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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus puts you close to classes. It also gives you more of a community feel than living in apartments where you might not know your neighbors. There is much more safety as well, with OA's at the front desk 24/7.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Short North is home to a wealth of amazing culinary experiences. A few examples of places you MUST try would be North Market, ZenCha, Northstar Cafe, and Stauf's. Closer to campus on High street options are a bit more generic chain-restaurants such as McDonalds, Chipotle, and Tom +Chee. North of campus Lucky Dragon is a delicious and authentic Chinese restaurant, located in the same parking lot as Lucky's Market, which is an organic grocery store.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: RA's make it clear that their job is merely to encourage good behavior, they don't actually have much authority. The result is that though your next-room-over neighbors may be smoking pot and having 24/7 blasting music on, they will only get a warning after consistently nagging the RA to do something about it.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Remember when the deadlines are!!!! One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to not apply because you don't think that you will qualify. Also, if in your second financial aid package you do not receive the same aid as the previous year without having a significant income change, send Student Financial Aid an email. Most likely things just got mixed up and your aid will be reinstated.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Though I do not attend wild parties myself, from what I hear the party scene is great at OSU. Whenever you need to leave campus and drink away your sorrows, there are always options, being under 21 is not a problem.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food on campus is usually decent wherever you go. Over the past two years improvements have been made to the quality of North Commons food, raising it to be on par with that of Kennedy Commons.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: While more expensive than living off campus, living on campus does have some significant advantages. In addition to being closer to classes, the shorter walking distance means a safer commute home at night.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is something going on all of the time and if you want to party, you can almost always find one on 15th Avenue where many of the frats are located. There are also some great bars on high street (some that are 18 and up and a bit less stringent on checking IDs and others that are strictly 21+). In my experience, the party scene has been great and OSU goes pretty hard, but if you don't want to be a part of this atmosphere, it is easy enough to avoid. Most of the partying happens off campus and there is plenty of things to do instead, such as attending free movies and events put on by the activities board and plenty of great bands come through the numerous concert venues in Columbus

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are really good and bad places but it just gets old after a while.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus has its pros and cons but I love all the people that I have met.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Honestly the food as a whole is good. As someone who does have dietary restrictions, I was surprised by the amount of options that I had. I am easily able to find something good and healthy at nearly every dining location on campus. Traditional dining is good on occasion, but definitely not something that you want to eat for every meal every day. Getting a meal plan of blocks is definitely better than the traditions options. You have much more flexibility and ability to eat at the places with the best food, such as the Union or Marketplace.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It really just depends on where you live. The newer dorms are all very nice, while the older buildings are a bit run down. The university is currently in the process of building new dorms on north campus to go along with the newer buildings built on south. Smith Steeb and Park Stradley are all rooms with two people, whereas some of the older buildings on north campus or in Morrill and Lincoln have suite style rooms in which you would have multiple roommates.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's very difficult finding anything close to campus that is cheap or safe. You have to be willing to commute 20+ minutes a day and pay ridiculously high rent for something semi decent.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food around here just isn't great. And if it is good, it's expensive and far from campus.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Too many times I have smelled pot in my dorm hall and nothing has been done about it, even after I filed a complaint to my hall director. My friend had a horrendous experience with the administration about finding her a new room after her roommate was repeatedly abusing her. She almost left the university because of it. Every night there is some sort of room full of people in my dorm screaming and dancing until 3 am, but nothing ever gets done about the noise violations.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They aren't as stingy with their money as other schools are.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's VERY difficult to eat healthy food here, plus everything is so expensive. I waste hundreds of dollars each MONTH because of the meal plan here.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most dorms are pretty bad as far as not having air conditioning, having too cramped of living space, or just overall bad location in relation to classes. Most people live on campus second year for a very good reason.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some cheap. Some expensive. What do you expect?

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options. Average prices.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I have yet to run into any problems.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Make sure every application is completely done

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I eat the same food everyday so it is okay to me.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Mack Hall is great, but is far from my classes

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: New dorms to come next year, but as of now the best dorms are Park-Stradley Hall, Smith Steeb Hall, and Residence on Tenth. There are an array of varying options that you could see on the Ohio State website and it will go into detail about all the different types of dorm rooms that can be found on campus. Prices depend on how "luxiourous" the dorm you live in is. Id say the place I would be least likely to want to live in Morrill or Lincoln Tower because they are pretty far away from class buildings and my favorite dining facilities.

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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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