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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There are so many things to do on and around campus. n one semester, I have attended concerts and sporting events, gone shopping in multiple areas, and eaten in and around campus. There are a variety of ways to get around. Students can get access to the public bus system, can pay for an electric car, get taxis and ubers, and many areas are close enough to get to by bike. So far I have not run into problems with the local attitude toward students.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: I cannot think of one negative thing to say about athletics at my school. I didn't expect the amazing support that athletes give each other and how much of a "family" and support system that my team would become. The facilities are state of the art and the high level of competition that each of the teams experience is, in my opinion, unmatched. School spirit is also off the charts. Where else can "band geeks" become superstars?! And there is nothing to compare to watching football in a stadium of 100,000+ screaming fans. But it's not just about football. I have supported many of the sports on campus and can't wait to experience more.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I really don't have any experience with Greek Life yet. I know that there are a ton of students involved but since rush was just completed, I have no idea how my friends who joined will rate it. I am not able to participate in Greek life due to my practice schedule as an student athlete and all of the required meetings and activities of being Greek.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel that campus crime is fairly minimal for a campus of our size. There are ways that students can make sure that their personal safety is not compromised. They include emergency call buttons across campus, a 24 hour bus service, escorts to ensure that students do not have to walk alone on campus at night and a police department that responds very quickly. There is also security in the residence halls so that non-residents can never enter the building unaccompanied, day or night. I feel very safe on campus. I do make sure to never walk alone at night and stay aware of my surroundings.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I was able to get right into my program as my grades from high school allowed for a direct admission in to the school of my choice. The challenges have been trying to balance being a student athlete and scheduling the classes that I need for my major. The intro courses for my major are only offered at one time of the day (morning) and on certain days of the week. I am faced with the choice of changing my major because the classes that I need are only offered during practice time in the morning. It would be helpful if these classes could be offered twice a day, one morning and one afternoon to accommodate athletes in this major of study.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Campus and Columbus Police are great. Except when they mace you point blank and throw tear gas cans at your head because you are standing in the street after your school has won the national championship.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: About as good as college served food can be.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics here are wonderful. Both varsity and intramural sports are shown much respect.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of small owned restaurants and bars, as well as your fast food chains.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in dorms here is pretty nice. The other students attending OSU are great and the dorms are pretty convenient as well, offer many activities, social occasions, and experiences.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most if not all of the houses you can rent were built in the 1920's, however renovations make the houses much more appealing. There are also many apartments with modern designs and living spaces. They are just a tad bit more expensive.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The Ohio State University is a wonderful place to begin to adapt to the circumstances of the real world. With an amazing student body and proud alumni, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

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5 College Junior

Administration: I guess it depends on the dorm in reality. The polices say one thing but its up to the dorm to report. If you are reported everything is very strict. If you keep out of site, and don't bother others they let it slide. Parking on the other hand is super strict. If you don't have a sticker, or you haven't paid, then you will be towed and heavily fined. Drug use isn't really tolerated, I know people get away with things, but if you are causing your hall-mates to complain you will get in trouble. Visitation is easy in the dorms too. As long as they are with someone at all times they don't care who is visiting. Everything is basically centered around having a good atmosphere to study and giving students time to socialize too.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: If you are on campus for the most part you are safe. You get reports of violence, and everyone knows because the campus sends out security alerts, but not too many are sexual assault. They have transportation during the night if you don't feel safe too. There are some campus buses that run, and campus security will pick you up if you call and bring you back to your dorm. You need to keep some security measures for your bikes. You will get your tires stolen at least once. Never leave your personal belongings out in public without supervision. For the most part though, like I said you feel very safe at all times on campus. If there is a problem, they have security going around campus, and in some buildings, and their own police to get to situations quickly if needed.

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College Junior

Greek Life: I don't have a lot to do with Greek Life. Most people don't care if you join or not, personally I think its a lot of money to spend. If you are new though and want meet people easily its a good option. Their parties are always fun, and no one really looks down on one another. I just don't know a lot about it.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Its great if you love football. This is of course the biggest sport at osu. There are so many other varsity sports and clubs that are just as important. For the most part though the fandom, if you will, is football and basketball. Volleyball, Baseball, and Swimming are big ones too. There is also Hockey, Soccer, Softball, and several other sports.Honestly I'm not that into sports, but school spirit and the bonding over football games and parties is always fun, even when you don't like sports.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I love off-campus dining. There are a lot of places to eat out, or to order in. There are all kinds of different foods to eat, and several options to choose from to get those foods. The cost can be kind of high sometimes though. Everything is open until late at night during the weekends too. Plus there is this great place called Hang Over Easy that advertizes itself as the place to eat when you are hungover. Its great food either way.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Parties are free flowing until it gets cold, then no one really wants to go out. The mirror lake jump, in my opinion, kind of wraps things up until spring time. The only other down fall is that for most parties you have to know someone to get in, and if you are a guy, bring a couple of girls with you to ensure you can get in. Once you find the parties though you always know when or where another one is.

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3 College Junior

Majors: I guess this greatly depends on the majors. For example you have to live and breath chemistry to enjoy the chemistry major. Mine is Anthropology. I love the teachers, and everyone is really connected. In your subgroup of anthro it can be easy to get an internship (i.e. archeology). Mine is cultural. Its harder as the school isn't based in cultural, and more into the medical, archeological aspect. You can still find internships and jobs though. Jobs are easier with work-study, but could be done as volunteer too. Field Schools are what you really want. OSU is really good with that. Both in Study Abroad, and Field Schools. If they don't have something, they will be willing to help you find a legitimate program. It is a very competitive program though, so if you want to have internships and get the jobs, you need the grades and the drive.

College Junior

Campus Housing: Its hard to rate because it depends on what dorm you are in, and how you see things. I lived in a dorm in the far north. That meant if I had a class South Campus that was about a 30 minute walk, which in the end wasn't too bad. The first two weeks were misery though. The dorm use to be a hotel though. It was for the most part a nice dorm, even if the windows didn't open. I really liked it. On the other hand the 'honors' dorms were filled with mold and were disgusting. Some dorms the elevators didn't seem to ever work properly, and then others were amazing, if a bit small for the amount of roommates you have but had some issues here and there where students couldn't live in them for a week or two. Its hard to rate because its all in preference. Some people don't want to live with 3-5 other people. Others don't care. For the most part though, they listen to your preferences. Most people who got along with wither roomies and floor, chalked it up as part of the college experience liked their dorm.

4 College Junior

Local Area: I really love it around the campus area. There is of course danger areas to be weary of, but for the most part on campus it is safe. The campus area is also relatively close to different markets, shopping centers, clubs, bars, and movie theaters. It is also close by to the Victorian Village. So if you want to live somewhere with peace and quiet, that is your place and its not a very far walk from campus. In the opposite direction is Goodale park, which is a great park to walk your pet, hang with friends, and where many parades and festivals are held. The bus system is free to OSU students, and can get you anywhere you need to go in Columbus if you don't have a car (can be a several hour trip though). Further down Columbus is most of the night life, clubs, gallery hops, restaurants, and cool little shops. There is also the North Market. The North Market has fresh veggies, meats, partisan breads, and food from all over the world. You can go there to eat Vietnamese one day and get Polish food the next. The only downside is parking is nonexistent around Columbus, and some areas are heavy crime areas to watch out for.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Getting Financial Aid isn't too hard. Its filling out the forms and having to deal with the Student Services Building that is a nightmare. You want to get everything done early, as in like weeks in advance. Otherwise you could wait in line for hours before getting to the front just for them in inform you that you have the wrong information, they cant help you, or that you need to wait hours more in a different line. Also they aren't forgiving about money owed. If something changed and you didn't know, or you were given the wrong information it doesn't matter. Pay out and then petition about it. (Petitions are hardly granted so make sure everything is on the up and up before any and all deadlines)

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am in Park-Stradley in the Future Health Professions Learning Community. The room size is great, there is plenty of storage space, and the building is beautiful. I am close to all of my classes and food options, along with JO South.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Best anywhere. High street has all kinds of restaurants.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: There are so many options for majors and minors. There is a program 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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