Local Atmosphere

Columbus, OH
Tuition (in-state)
$25,445 ($10,037)
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city is right there and always has something

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Always something to get into.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Some fun things to do but also a lot of panhandling on high street

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Columbus is a boring city with fairly little going on outside of a few decent restaurants. There's hardly ever a need or want to leave the general campus area unless you want to buy groceries or go to a bar downtown.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The stores around the campus are diverse. One can find almost any type of clothing style pretty much on High Street.

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Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
Electrical engineering
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Concerts, theatres, a zoo, malls, museums, and just about anything else can be found within the confines of Columbus. There are always numerous activities and events taking place, giving residents a variety of entertainment options to choose from. The Buckeye vibe permeates all of the surrounding area, and students see Columbus as a friendly town. Don't be fooled by the Midwest stigma of blandness or ignorance-most of the townies are glad to see you, and they will greet you with a smile. Columbus also sees a surprising number of cultural and entertainment events each year. With a wide variety of music scenes, numerous touring theater groups, and local sports teams, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The city is also very close-albeit, by vehicle-to cities such as Cleveland and Cincinnati, which provide even more activities. A weekend trip to one of these cities is not at all out of the question and will allow you to see concerts and sporting events you might have missed otherwise.

You cannot discuss the local atmosphere without discussing Buckeye sports. Foremost of these is football, obviously, and during football Saturdays, everyone watches the game-and we mean everyone. If you're looking to get shopping done, game day is the perfect time to do it. Be sure to get back in before the game ends, however, since roads in Columbus become massive parking lots as 105,000 people try to drive home afterward.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus.
  2. Columbus is the state capital, and it is Ohio's largest city.
  3. David Harrison of Columbus owns the patent on the soft toilet seat. Over one million are sold every year.
  4. Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy's in 1969 in Columbus.
  5. The Columbus Clippers, a AAA team, is a developing league for the New York Yankees.
Notable Natives
  • George Bellows
  • James "Buster" Douglas
  • Archie Griffin
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Wayne "Woody" Hayes
  • Jack Nicklaus
  • James Thurber
  • Of A Revolution (OAR) - rock band
Local Slang
  • C-Bus: Abbreviation for Columbus
  • Pop: The correct way to order a Coke or Pepsi
  • That State up North: Michigan
Points of Interest
  • Brewery District
  • Columbus Zoo and Zumbezi Bay
  • The Gateway (shopping, dining, residential area)
  • Ohio Stadium (aka the Shoe)
  • Olentangy River
  • The Oval
  • The Short North Historic Town
  • Wexner Center for the Arts
Shopping Centers
  • Columbus City Center
  • Easton Town Center
  • Lennox Shopping Center
  • Polaris Shopping Mall
  • Short North
  • Tuttle Crossing Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Lennox Town Center 24
777 Kinnear Rd.
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Arena Grand Theatre
175 W Nationwide
(614) 470-9900
Movie Theaters
Landmark's Gateway Theater
1550 N. High St. (South Campus Gateway)
(614) 545-2255
Major Sports Teams
  • Cincinnati Bengals: football
  • Cincinnati Reds: baseball
  • Cleveland Browns: football
  • Cleveland Indians: baseball
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: hockey
  • Columbus Clippers: minor league baseball
  • Columbus Crew: soccer
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Cincinnati: OH: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Cleveland: OH: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 198 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 199 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 6% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 3% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 6% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 85% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 199 responses

  • 10% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 39% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 51% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 199 responses

  • 12% No way.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 32% Totally.



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