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Reviews 4236 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Campus Food: I haven't used a meal plan since my freshman year (I'm a graduating senior this year) and we had swipes instead of blocks then. There were always a large selection of choices available and places all over campus to eat. Even now, I still grab food from campus, my favorite being at the Union (Woody's pizza is awesome and the Market has a little of everything). It can be expensive, especially since I no longer have a meal plan, but it good food.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in Morrill Tower by the stadium. I lived in a quad and then had six other suite-mates as well. We shared the bathroom and common room with them. All 9 girls were awesome, we never had issues. Not even issues with shower schedules, and we only had two shower stalls for 10 girls! The layout of Morrill and Lincoln towers pretty much forces you to immediately meet 9 other students, and bam now you have a support system. This was really needed for me, being from such a small town and my shyness. I would recommend staying in the towers to every incoming freshman.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't there has been a day where I don't here about OSU athletics.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I commute, so I don't look into off campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The cost of off campus restaurants are not bad at all, and the food tastes better.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Most professors are not strict at all with attendance. Alcohol and drug use is a little too lenient.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They assume that parents help out with a certain amount of the tuition, which is certainly not the case for me.

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College Freshman

Party Scene: Not a party person, so I've never been to a party on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The variety of food is good, and there a lot of healthy options.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: I commute, so I have no idea what campus housing is like.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I just went through the renting process and I am going to move in next year. It was overpriced for what we go, but we couldn't do much better anywhere else. There are problems with safety, being so close to a major city. Also, it adds about a 10 minute walk to classes as well.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: As a freshman, I don't go off campus much, but there is Chipotle and make other favorites right on the main drive, so it makes things easy to walk to.

4 College Freshman

Administration: It's what you should expect from a college campus. Although, Columbus loves writing parking tickets for any reason they can find. Cars get towed often.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was awarded financial aid for academics and they apply it automatically to my tuition bill each semester.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is a great mix of parties at the school, making it easy for all to enjoy. You can go to the bars, go to downtown Columbus, go to a frat party, or go to a house party. No matter where you end up, you are bound to have fun and make new friends.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I would say that the commons are not great places to eat. The food is obviously massed produced and I have heard on many people getting food poising. I prefer MarketPlace, even though the service is extremely low. I also love Oxleys and every place in the Union. The prices are all too high and it is hard to fill a block so many get wasted, but it is nice to not have to cook your own food.

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.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am moving off campus next year so I don't have first-hand experience. From what I hear from friends, living off campus is significantly cheaper than living on campus.

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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


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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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