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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: First year smooth, upcoming year will be a hassle

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I like the variety. Mirror Lake is my favorite!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Room size was not a problem, building was clean

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Next year will be the first year I live off campus so I can't speak to it all that much but I started looking for an apartment fairly late and I still found a spacious, close townhouse at a reasonable price.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Any given night - especially once the weather is warm - Greek Row will be loud and parties will be happening. Many people start their weekend on Thursday night and if you really wanted to, there's stuff to do every night of the week. Be sure to check out Schooner nights at Chumley's, Beat the Clock at The O, and $2 martini's on Tuesdays at I Bar.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of great options for chain restaurants and smaller places too. Classier restaurants and healthier options are mostly in the Short North and require a car or a cab to get to. Lots of places deliver and offer student discounts if you order through websites like OrderUp, GrubHub, etc

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration and campus police are very understanding of pretty well every situation. They're really here to help and keep people safe and stay out of people's business if they're shown respect and if safety is a non-issue.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships for international students are fairly limited and it can be complicated and time-consuming to get the select few in. My advice is apply early and apply to a ton, even the small ones. Every time you see a scholarship that you think isn't worth your time, there are 50 other students thinking the same thing. The competition just went down for that scholarship!

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I had the unlimited plan and really didn't mind eating at Morrill/Kennedy commons most of the time, but both dining halls could have used more variety. The meal plans are also super expensive no matter which one you choose, and the on-campus food options are way overpriced if you're paying with cash and not a meal plan.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus keeps you very close to just about anything you could need. My dorm had a dining hall on the first floor, a bus stop right outside, the main gym five minutes away and the library withing ten minutes.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: High Street has so much to offer. Definitely take a bus (or long walk if it's nice out) to the Short North. Check out ZenCha and One Line in that area. Also, check out Catfish Biff's and Adriatico's closer to campus.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The only problems that I have seen are students getting busted for (underage) drinking in the residence halls. Quiet hours are not strictly enforced unless your RA is super strict or you are obviously doing something wrong. Just be smart and make good choices, and you will be okay.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Kcomm (Kennedy Commons) is my favorite dining hall on campus. A lot of people are already upset with the new meal plans that are being offered next year because of the Traditions visits, but I am looking forward to having an excuse to eat at Kcomm more. If you don't like Kcomm, though, there are plenty of other options. You can sit down at Sloopy's Diner or grab a coffee and sandwich to go from 12th Ave Bread Company. If you get sick of campus food, then you can use your BuckID cash to eat at most restaurants on high street. Check out Catfish Biff's and Adriatico's on W 11th Ave if you live on South Campus and are a pizza fan.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I loved living on campus during my first year and will be living in the same residence hall next year. I prefer South Campus over North because there are only two to a room on South, and it really helps to build community, which is something that I really needed because of the size of Ohio State. North Campus is being renovated, though, so the buildings will be pretty similar to those on South Campus, except you will be living with probably three other students.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The merit scholarships are fair because they are based off of your ACT scores. However, the criteria for being selected for other scholarships, such as the Morrill, are not clear. Apply for all that you can!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places off of campus, especially on high street, that let you use BuckID Cash from your meal plan on their services. This is very convenient for those who don't want to spend extra money outside of their meal plan but still want the extra variety. It is easy to both walk and bus to most of these restaurants, and there is so much variety that you have complete control on how much you spend without being disappointed in quality.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I had tried to find an apartment with friends off of campus, but when it came to weighing the options, I decided that I would get a lot more out of my college experience if I lived on campus. It is much easier to make friends and connections and get involved with campus.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I think Ohio State does a very good job of balancing their strictness on certain policies. The most important issues concerning safety of students get the most focus, and the least important issues don't get as much, but every policy gets its needed attention.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I believe that at Ohio State, the scholarship selection process is focused a lot on ACT scores. I got a mere 27 on my ACT, but I had over a 4.0 in all Honors and AP classes and was involved in many community groups, honor societies, extra-curricular activities, and positions as an officer for these clubs and groups. So, my advice would be to take the ACT very seriously, as it is getting harder to get in to Ohio State as well as it is to get larger scholarships.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. I plan to do so throughout my academic experience at Ohio State. I have just completed my first year of school, where I lived in one of the largest and oldest buildings on campus. So, of course, it wasn't the most modernized or newly renovated dorm on campus. However, the programming and overall community built in that residence hall was remarkable. I made my greatest friends in that building, and even though it wasn't the greatest living arrangement, we all spent so much time there just enjoying both the programs put on by RA's as well as each other's company. For next semester, the building I lived in will be closed for renovations. However, there are four brand new, beautiful dorms that will be open for students starting in the fall. Residence Life on campus at Ohio State is great now, and it will be even better next school year.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There is no typical guy or girl look on campus. Everyone is unique and accepted for their individuality. I have not experienced a situation where someone is not accepted based on their looks, interest, dress, etc.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: High Street bars seem to have the most variety and options, drinking and non drinking. Nyohs Buckeye Bar and Grill is great for line dancing and they give lessons on Fridays!

4 College Freshman

Administration: Administration is strict in the most important area of safety and health of it's students which is so appreciated.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: As with most schools, you need to find your own scholarships and financial aid as the schools do not hand out money.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many different options for off campus dining. From fast food to local favorites to locally owned and operated diners and pubs, the variety of options available is great. Something for everyone.

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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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