the living is nice and some isn't. Housing price ranges from $350+. Ofcourse it is cheaper, but you gotta be careful when selecting housing.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'am happy with my major program. I'am a transfer and an Operations Management in the business school. Once I graduate I plan to hopefully continue onto graduates school to further my education.

4 College Junior

Majors: The business program is really good, but its really competitive. They offer a lot of preparation for the real world.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computer lab in the library is great. I usually never have trouble getting a computer when in need. There are also computers located throughout the library and in computer labs in your Major business that you can use.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty much every race is present at OSU. I was literally amazed at the amount of international students - I've really only known people from my small Ohio town. There is an abundance of Chinese people here, and you will no doubt go a day without hearing Chinese being spoken. It's just so wonderful to be in a place with so much diversity!

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Since, OSU is a very big party school, the school takes very big precautions to keep all the students safe.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Most of my teachers are kind and very eduacted in their field of study. I never have a problem with any of my teachers helping with work or answering questions after class.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Everyone on campus gets really into the big varsity sports!

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Very popular school for partying. There are a lot of bars and clubs around the area and it's easy to find something to do if you want to go out.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: So much variety depending on where you go. Short North has a lot of very nice restaurants and bars and the Arena district has some nice bars and family restaurants as well.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Doesn't seem particularly strict to me outside normal standards. However, I haven't lived in the dorms, I've only lived off campus. Regardless, on campus rules don't seem very far fetched compared to some schools.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: buses run all the time and there is campus security that will give students rides late at night if needed

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are many many many different classes you can take in almost any subject or field. The professors are friendly and always are willing to give you the help you need.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are many different types of people here. There are about 30,000 of each so there are plenty of people to meet.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The work load is perfect because although you do get assignments to do, you aren't swimming in piles of them if you don't procrastinate. Professors are helpful and are willing to meet outside of class to provide assistance to students. The campus is beautiful and the people here are friendly.


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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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