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Columbus, OH
Undergrads
38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 3177 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: I'm going into Atmospheric Science so for the most part I enjoy the weather. It snows in the winter(not as bad as Cleveland) but the first ten days I was here it rained 7/10 days.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a bus system that goes around the campus and the fee is included in your tuition and there's a local bus system (RTA) which you can also access for free which goes around Columbus.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The major street by the campus is high street which has a multitude of places to eat. There are places that serve pizza, chicken, sandwiches, breakfast, basically what ever you want to eat they have.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: GO BUCKS! If you can't find school spirit at this school then you won't find it anywhere. Sports at this school are huge and tickets for students are very affordable.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Is Difficult – Don't even bother looking for off campus housing if it's past December. There's plenty of housing close to campus if you can get to it a year ahead.

5 College Junior

Transportation: CABS Busses – The CABS (Campus Area Bus Service) is a very effective mode of travel both on campus campus and off.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is awful. No spots within a 25 minute walk.

4 College Student

Transportation: Excellent Bus System – Constant stream of COTA buses running through campus, and students get a free pass to ride them whenever they need to.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Better Than Some Places, but It Is Still College – A lot of alcohol use, though not much more than most other colleges, as far as I can tell. Very few hard-core drugs, though you do sometimes see the lighter stuff.

4 College Student

Computers: Prett Good Overall – Crowded at times, but most people have their own, so it's not a major problem.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I think the transportation is convenient and cost efficient. I have my car on campus but I have to park it 7 miles away. There is a COTA bus that stops there so I can get to my car and back to the dorm quite easily.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I really haven't been there long enough to know about their strictness policies. My dorm, roommates, a friends are all pretty decent people.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I have to cross from the west side to main campus for one class every day. Buses are great, but they are normally crowded when the weather is bad and I have to wait for the next one. Sometimes this takes 30mins just waiting for a bus, which takes away from studying or may cause me to be late for my next class. As a result, I find myself walking the 12-15 mins instead of waiting (sometimes twice that) for a bus. I suggest placing more CABS signs up at bus stops so students know how long that wait is. I like those signs, and would like to see working ones at every bus stop.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Don't Underestimate Any Scholarship! I ended up getting a full ride to The Ohio State University. Don't ever let any scholarship slip through the cracks. Apply to as many as you can, even if it is being presented through a group you are not affiliated with. There are a lot of minority scholarships out there that are actually not only for minorities, they're also for those who are just exposed to other cultures and can provide a sense of diversity to the university. DEADLINES are enforced. Be sure to get your scholarships done on time and earlier if possible. It's a huge university, tons of people are applying for the same scholarship, if done on a rolling basis your chances get slimmer the later you turn it in. (SOME SCHOLARSHIPS ARE LIKE THIS!) Also, scour the OSU website for scholarships. There are TONS out there that sometimes only one or two students apply for just because it's not being advertised as publicly.

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5 College Senior

Nightlife: Insomniac's Problems Are Answered – Parties: There are some nights that house parties are all the rage (mirror lake jump, halloween, home game nights) but mostly that's just for those that are incapable of making it out to the bars.
Bars: Most are 21+, but for those able to go they are AMAZING! Just on campus there are numerous bars to go to and Gateway offers a wonderful mix of dancing (Charlie Bear), casual (gooeyz), or just the average bar/pub (ugly tuna). Never fear those on North Campus, they've got Little Bar, Sloppy Donkey, Thirsty Scholar and lots more in between. Word to the wise, if you're using a fake, stay away from Gateway. Best part about Columbus is that it's only a short ride downtown. There's a party bus offered from campus to downtown and back, plus it's FREE. Downtown offers a wide variety of bars that even those under 21 can enjoy on select nights.
Transportation otherwise can be done using COTA, free with your buckid, or by taxi.
BEST PART: there's always something to do, every night! Turning 21 on a week night? NOT A PROBLEM. There's always some bar with a special or that is hopping on a select night, just ask around and someone will fill you in. :)

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5 College Senior

Athletics: Best Damn Athletes/Fans/Students/... in the Land!! I wasn't actually involved in any sports but they definitely play a large role even if you're not in one. Being able to root for your team lets you know just how big athletics are here. The athletic facilities are numerous and contain some of the newest equipment around. For a large campus, there are many facilities so there's no real problem trying to get to one, they're all over campus. Also, SO MUCH SCHOOL SPIRIT and student involvement as well. Not wanting to go varsity? Intramural and club sports are also available and TONS of students get involved, spots fill quickly but they're a lot of fun! (a side not on school spirit, you'll often find people cheering, even for the intramural games)

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Not 5 Star, but Still Edible! The food is not great, but there are so many locations that you can go to eat it's really what you make it. There are some places that will really impress you (LOVE MARKET PLACE!) and others that are subpar (some traditional dining offerings) but you've gotta eat, and these places offer just that. The wide variety really makes this better than the average university dining halls.

2 College Junior

Parking: Good in the Morning and the Evening – Parking passes can be very useful if you don't try to use them between 9:30AM and 4PM. If you spend a lot of time on campus in the evening it is definitely a good thing.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Great Sports School – Wonderful sports teams and fan support just watch out for dumb drunk people if you go to the games.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Things happen, it is a city. But not often and it is generally quiet if you are smart about where you live.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus Options. There are a lot of off campus options available with apartments and houses readily available from several realities. Its a bit cheaper and the extra space is nice, but safety is a concern because break-ins are common. Parking is limited but usually a few spaces are free per unit. The school offers a few info sessions about off campus options. Its worth looking into.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Urban Campus – The local area has a cool urban vibe. Lots of restaurants and shops to visit. Safety is an issue, with several crime alerts both on and off campus. Homeless people are common here. Diverse cultural attractions scattered around. There is an artsy shopping district, the short north, within walking distance. Overall there are a lot of interesting and fun places for students to check out in the area.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Big School Big Opportunity – Large class sizes can be intimidating, but the professors are accessible. T.As and recitations don't really help. There are lots of courses to choose from. Registration is a pain, but everything usually works out well. The workload is manageable and there are a lot of resources for help. There are also a lot of exciting learning opportunities outside of the classroom. I can personalize my education to fit my future goals.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Just don't do anything too illegal and you'll be fine.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: They Practices Well, They Have their Heart On the games They play Most Of all the Have Fun Playing with Team work.

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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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