Columbus, OH
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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Reviews 3525 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It gets really expensive and parking is a massive disaster. The tow trucks in Columbus are psychotic and love to tow if you manage to park where you shouldn't. Also, living east of High street can be kind of dangerous as it is a very urban area.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Lots of bars to choose from and frats almost always have a lot of parties

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless Very Unrelaible – It is very hard to get a wireless connection if you are not in a building. So if i wanted to do my homework on the oval, i would have to sit in a very precise spot in order to get a signal.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Pretty Good – The fans are definitely the most obnoxious (in a good way) that i have ever experienced. and the sports teams are very good. however, a lot of the club sports cost a lot of money, making it hard to students not on scholarships to afford to play.

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5 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs Are Generally Crowded – The computer labs at Thompson and SEL libraries are generally crowded after classes generally let out and during conventional studying hours, but the turnover is typically fast. If you know which printer you're printing to, then printing isn't a huge problem - unless there's a line. It hasn't happened to me too often that I've had to wait to print, but when it has, it's been very frustrating.
At Ohio State, you really don't need a computer to take to class. I found that mine was too heavy to lug around to each class, so I just wrote my notes down. Our online assignment system, Carmen, can be accessed from any computer and quiz and assignment times are usually available for days or even weeks depending on the time window given so if you're on top of your schoolwork, you can easily just go to the computer lab and crank out your assignments.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of Opportunity – As an English major, you get more flexibility in choosing classes, and can even easily double major and graduate on time. The workload isn't too terrible if you don't mind reading about 100 pages a night on average. I'm very satisfied with my degree choice and am constantly bombarded with e-mails from the Department of English about job fairs and workshops. We have a lot of resources at our disposal. Ohio State is such a big school, but various Creative Writing and Journalism clubs make it small. There's even the English Undergraduate Organization (EUGO) and the English academic fraternity.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Really Is More Popular – I am friends with people who choose drinking over drugs, so I have a skewed version.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I Feel Very Safe – I, personally, have never felt threatened while on campus. They do a very good job by having Columbus police cruise around and the campus security walk around. They also have emergency/security phones EVERYWHERE on campus, so if you happen to find yourself alone later on at night while walking from class, you can press a button and a security officer will be there to escort you in a very, timely fashion.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Love It! There are so many places to choose from. All are very, very delicious. You can go anywhere on campus and either be in the same building as some kind of dining service, next to a building with dining services or near High Street (where all the other food ie. Panera, McDonalds are located). The convenient thing about Ohio State, you have a BuckID which is used as a credit card in different food venues along High St. You're only limited by the distance you feel like walking, IF you choose to walk!

3 College Senior

Academics: Not Teaching. Professors expect you to just memorize and repeat on tests...

1 College Senior

Parking: Absolutely Terrible – The parking in columbus in general is awful. Campus is inexcusably barren on parking. And the tow trucks around are just WAITING to tow you can cost you at least $200.

2 College Senior

Academics: I only chose comm because its the highest hiring field out of college. I wish I had chosen a science like Astrophysics...

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The People! I love my friends and I will be sad to see them go!

5 College Junior

Majors: Right now, I am going abroad to complete an internship program in Dublin, Ireland. I know that this will open doors to my future!

3 College Junior

Majors: Not Easiest – I am not on the admissions board, so I would just try and see what happens..

5 College Junior

Majors: International Studies – I really love my major because my major advisor understands exactly what the students need!

5 College Junior

Majors: So far, I have never heard negative in this area. I plan to study abroad in Ireland soon, and Ohio State has been nothing short of helpful so far!

3 College Student

Scholarships: There Were No Problems but I Would Have Liked to Receive More – There were no problems with getting the financial aid I just would have liked to receive more because of my financial status. I suggest staying on top of things and recording all of the right information so they can help you as much as possible.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Unexpectedly Helpful – Being an out-of-state student, I expected to be stressed out about the whole scholarship process. OSU was my first choice and thankfully they made it very possible for me to attend! They actually e-mailed me about scholarships I was eligible for instead of making me try and wade through confusing financial aid websites. All deadlines, contact people, qualification requirements, etc were made very clear to me!

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Tough, but Great – At a large university like this, the academics are understandably tough. Programs like engineering and pre-med are extremely competitive. A lot is dependent on the professor you have. If you get a good professor, class will be interesting and hopefully you will enjoy learning! Ultimately, though, the workload is manageable unless you procrastinate and the academic experience is up to you and the amount of work you're willing to put in.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: College of Public Health Is EXCELLENT – I love my program!!! All of the faculty members involved in OSU's College of Public Health are extremely approachable and helpful. The courses are so diverse, yet still interconnected, and are very interesting. I find the workload to be fair...Stay on top of things and it shouldn't pile up too much! Most of the classrooms I've been in are relatively comfortable and contribute to a positive learning environment. Especially the public health building and business college buildings!

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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On Campus Is Safe, Off Campus Is Another Story – I personally feel very safe in the area of campus I live. However, a lot of crimes happen just off campus which kind of scares me, especially since I will probably be moving off campus next year. I never wander too far away from my residence hall at night if I'm alone and I always carry pepper spray.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: They not only have a bus transportation throughout the day but they have it available at night too for free

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Lottery System – Some freshman dorms are not nearly as nice as others. The environment and community built in my freshman dorm were much better than the actual physical living space. The building did not have AC, it was run down, and the rooms were small. My second year, I moved to upperclassmen dorms, and they were much nicer. I had AC, large, spacious rooms, a kitchen, a great study room, and it was still on a great part of campus. It truly depends on where you end up, what part of campus you are in, and how fun your dormmates are.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Health and Safety Is a-Ok – There are student health facilities and information all over campus. There is a health and wellness center in the RPAC that offers therapy, counseling, condom club, sexual education, healthy eating tips, and more. There is another building relatively close by that offers advice for health related questions-there are advice nurses available to talk. You can also schedule to see a doctor or to have a shot in this building. If there is something more serious, OSU has a hospital on campus. Security is typical for a large campus in an Urban environment. Campus police patrol the area, there is a service that offers students rides home from places on campus if they do not wish to walk home late at night, and crime and hate-crime alerts are sent out to students to inform students about potential dangers lurking in the area.


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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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