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Reviews 4530 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Lots of work study and internship opportunities, but you got to look for them sometimes. Since this is the humanities, it is usually unpaid. However, you can get grants for undergrad research, and they can be substantial enough where you don't need a summer job and can research instead.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Food: You'll always find something to eat, the hours just stink if you want to eat after 9-10pm.

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Athletes get all the perks, so what used to be great honors dorms turned into noisy athlete dorms. Some of the dorms are from the 50's, some are modern. But even in the modern ones, when something breaks (like the water pipes) they are in no hurry to fix it. (Directly) Off campus appartments are kind of ratty near campus, but get better the further you are. There are a bunch of cute older houses that you and 6 roommates could rent that are great.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone here is pretty book smart but handicapped socially unless the situation involves a ton of alcohol, showing off money or materialistic things, being "frat" and things like that. If you wear cargo shorts or pants, you're a peasant. If you don't wear Polo, Brooks Bros, Southern Tide, Vineyard Vines, Sperry and LL Bean Boots.. Forget about being taken seriously. And even then, you'll probably be mocked and called a try-hard unless you fit into the right crews. I've seen kids completely change their wardrobe just to be "cool" and still get no positive acknowledgment. Relationships in Greek life are superficial and mostly done to keep up appearances and for show. Outside of that, if you look for someone to date in the right place there are so many students to pick from. I went through rush and dropped after getting a few bids and I'm glad that I did. I opened my eyes to students outside of Greek life and I'm a lot happier.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Academics: Every school has it's share of good and bad professors but here it's all about the type of class you take. CSE or Comp Sci classes will almost always be taught by profs that barely speak English. Other than that, just make sure your professors speak English and no matter what major, you'll be fine. If you have a tough class just study a lot, go to office hours and group sessions.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Academics: You think it, you can study it here. If classes are full it's not too hard to get permission to add it into your schedule. Registration for classes sometimes sucks if you need major specific classes that fill up quickly because adding those can be harder and make your stay here longer.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Safety is fantastic, and very supportive. But student healthcare stinks. They don't accept any insurance but campus insurance, and since the med school is there most of the "doctors" you see are residents. I hurt my ankle and had an X-ray. The doctor said there was nothing wrong. A year later I went to my hometown podiatrist, who immediately saw there was a bone fragment floating in my ankle that had broken off of one of my bones. But it was too late to fix anything. Now I have to have cortisone injections for the pain every year. DO NOT do health clinics. If you need the main emergency room with the real doctors, you'll get excellent care. Otherwise, make the trip to a good doctor and cough up the off-plan fee.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of average places around campus, and a few good and great ones off campus, especially in the Short North. But on-campus dining is pretty great, so you don't notice.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Thursday everyone goes downtown, Friday people go to bars on High, Saturday people have house pregames/parties/blocks.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You can pretty much get whatever you want around campus but as it gets later and later, your choices dwindle and you're left with the greasy, overpriced junk food. If you're drunk or hungover, you may want something like that so they're open until about 3am.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Downtown Columbus is amazing, so much to do... But not many younger students venture down there unless it's a Thursday night and that shouldn't even count. Short North, German Village and other little neighborhoods are pretty cool places to visit too. A lot goes on in those areas mentioned. Shopping is at least 20-30mins away to the Easton or Polaris Malls and even further to outlets. The Columbus Crew plays about 5mins away, the Blue Jackets play about 10mins away and if you like baseball, the Clippers play close too. All of the games have reduced priced student tickets available or student nights where you pay next to nothing along with other perks.

4 College Junior

Athletics: If you don't play a varsity sport, you probably play intramurals. We have a ton of different athletic facilities located all over campus so you can always get a workout in no matter where you live. Our teams are all pretty great, the fans are great, school spirit is everywhere considering not many students actually tailgate by the stadium - that's really for all the vendors, alumni and so on. Academics and athletics here are awesome.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: So when the question of whether alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assaults, I said yes. Obviously that's not the only time and I don't just mean when guys get drunk and "frisky". Girls get so stupid drunk because blacking out is the cool thing to do, especially if you're in a sorority that it doesn't help their situation at all. Earlier this year we had about 3 assaults ON campus and one OFF campus within 2 months? I see campus security around but it's not as frequently as I would like and we have the blue light emergency posts and somehow a few were tampered with last year which was not good. I don't see any special security measures made other than during big football games and some nights we have a mobile campus security unit by the Union but that only happened after the assaults. Columbus PD are a bunch of as$es and love to hit their quota with college kids, so they spend their time arresting kids at parties and giving out underages than stopping the homeless people from heckling students, hoodlums from mugging students, ruining college parties and breaking in over breaks. I think that's probably because the courts here make SO much money off of students just by having them APPEAR in court for something that will probably be dropped anyway. Parents will pay, homeless people and thugs won't. But hey, as a decent sized male, I feel safe for the most part but it makes me nervous when I see girls walking around late at night.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: If you're not in one of the new dorms, you're missing out. I lived in Park Strad and it was the best. New, modern, more spacious than other dorms. Now Smith Steeb takes the cake. Other south campus dorms don't have AC, aren't usually as big, don't have updated computer labs or laundry, and the list goes on. You'll still get a good experience but it may be a bit stressful at times. North campus dorms completely suck. You're so far away from everything and unless you're in Fisher, you're not by most of your classes. Morrill Towers are terrible too unless you're trying to go to the RPAC, Lincoln turf, or a football game. Soooo far away from everything else. South campus dorms are where it's at. They're across from everything ranging from the movies to chipotle to the bars.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The only few decent property managers are overpriced and at times rude. There are a ton of properties available but sometimes it can be hard to secure a place because it's a free for all come the end of the autumn semester. Students usually sign over the leases to whatever group of students come knocking on the door. Parking is hit and miss, there are only a few streets left that don't require permits and not all houses have parking lots. I wouldn't recommend getting a house/apt further south than 11th Ave or further east than Summit, it can get pretty sketch. Last year there was a series of muggings and assaults in central campus, gangs were targeting people in Greek life. Over breaks there are a lot of robberies, so it's a good idea to double check all entryways, hide valuables, and take precautions.

3 College Junior

Administration: People drink in the dorms and on campus all the time and unless you're out in the open, no one cares. So as long as you're not being too obnoxious, you're fine. Also, Woody's and Sloopy's serve alcohol and take fakes all the time because the people that ID you are students!

3 College Junior

Scholarships: You better be an in-state student or if you're OOS you should have a very strong transcript and extras in order to get money here.

4 College Junior

Majors: We have some really great professors and programs here. Fisher is THE school to be in. Tons of opportunities, resources and facilities. If you have a good work ethic or at least can manage most of your time, you'll be fine.

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: Unfortunately a long and detailed review I wrote was deleted... So I'll summarize

- Overrated

- Stereotypes and tryhards everywhere

- Greek life in general here would like to be that of any other B1G university. The community is trying so hard to be more important than it is and takes what it sees on TFM to try and mimic it.

- Really not as big of a community as other schools. Only about 4% of the students here are in GLOs

- Issues with admin which lead to organizations being on probation all the time. Students think they can BS and outsmart everyone at the University and there is not much tolerance yet for that

- Rivalries aren't healthy and lead to physical altercations and property damage all the time

- Guys have been so cruel to girls that they've transferred, attempted suicide and dropped out.

- High turnover rate. A lot of members in fraternities or sororities drop after a year or deactivate before graduation because it's not worth the suspended social calendars, increasing chapter dues, lack of networking, and the list goes on.

- A lot of the fraternities and sororities were started when they didn't need to be. Half of the groups are clones and had no business being started other than to fill a resume.

- Unless it's athletic or academic, it's overrated here. The location is great but that's about it outside of those things mentioned.

- There are no real "frat parties", there is no real "Greek row", it's all just thrown together because it's THE Ohio State University and we're expected to have everything a university should have. Some houses are nice, some suck but try not to judge a book by it's cover.

- If you're considering Greek life, just be sure you know what you're getting into so that you can get the most out of the experience.

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5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is amazing. Don't listen to stereotypes and try it for yourself. Be your own person.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: There are so many majors and minors and switching from college to college is very easy so you can explore and change your mind many times

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5 College Freshman

Administration: They are very understanding but serious when they need to be and you know when you did something wrong

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: I dont venture out much but when i do, i love trying new restaurants on the short north!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of crappy houses and apartments but also some really good ones. its hard to find but when you find the right house, its amazing. the school has so many resources for students who want to live off campus

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I dont have any safety concerns but there were like 3 sexual assults and the year just started. but I feel safe and the issues are taken seriously so i am pretty sure we are about as safe as the next college


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