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Columbus, OH
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38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
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Average
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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Drackett Tower – This dorm would have been nice as a 2 person suite it was designed for, but for 4 people to share is very crowded. I understand that this was done because of the construction, but the bedroom feels and looks like a submarine quarter, and the study room has 4 desks and not much else. Having a private bathroom is nice, but beware if you're not used to cleaning your own, since housekeepking only cleans them once a quarter. The atmosphere depends on the people you have around. My floor is personally very private, and not much interaction between rooms.

3 College Freshman

Majors: It's Not Particularly My Thing, but I'm Doing Fine. I'm more inclined to languages and literature, but as a Biology major I'm exposed to little of that outside of general education courses. I hope to enter into the field of medicine, so biology seemed the best choice for major, but it lacks the subjects that I truly enjoy and excel in. Perhaps a bit more freedom in scheduling, in the first year especially.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Helped Me Get the Disbursement I Needed – I'm an honors student and carried a decent GPA out of high school; I was awarded a scholarship that was fairly generous, and the Honors program helped me to become aware of other opportunities. I was satisfied with the amount I received, but the larger scholarships are incredibly competitive.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Here at OSU, those of all academic disciplines have the chance to excel in almost any area of their choosing. I personally have come into contact with students of all academic persuasions, and have come to realize that areas of interest are so very widespread that curriculum must match the demand. As such, the curriculum here is rigorous, yet allows for freedom and flexibility which helps cater to the needs of the majority.

4 College Senior

Majors: all the colleges assist with finding you an internship, easily found. usually unpaid but a great experience and can be used for credit

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: alcohol and drugs are very readily available to students

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: there are a lot of bars and clubs, all of them have the same feel and its hard to find one that isn't a dance one

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: i love OSU. it has been the best years of my life. i have met so many great people and have learned so much from my teachers. mirror lake is a great experience and a great way to bond and celebrate your school

3 College Senior

Diversity: there is a lot of diversity on campus however some improvements could be made. there are activities and clubs that try to get everyone involved with accepting

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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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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