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  • 07/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    59 out of 65 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 2 people found this inaccurate. 1 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    What is great for these students is that they will get the best education in the nation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for all the prospective students is that if you study you will do very well here. If you do not like the idea of big classes you should start out at one of the branches.

    Bang for the buck

    The money spent on tuition is well worth it. You will really get a good education fro your money

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a great place to really get to know people. There are many activities for you to do. They have every activity to do.

    Am learning a lot

    This school has some of the best teachers out there. They are really friendly. They truly want to help you succeeded.

  • 12/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 out of 49 people found this review useful. 2 of 354

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for hard workers who are able to set goals and want to be successful. Also good for those who love to meet new people. The amount of people is overwhelming at first, but you get adjusted to it pretty quickly.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get involved in something: a club, sport, organization, church, etc. It is the fastest and best way to meet people. 2. Keep a schedule. There is a lot of freedom here, so its best to balance you academics and your activities. 3. Go to office hours - this is challenging the professor to teach you. Office hours and review sessions are the best places for help (especially in large lectures). 4. Stand out. Network yourself. Meet professors and administrators. Get to know people for who they are, not just what they do. Who you know does matter.

    Bang for the buck

    The price is kind of high, but not unmanageable. In state is cheaper, and with help scholarships, loans, and/or grants it isn't bad at all. You get an excellent education, outstanding experiences, and incredible memories.

    Am enjoying being here

    I see Ohio State as its own city within the city of Columbus. They have almost any intramural sport you can think of. There are clubs and activities for everyone from all different backgrounds, making it pretty easy to find where you fit in. The diversity of all the students is amazing. You can meet someone with a new story almost everyday. It is as fun as you make it.

    Am learning a lot

    You won't believe the opportunities you have here at Ohio State. There are over 160 academic programs available. I enrolled with an undeclared major, but wasn't nervous about it because ultimately whatever you go into you will be successful. The classes have great professors who can be challenging but are here to help you become the best.

  • 07/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 out of 26 people found this review useful. 3 of 354

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who like working hard and meeting new people. Also great for those who like the excitement of urban life while maintaining the comfort of being on a college campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! This is the easiest way to meet new people, aside from living in the dorms. This way you can meet people with the same interests as you. Also, do not be overwhelmed by the size of the school at first--instead, take advantage of everything a larger college has to offer.

    Bang for the buck

    While college tuition is expensive, Ohio State has some of the lower rates in the state. Also, you really are paying for the experience here. Students will get what they paid for and more with the lifelong education and memories they acquire at Ohio State.

    Am enjoying being here

    With a campus this large, there are infinite opportunities to meet people and get involved. There is never a dull moment; from varsity sports to traditions like the Mirror Lake jump, there really is something for everyone.

    Am learning a lot

    Ohio State makes learning interesting. With an intelligent, research-experienced staff, students have the opportunity to learn relevant information from people who have been there, done that, so to speak.

  • 12/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 out of 22 people found this review useful. 4 of 354

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State is great for those that love the big city, or lots of activity going on around them. The more independent student may find Ohio State a much better fit for them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in to Ohio State or any college ready to work, it is not simple and it is different than high school for sure. However, do not feel guilty about having fun, relaxing and making friends though either!

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, and yes, I would like for it to be cheaper. However, especially for in-state tuition, Ohio State is one of the cheaper alternatives. Especially with financial aid, scholarships and grants, tuition is a lot cheaper.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ohio State has such an enormous campus which may be overwhelming at first, but once you start your first quarter, campus feels like home. Your first quarter classes are in five different buildings at the most, so learning five buildings is not too difficult at all. Once you are consistently walking to your classes for a few weeks, you learn the area so quickly. Classes that are big lectures with hundreds of people also have recitation classes which consist of a small group from the lecture who meet a few times a week so you can get a more personalized classroom experience. Professors are really helpful with any questions that you have and if there are any problems with your professor, there are higher authorities that are always willing to help (this I know from experience). There are so, so many ways to get involved at Ohio State as well. There are many groups that include club sports, intramural sports, greek life, and many different academic and extracurricular activity clubs are available at Ohio State. You name it, they probably have it and if they don't, you can create a group of your own. After academics and extracurricular activities, there is a great night life at Ohio State. There are so many people around, many restaurants, movie theaters, music venues, etc. There is never a dull moment at Ohio State.

    Am learning a lot

    Ohio State has helped me immensely in gaining real world experience for my major. I am in early childhood education and within the first couple weeks there I obtained a job at Ohio State's Child Care Program. In your first year at Ohio State you will take a survey class that will help you with scheduling classes, deciding on and applying for a major/minor, how to use the resources available at OSU (such as library databases), and how to adjust to life on campus. While this class will help you with the start of your college career, it is up to you as a student to determine how your college years will go. Ohio State has helped me to grow as a person and a student. In high school, I had my parents around, consistently telling me to get my work done, checking up on my grades, etc. Now I live at school, two hours away from them and I have to motivate myself to get my work done, study and get good grades. Ohio State will not completely throw you to the wolves with no help but they will not hold your hand either. When I graduate from OSU, I am confident that I will be ready for the real world and ready to find a job right after graduation.

  • 10/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 18 people found this review useful. 5 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    Honestly? ANYONE AND EVERYONE!! As an out-of-state student, I was a little wary at first, but once I visited the campus and spoke ith students, I knew I was making the right choice. For international students, I don't know if there is a school that is more diverse than THE Ohio State University. Students from pretty much every country are represented here; just the other day I met a Dutch girl! And for in-state students, the school is right there waiting for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay within yourself, and keep things in perspective. This is a huge school without a doubt, but that doesn't mean you don't matter. Never forget to study; for those of you in high school who didn't really study but still received good grades (like me!), this will change. If you keep academics first, everything else will fall into place afterwards.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state or out-of-state, you will get the bang for your buck. THE Ohio State University is a top university for a reason. Their pursuit of excellence is unmatched in my experience. You can rest assured that the money you spend has been well spent when that degree is in your hand and employers are lining up for a chance to get you.

    Am enjoying being here

    This is THE place to be. No matter who you are, you will find something here for you to do, whether it's an intramural sport, a student government position, or a club. You meet someone new everyday, and the people here are just so kind.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here are true professionals. They are experts in their respective fields, and really take the time to make sure you understand the material. The TA's are also very helpful; having just completed the course only a little while ago, they can relate to students and explain things in an easy manner.

  • 09/01/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 13 people found this review useful. 6 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    Focused, dedicated, and resourceful students do well at Ohio State. Though the large size is a little intimidating at first, you'll soon adjust and driven students know how to maintain the grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    You would have to really try to not meet people. Make sure you develop good study habits as they are crucial to doing well. Get to know your professors, sit in the front, go to office hours, and meet your teaching assistants. Get everything on a schedule so you still have time for fun things besides studying; that said, it's very easy to get sidetracked.

    Bang for the buck

    The courses are challenging and are well worth the money being spent on them. College isn't going to be cheap, no matter where you go. The lower price for a high rate institution such as Ohio State makes it well worth every penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have met so many interesting people! I meet people everywhere, the dining hall, my dorm, classes, and through other activities. There is bound to be something at Ohio State for everyone!

    Am learning a lot

    Faculty and staff here are really knowledgeable about whichever subject they are teaching. Though some classes are rather large, there are still ways to get help. A larger class size made me more independent and reliant on my note-taking abilities.

  • 08/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 12 people found this review useful. 7 of 354

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! There are so many different people here that everyone is bound to fit in somewhere. There are also so many different clubs and activities offered through the university that everyone is able to find something they enjoy to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. There are so many opportunities at Ohio State that it is a shame to miss out on. Also do not be intimidated by the size of the campus, once you learn your way around it does not appear to be as big, I like it a lot because there are so many different opportunities, activities, and different types of people that you do not get bored.

    Bang for the buck

    Since it is a state school the tuition is not too bad. You get the feel that your getting a lot for your money-a good education, and a good experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    OSU has become my home. I love the whole atmosphere of the big campus and all the things constantly going on here. There is always something to do or some new person to meet.

    Am learning a lot

    All of my teachers so far have been excellent. I have learned a lot in all of my classes. The professors really know how to make even the most boring material interesting.

  • 02/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    9 out of 11 people found this review useful. 8 of 354

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    Campus Safety

    one of my sister's friends got pulled off a bus stop in broad daylight. there's some bike theft but other than that it's fairly safe and the campus has it's own police department and there are usually a ton of people around

    Great for these types of students

    those who are very social who like tradition. must love football

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    jumping in mirror lake. i don't especially suggest it.

    Bang for the buck

    they have good facilities but it isn't really worth putting yourself in that much debt for.

    What to do for fun

    there is so much to do i can't even begin to list it and you have free access to the city busline it just takes longer to get everywhere.

    Food and Dining

    not the greatest food ever but lots of options and burrtios noches is open late. there are also plenty of options on high street

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are decent sized but packing 4 freshman in one room is ridiculous. i know they do it at other schools too but really i think 2 ppl max to a room. they are pretty clean and there are washers and dryers available in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    it's difficult but mostly because no one really spends the time explaining anything to you and if you have a question you're probably fighting with the 300 other people in your class.

    Tips for prospective students

    it takes at least 20 mins to get from one side of campus to the other so plan accordingly.

    In three sentences

    if you want a school where your teachers are readily available than this is not it. i left here in favor of a smaller school. make sure you can handle 300 person class sizes.

  • 01/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 10 people found this review useful. 9 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is best for students who: Are driven Are determined to have a great career Love living in a city Are spirited Love diversity Are from different backgrounds Are from different walks of life Love experiencing new things Are focused Are goal-oriented Dream of coming to a big school (like me!) Find happiness in many things

    Tips for prospective students

    * Eat on campus as much as you can. Some people say the food is jusy okay (I thought it was incredible!), but they regret not having a meal plan later! * Get involved with an organization. I got involved as soon as I came here last year. Joining Undergraduate Student Government allowed me to learn how this university works and I met so many amazing people! *Go Greek! Although it's just a small portion of the student population, this is a great way to interact with the community as a whole because there are so many volunteering, social and academic opportunities through Greek Life! * Study! Go to class and let yourself become engaged in discussion. You don't have to feel awkward about answering a question in class or asking one anymore. It's encouraged. Then, study for exams in the amazing new library! It's so quiet and there's lots of staff to help you with whatever you need. *Find people to talk to. Talk to advisers, your tour guide, or alumni. Talk to professors and TAs and GAs. Get to know them. You will never know when you'll need them to be around!

    Bang for the buck

    For a public university, the quality of an education here is insurmountable. Not only have they kept the price of tuition frozen for 3 years in a row, but the administration here has offered so many unique opportunities to make every penny worth spending on college life here. The dorm life is a blast, classes are engaging, and the university faculty is really easy to interact with. This university, in my book, is top notch.

    Am enjoying being here

    To come here may have been the best decision I had ever made. I still get a smile on my face when I walk through the Oval, the main part of campus, because I know I've found a home. It is so easy to find your niche at a school so diverse with so many offers. Although it's considered one of the biggest schools in the nation, it really does become small when you become involved in an organization. They offer so many student organizations, inter-murals, classes, seminars, and other activities that it's impossible not to find something you're passionate about.

    Am learning a lot

    This university has some of the best research, academic, and knowledge growth opportunities in the country. The learning goes way beyond the classroom, the lecture hall, and the library. The best learning here is found with classmates in a coffee shop studying for an exam together, through discussions after class, and through the experiences gained at such a beautiful campus. The lecturers develop new ways of teaching students, not just from book reading, but from adapting information into hands-on learning. I have gained not just an academic education, but a wealth of knowledge that I can keep after graduation.

  • 12/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 10 people found this review useful. 10 of 354

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, used to a large class size, willing to seek out help and prepared to spend hours studying daily (especially if you are a science major)!

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to work very hard to stand out here. Get to know you professors and adviser(s). Whatever the university may say, it all comes down to the fact that you really are just a number here, even if you work your butt off.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition has just increased and yet I have seen 5 different advisers, none of whom have been overly helpful. I've had a lot of foreign, brand-new PHd profs who don't yet know what they are doing and have 48% class averages on their midterms and finals. I feel like I'm wasting a lot of money.

    Am enjoying being here

    Campus life is good, living in a single room on campus is even better. Campus is beautiful in the fall but the long walks to class are COLD in the winter!

    Am learning a lot

    I easily did very well in high school and really had to learn how to more efficiently study here. As a pre-medicine student the classes are very difficult and it takes a lot of work to keep a high GPA. Be prepared to teach yourself a lot, and you cannot afford to be afraid of asking for help.

  • 08/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 11 of 354

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get a campus map, it helps. Keep your Buck-ID handy you can ride COTA for free with it.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a little steep, but the education and instructors are top notch.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love this campus. There is always something new to discover, whether it be a hangout, place to study, or piece of history.

    Am learning a lot

    The different types of classes offered allow for a lot of variety and choice. The recitations allow for a small class size on a big campus.

  • 08/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 12 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone really. Anyone can fit in at Ohio State because there are so many different opportunities for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a group and get involved so you can feel like a part of a larger community.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, but at OSU it is definitely worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ohio State is a great place to be. The sense of community is overwhelming.

    Am learning a lot

    Every class is interesting. I have not yet had a class in which I haven't learned something useful.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 13 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    Just about everyone...there is so much diversity at Ohio State, you'll certainly make new friends and quickly fit right in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry that it is such a big school/campus. You'll quickly find that the friends you make and activities you are involved with will help you to quickly feel at home.

    Bang for the buck

    Its a great environment for learning, meeting new people and learning too!

    Am enjoying being here

    There's so much to do on campus, at times I find it hard to choose which activity to become involved in. Lots of activities offer FREE FOOD too!

    Am learning a lot

    The lecture/recitation format of classes allows such a large school to feel like a smaller school and provides the opportunity for personal attention as needed. Professors have generous office hours and are easy to contact through email at most times of the day.

  • 12/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 14 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    The Ohio State University caters to a diverse group of students. This school is great for people of any racial, ethic, religious, or cultural backgrounds as there is something for absolutely everyone. There is no one particular student that isn't right for OSU. I encourage everyone to at least thoroughly check out Ohio State as it is a phenomenal university as it is a very respected institution of higher education all while allowing students to enjoy what comes along with college life.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are considering becoming an Ohio State Buckeye, I strongly encourage it. I was hesitant at first because of the large size of the university. But in all honesty, once you're here the size isn't even that apparent. Sure, there are some classes with large student sizes, but that doesn't detract from the amazing education. There are also some classes with very few people, so you get a mix a both. Also, there is a great sense of unity with the student body at OSU. One of the main reasons is the stadium, The Horseshoe. When students gather together in the stadium there is something magical that happens amongst the students; coming together for a common reason really unites the student body. You'll always have friends to do something with, you'll always have something to do, and you're guaranteed a good mix of education and fun if you join us here at OSU and become a Buckeye.

    Bang for the buck

    When it comes to education and price this is the best value you will find. To find a high quality education at a price lower than $10,000 per year is unheard of. You get the same quality education as a private college or university at a fraction of the cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    The Ohio State University has a plethora of activities and clubs to get involved in, and it makes your experience here so much more enjoyable. You build great quality friendships through these activities and clubs. Also, because the university is located in a large metropolitan city, just about everything is at your disposal. Though, you don't really have to venture off campus at all to find exciting things to do, as campus itself is like a small city.

    Am learning a lot

    The Ohio State University is one of the top universities when it comes to public education. The educators are all more than qualified and are more than willing to help you if you are in need of it. Not to mention, they keep the classes fun and interesting too.

  • 01/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 15 of 354

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    ~Undecided (can explore many majors and switch at any time) ~Doesn't mind large classes for the first year or so ~Loves to have fun but also be well balanced with the studying ;)

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the size of The Ohio State University scare you. The tours are a must! Keep working hard for the rest of your senior year; I know, you are SO ready to be gone, but you're almost done!

    Bang for the buck

    No college is cheap, but OSU is not expensive compared to others! The meal plans are a little steep, but then again, there are many many places to eat at with good food on campus. Included in the cost is a payment to use the RPAC (recreation and physical activity center) and the Ohio Union Activity fee. They show movies for free every week, plus celebrities come a lot!

    Am enjoying being here

    Literally ANYTHING you need is right on campus. It's not as big as it seems once you get to know your way around! Don't worry about getting lost; it happens to everyone. There are sooo many opportunities for you to get involved, and there are over 900 clubs. One is the Buckeye Barbeque Club. Score.

    Am learning a lot

    Pre-med is not a major here, but I am pre-Medical Technology (on the Pre-med track). The classes are definitely challenging, but I have learned so much already, and I'm only in my second quarter here! There are fun classes to take too, like Chocolate Science and Yoga!

  • 05/17/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 16 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, determined, spirited!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the size of the student body! Check out the 11th floor of the library. All the conference rooms in the student union are open for students to use whenever.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty generous with scholarships. Wish I had a bit more, but I'm sure as an upperclassmen departments will award some.

    Will enjoy being here

    Great environment. The city is just the right size to have something to do on the weekend yet still feel 100% safe.

    Will learn a lot

    So excited for the opportunities that await! There are so many amazing professors to learn from.

  • 12/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 17 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    It is great for everyone because it is so diverse here and people are friendly and there are many resources on campus to help you with anything you need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Creating bonds with your teachers (because I created bonds they have already written me recommendations). Visit the teachers and assistance hours; (they get bored a lot because now one hardly comes). Go to the library; (there is a library on campus for every major department). Go to review sections they have before a midterm; they are really helpful. Get involved it is the fastest and best way to meet people with the same interest as you. Keep a schedule because you are going to want to go to so many things you might not remember something.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe it is a bang for the buck. From coming from DC and applying and receiving scholarships, it is well worth it to pay for a college experience at OSU

    Am enjoying being here

    Yes, I really enjoy being here. There is always something to do on campus and with over 500 clubs to choose from at times it can be over whelming and what you want to do. Of course of football game days it gets really hectic with all the people that come allover just to see the game. I’m so glad my dorm is next to the stadium because I can just watch out my window. You create many friends here because everyone is so nice. If I’m not in my dorm I’m either in my friends, the RPAC, at a club or sitting in the oval or the union. Plus, my school is in an urban city, and I know as my top choice of college this was one of my qualifications in picking my school. I would never transfer because I’m so happy here.

    Am learning a lot

    Yes, I am learning so much here. Although we are ran on a quarter schedules with only ten weeks to teach a subject it is manageable. As a freshman just finishing her first quarter, when I started to go to class I thought I was going to at least no some things, but I didn’t know anything. So I really had to pay attention and go to class or I would miss valuable information. I’m glad to be going to a school that challenges me and not as easy as my high school. This quarter I received a 3.4 and I’m really happy. I feel that the information taught here I can really use in the work force when I graduate.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 18 of 354

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    Campus Safety

    I have to say, I never had any problems with safety on campus. There are blue call boxes all over campus. Ohio State has it's own police department and SWAT team, as well as a student escort service that can pick up and drop students off until early in the morning for free on and close to campus. I've walked across campus at all hours of the night, and never ran into anyone overly suspicious (a few drunk people, a couple high, but nothing dangerous or scary). Be smart, though, and always carry pepper spray or some form of self defense on you, just in case.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at Ohio State is not as predominant as in other schools. There is a large number of sororities and fraternities, but they are not the largest forces on campus. It is easy enough to find members of greek life in all areas of the school, but they are self sufficient and inclusive.

    Clubs and Activities

    As explained above, there is something for anyone on or around campus. There is something to do at all times, from free athletic events to clubs of any and every kind, it is hard to not get involved. It can be academic or social, service or fun, it doesn't matter. If you are interested, chances are, there's a club. In addition to all of those resources and activities, the Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB), brings in all types of speakers and entertainment. Within a week, both Bill Nye the Science Guy and Tim Gunn spoke to the students of Ohio State for free.

    Great for these types of students

    Is great for students who are adventurous. It doesn't matter if someone is extroverted or introverted, you have to have a sense of adventure. Ohio State is great for social students and people who have a broad range of interests. It is also the best for students who have tolerance or want to learn about different types of people. It is not for people who are afraid of the city or large numbers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ohio State traditions are closely associated with our rich football history, since we've been playing since the 1800's. In fact, game day Saturdays is a tradition in and of itself. Two hours before every home football game, the Ohio State University Marching Band performs a hybrid pep-rally/rehearsal that is free to the public in St. John's Arena across from the Horse Shoe. It's called a Skull Session. Since the band memorizes a different show every week, it's their last chance to focus on the music while envisioning the marching maneuvers before they preform pre-game in front of a crowd of 105,000. Often times, there are guest band, either from the opposing school or local high schools, and they perform a couple of songs. The marching band, itself, is an Ohio State tradition as well. Often called TBDBITL (The Best Damn Band In The Land), the OSUMB is a 225 piece all brass and percussion marching band, designed after a british brass band. It is a highly competitive band, and only 195 march per game. During pre-game, the marching band performs the Incomparable Script Ohio. It is a follow the leader drill, where, from a block O, where the band forms the word Ohio in a scripted font. While the idea is taken from the University of Michigan's rendition long ago, it is a different, more difficult and dangerous, drill. As the final O is closed up, the Drum Major leads a 4th year (as in that member has been in the band 4 years, not that they are in their 4th year at Ohio State) sousaphone major to dot the I. This is a prestigious achievement, as only a few people have ever dotted the I. As other universities, Ohio State has songs that are strongly tied to the University. The Alma Mater, Carmen Ohio, was written by a football player on the train back to Columbus after a demoralizing loss to that team up north. Now, it is sung after many sporting events, and is best known for being sung by the football team after each game, win or loss. The school's fight songs, Fight The Team and Buckeye Battle Cry are also played frequently to rally the team or celebrate a good play. Fan favorites include Hang On Sloopy and Sweet Caroline. On campus there is a lake called Mirror Lake. On the Tuesday before The Game (the annual match-up between Ohio State and the University of Michigan), students jump into the lake for good luck. Before the 2011 season, the Mirror Lake Jump used to be on Thursdays, but with the change in schedule, and The Game being played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, it has been pushed back to the Tuesday before so students can still participate. The biggest attraction to the University is Ohio Stadium. Nicknamed The Horse Shoe, or, The Shoe for short, it houses 105,00+ fans per game day. The roar of the crowd can be heard across campus. It is definitely a tradition and experience in itself. Perhaps the most far reaching of all traditions is the O-H-I-O cheer. You hear it everywhere you go, as long as there is an OSU alum or fan, it can be heard. If there's an O-H, expect to hear an answering I-O.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state students, it is definitely a steal. Ohio State far less expensive than most high end schools, but has the same opportunities as most big name schools. There is no larger alumni network in the world. It is quite expensive for out of state and international students, and scholarships are quite competitive.

    What to do for fun

    The best thing to do for fun is join a club or organization. Ohio State has over 900 clubs, and if you don't find one you like or that you want to join, make your own! Anything from joining the on campus athletic bands (plays for multiple sports) to greek life (there is a sorority or fraternity for almost anything, academic, service, or social) to anything in between (we have a BBQ Club, a Pokemon club, engineering club, equestrian clubs, almost anything), clubs are the best way to meet people like you and have fun. For the most social people, bands come all year to a venue right in front of the student union. Bars and clubs also line High Street opposite of High Street. Of course, the Ohio State experience wouldn't be complete without going to a few sporting events. Ohio State has 36 sports to watch. Not a fan of football or basketball? That's okay. Want to watch Olympic calibre fencing? You can do that, too. Even if you don't like sports, it's a great time to go and experience one football game with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    It's college food. Some places are better than others. There are two main food plans. Traditional food plans are your scheduled, three meals a day, at certain locations, with unlimited food. There commons also accept the alternate food plan, swipes (or, now as they're called, blocks). One swipe is worth x amount of money, but one meal at traditions is one swipe. Swipes are available to use at all on campus meal locations. Most locations open at 6:30 or 7:00 in the morning and close around 8:00 pm on week days. The exceptions are Burrito's Noches, located on North campus, between North Dorms, and is open until 2:00 am. The other place open late is Sloopy's Diner, which is open until 2:30 am on weekdays and 3:30 on weekends. The food is okay, not the best, but not the worst. Also, Kennedy Commons is excellent for allergies. You tell them what you are allergic to, and they make exactly what you want, how you can have it, in front of you. Both North Commons and Kennedy Commons have gluten free and allergy sensitive food. Although you can get things cooked how you want in most food places, Kennedy Commons and North Commons take care of allergies the best.

    Dorm Life

    Ohio State's main campus dorm life is split into three areas: North, South, and West. North campus is mostly comprised of upperclassmen (sophomores through graduate students), and has quad style housing. North dorm rooms are comprised of three rooms: a bedroom with up to two bunks, housing a maximum of four people, a common room with chairs, desks, a mini-fridge, and microwave, and a bathroom with a small shower, toilet, and sink. Students are responsible for cleaning their bathrooms, and the floors are co-ed, with each quad belonging to one gender. North dorms also have the added comfort of air conditioning in addition to heat, which every dorm has. Each floor has one RA. Campus wise, North dorms are closest to most of the core' classes on campus, with the engineering, physics, and chemistry buildings less than a five minute walk. However, the medical center and agricultural classes are a bit of a walk. South dorms are your typical college dorms. These are your doubles, one room to two people, with a corridor shower. Corridor showers are cleaned daily by staff, and are shared by half of the floor. Some dorms have all-girl or all-boy floors, but most have half and half. There are two RA's, or resident advisors, per gender. If a floor is half girls, half boys, then there is a boy and girl RA on the floor. There is heating in these dorms, but save the new dorms opening, they do not have air conditioning, and in early fall semester and late spring semester, the dorms are known to reach the mid to high 80's. The neat things about the South Dorms is that they are mostly connected by underground tunnels, easily leading from one dorm to the next. South dorms a bit of a farther walk to most of the core classes, but is closer to the medical campus. The agricultural campus is still a bit of a walk. West Campus is comprised of the two large towers, Morrill and Lincoln. These dorms have suite style rooms. you enter each hexagonal room to find a common room. Through the door on the opposite side, you enter a room. Four of the doors lead to a study room and bedroom combo. Each bedroom can house four people. The fifth door leads to a bathroom that is cleaned weekly (to my knowledge), and is done in the corridor fashion. The final door is to the common room and out. The towers do have air conditioning. In relation to campus, the towers are closest to the agricultural, but farther from the core and medical campuses. In addition to those three main areas of undergraduate housing, graduate students have their own options for housing. On North Campus, there is Jones Tower, which in a similar style to other North Dorm rooms, but housing only singles. The main graduate student housing is called Buckeye Village, and is located across the river, away from almost all other housing. It is condominium style housing, reserved for married and graduate students. To get to most of campus, you either can ride a bus that is specifically for people who live in Buckeye Village or drive a car. Either way, it is a convenient housing option for graduate students.

    Academic Rigor

    Some programs are more rigorous than others. The sciences, most notably architecture, engineering, and chemistry, tend to have the most rigorous classes and class work. The chemistry and math general education classes are known for being notoriously hard. However, some classes, such as some comparative studies and theatre classes, are much easier. It depends on your program of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't have a career in mind, join the exploration major. They work well with their students, and try to match your interests to a major and career. Always remember to get involved in something, as well, since it help create a small circle in such a big school.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is it's own small world. Once you get involved, which is a must, you cannot walk across campus without seeing someone you know. From academics to sports, Ohio State is an excellent school with long standing tradition.

  • 07/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 19 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    Any student that is looking for a wonderful experience or any student who is motivated to achieve success.

    Tips for prospective students

    OSU is a great university and I recommend it to any student. It is a big campus but it does not take long to find comfort.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though it is not cheap to attend this university, every cent is an investment into your future.

    Am enjoying being here

    The Ohio State University offers opportunities for every person. There is a club or group for every interest and topic.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are intelligent and experienced. They teach you important and advanced material.

  • 12/20/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 20 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    The people who will be the most successful at Ohio State are self motivated. Ohio State is BIG. You have to work a little harder to stand out. Downside: Opportunities might not be spoon-fed to you. Upside: Because Ohio State is so big it is able to offer an overwhelming amount of opportunities. You have to keep your eyes open and be proactive when looking for them. Imagine opportunities are apples on an apple tree. Now you can wait patiently for the apples to fall from the tree; or, you can put in some effort, grab a ladder, and have your choice of the amazing variety of apples in all shapes and sizes on the tree. Ok maybe that was a mediocre metaphor, but I think it gets the job done.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be comfortable with the fact you are not going to know how to manage your time effectively the first few weeks. It takes practice (I'm still learning). Do your best to limit time wasted on naps (big problem, they are your new best friend once you get to college) and facebook ect. Try your best to go to sleep at a normal time (though you will fail). Get Involved with campus organizations! They repeat this over and over, but seriously, it has been a great avenue to meet people and have fun. Go to the huge get involved fair the first week of school, it's a must.

    Bang for the buck

    I am paying In-State tuition, and when looking at the alternatives, it is easy to see why I think that OSU provides the best bang for the buck. The other schools I considered were OU and Miami of Ohio. At OU the tuition is cheaper, but the room and board is more expensive. The scholarships I would have received at OU were greater than what I am receiving at OSU, but I believe my degree at Ohio State will be more valuable in the long run. Miami has a fantastic business program, which was very enticing as a current business major. Miami is slightly more expensive, but what I really don't like about Miami is the general personality of the student body (preppy, high strung). I won't expand too much, but Miami was not right for me. I should add that Ohio State's undergraduate business program has been ranked 16th overall and 7th among public universities by U.S. News and World Report.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is a lot to love about Ohio State. The people, the tradition, the environment. I can guarantee you will be proud to be a buckeye in no time. The downside here is I don't love my dorm situation. Like I said, I live on West Campus, but most freshman live on South. Personally, I feel like I am missing out on a lot socially by not living with the majority of the freshman at the university. But there are benefits to living on West; including air conditioning, great shower:person ratio, and if you're not in a quad, space (the quads are cheaper, though). The lesson here is to turn in your housing info ASAP if you choose Ohio State, so you can live in your dorm of choice.

    Am learning a lot

    There is a lot of learning to be had in college, and not all of it goes on in the classroom. So far, the value of what I have learned outside the classroom at Ohio State has been equally, if not more, valuable than the GEC courses I completed autumn quarter. The classes I took were challenging, but manageable, and my survey course was very useful (every freshman takes a survey course introducing you to your major and campus resource; there is also an undecided survey to help students choose). Outside of the classroom there have been many lessons to learn as well. I live in a Quad on West campus so learning to live with others is something I've picked up on quickly. Another very important thing to practice is time management. I highly recommend google calendar as it has helped me immensely when balancing my schedule.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 21 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State can be great for anyone who is ready and willing to take initiative to make their college experience what they want it to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't party your life away! Ohio State is generally also known as a social partying school. Make sure you focus on academics a lot, especially the first year.

    Bang for the buck

    Especially if you are an in state student, Ohio State is definitely reasonably priced. More so if you are going to live at home or off campus, since dorm living is expensive. Tuition is definitely worthwhile because you not only get a great education, but you get access to a multitude of different things.

    Am enjoying being here

    Since Ohio State is so large, it can get lonely at times. I think the key to this is to really get involved quickly. Do not count on your high school friends to be your social circle anymore, because more often than not, you will not see them. Everyone has their own agenda and everyone has a different schedule. Learn to be self-reliant and be eager and open to making new friends.

    Am learning a lot

    Ohio State is one of the best schools in the nation. The academics are definitely up to par in order to maintain that kind of reputation. Grades are so important, and classes are intense because it is not like high school where everyone has to be there. Those who are in college, at such a prestigious university, actually have a drive and desire to be there. It is a whole new world that can only leave you wanting more knowledge.

  • 06/15/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 12 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 22 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking for more social and academic opportunities in a school

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware of its extremely large student body and size of the campus

  • 10/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 23 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    I know it sounds cliche, but OSU really is for all types of students. The size of the school may seem intimidating, but it really doesn't seem so big once you're here. I'm always running into floormates around campus. You can be whoever you want to be, and don't be afraid to show your true colors. I'm 100% positive someone else on this campus already has a club with your name written all over it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the dorms! Even though I literally live 5 minutes away, I didn't want to commute. I'm so glad I chose to live on campus! You get used to the communal bathrooms (the honors dorms have pod style- a bathroom all to yourself!) and you make about a billion friends in the first week. At first, I didn't want to have a meal plan. They're a little expensive; I would have preferred to have cash. But now that I'm using it I've changed my mind. There are about 17 different places that take OSU's meal plan on campus, and you get a lot of food for one swipe. I usually bring things back to the dorm to save for later. Join at least one club - getting involved is easier when you have to go be social! If you don't like walking, bring a bike (I used to complain like crazy, but you get used to it). But if you love being in shape, the RPAC is basically the best gym ever (with the best food and smoothies!)

    Bang for the buck

    Born and raised in Columbus, I receive in-state tuition, along with half off tuition (perks of family members working at the university!). Since I was undecided, I felt that OSU had the best resources for me in relation to cost. While I can't speak for out-of-staters (which is about 7 times what I pay), I feel OSU is the best university I could have chosen based on my budget.

    Am enjoying being here

    College is sooo much better than high school. Since OSU is such a big school, it's easy to start over (and again, and again; why not?). There are ALWAYS friends to be made here, and everyone is game for dinner. All you have to do is ask! There's a place (and club) for everyone at OSU. Humans vs. Zombies just ended here, an official activity of OSU, which was a week long Nerf-gun battle of over 800 students played throughout the campus. Crazy clubs like this (and BBQ club!), along with intramural sports, sororities and fraternities, language and business clubs, give everyone an opportunity to feel right at home.

    Am learning a lot

    If you take the time to talk to the professors, you find that they are actually really cool. I just had lunch with an Italian professor the other day, and she is helping me with my major search (I'm undecided). She inspired me to minor in Spanish, a subject I was ready to drop after this quarter. Now I have plans to study abroad my junior year. It wouldn't have even crossed my mind had it not been for her. The switch from high school schoolwork to college schoolwork made me really nervous, because I never had much work in high school. In reality, it wasn't bad. I was placed in a few refresher courses, so it wasn't a ton of new material pushed in my face while trying to acclimate myself to college. Don't worry about it (really, don't), but get a planner! Staying organized in college is key.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 24 of 354

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    Campus Safety

    if you're in the middle of campus, it's perfectly safe at any time of day. there's blue lights all over the place and there's cabs buses running 24/7 that are free to use. at night, the edges of campus are a little sketchy, so walk with buddy.

    Great for these types of students

    pretty much anyone who isn't looking for a small school. osu has everything. it's just a matter of putting yourself out there and finding what works for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    mirror lake jump is a sight to see. beat michigan! the oval becomes oval beach when the weather turns pleasant. people are always on the oval playing frisbee, studying, or doing whatever.

    Bang for the buck

    on-campus housing and food is ridiculously expensive, but tuition itself is reasonable. overall, it balances out to make the education completely worth it. as an out-of-state student paying out-of-state tuition, that says something.

    What to do for fun

    high st has a ton of little food places and is right on the east edge of campus. the union also has d-tix. this just means that osu students can get discount tickets for all sorts of shows, movies, concerts, etc. osu also puts on events of their own. these events are usually free for anyone with a buckid.

    Food and Dining

    food is readily available all over campus. it's not the best food you'll ever have, but it's also not bad. it's pretty much what you'd expect but with a little more variety. one of the advantages of a large school is the large number of mouths to feed. a new meal plan set-up for 2012-2013 should be interesting for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    just try not to get stuck in a quad.

    Academic Rigor

    if you focus a little time and energy into your course work, it's not difficult to do well in classes. however, blowing off studying will have very poor results.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't forget to get involved with student organizations. they are a great way to meet people and build up your resume. osu has a ton of community service groups that do some pretty amazing things.

    In three sentences

    osu has a beautiful campus and most people here are genuinely kind. the classes are taught by instructors who really understand the material and can communicate it effectively. there are a ton of resources available to students that are easily utilized.

  • 08/03/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 6 people found this review useful. 25 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to do well in life and who would want to have opportunities academically and socially.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at the school for its worth, not for its reputation in football. Visit the campus (All of it!!) and talk to advisors and those you know who have gone to the university.

    Bang for the buck

    Best education for a reasonable price: priceless.

    Will enjoy being here

    Not only is the campus a beautiful place, but there's stores to shop at and restaurants for eating without going too far from campus so you can do a little shopping and grab a quick bite to eat without worrying about missing classes.

  • 12/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 26 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    OSU is great for students with many different talents. It is a great place for school-spirited students. Also for students with good work ethics and those who want to be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get involved and meet people. 2. Prioritize and manage your time. 3. Get to know your professors. 4. Get help early if you need it. Don't wait until the end of the quarter.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are an in-state student, tuition is a lot cheaper, than if you come from out of state. Although tuition seems expensive, they offer many scholarships and financial aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many things to do around campus. The school offers a number of student organizations to get involved in. Because it is such a big school, you have better chances at meeting people you will like. The parties are great too.

    Am learning a lot

    The workload in major focused classes is more than most are used to, but the professors are great. There are many opportunities to get help if the workload is too much. You can get a go to office hours or join a study group. There is no reason for someone not to learn.

  • 12/24/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 27 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    This is a big school so students need to be self-advocates or you could get lost in the hustle and bustle. This school has a very nice campus with lots of green space. The disability service office is very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the help centers! The chemistry one is in Celeste and the math is in the math stats building they are open from 9-4 most week days take advantage of them and others on campus

    Bang for the buck

    Its a competitively priced education. apply for the scholars or honors programs if possible as this will give u extra opportunities

    Am enjoying being here

    This is a beautiful campus, and the food is relativity good with lots of options. There are so many fun clubs to join, and the people are nice. There is always something to do.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here are really helpful, but if you do need help be sure to take advantage of the help centers. There are many academic opportunities.

  • 01/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 28 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    High achievers, those who like to get involved, those who want to broaden their perspective.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going into engineering, be prepared to work harder than you ever did in high school. They make sure that you stay busy here, but they treat you really nice (pizza parties at the end of each quarter, anybody?). Also, don't be intimidated by OSU's size. My graduating class was 19 people, and the transition for me was not difficult at all.

    Bang for the buck

    I applied to some other big name schools whose average yearly cost of attendance was more than twice that of Ohio State's. Now that I've experienced the university, I am convinced that OSU is a great deal, at least for an engineering major. I can't image what some private universities could offer that would be worth an extra $30,000.

    Am enjoying being here

    Absolutely. There is so much to do on campus, and the professors are interesting. Plus, you would have to work harder to not make friends than to actually make them.

    Am learning a lot

    As a student in the Freshmen Engineering Honors program here, I can guarantee that you will work hard, learn a ton, and at times actually enjoy your classes. It is amazing what you can learn in a mere ten weeks.

  • 01/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 29 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, curious, interested in research

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the opportunities offered around campus. If your school has a recreational facility for students, make use of it. Look into clubs that interest you. Watch for fairs and events that are free for students.

    Bang for the buck

    Lately I have been feeling like my parents are paying a large tuition to have the information taught to be shoved down my throat and discarded shortly after. I really want to learn, but am finding it difficult to do so in such short periods of time. Also when I do find myself learning new things, that doesn't always correspond to getting good grades.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am really enjoying the academics, but being away from my family and friends is very difficult for me. (But that really has nothing to do with the actual college.)

    Academic Rigor

    College is much different than high school because each class lasts only ten weeks rather than the whole school year. This might seems scary, but as long as you study and go to class, you will pass and at the same time - learn!

  • 04/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 30 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State has something for almost any type of student. The campus has the best combination for work and play, and even great rec facilities to work out in. If you just want to relax, you can hang out on the oval and enjoy the sun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you try to get involved in some sort of group or organization on campus. College is nothing without new friends to share it with. Getting an on campus job is a great way to meet new people and make some money at the same time :)

    Bang for the buck

    This school is most worth it if you take a lot of classes per quarter. We are not charged based on credit hours, but on a quarterly basis. If you have some room in your schedule you can always take a fun class like Ice Skating, or Riflery.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus here is amazingly beautiful and the school spirit is overpowering. We are close enough to downtown Columbus that we can just hop on a bus if we want to go to a nice restaurant, see a play, or just enjoy the downtown atmosphere.

    Am learning a lot

    This University has so many different classes to offer. Depending on the department, the faculty can be incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. With their required office hours, students can visit teachers and get help when then need it.

  • 06/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 31 of 354

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    Tips for prospective students

    1. Don't hold back; My biggest problem at the beginning of my freshman year was that I was too afraid to take advantage of resources that the school was offering, like tutoring. It is easier to find a friend and go to a new place for the first time with someone, but sometimes you just can't work that out. Just go, the people who are there, are there because they want to be and they are truly interested in helping you. Don't be nervous to check out something new just because you are a new student. 2. Get involved; Some of the most helpful students I have ever met are those that I met through student organizations. They are the ones that are in school because they want the experience and the education, not to goof off. These students gave me some of the best advice on college in general, good and bad professors, and events that I might be interested in. 3. Know when to say no; While it is important to get involved, don't over do it. You can only do so much and your course work should come first. Make sure you still leave yourself plenty of time to dedicate to just working on course work. 4. Talk to your professors; Take advantage of office hours if you feel like you are falling behind or don't understand something, and do it right away. The professors are all very helpful and want you to succeed, that is why they offer times that you can individually talk to them.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive and hard for me to pay, coming from a large family, but the education and the experience that I am getting from being a student here outweighs the loans that I have to take out to pay for my education. The friendships and resources that I gain from being a student here will help me immensely in the future and I know that I will easily be able to pay off my loans and jump right back on my feet upon graduation. All of the professors that I have had thus far have been extremely helpful, so long as you approach them, and I have kept in contact with some even after the course was complete. I have felt like I have learned a lot even from the GEC classes that I have taken in my first year.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone is extremely helpful and the things that I am learning while in school directly relate to my life outside of school. I can tell in my everyday life that the education that I am getting is already making a huge difference. I am much more confident and my life is more organized. The feeling that Ohio State gives you is very empowering.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a lot in the sense of text book material and information about myself. In my first year, I held the status of full time student, part time employee, and active member of campus organizations. The people that I have worked with through The Ohio State are some of the most encouraging, respectable and helpful people I have ever met. The students and faculty that I have worked with have become friends and people that I will be able to use as resources for the rest of my life.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 32 of 354

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    Campus Safety

    Ohio State's campus is quite safe with blue light posts everywhere that you can run to and press the emergency button if you ever find yourself in an unfortunate or emergency situation. The further south you go on campus, things tend to get a little more rough, so I would advise you to be more careful around those areas. Also, North High Street, which is right across the campus does get a little rough at night, and so I would also advise you to always be with a friend or two for extra protection if you are planning to go out at night.

    Great for these types of students

    Independent, adventurous, diligent, ambitious, open-minded.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mirror Lake Jump. Thousands of students jumping into a freezing cold lake before the Michigan vs. Ohio State football game. All I have to say is WOW. Also, if you hear someone yell, O,H! you have to reply I,O! no matter how random or unexpected it is.

    Bang for the buck

    Being out-of-state, I can say that Ohio State was very expensive to attend. But with enough scholarships, grants, and loans, I was able to come here. Start applying for scholarships!! Getting a part-time job would also help your income. If you are from out-of-state like me, be sure to get in-state tuition as soon as possible to help save your money (become financially independent, get a job, live in Ohio for a year... there are more specific instructions on how to be eligible for in-state residency and tuition on the Ohio State website).

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs that spark your interest! Get involved in student organizations. There are over 600 student organizations at Ohio State. At least one of them should be interesting to you... And through these clubs and organizations, you can meet others who share the same interests as you and make great friends.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different foods to choose from!! Burgers, international food, wraps, salads, soups,... I could go on and on. And delivery food is always convenient, since many of the off-campus restaurants deliver till eaaarrly in the morning. Great for all those late night, early morning studying!!!

    Dorm Life

    When you do roommate agreement contracts with your fellow roommates, make sure to bring up EVERYTHING that concerns or bothers you, or you may regret it later. I had a very stressful time trying to get along with the 3 other girls I was rooming with, since they regularly drink and party, and I do not. Make sure to set ground rules for the dorm as soon as possible, such as whether or not you allow guys to stay over, keep alcohol in the fridge, or drinking in the dorm. Confronting your roommates directly about anything that may be bothering you is also a good experience that will allow you to grow as an adult. Besides having trouble with the drinking issue from time to time, I fairly get along with my roommates and do not have too much trouble with them now. Always remember to stand your ground if your roommates are doing things that may endanger your safety, or damage your possessions. I recommend not living in an all-freshman dorm building, since things can get a little loud and crazy...

    Academic Rigor

    Freshman year, you may have many teachers who are currently graduate students who have not gotten their teaching degrees yet. Some of them may not be as helpful or as knowledgeable as you may want them to be, but just bear with it! Overall, all the teachers try their best to be as effective as possible in making you understand the course material and enjoy the class. Ohio State has a great academic program, and many amazing, updated resources and facilities. The libraries are my absolute favorite, especially Thompson Library. The many different buildings of the university are absolutely beautiful, and I have no complaints in taking a dance class in a building that looks like Hogwarts. :) Make the most of your resources, and you will find success here.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is a very different experience from high school. In high school, everything seems to be planned beforehand for you, such as what classes you would have to take in order to graduate, what the lunch is for the day, and what next year's general daily outline would look like for you. You don't have much power or authority in creating your own personalized schedule. Because you have more individual attention, if your grade's dropping, it is most likely that your teacher would contact your parents or approach you to voice their concerns about you failing the class and possibly having to repeat it. If you need some extra help, you could always pop into your teacher's class and get some assistance, having a friendly chat even. You would avoid skipping classes even if you wanted to, since you knew there were consequences for poor attendance: demerits. And we all know demerits lead to trouble!! NOT. FUN. When you start college, you will automatically see and feel the difference. Suddenly, you're on your own. You have the power to create your own schedule, taking classes that most interest you. You have the power to choose what you want to learn about, what you want to major in, what path in life you want to travel. Too sleepy to get up? Too tired to go to class? Want to skip? Go ahead! You won't get demerits, but you'll be seeing the effects of all your skipped classes when you can't catch up with the class and your grade falls from all the low scores you get on your tests. Of course, there will be times where you could use a personal day or two, but don't abuse it! Hungry? What would you like to eat? Chinese food? Indian food? Burgers and fries? There are loads of options to choose from, unlike eating pizza on Pizza day in high school. Concerned about failing your class? Want to visit your teacher's office and get some help? So do the other 600 people taking the same class as you. If you want help, you have to make an appointment and be determined to get some assistance. And remember to make the visit short. Your teacher has so many students, especially on such a large campus as Ohio State, and they can't spend 3 hours trying to help you out. Failing a class? If you won't do something about it, no one will. No teacher calling your parents, motivating you to do better, nothing. YOU are in charge of your own future. All in all, college is a great experience. You get to discover yourself, and learn to identify yourself and what kind of individual you are without your parents or your family there by your side to help define you. You really get to discover and embrace the independent side of you, and will feel proud of yourself when you get to accomplish things that you normally wouldn't do, such as managing your own money, keeping your living space organized without your mom being there to pester you about it, and doing your own laundry even!! While growing more as a person, you also realize the things most important to you, whether it be your culture, religion, or sexuality. Don't ever let anyone demean you or change you, because you are beautiful and one-of-a-kind, JUST the way you are. There will be many pressures as you may try to fit in with the college lifestyle, but never lose sight of who you are and who made you who you are today. Don't forget your roots, and stay true to yourself.

    In three sentences

    THE Ohio State University. Don't forget the The! School colors are scarlet and gray. Mascot is Brutus the Buckeye; he really is a very energetic fellow, it's always nice to see him around! The Buckeye pride and spirit is VERY prominent here. Never in my life have I ever been to a school with more school spirit.

  • 02/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    don't walk alone at night.

    Bang for the buck

    if you live in the state of ohio, ohio state is the best deal you will find anywhere!

    What to do for fun

    there are thousands of clubs and activities! and there are concerts and malls and restaurants accessible by bus.

    Food and Dining

    the swipes system is convenient as a freshman, but it is very expensive. they food is a wide variety, but its quality is only mediocre.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are fun because of the people, but they are all very old and dirty. the are also far away from everything because the campus is so big.

    Academic Rigor

    the school is challenging, especially if you are in the honors program.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be discouraged in your first few months! they will be hard, both academically and socially, but stick with it, because things get better. live on south campus if you want to have fun.

    In three sentences

    ohio state is overall a great institution! it is pretty challenging academically and it has great school spirit, but the campus is not as nice as others. it is a very big school that can be overwhelming in its first year, but it offers many opportunities in the years to follow.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 34 of 354

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security does their very best to provide students with a safe environment.

    Greek Life

    While Greek Life does not have an overly large presence on Ohio State's campus it is still there and better than ever. A large number of students choose to join Greek Life and really enjoy every minute of it!

    Clubs and Activities

    Ohio State has over 900+ clubs and activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State is great for all students. Like I mentioned earlier it is extremely diverse. With all the different groups to get involved in, everyone is sure to fit in!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Script Ohio is a huge tradition here at Ohio State. Ohio State has one of the best marching bands in all of the land. Before each football game they march onto the field and write out Ohio in script letters. This is a great site to see because looking around the stadium packed with 100,000+ Ohio State fans you feel so proud to call yourself a Buckeye.

    Bang for the buck

    An education at The Ohio State University is priceless. Each and every cent is worth the time spent at Ohio State. The friends you will meet, the things you will learn and the overall experience is something that has no monetary value.

    What to do for fun

    At Ohio State we are lucky- we are in the heart of Columbus so if you are looking for something specific to do.. chances are you will find it here. Dining, shopping, movies and bowling are just a few of the things you will find within just a short walk!

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is great! A lot of different choices to fit whatever you are in the mood for.

    Dorm Life

    Great way to meet new people! Dorms always have activities for students and you can experience your first form of involvement by serving on the Residence Hall Council Board. This allows you to make decisions for your hall and plan events and activities for all the students.

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio State is a great place to challenge yourself. Professors make it so that you are constantly questioning and wanting to learn more. If you aren't feeling challenged, professors are always open to ideas and suggestions on what they can do to make your experience better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive- don't sit by an wait for things to come to you, if you go out and get them, it will make life a lot easier and more interesting! Learn all of the resources available to you-Ohio State has so many resources available to the students. Be sure you take advantage of all of them. Get involved- getting involved is essential. It is key to meeting new people, making life long friends and it helps to shape your whole college experience. Be open- minded- Ohio State is a very diverse campus so being open minded is something that everyone should strive for. You will meet people from all walks of life, so learning about their culture and where they come from will enrich your learning experience and will allow you to understand where others are coming from.

    In three sentences

    At Ohio State you are more than just a number, you are an essential link that makes up a strong, unbreakable chain. While Ohio State has a lot of links, each one is unique and brings something different to the chain, which makes it the culture rich university that it is. This culture rich atmosphere then cultivates a magnitude of ideas and creativity that you can not find anywhere else.

  • 12/26/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 35 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    People looking for a great education. Small towners looking for a little big-city flare. People just looking for that all around great college experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Being it is a big school you should make it a habit to walk the route to your classes at the beginning of the quarter before classes commence. If you haven't taken the time to familiarize yourself with the campus you can find yourself lost. So always take a map. And don't worry about asking people for help. Everyone that I've met so far has been willing to help me, no questions asked.

    Bang for the buck

    All though the out-of-state costs are a little high the in-state costs are comparable to practically all in-state universities in other states. Also, with resources such as sharing text books with friends or buying supplies from discount stores there is always a way to cut costs and keep a little extra spending money for yourself.

    Did enjoy being here

    Absolutely! Not only does Ohio State offer one of the best educations around but it is also one of the most amazing campuses ever! I have met some of the most amazing people here. Also, the size of the campus adds to its appeal so don't be worried. Being from a small Missouri town and visiting a lot of smaller colleges, I found that the smaller colleges had very little to offer in ways of keeping their students active and happy. At OSU there are a plethora of activities. There's always the amazing, nail-biting football games, the free on-campus movies, all the awesome places to just hang out and chill with friends. This is definitely the college for someone like me - a small town girl looking for a little adventure and excitement, as well as a top dollar education from a premiere university.

    Did learn a lot

    Every single professor and teacher's aid at Ohio State are the cream of the crop. They all had extensive knowledge of their field and where undeniably professional in their execution of said knowledge.

  • 01/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 36 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    This place is great for all types of students, from outgoing to quit and reserved. The choices are limitless so there is something for everyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for how big this place is! You have to walk everywhere, but that is part of the experience. There is so much to do that you have to stay focused and not lose sight of what you are here for-a great education! It will all be worth it in the end.

    Bang for the buck

    OSU isn't the cheapest college out there, but it isn't the most expensive, either. If you consider all of the resources available to me, both academically and socially, it has to be one of the best values out there. Do I sound like a commercial for OSU?

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a blast being on campus. I had the choice of living at home and commuting, or living on campus, but my dad, who graduated from here, wanted me to live on campus at least one year just for the experience of being here. He was so right! The OSU campus life is such an experience and I am having SO much fun.

    Am learning a lot

    Although things are A LOT different from high school learning, the potential to learn here is unlimited. There are so many choices that it is almost overwhelming. You have to be a little more of an independent student here than in high school, but it is very cool. I am learning so much, including learning about myself!

  • 01/23/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 37 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for anyone who enjoys the city and a large school. It is especially great for students who are interested in medicine or veterinary medicine due to the hospitals right on campus and all of the volunteer, shadowing, and research opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested in OSU don't be intimidated by its size. Many people think that it is so huge that they won't be able to find a way to fit in. It may seem huge but once you get here you will find that it is really easy to find where you belong and it will seem much smaller. Also, take advantage of the opportunities. Attend welcome week and try to get involved in clubs or activities that you are interested in. It is a great way to meet people and make friends and to enjoy your time at OSU.

    Bang for the buck

    Ohio State is worth the tuition. It offers great and numerous opportunities in all types of fields. You can do just about anything you want to when you attend OSU. Also, they are always updating buildings to make them more modern. OSU also has cutting edge technology to aid in students learning and research. They really want you to succeed here and will even help you build a solid resume and find a job after you graduate.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Ohio State! If you are a student who is looking for a large school with great faculty, where you can meet new people, and participate in extracurricular activities then this school is for you. There are students from all over the world here and you will always be able to find a group of people you enjoy. Also, Ohio State has just about any club you can think of from barbecue club to sports clubs to government. The sports facilities and rec and club sports are also amazing here. With all of these opportunities there is ALWAYS something to do. Even the atmosphere of the campus is great, especially on game days. It is always fun and exciting.

    Am learning a lot

    There are hundreds of opportunities here at OSU. There are over 150 majors plus a lot of minors so you can pursue just about anything. The faculty are great! They are always willing to help students and make time to meet with you if you need help. If you still feel you need more help, there is free tutoring in all types of subjects such as math, chemistry, and writing. Also, the new Tompson Library just opened and it is a great place to study. There are also several other libraries through out campus and some are open 24 hours. If you are a student who is thinking about a career in a medical field this school is great. OSU has a hospital on campus that is ranked as one of the best hospitals in the nation. The hospital is a great teaching hospital and has several volunteer and shadowing opportunities. Also, there are great opportunities for students who would like to become a vet. Currently one of my friends is doing research in the pig barn with faculty. I will be researching over the summer with a Dr on how muscles contract. It is fairly easy to find research here at OSU.

  • 10/09/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 38 of 354

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    Bang for the buck

    I'll admit, college is expensive. But Ohio State has the second cheapest tuition of the top public schools in Ohio! There are plenty of scholarship opportunities that help with the financial burden of being a college student and the Financial Aid office is extremely helpful. You definitely get the most bang for your buck here because, for the extremely low tuition, you get to attend one of the most internationally known institutions in the country. Having the resources and name of Ohio State after graduation will pay for it's self in the end.

    Am enjoying being here

    Having just come from a football game at the Shoe, I can definitely say that everyone will enjoy being at Ohio State. Even if football isn't your cup of tea, there are over 1,000 student organizations to choose from! BBQ Club hosted the words longest barbecue, the Renaissance Club played a live game of chess and Weezer and 3OH3 played free concerts courtesy of OUAB. There's no reason to not get involved all over campus! And you will meet people where ever you go.

    Am learning a lot

    With one of the best science and business programs in the country, you will definitely learn everything you will need to know here at OSU. With such a wide variety of classes to choose from, you can really take time to learn something you have always been interested in! I took Ancient Greek During my first year at Ohio State and it was one of the most interesting and fulfilling experiences of my life. Not many other people can say that they can read Homer untranslated!

  • 10/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 39 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    If you come here to have your hand held, this is not the place. Independent minded, self starters and open minded students will excel here. Help is everywhere you turn, but you have to ask. If you like to experience new things with almost no limit on choices, nowhere else provides more.

    Tips for prospective students

    I did not apply to other schools, but they really make you feel wanted. Communication during the entire school search, enrollment, orientation, special programs made me feel special, like they cared about me and not filling a slot. The first year experience program is fully intended to give you every opportunity to excel in the first year which is the key to a successful college experience. In addition, with internships, study abroad, scholars and honors programs, OSU offers every unique experience that smaller schools would not be able to provide.

    Bang for the buck

    At first it seemed that it was pricey for a state school, but I have found out that with all the resources and their emphasis on the first year experience, it is well worth the price. I never thought the largest campus in America could ever feel like a small town, but here it is. This quickly becomes your home.

    Am enjoying being here

    Ohio State was the only school I applied to. I am enjoying my experience here immensely including my roommates, new friends, challenging classes, a highly diverse range of activities and Ohio State football. If you do not enjoy being here, then you must be a hermit.

    Am learning a lot

    I was always a good student, but I learned quickly that you really need to apply yourself and study alot to do well and keep up with the fast pace. There are so many resources here to help, advisers, tutors, study groups, etc. that really help to make it more fun to learn

  • 10/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    OSU is quite expensive from some people's perspective. However, compare to Private Colleges OSU becomes a lot more cheaper. Sure they charge you around $9,000 in tuition with room and board to match it. Not to mention you have to get a meal plan if you live on campus and on tap of that health care. However, OSU offers a lot of financial aid to help with cost. The most important thing for prospective students to know is that there money is not being wasted. The money goes to making your life on campus as comfortable as possible. Fees pay for recreation use, activities use, and making your sure you're in top health to take on those midterms.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many things to do here at the Ohio State University. There is the RPAC where one can work out at, The Ohio Union where one can chill and study. But there also hundreds of clubs and students organizations here. Even if you're not the coolest guy or gal at your high school you can find your bliss or niche here at The Ohio State University. Sure the campus is one of the largest in the nation but that just means more options for you. Once you find something you like the campus becomes much smaller and have a more home like feel to it.

    Am learning a lot

    The Ohio State University has so many programs and a great deal amount of course work. Because they are a liberal arts school you do more than just your major coursework here. In fact, you also take General Education Curriculum courses that may have nothing to do with your major at all. But the benefits of doing this make you more well rounded and you don't have to go through a long rigorous process if you change your major.

  • 02/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    Active, involved, intelligent, research-oriented, curious, initiators, big-picture people, athletic, hard-working, dedicated, the movers and shakers of today and tomorrow.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up, as always, and don't blow off OSU as an easy school to get into. It's really been upping its standards every year and that reflects the increasing quality of education at OSU. Also, once you've committed to OSU, look up some of the clubs and organizations. Don't wait until the Fall Student Involvement fair to find opportunities, because I guarantee that you won't be able to make it to all the clubs you think are interesting if you don't know which clubs are interesting to you beforehand; otherwise, you'll end up listening to a lot of shpiels about clubs you're not interested in while missing out on the ones you do find interesting. OSU is a really great school, but you need to be a little bit more prepared before you come here so that you aren't overwhelmed by all the opportunities. And schedulizer(.com) is awesome, make use of it!

    Bang for the buck

    There's a lot to be said for OSU's efforts to keep costs low, but there aren't always rational explanations for the fees, and OSU tends to spend a lot of money on projects that aren't always the best for the students. Having said that, there are only a million opportunities to get involved at OSU, and if you have the drive to do so, you can really get a lot out of your experience here. So if you study and join groups, the money is definitely worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's great to meet everyone here because there's such a diversity of people and a wealth of interesting people. No matter who you are, you can find people with similar interests, and you can explore those interests in any of OSU's approximately 120,343,652,002 clubs (really about 600). I am always busy, which can be stressful, but it's something I chose to do and I'm loving it. There are so many ways to have fun and get involved, it's really fantastic.

    Am learning a lot

    Many of the subjects are fascinating and you can take classes in almost any subject you could ever dream up (skydiving, anyone?). The course work can be challenging, depending on the subject, but either way it will be a fantastic education. All the teachers really enjoy their subjects and you leave each course very well prepared for the next course or for applications of the material in the working world.

  • 05/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 354

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    Great for these types of students

    I think the diversity of this college is suitable for every type of student. I mean every type of student. You just gotta find a good strong major (and there's plenty.)

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet as many people as you can, and make connections, because many of the faculty and staff (and even students) will bend over backwards for someone they know likes them. I am constantly asking favors, and asking for seats in full classes, and making exceptions, because I have made a lot of connections. This might be true for other colleges, but I know it's true here.

    Bang for the buck

    I am not sure how much other schools cost, but I know that for my yearly tuition, I get access to so many things for free, and discounts on almost everything. Public transportation is free, and if you take advantage of even a fraction of what they offer to students, it is well worth the price. Plus the experience is fabulous, and that is hard to put a price on.

    Am enjoying being here

    The activities and the social networks (physical) and student groups are numerous, and active. This is one advantage to being of the of the biggest and best schools in the country. I am enjoying every bit of the time I spend here. Other fellow students are fun, and engaging.

    Am learning a lot

    I am an industrial designer, and I have to say, the program here is top-notch. I am leaning so much about good design, what makes it good, and how to improve it for future generations.

  • 08/11/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, Studious, Partiers, Anybody who's anyone unless you're shy and unwilling to make the best of your experience!

    Tips for prospective students

    Even if you think you'll be able to get accepted, still try your hardest because merit scholarships here are hard to come by.

    Will enjoy being here

    I loooove the campus... it offers so much opportunity to every student.

    Will learn a lot

    Am enrolled for classes and I'm confident I'll learn what I'm here to do.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 354

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You do have to be smart and careful but for the most part, campus is pretty safe. Just use common sense and don't walk alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Some of my best friends here are in a fraternity and they love it. I'm also considering joining a sorority and would really recommend anyone to check it out before assuming its like what you see in the movies.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities there's no way you could not find one for you, but if that does happen you can always start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    s\Students who want to have fun but also take their academics seriously.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump night! The week if the OSU vs. Michigan game everyone jumps in the lake in the middle of campus. I did t last year and it was freezing cold but so worth it!

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state student so it can get pretty expensive but as long as you work hard there are tons of scholarship opportunities and it worth it for the education you will get.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on this campus. There is a club for every interest and activity, you just have to go out and find them. There are always events going on both on and off campus. Be proactive!

    Food and Dining

    It can get a little boring if you eat at the same place every day but as long as you venture out and utilize all of the dining options, you wont get bored and you can find some pretty good food.

    Dorm Life

    I'm sure it depends on which dorm you live in but I lived on North campus the last two years and loved it so much. The majority of friends are people I met through living in the learning community dorm for my college last year.

    Academic Rigor

    You do have to work hard in most of your classes but of course it will pay off in the end. Why go to school if its not going to be hard work?

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind! You will meet so many new people from all different backgrounds, so embrace it. Get involved in activities, you'll regret it if you don't. Join clubs, go to the gym, play sports with your friends when its nice outside, be active, go to events around your dorm or across the university, just make sure you get out and have new experiences. Lastly, go to class! At such a large school its very easy to skip class but you're only hurting yourself. Most teachers say things in class that are not in the notes but will be on tests. Plus it can be hard to teach yourself the material just by reading.

    In three sentences

    I am a second year at Ohio State and I absolutely love this university. I have met so many amazing people, both friends and teachers. They have exactly the major I need and I my classes are great.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 354

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    don't try to be hardcore and drink more then you can handle, you'll end up looking like a fool when you pass out...haha

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    mirror lake jump before thanksgiving

    Food and Dining

    a lot of great place to eat, but in my opinion, a lot of places are overpriced

    Dorm Life

    a lot of nice people and clean dorms. some dorm wall may be thin enough that you could hear you're neighbor...some noisy till like 2 am or whatever

    Academic Rigor

    depends how many classes you take, but homework have a reasonable set time to finish, along with some free time for about 3 classes per quarter. procrastination = bad (source: experience)

    Tips for prospective students

    if you're a high school student, make sure foreign language is or is not a requirement for you're major because i didn't took any foreign language classes in highschool, and now i'm regretting it...however there are some majors that doesn't require a foreign language.

    In three sentences

    great campus, clean, nice people. the teachers here are also great, some can be fun and informal, however some are not. lots of place to eat too

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 354

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    Food and Dining

    it's osu- so many choices!

    Dorm Life

    even though the dorms are small, and there's four to a room in my building- their's a bathroom per room, and a fridge and microwave.

    Academic Rigor

    hard, but going to be worth it.

    In three sentences

    i love this college, from what i've seen in tours and from speaking with current students, it's a great for for me. not to mention it's the only one nearby that has a great biological sciences department.

  • 03/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never had any concerns.

    Greek Life

    I didn't do it - but the parties are fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to count - you think of a group and OSU has it - even a BBQ club!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, at least medium self-confidence, go with the flow.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping in Mirror Lake - it is a must college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to private schools - the amenties here are far more and I get just as much personal attention if I ask.

    What to do for fun

    Football, plenty of clubs and groups, hang on high street with friends, out to dinner, parties with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Great food - choices all over. Buck ID program is by far the best of all my friends at other colleges. Can you dining card on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Good rooms - chance to move around if needed. Mostly Air Conditioned - much better than some of my friend's dorms at other colleges.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough - studying is needed but doesn't take over your entire life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be overwhelmed by the size - it is easy to get around and offers a lot of opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a very large school that doesn't feel like a very large school. Students have all the advantages of a large university but find their own niche group of friends and fellow students that make it seem like a smaller university. Great education, campus, and football.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 354

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    Bang for the buck

    If you are in-state, you can't beat the bang for the buck factor. Out of state tuition is a bit pricey, but they have some great scholarships for out of state students.

    What to do for fun

    Get out and enjoy the community. OSU has a great campus, and Columbus may seem a little small time if you are used to a big city, but there is a lot going on and a pretty cool scene here if you look for it.

    Food and Dining

    Great food options in the campus dining program. As a vegan with a ton of food allergies, they always provide good options for me, but those with conventional diets seem to enjoy the campus dining options as well. Columbus has terrific dining options just steps off campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    Not bad, the dorms are a bit out dated. Its a good spot to spend freshman year so you can make friends and such, but most students move the the nearby east campus/off campus area where rental properties are cheap after freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been continually impressed with the small class sizes and one on one contact that undregraduate students get with professors, advisors and the like. Expect to work hard and learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a niche. There is something here for everyone, but you'll get lost in the masses if you are a bump on the log.

    In three sentences

    A big school in an urban environment with a tight knit community. Everyone is friendly and social, and with a wide array of people there is something for everyone. Drinking and partying is big here, but there is plenty to campus and Columbus to keep the not-so-wild types entertained.

  • 03/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus super safe... just off campus.... well just be careful.

    Greek Life

    I have no idea about the Greek life. All I know is Greek Row the houses are awesome.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs, so many activities. I can't stress it enough.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for everybody, there's so many possibilities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every morning I used to go to the top of the student union parking garage and watch the sunrise. It was awesome.

    Bang for the buck

    So much to do, so much fun to be had. Get out there, party hard, and study harder.

    What to do for fun

    anything and everything!

    Food and Dining

    mehhhh

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the arts dorm on campus. It was beautifully painted and I had a blast all the time.

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough classes if you take the right ones. While they are difficult they are very intriguing.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're uncomfortable with big campuses start at a branch campus. Everyone is guaranteed acceptance to the branches.

    In three sentences

    Such a huge campus with so much to do. It's easy to get distracted from schoolwork. Make sure you buckle down and set aside time to do it all.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They offer Student Safety transportation which is nice because the campus is so huge, but you have to call hours in advance to possibly even get a ride. There was also a mugging/people being held at gun-point streak which was terrifying and we never really knew if they were doing anything/caught anyone. Columbus can be a scary place in some areas but you just have to stay on campus/with friends when outside of it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mirror Lake jump is INCREDIBLE! I guess it's the number one stupidest college tradition but who cares, it's something you'll always remember.

    Bang for the buck

    I mean college is going to be expensive but I believe OSU definitely is guilty of ripping students off. You just have to make the most out of it, use the services the school offers/you pay for and get the most out of your education, you'll learn a lot here and do well if you work your butt off!

    What to do for fun

    High Street has bars/food places, off-campus parties, downtown Columbus clubs/bars, Frats also have parties

    Food and Dining

    As far as campus food goes, I love it. However, I'm a pretty boring eater but I never get bored of the choices. I have my favorites that I stick to. They have options for everyone (vegetarian meals) with a lot of dining halls. You get a certain prepaid amount of swipes per quarter that you can use freely but try to finish by the end; you can get meals, coffee with sides, or can use the swipes for groceries in little stores (which tend to be way overpriced, but that's OSU for you).

    Dorm Life

    I live in Lincoln Tower on west campus, although people may claim it's far from everything I actually really like it: it's close to the RPAC (the best workout facility) and the Thompson Library, and who can forget the Shoe! It's set up very nicely as a suite (four rooms-1 quad, 3 doubles, common living room, bathroom) and is a lot nicer/more spacious than the normal North/South dorms. However, I absolutely hate the fact that there is only one window in the very back bedroom area and that it does not open, so if you're sitting in the common room you could literally have no idea the time of day: no natural light/air.

    Academic Rigor

    Based off personal experience as a science major and from engineering friends as well (and we're in the honors program...at least for this year), we all struggle. The science courses are extremely difficult (CHEMISTRY) and the math courses are very hard as well. Learning the amount of time and energy necessary for them is something I'm still learning, you just have to do it I guess!

    Tips for prospective students

    As you're coming in, have an open mind and don't forget why you're there: you're paying for school to learn and earn an education to leave with a degree. Their are going to be A LOT of kids here, and I suggest trying to meet as many people as possible, because it seemed that people fell into their groups by the end of second quarter. Just remember you don't have to be solely friends with your roommates and getting involved in something you're passionate about here will bring you closer to people more similar to you along with giving you something to de-stress from school. Work hard, play hard.

    In three sentences

    As a school, Ohio State definitely lives up to their academic name. I came in as a biology major, unsure of how to specialize my degree, and I've found the science courses to be incredibly rigorous, if you're prepared for the work and to learn a lot then I believe this is the place for you. The night life isn't bad either and I currently live in the towers (dorms on West) and as a place to live they're very nice it just gets crazy because you're so high up and the windows don't open...but I believe they're nicer than all the other dorms on campus available this year.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    numerous

    Clubs and Activities

    numerous.

    Great for these types of students

    smart exciting people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    graduating Seniors jump in the lake in the middle of winter.

    What to do for fun

    Columbus is home to the Blue jackets hockey team, the Columbus Clippers baseball team. and several fun adventures.

    Academic Rigor

    It's as hard or easy as you want it to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and take advantage of all that is offered to you to graduate.

    In three sentences

    I think The Ohio State University is the finest school in the world. Im proud to be a Buckeye, and I would suggest that evry student in the country come for a visit.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Football games are a must!! Mens basketball is also very fun and exciting!

    Food and Dining

    There are many food places to choose from and all of the food is very good. You can get a variety of foods at the various locations.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is exceptional! The dorms are clean and the students are generally very friendly and helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are very challenging, but fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be intimidated by the size of the campus. It is really not that big when you get to know the campus.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a great college. It is large enough to offer every major possible. The professors care about their students.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There have been some safety issues off campus, but it has been safe on campus for the most part. The school calls and e-mails every student when there is any safety issue. Also, they have the blue emergency call stations in several locations on campus.

    Greek Life

    A lot of people are involved in Greek Life and it is an awesome way to meet people! The have frats and sororities for a lot of different groups such as Jewish Americans and Business majors! On 15th Street, you will find all of the fraternity and sorority houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    OSU has everything! There is a Magic Club, a Barbecue Club, a Cross Fit Club, and even a Quidditch Team! Additionally, every sport has club and intramural teams.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are outgoing, willing to study hard, and want to have fun will fit in perfectly at Ohio State.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Thursday in November before the OSU vs. Michigan game, all of the students jump into a ting lake on campus. There are thousands of people cheering on the team and splashing around in the little lake. The school every puts lights on for the event.

    Bang for the buck

    I come from a small town and I was nervous about going to a big school, but it was the best decision I ever made. The professors really care and know what they're talking about. I'm from Ohio and so are most of the students. Everyone I have met seems a lot like me and is down to Earth. For such a great school, it's relatively inexpensive in comparison to private schools. I definitely recommend checking the school out if you haven't already!

    What to do for fun

    Walk down high street! There are plenty of shopping locations, such as Urban Outfitters and Pitaya. There are also several 18+ clubs and bars if you just want to go out and dance. Some popular locations include Big Bar and the Sloppy Donkey. Another thing to do is go downtown which has a lot of cute restaurants and clubs. On Thursdays, the clubs downtown are 18+. Finally, there is a movie theater right next to campus in the Gateway, which accepts Buck ID money. Buck ID money is money on your student ID that is included in the cost of tuition.

    Food and Dining

    Student dining facilities on south campus are much better and hold a wider variety of food than west campus and north campus. South has places such as Marketplace, Mirror Lake Creamery, and the Union. While north and west only have traditional dining and Fresh Express. Most people eat on south because the food is more enjoyable. However, student dining gets old after the first half of the year.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Smith Hall, which is an older building on south campus. There are 24 girls on my floor and 24 boys. We have bathrooms for each gender, so there are three showers for all 24 girls. It was gross to me at first, but the floor is cleaned every weekday. Also, the dorms on south campus (Smith and Steeb) are being renovated in the 2012-2013 school year. This year, Stradley and Park are in the process of being renovated.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, especially math and science. However, Ohio State offers tutoring in every subject every week day, so students have all of the tools necessary to succeed. The most popular places to get help with academics is the Younkin Success Center and the Math Building.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Make sure you have an awesome essay on the application. You might think they skim through that type of thing, but I know a lot of students who have had the essay as a deciding factor. 2. Visit the school! The tour guides are current students and really know the school backwards and forward. 3. Research your major. Ohio State is in the process of switching to semesters from quarters, so make sure your major is not being dropped or altered in any big way.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school if you are the type of person who is outgoing and willing to get involved. It might be a big campus, but it is easy to navigate once you start walking around for classes. Although there are a lot of students, professors will meet one on one to help you understand the material from class.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 54 of 354

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    Campus Safety

    Most of the campus is relatively safe but if possible, stay away from the medical center/12th Avenue area late at night. That is where much of the crime that occurs on campus happens.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's not unusual but the stadium is always an interesting place to see because college football is such a big thing in Columbus. If you are looking for a quiet, outdoor place to go on main campus, try going up past the stadium by Drake and Morrill Towers. You get a relatively good view of campus from there but it is generally very quiet since it is away from the main thoroughfares through campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not bad but it can be expensive. Remember that you are part of a captive audience and the university needs ways, even if they are small ones, to keep the lights on and everything running. If at all possible, packing your lunch is not a bad idea. The dining establishments on campus tend to get very, very busy at lunchtime so if you are pressed for time to eat lunch, packing is a great alternative. It saves you money as well. If you can't or don't want to pack your lunch, another option is to put money on your BuckID (it works kind of like a debit card. You put money on it and use it as a form of payment at restaurants and stores on campus that accept BuckID). Find out what restaurants on campus accept BuckID as a form of payment and use that when you are short on cash.

    Dorm Life

    I was/am a commuter student so I can't speak for dorm life. I chose to live at home simply because dorms tend to equal party time in my mind and I am not paying to attend university to party.

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio State is nowhere near as tough as some schools but you have to work for your grades; they aren't just given to you because you did well in high school or at a previous college or university. This is especially true of the courses you will take for you major. Each professor and graduate teaching assistant (they do a lot of the grading) is different but be prepared to earn your grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Freshman and transfer student orientation is helpful but try to make sure you take the time to take a more leisurely stroll around campus before the first day of classes. Ohio State's campus is very large; figure out where your classes are, where the library is and where good places to eat are before the beginning of the semester to avoid getting lost or running out of time in between classes. Map out where your classes are in relation to each other to understand how much time you will have to get from one class to another. Understand that OSU is one of the largest schools in the country. For the most part, General Education Courses are going to be huge in regards to number of students enrolled in each course. The courses become smaller once you begin taking your major courses but it is good to know that you may start out in a class with 100+ people so you don't feel overwhelmed. Not to worry though; recitation classes are also required for those larger lectures so you will get a chance to clarify things and ask questions.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is like none other. The tradition, the aura and the diversity that surrounds the campus are very inviting. It is, quite simply, an awesome place to attend college.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    I love that the scholars programs get their own dorms. It is very cool.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for honors or scholars!

    In three sentences

    OSU has a beautiful campus. The libraries are huge. It feels like home even though I've never lived in Ohio.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 56 of 354

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a major concern for students. Never walk after dark alone. There are some bad neighborhoods surrounding the campus. Some of the bad people always seem to find their way to campus after dark.

    Great for these types of students

    It is a great campus for sports enthusiasts. Also great for serious students.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive to attend the college. You do pay for one of the best universities around.

    What to do for fun

    too many activities to count. There is, of course the Buckeyes. There are many places to see that are close to campus. Many student activities become available on campus.

    Food and Dining

    I live off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I am sure the academic rigor depends on the courses you take. The school of medicine is very challenging but very rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into things early. Schedule for classes as soon as they are available.

    In three sentences

    It is one of the largest universities. There are many knowledgable professors there to help you with your education.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police who can drive you home if you call a certain number, as well as many safety phones all around campus. For the most part it is a well lit campus, which does create some safety as well.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very accessible on campus, but it is not a Greek life oriented campus. Also, you rush in the spring here. So this gives students much more time to decide which, if any, fraternities or sororities are right for them

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over a thousand clubs. Basically, there is everything - even a barbecue club!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for the go- getter kind of people. Driven people will excel here because they have so many ways succeed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Some people say its good luck to rub the copper head of the statue on the way out of the 11 story library here on campus. Also, there is a tradition for couples - its called the long walk. If a couple can make it down the straight path of the oval here on campus without anyone passing in front of them - then they are destined to be together forever. If I ever did it, I would suggest going very early in the morning when fewer people are on the oval.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is probably one of the best bargains in the country. Of course college is expensive, but Ohio State is affordable (especially in-state tuition). Every program here is excellent so even if you switch majors multiple times you are guaranteed to have an excellent education full of many resources.

    What to do for fun

    No matter what day it is there is something free going on at Ohio State. There are concerts and lecture series. They have great a great student activity board that brings in comedians and band.

    Food and Dining

    There are endless choices of dining here. That's the beauty of such a big school - there are always endless choices.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are older and there have been problems already with some dorms flooding. But they take good care of you here, and make sure that the dorms are safe and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you take and your load, the classes are fairly challenging, but doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you have a creative essay that is very unique to who you are. Ohio State gets hundreds of thousand applications each year. They get tired of reading the same essays again and again.

    In three sentences

    This school is filled with possibilities. You can do anything on this campus. Anything you can imagine, you just have to go and find it.

  • 11/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a great alert system that sends you texts and emails when a crime happens in the area or if there are general safety concerns like dangerous weather storms.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of fraternities and sororities that you can choose to be a part of. Some of them are honors societies which may be a better option than what most people associate with Greek Life in college.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for you, whether it is here or not. There are over 1,000 student organizations and clubs and if you know that something that you want to be a part of isn't here yet, you can make it happen!

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for STEM majors, business, health, law, and many others. There are so many resources and opportunities that you can even switch between majors and find a well rounded curriculum.

    What to do for fun

    The sports teams are top notch and always a good time to support and attend events. Columbus is a great city to explore, and on campus there are 1,000+ student organizations and clubs to keep you busy outside of class.

    Food and Dining

    There is a good variety of dining options on campus that are both good and good for you. I feel good about what I am eating and how much I am paying for it. There is a lot of work that is done for students to have a good experience and you notice it once you become a student.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms vary in quality depending on what part of campus you are living on, but there are awesome Resident Advisers that make your life as a student more interesting and a lot more fun. They are great people who invest a lot into students to have a great college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Were your honors classes not hard or challenging enough in high school? Ohio State can fix that. The honors program here prepares you very well for whatever career path you are headed on and there is no lack of challenges along the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved with things that inspire you and make you happy. Study hard and develop a good network of friends that you can depend on. Manage your time better than you ever have in life.

    In three sentences

    This is a great all around university for what it has to offer. As a student, you have amazing opportunities at your disposal and you can have a lot of fun while doing it. This experience here (and anywhere else) depends on how much you explore and search for what you want.

  • 02/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! There's so many things to do and get involved in that you'll fit in somewhere and find your own home away from home.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! It's the best way to make the campus not feel so big and a great way to meet people and network yourself for later on when you're looking for internships, careers, recommendation letters, etc. and get to know your professors - they like getting to know you and it'll be helpful if you fall behind in a class and need extra help or if you need a recommendation letter for an internship or grad school!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition's kind of high, but if you do some work looking for scholarships it's not so bad and in-state tuition isn't bad! With the best faculty and professors, you definitely get your money's worth in your education!

    Am enjoying being here

    LOVE it here - there's so much to do here, so you don't ever have to be bored. All kinds of groups and organizations for anyone to join, tons of intramural sports, and you can attend any sporting event (aside from football & men's basketball) for free! The traditions are pretty awesome too! So many ways to find your niche and create a smaller community feeling on a large campus!

    Am learning a lot

    Really knowledgeable, friendly, helpful professors, so don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it. You can choose how big or small a class you prefer (and recitations are smaller), which is great for such a big campus.

  • 05/08/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Basically any major can be taken here, but there is an especially wonderful engineering program at OSU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the size of the school, it simply shows that there are many opportunities there, and there are smaller groups within such a large school.

    Bang for the buck

    It is inexpensive for in-state residents, and affordable for out of state residents, and it is worth paying for.

    Will enjoy being here

    There are many opportunities to meet people, as so many attend here, and so much to do on campus, as it is near a big city.

    Will learn a lot

    There are many options for majors here, and although it is a large school, smaller communities are created within each major.

  • 05/08/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    As far as price goes it is average. There is a lot to do up there but there is usually a cost.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is large and has a lot of diversity. There are so many activities to get involved in it is incredible!

    Will learn a lot

    I like that there are always tutors available and the teachers seem to really care. There are also a ton of resources available such as computers and large libraries.

  • 05/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Those willing to work. I mean, it is college. You can have some fun but keep in mind that you're paying a lot of money to be there so don't let your grades slip. Also if you like to get involved, there's definitely and organization for you, since there's close to 1000 on campus

    Tips for prospective students

    STUDY!!!!!!! I was never really much of a studier in high school, but I learned the hard way that studying is an absolute necessity in college. Especially if you're an Honors student, expect to spend at least 20 hours outside of class doing homework, projects, studying, or some combination.

    Bang for the buck

    If you can, commute. It cuts the cost in half. You may get a good education but living on campus is expensive. Theres also a bunch of fees for all the stuff that goes on around campus, such as the RPAC fee, COTA fee, general activity fee, etc.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's great here! It may be a huge campus but it really doesn't feel that big. Some of the lectures may have a lot of people in them but office hours are available and TA's are always useful for more personal help.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here are definitely useful. I've learned so much since I started here. I haven't had a bad lecturer yet. A couple foreign ones but even they were good professors.

  • 05/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour here and apply. Once you see what the school has to offer, you'll know that this is the place for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Ohio State just raised it's tuition, it's still incredibly cheap for what you're getting- a great education from a renowned faculty, and friendships that last a life time!

    Am enjoying being here

    I've met so many new people through clubs, intramurals, my dorm, and class, and there are always so many things to do! You can catch a free movie at the new student union, or attend an event that interests you. There is something to do on campus every night, and High St. has a ton of places to eat, shop, and hang out with your friends!

    Am learning a lot

    The Ohio State University is easily the best school to attend in Ohio. I visited other schools, but none of them were like Ohio State. Some are intimidated by the size of the school, but it's so easy to make friends, and with such a great sense of community, the college seems rather small after your first quarter. The teachers expect a lot from you, but they're also always willing to help. If you are having any reservations about applying for Ohio State, I encourage you to reconsider.

  • 05/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to have a whole world of options, especially people unsure about their majors. This is also a great research school, and just about anyone can find some kind of research or even some group to join.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't push yourself too hard. High school and college are not the same, and the classes here are not your high school classes. You may not get that 4.0, and you may not be able to take all of the classes that you want to right away. Don't worry, you have time.

    Bang for the buck

    While it is a little expensive, the quality of education is definitely worth it. You can take so many different classes, from math, science, and English, to chocolate sciences. With all of the available opportunities, it'd be weird if it didn't cost as much as it does.

    Am enjoying being here

    Not only are the classes fun, but the people are amazing. My professors are all willing to meet with students to help or even just talk, and I have made so many great friends already. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging. While this is difficult, it is also much more interesting than high school. I am being challenged to think about things for myself and ask why stuff happens rather than just blindly believing that it does. I really enjoy that.

  • 05/23/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    I like that the campus is not just concrete, there are many green spaces for students to hang out or study.

  • 05/26/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, artistic, fun-loving, real students, and above all, people who love the buckeyes!!!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Look around and visit the places you're interested in. This is where you'll be spending the next chunk of your educational life. If you don't think it's fabulous, wait a while, come back then make your decision. Visit the cool landmarks-the library, the oval, the shoe. Learn the legends and the fun facts. It makes your college visit more enjoyable.

    Bang for the buck

    It seems pricey, but if you work hard and get some scholarships, they help you out so much! The admissions counselors help a lot too and sometimes find scholarships you missed.

    Will enjoy being here

    The view is so beautiful at any time of day, the people are nice, friendly an helpful. There's so much to do!

    Will learn a lot

    I've looked over the course listing and sat in a few classes and I've learned both academic things an things about myself.

  • 06/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State is a great school for students who are motivated, hard working, enthusiastic, and for those who have the drive to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to get involved! This is the easiest way to meet new people who have similar interests and passions that you do. Go to the involvement fairs and see all of the organizations you can get involved with!

    Bang for the buck

    While OSU's tuition seems expensive, it is actually one of the cheapest in the state of Ohio. Your tuition goes toward an amazing experience. You have access to the incredible physical activity centers across campus, numerous FREE concerts and events put on by OUAB, as well as other unique and amazing opportunity both in and out of the classroom.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely LOVE my life at Ohio State. I am involved with a variety of organizations that I greatly enjoy, and I am taking classes that I love and that ACTUALLY teach me things that I will use in the real world. I have found my niche here at Ohio State, and I'm sure you will too.

    Am learning a lot

    Ohio State makes learning applicable to real life. The teaching staff teaches you life skills that you never thought you would learn in a classroom. Classes here are fast paced and dense with information, but you learn a great amount of information. There are also many opportunities to learn outside the classroom as well, through research and numerous study abroad opportunities.

  • 06/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    any type of student. OSU has everything. More than a 1000 clubs. It is one of the largest campuses in the nation. There will be something here, for anyone and everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, get that GPA where it needs to be. Also, get involved....A LOT.

    Bang for the buck

    Bang for the buck? We are the Bucks! Most definitely, there are free concerts and events for students all the time.

    Am enjoying being here

    I definitely enjoy being here, it's a blast. OSU is a city in on itself.

    Am learning a lot

    The academics are tough but the professors are there for you during their office hours.

  • 06/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Those who are strong in any field. The majors are so diverse, as are the clubs, internships, jobs, and opportunities you can find there. Even if you're a small school person, you can find the small school feel within your dorm, honors & scholars communities, in seminars or clubs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Office Hours, Go to BuckIFrenzy, Go to the Involvement Fair and DO EVERYTHING you can to be involved because that's how you'll make your friends and feel accomplished. OSU has anything anyone could ever dream possible, and if it's not there already, you can do it yourself :) Also, Gordon Gee is treated like a rockstar because he basically is one.

    Bang for the buck

    Very affordable (especially instate) and many many scholarships for all types of people.

    Am enjoying being here

    ABSOLUTELY. As long as you throw yourself out there for the college experience you will enjoy yourself at OSU. Even if you don't, eventually people will hunt you down and make you have fun, and for less socially interactive people, there are so many libraries and nooks and crannies that you can take a book to and just chill and read for when you want to be alone.

    Am learning a lot

    Professors- sometimes you get good ones and sometimes you get bad ones. Regardless, you pay their salary and I have not had one professor who I have felt has been rude when visiting during office hours. All of mine have wanted to help me succeed. Also the multitude of class, major, and minor choices really help you hone in on your interests and what you excel in. There are also many skilled and knowledgeable advisors, and it is very rare that you cannot get a question answered at OSU (unless you're a researcher of course...).

  • 06/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State caters to all students. Being one of the three largest universities in the nation, the student body consists of a variety of students. My freshman year, I met the individual who was ranked number one in the world at World of Warcraft. More importantly, I met some of my best friends. During your time at Ohio State, you will make genuine friends and unforgettable memories. Ohio State has great school spirit activities for extroverts, but also an expansive library for introverts. Ohio State is great because it has no limits: whatever piques your interest, I assure you, it can be found in the heart of downtown Columbus at The Ohio State University.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a positive attitude!!! Always be willing to positively represent Ohio State, and yes, that means stocking up on scarlet and gray t-shirts. Get involved: Ohio State offers countless opportunities to students. One can get involved within their major or within a hobby. For example, there's a club for math majors, but there is also an OSU Quidditch Team for all the Harry Potter fanatics. Go to the sporting events! What better way to show off your Buckeye pride than by screaming in the stands at a football game? Get a picture with E. Gordon Gee and Brutus: fact, you will be presented with an opportunity to meet the President of this highly established university...and when you do, be ready. My final tip is this, embrace every aspect of Ohio State, from the dorm life to your classes to the food to the tradition, to the thriving city of C-Bus, be PROUD to be a Buckeye.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition at Ohio State is reasonable. This school is the package deal. Ohio State not only offers top-notch academics, but also social benefits. Students have countless opportunities to intern, network, and build social relationships for the future. Each major has a highly-developed program that works to train students and give them hands-on experiences. Ohio State students are destined for success. One is never bored at OSU: there is ALWAYS something going on. In other words, you will never be bored. Whether it be a sporting event, or a movie on the oval, an event hosted in our new student union, the Ohio Union, or studying hours for a chemistry exam, Ohio State never lets down when it comes to activities. The price of Ohio State's tuition is well-worth all the opportunities and experiences that students are presented with.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love The Ohio State University unconditionally. Ohio State is a campus thriving with school spirit. This university makes students genuinely proud to be a Buckeye. While the academics at Ohio State are superior to many schools, the school pride found at Ohio State is superior to ANY school. One can practically feel the energy from the student body during our football and basketball games. It is not uncommon to wear scarlet and gray everyday of the week. President E. Gordon Gee is highly upheld by students for creating such an spirited environment at Ohio State. OSU offers hundreds of student-run organizations, anything from the Marathon Club to Block-O. Ohio State has many traditions, such as Beat Michigan Week, Flash Mobs in the Ohio Union, the Mirror Lake Jump, the 24-hour dance off fundraiser, and many more. An Ohio State student is proud to take part in these numerous spirited traditions and positively represent the university. Go Bucks!

    Am learning a lot

    Professors at The Ohio State University thoroughly fulfill their top priority of pushing students to his/her full potential. The university offers virtually countless rigorous and enlightening courses for students. With over 175 majors to offer (majors.osu.edu, 2011) Ohio State is nationally renowned as a top university for academics. The opportunities presented for students to excel academically at Ohio State are limitless.

  • 06/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to be immersed in the experience, who want lots of non-college activities to attend, and who enjoy living near a large city

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus is pretty big, so take some time to get acclimated with where the buildings are. OSU also hosts some big-name people so stay tuned to the new releases

    Bang for the buck

    Especially if you're in-state, OSU is a great choice!

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a great experience, and you'll meet so many people.

    Am learning a lot

    I spend time in the many libraries OSU has. Go check them out! They have thousands of books you wouldnt find anywhere else.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone really. I was drawn by the fact that I could start over. I'm a new and happier person than I was in high because of the experiences I've had here. People can start over or let their colors shine brighter at The Ohio State University. Unlimited activities for those who have to keep moving and 180 majors for those who can't decide.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study but remember that sometimes you need a night for yourself. Don't get so stressed out that once a week you can't relax and go out or have a movie night in with friends.

    Bang for the buck

    With all the tuition you pay you get incredible deals. You ride the COTA buses around town for free, have access to the many physical activities buildings and get free and discounted tickets for many attractions and concerts all over Columbus. With the student activity fee, the possibilities become infinite as to who will come to campus and perform.

    Am enjoying being here

    At first I was nervous to go to such a huge school. But between classes and the people I lived and went to class with my world shrunk to a manageable size. The buses that loop through campus make going to class in bad weather bearable and most classes tend to be close together once you get into your major.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are challenging but rewarding. The courses often seem to overlap within departments and making easier to understand from multiple perspectives. The professors and TA's offer endless opportunities to insure that you understand the material presented.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    OSU is great for people who want to spend less time paying off loans after they graduate. It is also good for those who want to go on to graduate school. If you like variety, you will find it at OSU. It is a school that offers majors in anything from agriculture (there is a farm right in the middle of the suburbs!) to business or chemistry. If you apply here, you have made an excellent choice.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want a high-quality education for less money from a well-respected university that even has a famous football team, you should definately apply at OSU. You get your own email account, have many opportunities outside of class like doing research with faculty members, and the campuses are clean and well-cared for. My number one tip for applying students is to make sure you apply for financial aid before March 1 of each year. This will give you a greater chance for receiving financial aid. Also, try not to take more than 15 - 20 credit hours (under the quarter system) your first term so you get an accurate feel of what a typical college course load is like. More than that will leave you exhausted and feeling like college is too difficult to be worthwhile.

    Bang for the buck

    I can get more education at The Ohio State University for about 1/4 the cost compared to another college that I considered going to. In addition, that college was going to use some of OSU's resources and lab equipment! Talk about a rip-off! OSU also offers a lot of private financial aid along with funding from the government, if you apply before the first of March each year.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have gone to both the Marion campus and the Columbus campus. They are different from each other in terms of size of both space and enrollment, but both are great. Each campus has its unique qualities that offer students there the best education. If you're interested in a smaller school, try the regional campuses like Marion, or if you like blending in with the crowd, go to the Columbus Main campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here at OSU are chock-full of information and are 99% of the time taught by people who care about what they teach. Often there are review sessions and help from groups of teaching assistants for many of the more difficult classes like organic chemistry and genetics.

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    1. Someone who wants to meet people from around the globe and the US 2. Someone who wants a big city but not have to always have a big city feel 3. Someone who loves a game of great football!

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Apply early to be eligible for scholarships 2. Study abroad because there is a program for everyone (even engineers) 3. Take a class just for fun 4. Don't let the size intimidate you, you'll see that it's actually an asset when you get there

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that I am really getting the bang for my buck so far at this university. I was worried going in that I couldn't get that one on one attention from faculty because there are too many students on campus, but after arriving, I discovered that this was not the case. I recently took an English class, which I wasn't sure what to expect going in to the class, but throughout the quarter the teacher learned all of our names and that really stood out and made me feel like I was getting my money's worth. It made me feel like I wasn't just a number and someone who was just throwing money away and not getting any personal attention

    Am enjoying being here

    The amount of people that are at this university is quite possibly the biggest asset. I have met students from practically every part of Ohio, in addition to students from around the US and the rest of the world. There is an especially large Asian population on campus and I have enjoyed learning more about their culture and it's always fun to hear stories from them about how life is different in the US. In addition, there are almost 1000 clubs and organizations here as well and there is something here for everyone. One of my personal favorites is the inner tube water polo team!

    Am learning a lot

    The amount and breadth of the material I have learned here so far is unmatched. So far, I have taken a wide variety of courses and I don't think that there has been one that I haven't learned at least something from. There is a first year seminar class here too which students take during there first year, and this is extremely helpful for students who are sometimes overwhelmed by how big and immense the school is at first.

  • 07/17/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    I would like to advise that even though this school is one of the biggest in the nation, it does not feel like it. The size was intimidating to me, but I quickly got over that.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is an exceptional value money-wise. So much is included in the cost, like free concert tickets and free recreational facility use and free use of so many other places on campus, that this school is worth the cost.

    Will enjoy being here

    I first applied to this school because of how close it is to home, but this school now feels like home. The Oval is beautiful and relaxing, and the Thompson Library is perfect to get away and study. Ohio State is extremely welcoming and it is the perfect school for me.

    Will learn a lot

    The academics are amazing. This is one of the few schools in the state that offer my major, Zoology. The classes are the perfect size for me, and the school offers so many tutoring and study group services.

  • 08/03/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Social, hard working, interested, amusing and fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions and go out to meet new people.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitley the best price for such an awesome education

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is gorgeous and expansive.

    Will learn a lot

    I am extremely excited to attend OSU this Fall, i have worked very hard in order to get into OSU a year early from High School. i cannot wait for school to start up!

  • 08/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I know this may be vague, but it's really great for anyone. Whether you're outgoing or shy, athletic or prefer the indoors, in-state or international, you will find your niche. It is such a diverse campus that you're bound to find the place where you're most comfortable. I highly recommend OSU!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! You'll hear this a million times, but it's the absolute truth. Stay active while in high school, because showing the diversity and/or commitment of your activities will impress the people looking at your application. And if you go to OSU, just go for it: find an obscure club to join, eat at each dining hall, visit each of the 14 libraries. There's always something new to explore, so don't limit yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    College will be expensive no matter where you go. While the tuition is not that bad compared to other colleges, it can be difficult to get scholarships through the school. It's not a huge deal, it just means that you may need to look for financial aid elsewhere. But as far as getting what you payed for, it's right on. The education is great, the facilities are new and well-kept, and the food is actually good for you.

    Am enjoying being here

    It can be intimidating, coming into a school of OSU's size. But truthfully, there are so many ways to get involved and meet people, it's hard to find an unfriendly face. Even for people like myself, who can be shy and don't like to go to huge parties, I'm loving this school. There's always something to do, and I've met some great people along the way that have made my experience complete.

    Am learning a lot

    You know how teachers always tell you to apply what you learned in the class, to outside the class? Until I came to OSU, I never really tried to do this. But I find that even in my non-major classes, I am fascinated by the things I'm learning. I am actually thinking about the lessons after class is out, and applying them to real life! The curriculum is designed to help students succeed, and I'm getting a lot more out of classes than I expected... even the 100+ student lectures.

  • 09/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you like opportunities, people, learning, working out, having fun, etc....

    Tips for prospective students

    I came here for the large community and the opportunities, and I am not disappointed. There's also a lot of school spirit, which is awesome. The first year experience program combined with the honors program really makes you feel like less than a number and more like an individual. Definitely try to get into the honors program. The classes are harder, but they are also curved more in your favor and you get priority scheduling! I cannot stress how important that is, especially if you don't want your planned 4-year stretch to be pushed into more than 4 years because you couldn't get into a class you wanted. I'd say the best thing would be to visit, because that's what really influenced my decision. The entire atmosphere of the campus intrigued me, and I really like it here. There's really a place for everyone here, but it all comes down to whether or not the campus and setup works for you.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an out-of-state student, so I pay a little bit more than your average Ohioan, but I'd definitely say it's worth the extra tuition fee. It may depend on what program you're in, but I'm in engineering, and I'm definitely learning a lot. The classes are harder but, as my grandpa said, If it's not challenging, then you're not learning anything.

    Am enjoying being here

    The food is good at all the places I've tried, and I enjoy the Fresh Express that's in Morrill Tower, and Kennedy Commons, which is a buffet-style dining place. There are also places that deliver food with great deals and, of course, delicious places like Chipotle. In my opinion, you don't have to starve. The campus is really wonderful, with places to workout (i.e. the RPAC) and sidewalks everywhere. In fact, sometimes new sidewalks appear overnight. It's a bit large at first, but you get used to it and the walking. If you're not a walking/biking fan, the campus bus system has regular routes, but the times vary due to traffic and you would be better off walking, say, if you had only 10 minutes to get to class.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors use a combination of styles that span pretty much every range of learning styles...though you don't always end up with someone you can easily learn from. The libraries, TA's, office hours, and tutors are all available, though, if you need them. The Math and Statistics Learning Center offers free tutoring, which I utilized during finals week.

  • 09/29/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    From what I've heard, at least.

    Will enjoy being here

    Not so excited about it being in the city, but it's no biggie.

    Will learn a lot

    It sounds great!

  • 10/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anybody! This college is for everyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Be yourself 2. Have fun 3. Don't be afraid to ask for help 4. Attend some of the events! They are a blast! 5. Keep up-to-date on your classes and future classes 6. Keep an eye on your degree, and any changes in the program

    Bang for the buck

    The prices are not too outrageous, and it's nice knowing that a few scholarships and grants can help someone out with the price of tuition!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. It's never a dull moment. I have participated in a lot of events, such as going barefoot to raise awareness about children without shoes, to doing back stage work for multiple plays for the college.

    Am learning a lot

    The majority of teacher's are well educated, and will help a student out if the student asks them. They are all so different, with so much experience. I love hearing about their field of work while in class. They will tell you stories of studies they have down, and the environment in the classroom is always fun.

  • 11/01/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't party so hard that you forget about your studies..

  • 11/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Be willing to be a number till you get to a spot in a year or two where you can get a mentor and keep them. Also remember that just because you are honest doesn't mean the guy sitting next to you is. Most people I would say are at OSU but it only takes one rotten apple to ruin your day. But most importantly take courses that interest you and get involved in clubs because it will make the school smaller.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a good school for the price but is is a big school and there for it is also impersonal at times. While my professors know my name and are nice enough I would honestly be surprised if they even faintly remembered me next quarter just because of the number of students they will have to remember then.

    Am enjoying being here

    I currently commute from home to OSU because housing filled up fast and as such it is a mixed blessing as it is nice to not have to deal with some of the problems that other people I know have to deal with but most commuters are kind of cut out of activities especially those that use the bus system and live a while away because lots of the clubs and such run late and just due to travel time I cannot always stay for stuff.

    Am learning a lot

    Currently I as a Freshman am in mostly intro courses and at least for me it is mostly review but I am learning lots in the areas I never studied before and even my most already known course has managed to provide me with some new information.

  • 11/26/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    The tour was amazing!

  • 11/30/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love OSU football, make sure to at least visit. In fact, if you love school spirit, OSU is perfect.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do your research and know, for sure, that you love the college. You'll most likely be there for the next four years so make sure it's right for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, it's on the higher end, but it isn't too bad in the expense area. Plus with the scholarship chances that OSU offers and the quality of education received, it'll balance out.

    Will enjoy being here

    You know, the one thing I enjoyed most when visiting this college was the spirit. Of course, I just happened to be there on a home game weekend, but I just loved the atmosphere. I'm really considering OSU.

    Will learn a lot

    I found that the Fisher Business school has a lot to offer. While researching, I'm taking into consideration the study abroad and internship opportunities, too. OSU looked very promising in this aspect.

  • 12/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State is great for those looking to expand their horizons. At Ohio State, there are top notch academics and social opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be willing to try new things and come in with an open mind! You will meet so many new people on campus and have the chance to participate in great, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities! Also, don't be wary of the size of campus. It tends to shrink as you get more involved.

    Bang for the buck

    With the opportunity to learn from world-class professors and to watch national championship sports teams, you could not ask for more from Ohio State.

    Am enjoying being here

    With over 1,000 student organizations, there are no excuses for being bored. Whether you're into sports, debate, or barbecuing, there are activities for you.

    Am learning a lot

    The Ohio State University has some of the top professors in the nation. You will be learning from those who are top researches in their field, and many times you can work with them on their research.

  • 12/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who like a personal feel in their classrooms and for those who are not ready for 50 or more people in their classes

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about what you need to help you learn better and what you are used to. If you need smaller, more personalized classes, consider a regional campus of your dream school. You don't have to go to the main campus and get overwhelmed by the vast number of students. Also, think about the transition between a high school and a college. Sometimes going form a high school with maybe 30 students per class to a college with 200 students per class is too much to quickly.

    Bang for the buck

    Going to a regional campus is less expensive than going to the main campus. The dorms are also much nicer here. The food is very good and there is a lot of variety when it comes to food. The classes are also more personal than they would be on the main campus so you end up paying less for a more personal college experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    I live in the dorms, which are great, and it really is a great experience. The people all around campus are very friendly. Because I do go to a smaller regional campus after a while everybody becomes a familiar face and you really start to believe that the campus is like a small community.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers that I have had in my first quarter were wonderful. Because I am on a regional campus the teachers really get to know you. They know your first name and what you look like so the college experience feels personal.

  • 12/14/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    i am a big fan of the football and basketball team

  • 12/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The oval is a great place to study when it's nice out, but my favorite is the Science and Engineering Library. It's open 24 hours a day, letting you get your studying and homework done on your own time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus! There is so much Ohio State has to offer, and I know for sure I'm not using as much as I could. Use the tutor room for you math and chemistry classes; that's what I have been doing, and it has helped my grades tremendously. Also join a leadership organization; you have to show you are ready to be your own person.

    Bang for the buck

    I would agree that I'm getting a great education for the money I'm spending. It is a lot, but when you receive the diploma at the end of it, it's more than worth it. Future employers will be very impressed with an Ohio State graduate.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere of Ohio State! I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else. I've gotten involved in several organizations, like the Buckeye Leadership League and the Delta Omega Kappa sorority, an all-heath fields group of girls. I've made such great friendships and I know I made the right decision in coming here.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a Health Sciences major, hoping to pursue Physical Therapy school later on, so I am taking a lot of science classes. These science classes, like Medical Terminology, are classes that I definitely need for my major. Great in detail but also very interesting, these classes are well-rounded and definitely worth the money.

  • 12/16/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can fit in this college unless they want a small or private quiet type of school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and you will see how busy and bustling it is with things to do everyday.

    Bang for the buck

    The education and price seems worth it. Especially if you are a top scholar and go on a scholarship.

    Will enjoy being here

    There are varieties of scenes and a lot of events (message boards with cool events) going on in this downtown city area.

    Will learn a lot

    My friend goes here on a full scholarship and has learned many great things.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Between the diversity and academics, someone who is outgoing and focused would fit in perfectly. Coming from a small farming village, I can say that the experience has been great. I have met so many people from interesting backgrounds that share a common link of being a Buckeye. I can truly say that I have been amazed by how much this school is willing to provide for those who go out and apply themselves, whether it is an internship, a school-sponsored program, or an extracurricular club.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ohio State University is large... this may scare some, but hopefully it excites others. You need to be prepared to follow your own interests and devote yourself to those causes/goals that matter most to you. Work hard to learn how to teach yourself while still in high-school since, although the tutor centers and office hours are incredibly helpful, coming prepared and not getting overwhelmed is a key to success.

    Bang for the buck

    I chose Ohio State for its top rated engineering program for the affordable price. The institution is top notch with many amazing faculty members there to do research and discover new things, which provides many opportunities to get rewarding mentors. The size of the university also brings in a lot of support and recruitment from outside industries for helpful networking connections that would be hard to find otherwise. With the huge alumni base, it is easy to get a return on investment with the multitude of opportunities.

    Am enjoying being here

    The social atmosphere is great! One can literally find a community to get involved within without even trying because the incredible diversity will put you next to others of similar interests. The multitude of clubs and the housing communities also provide a constant source of recreation, even outside of the great athletics scene. To be bored on campus, one would have to give a significant effort.

    Am learning a lot

    The curriculum offered at Ohio State is incredibly in depth, but manageable. The Fundamental of Engineering Honors program for Freshman prepares students to be successful in their entire college career by giving them a chance to hit the ground running. Teachers really care about students and their progress, at least on average, and there are a multitude of resources available to students who might need some extra help.

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types of students

    Tips for prospective students

    enjoy your time at OSU

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People who are serious about school, but also like to have a good time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember that it is a big school, and don't forget to get out and meet people!

    Bang for the buck

    I am confident that my degree will help me get the job I want.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is amazing and the dorms aren't half-bad.

    Am learning a lot

    My teachers are amazing and the professors are approachable and nice.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Health Sciences, Agriculture Sciences

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Find a club or some sort of niche. You'll get lost in the shuffle if you don't! I love the big university feel.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do well on tests, volunteer, and just relax when you right your essays. It'll come more naturally. Also take breaks!

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely an excellent institution, there is financial help if you look for it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Both staff and students are very enthusiastic about learning. The energy is great, and everyone loves being here.

    Am learning a lot

    I love it, it's challenging but there is help if you look for it.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any really. This school has a niche for everyone from athletic to academic oriented people. AND there is always something to do so you'll never be bored

    Tips for prospective students

    Get scholarships for the time you spend there, the money is very helpful.

    Bang for the buck

    Being from out of state the college is expensive, but I believe the fun and learning I am receiving is worth the financial cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are nearly 1000 clubs and activities, so there's always something going on. The feeling unity when you scream out O-H-I-O! at the home games.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are top notch, and are open during their office hours. Some even have their phone numbers for us, just in case you're pulling together that final project

  • 01/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has many emergency centers scattered around the campus. Students need their university i.d. to get into residence halls as well as many other buildings. At the same time, there is campus police and students have the ability to be escorted home at any time by a campus emergency service car.

    Greek Life

    Only about 8% of students go Greek at Ohio State but it is a growing community that provides students with many opportunities. Each chapter has many formals, opportunities for service work, as well as dance teams, intramural sports and themed gatherings, cook outs and competitions. Sororities and Fraternities have informal and formal recruitment processes.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Ohio State University has any club or activity that a student could dream of, and if it can not be found then it can be easily created. It has multiple athletic facilities and areas/opportunities for activities.

    Great for these types of students

    The Ohio State University is great for any type of student. Due to being one of the largest universities in the United States of America, OSU has a wide variety of students and provides a niche for all type of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Perhaps the most well-known tradition is the Mirror Lake Jump held each year in November before the Ohio State vs. Michigan game. Students will jump into Mirror Lake (located on campus) each night before the big game and it becomes a night of celebrating school spirit as well as the unification of peers. Other than that, there is the typical cheering of O-H-I-O no matter where a student may be in the world.

    Bang for the buck

    The Ohio State University is one of the cheapest public universities in the state of Ohio but provides students with possibly the best opportunities given its location and reputation. Students have the opportunity to participate in nearly any activity they wish through the university's myriad of clubs and city location. It also has competitive athletics, many job opportunities and is known as a prestigious university.

    What to do for fun

    The Ohio State University resides in a convenient city location of Columbus, Ohio. By living in Columbus, students have the option to do nearly whatever they want from concerts to movies to restaurants to shopping centers. The COTA bus system is free for Ohio State students and can take them to many different areas of Columbus.

    Food and Dining

    Due to its size, the Ohio State University has many dining halls and food services on campus. Each dining hall has a wide variety of options for students as well as variation. The food received with meal plans is more than enough for each meal and there are many healthy options as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms may not be the newest of cleanliest found at a college, but the sense of community at Ohio State permeates through the walls. Each residence hall provides many opportunities for its students and different activities each week. There is also hall council to get involved in as well as many other things that give students the ability to bond and meet new peers.

    Academic Rigor

    The Ohio State University continues to improve its educational standards as the years pass. Students are provided with a top-notch education and professors that truly have a passion for teaching as well as standards that continues to grow and become more demanding. Students will leave with a more than satisfactory education and will be provided with the essential tools and offered opportunities for success.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to not let the campus swallow you up, it is important to be friendly and try new things. Despite its size, students will grow accustomed to the way things work at the Ohio State University. Students will begin to feel at home due to the strong sense of community and unification as a part of being an Ohio State Buckeye.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is an empowering school filled with a sense of unification. It is a university that gives students an array of opportunities. Ohio State has a strong sense of community and provides students with the above and beyond knowledge and options for success.

  • 01/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    going to the rpac. they have so many different things to do there so you could never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    i love market place! there are plenty of great food places around campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard and go to all of your lectures. that's where you learn the most important things.

    In three sentences

    i feel so comfortable being at ohio state. i graduated from a big high school so i'm used to big cities. i love it here and would not transfer eve if they made me.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    police here has an escort service should you feel you need it.

    Clubs and Activities

    many student organizations on campus as well as a multitude of activities off campus.

    What to do for fun

    reading, watching movies, listening/playing music, meeting up with friends.

    Food and Dining

    not bad at all. there are many places to eat on high street and on campus, so you are not limited. there are many different food type available as well.

    Dorm Life

    i am living off campus since i am a transfer student, but there are many dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    usually depends on the professors, but some classes are inherently tough. be sure to ask around for which classes are fun/interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved with clubs and organizations at osu. take advantage of the opportunities that osu has. befriend many people. get to know your professors. be sure about what you want to major in.

    In three sentences

    osu has many facilities for students. great student body and faculty. located in a vibrant city filled with many opportunities.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus is safe but once you get a few blocks from campus it gets a little iffy.

    Clubs and Activities

    tons of cluba to join and there are always fun activities going on.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the library and union are great places to hang out or study. mirror lake is cool and the big jump during bea michigan week is a lot of fun. th oval is a great place to hang out. the eleventh floor of the library has an amazing view. singing carmen ohio after games is a great experience. beat michigan week is a lot of fun. light up the lake in november is a neat tradition. president gee is amazing. the long walk on the oval is a neat tradition for couples.

    What to do for fun

    there are always things going on around campus. theres rock climbing, intramurals, game nights, comedy shows, free movies, dances etc. there are also over a thousand different clubs that you can join. lots of things to do around/near campus.

    Food and Dining

    the food on campus if really good. there are tons of places to eat on campus; there are a bunch of little cafes, traditional all you can eat dining, grab and go, markets etc. there are also plenty of healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    living in a dorm is a lot of fun! there are many different places to live on campus, and many different living situations to choose from, from singles all the way up to large suites with many people. the dorms put on fun activities and there are learning communities that you can choose to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    some classes are very hard, especiall some of the science classes. they will push you in classes and midterms and exams are hard in many classes. you have to study hard to get a's in most classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early to get the best scholarships. apply for lots of scholarships. go with a low meal plan because you'll have tons of swipes left at the end of the quarter if you get a high one. don't be afraid to get a random roomate, if it doesn't work out you can always switch.

    In three sentences

    ohio state is a great school. they have a great freshmen experience program to get student involved on campus and adjusted to student life. the campus is beautiful and there are plenty of things to do on campus, and tons of majors and classes to choose from.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    mirror lake jump during beat michigan is very excited and worth going to.

    What to do for fun

    football saturdays!!!!

    Food and Dining

    great food and it's healthy! i prefer sloopy's or marketplace, but the food is a bit expensive and the meal swipes are a complete rip-off.

    Dorm Life

    i'm an only-child so sharing a room with a stranger was a bad deal for me, however the dorms aren't that bad.

    Academic Rigor

    it all depends on the course, your professor, and your willingness to put in additional time for studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    the coursework can be difficult depending on your major. at times it can seem a bit intimidating being among some of the top students in the nations, however, they have plenty of resources such as tutoring centers, math labs, writings centers etc. and they're all free!

    In three sentences

    ohio state university is noted as one of the best schools in the nation and so far they have lived up to that standard. they have excellent school spirit and majority of the students strive to make a difference or do something great with their degree, which is pretty motivating.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus police are everywhere. i've never felt so safe. plus, if you're out at night, you can call the escort service and they will pick you up from anywhere and take you home, for free!

    Clubs and Activities

    we have over 1000 student organizations. can't find something for you? make a new club! i'm currently starting a car club for next year!

    Great for these types of students

    any type of student. good student, bad student, athletic, not athletic. everyone fits in here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the thursday before the michigan game, which is in november by the way, we all go to mirror lake and jump in. it's called mirror lake jump night. it's supposed to be a good luck ritual to beat our rivals from the state up north. yes, it is freezing but there is a sense of unity in the air and it's something a lot of people can't say they've ever done. we join arms and sing our fight song and carmen ohio because for that night, no matter what race you are or where you're from, we're all buckeyes and we all hate michigan.

    Bang for the buck

    biggest university in the country with a small university price? count me in!

    What to do for fun

    whatever you want! there is seriously everything on this campus. we have a club for everything from playing real life quidditch to ghost hunting to reading books to chilling under trees. if you don't want a club, go to a movie, or shopping, or find an event on campus. always something to do!

    Food and Dining

    our food is delicious! on campus food is awesome, and off campus food is awesome. there's always great food around, say hello to your freshman fifteen! just kidding, hit up the rpac and you'll be fine.

    Dorm Life

    it really depends which dorm you live in. morrill and lincoln are probably some of the nicer dorms, i loved living there! plus, you get 9 other roommates, it's soooo much fun!

    Academic Rigor

    they definitely give you a run for your money! but, it's all worth it to get your dream job. keep up on readings and you'll be fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    fill out your application early! then you can apply for scholarships early and not have to submit them after the deadline. almost everyone i know has some type of financial aid so definitely get a head start!

    In three sentences

    this place is huge! but it is the most diverse, fun, student-friendly campus ever! there is seriously something for everyone.

  • 02/09/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    i hear you will be push to the edge with the workload at osu! one tip given to me was for every hour you spend in class, spend an hour at home studying.

    In three sentences

    i only hear positive things from the students who go here! i'm very excited to apply to my favorite university!

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    as long as you are smart, you'll be safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    if you like it, there's a club.

    Great for these types of students

    students that love school spirit will love it at osu.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    every year, before the big osu vs um football game, osu students jump into mirror lake.

    Bang for the buck

    you can take as many hours as you won't and they don't charge you more!

    What to do for fun

    the possibilities are endless. there is countless nightlife opportunities in columbus. the school also puts on many free events to attend.

    Food and Dining

    the food is good but every dining facility offers practically the same menu.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are fun to stay in, but not the most up to date buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are difficult and fast-paced.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't take chemistry.

    In three sentences

    the ohio state university is an excellent school to attend. at osu, not only can you get a fantastic education, but also experiences that will last you a life time. we're the craziest nuts you'll ever meet!

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    party, rock climbing, movies, special events, etc...

    Food and Dining

    good food and a lot of place to eat. expensive if you're paying with cash.

    Dorm Life

    some neighbors are noisy, thin walls, some dorm are very nice, others are horrible.

    Academic Rigor

    reasonable amount of time to finish work, however procrastinating will be bad, hard time catching up, less free time, stressful

    Tips for prospective students

    check and see if foreign language is required for your degree you're planning to get, and complete the foreign language requirement in high school if possible.

    In three sentences

    great campus, nice people, helpful staff. lots of place to eat. a lot of classes available

  • 03/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    osu (main campus) is very big with a huge population, so those all for big a campus this is great. they also have several branch off campuses that are much smaller. also those that want a degree in one of the sciences, premed, and nursing this is a great school.

    What to do for fun

    there are plenty of places to hang out on and off campus. about a half hour away is a big mall (easton) to also go to. during the night there are also a bunch of clubs to go to.

    Food and Dining

    it can get expensive whether you are on a meal plan or not, but the plan extends to the food places around campus. there are a lot of places to choose from though and everything tastes good too.

    Dorm Life

    i haven't lived in a dorm but i am told they are really nice

    Academic Rigor

    its hard work academically speaking. you have to do all the homework and show up to almost every class in order to do well. you really shouldn't slack at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you are commuting then get there a hour and a half early to find a place to park and get to your class. also plan your classes because they could be on opposite sides of the campus.

    In three sentences

    osu is a nice big school that has interesting classes. they are close to really good restaurants that are connected to them and give you really good meal plans. their bus system is also free to use and makes getting around easier.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have our own police department. If something happens, there are actions done about it.

    Greek Life

    If this is what you like...we've got it too. Tons of opportunities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 60 sports clubs and hundreds of other clubs through the Student Union. There's always something new to try.

    Great for these types of students

    A student who is always looking for something new to try or a challenge.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Three words. Mirror Lake Jump. Every November before the big Michigan game all of the OSU students jump in Mirror Lake late at night. It's freezing but beyond fun. Check out youtube for more information. This is just one of the traditions you get to take part in as a Buckeye.

    Bang for the buck

    You know that you are paying for a world class education with tons of opportunities to keep you busy for four years. When you graduate the connections you make at OSU might help you get a job.

    What to do for fun

    There's so many activities on campus, an OSU student is NEVER bored.

    Food and Dining

    There's a wide variety of food to choose from. The options are endless.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great! Not a lot of space but they are a place to call home.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but not too challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the size scare you. Ohio State has the best academics and extracurricular activities in the nation. The people at OSU honestly care about you and want to see you succeed.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a school with a variety of opportunities for students to take part in. The classes and professors challenge you to think outside of the box. The friends and memories I have made their are ones that I will keep for the rest of my life.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Own campus police.

    Greek Life

    Great group of people.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many option. everything u can imagine and more.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who work hard first in order to be able to play later.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping into mirror lake during beat Michigan Week.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything you expected.

    What to do for fun

    Relax on the oval, visit the RPAC, hang with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Great food and a wide variety.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of fun and exciting people.

    Academic Rigor

    Not so bad if you put forward the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Participate in as many activities as you can without jeopardizing academic performance. Remember that being hear is a privilege so treat it as such. Above all, just have fun and enjoy what The Ohio State has to offer.

    In three sentences

    Ohio state makes all of its students feel comfortable and at home. They provide great services that insure the success of their students and have their best interest in mind. Overall it is an amazing experience.

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The O

    Tips for prospective students

    Take foreign language in HS

    In three sentences

    Big school, but you dont notice it. Great campus, lots to do. Whats better than OSU football?

  • 04/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is taken very seriously, with measures taken by the University President following any events that make students here feel at risk.

    Greek Life

    There are plenty of opportunities to become involved in Greek Life at The Ohio State University.

    Clubs and Activities

    With Ohio State University being known for Athletics, there is always a club or activity available for any tastes. Even for obscure desires such as the Quiditch or Nerf club.

    Great for these types of students

    This University is very useful to all types of student due to having over 40,000 Undergraduate students. Whether you are an outgoing person, or one that prefers to take a back seat, there is someone at the University for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition of the University would be the annual Mirror Lake jump. This occurs during Michigan week. which is the week leading up to The Game.

    Bang for the buck

    The Ohio State University serves every student with a great education, as well as an opportunity to become involved in one of the hundreds of University organizations.

    What to do for fun

    Most students at this University find it best to achieve enjoyment through physical activities. Especially with the athletic facilities that the University makes available, that most Universities would only make available to University Varsity teams.

    Food and Dining

    With so many notable dining locations on the south portion of the University campus, there is always a good meal close by.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm rooms do not leave much to be desired, and with so much variety in dorms ranging from all parts of the campus, the desires of all students can be satisfied.

    Academic Rigor

    The Ohio State University academic rigor is slightly above average, for the most part because of the Quarter system the University follows. Although, starting the 2012-2013 academic year, the University will be following the traditional Semester system.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for very large campus. Become involved in organizations at the University from day one.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a very diversified school, making all students feel welcome. The city as a whole supports the University, through passion not seen at many other Universities. There is such a large alumni from the University, causing one to run into Buckeyes all over the nation.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try at school, it's worth it. For sports I advise practice, and training.

    In three sentences

    The School has a great campus. The environment is energetic. A great fit for most.

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    One thing I like is that there are many places to eat on campus. Between classes, I could stop by a food place right in the same building of my classes which is extremely convenient. The food is good; however, I would like if there was variety from mart to mart.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are old buildings. Some dorm buildings are better than others; however, new dorm buildings will be opening next year. In terms of the people living in them, they are nice and friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some preliminary courses that are harder than others such as General Chemistry; however, after getting through these courses toward your major, you'll be happy you took them.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State University is a huge campus with a lot of people. The traffic is terrible. In terms of the school, the professors are helpful and some students are willing to help you.

  • 04/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Stuff happens, but they are upping te security.you should be careful Anyway.

    Greek Life

    Lots o frays and sister houses!!! Plenty of opportunities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons, or you can start your own No prob!

    Great for these types of students

    Every kind:)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Singing of Carmen after every athletic event, jumping in mirror lake, Orton houses like the oldest sloth skeleton and a bell tower, Page hall has stairs to Nowhere.

    Bang for the buck

    Eh, Our money is used well, but it all depends on if you Use the programs it goes towards.

    What to do for fun

    Movie theater (discount tickets), concerts, shows, speakers, free stuff events, organizational events, COSi, museums, biking, sand volleyball, fitness classes, and much more!!!

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of options!

    Dorm Life

    Not boring at all, many different people And tons to do!

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the teacher, so you NEED to check rate my professor to get a good one. Your grade and level of understanding on subject matter depends on it.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to come to an event more so than a tour. Toura can be long, and confusing, but just contact someone here or research things and places and go yourself. Get to know campus before your visit. Also, Do your research online about everything you need to know for aid, applying, organizations, etc because we are a university that is now backed up on the Internet. Our notes, our applications, and our info is on our main sites, Carmen.osu.edu and buckeyelink.osu.edu.

    In three sentences

    Ohio state is like a big city in itself with plenty of opportunity to find your own little community. There is almost every organization you can think of, plenty of team spirit, and is a renowned research institution. There is something for everyone, and the pay isn't really that shabby in comparison to other schools that might have even less opportunity.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Every time something on campus happens, you are aware of it. An email is sent out to every student.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to succeed. Go to Ohio State.

    Bang for the buck

    Have Spirit! O-H-I-O!!!!!!

    What to do for fun

    Of course you have the amazing sport teams here, so you can always go to a game if you wanted to. There are also a lot of clubs that you can join and organizations. Besides that, on weekends you have a ton of shopping areas and things to do like movie theaters and much more!

    Food and Dining

    Everything that you eat, it is here right on campus. Whether if it is in the cafeteria or a restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    It is amazing! It is different from being at home, but is is a wonderful experience. It teaches you to be independent.

    Academic Rigor

    Things can be overwhelming, but you have the help and the resources to succeed here. Almost all staff members are extremely helpful and do not mind lending a hand.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused, try new things, and join clubs, organizations, teams, etc.

    In three sentences

    It is a very good academic college to attend. This school keeps you interested in many different ways. It also keeps you in tune with everything that is happening on campus.

  • 05/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Columbus Police and the University Police do a good job keeping the campus safe. There are tons of emergency blue light station on and off campus. You can push the blue light station and someone will be there with in minutes if you feel unsafe or need a ride home.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is only about 8% of the student population, but considering the amount of students that go here its a ton of people who are in them. The campus isn't very greek and you can go to the Frat parties without being in the Fraternity or Sorority. Also, there are many other parties that you can attend too.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over thousands of clubs that you can join ranging from multicultural clubs, Greek Life, sports clubs, to religious clubs, Bar-B-Q club, and yoga club. Also, most of the sporting events are free except for football and men's basketball.

    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State is great for all students, but I think students who are very social or looking for stimulating and challenging academics should attend the university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The mirror lake jump happens once a year the Tuesday before the big OSU vs Michigan football game. Its super fun, the entire campus jumps into the freezing cold lake.

    Bang for the buck

    Ohio State is not the cheapest school to go to. If you would like to save money I think having a low meal plan and going to the grocery or eating off campus, you'll save a lot more money. Also, look at the school magazine the saver for free off campus dining offers or discounts to the surrounding restaurants.

    What to do for fun

    The Ohio Union offers tons of guest speakers and FREE concerts; such as, J.Cole, Mac Miller, Guiliana Rancic, Bill Nye The Science Guy, and Common. Also, there are tons of fun clubs like the Bar-B-Q club. Finally, the sporting events are really fun too.

    Food and Dining

    Since OSU is a huge campus there are over 15 dining halls. Some are the traditional cafeteria style, but most of them are restaurant style and are very tasty. Also, high street offers a ton of places to eat off-campus with special student discounts.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. There are a ton of students on each floor, and even if you don't like your roommate you just have to be respectful of each other and each others things. Get out at the beginning of the year and meet the people on your floor and the floors above and below you.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not as challenging as Harvard, but all classes here require a ton of work, study time, and dedication. I would say spending an hour or two studying on each class your taking will help you not feel so overwhelmed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start looking for scholarships one to two years in advance. Also get involved in some kind of club early, its a big school and you can easily loose your way and get lost. Go to the tutoring room and office hours from day one of class.

    In three sentences

    I would give OSU a nine out of 10. There are tons of clubs and activities that you can get involved in, and the school spirit here is phenomenal. I don't like that there aren't very many scholarships for the average student or middle class individual.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Student services are on call late nights to give rides. There is regular security on campus. There has been a string of crimes throughout the quarter though.

    Greek Life

    A lot of people are involved in Greek Life. Definitely keep an open mind and look into it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club for anyone. Name it, we have it.

    Great for these types of students

    In my time here I have met so many very different people. This school is great for anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everything about Ohio State is tradition. In my chemistry class last quarter, in the middle of lecture, someone randomly yelled O-H and even the professor stopped speaking and responded I-O. We truly are a strong community.

    Bang for the buck

    I love it here and it is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    Depending on your personal preferences, there will be something different to do for fun. However, no matter your personal preferences, there will be something here for you to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of good eating locations outside of the traditional dining halls. There are also plenty of places off campus that accept BuckID.

    Dorm Life

    South campus is a lot louder than North Campus. The side of campus I was assigned did not match up with my personality, but no matter where you are you can make the best of it.

    Academic Rigor

    There has not been very many classes I could pass with minimal effort. The major programs are also very academically competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't just sit in class, actually become involved in what you are learning about. Get acquainted with your professors, you might need there help now as well as later. Be open minded and embrace change.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University has a wide expanse of opportunities. No matter what you're interested in, there is a corresponding group to get involved with. There is a plethora of resources and support to help you in your endeavors.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe, too. In addition to crime notifications via text/email, we also have a student transportation service that students can call to take them from one place to another in a safe manner.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 1500 official clubs, so there is something for everyone! From live-action role play to leadership groups and honoraries, ballroom dancing, pistol club, improv groups, musical productions, and so many greek organizations, you name it, we have it!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year before the Ohio State-Michigan game hundreds of students jump into Mirror Lake late at night in the freezing cold of November. It's a great time, whether you are jumping in the lake or just watching and taking pictures :D

    What to do for fun

    For fun, there are concerts at the Newport on High Street, hall activities in the dorms, parties on the weekends, various clubs hold free nights for non-members, movies on the Oval, humans vs. zombies, visits to the Short North, and so much more!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many choices on and around campus for dining. We have a couple buffet-style places with soft-serve ice cream machines, numerous cafes, and spots in the Union and Marketplace with multiple food centers like pizza, pasta, wraps, salad, panini, etc. My favorite place to eat on campus is at the Sloopy's diner, which has a variety of food like pancakes, hamburgers, and omelets. Many restaurants off campus also take the campus dining card money.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty awesome. Being surrounded by many people who share my classes is very beneficial to not only work on difficult class material, but also to build a community and feel more connected to events happening on campus. For any of you who have already decided on OSU, Lincoln House is the best!! (So much space!)

    Academic Rigor

    Our public university is quickly rivaling esteemed private universities in academic rigor. For the Chemistry department this is especially the case, as it is ranked among the most difficult in the nation. We have great engineering programs, a new neuroscience major that I am in, and pretty much any other major you could think of. The Honors Program classes are very rigorous, and graduating with Honors requires completion of a senior thesis.

    Tips for prospective students

    Academic mistakes happen to everyone at sometime during their college career. The key to overcoming these mistakes is showing that you have learned from them. If you fail a class one semester, then the next semester take better notes, go talk to the professors (they really won't bite! ;)), and even visit the campus learning center to improve your studying habits and learning acquisition.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is my favorite place to be in the world. Our school is full of students and faculty who are engaged in the well-being of the school and the surrounding communities and who constantly seek growth. I can honestly report that everyone I talk to loves being an Ohio State Buckeye.

  • 05/23/2012

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    Clubs and Activities

    Gosh, there's so many. Too many to choose from, something to always keep one busy.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone! Anyone can find a home here at Ohio State. It's up to each person to make their own unique Ohio State story. There's something for anyone from bbq club, to doing research.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror lake jump before the M ******* game! So cold, but so full of tradition. Of course there is always Carmen Ohio and Script Ohio at foot ball games!

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is cheaper, but it's a public school so in state tuition isn't as expensive as private schools. Of course scholarships, grants, and loans help out a lot.

    What to do for fun

    OUAB always has fun things planned. Also there are tons of restaurants, movie theatres, and shoppping near by. As far as night life goes there are plenty of dance clubs and bars, and of course house parties if that tickles your fancy. There is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    I know the traditional meal plan is cheaper but I don't recommend it. It means you can only eat at Fresh Express and North or Kennedy Commons. Which can get boring. The Union, marketplace, Kennedy commons and the RPAC are all pretty good. There is a lot of variety and you can also go to a c store to buy grocery items with swipes.

    Dorm Life

    There are advantages and disadvantages of living on all parts of campus. West (Morrill and Lincoln)- They are great because; -Air conditioned -Suite style (living room with 4 rooms) -The doubles are probably the most spacious -More privacy because the office and bed room are separated by a door -Fresh Express is at the bottom of Morrill and is convenient -Bathroom and family room get cleaned twice a week -Close to the RPAC -Bus stop between the two towers *Disadvantages - Further from classes - Far from high street/Union North Campus Advantages; -get own bathroom -close to academic core -close to high street -close to north commons and fresh express -most are air conditioned I believe Disadvantages -have to clean own bathroom (can get gross) -mostly all dorms are quads -less space South Campus Advantages; -Close to Union -Close to high street -Close to oval -Close to the best food on campus Disadvantages -A lot of quads -Some not air conditioned -Little far from core academic area

    Academic Rigor

    Of course this is major dependent. The hard sciences are pretty tough as well as the math department. I feel like this is similar at all universities. It all comes down to the subject and the professor. This being said, courses here will definitely be harder than community college classes, that's a given. However, the difficulty ranges between subjects and professors. Make sure to use ratemyprofessor.com but use with discretion!

    Tips for prospective students

    Ohio State is definitely a large Big 10 school. If you are looking for a small school it is definitely not it. However, the campus isn't as large as it's cut out to be. The med center and the random buildings on west campus and the agricultural parts of campus make it seem more vast than it really is. Getting from class to class usually isn't that stressful. Compared to a small, private school, of course it's huge. When looking at colleges look for a school that will fill all of your needs. There are advantages and disadvantages of a big school, but the endless opportunities that large schools have, may not quite be found at a smaller school. Also, you want to be at a school with lots of options and opportunities. Make sure you pick a school based on what it has to offer such as jobs, majors, internships etc.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State has many so many opportunities. From clubs, the medical center, activities, Greek life, sports, the unrivaled spirit, there's a home for everyone at Ohio State. Ohio State is absolutely a kaleidoscope of opportunities that will adequately fill your resume for graduate school or the work field.

  • 05/23/2012

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    Bang for the buck

    OSU is relatively cheaper, since it is a state school. There are a lot of scholarship opportunities available for students.

    What to do for fun

    The OSU campus has very active nightlife right on the campus itself. There are also a lot of student organizations, greek life opportunities, etc. to keep oneself occupied.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, there are so many different places to choose both on campus and across the street of campus. There are restaurants from all across the world on or near campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun and exciting because you meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    OSU is a very academically challenging school, they require you to study hard and excel in everything you do. There are GPA requirements of a minimum of 3.0 out of a 4.0 for almost every major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard when you are in school. Focus on completing your major and minor in four years. Get an internship preferably in your sophomore or junior year.

    In three sentences

    Ohio state is an academically challenging school. They have over 25 majors. Ohio State is ranked 7th in the nation.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year during the week before the rivalry football game between Ohio State and Michigan, the majority of students jump into Mirror Lake. It is a unforgettable experience, even if you don't jump in, so I would definitely recommend going.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is very good for the most part. I like that if you don't feel like eating on campus, high street provides you with endless options for dining.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a great way to live your first year. Ohio State works to put you with roommates who have similar interests and majors, as well as similar personalities. People in your hall and even your building are just as nervous and excited as you to be going to college; they become your friends, classmates, and people you can just spend time with. Dorm life is what you make of it and I can personally say my dorm experience was phenomenal. Even if you don't get along with your roommates, the RAs will work to make sure things get better or will move you if necessary. Everyone is extremely friendly and open to new experiences.

    Academic Rigor

    I think that the classes here are great for several reasons. While some of the classes are larger, there is usually a recitation class to break the class in smaller groups and make sure each individual understands the material being taught. Also, the professors really seem to care about the material they teach and are always willing to meet with students to help in any way they can. The work loads vary for each class, but are not that difficult as long as you stay on task and don't procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    A school so full of spirit that you can't help but participate. A place where you can learn both academics and about yourself while having the time of your life. An institution dedicated to helping its students succeed.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is a major concern on campus. We have safety measures for lab and even security boxes for if you feel threatened at any time on campus.

    Greek Life

    Though I am not involved with Greek groups their sponsored events are always for a good cause.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is not a group on campus unrepresented. From Engineers Without Boarders to Ohio States Grilling Club. Think of it, we got.

    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State is good for students that are able to process information at a fast pace and are willing to be competitive with fellow classmates.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    With any big campus there are always unusual traditions. OSU: Mirror Lake Jump. Or the slow integration of The Oval Beach. Aside from that check out the Union for great food and Knowlton Hall for the great architecture projects made by the students.

    Bang for the buck

    Classes are not cheap but the education you receive from instructors and the free tutors that come with these classes create a balance. Aside from the education your tuition covers all things on campus so make sure to take advantage of campus resources.

    What to do for fun

    There is never a dull day on campus. If you are ever bored look for an event being held by one of the campus groups, take in a movie on the oval, or run and lift for a while at the RPAC.

    Food and Dining

    Availability for food is very easy. Aside from the dinning halls located on campus there are several cafes in the libraries and major buildings for that quick snack on campus. The campus food is also very vegetarian friendly. Aside from that High Street is not too far away and has lots of good food as well.

    Dorm Life

    When first moving on to campus as a freshman you don't really have the option to select roommates and some dorms are much more crowded than others. Despite this, you are exposed to a variety of people that may even be able to help you with class in the future.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are more difficult than others yet for what they rank in difficulty there is unlimited help from the Teaching Assistants and tutors in the tutor rooms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get involved with the groups and don't be afraid, commuter or resident, to get to know the great people on campus.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University not only helps you grow to reach your dream job, it also helps you grow to be a beneficial person to your community. From the extra assistance in and outside of class to The Best Day Ever events held on campus, your time on the Buckeye Campus is one you will never forget. From freshman to junior I love my campus, I love my fellow buckeyes, and will continue to grow on this fabulous campus.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Big Campus is gonna lead to problems but they are minimal at OSU.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for most interests and if there isnt one then you can create your own.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    O-H-I-O

    Bang for the buck

    Good school for inexpensive public school rates.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is right near downtown. There is a plethora of things to do on and off campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food is legit good.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of diverse activities.

    Academic Rigor

    Top of the line state school in many areas.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your affairs in order. They will help you but it is time to do things on your own so just make sure everything is squared away and it will be an intellectually stimulating and fun time.

    In three sentences

    Good school with many diverse areas of study and a large campus nestled near downtown Columbus. World renowned professors and small enough classes to get personal attention when needed. Everything you need to have a rewarding a full college experience.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The Ohio State University boasts one of the biggest collections of clubs in the U.S. Anything from cultural, religious, and specialty clubs. Some examples would be the Urban Gaming Club, The Scuba Club, The Juggling club and The Graphic Novel Club. Any interest you have, you'll find a club for it here at OSU.

    What to do for fun

    You can go rock climbing at the Ark, or just throw a Frisbee around at The Oval. Dorms offer you a variety of boardgames and movies depending on your mood. The gyms let you rent out sports equipment for almost any sport, while also providing indoor courts. There are various volleyball, basketball, and sand volleyball courts outside, and in the spring you can see the students playing all day, every day. For a bit more organized fun, there are also intramural tournaments you can join with a group of friends. You can only be bored if you choose to be, because there's always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    Anything you want to eat you can find it on campus. From The Pad, with it's great variety of pizzas (Chicken Bacon Ranch being a personal favorite) to The Union that has a world theme every month, you will never go hungry. There's something for every palate, no doubt about it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms vary with your taste. All of them are located at different sections of campus, all with they're pros and cons. I still live in the dorms, and it's certainly been a great experience so far. You will meet people that will become your friends for life, making valuable connections and experiences that you will tell you grand-kids over and over again; and some you might want to keep for youself.

    Academic Rigor

    College is not meant to be the easy life, there's studying involved and The Ohio State University certainly knows that. The classes will challenge you, make you re-think notions that were cemented in your mind and that's what college is supposed to do. You will leave classes mentally exhausted, but proud of where you're at. You certainly are getting the best education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make the best of your years here. There are so many opportunities to take advantage of that will push you towards your academic and professional goals. There is literally something for anybody: thousands of clubs to join, study-abroad programs, internships, anything you can think of is right here just waiting for you.

    In three sentences

    There is truly no other college I could see myself studying in. The campus is truly beautiful, the buildings are just incredible, and the professors know what they're doing. It just feels like a home away from home.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Budget conscious and attracted to an excellent institution with a great name.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Oval beach, just because we're not on the ocean, doesn't mean you can't bring a bathing suit and a beach towel to catch some rays!

    Academic Rigor

    Compared to other public institutions I have attended, this school is hardest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors, advisors, and TA's for professional references in the future!

    In three sentences

    Large university that feels like a small campus. Lots of clubs and diverse activities to join. You feel like a person, rather than a number.

  • 06/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Select the correct fraternity or sorority that will be beneficial for you

    Clubs and Activities

    Fraternities, internships

    Great for these types of students

    Prosperous and determined students who also seek for fun

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Great teams to enjoy and watch

    What to do for fun

    Football games, fraternities, internships, and wonderful art around the area

    Tips for prospective students

    A great school to attend, you will have a lot of fun as well as you will be part of a great education. It is worth all the money and wonderful internship opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a great diverse school, that leads you to determined goal. The school is full of wonderful people who encourage you to be on task. As well as fun activities to do to keep your head straight and opened to achieve success.

  • 06/05/2012

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    Clubs and Activities

    Many options to choose from if you are interested.

    Great for these types of students

    Any students from the Great state of OHIO.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The jumping into mirror lake sounded interesting.

    Bang for the buck

    My aunt graduated from here and it has served her well throughout life.

    What to do for fun

    Attend any and all football games and sporting events. Also, numerous clubs to be part of and enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    Many options for food, either on campus or off.

    Dorm Life

    Haven't experienced this yet, but while talking with current students this appears to be a great way of life.

    Academic Rigor

    Appears to be challenging, but anything worth while is worth a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early, and your Buckeye heart to the greatest place on earth.

    In three sentences

    As a enrolled freshman, I would currently rate The Ohio State University the highest, but until I truly get to experience everything I am only going on hopes and dreams.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always a risk living in the middle of a big city. However, if one takes the necessary precautions and is smart about safety, there shouldn't be a problem. Also, there are campus escorts available to transport people around campus if they feel unsafe. The bus system is extensive too if walking is undesirable, like late at night.

    Greek Life

    I cannot speak for this.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 1000 available and the option to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who does not mind thousands of people in one place and diversity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Light Up the Lake at Mirror Lake is an unusual tradition where all the students line up hand-in-hand around the lake with candles and sing Carmen Ohio (the school's anthem). At the end of the song, the trees and landscaping around the lake light up with Christmas Lights to inaugurate the holiday season. The Wexner Center for the Arts is a gem of OSU; it is a world-wide acknowledged museum and performing arts center and is unique as it is beautiful and diverse.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is great if you are an in-state student considering all the different options you have on campus as far as studies and organization involvement.

    What to do for fun

    Over 1000 organizations offer diversion from studies as well as a pool in the RPAC, disk golf on west campus, scavenger hunts, Zombies v. Humans, just to name the top ways to have fun. Plus, you can start your own organization if you want.

    Food and Dining

    There are multiple dining options on campus. There are all-you-can eat buffets, quick but fresh options, health food at the RPAC (main fitness center) places where you can get ethnic foods or groceries, and High Street offers many more options within sight of campus.

    Dorm Life

    North campus dorms are air conditioned and have friendly atmospheres. The Resident Advisers are there to help new students adjust and are there for returning students in whatever they need. I cannot speak for south or west campus dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio State does not slack off where academics are concerned. The school challenges its students to do their best and go above and beyond. Academic assistance is available whenever students need it and there are multiple centers for learning improvement and tips for study and success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus before making the decision to apply; sometimes the large campus surprises people. Also, visiting campus can help you decide where you want to live.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is student-friendly and eager to assist its students in any matter. The school makes tuition, application, registration for classes, and adjustment to college life easy and stress-free. The large campus does not inhibit students or travel in any way either.

  • 06/10/2012

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    In three sentences

    I like this school because it has a variety of subjects i need.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Shy students because there is no way not to meet friends.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and organizations to join. It is impossible to get bored.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ohio State is located in a city. As with anywhere, it is advisable to walk in a group. However, on campus students generally feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs and activities for almost everything. From the BBQ club to horseback riding, you can do almost anything at Ohio State.

    Great for these types of students

    ANYONE. Really. Anyone can make Ohio State their home and have an incredible experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, before the Ohio State vs. Michigan game (arguably the biggest rivalry in all of sports), thousands of students jump into the schools Mirror Lake. In addition, sporting events alone are a huge source of school tradition and pride.

    What to do for fun

    From the RPAC (gym), to greek life, to an exciting learning environment, to endless of opportunities to try new things, to making best friends, to the beautiful oval, OSU offers endless opportunities to have a fun college experience.

    Food and Dining

    In regards to campus dining, Ohio State offers numerous options - and it's all impressive. There are tons of options and the food is great. And OSU is even sure to go above and beyond to students with many kinds of allergies.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at OSU is unbelievable. Despite the not-so-grand-dormrooms, the dorms provide a great opportunity to meet other people and immerse yourself in the OSU community.

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio State offers courses and majors to appeal to nearly any interest. At such a huge school, you get innumerable options, regarding subject and difficulty. Overall, Ohio State employs talented and renowned professors who will definitely push their students to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ohio State has unbelievable opportunities both academic and extracurricular. Having fun with charitable activities and working hard in classes will prepare you to excel at The Ohio State University.

  • 06/24/2012

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    Campus Safety

    Great!

    Greek Life

    Not as big at OSU than other schools, but definitely worth it!

    Clubs and Activities

    EVERYTHING

    Great for these types of students

    LOVE to have fun!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Buckeye Donuts

    What to do for fun

    Everything and anything!

    Food and Dining

    Lots of places to eat on and around campus!

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms but I hear they are ok.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not sure what classes are like, but I hear they are great.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go to a big school with lots to offer, OSU is the one!

    In three sentences

    The campus is so pretty. The campus is huge! There is lots to do on campus.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is present but not overbearing. It is not all OSU is about.

    Great for these types of students

    Self motivated, and hardworking students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping in Mirror Lake.

    Bang for the buck

    Considering the rising cost of tuition this question is debatable.

    What to do for fun

    There is a ton of things to do on campus for fun. One of the good things about ohio state being so big is that there is always something going on from BBQ's to step shows to ice breakers. It is just up to you to get involved.

    Food and Dining

    The food is ok, but there is very little variety and it's easy to get bored with the same meals.

    Dorm Life

    A lot of the buildings are old and the rooms are very small. For example, some of the quads really should only be for two people instead of four. Also, most of the buildings on the south side do not have air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are tough, especially the science related ones so it is very mportant to keep up with the readings.

    Tips for prospective students

    OSU is very big and because of that it's easy to get lost in the shuffle. It's very important to stay focused and become adapted to learning things on your own. It is also important to seek help when you need it,there are various places on campus that offer free tutoring.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a great place to get involved in the community. There are a wide variety of club and volunteer opportunities. It is also the perfect place to get into various research projects.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is critical and very important at the Ohio State University. Safety is first and with campus escorts, Columbus and campus police alert, Ra's on staff, blue emergency lights, emails of crime related to you sent to you and your parents promptly, and locks for access to any of the residents halls, you are more than safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 clubs and organizations offered at The Ohio State University and you can even create your own! I'm positive that there is always something for you to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Greek Life is very active at The Ohio State University. You want Greek, you'll get Greek and every aspect of it because you cant miss them. They are very friendly and host some of the hottest parties on 15Th street also known as Greek row.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Ohio State University is all about its traditions. From Carmen Ohio which is the schools Alma Mater to the oh so lovely O-H-I-O, our school does everything it can to keep our history alive and growing.

    What to do for fun

    In the summer, take a stroll on down to Oval Beach for some fun in the sun. The Gateway movie theater is right off campus along with some Hookah bars and nightclubs. The OUAB Activities Board brings in some hot celebrities, concerts, and so much more throughout the year and the campus has an Olympic swimming pool, sauna, and a rock climbing wall to name a few for extracurricular activities.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is to die for! There are at least 8 dining facilities on campus and all you can eat on High Street. Those foods you miss at home are all available to you. The Blackwell Bistro is famous for the top of line food when you have some leftover swipes on your meal plan or for those special occasions. Canes and Chipotle are an Ohio State favorite with lines sometimes out the door but trust me, its so worth it!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing and that is because the Resident Advisory Council at The Ohio State University is great at what they do. The people you meet in your dorm will become your closest friends and in a short period of time your dorm will feel like home. Accommodations are made for anyone with special circumstances and freshman are required to live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The Ohio State University takes pride in its academics. The statistics prove it. Any type of education you are in search for, Ohio State's got it for you. The work will challenge you to become a better individual and most importantly prepare you for the real world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Going to college may seem scary and intimidating but don't forget that its also a very exciting time in your future as well. Always keep an open mind and get involved. School work is first and foremost and never feel discouraged because there is always someone to help. Whether that is a friend, a staff member, or a complete stranger, at The Ohio State University, everyone is family. O-H-I-O!

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is the place to be if you want to be on top of your education. Its home to thousands and you'll never feel like a number. Explore the endless opportunities Ohio State has to offer and you too will want to be a Buckeye forever!

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Many things to do for fun there are parties, multiple concerts during the year, sporting events, free events your dorm hosts.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is decent but gets repetitive after awhile

    Dorm Life

    All depends on where you live south campus is social but hot during spring, north campus is more quiet, and west campus is a mix between both.

    Academic Rigor

    The university has above average academics when compared to other state schools. The chemistry department is more than likely where you will be getting most of your stress from.

    Tips for prospective students

    First semester weeds out those who are prepared for college, and those who just want to party frequently.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is one of the greatest universities there is. From the academics to the social life everything is great. It is a university that offers much but expects much in return.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Get tickets to football games! Gamedays are one of the greatest parts about Fall Semester. Otherwise, explore the oval on hot days.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food gets old pretty fast.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on the dorm, it can be amazing or terrible. If you are fortunate enough to get floor mates that you like, you will be golden. Otherwise, it makes living in dorms pretty brutal.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the department or subject. Intro classes are extremely easy when they are in huge lecture halls, but the science department is impossible. Organic chem will take over your life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get involved. Try to branch out. Don't get complacent or you will start hating how huge everything at this school is.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is great for anyone looking to fit into a large community atmosphere with many opportunities if you are willing to look for them. Unless you are someone that will actively seek their own ways to get involved, nothing will be handed to you though. The huge campus and student body can make you feel minuscule at times, but making friends helps.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I had a fantastic experience at OSU, and I wouldn't change it for the world. I learned a lot, met new friends, and had life experiences I would have never gained otherwise.

    What to do for fun

    OSU constantly has events solely for the entertainment of its students. They offer free tickets to concerts, movie showings, and comedy shows- all of which are held right on campus. They have festivals and carnivals throughout the year, so students are never bored. Columbus also offers many different festivals (Com-Fest, Pride, etc), concerts, and other miscellaneous activities. There are multiple concerts on and close to campus going on almost all the time. OSU is very close to the Short North, which offers many art galleries and unique shopping.

    Food and Dining

    Food at OSU is excellent, but it is not cheap. There is a huge variety of foods, and you're guaranteed to find something you like on campus. The dining plans are convenient and great to have if you live in a dorm. Unfortunately, they are also very expensive.

    Dorm Life

    My experience may be dissimilar to others- I lived in a dorm room by myself. I am not fond of dorm-type arrangements, so I wasn't happy with the living situation. However, they do offer many programs and different halls suited to your independent needs.

    Academic Rigor

    You will need to study hard, but as long as you do that, you will be able to do well in classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn good study, time management, and financial habits while still at home, so that you are prepared for living on your own in a large university setting.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a large and diverse school. It provides infinite opportunities for students in every discipline, and will most certainly prepare you for graduate school or a career.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Over the last couple of year there have been problems with the safety. The apartments and houses that are only a couple minutes away have fallen victim to numerous break-ins and multiple students have been mugged. Ohio State safety has tried their very best to increase safety measures and reduce the attacks but I feel that the students hold most of the responsibility and must be smart. The real problem I have is that there have even been a number of attacks on campus. When the campus police can not even make students feel safe as they walk home from the library, that is when there is a serious problem.

    Clubs and Activities

    The first week of school clubs setup booths on the north oval. The oval is literally packed as numerous clubs try to sell their pitch on why students should join their association. The amount of clubs is staggering. From the quidditch club to the pistol club any student can sign up for a club that pertains to their interests and start making friends immediately.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror lake jump is the event that immediately comes to mind. This tradition occurs the weekend of the Ohio State against Michigan football game. The tradition consists of running half naked in the freezing cold and jumping in Mirror lake in hopes for a Ohio State win the following day. Even though it sounds barbaric, it really brings Ohio State students together and it is a time that students truly feel like a family.

    Bang for the buck

    Ohio State offers so much in extracurricular events and their classes are so technologically advanced that you do get your bang for the buck (even though the bucks are pretty expensive).

    What to do for fun

    Ohio State is amazing when it comes to this (probably due to how much money is coming into the college). Over my three years at Ohio State I have attended movies, concerts, press conferences, and carnivals all for free. Ohio State has a huge lawn, called the north oval, where students can relax or play football. There is even an event every year where COSI is open for exploration to the students. The hardest thing is balancing work and play since so much is offered!

    Food and Dining

    I have loved the food and dining at Ohio State. They offer multiple meal plans that fits any student's eating habits. The range in food that they offer is also very diverse. From Asian to German food, they offer something for anyone's taste buds. There are also dining areas that are open until the late hours of the night. No matter what or when you eat, a student will usually leave with a satisfied stomach.

    Dorm Life

    The low score on the dorm life is mostly influenced by the roommates I have had. I love that I had my own shower and air conditioning in my room (even though some dorms on campus have neither of these luxuries). The dorms are rather small, especially when you have three roommates. It is almost unbearable when all three roommates are in the room with you. My dorm life has not been made any easier by my roommates. Every year it seems that I am paired with a roommate that I can not stand, which makes me wonder if Ohio State takes their time with pairing up roommates based on their preferences.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major this may change. I am a Biology major and have ran into multiple classes that have pushed me to my academic limits. Classes such as Organic Chemisty and Molecular Genetics require long nights in the library, but the classes are academically rich and prepare you for the real world. I value the laboratories the most. The laboratories give you a quality hands on experience that the books can not teach a student. Academic life is hard, and that is what college is supposed to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    My greatest tip is to work hard! Many students have high hopes coming into college but are not mentally prepared to put in the work. High school students are use to barely studying and obtaining amazing grades. If the same mentality is applied to college the results will be unsatisfactory. A lot of the classes during freshmen year, especially for science majors, weed out students that are not ready for college from those who are up to the challenge. Mentally prepare yourself for the studying that is required for college.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is excellent when it comes to offering opportunities for its students. They have more than enough money coming in to offer students top of the line quality concerning teachers and class materials, especially laboratory classes. One problem that I have faced is that because it is such a large school I sometimes feel that I am just a number that gets lost in a sea of school statistics.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I felt completely safe on campus. The good thing about a big school is that they can accommodate for safety concerns and OSU does a wonderful job doing so.

    Bang for the buck

    School is expensive. This isn't the worst, but coming from out of state, I wasn't able to attend this school because of the costs, so money could definitely be an issue with this school simply because it is a public university that cannot offer bundles of financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    SO much. It seems like there is always a lot going on around campus, so I don't think that being bored would ever be a problem. EVER.

    Food and Dining

    This school had a lot of options. I'm typically a healthy eater, and I found the choices to be manageable.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone in the dorms seemed really nice and friendly!! I remember specifically being told that in one dorm, they were bringing in puppies the week following my visit to help de-stress the students in that dorm during finals week. How cool is that? Don't be expecting a large room though. To be honest, they were suuuuuper tiny. (I saw a typical double room) But the thing is that they were cozy, and it didn't really matter that they were small because they had a comfortable, old fashioned vibe to them-which I thought was nice. If you need space, you can always head to the lobby, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    From the impression I got, this school is definitely not one you can breeze through. But if you're dedicated and devoted enough, I think that the work you put in will pay off tremendously. One major feeling I got from OSU is that they are a very fair school. You get out what you put in.

    In three sentences

    When I attended an Admitted Student tour at OSU toward the end of Winter, I went in with the intent of observing carefully, and not making any fast assumptions so I believe my feelings for this school to be truthful and really unbiased. After my tour and the short time I was able to spend in the area, I came to the careful conclusion that OSU is an AMAZING school. I never expected to fall in love with this random faraway college in Ohio, but the fresh atmosphere, focused staff and students, and beautiful, spacious campus had without a doubt won me over. There is a feeling you get on campus that you can do anything and be anything you want to be, just like when you first stepped foot into your kindergarten classroom, and that everyone there wants to help you and see you succeed-that's what I loved the most!

  • 06/30/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel no campuses are safe, so I don't know how to properly judge OSU. Just don't be an idiot, and you should be fine.

    Greek Life

    Don't do it. I did. It's useless.

    Clubs and Activities

    Loads, bud. It is the biggest college in the USA. Starting your own club is even quite easy.

    Great for these types of students

    We have lots of party people and people who don't know what they want to do or just want to have fun. I suppose OSU is good for that purpose, but I'd consider it a waste. If you want to do big things, and are not afraid to chase after them (that second component is instrumental at OSU), this is the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Among other things, jumping into a small pond known as Mirror Lake in one's underwear is common before the football game against our arch nemesis, Michigan University (Ann Arbor). This occurs every year, I reckon.

    Bang for the buck

    Loads of scholarships and funding opportunities, and it isn't too badly priced compared to other top institutions.

    What to do for fun

    Research and internships. Don't think about fun while you're an undergraduate and then start working as a graduate student. Save fun for the study abroad opportunities you do, and the cool experiences you'll get IF you do well.

    Food and Dining

    OSU is a huge economic, social, political, and intellectual hub. It is fully integrated into Columbus (or maybe it's the opposite nowadays). Restaurants are aplenty on, around, and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I have never stayed in a dorm, but there are many around OSU, even for upper class undergraduates, graduate students, and traveling scholars. Seems like it would be quite keen.

    Academic Rigor

    Good. It is amongst the top state universities and even universities in general. Unless you're going to Harvard or Yale, this institution holds its owns very well here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan like crazy in your junior year of HS. Keep making tentative plans which you change from time to time. Time at OSU goes super fast, and there is just so much going on-- and unfortunately, if you do not know what you want to do, you are doomed to think in terms of would haves and could haves.

    In three sentences

    OSU is a large university with a lot of resources. It is a great place to be, but only if you are hard-working, innovative, proactive, collaborative, directed, and do not mind a lot of disappointment. It is a hub of mediocrity and constraints in many regards, but there are also opportunities to truly make a lot of one's college career here.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything you can think of, OSU has got it! The list of clubs and activities covers anything and everything from drama clubs to science clubs; language clubs to sports clubs, and so much more. Even if you aren't looking to join a club, there's always something going on in the student union, or you could just hang out with friends!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many places to eat on campus, you'll never get tired of the food! Also, if you want to grab food off campus, you're never too far from some awesome restaurants that Columbus has to offer.

    Dorm Life

    At OSU, the dorms give an open and comfortable place to live, while encouraging cooperation, friendship, and comfort.

    Academic Rigor

    At OSU, it is expected of a student to do well. There are rules set in stone regarding academic probation and expulsion due to GPA and performance.

    Tips for prospective students

    The main tip I have for other students: get involved! There's always so much to do around campus and so many people to meet, I encourage others to embrace it!

    In three sentences

    Ohio State University sure does get attention for our various sports teams,but it's so much more! At Ohio State, I feel that I'm becoming the most well-rounded student I can become, through academics, extracurricular activities, and the opportunity to meet fellow students and peers from around both the United States and the World. With intelligent and well-educated professors, a beautiful campus, and the opportunity to be involved in anything I could possibly dream of, I would never consider going anywhere else.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Ohio State is a big university with a good reputation, but at the same time, you may feel like you aren't seen as an individual because of the size.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, hang out with friends.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the same as anywhere. Some dorms have air conditioning, like on north campus, but the dorms on south campus have learning communities which are a plus. Laundry is always a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your general education courses at a local community college and transfer them in. Live in Baker Hall West if you get the chance. If you're a music major, it will take you a long time to get into the top ensembles.

    In three sentences

    The tuition was very expensive and continues to increase every year for all students. You will be required to take many GEC's, as with any college, but with teacher assistants, not professors. If you want help with financial aid, they will take them a very long time to get back to you.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Excellent.

    Greek Life

    Opportunities

    Clubs and Activities

    Numerous to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    For anyone, it's very diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    High street is fun on the weekends.

    Bang for the buck

    The food.

    What to do for fun

    Join Clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of choices.

    Dorm Life

    Suite life is great.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour. Explore your opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Excellent learning opportunities. Great sports teams. Wonderful environment.

  • 07/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I heard of about maybe half a dozen incidents the whole year. OSU has a great campus security program.

    Clubs and Activities

    OSU has an absolutely massive selection. You can search through them here: http://www.ohiounion.osu.edu/get_involved/student_organizations/directory

    Great for these types of students

    OSU is a great change of pace for many students, especially ones that come from smaller towns. It offers many great activities and many opportunities to meet new people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For one, OSU's huge rivalry with Michigan causes many, many weird traditions to be practiced. For instance, there is the Mirror Lake jump during the week before the Michigan game. In addition, during the spring time OSU has had many famous artists come play on the South Oval, including Skrillex and Lady Gaga! OSU really tries its best to take care of it's students.

    Bang for the buck

    OSU has a very challenging curriculum. However, my one complaint with OSU is the lack of scholarships they give out for academics. Until your Sophomore year or later, it is very difficult to get scholarships based solely on academic merit.

    What to do for fun

    OSU has hundreds of clubs and activities students can participate in. Physical fitness is very easy with multiple places to work out around campus, including the RPAC. Many students like to take breaks during their studies and hang out on the Oval or go hang out at a library. The night life is pretty great around OSU because of the sheer amount of students.

    Food and Dining

    Sometimes the food can get a little repetitive. However, there are plenty of dining options around campus. Plus, if you have some spare money, there are hundreds of resteraunts within walking distance of campus. In addition, the meal plan does cover thee delivery of the PAD, which is awesome when you don't feel like leaving your dorm.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Taylor Tower my Freshman year. I expected it to be filled with a bunch of nerds with no friends. I was completely wrong. Not only are these the students that know how to buckle down and work hard. Many of these students share similar interests in science math and other fields. Plus, we all know how to have a great time together. Our residence hall did it's best to make our lives awesome. Many of the RA's were very laid back and took great care of their floors. In addition, my tower took a spring trip to New York City, which was absolutely amazing!

    Academic Rigor

    Being in the Fundamentals of Engineering Honors program, I can say that engineering is incredibly demanding. Many of the math and physics courses travel at a much faster pace than any of the students are used to, considerably faster than any AP course I took in high school. However, it becomes considerably easier if the student studies on his own and requests help when they need it. Teachers are there to help students, take advantage of that fact.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Many of the students applying here breezed through high school without even trying. Be prepared for a reality check. Many of my friends, myself included, were caught off guard by how difficult and demanding the workload is. 2. Do not procrastinate. While many students were able to get away with it in high school. Procrastinating in college can put you behind for a whole quarter and will make your life much more stressful than it needs to be. Stay up with your work and the workload can be handled. 3. Meet as many people as you can. I have made some amazing friends that I know I will be spending the next four years with. In addition, a support group helps a lot when you get stressed out and worried.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State in an amazing school that challenges you greatly to better prepare you for the future. I have made some amazing friends in the honors dorms and believe that student life here can not even be compared to other schools. Many of OSU's academic programs are some of the best in the state, take advantage of it.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to dine on the campus of ohio state. Eating healthy is not too hard to do, because they do offer healthy dining. They also have three different types of meal plans available.

    Dorm Life

    At ohio state dorm life is great! they are very relaxed on rules. Safety, however, is an issue.

    Academic Rigor

    At Ohio State the Academic rigor is very tough. Students that come here have a wide range of people to compete against. Every program is verycompetative to get into.

    Tips for prospective students

    Beaware that Ohio state does not let you know all the time when fees are paid. And that to not procrastinate at all when it comes to payments and turning in forms.

    In three sentences

    Ohio state is very large. Though it has a good academic standing, i feel it is a bit impersonal. It also has excellent diversity.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for EVERYTHING!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake creamery is awesome, definitely go there.

    What to do for fun

    The options are endless!

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of choices for students with meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    So many great things to do.

    Academic Rigor

    It is extremely challenging for science based majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always go to ratemyprofessor.com to make sure you get a good professor.

    In three sentences

    I think OSU is the best college for anyone, there is so many wonderful opportunities available!

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for just about anything!

    Bang for the buck

    Pricey tuition but you are getting a great education.

    What to do for fun

    There are endless possibilities!

    Food and Dining

    Great options everywhere you go.

    Dorm Life

    Interesting experience but it makes you appreciate what you have. Make a lot of great friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough but as long as you study and ask questions when you need the help, it really is not all that bad.

    In three sentences

    For being such a large campus it feels like it is one big family! The football games acquire the tradition I was looking for and I love everything about OSU!

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Do not lose your BuckId. If you do immediately call the BuckId services and let them know that way your swipes, money, and most importantly you and others are kept safe! Overall, campus safety is great. There's campus safety alerts that can be text/ called to your phone, escort services, and the city police will be right there along with campus police whenever you may need it.

    Clubs and Activities

    PASS (Program for Advising in Scholarship and Service)- The name speaks for itself. We do all kinds of community service and have weekly meetings. It's just a great organization altogether!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake- it is tradition that every year when OSU goes against Michigan students jump in the lake. That's if you want to of course. The Union- It's one of the newest buildings the school built where everyone can come together as BUCKEYES!

    Bang for the buck

    Kennedy Common- They usually have great food, it's like a buffet, and it only cost you one swipe. It may be 2 blocks now that OSU is going onto semesters.

    What to do for fun

    There is always, always, always something going on on-campus so there's really never a dull moment. The only way that you wouldn't have fun is if you didn't get out and get involved. College is about different experiences but you have to be willing to embrace it. There is always going to be a party, event, free something, etc that's bound to catch your attention. It's all about creating a balance in your life and once you find it nothing can stop you from achieving your goals.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise that prospective students to study, study, get involved in at least one organization, study, and just enjoy life! If you make a mistake you have to move on because life will before you decide to. It's all about learning from your mistakes and striving to be a better you.

    In three sentences

    The faculty, advisors and staff are very encouraging and helpful. There are a lot of organizations on-campus that you can participate in; rather it's community service or being a sponsor for events. If I had to rate OSU from a scale of 1-10 I would definitely rate it a 9!

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Explore Columbus and attend OSU's sporting events. Also, keep an eye out on the sidewalk, you can find upcoming events to attend just by walking around campus.

    Food and Dining

    There's so many options that it's possible to make everyone happy.

    Dorm Life

    I have loved the dorm experience at OSU. It is not the horror everyone warned me about.

    Academic Rigor

    While some classes may be harder than others, OSU provides its students with exceptional TA's and tutor rooms for help. If you need help it's so easy to find it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in any activity you can. Involvement really makes your college experience.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is the best school I could have chosen for myself. Everything they work towards is to make a better environment and opportunities for the students. The university really values its students more than any other college I visited before I made my decision.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is a safe place, but right off campus there tends to be robberies, so staying on campus is very safe. However, drifting off can sometimes be dangerous at night time.

    Greek Life

    Tons of Greek life, people that want this can have a great time as well as people who are uninterested will not feel like they have to be apart of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of different clubs and activities from student government, religious groups, to barbecue club and fencing. Just look around and you can find anything you want.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student. Due to the amount of people, there are social groups of every type of person.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go to an Ohio State football game, especially the Michigan game. Also, they have a tradition before the game each year students jump into Mirror Lake, this is one of the most amazing experiences.

    Bang for the buck

    Perfect bang for the buck, its a state school so tuition is cheap compared to smaller universities, worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    Ohio State offers many great activity, such as joining clubs, playing on a club sports teams (they offer less competitive ones also), or enjoying a walk through campus. The amount of clubs is vast, so looking through the list of them can be quite beneficial.

    Food and Dining

    Food is very tasty on Ohio State's campus, but it is also hard to eat healthy. They have opened up more options, but still can be quite challenging.

    Dorm Life

    You need to live in a dorm your freshmen year, this ensures that students can meet as many people as possible. Not doing so, would deprive students from making crucial bonds their first year of college.

    Academic Rigor

    All depends on major and each major will have its hard and easy classes. Keep in mind everything is pretty relative, so a hard class in physics might not be as time consuming as a psychology class, for example.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet as many people as possible and make as many friends as possible. Also, if you are not 100% sure what to major in taking philosophy classes might help to open your mind to figure out yourself. Lastly, be sure to study a bit every day; 2 hours a day beats a long night.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is the perfect place for a student seeking a high education. Due to the number of people at this university, making new friends and meeting a variety of different people from all over the world is an easy task. Diversity should be highly valued, in turn, Ohio State will enable students to meet students from places and backgrounds they would have otherwise never met.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Escort services are available, and the dorms are very safe.

    Greek Life

    I've been through recruitment once, but dropped right before Bid Day. I feel like it's very possible to slip through the cracks and not have a good experience, but I look forward to trying again.

    Clubs and Activities

    This is one of the most important things you can do. It's good for your resume, social life, mental health, involvement, and much more. There is an actual manual for all the clubs OSU has to offer.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone, really. Hard-workers, community members, scholars, open-minded people, and spirited Buckeyes!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump, Carmen Ohio, the Long Walk, TBDBITL, the list goes on and on. OSU is in no short supply of fun and interesting traditions.

    Bang for the buck

    Education is always worth it. Ohio State enrollment provides tons of extras, like recreational center use, student discounts, bus passes, and more.

    What to do for fun

    I can't stress this tip enough: join something. There are plenty of bars or clubs around, but friend-making happens in organizations, groups, and clubs. Check out the free events with the Ohio Union!

    Food and Dining

    All across campus are various dining options that really are unique. The university doesn't try to provide the same food everywhere. It's convenient, there are options, and it's delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Living on north campus is the way to go. Honors status will allow students to apply to live in the very best, biggest rooms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Honors classes are tough, but very rewarding in terms of connections you'll build and the knowledge you gain. The chemistry department is the hardest by far.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sign up for a tour; they're very helpful. If you know someone who goes to OSU, ask if you could stay with them and go to a class. If you choose OSU, try to sign up for a class that's just for fun and ease.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State University has become my home over the past year. It provides something for everyone in terms of both academics and extra-curriculars. It truly manages to be the perfect fit for tens of thousands of students each year.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe here. As long as you don't do anything stupid and use your common sense, Columbus as a whole is even safe (and I'm from a cute little village with a graduating class of 80!). The campus has its own police force, and there are phones every few turns. If you really don't feel safe at night, you can even call someone to pick you up! To be on the safe side, I'd just never walk alone at night; all campuses are going to have some bad eggs, but just use your brain.

    Greek Life

    I can't really speak for Greek Life; it's just not my thing.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said, there are plenty of things to do; in fact, Demetri Martin did a cute little video on OSU and the clubs here. You might need to kick yourself in the pants to get involved, but once you do, you'll realize it was a good decision. Even if you somehow manage to hate every club (highly unlikely!), you could make your own with your friends! Basically, every suggestion is taken into account. Don't believe me? Look up Demetri's video on OSU's clubs. Some of the groups seriously made my head roll.

    Great for these types of students

    I think OSU has something for everyone. If you're a party-goer, they say South Campus is more geared toward you; if you're a studier who still likes to have fun, maybe North Campus is more your cup of tea. With such a huge campus, it's hard to not find something you'll like. Just visit campus (seriously, you can't picture yourself walking the many, many acres until you're doing it!), and you'll know if you'll love or hate it here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you make it up the brick walk (with your beau) before the bell of the bell tower stops, they say you'll be together forever. There is also the Mirror Lake jump, but some people prefer to watch rather than do (there's nothing funnier than a bunch of freezing people making a mad dash back to their dorms, after all).

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that I will receive a prime education, especially with the honors program. My tuition was halved, though, due to being a dependent of an employee of the university. Money was definitely a huge factor for me, but I am happy with my decision.

    What to do for fun

    All work and no play actually tends to result in worse grades. Get involved! There are so many groups and clubs to join, and you're bound to find something you enjoy. There are tennis and basketball courts everywhere, and there is almost always something going on around campus--you just have to find it.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options for food, but dining plans could limit you. There are the traditional all-you-can-eat places, but you have to make sure you eat right so you don't gain the dreaded 15. Personally, I prefer a grab-and-go, using meal swipes (just try to get as close to $5 as possible so as not to waste a swipe).

    Dorm Life

    I don't know about South Campus, but most of North Campus has air-conditioning. The rooms aren't huge (I have a quad with a bathroom suite), so don't expect an apartment feel. Get to know your roommates before move-in day, if possible, but don't expect to be best friends either; expect to be roommates while being hopeful of friendship.

    Academic Rigor

    The honors courses are no cake-walk, and expect to actually study if you were a student who coasted through high school. Even if you're not in honors classes, these are college-level courses, so the college-level grades are to be adjusted accordingly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely see the campus first: it's not a school; it's a city inside a city! Also, take advantage of your resources; you're surrounded by staff willing to help you, but they won't beg you to ask for help.

    In three sentences

    There are definitely opportunities to get involved here, but you have to stick your foot in the door first. If you're looking for a job, networking is key and be sure to work on-campus for flexible scheduling. A lot of professors and staff say they would be glad to help students, but the students just seem too afraid to approach them; don't be another could've been student!

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This could be improved. Being on campus is extremely safe, but living off campus could be another story. Sadly, we're in Columbus. Bad things don't happen too often and are almost never violent.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at OSU doesn't even make up 10% of the population. With that being said, there are over 50,000 students here so it's not exactly a bad thing. Greek Life makes OSU a home away from home and is the perfect environment to meet so many new friends and make connections that you really cannot find anywhere else on campus. Greek members at OSU have had a higher GPA average than the all-undergrad average for something like 6 years now! They're smart, involved, and know how to have A LOT of fun!

    Great for these types of students

    There is literally something for everyone. Every school says that but it's not true. At OSU, the diversity is everywhere and everyone finds their niche. My advice- GO GREEK.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump during Beat Michigan week in the fall. SO MUCH FUN.

    Bang for the buck

    An education at a state school that offers you opportunities that even private Ivy League schools can't says a lot. I can't say enough great things about OSU.

    What to do for fun

    Join Greek life. Go downtown on Thursdays. Visit the Short North and go gallery hopping. Just go to Ohio State!

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on south campus. Join Greek life, just do it- it is worth every penny and then some. Get your science and math classes done ASAP.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is one of the largest and most renowned research universities in the US. Ohio State is most widely known for its athletic teams but is a premiere research facility that equips its students with the faculty and stuff they need to be successful in college and far beyond. In short, there possibilities are endless and are bound to take you far beyond your wildest dreams.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    If you stay out late at one of the buildings finishing up some work or for other reasons, there is a campus transportation system that will pick you up and transfer you to your dorm. With any campus, there are things you have to watch out for, which is why it is important to use the buddy system.

    Greek Life

    I'm not personally involved in greek life on campus, but if that kind of thing interests you, OSU has great sororities and fraternities. Joining one of these is a great way to increase leadership and service.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is over 100 clubs and activities, and if there isn't one for you, all you have to do is grab two other people and an advisor, and you can start one for yourself. There really isn't an excuse to not be involved. There is everything from ultimate frisbee to a chess club.

    Great for these types of students

    The Ohio State University is great for every single type of student, even those who shy away from such a big school. Because of its size, everyone can fit in. Everyone will be able to call OSU his/her home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Ohio State University is the king of tradition. One just needs to visit the campus to see scarlet and gray everywhere. And yell out an O-H and more than one person will respond. Go to a football game for countless cheers. And when I recently attended my brother's graduation, Carmen Ohio started playing, and the graduating class put their arms around each other, swaying. There is never a shortage of spirit here.

    Bang for the buck

    It really is worth it. The education that you will receive as well as the life-long memories and friends that you'll make. It's not really something that one can hear. One needs to go and experience it him/herself.

    What to do for fun

    To try to list all of the fun activities on campus would be a wasted effort. There are literally endless opportunities to get out there and really enjoy yourself. You have everything from the service opportunities and dancethons (like the BuckeyeThon) to the famous football games.

    Food and Dining

    The dining is phenomenal. There is an endless amount of variety, and this helps to meet everyone's needs (like those who are vegetarian or those that need food that is gluten-free). And the meal plan uses a block system, which is easy to use all over campus.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms are very welcoming and will help ease the transition from living at home to living in a dorm. When filling out the housing application, OSU asks you some fundamental questions about your lifestyle (like study habits, cleanliness, etc.) that will help match you to the perfect dorm and roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are rigorous - they are there to challenge you and to tap into all the potential that is present in every student. It will require work, and with anything else in life, if you do work hard, that work will pay off.

    Tips for prospective students

    OSU is one of the biggest universities in the country, and one can easily be daunted by its size. But it is up to the student to determine how big or how small the university is going to be. It is important to get involved, to get connected in order to make OSU small and the perfect place to be. It is also important to be well-rounded - you do, of course, attend as a student, but the university also wants each person to explore other areas such as extra-curriculars.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is truly as big or as small as you make it. That said, there are a plethora of opportunities to flourish as a student, as a leader, as a person. The university wants its students to succeed in every aspect of life and therefore provides them with the best faculty, facilities and extracurricular activities.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Greek Life

    Though not a large part of campus life (only a small percentage participate), greek life is still available at OSU for anyone interested in participating. I'm considering it myself.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of choices, the hardest part is limiting yourself in what you participate in!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want all the things offered by a private university (travel-study, extracurriculars) with the added perks of a larger school (tons of majors and courses of study offered, more affordable).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Whisper Wall is a unique feature to the OSU campus. Whisper into the secret stone stair, and a friend can hear you all the way on the other side.

    Bang for the buck

    OSU is a great value. It is much more affordable than other schools I was looking at ( literally half the price! ), and doesn't sacrifice the quality of education.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of clubs on campus, and most students participate in several.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different dining options on campus, and a variety of food plans that can accomodate all appetites.

    Dorm Life

    I love my dorm. As part of one of OSU's scholars programs, I live within a community of students who share my interests. This makes it easy to get along with others in my building, including my roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Though I haven't yet attended classes at The Ohio State University, I know from research that I will be challenged in the classroom. I am ready for the challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your niche! At such a big school, you will find many people who share your interests, major, and hobbies. This will help you feel right at home.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is huge, but don't be scared! The size of the campus allows for endless opportunity both inside and outside the classroom. There is a place for everyone in the OSU community.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I am extremely pleased with the Campus Security at Ohio State. If you have evening classes, Security personnel would escort you back to your dorm. We were promptly notified immediately through email, if there were security issues. This year, they also implemented Buckeye Alert. With this system, students are notified of security issues through their phones.

    Clubs and Activities

    I especially enjoyed the OWL program as an incoming freshman. It gave me the opportunity to meet other students and learn the layout of the campus, before school actually started. Also, through the Scholars' Program, I was able to travel to Chicago, and get involved in other activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State University is a wonderful campus for all types of students because they offer numerous academic programs - from Agriculture to Medicine. So, if a student is undecided on a major, there are many choices available. Also, it is a very culturally diverse campus so students are more apt to feel like they belong.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Oval is beautiful anytime of the year, but I especially love it in the Fall. You will see people spending time with their friends and playing with their pets. The Oval also helps students stay updated on current events. You will see numerous groups of people exercising their First Amendment Rights by sharing their views on various topics. You will also find information shared through chalk writing throughout the campus. Mirror Lake is another beautiful attraction at Ohio State. This is an enjoyable place to spend afternoons in the Spring.

    Bang for the buck

    Ohio State University has everything to offer. It is located in Columbus, the state capital, so there are endless opportunities for jobs, sight seeing, and events. As a student, you have access to buses on campus and off campus. So, transportation is not a problem.

    What to do for fun

    The Recreation Facility is awesome! I highly recommend that everyone take advantage of it, because it has everything you need to stay in shape and have fun. It is also a wonderful place to meet other students. Students in my dorm and I were also involved in weekly volleyball and basketball games. In the winter, we enjoyed ice skating.

    Food and Dining

    The choice of meal plans at Ohio State is excellent. There is an endless array of healthy food items from which to choose. Also, the meal plan I chose, allowed me to use my meal swipe card anywhere on campus. This was very convenient!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was difficult at first. Even though I was in the Scholars' Program, I was in a very old dorm and had three roommates. The room was very small, yet, four girls were expected to live together in relative harmony. Our RA was very helpful in assisting us with ground rules, and eventually, four girls who had their own rooms at home, learned to live together. This living arrangement truly did build character!

    Academic Rigor

    The academic opportunities at The Ohio State University are unlimited. If, as I did, you decide to change your major, Ohio State offers numerous programs from which to choose. I have been extremely pleased with my instructors/professors, and most of my classes have been enjoyable and challenging. If I was struggling, or had questions, my instructors/professors always made themselves available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved!! Needless to say, on a campus this large, there is something for everyone. I highly recommend becoming an OWL your first year. OWLs assist students on move in day, and help them get settled into their dorms. As an incoming freshman OWL, I was allowed to move into my dorm three days early. The OWL Program helped me learn the campus, and I met other students in this program. Many of us remained friends throughout the school year.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a beautiful, culturally diverse campus that offers many prestigious academic programs. It is centrally located in the city of Columbus and offers everything a student would want or need, regardless of your major. I am honored and thrilled to have been accepted to this University.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very rarely does anything happen on campus. OSU has a great police force, and anytime you're on campus, you're able to get to at least 3 emergency phones quickly, which will have the police there in 60 seconds, if need be. I would feel perfectly safe sleeping outside, honestly.

    Greek Life

    Can't speak personally, as I'm not a part of it, but I do know that there are more than a few sororities and sraternities on campus to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    Almost 2000 student organizations. Don't believe me? Look it up. There's something for everyone. And if you can't find what you're looking for, it's pretty easy to start your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    There's something for everyone here. EVERYONE. Some might be intimidated by the fact that it's a large school, and it's really not all that bad. You're guaranteed to enjoy something here, no matter what you're into.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I could go on for hours about traditions and locations on campus. The Shoe, the long walk, the Oval, etc. etc. Obviously there's football, which is simply amazing to be a part of on game day. The Oval is absolutely gorgeous, and on a beautiful warm day? They call it Oval beach for a reason. We have an excellent student union in a brand new building, where you can always find something to do either for fun or academics. And if you get sick of all of urban area of main campus, West campus is gorgeous, and nice and quite.

    Bang for the buck

    You're on a beautiful campus in the center of an exciting city. Not only are you getting a good education, there are tons of resources to help you along academically and otherwise. The RPAC is the biggest college fitness center in the country. There's D-Tix, where you can get concert tickets for a LOT cheaper than ticket master. OUAB is pretty much has something going on every week for free. I could go on for hours on everything you get for the price of tuition. Worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something going on around campus, and most of it is either very cheap or free. Not to mention Columbus itself is a great city with tons of activities. Not to mention the D-tix program OSU has. great for concerts!

    Food and Dining

    The only downfall here. For the most part, it's college food, so don't expect everything to be phenomenal. That being said, there are some excellent places to eat on campus. Sloopy's Diner is always a good choice, it's open really late, and is on the meal plan. Woody's Tavern is great place to get pizza or wings, and the Creamery has surprisingly good burgers,

    Dorm Life

    There are three main living areas. north, South, and Olentangy. Each has their own setup. South is traditional housing, with two people to a room, and community bathrooms. North has four people to a suite, which includes a bedroom, common area, and bathroom. I live in Olentangy, which has 2 or 4 people to a room, and 4 rooms around a common area and a bathroom. i can't speak for the other two, but I love Olentangy. There's actually quite a bit of room, the bedroom is sperate so you can get some privacy, and it's RIGHT NEXT to the stadium, with an awesome view all around.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your major, of course. But you're getting a good education here, for sure. When things do get hard, there are plenty of tutoring options around campus, all free. Not to mention excellent libraries, and plenty of opportunities for group studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Well first off, you HAVE to go to a football game. In case you don't know, OSU is kind of big on football, and nothing beats Saturday in the shoe. Also, join a club! There's nearly 2000 student organizations here, and there's a little bit of something for everyone.

    In three sentences

    You're going to get a good education no matter what you major in. OSU has a beautiful campus with tons to do. You get a lot of bang for your buck with not only the academic portion, but with all the other things you get, such as access to the RPAC, D-Tix, and a lot of other opportunities.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are countless things to occupy your time both on and off campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Word hard but have fun too. There are plenty of things to do on and off campus.

    In three sentences

    The perfect college experience. It has everything you could want from a college. There is nothing to dislike.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    911 Phones are all around campus, and can call an escort to your car

    Greek Life

    Wide variety of Greek Life

    Clubs and Activities

    So many activites, I cant even list all of them

    Great for these types of students

    Students who aren't sure what they would like to major in

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump

    What to do for fun

    Walk around, activites, go to the Union

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and try to get out of your comfort zone.

    In three sentences

    A very involved university where there is a lot to do. The professors are friendly and are very willing to help. Although its a big campus, they have a way of making it feel personal and there are many ways you can get involved.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's a campus safety escort number you can call and will pick you up where ever you are and take you back to your dorm. I think campus is pretty safe. I'll walk home from the library late at night by myself all the time and not think anything about it. I've never felt scared.

    Great for these types of students

    There is something for everyone at OSU. From nerf gun clubs, to Quidditch pick up games, BBQ grilling club- you name it and you can find it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake jump- annual jump in the lake before every Michigan game. SO. MUCH. FUN.

    Bang for the buck

    Ohio State is an experience that you can't put a price tag on.

    What to do for fun

    Football games, any sports event really, always performances of different plays, music, operas, dances at the Wexner Center. Gallery hops in Short north. Hockey games in downtown, columbus zoo. ALWAYS some sort of event going on campus somewhere.

    Food and Dining

    Could be better in some places. Mostly just average typical campus food. The PAD pizza is really good. High Street is right across from the Union though and every fast food place you can think of is there. Including Canes- a campus wide favorite.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on which dorm you are staying at. In some dorms like the towers you have 8 roommates. But not all are like that. Overall, none of the dorms are terribly old, the maintenance staff does a great job. Some rooms are small though

    Academic Rigor

    Chemistry will about kill you. Some of the different programs are very challenging, but with the right amount of effort, you can get through it

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get involved. Getting involved is what will make the college experience here. However it is important to find a balance of having fun and keeping up with all the school work.

    In three sentences

    The campus is like it's very own city right in Columbus- always so much to do. Ohio State is a big university so it has a ton of opportunities in everything you could possibly imagine. Best decision I made.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Attend sports events such as football or basketball games. There's all types of places to go out and have fun with friends. Play soccer or sports near the football stadium with the stadium lights on at night.

    Food and Dining

    So many places to eat on and off campus. Love the meal plans that are provided. It really feels you up I must say.

    Dorm Life

    A very great experience after moving out the house. Meet new people and interact. Very social and a relaxing place to do your work in your room.

    Academic Rigor

    Tutoring is all over campus. The library is a great place to study and work with friends. Majors are very competitive so you must study hard as possible!

    Tips for prospective students

    You should never give up on what you believe in. Always have faith and motivation. Opportunities for dreams could never of happened without The Ohio State University.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University has changed my life. I never believed in my education till I enrolled here. They make education fun and exciting.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Seems pretty safe to me, besides high street at night, there's predators. lol

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many to choose from! Just go for what interests you the most and you'll be fine.

    Great for these types of students

    All types! Doesn't discriminate! There's something for everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Buckeye Village! Me and my friends were bored one day and took the school bus to whatever it was going. We saw buckeye village and thought it would be an awesome place to go but it turned out that it was just a housing area for married couples on campus. :\ bummer

    What to do for fun

    Join a club! Find something that interests you, there's so much to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    The traditional dining areas are great, and off campus dining is even better.

    Dorm Life

    The one I am currently living in is a little small and cramped but it forces you to make decisions with your roommates and become responsible. The whole floor seemed like a family, and it was very welcoming.

    Academic Rigor

    Based off of the summer program I attended to prepare me for college, the academia side of OSU is very rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look ahead! Plan for your future from the moment you have been accepted, there are plenty of programs that will help you with that.

    In three sentences

    OSU is a great learning environment with great opportunities. I haven't even began classes there (as an incoming freshman) and I already feel as if I am involved and a part of the OSU family. I'm glad I chose this school because I believe it will be the best fit for me.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Student safety services is constantly patrolling the campus and you can call them anytime for a ride home if you need it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 1,000 Clubs

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a big school with a lot of diversity

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beat Michigan Week is a time of tremendous school spirit and gives you a real feel for the rivalry. Look up Mirror Lake Jump on YouTube!

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do around campus. The campus is full of recreational centers with opportunities to pretty much play any sport you want and plenty of exercise machines. You can venture High Street for a little shopping. There is pretty much a club for everything too.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of options around campus. You'll definitely find something you like, but the options on campus are more scarce during the weekends.

    Dorm Life

    There are a wide variety of dorms and living options. They are constantly renovating dorms and even building a few new ones.

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio State is what you make it. There are classes that will feel like torture and classes that will feel quite easy and plenty of classes in between.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely visit to make sure the school is what you want. The visit is what drew me in, but the school could be intimidating for some. Take some time to learn about the school's traditions and everything that it offers.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a large school filled with a wide variety of people. It's like its own city and provides a very unique experience. Being a Buckeye unites so many people.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have many options such as student safety services, and well lit paths.

    Greek Life

    It is involved in campus but not over powering.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1,000, and there is a great opportunity to discover them at the involvement fair during welcome week.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering!!! Business and Medical.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you visit make sure to check out the RPAC (largest rec workout facility on a college campus), the Union, the Oval, and Thompson Library. And not to mention the excitement of a football Saturday.

    Bang for the buck

    It is pretty affordable and a great experience, but like all higher education it is expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on around campus and around the city of Columbus. There is no reason to ever be bored.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options and pretty good food.

    Dorm Life

    I made incredible friends in the dorm, but the actual building were kind of gross. But they are in the process of building more and completely redoing the current dorms so this is looking up.

    Academic Rigor

    The sciences classes can be really tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the size. Get involved. Explore Columbus.

    In three sentences

    I love my experience at Ohio State. There are so many amazing opportunities you can't find anywhere else. Just spend a day on campus and you will get a feel for the school spirit.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A ususual tradition on campus is Mirror Lake. Every year before our football team plays our rivals The University of Michigan, students jump in the lake.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do on campus. You can go shopping, bowling, to the movie and what I find most fun is the games. The basketball and football games are so big, its like a professional team.

    Food and Dining

    You have so many different restaurants to choose from. There's the school cafeteria and you can use some of your meals on your buckeye id card at place like chipotle and mcdonalds.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are amazing. I love how the are built and from the ones I have seen the each have a lot of space in them now.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically The Ohio State University is one of the top public school in the country. When I was looking for a college I wanted to pick a school that had a good law program. The are ranked number 39 in law schools in the country.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a big campus, as school that excels in many different major and it is also a big sport school, The Ohio State University is the school your looking for.

    In three sentences

    The best campus I have ever been on. No other college is like it. I know that the will give me the best education I need to succeed.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Always be with a friend when walking after dark

    Greek Life

    I have gotten some invites to parties, I am going to keep my options open.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am just starting to experience all of this, I haven't joined any yet, bu I plan on it.

    Great for these types of students

    Take time to actually study in a quiet place. Make sure you do the homework even if it isn't required.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure you attend the football games - GO BUCKS!

    Bang for the buck

    Wait till you get to school before you buy your books. The books from the book store were $400 - I found used books at stores on High Street for $200. What a deal!

    What to do for fun

    Parties, clubs, activities at my dorm, hanging out with friends, checking out information about the campus. I love OSU!!

    Food and Dining

    You cannot go wrong with any of the food places on High Street!

    Dorm Life

    I like the fact I am responsible for my dorm room, laundry, managing money, and school work. Success is up to me now.

    Academic Rigor

    Go to the lectures, do the homework and ask for help if you need it. Do not slack off!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to meeting new people. It was scary at first, but so many people have given me great tips about my first 2 weeks here.

    In three sentences

    I bleed scarlet and grey! I love is being surrounded by so many Buckeye fans. It feels like home with all of my 50,000 family members

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since we have a huge campus, some crime is unavoidable. But I always feel safe because of the escort services that are offered, the well-lit walkways and the emergency phone stations.

    Clubs and Activities

    If there is an activity you want to try, Ohio State has it. There are so many clubs to choose from that makes it so easy to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for all types! Everyone will find their own niche at Ohio State.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year there is an event where all the students come together and jump into the lake on campus, Mirror Lake. It is always in November so it is freezing, but it is so much fun!

    Bang for the buck

    This is a great school as far as money goes. I am not wealthy by any means and they took the time to sit down with me and come up with a financial plan that would not put me in too much debt. If it wasn't for the financial advisers I would not be here right now.

    What to do for fun

    Definitely go to the football games and other athletic events. It will be an experience you never forget!

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options to choose from for food at Ohio State. Not to mention it is all good food!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are kind of out of the way in comparison to the academic buildings, but overall my experience with the people was great!

    Academic Rigor

    All the classes here are challenging, but not overwhelmingly difficult. The professors know how to challenge you in a way that won't make you cry yourself to sleep at night.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with the on campus organizations and sports. It will make you feel like a part of the Buckeye community more so than if you don't get involved.

    In three sentences

    I love the University! It is very big, but it has ways of making you feel like an individual. I would definitely recommend this school.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's not unusual, but I love the tradition of the football team, the fans, and the band doing the alma mater after every home football game.

    What to do for fun

    Football games, Blue Jackets games, art gallery walks, Mirror Lake

    Food and Dining

    Lots of choices. Reasonable prices.

    Dorm Life

    Great!

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging classes. Lots of help available if needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't room with a friend from home! Be prepared to step out of your normal boundaries. Get involved.

    In three sentences

    A fun-filled campus where people go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Lots and lots to do...if you don't get involved in something, shame on you. The place I knew I wanted to be within 20 minutes of arriving.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Have been some issues, but for the most part it is as safe as any campus in the country.

    Clubs and Activities

    Well over 1000 clubs... you can find anything you could possibly want.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student can find their own niche to live in, but not for those who dislike large campuses with a lot of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Diving into Mirror Lake every year before the Michigan football game is a great tradition done in all and any weather.

    What to do for fun

    Many different things as the campus is just outside the Columbus city limits. Rock climbing, clubbing, movie theaters and many plays to be seen.

    Food and Dining

    Normal college fare, can be good or bad depending on day and time.

    Dorm Life

    Renovating many older places and the new ones are most excellent.

    Academic Rigor

    GEC (general education courses) are not the most difficult, but everything is doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a map because campus is large, also make sure to prepare to walk a lot.

    In three sentences

    While Ohio State Main campus is large, it is even better because of that. Endless opportunities and possibilities to do anything you would like. Also has excellent professors and faculty.

  • 09/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As is often the case on a large campus, safety cannot always be guaranteed. If you're not paying attention to streets, or you're walking alone by yourself late at night, things can happen. However, Ohio State and campus police do everything within their power to ensure students' safety. It is often the student's fault if something happens to him or her.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I mentioned, there are thousands of clubs and activities for one to participate in, and new clubs are created every year. If someone wants to start a new club, all they need is to find a sponsor and fill out the paperwork. To give a couple examples of how diverse clubs can be, there is a tree-climbing club as well as mentoring club.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student, whether a bookworm or a party animal, can find a place at The Ohio State University.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The football stadium, The Horseshoe, is by far one of the most beautiful locations on campus, and getting to go to the football games on Saturday is a tradition that even non-sports fans enjoy. Before the Michigan game, there is also Mirror Lake jump, where many of the students jump into Ohio State's iconic Mirror Lake. When someone yells OH, others are expected to yell back IO. And of course, the most loved of all Ohio State traditions, is the singing of Carmen Ohio, our Alma Mater. This is sung after every football game, and often throughout the week for one reason or another.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything here is very worth the cost. Even the tuition, though very costly for out-of-state, pays itself back in no time. Also, there are hundreds of jobs and opportunities to help support you financially and allow you to remain at Ohio State for all four years.

    What to do for fun

    Ohio State offers everything from intramural sports to clubs for baking to music interests. The Newport Theater, located just across the road from campus, is always bringing in different musicians and performers. And if you don't feel like joining a club, there's always something going on, whether it's a party or an Ultimate Frisbee pickup game.

    Food and Dining

    Ohio State offers three separate dining plans: Traditional, Blocks, and Unlimited. Traditional provides weekly swipes into the commons, with 2 blocks (each the equivalent of five dollars) per week. Blocks provide a large amount of the five dollar blocks, and Unlimited gives unlimited swipes into commons and ten blocks per week. The main places for dining are the commons, and while the food is not always the best, they always provide a few choices and healthy alternatives for those on different diets. There are also many restaurants and non-traditional dining located on or around campus that are easily accessible and offer a wide variety of food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Ohio State are great. The University has a survey that you fill out before you are paired with roommates, and from my own experience, as well as hearing what my friends have to say, they did a very good job pairing us with compatible people who we can get along with. There are, of course, occasionally times when roommates do not end up working out, but the University is also very good at correcting these problems. The cleanliness and friendliness of the staff in the dorms is also superb.

    Academic Rigor

    You get what you put in. If you don't study a lot and commit yourself to hard work, you'll quickly fall behind. However, if you do study and give it everything you have, you will be able to succeed. In addition, while the course work for some majors is a lot more time consuming than others, it is possible to balance studying and a social life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take full advantage of the Involvement Fair during Welcome Week. It is very easy to get lost in the mix and to not become involved at all, but to truly make Ohio State your home, you have to get plugged in and take an active role in something.

    In three sentences

    There is no shortage of opportunities for success at The Ohio State University. There are literally thousands of clubs and organizations to join, and they only require the time one is willing to put into them. The academics are also outstanding, and present every student with an opportunity to learn.

  • 09/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are all different types of clubs and activities. From pistol club to swing dancing to ski club. If there's a club you want to be in but don't see, you can very easily start one.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of places to eat on campus and right across the street off campus. From fast food to very culturally diverse food, Greek, Indian, Mexican, and Chinese.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very cozy and friendly. They give off a community atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    OSU has lots of libraries and places to study for classes. You are given time to study as much as you wish, depending on the type of classes.

    In three sentences

    It's great for balancing out social and academic aspects of one's life. There are tons of opportunities to meet someone new everyday. There are many scholarships offered at OSU.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can call Student Escort Services after 7pm to drive you anywhere on campus, there are buses you can take to get from place to place, and there are stations that you can press a button and a car will come to you.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can do anything from the Student Wellness Ambassador Team (community service/leadership) to Off the Lake Productions (musical theatre) to the Bacon Club (bacon, duh)

    Great for these types of students

    Students who love getting involved, love cities, love social interaction, love being independent, and love a sense of community.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You must learn the words to Carmen Ohio. We usually sing it at the closing of any event. Don't use a unicycle to get around campus, you'll be made into an internet meme. The stairs in front of one of the building are fake (I won't tell you which one, you'll have to find out for yourself).

    Bang for the buck

    If you get involved, you can get more than your money's worth here.

    What to do for fun

    Obviously, some people go out and party. If you're like me, you can choose an organization from the hundreds that are offered, volunteer, play a sport at the RPAC, window shop on High Street, go to one of OUAB's free events. There is always something to do on campus- you just have to be willing to look for it.

    Food and Dining

    Depends on what plan you have. The food is overall very delicious, but you have to try if you want a variety of foods. Personally, I'm too lazy to go anywhere but Traditions, but Traditions is good too.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great if you have good roommates and you are a little social. I am lucky enough to have wonderful roommates and as long as you keep your door open during Welcome Week, you'll quickly meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes will be as difficult as you make them. You can choose easy classes, or you can choose difficult classes. Ohio State offers both.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the campus, but don't get overwhelmed by the size by first glance. It really isn't that big and not all of your classes will be a huge lecture if you decide to come. I personally have classes with 20-30 people in it.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love Ohio State. I love how there are thousands of students and hundreds of student organizations. It is not the college for everyone, but I couldn't have found a better match.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food ranges from mediocre to acceptable.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are cramped and old.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes range from very easy to impossible.

  • 10/12/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    It is clean and orangized

    In three sentences

    A 100

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Crime is not bad on campus. OSU is in a city so people should be alert and aware of their surroundings. Campus police normally does a good job with protection of students and there is a service to take students to their dorms if its late and dark out.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is big on campus. Prenlty of organizations to choose from. However, Greek life doesn't make the campus its just active and a part of the student body.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 750 clubs and probably more than that! There is something for everyone. Sports, dance, academics, student gov't, volunteering, etc. You can make a club if you get an faculty adviser and a total of five people!

    Great for these types of students

    Any student. There's all types of smart students here. There are people who like science and math, parties, sports, dance whatever you could think of

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The screaming of OH-IO! Mirror Lake jump the week of the Michigan game (Beat Michigan Week). The band performing Script Ohio. There is an airport on west campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Not really expense for in state students. Not that bad for out of state students either. Students tend to get financial assistance and there is tons of scholarships!

    What to do for fun

    Always activities on campus. Athletic event, free concerts, etc. And being in Columbus gives people a chance to explore the things in the city

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure its a good fit for you. Check to see if the school has your major. Don't be afraid of big schools because they have a lot of majors, clubs/extracurricular activities, and opportunities.

    In three sentences

    The food is pretty good. There is great school spirit. And there is always something to do when your not studying

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The biggest problem is probably the people riding bikes on campus. I've personally seen 3 collisions thus far. Other than that, I've never felt unsafe while walking around on campus... although I wouldn't encourage walking around alone after midnight just to be safe (this is a city people).

    Greek Life

    Only about 3-5% of the population is greek. You can participate if you want to, but the social scene on campus isn't too focused on it.

    Clubs and Activities

    It would take hours to comb through the thousands of clubs and activities here. Inner-tube water polo, zombie vs. humans, partnering up for pets, etc, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who enjoy athletics! However, Ohio State is one of the leading research institutes in the nation, so if you're interested in academia this is a pretty solid choice!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror lake jump!!! Basically everyone gets really drunk and jumps in a freezing cold mirror lake the tuesday/thursday before the Michigan game! This is in addition to all the songs and chants... Ohio State is just rich with tradition!

    What to do for fun

    On the weekends students can have fun at dorm floor events, go downtown for clubbing, go to bars on or off campus, house parties, frat parties, go to movies at the gateway, etc. The short north is a cute little area of Columbus that is fun to go shopping at during the day or for gallery hopping.

    Food and Dining

    There are somewhere around 31 locations you can use your meal plan on campus! This doesn't just include your run-of-the-mill cafeteria style dining. Ohio State offers a variety of cafeterias, grocery stores, cafes, smoothie/coffee locations, even a pizza place that delivers!

    Dorm Life

    Live on south campus! There's a much more social vibe on south, which is very nice if you're nervous about making new friends. Unless you're a math or science major, the location is very convenient for classes and social areas! Also, all of the south campus dorms are currently being renovated to include air conditioning and semi-private baths (like having your own bathroom that you don't have to clean).

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't found any of my classes to be exceptionally challenging thus far. However, I am only in my first semester here, so I expect classes will become more rigorous as I advance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as early as you can, come visit the campus so you know exactly how big it is, take a tour, get tickets for football and basketball!

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is rich with tradition, there is truly a community aspect involved with the school. The school is the largest in the country, but if you take advantages of all your resources you will never feel like just a number. I knew nothing about this school before coming here, but now I am a Buckeye for life!

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do at Ohio State. High Street has plenty of shops and food places to go to, along with a collection of bars and clubs. The football games in the fall are the highlight of everyone's weekend and there are always movies or actives going on at the oval and the Union.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great! I would highly suggest getting the block plan because your choices are widely expanded. For example at The Marketplace almost everything is made in front of you so it is all fresh and they always have a salad bar and soups of the day. They make sure to cater to everyones dietary needs and provide many options.

    Dorm Life

    Ohio State makes it one of their missions to provide the best first year experience. Dorms here are very nice and the RA's are very well prepared and always willing to help. Everything is very secure and I always feel safe when I am in my dorm. If there's any problems there is always someone around to help.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are very hard. All the students put their best effort in the school work and that reflects back on the teachers and their professionalism. The classes are very challenging, but there are plenty of facilities to help out any students that are struggling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you come here with an open mind and do not stress about the small stuff. College is where you make your life long friends and really get your life started. Get Involved! Ohio State has so many things that they offer here and it's a great way to make friends.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is very diverse and educationally engaging. I feel like there are millions of things for me to do around here and I always feel included. The professors really want to help the students out and make it their mission to teach us the content in the best way.

  • 10/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Columbus police have jurisdiction inside OSU and the OSU police are also more prompt than than the Columbus police when called for. So there's nothing much to worry about as long as you have the number.

    Greek Life

    I'm also not part of any Fraternities or Sororities, but I've seen the kind of advantages other students get from them and they are worth trying out for if you don't have any issues with stuff like that.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't joined any clubs yet, but from what I've heard it's not something you'd want to miss out on!

    Great for these types of students

    Awesome for sports fans, especially Buckeye fans. OSU is one the places people dream of going to. But you don't have to like sports to like it here. This place is really diversity friendly and students can find all sorts of associations here that can make them fell at home. It's also great for nerds, obviously!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A lot of stuff at OSU is associated with the colors Scarlet and Grey sometimes. And mos people are Buckeye fans here. So there's stuff related to that in small to big ways.

    Bang for the buck

    You basically get what you pay for. There are some extra fees with the tuition that you can opt out of. These are what gives you the free lab facilities, free bus rides, free use of the recreational center and other things like insurance. It's just as reasonable as anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    This basically depends on the student. Most people like hanging out at the recreational center though. It's got all sorts of indoor games, swimming, exercise areas, nutritional specialists and stuff that I haven't explored yet. There are also some 1 credit hour classes that are taken for fun, like cooking, chocolate tasting, sports, guitar classes, etc. Besides that, there are events every now and then that people participate in. Your choice.

    Food and Dining

    The campus is filled with places to eat. You also get discounts for using your student ID. There's plenty to choose from if you're picky. ;)

    Dorm Life

    I don't really know as I haven't lived in a dorm. If you're only talking about rooms, there great, but roommates can make a huge change just like they do in any college.

    Academic Rigor

    The qualities of the classes are designed for the qualities of the students. So, there are a range of similar classes for students of different levels. The only thing that OSU probably lacks is the insanely expensive equipment you see in private schools, but you won't find public schools like OSU just about anywhere though. It is unique in its own way about academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you study the map of you campus section before you get deep into classes. The campus is huge and can be confusing at first. Make sure you keep free time to go the recreational center, you'll love it! As long as you keep planning early with classes, there's nothing to be worried about here. If you want a place with quality education, but at the same time you want to be able enjoy your time, OSU is the place for you!

    In three sentences

    OSU has the nicest professors I've ever met; they actually make sure that the work load isn't too much for anyone so that all students can achieve good grades. The library and lab facilities are excellent here; everyone tries to stay in the libraries as long as they can get a lot of work done much faster there. And last but not least, OSU is the best place for sports, for any sport you play; you also get lots of awesome services which are already paid for in your tuition!

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    good networkers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    juming in mirror lake during beat michigan week

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, downtown is nearby,

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply before Dec. 1st to get merit scholarships.

    In three sentences

    It's big, which can be good or bad. There are lots of oppurtunities. I like all the clubs and activities to be a part of.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything in this city.

    Food and Dining

    Great food!

    Dorm Life

    Great time.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, work hard, play hard.

    In three sentences

    A ton of fun. Great city. Wonderful people and education.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe if you are smart about not walking around alone at night and being careful when crossing the street.

    Great for these types of students

    There are lots of all types of students. Ohio state is very diverse both in culture and in what people are studying

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mirror Lake Jump, singing Carmen Ohio, the Whispering Wall, Mirror Lake

    Bang for the buck

    Great education and opportunities for a public university price.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of clubs to join, as well as activities put on by your housing complex or groups such as the Ohio Union Activities Board. Also, there are lots of fun things to do near campus, such as going to the see a movie or going out to eat.

    Food and Dining

    Some places are better than others, but most are pretty good. There are plenty of places to eat and lots of variety so you don't get bored. Unfortunately, you lose a lot of money with the blocks meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm is a little cramped, but I have great roommates and there is a great sense of community.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are definitely harder than in high school, but they are passable and there are lots of places you can go for tutoring or homework help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't wait until the last minute to do things. Turn in admission applications and scholarship applications as soon as possible so you aren't stressed at the last minute. Make sure to keep up with your class work as well.

    In three sentences

    The professors are much more accessible and friendlier than I thought they would be. The campus is very beautiful, fun, and friendly. The university seems a lot smaller than I thought it would.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    Teachers are nice, honors program, excellent, Math and Chemistry somewhat challenging.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you really feel unsafe, you can call the campus security and they can come and escort you back to your dorm or car, but there are many people out at night, even if it's like 9, and places are very well lit.

    What to do for fun

    I hang out with my friends and go to the movies or you could go rock wall climbing, swim, or go to some of the events that the student organizations do, like concerts or movies at the Union.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many choices to go to for food but there are only some places on campus that take the meal plan and after a while it gets a little boring but the food still tastes good.

    Dorm Life

    I love living in a dorm. If I didn't live in a dorm then I don't think I would've been able to make friends because I am pretty shy and it's really fun once you have your core group of friends and hang out with them.

    Academic Rigor

    Chemistry is very hard but there are also some classes that are a joke, however there are so many classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get into the Honors or Scholars program, that way when it comes to scheduling, you will be able to get the schedule that you want. Also try to stay in the dorms your first year, that is where you will be able to find friends and know a lot more about people.

    In three sentences

    This is a very big school but you will find people that you will be able to relate. Also you will find friends that will most likely stay friends with you for the rest of your life. There are so many classes to choose from but you will know what you want when you look at them.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    average?? not much i have heard of. i think one robbery first semester but it was practically off campus and at midnight. just stay off the street when it gets dark to be safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    everywhere

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beat Michigan Week

    Bang for the buck

    Blocks! Do not choose traditions for meal plan. Otherwise you should be good for your buck. Oh and use d-tix! They are discount tickets on or around campus/ columbus for students.

    What to do for fun

    EVERYTHING!

    Food and Dining

    BLOCKS ON BLOCKS ON BLOCKS! Don not recommend traditions. It limits the locations you are able to eat. There are plenty of blocks to go around. The services are very nice with a wide variety of foods.

    Dorm Life

    Set up to be a very friendly environment! Different activities planned for different dorms all the time so there is always something to do. Nothing but a positive experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are work. There are of course the always there easy A's but hard work is nothing less of expected.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have to get help because of the large campus no on knows if you need help unless you ask for it.

    In three sentences

    A very large and beautiful campus. Lots of things to do and many opportunities available. Have experiences for everyone.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, but less safer at night. Try not to walk along high street after 11 pm, or bring friends.

    Greek Life

    a lot of greek club to join, it is completely safe and there is no bullying.

    Clubs and Activities

    hundreds, many varieties, you can find anything from ski, unicef, to pokemon club.

    Great for these types of students

    Either you are a party people or a book lover, everybody will find their place. If you like to party, try to choose the south dorm because it is so close to the downtown, and if you need a quite environment to study, choose the north campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    when one person shouts O-H, we will have to shout back I-O!

    Bang for the buck

    totally worth it because there are so many opportunity to get involved on campus and you will feel like home in less than 2 weeks.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs that you like, get INVOLVED! Watch football games, go to RPAC to exercise with friends, or you can drive for 2 hours to Cedar Point :)

    Food and Dining

    A lot of choices, be careful to not to gain weight. OSU provided nutrition and diet information as well.

    Dorm Life

    It is surely depend on the dorm. Park-stradley -> awesome. Baker Hall East and South -> not so much. But the most important thing is that all OSU dorm has excellent safety, and we will survive.

    Academic Rigor

    Even though the academic is pretty demanding, if we study hard, go to class, take notes, and go to TA-aid room, we will find that getting an A is not that hard. You just have to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't worry about getting overwhelmed here. Despite the number of students and faculty here, we are not just another number. The diversity and varieties is amazing and we will always find some friends that we will get a long very well. Faculties are so helpful and eager to assist us.

    In three sentences

    big comprehensive fun

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I enjoy intramural sports and of course OSU football.

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of options for eating. Right next to the campus you can find everything from burgers to pizza, from sushi to tacos.

    Dorm Life

    I live off-campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on how each individual treats his/her class schedule. Some classes demand more studying. Others you can let go on. Always be on top of each assignment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study every second you have free. Treat your classes like your job; you'll be more productive and look promising to your professors.

    In three sentences

    I am looking forward to attending classes here at OSU. I made a conscious decision to attend OSU not only because of its superb reputation but because of the great opportunities that exist for veterans. I enjoy the area and love the campus.

  • 11/10/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I visited this campus and absolutly love it! Its feels like just a largescale highschool, where everybody goes to sporting events and participates in clubs

  • 11/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There's a lot of food options on campus and nearby within walking distance. If nutrition is really important to you, there's a nutrition website for all dining facilities on campus. Be careful, some of those foods are loaded with calories.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life depends on where you live. Living on North Campus can be kind of dull and quiet. The dorms on South Campus are definitely nicer.

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio State isn't necessarily all-around academically rigorous. It's great if you don't know what you're going to do, how I felt when I got here. It's known most notably for its business school and engineering programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ohio State is great, but if you go here, you need to get involved. Join some campus groups, play intramural sports, get a job- do something! Make sure to go to your advisor regularly.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is wonderful! It's easy to get caught up in the spirit of the campus. And don't worry - you don't have to be a football nut to go here.

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus even though I live in the dorm closest to High Street. Have good common sense and always walk at night with a buddy. If you don't have a buddy, you can call campus safety and they will pick you up for free, no questions asked.

    Greek Life

    No idea.

    Clubs and Activities

    SOOOO many clubs. There is a directory of clubs on OSU's website and if it doesn't exist, you can plan to make it yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    This school can be a great fit for almost every type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mirror Lake jump is a huge tradition on campus. Look it up, it's nuts. Also, find the burrito place on south campus. I haven't found it yet but I heard it's great.

    Bang for the buck

    Because I'm only a college freshman, I can't quite attest to how it is or is not a bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    The night life is great, there are always parties going on on the weekends. There are also a lot of clubs and things to do in Short North. Sports are great and it's good to get involved in a bunch of school clubs on campus. There is a club for almost every interest.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. If you do attend Ohio State, don't fall into the freshman trap of spending your BuckID cash at the very end of the semester and neglect your blocks. You WILL end up with 200 with two weeks of school and you WILL be scrambling to clear out the convenient C-stores on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great and there are plenty of different types of dorms on campus. If you prefer space over social aspects of a dorm, I'd go with residence on tenth. If you prefer a type of living community, I'd go with Baker West (Baker love).

    Academic Rigor

    It's a big step up from high school. The difficulty depends on the class and the person. The math classes and chemistry classes are pretty hard. I've only taken one class besides math and chemistry and it was psych and I loved it. It's not that difficult either if you at least show up to class and finish the assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    School comes first, there are a lot of distractions that come with a big city and a big college campus but you have to be able to stay on track and avoid procrastination.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State has a beautiful campus, a spirited atmosphere, and a greatness you can feel the moment you set foot in the 43210. A big school means plenty of opportunities and plenty of friends. The night life is great but it is definitely a school you need to work hard at.

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I would consider campus safety to be quite good. I feel entirely safe walking around campus no matter the hour. Campus Safety vehicles can often be seen patrolling around campus all hours of the day, and Student Safety Services has a hot-line to call if you don't feel safe walking somewhere, and they will come and get you within minutes (even off-campus) and drive you safely to your destination. Each year the school offers self-defense classes for both men and women, which are helpful if you feel you need that extra level of protection. Students are encouraged to sign up for campus-wide mobile alerts, which will send you a text message or email if a crime occurs on or near campus, as well as for severe weather alerts. Do keep in mind to use common sense when walking around at night in the off-campus area, because it is an urban area.

    Greek Life

    Ohio State has an active Greek Life, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The numerous fraternity and sorority houses that surround campus are a great way to make lasting friendships and find a personal community within the campus community. Often, they encourage members to participate in community service or maintain a certain GPA. Greek Life organizations organize events not just for their members, but also for the school as a whole to enjoy.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1,000 clubs and organizations on campus. Everything including sports and active clubs, religious organizations, language clubs, academic groups, community service organizations, cooking clubs, and quirky things like the Grilling Club. No matter what you like, you are sure to find your perfect match at Ohio State. And if nothing is feeling quite right, it's simple to just start your own club or group!

    Great for these types of students

    Active; community-oriented; looking for academic challenges and a stellar degree; enjoys diversity

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year, Ohio State participates in the Blood Battle, which is a blood drive versus our rival Michigan, to see which school can donate more blood. As part of the Beat Michigan Week, there is the annual Mirror Lake Jump (which is NOT endorsed by the University), where students jump in the campus lake to wish the football players good luck during the game versus rival Michigan. Another cool Mirror Lake tradition is Light Up the Lake, where Christmas lights are strung all over the woodsy lake area, which is quite beautiful to see each night.

    Bang for the buck

    College is an expensive endeavour, whatever way you approach it. But Ohio State often offers great financial aid packages to students who have worked hard in high school, and there are plentiful on-campus jobs to help pick up the slack. Attending Ohio State is certainly not unmanageable compared to other schools with similar credentials, and I consider it to be well worth the cost.

    What to do for fun

    With over 1,000 clubs and organizations on campus, and a prime location just minutes from downtown Columbus, there is never an excuse to be bored at Ohio State! We even have a Quidditch club! So whatever your interest, from community service, to language clubs, to sports, to academic groups or just for fun hangouts, you're sure to find your niche. And on those slower weekends on campus, use that free COTA bus pass of yours and explore the surrounding Columbus area! You can go shopping at Tuttle or Easton, hop over to Lennox Center for a movie and some lunch, or stop by D-Tix in the Ohio Union and go to downtown attractions such as COSI or museums, for virtually free! There is always something to do in C-Bus.

    Food and Dining

    When dining on campus, don't expect gourmet, but it is certainly a step up from high school cafeteria food! The Traditions meal plan offers access to the three dining halls on campus. Kennedy Commons on South Campus is the largest and most diverse, especially if you have food allergies or special dietary needs (ex. vegetarian, gluten free, etc.). They have daily staples of soups and salads, as well as a permanent dietary Solutions line-up. They also offer all-day breakfast, a grill section, and the daily meal, which is sometimes something fun like Mexican or Chinese. North Commons on North Campus changes their menu daily, but it is a bit harder to find a variety if you have special dietary needs. They have daily soup and salad, a yogurt and fruit bar, and the daily meal. They have a small vegetarian section each day. Every Wednesday night is Italian Night, which is something everyone looks forward to each week. Yum! Traditions at West is similar to North Commons, but has a reputation for being the least tasty. All of the Traditions dining halls have fantastic dessert bars that are oh-so-tempting! If you opt for a blocks plan, you can eat at the Traditions locations, as well as the many cafes and restaurants all over campus. Most serve things like coffee and tea, juices, bottled drinks, soups, sandwiches, vegetables, hummus, yogurt, fruit, chips, bagels, and pastries. Fresh Express on North serves all of that, in addition to daily entrees and sides. There are also Sloopy's and Woody's, the campus eat-in restaurants. In addition, blocks can be used at the campus C-Stores, or convenience stores, where you can buy all kinds of boxed and frozen foods and drinks, like you would find in a grocery store or gas station. The Traditions plan comes with 2 blocks per week to use however you please, and the Unlimited plan entitles you to as many dining hall meals as you can eat. The Block and Unlimited plans come with BuckID cash, which can be used like a credit card at many of the locations surrounding the campus area. Regardless of your meal plan, all students can put BuckID cash on their cards whenever they would like.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Ohio State is pretty awesome. The buildings are a bit older, but getting better fast. All of the South dorms are being rebuilt and updated this year, and there are plans to do the same to the North campus dorms in the near future. Options range from a single room, to a suite, to a quad (which isn't nearly as bad as it sounds!). The dorms are kept clean and tidy, and each RA goes through a meticulous process before being selected. Each student pays a small housing fee each semester, which is more than worth the expense. The RA's host all kinds of events, from spontaneous grilled cheese dinners to up-til-midnight election parties. Sometimes they also hold seminars on important topics such as healthy relationships and stress and time management. There are community building activities such as floor dinners, and sometimes the dorms even compete each other, such as the yearly competition to see which dorm can go the most green. Overall, Ohio State makes dorm living quite an enjoyable experience. When deciding which part of campus to live on, think about your lifestyle and major. Most science and engineering majors live on North campus because of its close proximity to the laboratories and science buildings. Most liberal arts majors live on South campus, with its more lively atmosphere and nearby classrooms. Most athletes live on West campus, which is further from most classrooms, but closer to the stadium and most recreation facilities.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at Ohio State are definitely challenging. If you were bored in high school, you won't be here. The math and science classes are especially well known for being difficult. But no worries! Ohio State offers ample resources for students to get the help they need to succeed. There is an entire building dedicated to math and statistics tutoring, which runs basically 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. Some courses also offer evening tutoring 5:30pm-7:00pm. But if you're not in the mood to walk across campus, there are math, chemistry, physics, and biology tutoring sessions available Monday through Thursday nights in dorm lobbies in each of the North, South, and West dormitory areas. The classes at Ohio State are certainly challenging, but they will most definitely prepare you for a stellar degree and succeeding in a great career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind, and be prepared to do things you've never done before. With so many cultures and backgrounds meshed together, there is no end to all of the life-changing and eye-opening opportunities you will have at Ohio State. Let go of your ideals of what you think college SHOULD be, and just enjoy every moment you are here. It will truly be one of the best times of your life.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is Diverse, Challenging, and ALIVE. You will meet people from virtually every country and background imaginable, all on one downtown campus. The challenging academics will prepare you to receive a stellar degree, and an even greater career!

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Wait till the first semester is over to apply and become completely immersed in extracurriculars. And when joining the Honors Engineering program, expect to be challenged just as much as kids attending MIT or Harvard.

    In three sentences

    The college is an excellent value college because you get a quality education at a fraction of the price of other colleges. It provides many diverse offerings and caters to everyone. This is a college that I would definitely recommend to anyone.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has its own police so you do not have to deal with the city if you happen to get into trouble on campus, and this also allows for more patrol officers to keep you safe. There are blue boxes all over campus that you can press if you need emergency assistance. Students are also very helpful if you are lost or need assistance.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is huge around campus, but those who don't participate do not have any less of a social life. It truly depends on if you want to join or not and they are very welcoming to those who just want some information.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or activity for everything and everyone! There is a club that is solely in existence to eat pizza. BBQ club is a great way to make friends and eat good food for free. There are religious (and questioning) organizations, sporting events, skydiving clubs, and everything else you can imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    Social butterflies, students who want to start over, those who feel out of place in high school as there are clubs and organizations for every interest, academic students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mirror Lake Jump happens every November on the Tuesday before the Ohio State vs Michigan football game. Students run down to the lake in the freezing cold and jump in amidst thousands of other students and sometimes snow or rain. Everyone is freezing but it is a tradition worth doing as it is a memory that will last forever.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are an in-state resident, the tuition is not that bad. If you are on out-of-state resident, after you have lived off-campus for a year, you are eligible for in-state tuition so make sure you talk to a counselor because that cuts costs by a lot.

    What to do for fun

    Football games, Pillow Fights on the Oval, Mirror Lake Jump before the Michigan game, BBQ Club There are always events going on on the Oval, whether it's something planned by an organization or a game of frisbee between friends.

    Food and Dining

    The Commons has what you would expect from a college cafeteria, but their weekend brunch is always pretty good. Other dining is way better than what you'd expect. Fresh Express offers a salad and sandwich bar, as well as daily soups and sushi. There is also a pizza delivery place on campus that takes dining points as payment. If you don't want campus food at all, High St. is steps away from your dorm with countless restaurant options.

    Dorm Life

    Regardless of what dorm you end up in, whether it is on South campus, North campus, or in the Towers, you will make friends. South campus typically has more freshmen, but all the other dorms are not just for sophomores. North campus allows you to have 3 roommates, 2 rooms, and a private bathroom for the 4 of you whereas South campus has one-room dorms with a communal bathroom for the floor. The Towers are suites that you share with up to 8 people, so it just depends what is right for you.

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio State is a great school for academics, but there are enough resources for those who weren't born book-smart. Graduating with a degree from OSU says a lot about a person, but that's because a lot of work goes into graduating. You may have a lot of sleepless nights, but they won't be spent alone. Plus, there's a 24-hour library with a never-ending supply of coffee to help you out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the different clubs and organizations as well as your professors, as they always have amazing credentials. Find your roommates on Facebook before you move in so you figure out who will bring what, plus you get to know them better. Go in with an open mind and you better like football!

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a great school for anyone who wants the true college experience. If you're a fan of football but still want access to great professors with experience as well as the newest technology and resources, then apply. It is an extremely large school so therefore it is a social butterfly's dream, but it also allows for the introvert to start fresh and make new friends.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun you can sign up for sports and clubs, there is an endless list of activities that keep you involved within the university and a great way to meet people.

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious and there is a variety from fried food to healthy food you can pick and choose.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great way to meet other students and keep in touch with what activities are going on at the university.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are challenging but you experience and learn a great deal and the university offers every opportunity to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore campus and sign up for different clubs or sports, Ohio State offers a wide range of activities and advancements to further your schooling, career and life experience.

    In three sentences

    I would rate The Ohio State university a 9 out of 10. It is a large campus that offers various degrees and opportunities to further your education.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I run, and go to random free things in my lobby. Like once the Columbus Zoo brought a bunch animals to to our lobby. I also go out and have a good time there is a lot to do.

    Food and Dining

    It is pretty good but towards the end it gets old and you miss real food.

    Dorm Life

    It isn't like home but it is fun always having people around and you make a lot of friends.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very challenging and I am engineering department but it you study and work hard it pays off.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a great college but it is a lot of hard work remember it is college.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a great college. It was full of great opportunities and tons of great people. Also the academic environment is great for stellar learning.

  • 12/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They're awesome! You can call at midnight to get a ride or escort to the dorm from Thompson and it just makes you feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm on the Equestrian Team here; it's amazing. There are so many clubs that there's no way you can't get involved. I also attend H2O Church, which has changed my life.

    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State caters to all types of students and people. You'll find your fit here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping in mirror lake is a BLAST! Mirror Lake's lights for winter are beautiful too. My favorite place to study/hang out during the day is on the big steps in the RPAC.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm not sure that room and board is exactly worth it. Living off campus will be cheaper for me, personally. But the education is more than worth the cost of tuition.

    What to do for fun

    The Ohio Union has so many free activities for students to participate in; there's ALWAYS something going on. The night life is great, too.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great! Watch the calories, though, sometimes they're a killer!

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm helps you connect to people but, the University should probably have a more specific questionnaire for matching prospective roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are hard. You have to go to class if you want to do well and you have to learn to manage your time and study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Listen to everything the University says, they actually do know what they're doing. Research before you go in to meet with faculty and have questions prepared. The most I learned was during Orientation, which didn't help in my decision-making process.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University has given me opportunities I have never dreamed of having! Professors, advisors, and all faculty are encouraging, friendly, and truly want to help. The University really knows how to make a HUGE campus feel like a well-knit community; it's home for me.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Even with how large the campus is and the craziness that can happen during Football season, I feel very safe here. The police are friendly and well behaved and i have not seen nothing crazy happen on campus.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life at OSU is extraordinary where your fellow students will assist you and help you with anything you need. The Greek Life is a great way to become involved with one another, develop your leadership and communication skills, and so much more to get you involved OSU.

    Clubs and Activities

    I believe there are close to 900 clubs and activities to choose from. Many of them focus on running and even the fun Zombie Attack that takes place on the Oval. With the vast amount of clubs to choose from, their is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    The Engineering Program and Business Program is one of the best in the nation so if you are looking for a challenge and you want to receive top-notch education, these two programs are for you if you decide to go for Engineering or Business.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping into Mirror Lake is always fun, even though the university frowns upon the activity, once a year everyone joins in on the action. The creamery near Mirror Lake serves some good food and the path that runs along the river near OSU is a great place to get out and escape from everything.

    Bang for the buck

    This school literally has everything for everyone. Excellent academics, a great sense of Ohio State pride, and fun activities for everyone. You simply can not go wrong with this university.

    What to do for fun

    Due to the size of the campus and it's location close to Columbus, there are SO MANY things to do for fun. You can walk up and down North High Street and visit the many shops, go club hopping, join in on the partying in the roar of Football Season, or join one of the hundreds or clubs and/or activities that take place at Ohio State.

    Food and Dining

    Dining can be expensive depending on what kind of meal plan you plan on purchasing. In all honesty, do not choose anything more than 350 blocks because you will have a crap ton left over by the end of the semester (and they do not roll over). You do however have A TON of choices to choose from as where to eat and what to eat. Their are so many restaurants and different things to munch on, the choices are endless!

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are old and if you are sharing a room with anyone, the rooms can be kind of small. Nevertheless, the dorms always hold activities at least once a week so yo can break away from your studies and have fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Their are majors here that can be very hard, especially if you do not stay on top of your homework and studies. Business is a hard program as well as Engineering but the results are well, well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to explore and try new things. Tackle your classes head on and put everything you can into your educational future (your grades will show it and future employees will like it). Do not feel pressured by the size of the school.

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely beautiful and provides such an amazing atmosphere for everyone. With over hundreds or clubs and activities, their is always something to do on campus. The academics are top notch and you will receive an excellent degree for the price you pay.

  • 12/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never had any problem feeling safe on campus. There are usually other students around, if not you can call the student safety service to pick you up.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved directly with Greek life, but my brother who also attends OSU is. He really seems to enjoy the fellowship and opportunities presented by Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of Student clubs and organizations to chose from on campus. Odds are you will find a group that shares your interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every beat Michigan week thousands of students jump in mirror lake, even though it is very cold. Most M's are covered by tape on Campus, last year I lived in Sith Hall instead of Smith Hall.

    Bang for the buck

    There are so many options to pursue at OSU that you can feel overwhelmed by all the choices for majors and clubs. I definitely think you get your money's worth from OSU.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can go to the RPAC (Recreation and Physical Activity Center), Jessie Owens North or Jessie Owens South and work out or play basket ball. There is also the Gateway Movie theater in the South Campus Gateway. The Union also brings in bands, comedians, and movies for entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many great places to eat both on and off campus. On Campus you have Kennedy Commons, The Union, Sloopy's Diner, and many more great place that are covered by the meal plan. Off campus there is Catfish Biff's, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Noodles and Company, and many more.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be very hectic, especially at a large and diverse university like OSU. It is important to understand you do not have to be best friends with your roommate, just try to get along with each other. It is also important to remember when to close your door and study. Also try to get involved with student government. It is a blast being a part of the dorm government and planning lots of fun events.

    Academic Rigor

    I cannot ascribe a single academic difficulty to OSU. How difficult your experience at OSU is depends on what classes you take and how much time you spend on your studies. Oddly enough studying more makes your classes seem easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Freshman classes can be very large, so it is best to sit as close to the front as possible. This way you can reduce distractions and take good notes. The campus is very large and far flung, so leave for your classes early.

    In three sentences

    1.) An abundance of academic pursuits 2.) A Vibrant student life that involves student clubs and organizations 3.) Lots of opportunities for student employment on campus

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You are in Columbus. One can find anything to do in the city.

    Food and Dining

    Good but expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Find people you enjoy and live with them.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too difficult if you find the right classes but still interesting and useful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make friends and everything else will fall into place.

    In three sentences

    This University has a diverse student population and a large set of opportunities for everyone that would be interested in attending.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Have a walking buddy

    Clubs and Activities

    Endless selections!

    Bang for the buck

    What isn't at Ohio State?

    Food and Dining

    Big campus, a lot of choices.

    In three sentences

    I can't wait to attend in the fall. OSU has been my dream school for years. Buckeye Nation!

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The crazy students jump in mirror lake before the Michigan football game.

    What to do for fun

    Gym, swimming, diving, bowling, golf, sports and exercise classes.

    Food and Dining

    Food is expensive and not so healthy.

    Dorm Life

    I can't rate this because I've never been in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    As mentioned, none of my classes have been simply attend class and get an A. I've had to study for even my photography class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to study hard. Don't waste time drinking at parties. It is important to maintain sanity, so have a friend or group of friends to do other activities with. I would recommend taking advantage of the gym or pool.

    In three sentences

    This school challenges you to your full potential. There may be times that you want to cry, but it's all worth it in the end. Seeing myself grow from knowing little to being able to apply my knowledge is the best gift from The Ohio State University.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The South Campus Gateway theater has movies for $6 and if you go to the Union beforehand you can get a $3 voucher. There are all sorts of things to do in the rec facilities, I really liked going to the OAC and going rock climbing. There are also various sporting events going on as well as concerts and such.

    Food and Dining

    The food options on north campus aren't that great. The dining halls on south campus are much better. Kennedy Commons is great if you have the traditional meal plan. Union Market and the Market Place have a lot of options and it's pretty good food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on north campus are a bit cramped with four people sharing a room. However you get used to it and don't notice it as much as time goes on.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but not outrageously difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get the earliest orientation day possible because the good classes run out quickly.

    In three sentences

    So far I really like Ohio State. The school spirit is awesome and it's great to be a part of it. The classes are challenging, but not too difficult.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ohio State is a fairly safe campus and has numerous services that only accentuate these policies. For one, OSU has an escort service for any student who doesn't feel safe walking alone at night maybe after a late class, all you have to do is call in a place and time and reserve your spot. All throughout campus, there are blue lights which are columns that allow a student to contact emergency services. Each of these towers have a distinctive blue light at the top to allow quick access.

    Bang for the buck

    The Ohio State University is an amazing university. There are over fifty thousand students, many of which could possibly share the same interests as you. OSU is home to many national ranking schools, such as the Fisher College of Business. But Ohio State is more than its academics, it's about athletics and activities too. In the first semester of college, you meet the people that you'll keep in contact with for years after. As the alma mater, Carmen Ohio, says, How firm thy friendship. Friendships are forever and Ohio State will help create friendships that last.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things that one can do for fun on campus. Clubs are an abundance at Ohio State, practically a club for anything, from Buckeye Barbecue Club to the Asian Student Business Association. There are clubs that are for academics, athletics, and just for fun. Along with clubs, there are a variety of sports teams if you're the athletic type, both intramural, varsity, and club. A Harry Potter fan? Join quidditch. Want something more serious, play soccer or lacrosse. The opportunities are endless. There are also exciting traditions that one can partake in. The Mirror Lake Jump happens during Beat Michigan Week and thousands of students jump into the campus' own Mirror Lake.

    Food and Dining

    At Ohio State, there are many food choices depending on what meal plan you choose. Traditional meal plans mean eating in one of three dining halls. Although there are limited choices, food is food. Be warned, a lot of the food is fried, so watch out for that freshman fifteen, it's real. Block plans are more convenient and allows for more flexibility. With blocks, a student can eat anywhere on campus using these blocks that are worth $5. You can pick up a snack at the library or eat a full meal at Marketplace. The opportunities are endless when you're on campus. All meal plans allow you to add money to your ID, BuckID cash. With this money, you can use your ID at many locations on High Street.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you're housed, living with others is not all that bad. Whether living with one other person in a double, or with eleven other people in a suite-like room, dorm life forces you to make friends. There is no such thing as being along when you live with others. Some of these people will stay acquaintances, but some of these people will also become lifelong friends. Things may be awkward when you first start off, but after a few weeks, things will get comfortable. Living in a dorm, no longer with your parents, means that you're all on your own. No one will do your laundry or clean your room for you, you've got to do it yourself. Dorm life can be stressful, but it creates bonds with other people that are needed to survive.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at The Ohio State University is fairly rigorous. Classes can be filled will hundreds of other students, making it hard to focus and pay attention. As a result, a lot of studying has to take place on one's time if one wants to be prepared for exams. Most courses have a grade book that consists of a few papers, a midterm, and a final. Unlike high school, there is no homework to pad your grade. Grades must be earned through studying. There is no getting by just by doing well on homework. Don't procrastinate because with four to six classes, procrastinating can lead to a huge pileup, especially when big assignments are mostly due around the same time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Walking into a new place can be an overwhelming experience, but walking into one of the largest universities in the country is something in its own. There will be classes that you share with hundreds of other people, most who you will never talk to, but some will become friends. The key to being at such a large school is to make friends. The people you meet during your first year may become your room or housemates in following years or a best man or maid of honor in the next decade. Make friends, study hard, and join in the activities. Make the most of your time in college.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a wonderful community full of spirit. Both academics and athletics are highly ranked. Those who choose to attend will learn new things while making lifelong friends.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun at The Ohio State University, you can go to the various sporting events. Also, you can spend time at the recreation centers. There are many restaurants and clubs in downtown Columbus that students can explore as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are numerous dining options on and off campus at this university. No matter what kind of food you like, The Ohio State University has something that will satisfy you. Also, with your BuckID you can buy food off campus at many restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing at The Ohio State University. There are many options of dorms to choose from, such as singles, doubles, triples, quads, suites and dorms with bathrooms. All are well equipped. Also, the bonds you form with your roommate(s) will last a life time. These bonds will help you succeed in college as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at The Ohio State University are very challenging but rewarding. College is a huge transition from high school, but if you manage your time well, then you can succeed. Also, at this university, there are many options to help with your success, such as tutoring centers and professors who are willing to help their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to try something new that is out of your comfort zone. By doing so, you can meet new people and find your new passion. College is all about finding out about yourself before you enter the real world, not just receiving a good education.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a great choice for a school because it has so much to offer. This university has numerous options for majors. Also, even though it is a big campus, there are multiple extracurricular activities and groups to join so everyone can find something they love that will help them make this big university, smaller.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Late night shuttle services to your car and on campus apartments are available. Campus police call stations through out the grounds.

    Clubs and Activities

    Water polo club was really fun! Many other clubs available.

    Great for these types of students

    Die hard buckeye fans, students who want to get a great education from a well respected institution.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping into Mirror Lake before the Michigan game.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition went up this last year, but tuition is increasing at most public institutions.

    What to do for fun

    Campus activities, athletics, performing arts, etc are all readily available and some at discounted prices for students.

    Food and Dining

    Various food options through out and around campus. Columbus has a great food scene.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorms, but have heard good things about them. Close to campus, great sense of community.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but not impossible if you apply yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to explore, ask questions, and get involved!

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a great public university with loads of opportunities. Attending a big school can be intimidating, but the endless resources and professionals is worth it!

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Ohio State Police recently partnered with Columbus Police to have joint jurisdiction, meaning Ohio State Police can patrol off campus neighborhoods populated by students. Officers work together to keep students more safe, and so far it is working quite well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mirror Lake Jump. You have to do it at least once, no matter how cold or icy the lake is. It seems crazy to jump into a lake in late November, but it helps us beat Michigan. You have to participate at least once, and after that you can watch from the sidelines. You won't regret it.

    What to do for fun

    Attend athletic events. You haven't lived until you have attended an Ohio State Football game. Other athletic events like baseball, hockey, volley ball, etc., may be free or discounted to students. There is always something going on. Explore High Street. There are plenty of restaurants and shops to browse. It's a short bus ride downtown to enjoy the night life, or there are plenty of bars and clubs on campus to check out. Get involved. Again, Student Organizations can be your best friend, and be where you make your best friends. There are so many and have something to offer for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    Avoid the North Commons at all cost. Kennedy Commons is the best place if you're starving since it is a fairly decent all you can eat dining hall. There are plenty of other untraditional dinning facilities, like The Marketplace, Mirror Lake Creamery, or Sloopy's that you can use your food plan at. Those places taste better and offer more variety.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are very nice, while some are a little dated. If you reside in a newer dorm, you'll love it. They are literally brand new and offer nicer bathrooms, study areas, and bigger rooms. The older dorms can be cramped and are just simply dated. If you get put in Lincoln or Morrill Tower, you may be put in a room with 6-10 people. A positive to this is you are bound to like at least one of your roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio State is tough. The class sizes can become overwhelming, so it's your job to talk to your professor, whether it be the lecturer or the one who heads the recitation. Take advantage of study groups and teaching assistants.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a large campus. Their are thousands of undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and staff. The large class sizes take some getting use to, along with learning to navigate the campus. Get involved. Use your hobbies or interest to find a Student Organization and join. There are thousands of Student Organizations on campus, so one is sure to catch your eye. Joining also opens up opportunities and connections that may not otherwise be offered to you. Avoid Thompson Library and The Science and Engineering Library during Finals Week. Everyone studies there. It's a better bet to have your own quiet and private study space picked out somewhere not as popular. If you decide to study in one of these places, reserve a study room for a couple of hours.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University has more to offer to students than any other University in the United States. Opportunities to be involved in Student Organizations, conduct research, and receive a five star education are plentiful, no matter the major. Ohio State should be a top choice for any prospective student.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you stay on campus, your pretty safe, unless you get ran over by a car or truck which happened to a student on campus, due to the construction. He was riding his bike when a dump truck backed into him, and ran over his leg, he lived but they had to amputate his leg. Other then the constant terror of getting hit by a car on campus, or crossing High Street which is the street that everything is on you do not have to worry too much. Occasionally theres a robbing or two, but thats because people wonder off into dark allies. They have a good response team good campus police and security teams that will drive you home if you are out too late. The school is huge, one of the largest college campuses in the country so there is bound to be some mishaps.

    Greek Life

    The gods and goddess of partying, my friend is in a frat and there are some very exclusive parties they throw I have been to one and it was like something out of LA.

    Clubs and Activities

    Theres too many to name they have I believe the most out of any college in the state of Ohio.

    Great for these types of students

    Asians, Engineers, and football players.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People who jump into mirror lake during the Michigan game, their big into Frisbee here to for some reason.

    Bang for the buck

    As a state college it is super expensive, financial aid if you qualify will cover most of it, but you will expect to be 2 to 3000 dollars short, they will have no sympathy for you, so save your sob story for someone who cares. If you are late on payments you get hit with extreme fees they will not wave. The school is under constant construction all the time, because they are in the process of creating new facilities. The class room sizes are super large so asking a teacher for help is out of the question. They are really big on parking, and football, where they make a lot of their money. Traffic on campus is horrible you always have to worry about getting ran over by some 17 year old texting on their phone. I could go on forever, and I like going here I'm just being honest, do not be fooled by that Scarlet and Grey school pride facade.

    What to do for fun

    I usually would goto the RPAC , it is a huge gym 4 stories state of the art, I would go there to work out. I would go out to some of the bars on the north side, the south side has the best bars and hang out spots, OSU gets a rep for being a huge party school. While I was there I think I only went to maybe two parties, if your 21 and can enjoy the nightlife you will love downtown and Gateway, lot of dance clubs and lot of cool dinning places to eat and chill.

    Food and Dining

    5 out of 5, the food here on campus is awesome, the chow halls are great they have huge food bars, full salad bar, cereal bar, anything you want to drink there they have. Food is good too. North Campus has the best, but south side has cool little restaurants such as Mirror Lake, where you can get home made ice cream and great burgers. Your buckeye ID is accepted in many places around and off campus you can buy a lot of food, but you cannot buy beer with it, which I guess it good.

    Dorm Life

    Is awesome I lived in a dorm for a year in Jones Towers, best place to live if you get a single and can afford the insane high prices. They usually provide free food on fridays and have little events.

    Academic Rigor

    Great engineering program, nationally ranked law program, Knowlton School of Architect is really good, they have a lot of great majors, the advisors though are tough to get a hold of they are rude and really have no clue what they are doing, and it is difficult to get appointments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have applied for as many grants as possible because you will have over a grand in fees not including your tuition, your meal plan will cost $2200 and if your not a freshman you will need to find off campus housing, may the force be with you and good luck. Also make sure all of your tuition is paid on time, because they will want their money rain sleet hail snow, and the late fees, they really hurt the soul.

    In three sentences

    The school cares about money, football, and money. Ohio State is a good school because it cares about its football team and they have a good accounting team to make sure your money goes to the football team. Ohio state has a great library and a very nice gym.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    At any university, there is risk of crime. The best thing is to be smart about your personal safety. Don't travel alone at night, keep pepper spray with you, make sure someone always knows where you are and when to expect you back, and utilize your campus safety transportation when necessary!

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 1,000 student clubs and organizations, everyone can find one that interests them! Of course for those rarities when there isn't a group that appeals to you, there are opportunities for you to make your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    Practically any type of student can thrive at the Ohio State University!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beat Michigan Week is one of the most known traditions on campus; it includes the famed Mirror Lake jump! The singing of Carmen Ohio is also a campus wide tradition that really brings students together. These are just a few of the many traditions that bind the Ohio State University together!

    Bang for the buck

    As with most colleges, the cost can seem to be a bit much; however, with the opportunites available to OSU students, the price is well worth it in the long run!

    What to do for fun

    The best thing to do on campus is to get involved. There are over 1,000 different clubs and organizations you can get involved in; one is bound to catch your interest!!! Also, there are free movies played on campus throughout the year, along with discounted tickets for other events in Columbus that students can take advantage of.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many dining facilities on campus that students can go to. If you don't like the food at one location on a particular day, chances are somewhere else is open that has something you will like. The meal plan can sometimes be a little frustrating, but typically it's manageable.

    Dorm Life

    Aside from typical roommate situations, dorm life at Ohio State is great! There are floor and building events that let you meet the other residents. Most dorms also have study rooms, lobbies, and kitchens that are available for residents' use.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes offered at OSU cover a vast array of subjects and all challenge the learner. The professors are truly interested in their topics and are willing to help if you seek them. The classes can be challenging, but if you put in the necessary time and effort, you won't be overwhelmed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the size of the university. I heard from alumni that Ohio State is as big or as small as you decide to make it, and that is so true! By getting involved and meeting new people, you won't feel like just a number. Also, just like with any other college, time management is key. The freedom of college can be great, but you have to balance it with responsibility.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is an excellent school full of tradition, fun, and opportunity. Attending this university has given me so many new experiences and new friendships that have bettered me as a person. A highly recognized degree is just one of the many things an education from the Ohio State University will provide you!

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are incidents on campus and it isn't a good idea to walk around alone when it's dark but safety isn't much of an issue.

    Greek Life

    Greek life has a considerable role on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of student organizations I think even close to 1.000 by now.

    Great for these types of students

    I think there's something for everybody on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the mirror lake jump done before the Michigan vs. Ohio State game that a lot of people do. A lot of people jump into mirror lake, a small lake on campus. Most people are drunk when they do it. It's usually pretty cold outside by the time this takes place. (I don't consider that sort of thing fun, interesting, or safe.)

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of parties. (I think) Sports are really big. There are a lot of concert venues in the area and all around Columbus. You can ride on the COTA the city bus system for free which can take you downtown. Columbus is a big city with a lot to do. A lot of restaurants close to campus accept the Buck ID

    Food and Dining

    The food is good but not the best. Some places are better than others.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm experience has been alright. Some of the dorms are really big. I live in Morrill Tower which is a pretty big dorm. There can be a lot of traffic on the elevators. The dorms are normally pretty clean. There are a lot of options to meet different students needs. It's for meeting a lot of new people.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor varies by major and whether your going for a B.A. or B.S. degree, the B.S. degree is usually more rigorous. I know from experience that a getting a degree in the science field (physics, biology, chemistry, etc.) can be challenging. The work usually is not that bad if you keep up with it. Spreading out G.E. courses with your more challenging major courses creates a good balance. Overall it's definitely a lot tougher than high school but it's not too rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Being involved in some sort of group or organization on campus helps to meet new people and to make the school not seem so big. Develop excellent study habits and go to office hours! If your a procrastinator find a way to break that habit! (I know it's easier said than done) Get involved in research if your interested in graduate or professional school. Use your resources. Get to know the professors and faculty it's helpful when recommendations are needed for internships, applications, etc. Don't be afraid to try new things. Find time to release stress, have fun, and relax. Don't do all nighters every night or the night before an exam. Don't take too many classes in one semester. Don't try to take too many challenging courses in one semester. Make sure you have a good winter coat, gloves,and boots. Always carry an umbrella with you.

    In three sentences

    The campus is really big and there are a lot of students. There are a lot of opportunity and student organizations you can get involved in. There is a lot of school spirit and buckeye pride. Overall the school is pretty good and one of the best in Ohio.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe. Walking across campus at night is a bit scary because it's so large but generally still safe. Once you step off campus though things become a bit sketchier. High Street alone at night is a big NO NO. Campus safety alerts are emailed out to students regarding crimes that have occurred off and near to campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is prominent but not overwhelming. There are giant fraternities and sororities but there is such a large social life that students do not need to join a sorority to have a social life and still find fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are thousands of clubs at OSU. Countless sports clubs, clubs for religions and ethnicities, art clubs... you name it and there probably is a club for it (Bread Club? Yup, we got that. Vegetarian Cooking Club? Yup... etc). Finally, if there is not a club for something you're interested in then it's very easy to form a club and get people to join in.

    Great for these types of students

    Students with pride for the school they attend. Students who believe in wording hard and playing hard. Students who are comfortable being in fairly large classes and sharing a campus with thousands of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beat Michigan week and the Mirror Lake Jumps are great traditions at OSU. Basically, during Beat Michigan week activities related to beating that state up North occur all around campus. Mirror Lake Jump is a great tradition (one that the university does not condone) where 1000s of kids jump into the freezing cold water of Mirror Lake and just have fun. The Oval is a wonderful place on campus where students are able to sit around and just enjoy the outside air while doing homework or walking their dogs.

    Bang for the buck

    At least if you're a state student OSU provides amazing academics, stellar opportunities and Top 10 Athletics for a relatively cheap cost.

    What to do for fun

    There are millions of ways to have fun at OSU. Join a sports club or intramurals. Try your hand at Quidditch or join the Crew Rowing Club and learn a new sport. Join any club that interests you and you'll have fun. Go to athletic events (all events except for Basketball and Football games are free). Go swimming at the RPAC. Ice Skate at the Schott. Adventure High Street and explore Short North. The list goes on and on.

    Food and Dining

    OSU has so many meal plans to choose ones it's hard to figure out which one is right but the Block Plan allows students to dine anywhere on campus. With this plan there are hundreds, if not thousands, of options for students to choose from. The meal plan is very vegetarian friendly and accommodates vegan and gluten free diets.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life really varies dorm to dorm. Some of the dorms are really in need of a makeover and the university is working on updating all of the dorms on campus. Almost all of the dorms have air conditioning and decently sized rooms. Some rooms are gigantic and then you come across the regular minuscule college dorm room.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at OSU range from the standard Easy A classes to the incredibly hard Chemistry and Math classes. You will leave, learning something from every class you take at OSU.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Get Involved: OSU stresses the importance of getting involved on campus and everyone you talk to says the same thing. The more you get involved, the more friends you will make and the more fun you will have at OSU. 2. Be Open: At OSU there are a huge range of people you're going to meet, it pays to be open and meet new and exciting friends. 3. Amp Up the School Spirit: Being a student of OSU includes being proud of being a Buckeye. Whether it be at a sporting event or at an academic challenge showing school pride is always a necessary. GO BUCKS!

    In three sentences

    THE Ohio State University may seem like a big university at first but it quickly becomes your home. It's great being part of such a large community where everyone feels a sense of camaraderie with their fellow students. Finally, it's an amazing feeling walking around campus on game days; the amount of school pride is unbelievable.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We do have our own campus police that work with the Columbus police, however, the patrolling is not all the time, mostly peek hours like late nights, weekends, or footballs games. There are a few alleys that aren't well lit but this is very rare. There is even a campus transport system that can take you home if you know you'll be out late. Personally, I feel safe on campus mostly because everyone is so friendly.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities on campus it's impossible not to find one that fits you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most unusual tradition at OSU is the Mirror Lake Jump before the *ichigan game. Sure it's cold and gross, but it is a tradition and an absolutely amazing experience! Highly recommended!

    Bang for the buck

    OSU is great and all but it is kind of expensive, even the regional campus are pushing it for someone on a tight budget. However, that would be without any financial aid or scholarships which OSU has plenty of for those who have worked hard and need it.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to eat on-campus and even more just outside of campus or a short bus ride away or even food delivery that goes to dorms. They just started a new type of meal plan they still need to work the kinks out. The only other concern I've heard about the food is it isn't all that healthy, which I don't really mind. Overall I love the accessibility of it all and the variety means there is something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    It is quite packed in the dorms with most freshman ending up in a quad, a few in a double. Being close to people means learning to love them and quickly making friends. I wouldn't give up the experience of living on-campus for anything in the world.

    Academic Rigor

    OSU definitely demands hard work out of all of its students. However, just like any university there are some easier classes (although I am yet to have taken one, being a science based major I have had mostly labs and lectures).

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe.

    Great for these types of students

    Not the greatest school for older students. They don't have many evening classes. They don't cater to anyone who works full time or has kids. I'm only 24 and I'm always one of the oldest people in my classes.

    What to do for fun

    They have a lot of extracurricular activities. The RPAC is amazing! They also have a lot of educational seminars and discussions.

    Food and Dining

    They have various food options.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorm. I transferred.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors I've had have been extremely rigorous in their grading. That being said, they are not setting you up for failure.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the area outside of the university. It offers a lot as well. Keep careful track of bills, financial aid and any thing like in state/out of state tuition. They change systems frequently and it has made for a lot of errors in my experience. Get to know your professors as well. Even if you have a large class, interact with the professors.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State provides many opportunities for research. Their technology is extremely advanced. Most professors are exceptional.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You're in a city so you kind of have to figure out what's the creepy areas, but this is just the off-campus scene. On campus you have nothing to fear. We have our own police.

    Greek Life

    I'm thinking of joining a fraternity, but it only consists of about 17% of our campus. You need not be greek to have a successful career at OSU.

    Clubs and Activities

    1000+ folks.

    Great for these types of students

    Active, Hardworking, Social, any and all.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Script Ohio, every game. Mirror lake jump, Thursday before the Michigan game. Yell: f*** Michigan! as loud as possible. Hate Michigan. Do the long walk with your significant other.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything you could ask for and more.

    What to do for fun

    Go to football games, party off campus east of high street, play intramural sports, join one of 1000+ clubs, audition for a musical ensemble, see a movie or concert at gateway or that other place on high street, go to downtown Columbus for some fun!

    Food and Dining

    MANY MANY options available on AND off campus. Go down high street to find many favorite restaurants, and on campus food is great, too!

    Dorm Life

    I got unlucky in this category.

    Academic Rigor

    The chemistry department is extremely tough. If you're a freshman doing engineering, the Honors program is hell.

    Tips for prospective students

    Jump in mirror lake. If you want to party, go to south campus. Otherwise, choose north.

    In three sentences

    A place with so much opportunity. Whether you're not sure what you want to do, or you know exactly what you want to do, coming here is a great choice. Catch the spirit; be a buckeye!

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's a public school. If you're going into a profession that requires (or recommends) graduate school, save your money for that. If you don't need grad school, the academics are sound and the connection to alumni is worth far more than the tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Explore the campus, Columbus, and any opportunities offered through the student union. You'll meet new people while doing something you enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    They're working on a new dining plan with the change to semesters, but the problems are mostly worked out at this point. I'm sure it will continue to improve. The food is excellent: Â?Â?not typical college food at all.

    Dorm Life

    There are always dorm events happening, and doors are frequently open to visit each other. There hasn't been any drama on our floor, and it has been very limited in the rest of the dorm. If something goes wrong, the university is very quick to fix it and make up for it to anyone who was negatively affected.

    Academic Rigor

    Five stars means that I like the level of academic rigor, not that the academics are that rigorous. The classes are difficult enough without being so hard that people get frustrated. I think it's the perfect amount of stress placed on education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships, even if you think you won't get any money. There are hundreds of thousands of scholarships available at such a huge international university, and chances are you'll win at least one.

    In three sentences

    I love Ohio State. The atmosphere surrounding the football games is a unique environment that can't be experienced anywhere else. Both academically and athletically, I don't think any other school displays the same amount of excitement about itself or the opportunities it provides, and this makes for a very positive atmosphere in which to live and learn.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's tons to do for fun. Being in the dorms provides you with opportunities to create new friendships. Also, the amount of clubs on campus is ridiculous; there's a club to meet every single one of your interests. I've participated in intramural volleyball which was also a fun way to meet people and stay active.

    Food and Dining

    Places to get food are located literally all over campus. No matter where you are, you can always find a place to grab a quick meal or relax and enjoy your dinner. The variety of food is huge, with vegetarian options, ethic dishes, and your all-American favorites like chicken fingers and cheeseburgers.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was probably the best experience of my freshman year. It's awesome being around people your age with all different types of personalities. The dorms aren't too big but definitely manageable and give you a great environment for meeting new people. There are dorms located all over campus so you can try to accommodate how close you want to be to your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at OSU vary in difficulty but almost all require a decent amount of effort. Of course there are more vigorous classes that require more time and thinking, but I don't believe there are easy A courses here that require no work at all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to manage your time as quickly as possible. Its difficult adapting your high school styles of learning to a college classroom. You have much more freedom in regards to homework and how much time you'll dedicate to studying, so creating goals or a game plan is extremely helpful.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State University is a huge school that lives up to they hype surrounding it's academics, student life, and athletics. Although it is a huge a school, the feeling on campus, of officially being a Buckeye is irreplaceable. I feel like I'm truly getting a great education without having to sacrifice the traditional college experience.

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Get football and basketball tickets. The games are so exciting and the sense of camaraderie is awesome

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid of the size of OSU. It can be a big or as small as you want to make it.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always construction, which sometimes causes issues when people are trying to get to class because you have people walking, people on bikes, people in cars, on top of weird traffic patterns, and construction equipment. There are a lot of those emergency poles that will get the police if you push a button, and we have a student safety service that will drive you home if it's really late and you don't want to walk.

    Greek Life

    I'm not really involved with it because I didn't want to be in the Greek system, but it's there if you want it.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have over 1,000 clubs. There is something for everyone. If for some reason we don't have a club for you, you can start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    You need to be comfortable with a big school because OSU is really big, but there are also a ton of ways to make it smaller. We always say you can make a big school smaller, but you can't make a small school bigger.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The week before the Michigan game, a ton of students go and jump into mirror lake on campus. The whole campus comes together because we all hate Michigan so much, it's a great experience.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm not from Ohio, so it's pretty expensive, but I got a fair amount of money from them. College is expensive, there's not much you can do about it anymore.

    What to do for fun

    Get football tickets. I had so much fun at the games. Join a club or two that you are interested in and then try to get to know the people in your dorm. There are a lot of great opportunities to go explore Columbus, and you can ride the COTA buses for free to get you where you need to go, which makes it a lot easier to go to fun stuff.

    Food and Dining

    Originally the meal plan had too many blocks on it, which is what you use to get the food. They changed it for second semester, which I really appreciated. My only issue is that most of it is overpriced, and their hours over long/holiday weekend hours are pretty bad, but I don't usually go home and then have a hard time getting food.

    Dorm Life

    I personally love my roommates, but I know that doesn't happen to everyone. The RAs are great for helping people adjust and solving conflicts. You should look at the style of dorm you want before you submit your housing stuff because that can make a difference, I'd also highly suggest joining honors or a learning community if you're worried about housing stuff.

    Academic Rigor

    It's challenging, but doable. They have a ton of resources for you to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get football tickets. I had so much fun at the games, it was an unforgettable experience, and made me fall in love with OSU. Make sure that you don't mind a big school because OSU is big. It's not bad, just make sure you are ok with it. Get involved right away, and be nice to everyone in your dorm, you never know who you'll end up being friends with.

    In three sentences

    There is something intangible about OSU that you can't really put into words. You can tell that all of the teachers love what they're doing, and most really care about the students. It's a great school, and has something for everyone, whether that's in the classroom, a lab, or through a student organization.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Long Walk is taken by a couple down the Oval's long stretch. It is said that if you can make the walk without letting go of your significant other's hand, you will last forever. Also, the Mirror Lake Jump is help the Thursday night before the OSU-Michigan game and should not be missed.

    What to do for fun

    There are an incredible amount of clubs to join at OSU, whether they be academic, sports, or greek. It is almost impossible to not find the right fit for you, and if you can't, you can always start your own club and find others willing to join.

    Food and Dining

    The food is awesome! The Union has some of the best burgers and I love the pasta salad at the SEL. Anywhere you go to eat, you will find something moderately priced and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm, but my friends who did all loved it!

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio State is hard, but worth every moment. You will learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though it seems like Ohio State is huge, I promise you will find your place there. I'm directionally challenged so I was a bit intimidated to be attending such a huge university, but every one was very helpful when I asked for directions. Plus the OSU Mobile app has a map function that I love!

    In three sentences

    I love being a buckeye! There is a lot of community at Ohio State and it is impossible not to find your own personal niche. It is incredible the different types of people you will encounter every day.

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Ohio State University's campus is typically very safe. There are many call boxes on campus, at which one can signal for help, if one is ever threatened. Typically the crimes and assaults happen off-campus. Ohio State has recently experienced a string of robberies and assaults on students east of campus, typically during the fall season. This is where the majority of upperclassmen live. The university advises its students to not walk alone at night and offer escort services for students travelling alone. OSU also offers an alert system that notifies students through email or text message if a crime occurs on or nearby campus. However, numerous students found that the university had not been reporting all of the incidents that were occurring, leaving many students upset with the university and still wary to venture home at night.

    Greek Life

    As one of the largest public universities in the nation, Greek life is huge at OSU. I am not personally part of it, but it's difficult to not be familiar with greek life on OSU's campus. There are entire neighborhoods dedicated to greek housing and the fraternity/sorority houses can be very impressive. These organization can be frequently seen around campus and off campus doing philanthropy work or holding recruiting events.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've detailed this in my previous explanation under What to do for Fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State University is a hub for athletes. The university's student body was ranked as one of the fittest in the United States. OSU boasts four gyms--one being the largest in the state--multiple stadiums, fields, and pools. All of these are easily accessible through the campus bus system. The university also features a very urban lifestyle. The campus is very close to downtown Columbus and city life is just a short walk away. Those students who enjoy a bustling community will definitely find Ohio State's campus rewarding.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, from my experience, the education you receive at Ohio State University can be matched by most large, public universities. I wouldn't say there's anything special about OSU's education system other than its high number of research institutions. Recently, the university has been gradually increasing tuition costs and the only noticeable difference is the construction going on ALL OVER campus. Courses can also be unreasonably over-priced for what they're worth. The university may require you to take and pay for courses that do not pertain whatsoever to your field of study and some courses may even be a waste of your time. It's difficult to be sure how much each course you schedule costs because you schedule in bulk and receive a monetary due amount based on all the classes you scheduled. However by scheduling classes individually you will come to see how much the university charges for each class you schedule. The amount can be almost appalling. For example, scheduling a 1-credit hour (the least a class can be worth) social dance class costs you approximately five hundred dollars. A detailed list of individual charges can be seen before you pay and the list is full of charges and fees that seem completely unnecessary and uncalled for. In summary, the money you spend at OSU for a college education is no more well spent than at any other large college.

    What to do for fun

    Ohio State University offers a myriad of clubs, student organizations, intramurals, and events. Each semester the university holds an involvement fair during which student clubs and organizations ranging from athletics/sports clubs, martial arts clubs, and greek life to religious fellowships, gaming clubs, political organizations, and hobby-related clubs. It's very difficult to not find an organization that doesn't fit your interests. They serve as great ways to get involved, meet people, and stay occupied. The campus boasts many fields, gyms, and pools. The nearby High Street also offers a variety of dining and shops. The Resident Advisers in your dormitories also frequently hold events and activities for students to socialize and spend time together.

    Food and Dining

    The Ohio State University offers many on-campus dining establishments. Some are cafeteria-style establishments while others are sit-down restaurants, cafe style eateries, and there are even food stalls on campus that are open during warm parts of the year. However, the most unique aspect of OSU's dining is that the campus is located next to the very bustling High Street, which offers students and plethora of off-campus dining options from fast-food hamburgers and wings, to Asian bistros and Middle Eastern restaurants. If you decide to attend OSU, you will find yourself on this street fairly often. Located a bit further south down High Street is Short North, an area just north of downtown that boasts many high class galleries, restaurants, bistros, bars, shops, and diners.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be very dependent on who you are paired/grouped with as a room mate. Ohio State tries to group/pair people together who share interests through a survey sent to its admitted students. This survey includes smoking/drinking habits, hobbies, personal characteristics, areas of interest, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics depend on the major of study you select. Degrees granted at graduation are dependent on what you study. For example, OSU's College of Arts and Sciences grants two different degrees: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Bachelor of Science, typically held in higher regard, is granted to those who choose fields of study in physical sciences such as chemistry, biology, physics related fields and mathematics related fields. Bachelor of Arts recipients typically study social studies, history, etc. Each department has its own website that can detail the classes you'll be taking in order to receive your degree. Typically the most challenging majors require a high number of mathematics and science classes. At The Ohio State University, mathematics and chemistry classes are known for being challenging weed-out courses to which you will be dedicating most of your time. Of course, there will be other classes specifically for your major that could be challenging as well, especially with mathematics/science-heavy majors. It's best to always dedicate time to studying for those challenging classes, and to frequently use the resources offered to you such as professor/teaching assistant office hours, campus tutoring, etc. If you find yourself with an interest in mathematics or the sciences, don't let the reputations of these classes discourage you. The difficulty of these classes serve to weed out those who may not hold such interests or may not be as motivated. If you hold a clear interest in the field, you shouldn't have much of a problem getting through.

    Tips for prospective students

    It definitely helps to know what you want to study before you start your classes. Having a goal in mind from the start definitely helps you stay on course to graduate and make college studies less hectic. Contact the academic advisers for each major/minor you may be interested in. Ask them what kind of work graduates of those respective majors get involved in, get an idea of the curriculum rigor, and tell them what your interests/future goals may be. They can be very helpful in giving you a feel for each major and pointing you in the right direction, even if your goals don't match the major programs they advise in. It's easy to get caught up in the fall football craziness, but college can be very unforgiving if you wait too long to commit, and you can find yourself with limited options. Take action early, and you'll find yourself having a pleasant, successful college experience!

    In three sentences

    Ohio State does a great job in helping it's new student transition from life-at-home high school students to college students. They offer many opportunities to new students to become involved and to receive aid in their studies. However, once you pass freshman year, Ohio State higher-ups kind of just forget you and you're on your own.

  • 01/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is extremely well lit and there are emergency posts all over campus. OSU has a student safety service that will come pick you up for free from the library, dorm, etc. at night if you do not want to walk.

    Greek Life

    I don't personally partake but I know a ton of people who do and love it! In saying this though, OSU is not one of those universities centered around Greek Life, it isn't a must here but is definitely an option.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of options from BBQ club to Orchestra!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone & Everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The mirror lake jump is like nothing you will ever experience. It's amazing seeing so many people coming together to jump into a freezing cold lake (pond) to celebrate both tradition and Michigan Week. I know it might sound moronic at first but it is truly amazing.

    Bang for the buck

    This is not one of those schools where you will be judged for wearing sweats to class, all peoples are accepted so don't blow a ton of money on a new wardrobe. Always buy used books when you can, there are a ton of places on High St that sell used books.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in Columbus. It is a beautiful city with something always going on. I recommend visiting the Short North just minutes away from campus. Also, there are always things going on campus; OUAB (Ohio Union Activities Board) hosts a ton of really awesome events to go to.

    Food and Dining

    The food is so good!! Unlike many small schools there is more than one dining hall and in fact you can use your meal plan at cafes and other dining locations other than the buffet style commons.

    Dorm Life

    I am from central Ohio but one of the best decisions I have ever made was to live in the dorms. You meet so many great people and develop bonds with people you would have otherwise never know. Living on campus provides a great sense of belonging.

    Academic Rigor

    You will be challenged but it is up to you as the student to take control of your education and future by putting in the work. (My major is not as challenging as others that is why I did not choose more stars)

    Tips for prospective students

    Living on south campus puts you closer to most social scenes as well as classes. Get a block dining plan, you will have a huge variety of places to eat and the food is actually really good. Take advantage of the library, there are so many great resources there as well as study spaces.

    In three sentences

    THE small community feel of this large university is incomprehensible. THE campus is equally as beautiful as THE student body and their pride in their school. THE Ohio State University is more than football, it is home.

  • 01/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ohio State is a safe campus, but it can be a little dangerous off-campus. You just have to be street smart and take some precautions. However, I have never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life here is pretty big but not required to have a great time. I do recommend doing it because not only do you obtain those social and friend connections, it's also great for networking, obtaining jobs on campus, and finding new ways to get involved on and off campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Before the Michigan vs. Ohio State football game, student jump into Mirror Lake which is crazy but super fun. At football games, people jump up and down and do the buckeye bounce. This school is very traditions focused and you can get that feeling at every sports event, during welcome week, and many other places throughout campus.

    What to do for fun

    There's so many things to do for fun and not all of them involve going out and partying although there's plenty of that if you're interested. You can go rock climbing on west campus, go to the movies at The Gateway, go shopping on high street, or just walk around campus and get coffee with a friend.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is actually pretty good and there's so so many choices. I'm a very picky eater and I still find lots of good things to eat. It's also very easy to healthy,vegetarian, or gluten-free. Many places are super accommodating for dietary needs.

    Dorm Life

    I live on north campus, so I live in a 2 room suite with 3 other people. Two of my roommates are great and one I simply live with. Don't plan on becoming best friend with your roommate, but it's great if it does happen. Also, make sure that you actually take the roommate agreement seriously, especially if you have certain practices like cleaning, guests, drinking, smoking, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on what classes you're taking, your major, and how advanced the classes are. It also depends on how much previous knowledge you have for the class. I'm an engineering major so those classes are more difficult but I'm also minoring in history and those classes are difficult in a different way. It really depends upon the person.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is a place here for anyone and you will find your niche which will make the school feel small even though in reality it's very big. If you want a job, apply over the summer before coming to campus. If you need any help go to your advisor, they're really helpful and awesome and will point you in the right direction.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State University is a great college that is very helpful to all of its students in so many ways. There are people to help you with academics, finding a job, and finding fun ways to get involved.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The American Language Program(ALP) on campus pairs you up to be a mentor an friend to international students that you can show around campus and the city. Helps build friends all over the world.

    What to do for fun

    I swim, draw, archery, sew, learn new languages, watch movies.

    Food and Dining

    Great varieties of dinning services and foods

    Dorm Life

    Good review of dorms from what I've heard from friends

    Academic Rigor

    Very high expectation especially fro scholarships and internships

    Tips for prospective students

    Study Hard, Keep your GPA up, son't slack off and plan to study abroad

    In three sentences

    Great internship opportunities Has a lot of students from all over the world Lots of scholarships for different departments.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is much campus safety options, especially an escort service after dark.

    Clubs and Activities

    I play intramural hockey and I love it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ohio State's famous marching band and football games are always an experience.

    Bang for the buck

    I wouldn't choose OSU over any other school.

    What to do for fun

    You can always workout, join a student group, intramural sports, or even attend a game.

    Food and Dining

    From what I've had, the food is excellent, but it is pricey.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm here.

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio State is known for their top of the line academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to live on campus so that it's easier to get to class.

    In three sentences

    The campus atmosphere is unlike any other. The faculty is well-educated and very helpful. My time here has been worth every penny.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can go to movies, shop, or walk around downtown

    Food and Dining

    There are many restaurants up and down high street and there is a lot of variety. The dining halls have a lot of variety and try to change it up hitch is great.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is okay. There have been a few problems with the newly renovated dorm such as being homeless for a couple days, hot water problems, and fire alarms being pulled. Other than these few problems it has been a great experience and I have met many new friends living in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, although the professors teach as best they can. There are also office hours you can take advantage of, workshops, labs, and review sessions to help you throughout the year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get in a good sleeping pattern and have good study habits because you will need both of those for college

    In three sentences

    It is a very spirited school with many different and fun sporting events you can see. The case mica are challenging but doable. You get the chance to meet so many new people as well.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The campus meals aren't quite the best around, but you can always just bring your own food.

    Dorm Life

    Meh.

    Academic Rigor

    This probably really depends on what you major in, but if you pay attention or read at all it should be fairly easy for you.

  • 02/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State is great for students who like to learn and who have a drive to be successful. There is a class and a major for everyone and the advisors are great for helping you find that. Ohio State students like to get their work done (eventually) and have a good time in the meantime. There is a time to get serious and study, and a time to let loose. Success in college relies almost exclusively on the ability to know the difference.

    What to do for fun

    ANYTHING! One of the best parts about Ohio State is the unlimited amount of things to do here. If you're bored, you're doing something wrong. There's a rock-climbing wall, night clubs, countless student organizations, movie nights, and nearby places to visit. COSI and the Columbus Zoo are fun places off campus and Columbus itself it a good place to visit. Spending time at the Short North is a must!! Its an artsy district with fabulous Jenni's Ice Cream and plenty of places to visit.

    Food and Dining

    Food is decent. There is a wide variety of meal plans available to fit a variety of needs and appetites. Sloopy's Diner is my favorite but there is a place for everyone. Good amount of vegetarian options if you know where to look, but there is a guaranteed vegetarian/vegan option and every dining facility.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make it. For me, I made some of my best friends right on my floor and spend a ton of time with them, making my dorm a fun place to be. Get out there, know your neighbors and have a good time.

    Academic Rigor

    The variety of classes and majors makes this hard to rate but there is undoubtedly a standard of excellence that should come naturally to those who excel academically.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here. This was the best decision I've ever made. In high school, take any AP classes that are available. This is the best thing you can do to help you once your in college. It saves you time and money and puts you ahead of the curve.

    In three sentences

    My favorite place on earth. A home away from home. A center for community, friendships, hardwork and a good time.

  • 02/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Football is a huge part of the Ohio State community. There are also a lot of fun activities to do in the surrounding area since downtown Columbus is just South of campus!

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of food options around campus and in the surrounding areas. Students will not go hungry!

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms because I am a graduate student, but I have heard they are pretty nice and comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Working hard is important for any university and any program. OSU is no different.

    In three sentences

    I am a graduate student, so I don't know much about the entire school. My program (Masters of Occupational Therapy) is incredible, and I feel it is really preparing me for a successful future. The campus is huge and exciting with tons to do.

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is an escort service for when it gets dark and blue emergency lights every so often.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have The Best Damn Band in the Land, Brutus the Buckeye, Script Ohio, Mirror Lake, and in general, a tradition of excellence. :)

    What to do for fun

    The RPAC (rec center) is HUGE and they have anything you could ever want to do there, not to mention there is an extensive list of clubs to join. If you are still bored after studying for classes and those things don't interest you, you have the whole city of Columbus for your enjoyment and can get around on the city buses for free with your BuckID.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good for college food and there are again lots of options!

    Dorm Life

    There are a lot of different options for rooming!

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't attended any classes yet, but I know they are very selective these days.

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party, get involved at the Union, Greek Life. BUCKEYETHON- Be a part of a fun and growing tradition, and raise money to end pediatric cancer.

    Food and Dining

    It's improved drastically over the last several years. No matter how much you like it though, you will get tired of the same things over and over and will venture towards off campus dining.

    Dorm Life

    Resident Advisers are usually helpful and try to make living in the dorms bearable.

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio State is a tough state school. Don't think you are getting an easy college education here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go see your professor at their office hours. They love getting to meet you and enjoy helping you out.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a large living entity. It is easy to get swallowed up become unnoticed. It is however, very fun here.

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ohio State is near a large city, but has an expansive buffer zone of student housing and suburbs to keep all but petty college away.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is alive, but small at Ohio State. Rush happens when students get back from winter break.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can think of. Groups range from educational groups, to club teams to the grilling club.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to meet new people. Applied science students. liberal arts students. Students who want to find groups to be involved in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During football season yell O-H! to a crowd and you will get an I-O. The Oval is a nice place to spend some outside time in the spring and summer.

    Bang for the buck

    The level of education gained from this state school is exceptional. The experiences Ohio State has to offer cannot be matched at any other university. A good sports team is always nice to root for also.

    What to do for fun

    High Street is the big draw off campus. Social gatherings happen every weekend. Ohio State has sponsored events during the week and weekend.

    Food and Dining

    Food is everywhere on campus. Food ranges from classic dining halls to sit down restaurant. Choose the Block system if applying.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of great people everywhere in the dorms. Both Co-ed floors and single sex floors. Lots of opportunities to mingle with dorm mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are harder than high school. You get what you make of it. Prepare well for the midterms and finals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with an open mind on what you want to study. Come to make friends. Try something new on campus. Join a club.

    In three sentences

    A large school with everything you would want to do. It is a relaxed atmosphere where you can really be yourself. Sporting events are a big draw on campus.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I think campus is very safe. The university does a good job of alerting students to any safety issues as they arise.

    Greek Life

    Going Greek was one of the best decisions of my undergraduate career.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mirror Lake Jump. If you don't know by now, make sure you find out before you enroll!

    What to do for fun

    Go to a Bucks game!

    Food and Dining

    I am not on the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot speak about the dorms since I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Like all Big Ten schools, sports are important, but there is a huge focus on academics as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Push yourself outside your comfort zone, you never know who you will meet and what new interests you may discover!

    In three sentences

    Huge on school spirit, plenty of restaurants to try and neighborhoods to explore in the city of Columbus. Ohio State loves Ohio State!

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of organizations and clubs to get involved in and if you don't find what you like you can make your own

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to live on a huge campus because it is crazy.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. When I went there to investigate engineering there was really high energy and everyone was excited to be there.

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police and emergency stations everywhere on campus, along with cameras! Safety of the students is a first priority!

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to name! :)

    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State is great to students that are very social and love to be with friends but love their academics even more. OSU kicks anyone out that falls below a 2.0 so only the really serious students should attend!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition is the Mirror Lake jump during BEAT MICHIGAN week. Thousands of students jump into the freezing cold lake to show their spirit and support for the Buckeyes. The university officials are really a big fan of this tradition and don't support it but the students love it and participate at their own risk.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun! There are so many clubs and activities to join. As well as buildings to just do whatever you please. No one could ever be bored on campus! It just takes some exploring and experimenting!

    Food and Dining

    The food is typical cafeteria food. Overall it is enjoyable and priced fairly well. The food options are numerous, so if you don't like one thing there is always something else available to you.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm (or on campus) so I can't really tell you whether it is good or bad but all of my friends say it is nice, fun, and entertaining.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are not harsh at all. It's pretty typical college work, essays, presentations, and homework. Help is ALWAYS available at any time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be nervous. The size of the campus is so overwhelming at first but everyone on campus is so helpful and getting in with the crowd and finding the way around becomes a breeze. Don't be afraid to ask questions and talk to new people. The professors don't mind at all to take time out of their day to help you with something. I've not met one person who hates The Ohio State University.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a good university. The professors are very helpful and kind. Although it is a very big campus, the university helps students get to where they need to be and obtaining new information is easy.

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For being located in a city, campus is very safe. There are multiple emergency call boxes and the streets are well-lit. If there is ever an issue, campus security will send out emails, calls, and texts to inform students of what is going on on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ohio State has over 150 clubs and organizations students can join and is always open to the creation of new ones. There is something for everyone and the school acknowledges and highlights these organizations and helps them achieve their goals.

    Bang for the buck

    For the price, Ohio State is definitely worth it. You pay a lot in fees, but in doing so you open up a world of opportunity from free movies to multiple exercise facilities and guest speakers. They do their best to make the students happy and give them what they want from a university - academically and for fun. Every year they bring in famous musicians and hold free and ticketed concerts.

    What to do for fun

    Columbus is a great city which offers many things to do. Other than going to parties on the weekends there are things for everyone. The school holds events all the time over a wide range of activities and topics. Columbus itself has an art museum free to students on Sundays as well as the number one zoo/aquarium in the US (from what I've been told).

    Food and Dining

    There are many options of where to eat on campus as well as off campus. The meal plans are generous and there is something for everyone from gluten free to vegetarian.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm creates a sense of community and many people make friends with the people in their hall. Though there are some older dorms on campus, many have recently been renovated and there are many options.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are very important at Ohio State. The classes aren't necessarily hard, but they will do their best to make you think and grow.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to make a friend or two before you begin school here, it will greatly help with the adjustment process! Look into the major you are planning on going into and see how well the program is ranked as well as what will be expected of you. Some majors must be applied for or there is a sort of competition for who will get in. Apply for every scholarship possible! OSU offers many great scholarships and opportunities to help make college more affordable - it's one of the best in the nation for this!

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University may be large, but there is a sense of community and once you have been on campus for a while it doesn't seem so big anymore. Academics are as important as athletics, the university gives you many chances to grow and encourages students to get involved. Campus life is lively and for the most part people are very friendly.

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Ohio State is very unique in its dining program. In addition to a lot of off-campus dining options that accept the cash that can be loaded onto student IDs, there is a good variety of on-campus dining. There are three all-you-can-eat style buffets - one on north, one on south, and one on west in the towers. There are also healthier options, however, such as Fresh Express and the Union Market, which sell paninis, salads, and other a la carte items, Woody's Tavern, and many cafes in the libraries around campus.

    Dorm Life

    North campus is home to most Honors and Scholars programs and the buildings are older for the most part, so it has a more homey feel. South campus is a lot closer to dining facilities and Frat Row, so it has a more vibrant night life and is generally a lot louder. In both places Ohio State does a great job of providing programming for students and making them feel welcome.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are great because there is a wide variety of difficulties. Need a Biology credit for General Education requirements but you don't feel good at science? Take 1100, made for people just like you. Really interested in Linguistics? Take an upper-division class. Classes are generally about the same number of credit hours, but there are many options based on interest and capability that fulfill the same requirements.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus. It will help you form a community and make the campus feel a lot smaller. Go to office hours. It's nice having professors who know who you are, and they really like teaching so it's not a burden on them. Keep an open mind. Try something new, like going to a Bollywood dance performance or attending Taste of OSU. You might be amazed at what you like.

  • 03/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus frequently sends out crime alerts to let students know of any active threats. They also offer a few self defense courses. Also student safety services will pick you up from any location on campus and drive you home which is especially helpful late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is over 500 different clubs and organizations to get involved in. I highly recommend you involve yourself and at least a few different things. This has also given me the opportunity to try a few new things.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student! There is something for everyone. However the school and campus is big and that is not something that everyone likes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake jump during Michigan week. Also the Oval is a great place to hang out with friends and during the spring it turns into Oval Beach

    Bang for the buck

    The only real downside is that dorm life is expensive however OSU is just as expensive as any other state school so that's not something specific to Ohio State

    What to do for fun

    Ohio State has so many different things to do, they frequently offer things such as free concerts and movies. There is over 500 different clubs and organizations, and of course SPORTS! Go Bucks!

    Food and Dining

    There is so many different places you can go on campus to eat including a full service restaurant. They really do a good job of making sure there is something for everyone.

    Dorm Life

    I spent two years in the dorms and in two different dorms, they are very nice. One was more spacious than the other but I also lived with more people. The dorm managers and RA are always available to help you and offer many programs to help get you involved.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at Ohio State are difficult, however work hard and you will be able to get through it and excel. Plus Ohio State has many people and programs on your side to make sure you do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the size intimidate you, your can make the school as big or small as you want. GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS! It is so valuable to make those connections, especially at a research university.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a huge school but that's what makes it awesome! Because of the size, you are able to meet people who you connect with very easily, there is a club or group for everyone. There is a huge sense of community, you could pretty much go anywhere and shout O-H, and someone will shout back I-O

  • 03/21/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Mild crimes occur on off-campus housing. Keep your doors locked! Mace may be a good investment, but I have never had to use mine. Make sure there are always people around you.

    Greek Life

    I did not have any affiliation with Greek life because I wanted to be off of the campus as soon as possible. I did not have a good experience here, even though I love people and crowds. It is not for everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Millions upon millions!

    Great for these types of students

    City lovers, workaholics ;). Studious and active people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The mirror lake jump! I've never been, but people from all over Ohio jump into the lake on a specific night that is typically freezing cold. Ambulances stand by since OSU cannot stop this procession from occurring. It is a tradition that occurs annually.

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of unnecessary (in my opinion) construction. The weed-out classes may jeopardize your GPA, and that may not look good at any college you decide to transfer to.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot! Shows, organization activities, and much more! Shopping on high street and city exploration.

    Food and Dining

    High street has many options!! The campus is full of cafes and small eateries. Affordable, in general.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't stay in the dorms, but I think it would allow for an ample social life.

    Academic Rigor

    Science classes are difficult here! Beware. However, the other classes may be reasonable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with activities! Spend more time on campus, and make sure you round up your friends so that you have a satisfying social life. I struggled emotionally because my classes were difficult, and I had no one to share my feelings with.

    In three sentences

    Beware of the science classes. They are weed-out classes, and extremely difficult, even for the A student. The university is huge and impersonal, so if you like the big city feel, go right on in.

  • 03/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is every possible club here.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump - Everyone visits mirror lake and some people play in the water

    Bang for the buck

    There is so much that is offered here: free bus rides, cheap concerts, free shirts, etc.

    What to do for fun

    Movies, clubs, bowling, sports, anything that you enjoy doing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There is so many opportunities here and it makes the experience so much more fun and interesting if you are involved in something here.

    In three sentences

    A great school

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Drink. Heavily.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging classes that feel rewarding when you're done.

    Tips for prospective students

    *Make sure that during summer, you find out if a class is standard length (14 weeks) or shortened (7 weeks).

    In three sentences

    tOSU is a destination university, so expect to meet people from all over the world. The athletic department is top-notch. Football team is awesome!

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many blue phone for emergency call all over the campus. Campus neighborhood is usually safe. You can call Escort Service and a van will take you to your place during night if you live close to campus.

    Greek Life

    It seems to be they are partying a lot...

    Clubs and Activities

    The only problem is that there are too many. The best way to find the one you like is to go to Student Involvement Fair at the beginning of Autumn Semester.

    Great for these types of students

    You like BIG university. You have wide interests.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump-in before Michigan game. Oval is the gathering place. There are lots of underground passages and bridges that connects buildings; if you know them, you can stay warm during winter.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is not cheap, but the university is really trying to keep it low, especially for in-state students. Living expense is relatively low.

    What to do for fun

    Gallery hop on first Saturday of each month in Short North. Free events all over the campus. Eat (Lemongrass in Short North is my favorite). Have coffee/tea at Stauf's, Mozart, or Zen Cha. Google Columbus Event Calendar

    Food and Dining

    It got better. If you don't like campus dining, you can always head out to High St.

    Dorm Life

    They are old, but it seems like new dorm buidings are being built. If you like diversity, apply for I-House at Morrison.

    Academic Rigor

    Pre-major courses can be boring, but once you get in your major, classes are more interesting. Also, there are variety of general education classes that are interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Contact your academic advisor ASAP. Get involved in a student organization. Check our RPAC.

    In three sentences

    There are so many majors to choose from. Check out some fun classes like skydiving. Beautiful campus and nice people :-)

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They make a point to make campus safe as possible. They have these pillars with blue lights scattered all across campus; if you're threatened, you just run to one and then press a button, which dials straight to 911. Also, the campus police send you texts/emails that alert you if there's any threats on campus.

    Greek Life

    No shortage of frats and sororities. A lot of freshman rush or pledge, and they're happy with it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to even try to explain

    Great for these types of students

    Self-motivated, athletic

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping into Mirror Lake in the middle of winter. 'Nuff said.

    Bang for the buck

    Especially if you're out of state, it's expensive as hell. I'd recommend using literally everything (and there is a lot) that the university offers you (professors, research, computer labs, career services, etc.) to get the most bang for your buck

    What to do for fun

    Literally anything you like; there are soccer fields, tennis courts, etc. that anyone can use. There's also a great rock climbing wall, and you can rent mountain bikes. Or you can drink; there is no shortage of alcohol or drugs on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Traditions is the cheapest meal plan, but at least I found the food to be really crappy. I switched to the Block plan, which gives you access to a whole lot more delicious food. I'd recommend the Block plan to anyone who asks.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Morrill, which is more than 50 years old, but I still found it okay. There are a bunch of newer dorms on campus, too, which are supposed to be really nice. I wouldn't know. As for the RAs, if you don't act generally drunk around them, they will just leave you to your alcohol.

    Academic Rigor

    There are definitely some hard classes (Accounting for Business majors, Chemistry for Engineering majors, etc.), but the majority of them aren't too bad at all. Do a little bit each day and you'll have plenty of time to have fun and still get good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in ready to take advantage of everything that is offered to you. There are literally infinite number of things you could get involved in, and I'm not just talking about clubs: if you make the effort to reach out to them, professors will help you in whatever, whether it be joining in research, or just help with homework. The main key is to REACH OUT; if you don't, you're just one more kid in a sea of 50,000.

    In three sentences

    OSU has a great campus, and is constantly growing, as evidenced by the numerous construction sites throughout campus. It also has great gyms and Activities and Recreation Center, which leads trips to activities like hiking, biking, canoeing, etc. Overall, I'm very pleased with OSU.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University's main Columbus campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. More than 55,000 students select from 14 colleges, 175 undergraduate majors, and 240 master's, doctoral, and professional degree programs. As Ohio's best and one of the nation'Â?s top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center.

  • 04/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a ridiculous amount of clubs, so you will defiantly find a place to fit in. From volunteer to BBQ there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    OSU has a place for every type of person with any interest!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake jump is a strange, but awesome tradition. One day on the week of the OSU vs. Michigan game everyone jumps into the lake in super cold weather. You might come to OSU thinking you wont jump......trust me you will want to by the time it rolls around!

    Bang for the buck

    OSU can be expensive, especially if you are out of state, nevertheless it is an unforgettable experience that is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun! You can play racquetball at the RPAC. All sporting events (minus football and men's basketball) are free to students. The union also sells discount tickets to concerts, events, the zoo, and more. Mad river mountain also is fairly close for all your winter time fun!

    Food and Dining

    All the food on campus if pretty good, some places are just better than others. Oxley's, the union, and market place are probably the best (for traditional dinning Kennedy commons is pretty good)! Also there are a lot of off campus places to eat on high street. and around the campus area.

    Dorm Life

    I personally love the dorm life, you make so many friends so quickly. There is always someone to say hi to in the hall, and you know everyone. All the RA's are awesome at there job. Plus there is always a fun program going on for students.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes can be difficult, mainly the math and physical sciences. However with hard work there is no reason you shouldn't do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggests you check out the campus, you'll fall in love instantly. If you do decide to attend, go to class have fun and take advantage of all OSU has to offer!!

    In three sentences

    OSU is an amazing place to attend. The traditions and unity on this campus coupled with incredible academics are second to none. I know I wouldn't want to go to any other university.

  • 04/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mirror Lake jump is an event that takes place every year before the Michigan football game. Everyone goes crazy and jumps into Mirror Lake on campus, even though it is freezing cold, and has an absolute blast!

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs, there are TONS! Or participate in club sports teams. There is always something going on on campus. I had season football tickets last fall and the football games are a blast. The stadium is packed and everyone has so much fun the entire time!

    Food and Dining

    Because I have not lived in the dorms, I have only eaten in the dining halls twice. I ate in Kennedy Commons and there was so much food! There was a huge breakfast bar, pasta options, and a vegetarian section, which was good for me since I don't eat meat, and the food was all really good! If you have a dining plan and choose to eat at Kennedy Commons you will never run out of food options!

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in a dorm but have had friends who say that it's a lot of fun. I have heard that living in the dorms makes it easier to meet peolpe, and I have a friend who knows just about everyone on her floor and loves it! However, I have also heard that it can get pretty noisy at times, at least on the weekends, when everybody is out late.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you take and the professors you have, work loads will vary. Ultimately, Ohio State is pretty academically rigorous. Sometimes you will take GE classes that you have no interest in and that makes learning more difficult, but you will also have classes that are a lot of fun and very interesting and teach you a lot!

    Tips for prospective students

    To students thinking about attending The Ohio State University: don't be intimidated by the size of the campus! It seems scary at first but everyone finds their own clique and once you get into your major, the majority of your classes will be in a small section of the campus. Get involved! The best part of the college experience is joining fun clubs you would never find anywhere else (tightrope club, quidditch, bread club) and meeting friends who share the same interests as you. But don't spend too much time on extracurriculars, school comes first and you will always be able to find a place to get help if you are struggling. Become a Buckeye and obtain an education to be proud of. Go Bucks!

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University has provided me with a whole new experience in education! The professors are great and there is always help when you need it; students can always find help in the tutoring center or a quiet place to study in the library. The university has TONS of clubs sports to participate in, and our football team rocks, 12-0!

  • 04/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    pretty big

    Clubs and Activities

    Many community service, activist, major, cultural, religious, special interest groups on campus

    Great for these types of students

    motivated, fun-loving, goal-driven individuals. Also good for people who don't know what they want to major in; exploration program is awesome.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Carmen ohio and mirror lake jump

    What to do for fun

    SOOOO MUCH!!! go to the RPAC and play sports, hangout on the Oval, join student groups, go to sporting events (Hello, the SHOE!!!)etc.

    Food and Dining

    All the campus dining places are decent, they just aren't the healthiest foods in the world.

    Dorm Life

    Really fun. Get the chance to meet so many people from all over the place. That's a really exciting part. Each dorm plans fun activities for the whole dorm and for separate floors. For example, they had the Columbus zoo bring some animals that we got to hold at our dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    For a state school, the academic rigor is actually very high. Especially in the math and sciences.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some of the classes are really big (upwards of 200-300 students). Don't let that deter you from going to class. Make an effort to attend lecture and ask for help from TAs or learning centers. You MUST put in the effort.

    In three sentences

    Great university, especially for the cost. Top-notch professors and faculty as well as access to a wide variety of resources to help in the learning process. Not to mention, many opportunities for student involvement, including the best damn band in the land, and many major, or interest groups.

  • 04/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, friendly, open to exploring, sports fan, partier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved freshman year! Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Be open to meeting new people.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is big but you never feel lost. Ohio State has opportunities for everyone, no matter what they're looking for. You will find somewhere you fit in no matter what.

  • 04/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mirror Lake jump is held the Tuesday before the Michigan game each fall. Students all jump into Mirror Lake to show school spirit. It was one of my greatest memories here at Ohio State!

    What to do for fun

    Gateway is near south campus and has a great night life. Many students go downtown on Thursday nights. The RAs in the dorms always have fun weekend activities planned.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy your time in the dorms! It goes by way too fast.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State has a beautiful campus. There is a wide variety of classes offered, big and small. The school spirit is phenomenal!

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's a basketball court out back of the dorms, a jogging/biking trail that goes around the back of the campus, movie nights in Reese, scheduled events, and everybody's favorite: Wi-Fi! Campus wide connection.

    Food and Dining

    The coffee drinks here are AMAZING. The food is pretty good, depending on your tastes. It's a decent price most of the time, and easy to order.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorms here! No curfew, just quiet hours. The dorms are apartments converted to a dorm setting. RA's are great, helpful, and highly available. You get your own bathroom (or two) within the apartment you're assigned. No shared hall bathrooms!

    Academic Rigor

    Once the professors get to know you, they expect your best. They'll push you to do better, they'll grade a little harsh if they know you slacked off, but they are always there to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're not sure, definitely come visit the campus. It's beautiful, people are friendly, and it's harder to get lost. Little hint: tuition is cheaper here than main!

    In three sentences

    I'm on the Newark campus. The small campus setting is great. The teachers know your name and care whether you show up.

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake is an awesome tradition where the night before the Michigan, Ohio State football game, all the students jump into MirrorLake. At this time of year it is FREEZING outside, and students do it anyways. IT is an event that unifies the students and the community and makes everyone so excited about the football game.

    Bang for the buck

    Ohio State is getting to be more rigorous, academically speaking. It seems as though classes are becoming more challenging, and the staff expects more out of the student body. This is not an EASY place to succeed, but they do offer all the tools to help your learning experience.

    What to do for fun

    So many things to do on such a huge campus. There are HUNDREDS of clubs to be involved in. Sports is a huge part of campus life, everything from basketball, football, hockey, soccer, swimming, and diving.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy every minute of it, and try your hardest. Have fun, meet new people and work hard!

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a very diverse and welcoming campus. There is such pride shown by each individual student, and it is obvious that every student is happy and proud to be apart of a wonderful and successful university.

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is of the utmost concern at the university. Campus security is in place to help ensure the best possible safety.

    Greek Life

    I do not have any information on the university's Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    The university offers just about anything you can think of. There are clubs for anything from the academic elite to the LGBT community. The activities range from concerts to visits from the President of the United States.

    Great for these types of students

    The university is for those students who really desire to succeed. Students who want the absolute best from their years of higher education would flourish here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Ohio State Union is a gathering place for all students. It offers many stores, restaurants, and entertainment programs.

    Bang for the buck

    Although some may believe the university is expensive to attend, the education and training is worth so much more than the price tag can compare.

    What to do for fun

    Sports! Sports! Sports! Cheer on one of the best schools in the United States. Whether it is football, basketball, baseball, or soccer, this school recruits and trains its athletes to become winners.

    Food and Dining

    I commute so I do not dine on campus. However, when my son lived on campus, he raved about how good the food was and how convenient the dinning locations and hours were.

    Dorm Life

    I commute. However, my son lived on campus. He had no complaints.

    Academic Rigor

    The Ohio State University is all about encouraging its students to succeed. The university prides itself on providing an education that is competitive with any other university in the United States. Therefore, the curriculum is very challenging. However, the teachers are there for you, and there are other organizations within the university to assist in all areas of your education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to be impressed. Be prepared to work hard. Make this some of the best years of your life.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a topnotch college with upstanding principles, values, and ethics. The university is well recognized throughout the United States and other countries. The staff at the university is very well trained, and offer excellent hands-on experiences.

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    May get a bad rep, but security is everywhere.

    Greek Life

    Doesn't make up a huge proportion, but it does have some influence and the people involved think highly of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of potential things to get involved with

    Great for these types of students

    Any. It has a ton of diversity and opportunities for anybody

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake jump--ook it up on Youtube. Awesome

    Bang for the buck

    Incredible value for the holistic experience, especially in-state.

    What to do for fun

    You can do anything from attending athletic events, seeing musical performances, going downtown, attending parties, viewing art exhibits at the Wexner, etc. Or you can join one of over a thousand clubs or make your own. It's pretty sweet.

    Food and Dining

    OSU provides a variety of eating options all over campus and is constantly updating and improving existing facilities.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm provides a unique location and experience, and most who have gone through think theirs to be the best. Dorm life is pretty standard.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the classes you take, but the school is a high-end one for a reason--it's challenging. Not overwhelming though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be worried about the size of the school--you can make it as small as you want through involvement, the Honors program, etc. And with its big size comes big opportunities that other schools can't match.

    In three sentences

    The sense of Buckeye Pride on campus is palpable, and it makes students really feel the school experience. Ohio State academics and athletics are top of the line, and with Columbus nearby and plenty of resources for students, it's an amazing place. I highly recommend pursuing a degree here.

  • 05/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe haven't heard too many reports of violence but like everywhere else in the world there are little things that blow over in like a day so nothing major to be worried about really.

    Great for these types of students

    Party kids will love it there is literally something every weekend and even during the week. Honor kids too there is lots of study places and clubs to join with people that take their education very seriously.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror lake jump is tradition i didn't jump my first year but it looked like so much fun i wished i did. Don't stand close to the water if you don;t plan on getting wet because majority of everyone is drunk and they will try to push you in. It really is a good experience even if your not going to jump in.

    Food and Dining

    Traditions is prison food living on that plan will make you starve yourself because it is that bad. All the other dining places are great but you tired of eating there fast because they all kind of serve the same type of food.

    Dorm Life

    Most freshmen will live in the towers Morrill and Lincoln, you will hate it! Its cramp space and no privacy. Living in a quad is not recommended at all. Res on 10 and Park Stradley are the nicest place to live so apply for housing early to try and get those.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not that hard but grading is tough depending on the class and professor. If you don't study you'll probably not do so well so get in the habit of doing that now. Sometimes work seems really easy but once the test comes it really pushes your knowledge on the material so STUDY STUDY STUDY!!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your classes in high school seriously because a lot of what you do in your first couple of years is just review that information but the classes add a lot of dumb new stuff into the course work that makes it harder than it should be.

    In three sentences

    It is a great place full of limitless opportunities for your future. There are so many people to meet everyday you'll never get bored with who you're around. Huge difference from high school, makes you study if you didn't in high school.

  • 05/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's getting better

    Greek Life

    Great!! Many options for social, academic, and multicultural

    Clubs and Activities

    There's really one for everyone, for every interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Social, Smart, Involved

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump!!!!

    What to do for fun

    Everything! Party, sports games, short north, downtown

    Food and Dining

    SO many great options, very easy for all dietary needs

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are really nice

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult, especially in the sciences and mathematics but the professors are extremely helpful if you ask

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in student organizations! There are so many to chose from- Honors and Scholars, Greek Life, Clubs, Volunteering, etc!

    In three sentences

    It is a research-based institution. The classes are hard but the professors are great. It is by far one of the greatest schools out there.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun, such as the RPAC and the turf fields on west campus. There are also beach volleyball fields and basketball courts on north campus. Besides campus activities, High Street has many activities that are accessible through walking and bus transportation.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the dining choices at Ohio State are great, but there are mediocre dining halls as well. As long as you stick to the good places the dining experience will be enjoyable.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is a great way to get to know people around you. The activities held by the dorms promote connecting with others to form a community.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses I have taken so far have done a fine job of challenging me, and I learned a lot of information from each class I took.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in clubs and activities, so that you can meet people.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is provides a challenging set of courses for my major. The campus is beautiful, safe, and easy to navigate through. There are many opportunities to get involved in a wide range of activities.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Downtown is fun, as well as OSU sporting events.

    Food and Dining

    Markets are better than cafeterias.

    Dorm Life

    Loved it.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is TOUGH. You'll have to work hard for good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't live with a friend your first year. Make one friend in every class you have.

    In three sentences

    This university has more opportunity than you'd ever imagine. Don't let the size of Ohio State deter you; you'll regret it. You have the resources and facilities to do anything you desire at Ohio State.

  • 05/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police around and a student safety service will drive you home at night.

    Greek Life

    I honestly don't know. They are pretty secretive, but there are certainly a lot of Greek Orgs.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said over 1,000 clubs/organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, hardworking and those who want a big college experience

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beat Michigan week is our annual week before the Ohio State v. Michigan game. There are plenty of events expressing our distate forthat state up north, even a blood drive. It all culminates with the Mirror Lake Jump. YouTube IT!

    Bang for the buck

    I wasn't sure how to rate this. There are so many resources, it's on you to make sure you take advantage of them. Out of state tuition is no joke, so if you aren't from O-H-I-O really think about it if you don't have scholarship money.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 1,000 clubs and organizations. There are plenty of recreational facilities and even a few libraries. Whatever you're into we almost undoubtedly have it and if we do not you can probably get it started.

    Food and Dining

    You will probably get tired of the food. There are plenty of options, but after a while it all seems the same. You'll find what you like, but sometimes you'll have to decide if the travel is worth it.

    Dorm Life

    This depends on where you end up. The North campus dorms are older and typically more