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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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5 College Senior

Facilities: amazing facility, great equipment, helpful staff, spacious, good hours, great food, a lot of choices, great classes

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Ohio - What Can I Say? In the summer it's fairly hot and humid, and in the winter it's usually cold and gray. Autumn is great, and spring is pretty nice too.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: I like the campus - it has a nice look and feel to it. Now if they could only finish the construction!

5 College Junior

Diversity: An International University – The Ohio State is a world wide institute. There is a mostly core of white students, but due to the sheer size of the school it has many diffrent types of cultures.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: The Dinning Options That Are Second to None. There are too many options to dine on campus to mention is this review. You name a cusine and it can be found somewhere on campus.

3 College Junior

Computers: Most labs have up to date computers. Computers are easily accessable from all around campus.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus Life – The school allows you to meet many different people. Although some may say the school is too big at over 50,000 it really is not. You meet so many people within the first week of school and see people around campus all the time. It is very diverse and much smaller than people think

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms at Ohio State are nothing to write home about. IF you have air conditioning then there shouldn't be a problem. Avoid the dorms where there is no air, also don't live up North.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities at Ohio State are really good. There are several different gyms on campus. There is also the RPAC which is the biggest rec center in the country. In addition, there are off campus facilities as well.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Ohio State is a big school, so it has a lot of students. There are parking garages all across campus, but if you're a commuter or have a car on campus, try to get to your classes ahead of time if you want to find a decent parking spot. Lots of students are always heading to different classes, so the spots can fill up pretty quickly.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great Variety – I am only a freshman, but there are countless dorms reserved only for freshmen and most of them are nice and up-to-date. South Campus is currently working on installing AC/Heat for its dorms, but even without it it's never too hot or too cold. South Campus is near High Street (the main street of Columbus) and has the best choices for food. North Campus is really close to central campus and classrooms, and West Campus is the place to be if you want to be near the Recreation and Physical Activity Center, or RPAC.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: A Lengthy Process – I didn't get very much financial aid which I was surprised by. When I have tried to go in and speak with Financial Aid they are always, always busy. They do not make appointments, only have walk-in hours. This makes it really hard to meet with them if you have classes like I do from 9-5. I suggest getting there before they open and waiting.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not Much Integration – I came from a really diverse high school, where people of all races and ethnicities interacted. I was shocked and disappointed when I came here to see the lack of interaction among different groups. It's hard to mingle among races, and feels segregated. This is my least favorite part about OSU.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The Thompson Library – The Thompson Library is great- it's huge, very quiet, really conducive to studying. I love to be here. The only drawback is it can get SUPER crowded come exam weeks, so I usually either get here really early, or stay in my apartment to study. Most days, though, it's a really great place to be.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: So far, in my experiences here, the Greek life is kind of all about partying. I've had a couple run-ins with Greeks, and they're not bad people, very fun. To be honest, they're cool but it's not really like they're helping out the community or anything, except for some nice relaxation and fun.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants around OSU aren't too bad. We've got some quality comfort food (southern cooking), a ton of Greek restaurants (yummy pita), and some awesome pizza joints. Overall, the food isn't cheap, but with all the school discounts it makes it more affordable.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining at OSU is kind of all over the place. Don't get me wrong, there are quality places on campus to get great food, but most of the food is lacking in "organic" quality. My family is very health conscious, and my mom makes sure of that, so getting used to some of the food here really did not go well with my stomach. As long as you check the nutritional data, and make sure to AVIOD a few places, you should be able to have a pretty good food experience here at OSU. And don't get a huge meal plan cus most of them end up wasted anyways.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Fun If You Make Friends. Ohio State has so many different things going on at night. There are many bars on the main street right off campus, there are also frat parties all the time. Underage nightlife is also fun. The resident halls host fun activities usually every weekend.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There is an incredible amount of computers available at school. Printing is a bit costly, especially as a poor college student. The wireless access is usually reliable, but at times it goes out, which is very frustrating. There are so many computers on campus that there is not a need for a personal computer, but most students do have one. It is much more convenient.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Proudest School in the Land – The atmosphere around Ohio State is definitely busy. There are over 1000 activities going on daily. Students, staff and the community surrounding Ohio State are the proudest people I have ever encountered. We love our sports, our band, our school, and our city. Ohio State is an incredibly safe, friendly and welcoming school.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Some Scholarship – There is a good amount of scholarships offered. Some of the merit scholarships are based on your ACT/SAT scores and your rank in high school.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Strong Fan Support – The students of the Ohio State University are very school spirited. We always support and cheer on our teams. We are like one big family when it comes to football games.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Great – Buses are all over if you dont feel like walking. Most classes are at a maximum of a 15 minute walk away though. The campus is organized nicely

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Not Bad – The campus food is actually pretty good. It gets a little tiring after a while, but what kind of campus food doesnt. The school makes improvements for campus dining all the time

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Everybody loves the buckeyes. Football and basketball games are awesome. The mirror lake jump is probably the greatest event ever. You have to do it

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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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