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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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4 College Junior

Athletics: Go Buck-Eyes! The name says it all. Football is a big sport not just in the college but the state itself.

1 College Freshman

Weather: Ohio Is Ohio – If you already live in Ohio, you should know what to expect. It rains a lot, so come prepared with an umbrella (sturdy enough to withstand the wind), rain boots and a raincoat. There were often times I didn't even want to go to class because of the weather, but that's the price you have to pay for such a great school. The winters don't get too much snow but definitely have uggs and bundle up! Try to plan your classes around what buildings are close to you and where the bus stops are. The summers are good, but winter lasts way too long.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Are Semi Important – Greek life is definitely popular. I constantly get asked if I'm in a sorority. However, the school definitely doesn't revolve around it. Fraternity parties are lots of fun if you're looking for a bit of fun on a Friday night. There are tons of fraternities and sororities, all of them different so if you're interested you'll find one you fit into. If you're not interested in greek life, you have nothing to worry about. Plenty of people aren't involved. Many sororities require you to live in the house at least one year, which may be a disadvantage to some people. Their rules are pretty strict but the houses are really nice because they can't throw parties.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There's definitely no shortage of facilities here. Tons of libraries - including a 24 hour library. There's multiple gyms, all of which have lots to offer. There are plenty of tutoring rooms and places to go. The Ohio Student Union is also excellent. 4 floor of rooms with activities, lots of food, and places to study. There are also food places all over campus. I'm an extremely picky eater, but I always manage to find something to eat.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: The Gateway is a lot of fun to go dancing and get cheap drinks. There are also many smaller, crappy looking bars that are actually deceiving based on looks. There are always many house parties going on every weekend, especially when it is warm outside. Any night is a good night to drink on campus.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are a lot of places to go to eat. Both on campus and off campus. A lot of variety.

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: At Ohio State in the year 2011 we have had at least 6 crime alerts just in the last 2 months. It is nice, however, that the university is taking care of it by adding additional street lamps and security to patrol the offcampus streets. They are also adding additional services to drive students home late at night.

College Freshman

Majors: Freshman Waiting to Explore the Workplace – As a freshman, I have yet to have an internship but I'm confident I will get one next year. There are many internship fairs for students. I definitely do want to get an internship because hands-on experience is unmatched- you can't teach experience in a classroom. Internships aren't handed to you but career services does a great job in helping you fix up your resume and prepare for job interviews.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I absolutely love Ohio State. The camaraderie and overall atmosphere of the campus is unmatched. I wouldn't change anything. While it's a lot of fun going to football games and hanging out with friends, classes are challenging which is perfect.

College Freshman

Parking: No Car Allowed – As a freshman, we're not allowed to have a car on campus unless we're commuters. With this being said, I really can't comment on the parking situation.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: delicious food – wide variety of food options and many places to eat on campus. mirror lake, marketplace, ohio union, kennedy and the libraries all have great food. ohio state is definitely underrated in the quality of food they offer

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's College Not Jail – Some students have different views on the strictness of security here on campus, it really just depends on what kind of social life you have. I know one thing for sure - plagiarism is a HUGE offense. They take that so seriously, you have to be extremely careful to site EVERY little thing.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Either You're in It, or You're Not – There are tons of frats and sororities to chose from! I, myself, am not interested in joining greek life but a few of my friends are. They say that there is a frat or sorority for everyone and nobody is left out. At OSU, people are encouraged to engaged in at least one student organization or activity and I believe that Greek life is a very popular choice.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: From My Point of View – I am not the type of girl to "go out" with a group of friends to parties or clubs. However, my room mate goes out with her friends quite often. By looking at their pictures, it seems like they sure do have a lot of fun! I have heard that there are quite a few bars and clubs around campus, but you usually have to call a cab to get to and from or take the "drunk bus". I guess each club has certain nights for certain age groups. I have also heard that there are a ton of house parties just seconds from campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have been quite a few robberies and muggings on campus since school started. If you're smart, it won't happen to you, but definitely something to be aware of.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: What I love about OSU is there is something new and different to do every day. A new place to go eat, a different workout facility, any type of class you could imagine, hundreds of clubs, but most importantly- thousands of new, interesting people to meet!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms at Ohio State all have very different pros and cons. The main difference of on campus living is North versus South. North residence halls are for Scholars and Honors Program students so it is naturally much quieter and studious than South which is known for its rowdiness.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining at Ohio State is based on a "swipe" system. You choose a number of swipes between 50 and 250 at the beginning of each quarter and they cover your meals instead of cash. You can still use cash if you want but the meals are overpriced to encourage swipe usage. One swipe is worth approximately six dollars and generally covers a decent size meal, one entree and two sides. Depending on which dining hall you're in an entree could be a delicious salmon wrap (at the recreation center) or a greasy bacon and egg biscuit (at Fresh Express). There's many choices of places and foods to eat but it's hard not to eventually start getting tired of campus food.

4 College Student

Facilities: Community Support of Sports Programs – Without a professional football team Columbus loves its Buckeye Football!

3 College Student

Weather: Welcome to Ohio – beautiful springs
muggy summers
usually not much snow

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Something for Everyone – If you are looking for a school that offers you a gateway to your future- this is it. The career center will help anyone find internships and also make connections. Are you just looking for a place to fit in? It's here, try one of our 800 student organizations, which include sports, interest clubs, and even campus churches!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Foodies Welcome! Foods from all around the world are present off campus. Columbus offers many different atmospheres of lifestyle off campus and it's so fun to see each of the neighborhoods and their different culinary choices!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Awesome Atmosphere – So many things to do practically on campus. Whether it's trying new food, meeting new people, or just hanging with old friends, there is always something to do any night of the week around here!

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys & Girls – There are a lot of middle class hipsters at OSU. Dress is very diverse- some people choose to look nice and others wear sweats every day but either one is fine. Relationships are good and social life can be hard at first, so it is critical to get involved at such a large school

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: All the houses I've been to seem to accommodate everyone, and they all seem to enjoy living there. Safety is the only issue.

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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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