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Columbus, OH
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38,884
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: So Much Diversity – Columbus and Ohio State are great for their diverse communities. There is almost any type of food right off campus that your heart desires, Mexican, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, and many more!

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5 College Junior

Facilities: OSU has over 20 libraries, with the main one in the center of campus next to the biggest student hangout, The Oval. There are also more than one athletic facilities located all over campus so it's very convienient to get to one from any direction.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol & Marijuana – It really depends on who you associate with but more people at OSU drink. Never have I seen anyone drinking on campus, but right across the street and off campus parties are a huge thing with beer cans thrown all over the lawns. If people do drugs, it's usually just marijuana that floats around.

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5 College Junior

Transportation: CABS Is Amazing – OSU has a very reliable bus transportation, with real-time maps and updates about where the buses are and texting option to find out when the next few buses are coming. Nice drivers and completely free service, you don't have to worry about missing your stop because the buses stop at every stop and are still timely.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Depends on Transportation – There is a lot to do in Columbus but the need of transportation to get to many of the activities. Also there is transportation to these areas but the timing is not always helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Very Mixed – Some classes and professors I've had are extremely helpful and interested in helping students but then there are some that seem to not want to be there and don't want to be teaching. Lots of teachers only seem to be interested in their research.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There are so many students at osu and not enough parking spots for everyone to fit.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I definitely reccommend an apartment as soon as youre able to get one. They are expensive but totally worth it in the long run. Renting an apartment will quickly make you a more responsible person, that's for sure!

1 College Junior

Parking: Make sure you leave a large amount of time to get to class because you will have trouble finding a spot.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Incredible Spirit – I lived about a half mile from 'The Shoe' at Ohio State, and on game day, it was insane. For men's and women's sports alike, the atmosphere was insane. Want to get involved in an intramural or club sport? Go for it. They've got anything and everything there. I was a member of the Triathlon Club, and they all got so into what they were doing that they ended up on ESPN and in national triathlon magazines for their spirit (not to mention winning the spirit award at Collegiate Nationals--actually quite coveted, strangely enough).

Long story short, sports at Ohio State are AMAZING if that's your thing. It wasn't mine, but I was one of the few who didn't go nuts for the Buckeyes.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Large Drug and Sex Problems – As someone who rushed fraternities at Ohio State, I've got to say that I'm honestly appalled with the way the gents conduct themselves, and they give fraternities a bad name. I've seen more drugging of women and rude treatment of other individuals (beyond hazing) than I care for. Huge cocaine problems exist within several fraternities, and I wouldn't get caught up in it. Entirely objectionable.

That being said, they do give back to the community a fair amount. There are a good apple or two among the thirty-some fraternities at Ohio State.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Decent Housing – Not bad dorms. North campus is nice because you get your own bathroom among you and your roommates. South is great if you have trouble meeting people because they are mostly communal baths and your doors will stay open more often. Many of the dorms are older and have their issues but for the most part OSU is like a mini city in itself and you can get anywhere and buy anything you need.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Best of the Best – Ohio State has the best of the best. Thompson library has recently been completely re-done. The RPAC is like the biggest recreation facility in the country. We have 3 Olympic size pools, a rock climbing wall, ice skating. You name it, we have it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Be Prepared to Walk – There are a ton of dorms on campus, all around campus. But the campus is also huge so no matter what you are going to have to walk a little. If you want a dorm with lots of roommates, you should opt for something like the Morril Tower where you can have 8 roommates. Some dorms have 4 people, some have 2. Whatever you want they have. Dorms are average. Maintenance staff is pretty good for having so much to do. Be careful because different dorms cost different amounts. Move in day can be hectic with the parking situations.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lot's of International Students – There are a lot of white students that attend here. However, Ohio State is huge and attracts students from all over the world. I've met students from all different countries. The international chinese population seems to be pretty big.

4 College Junior

Academics: Wide Variety – There is a huge variety in the classes you can take, from tae kwon do to multivariable calculus, you really can do anything you want. Most of my professors have been really kind and I have learned a lot.

4 College Junior

Academics: City and Regional Planning – City and Regional Planning at OSU is awesome. There is a lot of flexibility in the classes you take so you can really focus on what you want to learn. In addition to that the advisers are really great and help you achieve what you want to. The internship office is a little less effective and you are really left on your own a little, but if you are willing to press for help you will get it.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing Is Ok – Campus housing is pretty expensive, but the benefits are pretty good. North Campus is more luxurious with air conditioning, showers in the rooms etc. South Campus is a little more party focused, and usually has no air-conditioning. So the experience you want can be chosen by where you live.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Never Been Involved – Greek life has a relatively small effect on campus life. I know a couple people involved, but it definitely does not run the school. There are plenty of opportunities besides greek life to get involved.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The on and off campus busses run frequently and are paid for by the fees as part of going to school so you just swipe your id and ride for free on the city bus.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Ubran Meyer!! He is our new football coach and that pretty much sums it up...

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Greek Life – I immediately became involved in Greek Life at OSU when I was a freshman. Doing so, it made the school full of 60,000 students feel much smaller and more comfortable. I know many more people now than I ever would've outside of Greek Life.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The Student Union – Just recently, Ohio State has completely remodeled and built the new student union. Everything you can imagine can be found within this facilty. From food to club meetings to a dance studio, a student can find almost everything needed here.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Health and Fitness – Ohio State offers many programs and facilities that helps to provide students with the opportunity to stay healthy and fit. Facilities such as the RPAC and the Jesse Owens are prime examples of this. Within the RPAC, the facility provides free group fitness classes along with healthy choices for food.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Honor Code – Ohio State takes pride in their students honoring the honor code and what it represents. If a professor even suspects a student plagerizing or cheating is involved, you are immediately reported to the university and there will be immediate action.

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Gilburt L. Chiang
Hometown
Marietta, Ga.
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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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