Columbus, OH
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Reviews 3541 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The RPAC workout facility is the main place to workout on campus. There are 3 other gyms scattered in different sections of campus, but this is the best overall. There are tons of weights and cardio machines. One area is in fact dubbed cardio canyon because of all the equipment that is offered for students and faculty. There is a track on the top floor available for walkers and runners. Below this are several raquetball courts and more space to work out on a bike or elliptical, etc. There are two huge gyms available for playing basketball. The university frequently holds events, research presentations, and the like in the gyms. Attached to this complex is the pool, where students can swim laps or take it easy in the hot tub. The RPAC is a great place to workout, grab a bite to eat, and even study.

3 College Junior

Facilities: A Great Education, Top to Bottom – Many of the buildings are up to date, but some are sub par. The workout complex, the student union, the sporting events, and the Wexner Arts Center are all great places to go on campus. The libraries are a-plenty all over campus, and I enjoy studying in a lot of them. Some of the classrooms get pretty hot when spring and summer roll around, but it doesn't distract me from learning in the classroom.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Make It What You Want It to Be – Greek Life is as much of campus life as you want it to be. It can be a fun, involved atmosphere with alot of pride for community service and brotherhood/sisterhood, but it can also be filled with a great deal of partying too. Many Greek life houses are very nice, but a few of them have not been taken care of properly. Ohio State is such a large campus, that the percentage of kids in Greek life is very low. Those who aren't in Greek Life don't care too much, but there are some negative opinions about Greeks based on typical stereotypes, like that we only drink and party.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food! There is a lot of great places that you can dine off campus. Right next to campus, we have a Five Guys and Panera. Also, due to Columbus' large Asian community, there are many great Chinese places on the edge of campus that are absolutely delicious. If you're willing to travel a bit by bus (free for students), you can also enjoy fantastic cuisine downtown and also in German Village!

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors Are One of a Kind – The professors at Ohio State--especially within my major--are incredible. They are very helpful and always willing to help you and make time for you. Also, if for some reason you can't understand the professor, the university offers free tutoring to help you when you need it.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Amazing Sports – As most people probably could have guessed, Ohio State has great athletic programs! We really are top notch. There is a lot of school spirit that goes into pushing out teams forward. You don't actually have to be on "the team" to be part of sports. There are many other ways such as clubs to get involved in sports that you like. Also, at the moment, Ohio State offers free group fitness for students! So if all you want to do is hit the bikes, then you can with other students for free.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Lots of Opportunities – There are many things that you can do during night here in Columbus! First of all, there are many clubs that are 18+ on the weekends, so you can go even in your first year. There is also a lot of activity going on downtown and many random events such as concerts and theater that you can attend. You are definitely never bored.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Being Greek Not Huge – Being a Greek isn't really important at Ohio State, and you are not looked at strangely whether you do or do not enter Greek life. However, Greek life is encouraged, and the people that are involved in Greek life are proven to generally have general support environments and involvement in the school, which is always important.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Great Living – the student housing is where you can make your lifetime friends. amazing


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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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