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  • 07/29/2016

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

    1 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i would say they have a great safety with keeping things locked up and having things locked up and security. they definitely have a lot of security for big events like concerts and sports. they are also working on making money for two more campus police officers. just remember don't argue and be nice to the law enforcement because they are just doing their job.

    Clubs and Activities

    i could go on and on but a good thing to do is get involved with at least on club or activity so you aren't bored, this will really help add to the college experience you will receive in any college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the band does script ohio each home football game, if you go to the football games they spell o-h-i-o, around the stadium. something i feel everyone does no matter where you are is someone screaming oh, and then waiting to hear a reply of io. before tosu football games against *ichigan i have heard of students jumping into the water near the stadium. i am sure there is plenty more, those are just the main ones i can think of.

    What to do for fun

    what can't you do? i have been to so many festivals at ohio state its crazy to think about. i have been going to the ohio state football games since i was like 8. the football games attract thousands of people, especially, when they play *ichigan. now if you aren't a sports fan, that is okay. before the football games even happen, there is one huge parking lot party going on, you can party and hang out with friends. if you are interested in "the best damn band in the land", then before each home football game you can go to the skull session, and the football players and the coach talk. after the skull session you can see and talk to the band members and cheerleaders. in the summer they have concerts in the shoe and in the schottenstein center. those are just some of the things i have went to but this list could go on and on.

    Food and Dining

    thanks to my cousin, i was able to eat at one of the "tradition" dining areas. out of all the college visits i have went to, i ended up being disappointed in them. i was not disappointed with ohio state. they had so much food, good food, like moms cooking food. i can't forget to mention here that all you can eat, with breakfast all day, and certain days they have like foreign foods offered. the food in my opinion is something to consider because if you are gonna live there, you might as well have a good meal.

    Dorm Life

    if you are going to be a freshmen at the ohio state university, then you should probably know that they are converting more dorms just for the freshmen. from what i heard there were two places on north campus they wanted to make for the freshmen. most of my family chose north campus when they went to ohio state. north campus is near a lot of the classrooms so its a good choice if you don't want to walk to far or takes buses all the time. the dorms at ohio state are a lot smaller compared to other colleges i have visited but, you have to remember more students attend that college than others. i am not a fan of sharing bathrooms with a lot of people, especially the shared bathrooms, which more and more of the dorms on campus seem to be having. personally, i am just not comfortable with that idea. i prefer the dorms where there is a room for the beds, then a room with the computers in between the bedroom and bathroom. i also prefer the option on the site that says you can have just one other roommate. that is my whole idea on the dorm life but ohio state defiantly has quite the options. the dorms also have very nice lounge areas. i should also add that they want students to stay on campus for 2 years, i think that about covers it and i know my comment more than enough to take in, the case with me is i have decided how i wanted my dorm life to be since i was a freshmen in high school and now i am a senior in high school.

    Academic Rigor

    from what i have heard from my family members is that they have huge classrooms filled with students. if you are from a small town like me, you may see it as overwhelming but, if you put yourself out there then you will be just fine. compared to smaller colleges its not as one on one, so you have to study. there is plenty of classes that are offered at ohio state, so they are all gonna be different in there own way, and different professors may have different ways of teaching. if you are doing something you are really passionate about, then pick classes that you may not necessarily meed to graduate but have some involvement in your future work field or life.

    Tips for prospective students

    i know to get into this school they expect high things from everyone. i suggest being very involved in as many community activities you can and keeping grades up.

    In three sentences

    i guess i am biased because my whole family has basically attended tosu, and its my dream school. this college, i know has so much to offer, from all the sporting events to all the activities i have heard that happen there. at the ohio state university, they get everyone involved and that's the type of factor that makes any college great.

  • 07/12/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    tons of options.

    Dorm Life

    it's a hit or a miss depending on which dorm you get/what type of room. the quality of dorms and rooms are annoyingly varying and you can easily get the short end of the stick.

    Academic Rigor

    the professors are tough, but there are so many resources. as long as you are willing to go seek help you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    google maps is your friend.

    In three sentences

    a large spacious campus that seems to never end. it's filled with all types of people that you might never meet otherwise on a smaller campus. it can get a bit rowdy during the football games, but otherwise no complaints.

  • 07/05/2016

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

    3 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    there are many places to eat, and a good majority of restaurants are easily accessible.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are a bit small, but for the most part they have been renovated. they give a very modern feel, and many have microwaves and mini fridges.

    Academic Rigor

    ohio state is a top 50 school, and you can see that from the emphasis the campus puts on student success. there are many libraries and places to study to encourage student success.

  • 06/17/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    they send email to everyone who are students to help make awareness.

    What to do for fun

    there are clubs for your major or just for fun you can join and meet new friends and learn what the clubs do. there are rec centers for people who want to exercise. there is a movie theater near campus so students don't have to drive to it.

    Food and Dining

    there are so many dining area and they are not all in one spot. so if you are on north campus there are places up there to eat. there are many variety of places to eat from.

    Dorm Life

    you get to meet new people from all over the world. also, it helps define which roommates are better compatible with you and the classes you take.

    Academic Rigor

    many of the science classes are harder than most classes so when scheduling make sure that you don't over due your credit hours because you want to have time to study for the science classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    study hard or else classes will be harder to understand.

    In three sentences

    ohio state university have so many after school activities which people could meet new friends. there are so many different classes to choose from so there are many tutors for each subject. the campus is huge which has many places or rooms for time to study.

  • 05/16/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i always feel safe on campus, you just have to not be stupid. plus campus police is amazing, and there's even a thing that you can have a student safety worker pick you up and drive you home (within a mile of campus) if you feel uncomfortable walking. i have used this a few times after work when it was super cold and dark and i just didn't feel comfortable walking to my dorm, they were super nice and got me there in decent time!

    Greek Life

    i personally am not in greek life, but from what i've seen there are the obvious party clubs. but there are also the clubs that are truly dedicated to the desired major your in. its all preferential.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many clubs it's insane... some of my favorites are bread club, where you literally just make like cookies and doughnuts, to rubics cube club, yes it is exactly what you think it is.

    Great for these types of students

    if you want to be somewhere that there is plenty of stuff to do this is the place for you. also great for so many incredibly specific degrees. the nursing program is amazing!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    mirror lake is beyond beautiful. but, oval beach is where it's at. if you come to campus any day that its nice out there will be hundreds of people out sunbathing, playing frisbee, and even playing with dogs.

    Bang for the buck

    like i said i would recommend going to a satellite campus to get your g.e.'s out of the way. because once you know what your major is the professors are pretty amazing and willing to do just about anything to help you out.

    What to do for fun

    columbus has so much to offer, there are endless free things to do. plus ouab offers a lot of different activities for you to partake in; like concerts, movies, and other events.

    Food and Dining

    its average buffet style food.

    Dorm Life

    there is definitely a party vibe that is in the dorms. but, you never feel too pressured to do so.

    Academic Rigor

    it is a big step up from my small town high school. but, as long as you focus it is totally possible to get a 3.0.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you want to come here i would recommend taking challenging high school courses and be prepared for a new experience that is college. i also recommend attending one of the satellite schools first like, mansfield or ati/oardc.

    In three sentences

    one of the best decisions of my life. it my be a campus of 60,000 students, but it feels like home. all it takes is to find what your good at and stick with it, and you'll make friends that will last a lifetime.

  • 03/01/2016

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 396

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a nationally recognized program; regardless of where you are in the country, people will know the name. There are a million ways to get involved. OH-IO!

  • 01/18/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 396

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Visit local places.

    Food and Dining

    Average

    Dorm Life

    Never stayed.

    Academic Rigor

    They keep you learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Regional campuses are cheaper.

    In three sentences

    Good for students looking for a variety of programs. Go to a regional campus, it's cheaper! Quality education.

  • 12/29/2015

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 396

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Football, swimming, skiing..

    Food and Dining

    We have big dining halls and high street.

    Dorm Life

    Not good enough, but you can choose to live off campus after freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    Finance and engineering is the best major in OSU, other majors are good, too

    Tips for prospective students

    If you don't have a high Gpa and perfect grades, show officers your extra curricular activities and youjust want to admitted by Osu

    In three sentences

    I think OSU is the best choice for those students who want cheaper tuitions and better education.

  • 12/29/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe on campus

    Greek Life

    I don't know much about greek life, but I know there is a very small percentage of students who rush.

    Great for these types of students

    For everyone really. Even though it's a big campus, everyone has their own place. I can't walk to a single class without seeing someone I know!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    !Mirror Lake Jump

    Bang for the buck

    Ohio State IS expensive. Especially for out of state students. I suggest finding outside scholarships to attend OSU. If I had to pay for Ohio State over again, I would. You can't beat the opportunities surrounding you in Columbus.

    What to do for fun

    FOOTBALL GAMES! But for real, there's so much to do. Campus is beautiful, and High Street, where are all the bars and restaurants are, are within walking distance from any point on campus.

    Food and Dining

    With the new dining plan, i have the scarlet 10 and it's plenty for me. I love the $5 exchange and visit exchange.

    Dorm Life

    I live in an all freshman dorm, Siebert, and i love it! Everyone is super friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is definitely challenging. I just finished my first semester of freshman year. It's a big change compared to high school. Everyone says that, but when you fail your first test, you'll realize that you ACTUALLY need to study!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early if you're unsure about being accepted. Also, they tend to give out more scholarships to those who apply early. It shows you're serious about attending.

    In three sentences

    There is no other place I would have chosen to pursue my higher education. Ohio State offers rigorous academics as well as plenty of organizations for students to participate in! In short, Ohio State offers everything you could ever want.

  • 12/19/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 10 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's a big campus in a big city so bad things happen but there is a very strong security and police presence on campus, especially on weekends when lots of people are out late at night. I've never felt unsafe anywhere on campus. Where you have to be careful is High Street and by the off campus student housing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of options at OSU which is a double edged sword because there is almost too much to choose from. But every club I've been in has been very inclusive.

    Great for these types of students

    OSU is great for serious students who also love to socialize and be with people. There is a lot of fun to be had at Ohio State, it's just a hard school to get into and a school which takes academics very seriously.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite traditions are Light up the Lake which happens before final exams in the winter and transforms Mirror Lake into a winter wonderland and the Mirror Lake Jump which happens before the *ichigan game.

    What to do for fun

    High street is super close to campus and the bar/night life is super fun and really chill if that is what you are into. There are also lots of plays, the shops at the Short North, movies you can check out for fun from Thomason Library, and activities put on by the dorm. For example, for Halloween my dorm took a trip to Ohio State Reformatory (where they filmed Shawshank Redemption) and Circleville Pumpkin Festival.

    Food and Dining

    THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS. OSU has the traditional dining halls (which are delicious btw) as well as some restraunt style places like Sloopy's Diner, Woody's Tavern or Mirror Lake Creamery. There are also Markets with salads and pasta bowls and other healthy options.

    Dorm Life

    I live in one of the oldest dorms on campus, which I was not too thrilled about when my friends were living in the newly remodeled dorms on South Campus. Dorm life is what you make it though. Everyone in my dorm is super close, every dorm I've been in is clean and the bathrooms are nice. And the older dorms have the biggest rooms ;)

    Academic Rigor

    It's not an Ivy League but you WILL spend a lot if not all your time studying and at least a couple nights crying with your roomie over a Chem assignment. School is hard but there are a ton of resources at OSU to help students out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your dorm on the first week and even if the people living with you aren't like people you were friends with in high school, make a conscious effort to be their friends- having people that will have your back right next door is price less. The involvement fair is super overwhelming and is totally not the only place to find clubs and activities. If you don't find what you need there go to the union or talk to your peer leader from orientation- they are always willing to help. It's a big campus but it's not a confusing campus, just make and effort to walk everywhere and figure it out. Be nice to everyone because even though it is a crazy big campus, the Buckeye community is super close

    In three sentences

    Ohio State was originally the last school I wanted to go to, just because I lived so close and the size was so intimidating. However, after my college tour I fell in love and now it is home. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else and can't imagine going to any other college.

  • 12/10/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    For a campus in the middle of a large urban city, it is pretty safe. The campus police are always present and students receive safety alerts through email and social media. There are also hundreds of emergency light stations to call police. Incidents do happen but overall I feel safe. Common sense also plays into campus safety.

    Greek Life

    OSU has an active Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs, sport, academic, and activity groups I could not list them all. If you like something odds are OSU has it and if not- you can create a new club.

    Great for these types of students

    OSU is great for everyone. The student body is very diverse and there are clubs for all hobbies and interests. I have met students from all over Ohio, the USA, and world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are so many campus traditions and legends you will only learn about them once you become a Buckeye. O-H-I-O!!!

    Bang for the buck

    OSU tuition is comparible to the other large public universities in Ohio. There are strong and devoted alumni which helps build on the great tradition and honor of being a Buckeye graduate.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on campus and in the greater Columbus area you are never bored. From sports to clubs, concerts, and the amazing Ohio Union and RPAC facilities, OSU is great. I like watching the Marching Band practice right outside my dorm.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of dining options on and around campus. Meal plans are flexible and convenient. You can even use your meal plan at many local restaurants for a discount or use Buckeye Cash.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm is great as are all the dorms I have visited. The activity board plans trips and activities for each hall. Living in the dorms I have made many new friends that are like a family to me. My RA is easy to talk to and cares about our floor.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging. Depending on the major, you might jump right into your degree classes. Manage time wisely and communicate with professors and teaching assistants. Changing majors is pretty common- most of the people I know have switched due to courses being much harder than expected. The academic advisers I have dealt with have been helpful and insightful with my coursework. Find study groups and use campus resources for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take time to visit the campus and the college which houses your prospective major. The campus is large - be prepared to walk alot- so you might want to visit more than once to get a feel for everything OSU and Columbus have to offer. Take challenging courses in high school that can earn college credit. Coursework is challenging and you need to put the time in to do well. Many of the large lectures professors will also put online with a powerpoint. This helps with studying. Stay on task and expect hard work.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is an amazing university. There are plenty of resources to help you study. They do a great job making the campus feel like home.

  • 12/02/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Around campus, there are posts with bright blue lights that you can press if you feel you are in danger, and the authorities will quickly get to you. If you are standing at one post, you can always see another one. There are also Campus Safety Services that will drive you back to your dorm if you feel unsafe walking alone at night.

    Bang for the buck

    A little bit on the pricy side, but definitely worth it. Meal plan and housing are high, but you have the option to live off campus after two years.

    What to do for fun

    This school is very big on football, so going to games is extremely fun. There are always things happening on campus, many of them being free. Some of these can be movies, comedy shows, crafts, cooking, sports events, etc. There are also many amazing food places, museums, and galleries to explore in the downtown area.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing! There are many different types of places on campus to get many different types of foods. This year, they are starting to explore more with foods from other cultures. The campus is also in a convenient location to get food if you would like to go somewhere nicer, like somewhere in downtown Columbus.

    Dorm Life

    Many new dorms were just built this year on north campus and they are continuing to build more. They are very spacious and in a good location for food.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors will challenge you to think and learn on your own a lot, which is good. There are a lot of fun classes to take as well. There is a program here for everyone.

    In three sentences

    This is a very passionate school with caring professors and other faculty. There is always something fun or interesting to do. Beautiful campus all year round.

  • 12/01/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 396

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    SO MANY clubs and activities. Great sports. Many free events -- movies, concerts, shows,etc. So take advantage of as much as you can/want!

    Food and Dining

    There's a good variety and you can see they're trying to be healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman year we were too tight but I made great friends. It appears that most live off campus second year.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard, especially some of the core ones freshman year. Find study buddies and ask for help. We keep hearing that the professors say they don't get a lot of visitors...so go for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and attend every session. They 'embrace' the large size and you will get so excited too! Expect hard classes....if you are accepted, be proud!

    In three sentences

    Best of all worlds -- large school benefits with a small campus feeling. You get to know your professors and friends on campus. Hard classes, great academics -- not just a football school.

  • 12/01/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Looking for a challenge on a large campus, with near limitless opportunities to try new things

    What to do for fun

    Gyms, oval, a million clubs, pretty much whatever you could hope for

    Dorm Life

    Most dorm people aren't very social

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack, especially during your first year. Odds are, you picked a popular and competetive major, so if you don't hy the ground running, you'll be left behind. That said, don't be afraid to choose a major that isn't necessarily the most popular, because some majors lead to better avenues than the popular majors.

    In three sentences

    Classes are challenging but interesting. There are plenty of resources; teachers are always happy to help. Dorms and facilities are awesome.

  • 11/11/2015

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Decent food, has a lot of food around campus

    Dorm Life

    Very small dorms, most have communal bathrooms

    Academic Rigor

    Good academics, attend office hours

    Tips for prospective students

    Dorms are small but worth it because Ohio State is amazing.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State Universities campus if absolutely STUNNING!!! I toured 5 schools all around the country and Ohio State was by far my favorite. Also offers Maymester- A 4 work summer course in May to take classes. Awesome school

  • 11/03/2015

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

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 16 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT! VISIT! VISIT!

    In three sentences

    The School is beautiful. The Campus is more like the city of OSU, so many great things to do and amazing places to eat. It's life changing seeing the campus in person.

  • 10/29/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 17 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have many aspects of campus safety. If there is an alert we will either get a text message or email. We have a service that will pick us up and drop us off somewhere; for example, if you plan to have a late night at the library and don't want to walk home alone, they will come pick you up and take you home! There are also emergency stands on many corners of the streets with emergency buttons.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is important to many on campus. Not only do we have social fraternities and sororities but we have academic ones as well. I am in an academic one, which is the only pre-health sorority in the nation. Some social ones may not be interesting to people, therefore, I would highly recommend the academic ones!

    Clubs and Activities

    Once again, there are over 1000 clubs at Ohio State. From the barbecue club to clubs where people play with puppies! We have a HUGE involvement fair at the beginning of the year where you can discover all of these clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students that will work hard and know that it will pay off, it's great for students that want to get involved and have fun!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Night is my favorite night of the year. It is a continuing tradition that everyone looks forward to. On the night before everyone leaves for Thanksgiving break, everyone jumps into Mirror Lake on campus to celebrate the upcoming Michigan, Ohio State game. Definitely an experience everyone should try!

    What to do for fun

    There are over 1000 clubs at Ohio State. A lot of these involve part-taking in activities that can be really fun! Intramurals are a big thing here and range from flag football to beach volleyball. I have personally played outdoor and indoor soccer since my freshman year and love it. Columbus is a developed city that continues to develop! There are many restaurants around campus. There is also a movie theater that plays new and old movies!

    Food and Dining

    Food. Food. Food. Important to us all, right? Ohio State has amazing dining halls with so many options! These range from salad bars, to customizing your own sandwiches and burgers, a pasta bar, asian food, lots of fruit, and many options of food that you can take to-go. Another plus is that they are all over campus and each one has different options.

    Dorm Life

    In my experience, dorm life was incredible! They have built new dorms and renovated their older ones. My dorm was absolutely beautiful. They encourage making new friends on your floor at the beginning of the year. I am currently a third year student and I am best friends with all the people that lived on my floor of my dorm my freshman year. Starting this year, students are required to live in a dorm their first and second year. Although this may sound like a negative thing, I would have gladly stayed in a dorm for two years because I enjoyed it so much.

    Academic Rigor

    The academia at Ohio State could definitely be termed rigorous. A lot of work and studying needs to be put forth but in the end it will all be worth it when you get a good grade. A huge tip is to not procrastinate and study everyday. Ohio State does, however, offer many programs or office hours to assist you out with your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    My number one tip if to work hard from your first day of high school to your last. Getting good grades is extremely important, while also becoming very involved will help you succeed in getting into Ohio State. The application process is very competitive, so starting early will be very beneficial for you. When you are a senior, I highly recommend applying as early as you can.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a very prestigious school that will be everything you expect and more. You share the love and passion for the university with all the other students. One visit to the school allows you to see its reputable beauty and you will surely want to spend the best years of your life at this amazing university.

  • 10/29/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 396

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have a text alert system, and they send out emails. The other day though the email was vague to the point of being useless when it was a shooting threat.

    Greek Life

    I'm an initiate with Kappa Phi Kappa.This is a coed fraternity geared for students who are interested in Education and becoming teachers. You don't have to be an education major *I major in Linguistics* The meetings tend to go over the newsletter and have someone present an educational organization for people to participate in. Going to the socials and fundraisers has let me meet more members, and they are really nice!

    Clubs and Activities

    If you have an interest in something there is a club for you. I signed up for about 5 clubs, obviously it was too many, but I found which ones I am definitely interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are transferring from a different university or a regional campus and a minority, there is a group to help you adjust to OSU main campus. They have a couple meetings to make sure you like it on campus, and to ensure you are succeeding academically.

    What to do for fun

    I go to the Arc with friends and we rock climb. I meet up with people from my dance class and we practice. I play the piano and violin *there are practice rooms in Eibling don't need to major in music*

    Food and Dining

    The food is awesome at Scotts Hall. It's easy to eat junk food. Don't. That's how you get the freshman 15. or 30?! Making your own food instead of eating out is cheaper and can be healthy. Also, don't forget to eat or pack a lunch. ** If you need recipes, go to Pinterest.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms. However, there's a myth that if you don't live in the dorms, you won't make friends. Join a club. Make friends in your classes. OSU has convocation for freshman and transfers. GO. Make friends where no one really knows each other. My friend that I see the most was walking by himself at this event when I went over and introduced myself.

    Academic Rigor

    Disclaimer: Find what works for you early on. What works for me may be different than what works for you. Reading: Do the reading when it helps. Homework: Don't let it pile up. If it does, you'll likely to avoid it even more. Classes: Take a fun class. This breaks up the week so that you have a time to relax at school. If school is always stressful then you won't want to go.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that when you start your major's courses, the classes will be smaller and more personable. Gen ed classes are the ones in auditoriums. Make friends with at least one person in each class, it makes the school feel friendlier. It's a big campus. Save your legs. Look at the map as you schedule your classes, make them close together.

    In three sentences

    I heard the classes were in auditoriums, this is only for the general classes, my teachers all know me by name and it is really personable. The advisers vary in how helpful and adaptable they can be, the arts & science advisers are helpful and adaptable where-as the education department was helpful, just not adaptable. As a four year school its cost is reasonable, but loans don't cover tuition like they do at a community college.

  • 09/06/2015

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    In three sentences

    Ohio is a rather large school with a huge alumni population. It really is a school that people seem to be proud to be a part of. GO BUCKS!

  • 08/23/2015

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

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    In three sentences

    After touring the school and extensive research, this school is the one for me. The campus is beautiful, the dorms are small but community oriented, and there is always something to do on campus. I can't wait to (hopefully) attend.

  • 07/28/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is safe. There are various measures employed to keep campus safe for students. At orientation the students are given a few security phone numbers in case of emergency, and there is even a service that will allow you to, in advance, schedule a ride to pick you up if you do not feel safe in an area and another that will come get you if you find yourself in an unsafe situation. With it being located in a big city, crimes do sometimes happen, but while on campus I have never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not a major part of the social scene as with some southern schools. Only about 15% of our student body is part of greek life. Those of my friends who are in greek life have absolutely loved it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1000 clubs on campus, catering to just about every type of student. If you think of an activity you like, odds are there is a club for it. At the beginning of the year there is a club and activities fair on the Oval where every club sets up a booth and you can wander around (with a map of course!) for hours learning about all the different things to be involved with on campus. Opportunity to be a part of something you love is always there.

    Great for these types of students

    The Ohio State University is great for driven students; students who know what they want to do (and even those who aren't sure) who will work hard to achieve whatever goals they set for themselves. The staff will not seek you out or get on you to do your work, but if you seek them out for help, there are available to aid you in any way that they can. A student who is not afraid to approach staff and discuss academics will do well here. Students who are passionate fit in well here, whether it be passion for our athletic teams, or clubs, or their respective majors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every November, usually the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, we have the Mirror Lake Jump. It is a tradition that we do before we play our arch-rival, That Team Up North (UM), in football. The game is almost always the Saturday after Thanksgiving, and this is a way that we celebrate during Beat Michigan week. Yes, we have a whole week dedicated to this game. This tradition consists of jumping into the freezing cold Mirror Lake with thousands of your fellow Buckeyes. It is a fairly well regulated event, and the only time people ever really run into trouble is if they participate while very intoxicated.

    Bang for the buck

    The Ohio State University is definitely bang for your buck(eyes). Our world class staff, endless opportunities, top-notch athletics, and genuinely great college atmosphere makes this university everything you could ever want out of a college experience. I fall in love with this school all over again every day. You will get out of it as much as you put in, so don't be afraid to try something new and exploit everything that OSU has to offer.

    What to do for fun

    Football is a huge part of the social scene at OSU. Saturdays just aren't the same during the off-season. High Street right next to campus and the typical fraternity/sorority areas are always alive during the weekends. Downtown Columbus also offers a lot and there are buses running to and from campus all the time. There are also several recreation centers that stay open for long hours that have a lot of fun things to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are several types of dining locations around campus that cater to every type of student. We have the traditional buffet style locations as well as tons of markets and shops. There is even a sit-down restaurant (that I personally work at) where you can use your meal plan. There truly are endless options when it comes to food.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are nice and renovated, and the ones that are not are being worked on to be updated. The facilities are well maintained and most of the rooms are relatively spacious if you arrange them the right way. All dorms have residential advisors that are upperclassmen, and they are helpful whenever you have questions about campus or can offer you advice on classes/friends/etc.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are rigorous, but in the best way. There is a lot to learn and excellent professors to help you learn it. Even the largest lecture halls of several hundred students can still offer personalized help through the TAs employed for almost every class. Because of this, the university feels much smaller than it is. If you are studious and focused, the classes will challenge you, but academic success is definitely possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. There are so many opportunities on campus that it would be strange if you couldn't find something to be involved in. Talk to your professors, or at least your TAs. They are paid to help you in any way that they can, so take advantage of office hours. Take your studying seriously, don't procrastinate, and be focused when working. It is possible to work hard and play hard. For example, last semester I took 17 credit hours worth of mostly science classes, worked 15 hours a week at my job, and still had time to go out and have fun just about every weekend. Balance yourself, and you will find that attending OSU is an amazing experience.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a place with endless opportunities for any student in any major. Our diversity, campus atmosphere, traditions, and Buckeye pride will make you feel like a part of something much bigger than yourself. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

  • 07/18/2015

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    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your professors and get to know them

    In three sentences

    It looks like a predigest type of school to me. I would love to attend this university.

  • 07/15/2015

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

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    What to do for fun

    Sports

    Food and Dining

    Food was GREAT

    Dorm Life

    Not really sure but looks fun

    Academic Rigor

    My cousin, a recent grad, expressed the difficulty of engineering but said that it was worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get on campus and talk with the staff.

    In three sentences

    Boasts a very nice campus and an amazing city. The sports culture really grows on you and I fell in love with the engineering program.

  • 07/10/2015

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

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    Great for these types of students

    All and any! And I honestly mean it, OSU is one of the most diverse schools in the nation. You'll love it no mater what just get involved.

    Food and Dining

    They have an amazing meal plans at OSU they're very affordable, I've done a lot of research on them because every college student knows that food is very important.

    Dorm Life

    Well I'm currently not enrolled there, I'm planning to apply to OSU but I know that the dorms are a lot better than most universities but honestly I think it would be better to live in the dorms to be around your peers more.

    Academic Rigor

    The professor's here at OSU are outstanding the commitment they have for the student is so awesome. I know they care about the success of their students so just be willing to put forth an effort and they will too!

    In three sentences

    It's an absolutely amazing school! I love the whole atmosphere of the whole school it's very diverse and unique in its own way. The school spirit they have is out of this world, its very amazing to experience it.

  • 07/01/2015

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

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    What to do for fun

    you have lots of fun. on campus you hang out with friends or go to sporting events. off campus you can see family.

    Tips for prospective students

    you grow here. it is competitive but helps you learn. hard but worth it.

    In three sentences

    I've heard it is a great campus with many opportunities. it's a great place for learning. you fit in at osu.

  • 05/04/2015

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    What to do for fun

    Go to Columbus Crew games

    Food and Dining

    It's great when your in the middle of Columbus, so your options are endless.

    Dorm Life

    I've been wanting to go here forever. My cousin said the dorms here are great.

    Academic Rigor

    It looks like one of the toughest schools in the nation.

  • 04/07/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many fun things to do on campus, OSU usually holds a free concert and have a famous person come and perform. They also have free movie nights at the Union and there are many discounted things that you can get with your BuckID.

    Food and Dining

    They have food from almost everywhere/anywhere.

    Dorm Life

    Canfield dorms are the worst. But north campus dorms are nicer and are usually closer to the classes

    Academic Rigor

    Chemistry is the hardest class ranging to about a C-D average Everything else is challenging, but not undo able

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to office hours and get to know your Professors. Stay away from South campus

    In three sentences

    This is a big school and a lot of options when it comes to majors and teachers and tutors. There is always something to do on campus. Lastly, the school may be overwhelming to people that are used to a smaller school setting.

  • 03/23/2015

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

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    What to do for fun

    Go to a football game. The atmosphere is unbeatable!

    Food and Dining

    With changes coming soon in the dining program, I can't really comment on how it is right now. There is a nice range of outside food nearby, so explore that as well as the Ohio State dining options.

    Dorm Life

    South Campus has the nicer and subsequently more desired housing options (Smith-Steeb and Park-Stradley), however North Campus is currently adding four new dorms for the 2015-16 class, so those are options as well.

    Academic Rigor

    As a highly ranked university, the requirements for acceptance are high but if you reach the level they ask for, you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply and accept admission early in order to secure better housing and orientation opportunities.

    In three sentences

    A great opportunity. A highly ranked university. A very supporting alumni system.

  • 03/23/2015

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

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    What to do for fun

    There's lots to do in Columbus.

    Food and Dining

    The new dining plan is certainly nicer than the block system currently in use. I'm looking forward to seeing what's new. The BuckID will be well used.

    Dorm Life

    I've heard both good and bad about the dorms. South Campus seems to be the place to be. I've heard mostly positive things about Smith-Steeb, Park-Stradley, and Siebert.

    Academic Rigor

    It's ranked in the top 55 on US News, so it has to be good. There's a number of good majors. They can't be too bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study for the ACT/SAT!

    In three sentences

    When I applied to OSU, I thought it would be for fun. However, the campus was gorgeous, and the scholarships were good enough that I decided to attend next year. I'm looking forward to being a Buckeye!

  • 03/20/2015

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

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    What to do for fun

    Navy ROTC. The gym. And catch an AWESOME hockey game!

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans are accommodating and flexible. Plans are available for just about anyone.

    Dorm Life

    From my tour, comfortable. Definitely, some where you can stay for four years.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the amount of course work you want, but it is good if you are challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure this college is the one you really want. Ask yourself Does it have my major?; Does it have my back up major?; and Am I applying to this college because I like it, or because someone else is telling me too?.

    In three sentences

    OSU is a beautiful campus that radiates energy and intelligence. I am excited to attend and begin the next chapter of my life. Ohio State is a great place for anyone to receive a higher education.

  • 02/20/2015

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    What to do for fun

    Not only are the academics strong at OSU, it is also close to some of the best institutions in the country, including the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and COSI Center for Science. The location of Ohio State simply can't be beat.

  • 02/04/2015

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    In three sentences

    Beautiful Campus, Great Academics and Great Sports Team

  • 01/04/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    High St!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study Hard and take full advantage of the universities resources.

    In three sentences

    Wonderful university with a plethora of opportunities and experiences. Academics are elite, and student body is diverse.

  • 01/03/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Clubs. The Short North. Partying. Exploring Columbus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, it just gets old after a while because it's the same thing all the time. But there are a lot of options based on how far you want to walk. Also, vegetarian options.

    Dorm Life

    The kids are friendly. The only bad part is the kids get drunk on the weekends and vomit in the in the bathrooms, which is pretty disgusting.

    Academic Rigor

    OSU isn't easy, but it isn't impossible. It's really about putting in the work and effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    A big tip is to get involved in a club, because that's really where I met most of my friends. People don't really talk to you in classes, or randomly come up to you. You meet people at clubs.

    In three sentences

    OSU is great in terms of school spirit. There is always an event or club to go to. Also, the campus is huge.

  • 12/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    If you're interested in something chances are there's a club here for it, and if there isn't a club you can make one

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump it may seem crazy to jump in a lake in the freezing cold, but once you're on campus you'll see why people do it even if you don't jump.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot of great places to explore in the short north and a lot of malls in the surrounding area.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is pretty good and if you get tired of it you can always go off campus where you can find a pretty wide variety of places to eat, the majority of which accept buckeye cash

    Dorm Life

    South Campus have amazing dorms and is closest to the majority of places to eat, North Campus however is closer to classes there's a lot of construction for the new dorms that will open in 2016.

    Academic Rigor

    The chemistry department here is especially tough

    Tips for prospective students

    Although this is a big school it is not hard to find everything you need to succeed and the majority of people here are willing to help you if you ask for help

    In three sentences

    Full of spirit Exciting One very big family

  • 12/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun, be open to new experiences, especially new friends! From art to zoology club, there are countless clubs and activities to occupy your free time. I also find it fun to simply walk around and enjoy the architecture.

    Food and Dining

    The food on North Campus is extremely sub par.

    Dorm Life

    I am lucky enough to be in Jones Tower which is predominately single dorms. I've made so many friends on my floor!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the size of the school! Because I have a brain condition, I was encouraged to go to a small school, but I have found that OSU has wonderful and services for disabled individuals. They have door to door transport available for people who have problems walking and very understanding faculty.

    In three sentences

    The diversity of the school is stimulating. People of various colors, languages, and backgrounds create an environment where you will surely expand your world view. Walking around campus, people and faculty are all polite.

  • 12/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't be surprised to see red X's over all M's across campus when the Michigan game is coming up. Also don't leave a person hanging when they shout O-H, but finish loud and proud with I-O. Other than these ubiquitous traditions there are the usual paths to take a date and busts' foreheads to rub for luck, all of which are learned quickly on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There is too much to mention... If Buckeye sports are not enough to satisfy your entertainment itch, surely the many student organization activity opportunities at your fingertips should appeal to you. The most fun to be had is that which will naturally arise when a good group of friends get together for some good old fashioned, unadulterated fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are some really great places on or near campus to eat out if you feel so inclined, and the Commons are not shabby either, though some are preferred (Kennedy Commons is best). There really is something for everybody and a surprising number of establishments accept BUCKID or at least provide deals for students with ID.

    Dorm Life

    I currently do not live in a dorm but am seeking an apartment near campus, and my brother does live in a dorm. I have been able to stop by a few buddies' rooms and it is safe to say that dorm life at OSU is okay. If you are a party-er, though I am not, you will not be disappointed, yet if you want some peaceful study time people will be respectful in most cases.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic assignments have thus far been far from rigorous. An average of ten online homework assignments have been required, with one class having only four physical assignments (Stats was a joke). Needless to say, the midterms and coming up finals have been stressful given the lack of meaningful preparation. Yet because of the nature of my major (Mech. ENGR) the last semester has been no walk in the park, which is a good thing considering engineering is expected to be a bit rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    First of all, campus is, as I am sure you have been told by now, a huge campus. Not to worry though, most everything is within a comfortable walking distance; one thing to remember is to map out your classes when first arriving and do not be embarrassed if you have to ask for directions. Secondly, make as many friends as possible and quickly share phone numbers with fellow classmates to allow for easy communication when you need help. Also form study groups with those students; it will be a big help.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a great place to study and prepare for your future career. Overall, staff and peers are very respectful and helpful and there are many helpful supportive resources to take advantage to further your college success. Big things are happening at Ohio state - things which you will want to invest attention into - things such as remarkable research, outstanding organization outreach, and the never-ending Buckeye football frenzy.

  • 12/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've always felt safe on campus even when I walk from west to south campus at midnight (from the big rec center back to my dorm). There are campus police all over the place and emergency polls to. Any incidents I've heard of were people that invited strangers to their house (so ya don't do that cause that's stupid).

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more clubs here than you could possibly remember and some of them are pretty chill like the BBQ club, some take trips, and some you can get class credit from. But, no matter how awkward it can be going to the first one you'll be surrounded by people that you know you have at least one thing if not more in common with.

    Great for these types of students

    I think it is important to be outgoing and take initiative because there are so many things available to you that you need to have the courage and motivation to just get up and do whatever you want.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The mirror lake jump- everyone jumps into Mirror Lake on the week before the Michigan game (our biggest rivalry) Touch Oxley Thompson's statue (his bald spot more specifically) when leaving the library for good luck on your exam. Layout on the Oval when it is warm out for some sunbathing Sing Carmen Ohio with classmates after a win.

    What to do for fun

    We definitely love sports here at OSU but that doesn't mean that everyone has to go to everything or watch it on TV. We are right downtown (but with definded campus lines so it's not confusing at all) so we easily can hop on a bus and to a few blocks to an NHL game, the gallery district, restaurants and so on. Basically everything Columbus has to offer is on-campus or a mile away by bus.

    Food and Dining

    A friend of mine visited from Notre Dame and said that (one that we consider one of the worse) is better than their best dining hall. That pretty much sums it up. We don't have traditional cafeteria dining though most places you go up and order something then they make your food and you can choose prepackaged sides like apples and stuff then you check out using your blocks which is a prepaid number for the semester (each worth $5). But, do beware of long lines if you are there during a busy time

    Dorm Life

    I've lived on South campus for two years (100% the best side to live on) and my dorms have been close, safe, and nice. The only thing that I don't like is how expensive they are.

    Academic Rigor

    I've gotten better grades in college than I did in high school (my high school was extremely tough). But, they certainly expect more analyzing and thought provoking essays from you than high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should definitely branch out on your dorm floor! I lived in Smith-Steeb last year and had no problem getting to know people because often everyone hung out in the floor lounge. If you do this then you'll get to know people that you may not have gone to high school and college is all about the relationships! Also go to the involvement fair at the beginning of the semester. It's such an easy way to hear about loads of groups that you may not have known existed. Don't be afraid to go to ones you've never tried before. For example, I tried out for the show choir last year and never in my life have I been in a choir or anything but luckily I made it! And don't worry everyone in college is too old to judge or gossip about anyone so just do what you want and try new things.

    In three sentences

    Everyone in Ohio whether they went to Ohio State or not loves it, supports it, and is happy/impressed that you go there. We are competitive (especially when it comes to football) and we hate Michigan 24/7 365. Tons of people go here yet I run in to multiple people I know everyday on my way to class (it's random and almost freaky sometimes).

  • 11/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    OSU has our own campus police force. So, on top of the city police, we have a great police force that is trained to handle any situation a student may encounter on campus.

    Greek Life

    Yeah, it's big here. I'm not involved... but Greek houses sure are known for having parties every single weekend.

    Clubs and Activities

    It's crazzzzzzzy all the opportunities and ways that you can get involved! Some that I would recommend experiencing: Buck-i-Thon Buck-i-Serve And you have to go to the Involvement Fair to checkout/freakout about all the thousands of clubs to participate in.

    Great for these types of students

    Literally EVERYONE

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping into Mirror Lake for the week of going against Michigan in football.... It's freezing outside! It makes no sense. Oh yeah, also don't be surprised to wake up one morning and start walking around campus to find out that all the M's are crossed out everywhere.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe so. The academics are great. The campus is beautiful. And, OSU gives some of the best financial aid --they especially help people who are out-of-state!

    What to do for fun

    Go to football games, go to a cafe, go and walk and shop on High Street to Short North (gallery district).... Seriously, because of the largeness of this campus, there is ALWAYS something going on. Not easy to get bored here!

    Food and Dining

    Okay, I was surprised with the food options available here! There is cafes literally everywhere, and there IS healthy food options that are not hard to come by! I live on North campus and my traditional dining hall does not cook its meat well. But, I heard many great things about traditional dining on South! (Kennedy) Oh, and Marketplace!

    Dorm Life

    Yeah, it my first year I shared a dorm with three other roommates. However, we made it work! We had a bedroom that thankfully fit all of our stuff (and, trust me, there was a lot) and we also had a separate study room and bathroom! Just enough space.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course it's not up-to-par as compared to an Ivy League school, however I am proud of the academia here. I do feel like I'm learning MUCH --however, you have to be careful with the professors you pick. But, I think there is a lot of bad professors at any college. (check ratemyprofessor.com for that sort of business!) Overall, the academics are great and evolving.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus. See if you like the amount of distance it takes to walk North to South campus (though it is unlikely that you would do this on a daily basis). When you walk on campus, if you don't automatically feel comfortable or in-awe by what you see, then this may not be the place for you. Large campuses are not for everyone --but I can attest that this campus doesn't seem large for long, you are bound to make friends with the immensity of this student body.

    In three sentences

    Where many go to and are unified through school spirit. Good food options. Good academics.

  • 11/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party on the weekends,go clubbing or get involved with one of hundreds of student organizations.

    Food and Dining

    Food at the University is excellent plus there plenty of good spots to stop by within the Union,Thompson library,The RPAC or even somewhere of high street.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms life is pretty cool and you'll make a ton of friends

    Academic Rigor

    It can be hard at times however as long as you hit the library and study consistently for at least a hour or two for each subject should do fine

    Tips for prospective students

    Always study hard and stay committed to your work,schedule the right teachers for you through tools such as Rate My Professor.com and get involved on campus there always something going on and its important to not be completely pent up in your books and school work.Work hard but also have some fun too!

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a great and challenging university that provides students with the excellent education,top state of the art facilities and academic support within the state of Ohio.Along with those aspects any visitor will be immersed in the great tradition and spirit of the state of Ohio through the iconic landmarks visible on the campus such as the world renowned oval,the mighty Ohio Shoe stadium and the prestine waters of the Olentangy.Overall this is a beautiful but also challenging university that will help serve you on meeting your collegiate academic goals.

  • 11/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt in danger on or closely around campus. There are many alert systems and ride systems put in place to ensure you feel safe every day.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of the Greek life but some of my friends love what there is to offer. What I love about Ohio State is that it is a big school so there are plenty of Greek options if you want that but at no way do you feel left out if you decide not to.

    Clubs and Activities

    Thousands of clubs, and if none of those fit you then start your own. My brother came in loving the sport of broomball and there wasn't a club to be found so he made one and within two years there were almost two hundred members. On top of that starting his own club has gotten him many great job offers.

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly I think it can be home to all kinds of students. With as many clubs and individual communities it has to offer you are sure to find a place you can call home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The mirror lake jump has to be mentioned. I myself am not a die hard sports fanatic and I still love getting caught up in the excitement and school spirit of football games and the amazing tradition of the mirror lake jump.

    Bang for the buck

    Ohio schools are relatively expensive but for what you get at Ohio State I am more than happy to pay the price. If you take advantage of the perks you get as a student you can really gain some great experiences for cheap.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and events going on around campus that you really never need to leave the area. That being said if you do find yourself becoming stagnant or bored, downtown Columbus is just minutes away and has everything a big city can offer.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of options for on campus food, from all you can eat places to a great wing spot. It isn't going to be a five star restaurant but its fast and of decent quality most the time. Also once you go off campus there are endless options of local food and big chain spots.

    Dorm Life

    I feel the dorms are what you make of it at all colleges. That being said Ohio State offers a lot of different environments to choose from. There are many great dorms to pick from but in the end it is up to you to make it your home and not just a box you sleep in for a year.

    Academic Rigor

    Lets face it, college is challenging and Ohio State is by no means an exception. Even as a state school it is extremely competitive and recognized for its merit. You will need to apply yourself but you will graduate more then prepared in all aspects to take on the professional world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Obviously work hard in school, it is becoming more and more competitive but it is worth the effort. Don't let the size scare you, it teaches you to branch out and make your own personal community. Don't let the hard work stop once you get in, while Ohio State has so much to offer socially, your classwork is very important.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is both challenging and extremely rewarding. The opportunity and support systems put in place for you are amazing for how many students it has. It is a big school but becomes small when you actively participate in things that are important to you.

  • 10/27/2014

    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 tons of extracurricular clubs and student orgs. Club sports, music and performance groups, pretty much anything you can think of, they have, or it can be easily created.

    Food and Dining

    There are countless places to eat on campus; most campus restaurants take BuckIDs, making it easy to eat anywhere.

    Dorm Life

    It's normally pretty good; there are lots of housing opportunities on campus. Starting this year though, they're going to require all freshmen AND sophomores to live in dorms, so for a couple years until they build more dorms and get that straightened out it will be a little hectic.

    Academic Rigor

    How rigorous it is depends on the curriculum you're taking. If you do the Honors program, you're going to have extra harder classes; the Scholars program will have more outreach opportunities for credit, but put you on a longer track. You're going to have classes in every subject regardless of your major, so those classes in your weakest subject (or any Honors classes you take) are going to be your hardest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit and make sure a large city-based campus is what you want. It's a great campus, but not for everybody.

    In three sentences

    The campus, although big (it has its own zip code!), is really pretty. They offer a large number of programs, so you can find exactly what you want to study. It also has a large support community, through extracurricular activities, classes, living spaces, etc.

  • 10/09/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    I visited when the veterinary college was having its open house and was blown away. Not only is the campus large, but it also has a huge variety of clubs and activities to become involved in.

  • 10/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Tons of greek life. A few streets are dedicated to frat and sorority houses.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beat Michigan week- Mirror Lake jump

    Bang for the buck

    I am paying out of state tuition, so it is double normal in-state tuition. I don't regret my decision because it is a quality education. There is always lots of stuff to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Many options to eat on campus. A lot of convenient options.

    Dorm Life

    There are many options for dorms. They are implementing a two-year on campus requirement. Some dorms are brand new, while others are too old for their own good.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be tough. General education courses are generally easy, though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't apply for a major unless you are certain you want to pursue that indefinitely. This will save loads of time and money. Don't feel bad about going in undecided, as you might discover you are passionate about something completely different than you thought.

    In three sentences

    There is always something to do in Columbus. At the start of each year, clubs and student groups recruit for new members. The campus is a city within a city.

  • 10/05/2014

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

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    Campus Safety

    I feel that OSU is a very safe school. The police force there is good and there are many emergency poles around the school, so if you are ever to feel unsafe you can push the button and you will have the police force there.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities at OSU that it is near impossible not to get involved and meet new people. If you somehow do not find a club there that interests you, you can start your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is looking to meet many new people and go to a big sized school with amazing school spirit, this is the school for you.

    Bang for the buck

    OSU is the best bang for your buck. With a great academic program and so many ways to get involved, you get more than what you pay. The Ohio State gives you the best opportunities and can lead you to great things.

    Food and Dining

    There is endless food and dining options at The Ohio State. First off the restaurants all surrounding the campus was just endless. The part I found great about those was that you can pay for your meal using your meal plan. The meal plan options given are great, offering an option to fit anyone's need. The dining halls are very clean and offer many choices for students there.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms looked amazing! From what I was told, all of the dorms will be renovated by 2015! That means from here on out you will get a new dorm no matter which hall you are put in. They have many different styles, ranging from 2-8 people per dorm. So if you have a group of friends you want to dorm with, there is room for all of you. They were overall very nice and were in a nice location in the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I hear, they challenge you in your academics. Which is very good because they are preparing you for your job. They are going to teach you what you need to know and challenge you in order to succeed in your field.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, may sure you like a big college with a lot of people. You have so many opportunities with extracurricular activities and I think it would be easy to connect with a lot of people there. After a tour and learning about the school, class sizes really are not all that big, so do not be scared of thinking you will not be connected with your professor. It is an amazing campus and offers endless opportunities.

    In three sentences

    When I visited The Ohio State University, I knew it was the right college for me. After having a tour of the beautiful campus and learning about campus life, it just stuck with me. The admissions talk I had answered all of my questions and gave me the knowledge I need to get an education at this school.

  • 10/04/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Independent learners

    What to do for fun

    The availability of student clubs, activities, and events is incredible. When they say there is something there for everyone, there really is! They have everything from religious groups, to fandom clubs, to Quiddich teams, to academic groups, to traditional and non-traditional sports. There are also lots of shops around campus, movie theaters, and activities you have to be on campus to know and love. You will never be bored or feel left out!

    Food and Dining

    OSU provides a great selection of food at their dining facilities. They cater to most diets (including vegan) and are very conscious of others' potential allergies. I thought the food tasted pretty good and the dining plans are reasonable. The best part is you can choose from multiple locations should you not like the menu of your closest dining hall. They also have fun hometown-like specialties like coffee shops, delis, an ice cream parlor, and a 1950's style diner. They also do a great job at keeping the dining halls from feeling like a high school lunch room.

    Dorm Life

    The campus is located in a rough section of town. Keep your wits about you and stay in well lit areas. There is a frightening amount of crime around campus and even INSIDE the dorms. If you are a studious person like I am, OSU's well-deserved party reputation can get annoying close to exam time. I was lucky and got a single room dorm. I did not have to worry about a roommate waking me up, interrupting my study, or asking me to leave the room for the night so she could have a date night (several friends of mine had to sleep in the halls because of this. If you can, get a dorm room all to yourself. It will save a lot of heartache

    Academic Rigor

    If you are not familiar with the term flunk out classes, you will be soon. My freshman year the average test score for calculus and chemistry was about 50%-40%. While the class is graded on a curve, it is no easy class to learn and complete. The classes are fast paced, the tests seem to be longer than the time allotted, and it can be hard to ask questions in a room of 300+ people. I am not saying this to scare you. OSU is one of the top schools in the nation. Just be ready to study harder than you did in high school, get tutor help early on, and don't overload your schedule academically or socially.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to research your degree path thoroughly, make sure it has a certificate (if needed for a job) and the core classes you will be taking are on par with what you are seeking in a college. Look at OSU's campus activities, chances are you will find one you like. Lastly and most importantly, make sure you can handle your weakest subjects being taught in an auditorium where you are one of 700 students in just that section. It can be tricky for classes like calculus, chemistry, physics, and biology. It is difficult to get clarification on small questions like you can in high school.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a great school if you need a big name on your resume. They have a tough program no matter what you choose, which is good, but count on lots of homework and projects. Additionally, OSU does not do much to prepare you for a career like smaller colleges do (their coursework in education and business are mostly theoretical) unless you get a really good teacher or take lots of office hours, but don't count on a teaching certificate.

  • 09/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun, me and my friends like to go to High Street because there are a lot of things to do there. We also like to go to the Union to hang out. Also, many organizations on campus are often planning events for students to go to.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to eat on campus, no matter where you are. Three main places to eat are Morrill Commons, Kennedy Commons, and North Commons. They are on three different parts of campus, and are all you can eat. Students generally don't have to worry about paying for food because there are meal plans that you choose when completing your housing contract. You can also put money on your id card which you can use at some off campus locations.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Morrill, so I can only review what it is like living there. The rooms are suite style, so there are four rooms in one suite. When you move in, there are already 9-13 other new people you can meet. I get along with all my suite mates, and we do a lot of stuff together. There is also a common room in the suite where other people on the floor can sit in and socialize. One downside are the bathrooms. There are two showers for 10-14 people, so you can imagine how it is.

    Academic Rigor

    Class scheduling is pretty easy, and there are plenty of different options for class times. Students tend to have time between classes for studying or for getting to your next class, and I generally see a range of three to five classes depending on your major and credits needed. It's easier to keep calm when your classes aren't that often.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit first. Although I love living here and the campus, my first time visiting was for orientation. It's best to be at least a little familiar with the campus, because it is big.

    In three sentences

    The campus is large and beautiful. There are plenty of things for people to do, no matter what age. It's easy to meet a new friend.

  • 06/25/2014

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

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It is well lit and well policed.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs. There's one for just about everything.

    Great for these types of students

    all types

    Bang for the buck

    It's well worth the cost.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good and there's a great variety.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are clean, well lit, and very comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are very engaging and helpful.

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely amazing. The university offers everything a student could possibly need and more. The people there are extremely helpful and hospitable.

  • 06/24/2014

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

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    What to do for fun

    One great thing about OSU is its location! There are so many activities that you reach in a short distance/amount of time. Columbus has a lot to offer.

    In three sentences

    The campus is huge, but very nice. The school has top-notch facilities. I visited the college of nursing and was blown away by the facilities and program itself.

  • 06/21/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    It's a large amount of people in a concentrated campus. However, it does not feel crowded though there are opportunities for the most diverse of students.

  • 06/15/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, dream school. (:

  • 06/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    OSU has an abundance of food and dining options on and off campus. On campus, I believe there are 26 dining halls and food vendors that the students have access to with their meal plan. The food at these locations varies from traditional dining halls, to bakeries, to burritos. The quality of the food is good, you just have to find your favorite places. Off campus there is a ridiculous amount of food options. All along high street there are probably about a hundred restaurants. If you name a casual dining place, there is a good chance that it is located within walking distance from your dorm. Also, just outside campus there is a variety of places just a short drive or bus ride in Downtown Columbus, the Short North, or German Village. Really when it comes to food at OSU, the possibilities are endless.

    Dorm Life

    Living on the oldest dorm on campus (it had its 90th birthday this year), I saw a different side of dorm life. OSU has a very large range of housing options . There are some dorms the were built last year, and then some like mine. I enjoyed living in my dorm on South campus. OSU has dorms on North, South, and West campus which all have different living styles, research them all before you commit to one. My room was fairly large with communal style bathrooms in the hall. The hall directors were nice and fair with their rules and punishments. There was also probably about 3-4 events or meetings in our dorm a week. Make friends in your dorm the day you arrive and become friends with your RA. My biggest regret is not making more dorm friends my freshman year. Take advantage of the only time in your life that you will be surrounded with kids all your age living all around you.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load is heavy, but it also depends on your major. Teachers expect a lot of effort on your part, and attending lecture is mandatory. Do not slip into a pattern of skipping class because your teacher does not take attendance or you are in a giant lecture hall. Your grades will suffer, maybe not a noticeable amount at first, but it adds up. Just because you are one of 700 people in a lecture does not mean that you cannot form a personal relationship with your teacher. Go to office hours, ask for help, and make sure you are understanding what is going on and keeping up with your readings.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) When choosing OSU, be sure to research your options for housing your freshman year. 2) Pay close attention to what meal plan you are selecting and make sure that it fits your needs. 3) When it comes time to buy football tickets, they are well worth your money. Game days in the fall are always when I feel the closest to my thousands of peers. 4) Don't get too overwhelmed with the size of the campus. It seems big the first month, but once you get used to it, you realize that its large size just allows room for more activities. 5) Take advantage of all of the free activities provided by the university. Every day on campus there is some sort of activity going on, just ask around and stay in the loop. 6) Get involved and use all of the facilities. There are thousands of clubs at OSU and hundreds of buildings that you can access, such as the libraries and gyms.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a wonderful school if you like large urban campuses with many activities. The workout facilities, the libraries, and the dining halls are all wonderful. School spirit at OSU is very contagious, so prepare yourself when becoming a Buckeye.

  • 05/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The cops do their jobs but it's a big campus, it serves to be careful.

    Greek Life

    Greek Week

    Clubs and Activities

    again. 400. there's a club for spikeball. One for quidditch. One for people who like to talk too much.

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering, business, medical, sciences.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We jump in a lake in the winter. Why not?

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive but mostly worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you want. There are like 400 different kinds of clubs. We have three different clubs for cosplay, anime, AND manga.

    Food and Dining

    I work in one of the many cafes around campus. The food is quick, relatively cheap, and tasty.

    Dorm Life

    I hear dorms are pretty good.

    Academic Rigor

    In some cases it depends on your major but mostly the learning is top notch.

    Tips for prospective students

    Motivate yourself. No matter how smart you are, if you find yourself with no will to learn the subject, you will fail. So do something you like or find a way to enjoy what you don't.

    In three sentences

    A loud, happy place. The sun shines on the business side of campus and cries on the engineering side. Tough but helpful.

  • 05/26/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    The largest university in the nation located in the heart of the nation's 15th largest metropolitan city. Very very large and lots of fun things to do and get distracted by!!

  • 05/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump is INCREDIBLE.

    What to do for fun

    I explore Columbus as much as possible.

    Food and Dining

    the food is good, the price is not. Just like every other campus.

    Dorm Life

    I met so many new, fun people.

    Academic Rigor

    You will be fine! Just remember to work hard and if you need help, ask around.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go in with an open mind, and you will meet amazing people and have amazing experiences.

    In three sentences

    I love it at Ohio State. The campus life is amazing. The academics are superb.

  • 04/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Okay, lots of options. Gets old after a while though. Wish there were more late night options.

    Dorm Life

    Awesome people in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    I graduated at the top of my class in high school with a 4.3 GPA, and here I am struggling to pass classes.

  • 04/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very good, I constantly find myself spotting police or some higher campus authority going around campus. Not only that but most, if not all places, are lit up on campus, not to mention the numerous blue buttons found across campus that you can press to summon the police ASAP to that location.

    Greek Life

    Seems a lot bigger than I thought. So far I feel like in order for some girls to accept talking to guys, those guys have to be in a frat; this I find stupid but can't win em all. In reality though it seems the social scene of this campus is at the bars.

    Clubs and Activities

    Name something you like to do. OSU has it. If some stroke of a miracle occurs where OSU doesn't have that club or activity available, then create the club or get people to join you in that activity. These possibilities are endless at Ohio State.

    Great for these types of students

    Those who embrace diversity across the student body and enjoy it. Literally can't think of any type of student who wouldn't be able to fit in perfectly and find themselves having an amazing time here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mirror Lake Jump occurs every time we play our rival, TTUN (Michigan), where all the student who choose to participate run and jump in the waters of the lake on campus known as Mirror Lake.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the things here are awesome and so much fun in practically every way, colleges now a days are most definitely over priced at their value is not worth the price tag for attending the college. College only seems to be so expensive because they know the students will be able to pay for it.

    What to do for fun

    This list could go on forever. At OSU its impossible to find yourself bored with free time if you're someone who is always looking for something to do. Whether its activities sponsored by the school, sporting events that you can go to (some are even free!), or the countless facilities around campus to keep you entertained, there are way too many fun activities around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food quality at most places is par at best, but there are a few diamonds in the rough. Oxleys by the Numbers and Mirror Lake Creamery/Grille have the best food on campus hands down. The burgers and subs are amazing and Oxley kills it with the breakfast food. The commons on the other hand could definitely use some work, but for the most part I assume our food is better than most other colleges.

    Dorm Life

    I live on South campus so that's all I can discuss, but in the south the dorms are top quality. We have state of the art restrooms and security protocols. Not only that but all the rooms are in amazing condition and borderline hotel rooms. The only drawback to the dorms here that I can even think of is some dorms aren't coed, and that's less fun that it could be,

    Academic Rigor

    Although it obviously depends on the classes you take, but with all the resources available here if you work hard, put in time, and seek extra help when needed, there is no reason you should find yourself failing any classes. Although this opinion is bias because I'm in business, it seems the hardest academics come from Engineering, as I am aware of countless amounts of student who I have heard talking about failing class.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is an enormous amount of different activities you can get involved with at OSU. One of the most important pieces of advice I can think of is don't get involved with too much or try to do too much. You'll end up having too many things going on at once and it might be overwhelming for you. Also, and this goes for all colleges, make sure to be yourself in college. I've met plenty of kids who are pretending to be someone else and I don't know why, they aren't making friends with people that know them for them, but people that know them for the person they are pretending to be.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State has a huge community that can easily seem smaller if you involve yourself in the right groups and clubs, you just gotta find your niche. This diverse community could do a lot better in their dining services, but the rest of its services seem to be top quality. Academically, it can be strenuous depending on your classes, but there are tons of facilities available to assist the students.

  • 04/12/2014

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

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    Food and Dining

    They have a variety of foods. It is amazing. it is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are small. they have a variety of dorms. you get to meet amazing people.

    Academic Rigor

    it has great academics. the professors are dedicated. they have a variety of majors.

    In three sentences

    it has a beautiful campus. It has great weather. the people are nice.

  • 04/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for social students who enjoy a great time.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of activities open and events available.

    Food and Dining

    Marketplace and fresh express are great. Sloopy's is also great. Overall the campus is surrounded by great restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    If you find a good deal that fits your comfort ability level then it becomes relaxing. Find a way to stay cool around people

    Academic Rigor

    The staff for the most part is great; and some you will enjoy very much. Keep a steady pace on your studies so you don't lose track. Last, form study groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to be a part of an organization or have great networking. That is a big key to success at this university. Also enjoy the atmosphere around you.

    In three sentences

    It is a great atmosphere with a very diverse population. It is easy to get around as well. This University leaves you open to a lot of activities and is great with making everyone feel welcome.

  • 03/15/2014

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

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    In three sentences

    This school is huge.

  • 03/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You have the entire city of Columbus to do whatever you want, the possibilities are endless. There is something for absolutely everybody.

    Food and Dining

    There is literally EVERYTHING in Columbus to choose from, but if you wanted to stay on campus there's still plenty of food halls with pretty good food. Also there are a lot of 3rd party food vendors around campus that take Blocks (university money)

    Dorm Life

    Ive lived in an apartment for the two years ive been on camous, but theyre really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    So far my classes have ranged anywhere from a walk in the park to the hardest thing ive ever done in my life. The professors are very helpful in the upper level classes and genuinely enjoy teaching. Im actually friends with a few of them outside of class. I will say though, getting to them can be hard if you are in a giant GenEd class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the sheer size of campus or your initial classes intimidate you, you will learn everything a lot faster than you think. That being said, don't get caught up in too many of the endless weekend activities or your grades will most definitely suffer. If you want to enjoy your living accommodations, get a few friends together and rent an apartment, they're really nice but pricey. Take advantage of the numerous study halls and libraries around campus, you'll always get more done in a conductive learning environment. Most of all, just be yourself, you'll find friends who share your interests and they'll be able to help you throughout your life at OSU

    In three sentences

    The campus life as OSU is amazing, there's an endless amount of things to do while you're not studying. The General Education classes are what you would expect from a large University.... They're huge so one on one attention is sometimes difficult to achieve. As you get into higher level classes the size dwindles grately and you will benefit from personal attention from the professors.

  • 03/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek life is small enough where you can have fun not participating in it, but large enough that you can have an awesome experience. That's all I can say without getting too personal.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs. Anything you can think of, there is probably a club for it at OSU.

    Great for these types of students

    Athletic, outgoing, greek-lifers, good students looking to build a career.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump! The most fun you will ever have with that many students; the school spirit (and blood alcohol levels) are incredibly high. There is a famous bench in the south oval that backs up to some woods where kids sometimes go to sit and smoke pot with their friends. Don't go there to sit and smoke pot with your friends - you will get caught. :(

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is not bad for the quality of education at OSU. The meal plans rip you off, though. There are units of payment called blocks that you get, and each one is worth $5. The university makes extra money every time a full block is not used. The dorm life is also unfair, because you pay the same amount of money living in a $#!%-hole of a dorm than you do living in the newly renovated dorms.

    What to do for fun

    If you love Sports and athletics, Ohio State is your dream school. There are multiple top-notch workout facilities, club, inter mural, and varsity teams. If you like partying, OSU the place to be. Weather permitting, you can walk around the off-campus housing neighborhoods and come across upwards of 30 house parties on the weekends. There are also many different types of bars. Some are more club-like with dancing and DJs, while others are calm and play good music - live music often. Virtually anything you liked to do in high school will be present at Ohio State.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Ohio State is amazing. There are so many different places to go where you can use the meal plan. There are traditional dining buffets, marketplaces, grocery stores, and other places to eat. Also, $150 is added to your BuckID (student ID card) that you can use at participating food vendors in the area. High Street borders the East side of campus and has a ton of places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Getting a good dorm is hit-or-miss at Ohio State. There are currently two newly renovated dorms that are incredible; it is like living in a high-class hotel. However, there are a few dorms with odd smells that change with the seasons, old bathrooms, and no air conditioning. The location of the dorms are incredible. It is a big campus and you will have long walks to classes, but the dorms are pretty close to all of the buildings your classes will be in. There are two sections of dorms: north campus and south campus. The classrooms are in the middle of the two. If you want the nicest dorms, they are Park-Stradley and Smith-Steeb.

    Academic Rigor

    Whoever said college is easy has never attended Ohio State. This is not meant to scare anyone away, but to get prospective students to understand it is no walk in the park. The challenging coursework - that varies across majors and programs - can make or break a college career. There are remedial courses as well as honors courses, so there is some flexibility when deciding on how much work you are willing to put into building your academic career. Honors classes are often a great choice; the class sizes max out at 30 students, and the professors are top tier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely do the following: take a campus tour, take a dorm tour, visit the stadium and athletic facilities, walk across the oval on a nice day, and sit in on a class if possible.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is the New York City of universities. It has so much to offer, but students can sometimes feel lost in it all. There is something for everyone at Ohio State.

  • 03/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The university has A LOT to offer for entertainment and on top of that Columbus is a great city with tons to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of different options on campus! There's literally every kind of food you can think of somewhere on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Like any college dorm, you're gonna have at least one issue with it. However I am very happy with my experience so far. There isn't a whole lot I can complain about.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a top notch university and they hold you to high standards. This is ultimately a great thing in the long run though when you graduate and have a much easier time finding a job.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely be prepared for how big it is. But after a couple weeks it will feel much smaller as you get to know people and the university.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a great university. It is very competitive being that it is such a large university. Overall i would recommend it to anyone who is up to it.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Being a large campus may worry some about how safe it is, but because it's so large, Ohio State puts a lot of effort into the safety of its students.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who feel comfortable being around new things would love Ohio State. Even if you are a little hesitant, as long as you have an open mind, you'll do great.

    Bang for the buck

    I came from a very expensive school and Ohio State has topped it both price wise and experience wise. I love my classes and I even enjoy the homework (I know, I'm crazy).

    What to do for fun

    There are all kinds of things around campus. Being right in the middle of Columbus means there's a lot to do off campus as well.

    Food and Dining

    I also can't say much for the food because I commute, but I've heard that it's much better than my previous schools, and they had gourmet food.

    Dorm Life

    I've never lived in any of the dorms but I have spent time with my friends who have and they all have great things to say about it.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a tough school, but if you push yourself a little bit every day you'll do great.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking of coming to Ohio State then there are two things I would like to say. First, the schools programs are all amazing and the people are very helpful. The second is, if you are worried about the size, you shouldn't be, because while it is a large school, you tend to stay in a certain area in the school and it feels very comfortable.

    In three sentences

    I transferred to Ohio State University for my sophomore year, and while it was a big change, the school was very accommodating and easy to get around. I managed to meet several new friends and we're even getting a place off campus together soon. Ohio State to me has been a life changing decision and is full of opportunity.

  • 02/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe. There are campus police and blue light emergency buttons all over. There's also the student escort service that can take you to and from campus late at night. Be careful in the neighbourhoods around campus, though, especially at night.

    Greek Life

    I'm not about Greek life, but those who engage seem to enjoy it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's definitely something for everyone! My suggestions are MUNDO and St. Paul's Outreach! ;)

    Great for these types of students

    Those who have excelled academically Scientists Writers Musicians Performers Athletes Sports fans Researchers Engineers Everyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Check out the ARC! They have a rock wall and rock climbing classes!

    Bang for the buck

    The bottom line is that OSU is a business. Their goal is to make money. Are you going to get a great education here? Absolutely. But things are expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Explore Columbus! The city has a pretty great public bus system that you pay for in your student fees. Take advantage of that and explore the neighbourhoods in the city (like the Short North!). Also take advantage of the discounted student rates available through DTix (in the Union).

    Food and Dining

    There are definitely a lot of dining locations, but the menus don't really vary much from place to place. The coffee shops have all the same drinks. They have the same sandwiches throughout all of campus. General Tso's Chicken is everywhere. But they are very accommodating to vegetarians, and will work with you to accommodate dietary allergies.

    Dorm Life

    Get involved in your residence hall! Meet the kids on your floor and go to floor programs. They might be a little lame, but they're a great way to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to work. OSU isn't one of the most competitive public schools for no reason. The courses are hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are so many things to do that don't involve drinking! Get involved in some activities and save the partying for later. Enjoy your youth! :)

  • 02/22/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for any student!

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can hang out with friends and be apart go clubs. On different parts of the campus they hold different activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to join clubs that interest you. Meet great people.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a fantastic college. They offer great education courses and have awesome student clubs you can join. The campus has an inspiring environment.

  • 02/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Stay posted on what's happening at the Union (and what tickets you can get for really cheap there).

    Food and Dining

    I don't live on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    It really just depends on the class, your teacher, and your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take in as many of the extra-curricular learning activities to make your education as effective as you can.

    In three sentences

    I expected Ohio State to feel really huge. While there are activities going on all the time, and that can be kind of overwhelming, it starts feeling surprisingly small. Especially once you get into your program, it's not that hard to make friends.

  • 02/16/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is a big campus but I frequently would see police patrolling all over the place. Because I did not live on campus, I was only there once in a while during the night which was for classes with 200+ other students so I always felt safe.

    Greek Life

    I never participated but I did have many friends in greek life and they love it! They are all still very active even after graduation.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs at Ohio State! I participated mostly in activities through my student job or free events at the student union. There is such variety, you just have to start searching.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student can find their place at Ohio State, it is a very diverse campus with programs and activities for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mirror Lake Jump! The week before the Michigan/OSU game is Beat Michigan Week which is filled with all kinds of fun events. The best is when all the students show up to Mirror Lake and jump in between 10pm and midnight in 29 degree weather. You have to try it once!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is reasonable, especially if you are in state. I think the majority of your bargains will come from books, supplies, food, etc. Again, this depends on your choices. I had help from my professors as far as finding cheaper versions of their textbooks or even alternatives with the same information. I was able to get the floor models from the tech store for a discount. Walking around campus you will always get some promo from a new restaurant/bar/store and it is worth it to check those out.

    What to do for fun

    The athletic teams are definitely a big deal at Ohio State. There is always something fun going on at the Wexner Center for the Arts. The best thing to do is get out and walk around! Also, following the different departments on facebook and twitter is helpful. The new student union and the RPAC (rec center/gym) has something interesting going on all the time.

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of options for dining on campus. Plus, the OSU campus is really close to downtown, the short north, upper arlington... all of these areas have great dining and the bus will take you there. There is also lots of non-university dining within walking distance on campus. Even after graduating, I still drive down there to get some of my favorites.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    This definitely depends on your program/major and what courses you choose. I had a few very difficult classes but I knew that when I signed up for them. It's nothing that your professor and teaching assistants can't get you through.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip for prospective students would be to attend an event while you are doing your college search. Get involved once you start school! There are many great groups and clubs on campus, plus volunteer opportunities, student jobs, and events all over campus.

    In three sentences

    While being on of the largest college campuses, there is still a real sense of community at Ohio State. My professors were exceptional educators and were always very accessible and willing to help with anything. My academic advising team had my back throughout my entire career there and made sure that my program was working well for my schedule/lifestyle/career path.

  • 02/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Not a large part of OSU, but it's definitely growing and a worthwhile experience for leadership, service, social life, and connections.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are passionate about something

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump for the Michigan game

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, sporting events, city of Columbus, movies, dining, going out with friends

    Tips for prospective students

    Get excited and stay motivated, and remember to enjoy yourself and just do the things that you love--that's what will make you happy in the end.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a big school, but once you're on a daily routine and actively involved with at least one of the hundreds of organizations, it feels small. The city of Columbus has so much culture and every student should definitely make a point to check out Downtown. Professor relationships are OK overall, but it's what you put in.

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Personally, I love the greek life here along with going to sporting events and concerts nearby! Also, if you get involved with clubs, you will always being doing something that will be entertaining to you.

    Food and Dining

    I've been a vegetarian my whole life and I grew up with eating traditional and cultural food. Even though I missed my mother's cooking, the dining place had plenty of choices that I could accommodate to and I never had a problem with finding something I liked.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was one of the best experiences of my life. Its so nice having your closest friends down the hall, or the floor beneath you. Its one of the things I miss the most from my freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    I think Ohio State is a hard college, but without a challenge I wouldn't be motivated to try harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find organizations and clubs that fit your interests and hobbies! Getting involved is the best thing you can do for yourself. It's hard keeping up with meetings with school workload, but its worth it in the end because it is important to network!

    In three sentences

    I love how Ohio State University is so diverse and big enough to find your comfort place but explore new opportunities at the same time. Even with the the college being big, there are so many clubs and organizations to get involved with to make it feel small easily. I would recommend this school for anyone, because there is truly a place for anyone.

  • 01/30/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety provides scheduled rides. They are always available and post are set about every 20 feet in case of emergencies. Alerts come in on time and are detailed.

    Clubs and Activities

    OSU has over 400 different clubs from barbecue club to quiditch club!

    What to do for fun

    Mostly school work but I enjoy going to the gym. The gym's here are beyond amazing. Also I enjoy hanging out with all the people I met at orientation.

    Food and Dining

    We have some of the best school food. We have many different cafe's, these are not typical eateries while some resemble mess halls others resemble restaurants. The food is great and there is a variety of things to choose from , from pizza, pasta and sandwiches to sushi, general tso and fried rice.

    Dorm Life

    Osu's newer facilities are fairly smaller than most colleges. I recommend South campus if you want cleaner, up to date facilities and south campus if you want bigger rooms. South campus is ideal because it is located by the best part of high st. and many facilities. Set boundaries with your roommates folks and resolve and address any conflict with your RA's.

    Academic Rigor

    Everything here as far as academics goes is great, teachers offer the best help and education there is and convey it in a way we all understand. Course work can be overwhelming if put off but for the most part teachers are understanding of what a student can do. Teachers provide syllabus that outline what you should study, when exams and quizzes are and many other resources so it is easy to keep track of.

    Tips for prospective students

    In coming students. Don't underestimate or put off your work load. Come in with a clear level head and understand you came here to succeed. While having fun is good and can happen here at OSU remember that the goal is to make it out into the workforce and graduate from this wonderful institution.

    In three sentences

    Ohio state is an amazing college here to provide students with every tool they could possibly need. Ohio state offers tutoring, 24-hour library facilities, office hours and has various places to connect and become involved. Best school in the land I'd say.

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's so many protective measures OSU takes to ensure students remain as safe as possible. I have a late class, and I can honestly say I feel safe walking from one side of campus to the other. Just be smart and don't walk around by yourself super late at night. Also, we get emails whenever any type of incident happens; from my experience, most happen off campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is not as big of a deal here than it is on other places. Do a decent amount of people do it, yes? But honestly it's not that dominant. I walk around campus and only know if people are Greek when I see letters, and even then sometimes it's not Social Greek Life, it's Professional Fraternities, etc.

    Clubs and Activities

    OVER 1000 ORGANIZATIONS! Find at least one thing your passionate in and go for it. Can't find that club? Start one. It's super easy; be involved!

    Great for these types of students

    I think it's great for all types of students. I see a mixture of everyone here: international students, small town students, West Coasters, partiers, the quiet ones. I think as long as your willing to try, OSU is a place for anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump...need I say more?

    Bang for the buck

    Okay, so OSU is on the pricey side for out of state students, but it's still well worth it. For in state students it's around what most public universities are. With this being said, it's college and it's an investment. Choose what you can afford and won't put you in debt until you are 100.

    What to do for fun

    Join a student organization, volunteer, there are endless options.

    Food and Dining

    Food on South is delicious. From what I have heard, North Campus is horrible. And some like West. It's all up to you, but there's literally so many options, especially off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is what you make of it. If you go out and party, that's clearly an every weekend option, but it's still super easy to get stuff done in the dorms. On the weekends it gets a little rowdy, but I enjoy it. MAKE THE DORM FEEL LIKE HOME! That's the best thing I did. I literally love my dorm; I also get most of my work done there. It's all up to you.

    Academic Rigor

    It's Ohio State. Over the years they have definitely become more tough. Math and Chemistry are the hardest courses here, by far. Some classes are super easy, and some are very hard. It all depends on what you take and what your major is.

    Tips for prospective students

    MOVE IN EARLY! I helped move people in this year, and I would not have wanted to move in on regular move in day. It was an absolute mess. I would also say don't be threatened by the size of campus. I graduated with 118 people; I was a little intimidated, but I love it here. Also, don't procrastinate. That's the worse thing you could do as a freshman. It only takes one semester to ruin your GPA.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is absolutely amazing. I could not have asked for a better university. Due to the size of the campus, I have been given so many opportunities that I know I would have never found anywhere else, especially being only a first year.

  • 01/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Relatively safe, considering it is in a major city. I always feel safe walking on campus.

    Greek Life

    I've heard it's decent. I belong to a service fraternity, APO, and love it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything. Literally everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Sport Enthusiasts. People who are undecided on major. People who love food and city life. People who love diversity. Who love learning about other cultures.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake jump is the dumbest yet most prided tradition on campus, where the student body jumps into this lake/fountain in the middle of campus to end our Beat Michigan week.

    Bang for the buck

    I think that it is very reasonably priced for In-State tuition as long as you recieved any scholarship.

    What to do for fun

    There are thousands of FREE fun events that the OUAB puts on during the school year. Last year, on my way home from class, I walked into a Skrillex concert on the Oval.

    Food and Dining

    Food options are out of this world. I have yet to hear of a college with better dining options and facilities.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are OK, but small. If you have a decent roommate, you'll probably be friends for life.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are wonderful but some of the Freshman classes are stupid big.

    Tips for prospective students

    Show diversity in your application. Have really good ACT score or SAT score.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State University is an incredibly diverse, wonderfully funded, expansive institution. It has the facilities to help you achieve anything you want to do. And it has the most amazing professors to give you the best education possible.

  • 01/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus security works hard to keep campus safe, but off campus is a different story. It's best to take the bus home after dark, and do not walk with headphones in staring down at your phone. Be alert and watch out for creepy people, because there have been people held at gun point and apartments have been robbed. The police have caught the people that partake in these crimes, but do be careful and alert. Never walk alone unless you really have to, and carry mace or a flashlight, and know how to defend yourself. If you do these things, you should be fine. I have never had a problem.

    Greek Life

    I don't know much about greek life but the houses are amazing.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs it's insane. There will definitely be a club for you to join, but the problem is that because there are so many and you want to be in all of them but you can't cause they're all on the same day or you have homework to do or your class is during a meeting. Just find that one thing you love and make room in your schedule for it and you will be fine. Most of the time you can only focus on one or two clubs/activities plus school work and a job if you need one or else you won't have any time at all.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    OSU is infamous for the mirror lake jump - when thousands of students jump in the freezing small lake on south campus before the michigan game. I personally have only seen videos, but people seem to love it. You just have to be careful going because there are a lot of people and it's easy to get trampled.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, and OSU is no exception. The only thing I don't like is that you can't opt out of paying for the RPAC or the student union fee. If you work out and take part in activities at the union, then that's great, but if you don't - you just spent like 250 on something you will never use.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs have different activities, there are always fun things to do at the union, etc. But I go off campus to do fun things. In my opinion, campus is for school, and I'd rather not be on campus anymore than I have to be. You can go to parties, sure, but what's more fun is exploring the beautiful city of columbus. The first Saturday of every month is Gallery hop in the Short North. All the galleries are open for free, and there is live music on the streets and great shops and food. You can go to the art museum for free on sundays. Cosi is an awesome science center down on broad street. You can go to the scioto mile and walk along the river. The park of roses is a beautiful place to go when it's nice outside. There are lots of cool small areas to go like Clintonville, worthington, upper arlington, and grandview. There are so many things to do in Columbus that you will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The food at OSU is great - but it is catered towards dorm students who have blocks. A block is a 5 dollar unit that you can purchase food with. The food on campus is so expensive though and I really only recommend buying it if you have blocks. There are a few none block food places such as oxleys during certain hours, the buckeye mart, the coffee shop on the business campus, and the barnes and noble in central classrooms. If you live off campus, I suggest packing a lunch. There are lots of microwaves hidden on campus if you're worried about that, but overall it's so much cheaper. OSU food is a rip off for off campus students unless you can find a dorm student to block for you.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't for everyone. It's great to live on campus your first year or semester so you can get to know the campus better and you don't have to worry about being on campus late at night and having to get back to your apartment. Dorms, though, are very cramped and it's better to live in a double rather than a quad. Make sure to start off on the right foot with your roommate(s) or else the year will just be awful. And remember, you can leave the dorm at any time. You don't have to live there especially if you live in Columbus. I would suggest living at home because it's much cheaper.

    Academic Rigor

    Most professors give great lectures and expect you to do all the homework and readings on your own so that you do well on the exams. There are many help centers like the Yonkin tutoring center, several math and science labs, and the writing center to help you with difficult course work, plus professors are required to be available to students via email and office hours. If you are having trouble, ask for help! It goes a long way when you make acquaintance with your professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know what your course work looks like for your major so you can really plan out how you're going to accomplish your degree in 4 years.

    In three sentences

    OSU has great academics and professors who really care about how you're doing, but also want to push you to do better than you thought you could. OSU has so many majors and clubs that it's easy to find where you fit in and make friends. It's also located in the best city ever, Columbus Ohio - you can get almost anywhere in columbus via cota bus, car2go, cycling, or walking, and OSU is located in a great place to be able to get to all the awesome things Columbus has to offer.

  • 01/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is almost always some type of sporting event going on. Dorms put on events for residences as well as events sponsored by the university. There is also a very nice movie theater in walking distance.

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining has options for everyone; vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, there is everything. As well as a multitude of restaurants and cafes right by campus.

    Dorm Life

    Ohio State has some amazing dorms. The staff in the dorms are helpful and friendly and living in the dorms is a great way to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Its tough, with large lecture halls you have to be strict with yourself. Go to class and put in the work outside of the classroom as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are so many organizations and amazing opportunities for free on campus all the time, take advantage of it!

    In three sentences

    Despite the size of the campus it is very easy to make it feel small. There are a multitude of organizations and opportunities available for students on campus. No matter what your interests or major is there is something for you here.

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    We have division I sports and some games are free. There are activities put on by the Union that are free, like movies and concerts. There are fitness activities and group things at the RPAC.

    Food and Dining

    Theres so many different varieties of food that you never have to eat the same things.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are awesome and super nice. The RA's make you feel welcome and everyones friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here are tough, but if you put in the time and effort you can do it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a smaller community within the University to help adjust to the campus. If you get involved with things it will make the huge campus feel so much smaller.

    In three sentences

    A very large campus. There is always something to do. Professors are top notch.

  • 01/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus safety cars always escorting people places when they feel they are in any form of danger or are lost.

    Greek Life

    I'm a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) and Greek Life has changed my college experience. Greek Life takes a big campus and puts you in a community of likeminded individuals who are looking to enjoy themselves and form a bond with their respective brothers and sisters.

    Clubs and Activities

    The involvement fair every year is massive, there are clubs for just about everything that you could think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! The beauty of a big school is that there's something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump! During the week of our rivalry football game with Michigan, every year thousands of students gather by Mirror Lake on campus and at midnight jump in the lake. It's an amazing tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    The in-state tuition is a great deal, I'm out of state and taking out loans but it's completely worth it to me.

    What to do for fun

    OSU football games are an experience and a half, they're so much fun. The nightlife on campus is amazing as well because bars and night clubs are about a 5 minute walk from the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    Ohio State students love their food and the meal plan is amazing! There are so many restaurants that accept your meal plan and there is such huge variety. There's even a pizza delivery service on your meal plan!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome if you've picked the right dorm! Do some research and try to find out where you fit best. There are various scholar programs based on interest in each and every dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The major classes are tough but completely manageable with hard work. The general education classes that everyone takes are very easy and should be viewed as GPA boosters.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your freshman year seriously but have fun doing it. Your freshman year is a chance to bolster your GPA but it's also a time to explore the school and your new life as a college student. Do your research when selecting dorms because while some are absolutely wonderful, some are.. not.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State has an absolutely beautiful campus that is a pleasure to walk to class on everyday. The school has renovated some new fantastic resident halls for incoming freshman that are similar to hotels. Our sports teams are phenomenal which ensures that there's always a good time to be had as a buckeye.

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Like any other campus there are some small crimes but we have excellent security that patrol regularly to help keep us safe, the campus is pretty well lit up at night. But safety tips are every where to keep yourselves safe and from being potential targets.

    Greek Life

    They got it!!

    Clubs and Activities

    Thousands and thousands...fraternities, sororities, clubs, communities, area of study groups, the list goes on and on. Oh and we have the best damn band in the land, just saying.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student. The Ohio State University now has more online and evening classes for those that work or have families.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Oval is a scenic place to see all walks of life both human and non-human. The new Union hall can also be seen from the Oval. An annual tradition for some students is to wade in mirror lake during the cold braving hypothermia.

    Bang for the buck

    The notoriety for going to such a prestige school will help when trying to get a job in the real world. That will in some ways pay for the process in it self.

    What to do for fun

    Many things on campus and the big city to do, but become active on campus in community groups and things you are interested in there are thousands of groups and if you don't find what you want to participate in The Ohio State University gives the reigns to you to make up your own organization within certain limits of course but just about anything goes.

    Food and Dining

    There are many foods places in the surrounding vicinity and your only a couple miles from downtown for food and fun. The campus area though has a couple of the best pizza places in the city.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus but there are even opportunities for me as a commuter to interact with other commuters, more fun and food.

    Academic Rigor

    Rigor is tough, but if you just keep pushing you can usually get through it the professors want to see you succeed and give you many resources to get help if they are not readily available.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a large campus which can be scary but there is so much help if you want it. After a couple semesters it feels like home.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is one of the top ranked schools in the world!!

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    OSU is located within the city of Columbus and safety concerns come along with urban living. I do not recommend walking alone at night around the off campus areas. Instead, call student safety and schedule a pickup or drop off appointment. Super easy and a great resource to have.

    Greek Life

    In my experience, greek life is something that can be great at OSU, but you don't need to feel pressured to join like at other schools. I am not in greek life but have many friends who are and I have gotten the chance to join in on some events. The best of both worlds!

    Clubs and Activities

    OSU has too many unique clubs to even count or mention. Luckily there are student club and activity fairs at the beginning of every semester so students can get a chance to look around and explore their opportunities.

    Great for these types of students

    Literally anybody. OSU has such a diverse student body that local students, international students, out of state students are all in abundance.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake jump in November, laying out on Oval Beach when it's warm.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as in-state tuition goes, it's a great value. OSU has so many unique classes and majors so you can really get what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    House parties and bars on the weekends are typical for OSU weekends. It is also fun to go to the bars in downtown Columbus.

    Food and Dining

    I won't lie in saying that OSU is a large campus and sometimes going off of campus to grab food is a hassle. Luckily we have quite a few campus food locations around campus where you can get just about anything. My favorite is the cafe at the RPAC where you can find healthy pastas, wraps, snacks, smoothies, etc.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms at OSU are a blast! I had an amazing dorm experience even though I was not in the brand new dorms that were just built on campus. I hear the new dorms look like luxury hotels.

    Academic Rigor

    One of the best parts of OSU is the many different classes to choose from. As you get farther into your major, you may start to find that your upper level classes are getting more challenging. However, a great way to break up your course load is to take interesting GEC courses that may not be as difficult. I am a science major which can be rough sometimes, however I enjoyed my general education classes about the Holocaust and even a class about gemstones and minerals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take part in the traditions! Whether it is jumping in Mirror Lake before the infamous Michigan vs OSU football game or watching TBDBITL perform Script Ohio at halftime on Saturdays, you will be happy to have these memories in the future.

    In three sentences

    Never wanna leave!

  • 01/15/2014

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    In three sentences

    Its a good school, but seems to have a big party scene. I don't like the fact that they don't give as much money for scholarships as other schools. They have a great marching band, but no woodwinds :(

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year before the Michigan game students jump into mirror lake. This happens in November. So it's usually freezing outside but it's a rich tradition. Additionally, they also cross out every M on campus with red tape.

    Bang for the buck

    Tons of merit scholarships given. I'm out of state and it beat the price of many in-state schools for me.

    What to do for fun

    They have a rock climbing wall that is free to students. Tons of events. There were two free concerts of The Band Perry and One Republic. You can take the free COTA bus downtown and get to see cute thrift shops and local bands.

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of options to eat all over campus. Can get order pizza with the meal plan as well as get Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    I have my own bathroom with a living area and a separate room for sleeping. I have enough room to have a couch, three desks, a 47in TV and a fridge in the common area.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the honors program and it's taught me a lot so far. Engineering is tough but the amount of material I'm learning is worth it. There is tons of help if you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come here!

    In three sentences

    A school filled with pride and spirit for their school. Focused on succeeding,

  • 01/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Text and email alerts keep you up-to-date on safety and crime in the area, and there's enough emergency posts to satisfy most anyone. Campus really doesn't want anything to happen to you, and I have never been so comfortable among so many people

    Clubs and Activities

    Hey look, another place to mention Urban Gaming Club. I've looked at the group list on occasion, and I can definitely say that it'll be hard to find nothing you're interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    Pretty much any type of student. I wouldn't recommend coming if you don't plan on putting forth the effort, but anyone willing to try will likely find this a rewarding campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Jumping into Mirror Lake before the big Thanksgiving football game. I'm not quite into icy water and weird sports rituals, but I appear to be in the minority in that regard.

    Bang for the buck

    Good education, good student activities, and a remarkable number of businesses watching for new employees. Yeah, college is expensive, but OSU tries to give you more than a few textbooks and a degree.

    What to do for fun

    Have I mentioned the zombies yet? Seriously, Urban Gaming Club is a good place to start if you don't mind running around at night on an adrenaline rush, clutching your Nerf gun desperately as you watch every shadow and corner. If that isn't your thing, feel free to get involved with the intramural sports, or the Quidditch team, or the Robotics team. If you aren't looking for campus activities, catch a bus to downtown and watch a hockey game, or see a movie, or whatever else you want. Columbus isn't exactly small. Chances are you can find something entertaining to use your free bus rides on.

    Food and Dining

    Campus has a remarkable variety when it comes to dining. You are rarely more than five minutes walk from some sort of food establishment, and most of the options are light and healthy. However, not all the food is like that, and it isn't hard to find a good hamburger or plate of chicken wings. If all else fails, there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance of campus, and several places deliver straight to the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    Cannot rate the dorm life from my own perspective, but what I have seen of them makes me confident that most people will find it fun. At the very least, the one year that most newcomers spend in the dorms is livable, and you'll probably get a friend or two out of it.

    Academic Rigor

    As an engineering student, I'm quite happy here. The classes are challenging enough to keep me invested, and I have yet to have a teacher I did not like. Especially in the smaller classes like Composition, the difficulty of the work is offset somewhat by the friendly teacher and classmates.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. As a fairly serious introvert, I can say that finding at least one thing to do on campus other than classwork makes the whole thing a lot easier. We have everything from organized zombie events to bread baking.

    In three sentences

    OSU is a welcoming community that puts forth great effort in making your first year comfortable. It is an excellent place to get an education in areas like math, science, or engineering. There are also plenty of activities to help fill any free time you may find yourself with.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are direct links to security all over campus. These are poles with blue lights on top and they hold a phone line to contact police/medics/fire department directly. When standing at one pole, you can always see another blue light. There are escort services for students who do not feel safe at night. The university really cares about its students and cares about their safety.

    Greek Life

    Not a lot of students are involved in Greek Life, but there are a few fraternities/sororities available.

    Clubs and Activities

    Thousands to choose from. There is an entire list on the Union's website. This is the best way to meet people on campus and make it a personal experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Very nice university. The university provides a lot of activities for its students, however, you must be on guard to not spend excess money. Orientation was unnecessarily expensive and I would have done it a lot differently if I could.

    What to do for fun

    There are thousands of clubs and activities on campus to choose from. Student Life funds concerts, movies, and dances for the students. All sports are free except for football and basketball. The Union also provides discounted tickets to many things in Columbus. There is always something to do, you just have to look.

    Food and Dining

    Several options to choose from. If you have a meal plan though, I suggest that you live on South Campus. North Campus has a long trek to dining facilities. All of the dining facilities have a wide variety of foods on their menus.

    Dorm Life

    Student life goes out of its way to make sure that dorm life is at its best. I have had a few issues with dorm mates not being respectful of quiet hours, but that is my only complaint. The dorms themselves are very nice compared to some others that I have seen. If there are any problems, the maintenance crews will normally fix the problem within a week of a report.

    Academic Rigor

    Science classes are very difficult. Professors are very helpful though, but you have to go get the help you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    When going to orientation, don't stay the night on campus. You can save a lot of money by either getting a hotel room, or if you live close, go back home. When arriving at campus for the academic year, find a club or activity that you have interest in and join! It will make a huge campus seem small in no time, I promise!

    In three sentences

    Many opportunities provided; thousands of clubs to choose from. There are many people here that care about you as an individual, but in most cases, you have to reach out first. Dorm life is nice; the school provides a large amount of funds to make sure that students have fun events to attend so they can relax.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is big on safety, especially during events. Also, if you do not feel comfortable going home from places like the library at night, you can call campus security and they will give you a ride back to your dorm or apartment.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not huge on campus, only a small portion of the student body participates in it. Although, Greek life is very beneficial to be a part of for life long connections.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for just about any and every interest you could have. If there is not a club for what you are interested in, it is very easy to create a new club.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for every type of student. It is a big school for students who like the big city feel. Also, students who like the smaller setting can easily find a place to fit in and make the big school feel like home. Ohio State is really a school where every student has the chance to make it conform to what they want, whether that is to be strongly into your academics or to balance a social life and academics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beat Michigan Week is a huge tradition at Ohio State. This includes the Mirror Lake Jump, which is when students jump into Mirror Lake the Tuesday before the Ohio State vs. Michigan game.

    Bang for the buck

    It is pricey, most of the cost comes out of pocket or through financial aid. The school does not offer many scholarships to students. It is definitely worth the cost for all of the opportunities you are given that would not be offered to you at most other schools.

    What to do for fun

    School sporting events are big on campus. Most sporting events are free, with the exclusion of our BIG 10 basketball and football teams. You can go to the Short North for great off-campus food and entertainment. Gateway, located on south campus, is a great place to go see movies. Also, your student fees include the COTA bus. This bus will take you downtown for free, where there are things to do such as dining, entertainment, concerts, and sporting events such as the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Food and Dining

    Endless options for dining. There are large dining halls, but there are more smaller markets for food. The food is well-prepared and worth the cost of a meal plan. Dining halls and markets are located in close proximity to residence halls for convenience.

    Dorm Life

    One of the best benefits of dorm life is that I have met most of my friends through living in my residence hall. The dorms are very nice and clean. Resident Advisers are helpful, caring, and nice. Truly a welcoming atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors take their roles seriously. Exams can be time consuming to prepare for and challenging, but if you well-prepare in advance you should not have much difficulty doing well on them. You are not given much homework or assignments. Most of your grades in classes will come from exams, quizzes, and papers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as many tours of the school as you need to, the more times you see the campus before you arrive, the smaller it begins to feel. Do not let the size overwhelm you, within the first two days of school I immediately felt like I was right at home. If you are a student that needs help understanding concepts, you have endless resources like free tutors, teachers assistants, and professors.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State offers many incredible opportunities to their students, including but not limited to, volunteering, tutoring, internships, and various clubs. Although the size of the college seems intimidating, there really is a place for everyone and it is not hard to find that place. Ohio State has everything a student could want or need in terms of academics, sports, social life, and opportunities for success during and after college.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    OSU allows many dining options that are reasonable for students who have allergies and dietary restrictions.

    Dorm Life

    Living in my dorm has allowed me to meet new people and learn more about different cultures through the diverse residence population.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are extremely strenuous. Luckily, the teachers are willing to help out if you are struggling.

  • 12/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Can't walk down a street without passing campus safety patrols and a call station. As a woman who often returns to campus after midnight, I've never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Prominent in their circles, but doesn't take over like, say and OU or Miami.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to name. Can't find something that fits you perfectly? It's so easy to make a new one.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a place for everyone. I was down to CWRU, Kenyon, and Miami U - Oxford going into freshman year. They each have their niche student. This is different, and what's great is everyone can mix comfortably.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump. OSU v UMichigan game students jump in a FREEZING COLD lake on campus to commemorate.

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely worth the money. They gave me a lot of aid but I decided to go to a different school. Now I'm back without the aid and am loving every second still.

    What to do for fun

    It's a metro area so your imagination is the only limit in Columbus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great. There are some misses but overall it's really good.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm is a different community. I'm in the Arts/Architecture Scholars dorm and love it - location, people, atmosphere, etc. I may stay here even though it is an older dorm without modern amenities like the newer ones.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be difficult, depending on the course. I loved most of them though. The Linguistics department is great as is the Undecided/University Exploration Program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for every scholarship and take every opportunity. If they want you they'll find a way to make it possible for you to come here.

    In three sentences

    This is the best school I've been to of the three I've been enrolled at. There's an enormous wealth of opportunity in Columbus and on this campus. People tried to scare me away with the size, but I've never felt so included, even after being at Ohio University and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

  • 12/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue emergency lights all around campus. If you push the button on the light when you feel unsafe, it automatically dials 911 and sends someone to you. Head off campus though, and there are some rough neighborhoods that students know to stay clear of.

    What to do for fun

    Lay out/play frisbee on 'Oval Beach when it's warm, go to sporting events, join a club, go to the movies for cheap with your student ID, and Easton and Polaris are nearby to go shopping!

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options to choose from when it comes to food. Two main dining halls, three places at the Union, cafes in almost every library, and many more. It's pretty good, and there are healthier options everywhere. Also, each food place has gluten-free which is handy.

    Dorm Life

    I live in a newly renovated dorm, and it is very nice with air conditioning, study areas, and two full kitchens. There are learning communities too, where people can live with others with the same interests (so many people are in the same classes and can study together!).

    Academic Rigor

    I started out pre-med, and switched to Nursing. Both are very difficult programs. The chemistry department is known for being ridiculously hard. For example, the averages on organic chemistry exams are usually around 40%. I like the challenge though, and professors are usually very willing to help you out if you look for the help!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go on a campus tour to get the full effect! Ask any questions you may have, especially how your tour guide gets involved and makes Ohio State seem smaller. It is a huge campus so it's important to find your place. Once you do, it seems like a small school!

    In three sentences

    I am so glad that I chose to go to OSU. They have diversity, awesome study abroad opportunities, and good on-campus dining. The overall school spirit is amazing and cannot compare to any other school that I have visited.

  • 12/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police do a nice job protecting the students. Columbus is a large city and crime does take place. For the most part almost any crime against a student happens a few block away on the east side of high street.

    Greek Life

    This a a big part of the university, and there are some huge houses for the greek students to live on off campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    This is completely up to each individual student but any club you can think of is at The Ohio State University to include a quidditch club.

    Great for these types of students

    There is something for every type of individual at The Ohio State University.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The week of the Ohio State vs Michigan football game the students jump in the campus lake (mirror lake) to support the buckeyes. This game take place in late November, and the water temperature is usually a few degrees above freezing.

    Bang for the buck

    Ohio State is a great investment, with one of the nation's largest alumni, almost all students are able to find a job or continue into grad school.

    What to do for fun

    Attending varsity sports events, all of which are free besides football, and men's basketball. Going to one of the nation's largest recreational facilities, for those over 21 there is a great bar scene all around campus, Downtown is an incredible convention center, professional hockey, and much more. Lots of open space to to anything under the sun during the spring, summer, and fall.

    Food and Dining

    For campus food this is second to none. You may have to walk a distance to take advantage of each individual dinning facility, but a walk after a great meal is never a bad thing. Between the different dinning halls almost every kind of food style can be found.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, there are many dorms around a large campus. It is very easy to meet people, and most would say the students are very friendly to fellow buckeyes. There are lots of activities that take place in the dorms, and a student has complete control over what they make out of their dorm experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any school this varies upon which major you are in and the degree you are trying to achieve. It can be challenging to get into many programs since there are so many students that apply to each individual program, but it is very rewarding once accepted. The course work can be tough, but it is a fair workload for the student.

    Tips for prospective students

    To succeed it is important to be a self-motivated individual, and have a willingness to stay on top of your school work even though there is so much to do on and around campus. The faculty is great and they are very willing to help students, but there are so many students that attend this school, that the student has to take it upon his/her self to ask for help.

    In three sentences

    A great academic school with an enormous amount of school pride, and a strong support system from the alumni. Lots of student striving to become the next leaders in America, and land some of the country's top jobs. Sports are a major part of the campus social life, especially football.

  • 12/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The night before the *ichigan/ Ohio State game, there is the traditional Mirror Lake Jump, where drunk college students jump, fully clothed, into the nasty lake on campus and sing.

    What to do for fun

    Ohio State is a sports school, so there are always games that students can attend. There is also a party scene off of High Street, along with the off-campus bars and clubs.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of food available on all areas of campus. There are places that offer allergen-free and other dietary issue options for students who need it.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are more updated than others- I am currently living in one of the older ones from the 70s with carpeted walls, but it is pretty standard with all universities. There are new dorms being built on North Campus this year, with newer dorms already completed on South.

    Academic Rigor

    There are definitely classes that are harder than others, so it just depends on your work ethic and the level of class difficulty you are accustomed to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not think that just because it is a state school that it is not an amazing university. The campus may seem really big and overwhelming at first, but it definitely gets smaller when you get involved in clubs and activities. The friends you make here will be with you for life.

    In three sentences

    The campus may seem really big, but there is a place for everyone here. You cannot attend Ohio State if you do not root for the Buckeyes in sports. Alumni from Ohio State can be found everywhere and be an invaluable resource in the workplace/ in life in general.

  • 12/12/2013

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

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    In three sentences

    Athletics are a major factor. The school is set in an urban area. There are so many students on campus!

  • 11/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    All of the food around campus is excellent. There are many different locations, and with different dining styles.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are clean, staff is good.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are difficult, but not unreasonably so. Many classes such as chemistry will challenge incoming students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Fill out applications early, tour campus and find out if you like it.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University has a large, diverse campus. There are plenty of activities and organizations to take part in around campus. Professors are good, and smaller classes mean more focus on an individual.

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe and when it's not, you're alerted in a timely manner.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1,000 student organizations, so you're bound to find one that interests you.

    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State is great for any student who is dedicated to their education!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Stop by Mirror Lake to hang out with the famous Afro Duck, and participate in the Mirror Lake jump before fall semester ends!

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, but the experience and quality of education is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Attend all the OUAB events! They're free and always have really cool guests or activities. Meet new people, get involved, and explore Columbus.

    Food and Dining

    Some places have better food than others, like the Union. None of the food is bad, but it can get old after awhile.

    Dorm Life

    If you have a good roommate, then dorm life is great. If you get a not so great roommate, then it's significantly less enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are challenging, but if you stay on track and go to office hours when you need extra help, it won't get too overwhelming.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early, even though it may be intimidating at first. Don't slack on your homework and don't get in the habit of skipping class, but have fun!

    In three sentences

    Ohio State provides a great learning environment as well as for getting involved and meeting new people. It is a very friendly atmosphere and is a great place to go to school once you get past all the construction. The faculty is very engaged and helpful as well.

  • 11/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I am a freshmen girl and I have walked by myself back to my dorm late at night and never have felt uncomfortable. There are always people walking around campus and that makes me feel comfortable.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs to get involved in!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to have fun, but study hard! Students who love sports but want a good college degree. Students who want to meet a lot of new people.

    What to do for fun

    Football, basketball, all other sports, clubs/organization, volunteering.

    Food and Dining

    Every college student gets sick of campus food.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus may be large, but it doesn't feel like it!

    In three sentences

    There is so much to do here. So many people mean you meet so many interesting people and can get involved in so much. Never a dull moment.

  • 11/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It seems pretty safe, but always be careful!

    What to do for fun

    Do anything, get involved. Music, gym, sports, open source club, book clubs, video game clubs, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Too expensive and not enough from it, I prefer to pack or eat somewhere on high street if possible.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    It is tough at times, and sometimes okay. Just study hard!

    Tips for prospective students

    Just work hard, study and do your best to read the textbook before every class if possible. It is a good idea to be ahead

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is good for the most part. The computer science department is okay, but they could really use giving out a lab solution or project solution after the deadline had passed. Sort of like a preferred solution, because if you don't fully finish the lab correctly, then you may be lost. Additionally, they could use more staff in the department. Parking is okay though here.

  • 11/18/2013

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

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    In three sentences

    Really great school.

  • 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.

  • 11/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    OSU hosts many events all the time. Something is always going on. Whether it be a special seminar, concert, or cultural festival.

    Food and Dining

    The food offered in the OSU cafeterias is mediocre, but there are plenty of local businesses and markets that will take your BuckID.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm, but I haven't heard good things.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are no walk in the park. This is a college. The classes are long and difficult, but don't let that deter you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize the assistance that your professors offer you, for it is incredibly beneficial and they will enjoy helping you. Take it easy and don't let your schoolwork build up. The course material is not overwhelming if you consistently keep up with it. And don't forget an umbrella!

    In three sentences

    As a Japanese major I find Ohio State to be a wonderful place. The faculty and staff are always willing to help and really enjoy their jobs. The atmosphere is really beneficial for learning.

  • 10/29/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    I am not a student here yet, so I can't speak much on this subject.

    Dorm Life

    When I went on my tour, we went into the south halls. They were very small with no air conditioning. I'd prefer staying in the north halls or the west towers.

    Academic Rigor

    I am not a student here yet, so I can't speak much on this subject.

    In three sentences

    It's welcoming. It's exciting. It's passionate.

  • 10/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Columbus is a pretty big city in Ohio and you should be cautious, like any other city, but it a safe city overall. If you ever feel scared or threatened, there are many numbers you can call for assistance and there are big blue lights that flash that are everywhere on campus in case of emergency. Just try and bring a buddy if you're going out at night to avoid any conflict.

    Greek Life

    Greek life does happen at Ohio State but it is certainly not a school where if you aren't greek then you aren't cool. You see Greeks walking around campus but they socialize with any group of people. If you want to go Greek then do it! It's a great opportunity to meet people and do volunteer work and gain a group of your best friends for life!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 1,000 clubs on campus that a student can participate in. Either from the I'm Really Bored and Have Nothing Better To Do club, to the TOMs club, or to the Soccer club, there is a club out there for literally everyone. You just have to go to the fair at the beginning of the school year and find the club or clubs that fits you best.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition every Ohio State student must do at least once while they attend OSU is: The Mirror Lake Jump. This happens every year before Thanksgiving week for Hate Michigan Week (our biggest rivals) and students go to Mirror Lake which is the home of Afro Duck and jumps in the freezing cold lake in late November. This tradition shows how much pride and school spirit Ohio State has.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a college town, which means poor college students looking for any deal they can get. You can grab $5 calzones at DP Dough on Wednesdays or 2 for 1 calzones on Thursdays. And when our football team wins then there's a certain discount on Ohio State apparel the following week. These are just some of the perks but students also get magazines sent to them full of coupons and discounts that everyone wants to use even if they don't actually need or want the coupon, just because it's a great deal.

    What to do for fun

    What isn't there to do for fun in Columbus, Ohio?! Most of the fun is on just one street, High Street. On High Street you can get any type of food you want, shop at a variety of different clothing stores, or dance the night away with some friends.Almost anything you could want will be on high street and there's almost always something going on there. If you want to venture off campus a little, you can head downtown where there are many more fun activities like visiting the Columbus Art Museum or you can head a little further off campus and go shopping at one of the greatest shopping centers, Easton. There's so much to do that I'm not sure it's even possible to do everything in just 4 years!

    Food and Dining

    Where to even start with food... wow, you will love all the options that Ohio State has to offer. If you want an all you can eat dining hall, there are a few of those, but if you're craving a specific type of food then one of the many options of places to eat on campus with satisfy your craving. You can grab a bagel at Oxley's in the morning, head on over to the RPAC for a yummy pasta and meat sauce, and finish off your day by grabbing a panini of your choice at the union. The food here will not disappoint.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great here. Whether you choose a traditional style dorm, suite style, or apartment style, they are all great options. Many students prefer the suite style because you automatically have a few people that you already know and live with and the rest of your floor is usually filled with people looking for friends. The other style dorms are also great too, it just depends on your preferences like the size of the room, how many roommates you want, and how far away it is from your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio State isn't just your average college, it is challenging and you have to put a lot of time and energy into every assignment you do but it's worth it to get the good grades you want. There will be easy classes and then there will be really hard classes that you'll spend countless hours of studying on, but it's what you make of it. If you want the good grades, you have to put in the work. It's not like high school wear you can slack off. You will fall behind if you don't keep up.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go to Ohio State, work hard in school and get the best grades possible. If you work hard and are involved in activities then I'm confident that Ohio State will want you. Show that you're better than the average student and want to succeed in life.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is more than just a college I go to, it's my home. I have seen a lot of schools and there is no other school that I have visited that is as great in every aspect as OSU is. There is so much school spirit and pride in being a buckeye that I forget I even went to another school before here.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As with any urban city there are bound to be some instances of danger, however I feel safe on this campus. If you do feel unsafe, campus security will always be able to come pick you up at anytime of the day and drive you home.

    Greek Life

    I am not personally in a sorority, however I know it is a fantastic way to make lifelong friends and get involved. There is a variety of fraternities and sororities so anyone can find their niche.

    Clubs and Activities

    Just to list a few: Intramurals Club teams Quidditch-- for all the Harry Potter Fans! Buckeyethon-- cure pediatric cancer! A ton of 5Ks Karaoke Group fitness--work out with friends! Habitat for Humanity Community Outreach Programs Pre-physical Therapy club, Pre dentistry club, Pre-Exercise Science Club, and so on. BBQ Club Ski Team Guitar club This list is kind of biased on my interests but there are so many ways to get involved and socialize here at OSU

    Great for these types of students

    All types! The amount of diversity her is incredible.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump! Around the last day of classes before thanksgiving break thousands of happy, excited OSU fans jump into mirror lake before the big rivalry game against Michigan. Honestly my favorite thing about my freshman year.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth it! Apply for scholarships but try not to stress about financial issues. Ohio State is so fun and a great education. Don't miss out.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Ohio State Football, Basketball , and other games, Play intramural sports, go see a movie for only 6 dollars, free events/ concert each year, free food, discounted tickets on concerts, crew games, and much more!

    Food and Dining

    So much variety on campus and off! Literally anything your in the mood for is in walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. You basically live in a huge house with all of your friends down the hall. Leave your door open and don't be afraid to reach out and meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    There are your typical weed out classes that are extremely difficult and time consuming. You just have to push through it and ask for help! There are also very easy, laid back classes that you can take to balance out your schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to be in an honors or scholars program! Being with student with the same classes is an automatic support group and group of friends. Join a club! There are philanthropies, career paths, school subjects, sports. Almost anything you can think of that you like there is a group of people who have similar interests!

    In three sentences

    TBDBITL: The Best Damn Band in the Land! Ohio State is full of not only great athletics, entertainment, and fans, but also an amazing faculty, incredible opportunities, and immense diversity. There is a place for everyone, be it at the recreational facilities, joining one of our hundreds of clubs, or hanging with friends, anyone can find their niche.

  • 10/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Not only do campus police survey the campus, but you can also call campus security to escort you to where you need to go after dark, or any time really. They also have emergency buttons.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many. There is literally something for everyone here. It's amazing.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to get involved, but know when to stop.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The traditional jump into Mirror Lake in December before the Ohio State/Michigan game. Also, several building are said to be haunted. Take from that what you will.

    Bang for the buck

    Ohio State is really worth it, especially if you're in-state. The in-state tuition along with the quality of education is to die for, and there's so much to do.

    What to do for fun

    It really depends on what you like to do. They have so many different clubs and intramural sports here that there's something for everyone! Not to mention dorm life, and awesome RA's that take your entire floor out for midnight sand volleyball!

    Food and Dining

    Most of it is really good! There's a lot of variety as well, so you can choose what you like. Half of the fun is going out and exploring, searching out new places to eat. Mirror Lake Creamery and Grill is the best place ever though, even if the food if really fattening.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are actually pretty nice, I'm just not a huge fan of two of my other three room mates. Make sure that your room mates know your schedule though, and you should be fine.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on the type of classes you take. Typically, your major/major pre-requirements will be harder than your general education classes, but the professors do their best to make everything fun for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you get involved! It makes the campus a lot smaller. Stay awake and pay attention in class, and you'll do fine here.

    In three sentences

    It's really friendly, and the first year experience is great. The classes are a blast as long as you pay attention, and the professors are always willing to help. The campus is beautiful, but a lot of construction goes on as well.

  • 10/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Boo Radley Society does high five Friday every week.

    What to do for fun

    I like to work out, but there are also tons of club and team and team sports, fields for outdoor activities, and plenty of entertainment both on north High street and at the Ohio Union.

    Food and Dining

    There are places for just about every food preference.

    Dorm Life

    West campus is pretty great. I know most of the people on my floor and we have floor-wide hangouts.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major, but your academic skills will be tested.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to study, even if you don't think you need it.

    In three sentences

    The people here are extremely nice. The university is very well organized and information is readily available. Staff from all of my classes are very helpful in adjusting to college life.

  • 10/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety here is PHENOMENAL. As soon as something happens there's an email or text alert sent to you that lets you know what's going on. I've never felt more safe than I have here, personally.

    Greek Life

    I haven't experienced this so I cannot speak on it.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 1,000 clubs on campus, it's really easy to find your niche. I wouldn't join too many at once, though-- it's easy to get overwhelmed with the club activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Party people Academia nuts Pretty much anyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I think probably the strangest tradition I've heard of (not seen... yet) is jumping into Mirror Lake the day before the Ohio State/Michigan game. It's odd to me because the game is in late November and the lake would be freezing... but it's a tradition nonetheless.

    Bang for the buck

    It's pretty worth it, honestly. I mean, I personally have had issues with paying tuition but I admit that part of it was my own fault. The classes, the atmosphere, the campus.... it's all fantastic. I'd say that it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do! First there's all the concerts that come through here, from the Schottenstein Center to the LC Pavilion to the Newport Hall. There are so many sports to see here and the OSU marching band is absolutely fantastic as well. Not to mention all the parties (if you're a party kind of person).

    Food and Dining

    I honestly really enjoy the food at the Traditions places here. They're unlimited buffets and with select meal plans you can get unlimited eating at Traditions and it's definitely amazing.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on the dorm and the people in it, to be completely honest. I live in a fully-renovated dorm and it's beautiful, but the people on my floor can be really loud (even after quiet hours!). It's so crazy. If you can deal with the randomness of people, then you'll do fine.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be really challenging but the teachers are very helpful and are more than willing to help you if you need it, as long as you show a genuine interest in their class. The change of pace definitely can take some getting used to though.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely suggest to put your classes before anything else. There are a lot of parties here and it may seem tempting to go to them as much as possible, but trust me: If you're new here and you don't focus on your classes, then you won't succeed. Once you get into the rhythms of your classes, however, then I say go out and have fun!

    In three sentences

    It's got a beautiful campus, so if you're into nature and sight-seeing this is perfect. The classes are fairly well-paced and the teachers actually care about you and your success. There are also a lot of options in terms of courses and clubs to join.

  • 09/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to FOOTBALL GAMES!!!!

    Food and Dining

    Best food, both on and off campus ever! You need to be adventurous and force yourself to go to the places that you've never heard of before. Those are the best food places on campus...the non-chain establishments. Chain restaurants (McDonalds, Wendys, etc.) taste the same everywhere.

    Dorm Life

    I did not ever live in a dorm, but I hear that it's awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some professors that have a zero-tolerance policy regarding make-up exams, re-takes, etc.; however, overall, the staff is incredibly helpful and courteous to students and are willing to work with them in emergency situations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and don't fall behind!

    In three sentences

    Ohio State University is far superior to any other school in Ohio. They are among the elite regarding academics, athletic programs, and diversity. This helps Ohio State students graduate with so much more than just a degree.

  • 09/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe at OSU. If you have a class that ends after dark, there is a service that you can call and they can meet you when class ends and drive you to your car or dorm. Now that's safe!

    Clubs and Activities

    Science fiction club free movies! YES!

    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State has something to offer everyone - whether you're a gregarious student-council-president-type, or a shy, creative type, or any type of student between the extremes. There are cultural groups, reading groups, fan groups, major-related clubs, research opportunities, and on and on. Explore and find your passion!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Ohio State football Buckeyes, of course! Learn to sing Carmen Ohio and volunteer for the Student O Box seating for games and get in on all the action!

    Bang for the buck

    I think tuition at Ohio State is very competitive for the caliber of education you receive. In-state tuition is definitely a deal, and out-of-state fees are cheaper than a lot of area colleges offering fewer programs.

    What to do for fun

    Student group meetings - like the astronomy club rooftop meetings, the science fiction club free movie nights, etc. There is always a concert or two happening on High Street, not to mention the numerous taverns and casual dining venues.

    Food and Dining

    I don't live in the residence halls or dorms, so I can't comment on the food service there. However, there are many wonderful restaurants within and surrounding both Columbus and Newark OSU campuses.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, so I can't comment about the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course, academic rigor is tied to the program in which you're interested, but numerous opportunities for academics are available if you are willing to work hard and keep your eyes open. Look into obtaining an honors degree - you have access to special sections of many classes specially designed to challenge you. Once accepted into the program, you get first dibs when scheduling classes, and even a separate study space just for you and your fellow honors students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you begin your career on main campus, it can seem overwhelming at first but you'll quickly learn your way around. Grab a buddy and a map and go!

    In three sentences

    I attend both the Ohio State University main campus in Columbus and the branch campus in Newark, Ohio. I truly get the best of both worlds! Main campus is like a cosmopolitan city all by itself. There are so many opportunities to meet different people, learn from world-class instructors, and join student groups for any interest you may have. I like having a broad selection of courses and times when I'm scheduling classes that main campus offers. At the same time, I enjoy the close-knit community of the Newark campus, too. It's great to get to know students on campus and often have more than one class with someone I'm familiar with. There's also a perk in the possibility of having an instructor more than once for classes in a particular discipline - you learn what to expect and develop a relationship with these wonderful professors. That is so important when it comes to letters of recommendation and sponsorship for research grants and presentations! I *love* Ohio State! Go Bucks!!

  • 09/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there are so many things to do around campus and in downtown columbus

    Food and Dining

    the food on north campus is ok but the food on south campus is so much better

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely love everyone in my dorm

    Academic Rigor

    Its pretty hard but the professors are good and if you study hard you can succeed

    Tips for prospective students

    its a big school but there a ton of ways to get involved to make it feel like a small school.

    In three sentences

    I love it here. There is no place I would rather be. I love the atmosphere and everything about ohio state.

  • 09/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is so much you could do for fun at OSU, between the thousands of clubs and intramural and club teams and such there are plenty of ways to have fun on campus. Being in Columbus there are always various activities from concerts to sporting events going on

    Food and Dining

    Pretty quickly you find the good and the not so good places to eat, I know personally Kennedy Commons was a favorite spot.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Morrill Tower, and I actually enjoyed it thoroughly, most students will go off campus as soon as they can because it is just so much cheaper however.

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio State didn't get the reputation it has by having pushover curricula, but it is definitely doable

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit campus before you make any decisions. It is a pretty large campus, but you will find that everyone finds somewhere to fall into place and fit in.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is the biggest little school around. There is always something happening on or near campus, and the faculty truly care about your success

  • 09/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have bike cops, horse cops, regular cops, you name it! There are also poles all over campus where if you just push the button, the cops are instantly called. The dorms all have really nice fire detectors too.

    Greek Life

    I don't really know much about Greek life yet, but I do know that we have it here at Ohio State. I've seen some of the frat/sorority houses and some of them look so amazing!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an activity fair at the beginning of the year that gives students an idea of how to get involved with the many different clubs here at Ohio State. There's seriously a club for everyone! I've heard of tons - Barbeque club, sailing club (yes they really go sailing), even some of the intramural sports are wacky! There's one called Battleship where you go in the big pool in a canoe with your team and other teams try to sink your boat by pouring water in. So, if you can think of it, we have it!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone! It doesn't matter if you're introverted or the most outgoing person to ever walk the planet, you'll find your place here. Just be ready to walk around a lot - it is a big campus. (But there are buses too).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition is to jump into Mirror Lake the week before Thanksgiving break/the Michigan game. It's crazy to see how many people go! There's also a couple neat places on campus that you should explore at night because they're rumoured to be haunted!

    Bang for the buck

    The student sports packages are totally worth it! I recommend getting football and basketball tickets if you can because they're so cheap compared to public prices. (If you can't attend a game, they're super easy to sell and you can make a profit.) Your meal plan goes really far too because there's so many dining areas on campus, you won't have to spend your own money on food. There's also a lot of events on campus that give out free stuff - even tshirts and food!

    What to do for fun

    On or off campus, there's always something to do! On campus, people are always posting different activities on bulletin boards, there's a club for just about everything, and Ohio State rocks when it comes to sports! Go to sports games, go to the free student concerts, join a club, go to the gym - however you want to spend time on campus, it will be a blast! Off campus there's also a ton to do since we're in Columbus. There's a mall about 20 min away, although there's a ton of shopping right here on High Street also. There's tons of restaurants around and the LC pavilion and Newport hold lots of cool concerts all the time.

    Food and Dining

    There are soooo many places to eat on campus it's crazy! You can eat a ton of different places on the meal plan and you also have High Street where there's a bunch of popular places like McDonalds, Panera, Jimmy John's, etc. With the meal plan, it's not all traditional cafeteria style. There's sandwich shops, pizza places, cafeterias and all kinds of different places you can use your meal plan on.

    Dorm Life

    I visited friends last year who lived on north campus and this year, I'm living on south campus so I have a pretty good idea of what all the different dorms are like. Be sure to look into where you'd like to stay (north or south campus) and what kind of dorm you'd like (single, double, quad, etc.) That being said, location isn't super important because anywhere you are, you'll have a great time! It's really easy to make friends on your floor and the RA's and front desk staff for all of the buildings are very nice and helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm only a first year, so I haven't been here long enough to take any midterms or final exams yet, so I don't have enough experience to write about those. That being said, I'm a design major but I've met a lot of kids in other majors and college is a lot of work! You'll need to spend a lot of time out of class studying and doing homework. However, it's easy to contact your professor/teachers and talk to them or meet them outside of class for help. There are also a lot of other sources like the library, etc. to get help from. Don't stress!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're thinking about applying to Ohio State, definitely keep your grades up in high school! You need a good GPA and good test scores to get in, were a great school! Also I recommend coming to visit a few times at different times in the year. Take a tour in the fall, and see the beautiful campus and see the horseshoe stadium on gameday! It's amazing! Get basketball tickets and visit during the winter - be sure to bundle up! Come in the spring and experience Oval Beach. Whatever you do, take a few tours to get a feel for the large size of the campus and get an idea of where you might like to live on campus.

    In three sentences

    Ohio state is a huge campus which seems intimidating to some, but it's been an amazing experience for me thus far. The campus is beautiful and easy to navigate, plus there's always tons to do on and off campus in Columbus. The campus also has good food, great teachers/professors and really nice dorms.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always the campus patrol driving around at night. Also there are blue call stations every 500 feet around and in the case of emergency, there will be someone there within the minute.

    Greek Life

    There are so many great opportunities for a student to join greek life. In addition, there are numberous non social fraternities. Some include a pre-medical fraternity, pre-law, and anything else you could imagine.

    Clubs and Activities

    With over 1000 clubs and the possibility to make a club if there isn't one you like, there is so much you can do.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for any types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beat Michigan week is one of the greatest traditions in the fall at Ohio State. Also there are many traditions around the Oval including one where if you walk hand in hand with your romantic partner down the Long Walk from the Oval with the bells ringing and no one crossing your path, you are destine for marriage.

    Bang for the buck

    Although OSU is a pricy school, it is absolutely worth it. The network obtained through this school is amazing. There are so many businesses that have roots at OSU. In addition, the OSU Wexner Medical center is on campus and can provide a ticket directly into the medical field.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something fun to do at The Ohio State University. Whether it is going to the rec center, going to a sporting event, or going off campus, there is always something fun to do on and around campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many opportunities for good food on campus. One great place on south campus is Market Place which offers a very wide variety of excellent food. The three dining halls, called the Traditionals, also have very good and many different types of food.

    Dorm Life

    Two of the dorms on south campus have been newly renovated, including Park-Stradley, where I am living. It compares to a hotel buy the quality of living. Some of the older norms do not have air conditioning, but many are in the process of being renovated.

    Academic Rigor

    The course loads are difficult, but by studying and doing homework, the grades will follow. Also, the professors and TA's are always there to help, so don't be afraid to ask questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Find what you love and you will make friends who enjoy the same things.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State has provided me with so many opportunities. The education is excellent as well as the facilities. There are so many possibilities to make a large school feel small.

  • 09/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    safety is a major priority on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    so many types of clubs

    Great for these types of students

    everyone and anyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    11th floor of Thompson library has the best view on campus

    Bang for the buck

    Not over priced for good education and great networking.

    What to do for fun

    Go to a sporting event!

    Food and Dining

    Large variety of food, healthy choices, and good quality.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all being renovated and remodeled and most are spacious.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always remember to wear your buckeye pride!

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is the best school in the country. It has the most school pride and spirit. Also, we have the greatest athletics and academics in the land.

  • 08/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    OSU has emergency call buttons posted at numerous places around campus should anyone require assistance. They even provide a free security escort service for students who do not wish to walk home alone at night or anything like that. Students are notified if a crime occurs on campus via email and are provided with safety tips and other associated information.

    Greek Life

    I personally am not involved with Greek life, and avoid it, but there a number of sororites and fraternites for students who wish to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    OSU hosts an abundant number of clubs and oragniztions, my personal favorites include, the various martial arts, and fencing. There are spiritual clubs, culture clubs, community serive, and anime. Anything you could possibly want, OSU has it.

    Great for these types of students

    For the overacheiver, the library is your new best friend, you can spend hours studying and absorbing new information, just dont forget to relax and have fun every now and then. For the athletic student I recommend joing the clubs and teams, and the RPAC is a place you will love to be. For the homebody, your dorm will be your santuary, but dont be afraid to go out and make new friends!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Welcome Week at OSU is packed with fun events for the new students. The involvment fair is an event you do not want to miss, and movies on the oval anre always fun and inclusive. People here are very passionate about their football, so be prepared to get into the spirit of things and participate in various Buckeye events.

    Bang for the buck

    OSU has a multitude of shops both on and around campus. Everything from movie theaters, to cafes, to sports stores they have it. Prices are very affordable for the broke college student and a lot of campus activities are fun and free!

    What to do for fun

    The Easton and Polaris malls are always fun, but for those who cannot get off-campus easily, High Street is a line of never-ending vendors and small shops. The library always fun for avid readers, and most dorms have a rec room where friends can hang out and play board games, ping pong, watch movies, practice piano, or just chill.

    Food and Dining

    There a variety of different places to eat on campus, including the Commons areas inside the dorms. Prices are ideal for college students, and the dining halls have a different menu each day. The food is pretty good and the dining experience is less like a cafeteria feel and more like a peer gathering.

    Dorm Life

    Though some dorms may not be as spacious as a room back home, it provides students with an ideal opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and get to interact with people they might never have gotten another chance to meet. Adjusting to living in a new place can be a bit difficult, but overall the experiences gained in dorm life are irreplaceable.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be challenging, but make sure to know what you are interested in. Do not take a class if you don't think you will like it, you are setting yourself up to fail. However, though the class content may be a bit challenging, the professors make it as lively and interactive as possible to create an ideal learning environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help, whether it be financially or academically, they have a numerous amount of resources ready to be utilized by students. Keep up with the homeowrk. It is easily manageable if kept up with from the beginning and not left until the last minute. Make friends in all of your classes to provide you with benefical relationships both academially and socially.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State University is an amzing school with a wide variety of majors, and the instructors are wonderfully passionate about their subjects. The campus can be a bit overwhelming at first both due to size and first college experience, but it is easily adjusted to and filled with people ready and willing to help. OSU has a wide variety of scholarships available and other financial aid to help get students the best opportunity for success as possible.

  • 08/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is pretty safe e have security all around campus at all hours of the day and night. Nothing gets pass our campus security.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is amazing on campus. There are a lot of students involved in Greek life and are true leaders around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities on campus. You can join the BBQ club or the Quiddich club. There are so many options it just depends on what you are interested in.

    What to do for fun

    There are 3 malls that you can go to Easton, Polaris or Tuttle Crossing Mall. You can also go see a movie on campus or off campus. There are a number of bars and restaurants that go down high street.

    Food and Dining

    All of the food on campus is amazing! I have yet to find something on or off campus that I don't like so far.

    Dorm Life

    I personally have never lived in the dorms but I have friends that do and they love it. However there seems to always be some sort of construction going on around the dorms. I see many of the dorms going out or having events for people that live on certain floors or just for people that live in the dorm period.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at this school are very interesting. All of the teachers and staff are here to make sure that you succeed in anyway possible. So that means some of your classes are going to be difficult while others are going to be a breeze. I have a great appreciation for what my professors do here on campus you can tell that they love teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as much as you can while in High School. Join anything and everything if you can even if you only do it once. When you come to campus try to get involved in something you can join a sorority/fraternity or you can be in one of our amazing plays.

    In three sentences

    Absolutely amazing school

  • 08/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They work on this a lot, but it is a big city.

    Greek Life

    Unknown

    Clubs and Activities

    The dorms have social groups and I've been involved in Food Science club and Collegiate Young Farmers.

    Great for these types of students

    Brainiacs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are a ton. Too numerous to mention, but I do love the Mirror Lake Jump before the Michigan game.

    Bang for the buck

    They have really been trying to hold tuition costs down.

    What to do for fun

    What doesn't Columbus have? It's great for everything.

    Food and Dining

    Dining options are numerous. I love it all.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great and convenient to everything. It's a privilege to live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Very!! I was not prepared for this.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard. It's very competitive to get into.

    In three sentences

    It's wonderful; the best choice in Ohio. They have every major you could ever imagine. Columbus is a wonderful city to be in.

  • 08/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    Everyone in the dorms are so social and friendly, and the RA's are very wise and insightful.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are looking for a challenge, OSU is the way to go! With both Honors and Scholars programs, plus Learning Communities, you can easily find the academic rigor that is right for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find your classes BEFORE school actually starts. Many of freshman use the OSU mobile app, which is great for finding the building, but finding the classroom in the building is a separate and LONG process. Also, make it a point to get to know the 50,000+ Buckeyes that are here on a daily basis!

    In three sentences

    This campus is AMAZING! You can literally find everything you want and need here, all within a simple walk or bus ride away!

  • 08/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You would think since there are so many students at Ohio state that it has in safe environment, but because almost all the students are friendly it is really safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Ohio state has an abundant amount of clubs and activities.

    What to do for fun

    The real question here is what can't you do. Ohio state has almost everything you can thing of that is fun.

    Food and Dining

    The dining here is awesome. The only negative thing is that it is pretty pricey.

    Dorm Life

    I have not had the opportunity to live on campus, yet, but from what I've heard it is fantastic.

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio state is on of the top universities. It has pretty much every course you can think of. It has brilliant professors and students that are willing to learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are classes at ohio state where the students exceed 600. In these types of classes It is best to sit in the front so you can listen to the class information easier.

    In three sentences

    Ohio state is a wonderful school. On my first day I made plenty of friends. It has a very positive atmosphere.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    -Columbus is not a little college town. Last year there were a few physical assaults and some hate-slurs as well as an indirect bomb/shooting threat found in an online chatroom. The Campus and Columbus police kept a safe monitoring system up and after a week, the threat went away, thankfully. The best advice is to use the buddy system when walking at night, and to keep to the well-lighted and trafficked areas. -The campus merges well with the rest of the city. It's not as if you step off campus and you're suddenly in the 'hood. You'll find students everywhere in the surrounding Columbus area, crossing streets as only students would.. please look both ways and use the buddy system when crossing through sketchy zones. -The campus police keep a very good system of records and notifications: http://dps.osu.edu/police/psn/ You can sign up for these to receive texts immediately after an incident. They also send emails. -If you bring a bike, don't take chances. Use one of these (U-Lock): http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/environment/transport/cycling/security/locked_bike.gif?maxWidth=800&maxHeight=600 -When it comes to safety, OSU is foolproof. Your best weapon is your common sense.

    Greek Life

    I'm not involved in Greek Life, nor are most of my friends. However, I know it is pretty well-organized: http://ohiounion.osu.edu/get_involved/sorority_fraternity

    Clubs and Activities

    With ~800 clubs, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Use this directory to help sort based on your interests: http://ohiounion.osu.edu/get_involved/student_organizations/directory?l=O The clubs I've joined are fantastic and add a touch of extra fun/relief from school. It's not too hard to join and even run for a position, so long as you are passionate about the club's interests and progress.

    Great for these types of students

    -FLEXIBLE [classes change, locations change, emergencies happen, and the show must go on]. -COOPERATIVE/FRIENDLY [living with people, plenty of group projects, meet new people every day]. -OPEN [people from all walks of life, countries, languages, religions, ethnicities etc. come here. We love diversity at OSU.] -MOTIVATED. [granted, this applies to any college, but especially to one so large with the power to sweep you off your feet quickly] -INDEPENDENT [figuring out the problem on your own, finding the proper resources, the real life aspect of college]

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump: Sometime before the autumn Michigan game in November, Students (some have been drinking) crowd around Mirror Lake and jump in the cold water. It is annually discouraged by the University staff (Most profs will laugh and tell you not to drink if you ask them, and some even go to watch). Police are usually present. It'Ã?Â??s usually well-controlled and can be a fun, spirit-filled event if you don't get sick. Here's a sample tidbit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fTed1ihnhc

    Bang for the buck

    -If you aren'Ã?Â??t doing anything in May and need to remove a General Ed., then take a May-term class! Tuition is free for any 3-crh class and you'Ã?Â??Ã?Â??re done in a month! Be careful of the class, though. I took Engineering Ethics for 2.5 hours for 4 days of the week and it was not strenuous. I can't speak the same for a more rigorous class; remember that it's a semester squeezed into a month. http://myswitch.osu.edu/may-session/ -High street has a lot of bookstores, but your best bet is the various facebook networks (such as your dorm's group) and clubs. Students are always selling/renting textbooks and football tickets there and unlike the stores, you can barter! They also tend to sublease apartments online, so keep a digital eye out! -OSU sends monthly emails and quarterly catalogues with deals from nearby restaurant sponsors. -Dtix (mentioned above) is your best bet for entertainment needs. -Universitees is a good store for shirts/memorabilia. -Both movie theaters have nice student discounts.

    What to do for fun

    -Explore Columbus! It's a pretty safe city as cities go. -Go to concerts: OSU/Columbus has a pretty nice and diverse traffic of musicians, sports and performances; your favorites are like to be among them. OSU offers students nice discounts via their dtix program. Look for them here: http://ohiounion.osu.edu/things_to_do/dtix

    Food and Dining

    -OSU has multiple meal plans: http://urds.osu.edu/dining/meal-plans/ I have personally found the 350-block plan to best suit me. I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner, and eat off campus ~once a week. -The best food is around south campus (Kennedy and the Union), North can be pretty questionable at times and West should be avoided in general. The cafes such as Oxley's, Terabyte, and Thompson have good choices too. Most close early around 8pm though, so be sure to stock up on snacks at the nearby CVS, where prices are much lower than in the C-store.

    Dorm Life

    -Get a quiet (very quiet), yet well-connected place to stay that is close to many 1st-year science classes, High street, the oval and food. If you like having close and talkative neighbors (seriously the north can be a ghost sometimes), you may like Bradley Hall (south) or Lincoln Tower (west). Non-Honors dorms can be as crazy (and stinky) as in the movies. -Don't worry about roommates, so long as you set the preferences you want when you apply for housing online. The good matches far outnumber the bad ones. If you simply can't get along with roommates, you can relocate. Give it a good effort though, because relocation is a headache. -If you have breathing issues like me, bring a humidifier during the winter. Most of the old buildings still have window A/C units, so it can get very dry.

    Academic Rigor

    -Granted, this isn't Ivy League or Carnegie Mellon, but OSU is the #1 research university in the U.S.A. Expect a rigorous and challenging menagerie of classes, especially as a science/engineering major. Even more so if you're in the honors program (Honors ENG are required to take 18 crh by their junior year, Honors Arts & Science 6 classes). This said, there is a plethora of free resources from tutoring, to TA help and more.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Talk to people! OSU is huge and diverse, with involvement in most anything you can think of. Joining similar-interest clubs is the best way to connect with people who may later let you borrow a book you need, give you advice for a certain class, or suggest the best place to eat. -A lot of the meetings at the beginning are very general, with information that you can read on the websites on your own time (=boring). That said, I suggest attending some of them anyways, because you can talk to the presenters at the end with your specific questions that can't always be answered online. -Join the honors program; the perks are priceless: -priority scheduling for classes over regular seniors and priority in other stuff too -Honors dorms, a quiet organized place to live your first year -a watchful eye to keep you and your GPA in check (3.4 min) -FEH for engineers* -Professor one-on-one focus *I personally took the Fundamentals of Engineering Honors course, a great and rigorous course where I learned MATLAB, C++, and fundamentals the first semester, then participated in a semester-length research project covering microfluidics in a chip with design, experiment presentation and documentation. My roommates did a similar project/competition with the design of a robot built to do stuff on an obstacle course. Both are fun and stressful projects that help teach you about projects and are VERY good for your resume.

    In three sentences

    Freedom for learning. Classic College Learning. Go be YOU, go Bucks! (a Haiku)

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Ohio State is in a city, so its naturally a little bit less safe than at other colleges. But there are great resources available to students in order to make us feel safer. There is a service that students may call if they're away from their dorm and the service will send out a car to come pick you up if you don't want to walk home alone in the dark hours of the night. There are also alert systems built all over campus where all you have to do is press the emergency button and campus p.d. will get to your location asap.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty small at Ohio State, but still noticeable. There isn't a huge division between greeks and non-greeks, but it's still there and is usually more apparent on the weekends.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many options for every interest type

    Great for these types of students

    There isn't just one single category, anyone and everyone has and will have a place at Ohio State

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The jump in Mirror Lake is a tradition on the week of the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game. The lake is freezing cold and dirty as can be, but the students have been able to develop ways to protect against the gross things in the lake in order to carry on the tradition. It's a campus wide event and it really brings the students together and really revs up school spirit for the upcoming rival game.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition is pretty expensive. Out of state specific scholarships really help out with tuition. The meal plan is also pretty expensive but the food is good and prepared for you and available at almost all hours of the day no matter what part of campus you're on.

    What to do for fun

    Generally just hanging out with friends is fun. There are also countless amounts of clubs and activities, it's hard not to have fun at Ohio State.

    Food and Dining

    There are SO many dining options on and off campus. On campus, you're able to use your meal plan at tons of different food places. Not to mention, the food is actually good. Trying something new is easy since the menus across all the food places is pretty diverse. Off campus, there are regular chains and independent restaurants, both of which provide great options when you're tired of eating on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't 5-star hotel quality, then again, what college dorms ARE? Community bathrooms aren't as bad as they sound, you don't have to clean them since there's a staff for that. Making friends in the dorm is easy and is the best way to make lifelong connections.

    Academic Rigor

    When classes are tough, you most likely have a great professor to help you out during office hours and via email. You can also get help from students who have already taken and passed the class. There are many tutoring options too, so a tough class is possible to pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing early so you have a better chance of getting the dorm you want. Don't be afraid to talk to the guy sitting next to you in your class who doesn't look like someone you would socialize with in high school. MAKE SURE YOU GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS. It really makes the difference between an A and a B at the end of the semester, and you'll be happy you got to know your professor since they will most likely help you out when you need it as long as you've proven your effort.

    In three sentences

    The campus is really beautiful in all seasons of the year. The facilities and dining options on campus are great compared to other colleges. There are many course options for students, you'll never run out of ideas for electives and other degree requirements.

  • 08/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus as a whole is generally safe. We have our campus police and although I have never been even close to a risky situation, muggings and assaults have happened in the past which is why I can't put down five stars, although it does not happen often in my opinion.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at OSU is great. I'm personally not in a fraternity but have many friends that are Greek life and I have to say that a lot of the houses are not our typical get drunk every weekend type. Many are very involved in contributing to campus and many go out of their way to throw fundraisers. Greek week is also very fun for everyone as we have the Variety show where the sororities perform their dances in front of all the students.

    Clubs and Activities

    OSU has over 1,000 different clubs and activities and you can see different events posted everywhere. Checking out the student union is always a good idea for many activities take place there as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    1. The Mirror Lake jump. We have this on spirit week in November the week before we play University of Michigan, our biggest rival. In simple terms, drunk students go out in their underwear/swimwear and jump into a near freezing lake. 2. Oval Beach - the oval is the giant field in the heart of campus with many different paths to take you from A to B. When it's nice out students will go to the Oval in their bikinis and swim trunks and lay out or throw a football or just hang out with friends which is a very relaxing break from class and homework.

    Bang for the buck

    I would definitely say you get your bang for your buck. The one complaint is that almost nothing is free, even printing papers on campus.

    What to do for fun

    This list could go on and on. We have involvement fairs in the fall and spring where every club and organization on campus (around 1,100) set up booths and stands so that students can check them all out and get more involved on campus. On weekends High Street is filled with students and the houses that are located east of High always have parties going on. We occasionally have free concerts and many other events that are set up for the students as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. Not exactly 5-star quality food but there are still plenty of options and you never really go hungry with the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Very nice quality. The RAs are very helpful and all of the residents are always nice and welcoming. I personally commute but practically live in the dorms because my best friend lives on campus and I got along great with all of his roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    The classwork is very manageable and sometimes even easy but only if you keep up. Put off your your homework and study time and the rigor easily becomes a 5-star.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always, always go to class. Put your studies first and read ahead in your lectures. Ohio State's libraries offer everything from textbooks to a nice quiet study area if the dorms get too rowdy. Try to sit toward the front during lectures that way your professors can recognize you and try to go to their office hours or to the help centers when you need help with homework. If the professor recognizes you he or she might even be willing to bump up your grade if you really needed it! All in all the campus life is very active and there is always something going on for anyone to get involved in.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is one of the most diverse universities a student can attend. The amount of resources that are offered academically or just for leisure and almost unlimited for there is always something for everyone. The school spirit is so amazing that students come off more as a cult than fans.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is about 500 clubs or so on campus for all kinds of students with their own likes and interests!

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus more in high school and try to obtain the best grades you could possibly get. Extracurricular activities are crucial and important as well.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a place where everyone and anyone can feel welcome because there is truly a place for all kinds of people. The environment and the education that a OSU student receives here is phenomenal and absolutely excellent. No words can describe all the opportunities and experiences I have had so far that this University that have made me so successful and opened many doors for my future and for my career.

  • 07/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All over campus are these polls that have blue lights on them and say Emergency and if you push the little red button someone will be there in minutes. The campus is huge but I have never once felt unsafe walking through it day or night.

    What to do for fun

    There are many facilities on campus that one can go to. My favorite is the RPAC. You can swim, work out, play racket or basket ball, or jog or run on the indoor track or treadmills. It is also a great way to meet new friends.

    Food and Dining

    The on campus dinning halls have good service and great food, though, it can be a bit pricey without a meal plan.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be stressful if you are not used to studying. Be sure to study everyday and do your class work but, don't over do it either. If you spend all your time in your room with your nose in a book college will not be fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get out and spend time doing things other than school work. You will be unhappy if you don't, because fun activities wont find you you have to find them.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University was my first choice in education with 4 stars. It is close to home, relatively affordable, and well known throughout the world. Everyone on campus is very friendly and overly helpful.

  • 07/11/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    This school has a multitude of fun activities all year long. They encourage you to get involved in organizations. They also have a few giant recreational centers for staying fit and they have loads of fun activities. You can also go to High Street next to campus for a bunch of shops and food service.

    Food and Dining

    OSU is embedded in Columbus so it is a big city feel. There are a plethora of options to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    OSU has a lot of dorms on its campus. There are many different options available, and there is even honors dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    I will be starting in the fall and I am a little nervous about how college classes will be like. Although, at OSU they mentioned free tutoring and getting help from professors during office hours. Ohio State wants you to do well and be happy!

    In three sentences

    Ohio State has a beautiful campus! It seems so exciting and has a lot of wonderful and diverse opportunities to offer! This school has great programs and is the perfect school for me!

  • 07/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There a blue safety lights all around campus the you can run to and call for help if need be. You should never walk around campus at night alone, but there are always buses running that you can hop on if you don't feel safe enough to walk around campus. Students have to use their Buck-ID to get into their dorm buildings after a certain time, so that prevents unwanted people in the buildings.

    Greek Life

    I'm not a part of greek life, but most people love it after joining it. The bigger, well-known fraternities and sororities are more expensive to be a part of, but there are many smaller societies that are a lot less expensive.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I've said before, there are so many clubs the school offers!

    Great for these types of students

    I know so many different types of students that go to OSU. Whether their science majors or history majors, there is something for everyone here. The campus is big and overwhelming at first, but everyone gets used to after the first couple of weeks.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake jump before the Michigan game in November is the best tradition!

    Bang for the buck

    It is very expensive for my family and me to go to OSU, but there are grants and scholarships! I love OSU though and the money was definitely worth attending! I made so many friends and memories!

    What to do for fun

    There are an endless number of clubs you can join! They try really hard to get you involved in different societies in the schools. Also, many people go out for greek life. Aside from that, downtown Columbus is really close to campus. The Crew Stadium (soccer), Nationwide Arena (hockey), and the Blue Jackets (baseball) are close enough to arrive to by bus. The zoo, countless restaurants and the Cosi science center is also close! Also, concerts are going on just about every other week!

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, I really got sick of the food after two semesters. There are very many places on campus to chose from, since there are so many students, many of them being great places to eat...but after a while, all of it gets old.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Morrill Tower, which many people consider to be a horrible dorm, considering it is so far from everything else and dated...I also lived in a quad. People really exaggerate with how horrible dorms are. Although, we didn't have much space (that really is my only complaint), I adapted to the distance between my classes and my dorm. I also made great friends in my dorm room and on my floor. There are so many opportunities for new friendships when living in the dorms with so many people.

    Academic Rigor

    It honestly depends on what a student decides as their major. The science department here is pretty difficult, so Chemistry, Biology, Pre-Med majors will definitely be challenged. The upper-level math courses and engineering classes are also pretty tough. The english, communications, language majors and so on, are challenged as well, but the courses aren't super difficult and there is a very wide variety of classes to chose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't blow of your school work and get caught up in the college life, stay focused!

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is the type of school where many many different people can find their own place to fit in and feel welcomed. The school is so alive and full of heart. I don't regret my choice in attending this school one bit.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Annual Mirror Lake Jump is a tradition before we face off against the University of Michigan.

    What to do for fun

    There are a variety of organizations on campus with something sure to catch your eye. They range from things such as the Free Food Club to legitimate political organizations. The places around campus are always pretty lively on the weekends. Always stay safe and go with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food is usually what you would expect, though the meal plans are relatively expensive. If you get off-campus housing you'll be able to cook for yourself thus again saving money though perhaps requiring more time.

    Dorm Life

    Your experience will be shaped by who is actually living in your dorm. The room on the other hand is very utilitarian, with most buildings lacking air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes range usually from fairly challenging to simply wanting to pass. I suggest studying and using the free tutoring services available to you. Go to class and actually pay attention.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for football fever. Getting off-campus housing will go a long way in developing your independence as well as save you money. Never drink and drive.

    In three sentences

    OSU is a politically, ethnically, and religiously diverse school, which presents the opportunity to learn from every point of view. This is a fantastic school for those in the sciences, math, social studies, and business fields. That being said, OSU does have a lot of weed out courses, meaning that they have specific classes in place to eliminate some academically weak students from their chosen majors.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The college always sends out alerts when any crimes happen near campus, so students can be extra alert. Also, they have an escort service to take you back home if you feel uncomfortable walking home at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I said earlier--so many clubs! There never isn't something happening on campus. OSU does an amazing job of bringing big names to campus; everything from Jane Goodall to Louis C.K.

    Great for these types of students

    OSU is really good for those who aren't sure what direction they want to go in, as the people here really help you find out who you are.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs at OSU, it's impossible not to find one that interests you. You could be involved with volunteering, theater production, or just hanging out with the BBQ club. Of course, sports are a big deal here, and are really fun to go to even if you're not a hardcore fan. Be open!

    Food and Dining

    Dining is so good, it's a little ridiculous. The cafe in the RPAC was the first place I ever had pancetta, and the grilled cheese at the union comes with gouda and munster cheeses. However, the cafeteria style commons are more average, and this is probably where you will be eating most of your meals.

    Dorm Life

    I love dorm life! This is especially a good option if you like to be involved with student life on campus. For example, I was part of my dorm's hall committee, and we got to plan events and treats for our residents. It is what you make it!

    Academic Rigor

    If you want to challenge yourself and put yourself in a good position for post-grad, there are definitely opportunities available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out about the different parts of campus and what will suit you best. North is more quiet and for the involved student, whereas south campus is more social and involved with the athletics of the University. Both has their pros and cons, so talk to students while visiting.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State has many different majors and academic fields, so it's great if you're not 100% sure what you want to major in (like I was!). There are also many easy-to-get-involved-in activities, so you'll feel like a part of the campus right away. Also, once a buckeye, forever a buckeye--we have alumni all over the world who are always there to support you!

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything you enjoy. With such a large population you will find people who enjoy what you enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    Columbus has the best food. You'll never run out of new things to try.

    Academic Rigor

    School is intended to educate you, not all education is easy to learn. For those who seek knowledge there will always be challenges for you here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard always, never slack and you will be rewarded.

    In three sentences

    Great opportunities for those who aspire for greatness.

  • 07/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security, Campus police, Columbus police. All are very friendly and nice to students. Even when you're not at your best moment...

    Greek Life

    Not a big fan but it's definitely here and they definitely have fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    intramural sports, over 1000 different clubs from frisbee to bbq club.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, happy, energetic, o.k. with walking a good distance every day.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror lake night will blow your mind!!

    Bang for the buck

    You'l l make some of the best friends of your life, guaranteed.

    What to do for fun

    rec sports, swimming, rock climbing, frisbee golf, tons of open green space.

    Food and Dining

    Overpriced and depending on the dinning hall it may be worth it or not.

    Dorm Life

    Tons of friends, tons of fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are hard and others are pretty easy, it's a nice spread.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of things. Actually study. Have fun, that's why we have weekends.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is a large student centered campus with many activities and opportunities. Students and professors are friendly and willing to help other out. Classes are challenging and major orientated.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Not extremely healthy but can be good

    Dorm Life

    I had a fantastic time in my dorm. I was friends with everyone in the dorm because it is a living/ learning community

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what class you take, the class can be extremely hard or super easy. GEC's are easy but major specific classes are harder

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something exciting happening at The Ohio State University. Whether you are working out at one of the many workout facilities like the RPAC, participating in intramural sports, or playing frisbee on the Oval, there are many opportunities to stay active. There is a variety of shopping, unique restaurants, and shows in the Short North. Student organizations are always hosting events and opportunities for fun at the Ohio Union, on the Oval, or on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The Ohio State University offers a wide variety of food and meal options. The meal plan is flexible and fits the nutritional demands of almost every student. It is easy to find healthy food and it is affordable and available.

    Dorm Life

    The Ohio State University's dorms foster a friendly and homely living environment. The resident advisory staff is welcoming and approachable. They create opportunities for students to meet one another and create a safe and healthy home away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    As a top university, Ohio State expects the best from their students. Faculty members challenge their students and encourage them to strengthen their knowledge through research, studying, and hands-on learning opportunities. Professors are very fair and want to see their students succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important for students to get involved. At a school as large as The Ohio State University, it is crucial that students find a passion and share their passion with other students. It is also important to manage time wisely and prioritize one's responsibilities.

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University is the home of opportunity. Intellectual, social, and personal development is fostered through involvement in the broad variety of student organizations, including varsity athletics, intramural sports, hands-on research, student government, and community service. The vibrancy and palpable energy of the student body, faculty, and alumni is evident in the spirit that is Ohio State.

  • 06/29/2013

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    In three sentences

    one of the best universities in the world especially for biological science

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There was not a second I was on campus that I did not feel safe. There were constant emails letting us students know what was going on around campus or if there was anything to worry about. I had all the numbers for the campus police and other safety services. Unfortunately there was a period during my first semester where there were injuries involving cyclists and pedestrians, but that will happen at any major university.

    Greek Life

    I looked into greek life when I first got to campus but ended up deciding it just wasn't for me there. I did make some good friends in the process though.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was a member of RealLife on campus and met with a small bible study once a week in my dorm as well as attended a campus wide service once a week. This is where I made a majority of my friends and they really helped me make it through my first year there. I also looked into greek life and met some awesome guys through that as well.

    Great for these types of students

    Ohio State has any and every kind of student you can think of. There is no limit on the kind of people you could meet there. It is a great university for anyone interested. There are lots of international students as well so there was a great mixture of cultures.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There was one tradition that I did not get to participate in that I thought would have been fun. The last day of classes before Thanksgiving break, which is also the last day of classes before the Ohio State and Michigan football game, students jump into Mirror Lake, a small lake on campus. I saw pictures and videos and it looked like an awesome event to take part in. Also, the Ohio State vs Michigan football was once of the craziest football games I had ever been to, so always go to that game if you have the opportunity!

    Bang for the buck

    Coming from another state, it was a big change but a good change. I liked the campus and classes a lot, and there is a wide variety of people so you are sure to find people you fit in with. The cost of out of state tuition was just too much and I ended up wanting to be closer to home, so I ended up transferring after my freshman year. I do believe The Ohio State University is one of the better schools in the country and I enjoyed my experience there.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is such a big place that there were all sorts of places to go and hang out. I enjoyed playing basketball either outdoors or at the various activity centers on campus. Make friends with your roommates or other people on your floor and in your dorm and you can always hang out with them. The football and basketball games were awesome, so I highly recommend getting tickets.

    Food and Dining

    I loved my meal plan at Ohio State. It is extremely easy to understand and you have a lot of options. They have blocks and Buck ID cash which can be used at most places on campus. A majority of the places right off campus take Buck ID cash so that was very helpful when I needed something and did not have money to spend in my wallet. There was a dining hall right next to my dorm so it was easy to get food whenever I wanted. They had the same menu each week, but they also had a sandwich bar where you could make your own sandwich. Also, downstairs was a burrito place that I loved and ate at often. There is a pizza place that you can use your meal plan at and they will deliver right to your dorm, which I also used frequently.

    Dorm Life

    I would say I had a pretty good dorm experience while I was at OSU. I lived with three other students, two freshman and one sophomore, in Norton House on north campus. We got along well for the most part, but it was a challenge with some of the situations we ran into. Your RA can be your best friend if you run into conflicts, but the room was surprisingly big for the four of us. If you have a problem with a roommate, don't be afraid to approach them or your RA about it. It is a good experience to have your freshman year, but if I had a choice, I would not live in the dorms for my second year.

    Academic Rigor

    I was only at the university for my freshman year so most of my classes were general studies. I had a few challenging classes but others were fairly easy. You definitely need good study habits because cramming the night before will not get the job done with a lot of the classes I took. The professors are all very helpful and easy to communicate with.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have a chance to attend The Ohio State University, I highly recommend it! It has a great collge atmosphere and if you like big universities this is the place to go. The campus has a great mix of scenery and city life to it, and the football and basketball games are unlike anything I had ever been to before. The people are nice and it is a relatively easy campus to get used to. GO BUCKS!

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State Univeristy was a great school to attend for my first year of college. I liked the athletic atmosphere and campus a lot and met a lot of awesome people. The school turned out to be too expensive for me and a little too far from home.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    It's there if you want it, it's not pushy if you don't. The Greeks are always doing something on the Oval.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many opportunities! It can be a little intimidating at first, but just start somewhere. Get involved with something. There really are endless opportunities.

    Great for these types of students

    ALL OF THEM! OSU is great if you're social. It's great if you're introverted. For the more social, there are ALWAYS parties. Like, 7 days a week. The weekends are crazy. You can walk down the street and walk into a house and drink their alcohol (if you're a girl). The clubs are easy to get in to... fakes work even if they're bad. Big Bar is expensive and all the Asians go there, but it's close and it's 18+. Charlie Bear is a blast but the bouncers can be rude. Saloon has college night on Thursday 18+, but you have to drive or take a cab. Saloon is the type of place where you will dance on your first bar, meet your first F buddy, and bond with your best friend in the bathroom. For the introverts, Mirror Lake is a beautiful place to bring a blanket or a hammock and smoke shisha, read a book, watch the ducks, etc. Thompson Library is literally the most stunning building I've ever been in. I come here to chill and do nothing sometimes. The Short North has Gallery Hop, and TONS of local businesses and vintage shopping. This campus might also be the greatest place on Earth for people watching.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump(!!!!!), Chittfest, Woodshow... 11th floor of Thompson. Orton Hall Library. The whispering wall.

    Bang for the buck

    It's do-able. And by that I mean I'm going to graduate $40k in debt. But what university isn't crazy expensive? The school gives us a lot though, and you're paying for a top notch education along with the best experience of your life.

    What to do for fun

    Shop (or browse) the Short North, go out to eat, lay out on Oval Beach, party

    Food and Dining

    You have to have the campus dining plan your freshman year. It's expensive but really convenient and the food is good. There are tons of places to eat close to campus.

    Dorm Life

    This is where you meet your future bridesmaids/groomsmen. I got lucky in getting the biggest room on our floor but the rooms can by tinyyyy. And some of the dorms are very old. It's also expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not as bad as I expected, honestly. Chemistry is very, very, very hard here though. Avoid it if you can. I loved my Bio class with Dr. Smock (my lab for this class ran until 10:45 Wednesday nights... wuhhhh?), as well as my Digital Media Compositions class with Katherine DeLuca. Psychology was very easy, I only went to the first week of classes and still got an A. Professors want to see you succeed, except in the chemistry department where they literally fail 40% of students to maintain their high standards. I got out very luckily with a C- and was thrilled.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't sign up for everything at the involvement fair. Your inbox will not know what to do with itself.

    In three sentences

    I love this place. You'll love it too. Come check it out!

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The club I am involved in is Arts and Science College Student Council, and it allowed me to get a leadership position right away! I became a co-director for Meet the Dean. The people in the club really made it fun and enjoyable. The advisor is such a nice person and easy to talk to, and the president was the funniest person I have ever met. I definitely recommend joining a club, because you get to meet new people, and be involved in events on campus, which is a way to give back to this great university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I really like welcome week on campus because you get free food and supplies! I loved being engaged with the student body, and it's also when the Involvement fair on the Oval is, which is where clubs set up tables and tell you about their clubs. It is where I found out about the club I am involved in. Participate in as many welcome week activities as possible, because it is the first taste that you get of how wonderful it is to be an Ohio State student! I think an unusual place is the roof garden of Knowlton, because not many people know about it. A favorite study place of mine is the 11th floor of Thompson. And although Mirror Lake is not a unusual place, it is one of my favorites, especially because there is a duck with an afro that swims in it.

    What to do for fun

    Football is one of the best parts of OSU. Saturdays at the shoe are so awesome, and the thrill of cheering on the Buckeyes is indescribable. Singing Carmen Ohio at the end of each game is my favorite part of being a student at Ohio State. I was lucky enough to be a part of the 12-0 season as a freshmen. Campus provides so many activities to participate in, and the Short North and city of Columbus are just a bus ride away. OSU is truly the best college to attend.

    Food and Dining

    I love OSU's food options for people with meal plans. There is a large variety of places to eat, and my favorites included the RPAC, KSA and the Union Market. I actually ended up getting a job at the Union Market as a cashier, and my co-workers were great. One of my good friends is someone I met from work. The dining places are conveniently located near classes and dorms. The dining choices are one of many reasons that I feel lucky to be an OSU student. High Street offers a wide variety of places to eat as well, so if you get bored of campus food, you can go there!

    Dorm Life

    I really enjoyed living in a dorm. I lived in Park-Stradley, which was newly renovated. The staff and front desk were very helpful, and the cleaning staff did a great job of keeping our hallways and bathrooms clean. The dorm put on a plethora of activities throughout the year. My roommate and I got along great, and the room was really nice. I liked the dorm because it let me have a place to come back and study in, feel safe and comfortable in, and meet new people. I met some of my closest friends in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at Ohio State are rigorous, challenging and a blast. I loved all my professors and classes I had. OSU offers a wide variety of classes, and there's something for everyone. Academics is one of my favorite parts of this campus. I am in the Honors program, and I love the classes and faculty that go along with this amazing program. I enjoy being challenged, and the classes OSU offers allow the mind to expand and be enhanced with knowledge that will last a life time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy every part of your freshmen year. Make sure to go to office hours that professors hold, because they are extremely helpful. Break out of your shell, and try new things. Take every opportunity Ohio State gives you. Join a club, go to a football game, try new food. Explore the campus in its entirety and embrace the Buckeye spirit. My freshmen year was so memorable, and I can't wait to spend my next three years here. Being an OSU student makes college just that much better.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is the best place for dreams to come true. The Buckeye spirit is something that you obtain the minute you submit your acceptance fee. Every faculty member wants you to succeed and provides you with resources you need, and it truly feels like you can do whatever you set your mind to.

  • 06/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There was never a time on campus I've never felt unsafe. There's also the Student Safety Services, which is a group of trained people who will pick you up anywhere on-campus to the surrounding neighborhoods at night to your house or dorm.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life isn't essential at OSU, but it's definitely nice for meeting people and going to social events. There isn't a rivalry between Greeks and non-Greeks here; I have many friends who are in sororities and in frats. Of course, you have those who just party all the time, but there are people who are actually there for the community service and leadership roles.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are literally hundreds of clubs for the 65,000 students here. There's never a thing not to do!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! You'll find your niche here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake Jump!

    Bang for the buck

    I'm out of state, so I pay out-of-state tuition. I received the scholarship they give for out-of-state students, but the price is still kind of steep. However, it's nowhere near the price of private universities.

    What to do for fun

    There's everything for everyone. Columbus offers museums, galleries, awesome food, and shopping, and you could just take the bus! Not to mention the football and basketball games here. You don't have to be a partier to have fun here.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing. There's everything from cafes throughout campus, to a food-court style in the Union, to Sloopy's diner. With your blocks (the meal plan), you can even eat at the Blackwell, which is a 4-star restaurant in OSU's hotel. I've ordered lobster tails and filet mignon there when I had my blocks!

    Dorm Life

    I was in a North Campus dorm, and it was good. The North dorms aren't in the greatest shape since they were built in the 60s but I loved having our own bathrooms for each room! The bedroom and common room are split in each room, very helpful when my roommates wanted to sleep while I was up playing music while I study. North campus is typically known as the more quiet side of campus, but I've made many friends on my floor who really aren't quiet!

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the engineering honors program, and it certainly isn't for the faint of heart! I have never worked and studied that much until I came to OSU, but I really learned how to better my study habits and time management. I've done research and learned many engineering skills that people in other schools don't cover in their first year. Engineering at OSU is very rigorous, but it certainly will pay off in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Definitely don't be afraid by the size. Don't! You won't get lost in the crowd and it'll help you meet many people. - Although Ohio State's known as a sports school, its academics are top-notch too. - For out-of-state students, don't be nervous about being left out since most of the people are from Ohio. You'll find many, many more students who are from other states and countries. I even made friends who live 20 minutes away from my hometown!

  • 06/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. Just don't wander too far away from campus. Can get a little seedy.

    Greek Life

    I'm not involved in greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm not involved in any. But there are a lot on campus!

    Great for these types of students

    Just about anyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake swim. The night before the OSU-Michigan football game.

    Bang for the buck

    Paying for it on my own is a bit expensive. But it seems like all universities are getting expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There are activities going on just about every day. Plus all of the great OSU sporting events!

    Food and Dining

    I don't live on-campus so I'm not sure how the food is there. But they have some great coffee shops in the libraries!

    Dorm Life

    I live off-campus so I don't really know what the dorms are like. I'm sure it's about the same as any other campus though.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers really try to engage the student in learning. Not a lot of professors just telling you all of the information you need to know. They try to get the student to learn and not memorize.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring good walking shoes. The campus is large and classes can be far apart.

    In three sentences

    A great school! Students and teachers are great. The best school to attend.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For the most part, campus safety isn't an issue--but you have to be smart about it. Especially off campus in less-traffic areas, there have been times I've heard about people getting mugged. Travel with a buddy and take advantage of the student escort service if you have to!

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of intramurals available. Not to mention hundreds of clubs! They are showcased at the Involvement Fair at the beginning of the year. Try a few out and stick with one or two you really think you will enjoy!

    Bang for the buck

    Everyone has so much pride in being a Buckeye--even transfer students!! COME TO THIS SCHOOL. I have one more year left, and am already sad about leaving next year!! Best libraries, best bars, best professors...it truly is one of a kind.

    Food and Dining

    Upperclassmen love getting swiped. So many good places on campus to eat!! Marketplace, the RPAC, the Union...the list goes on. Not to mention tons of options on High Street! Fusian is a hit on campus, a fast sushi joint!

    Dorm Life

    I had a great experience living in the dorms my first year. You have to be willing to branch out and be outgoing if you want to be friends, but almost everyone is in the same place you are freshmen year. Lots of new dorms popping up on campus too--lucky ducks!

    Academic Rigor

    Ohio State wants students to make an impact on the world, and classes definitely will push you to your limits. Even though many classes are challenging, there are support systems in place to help you succeed, you have to be willing to put the time in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of everything OSU has to offer--from events OUAB holds, to athletic events, and taking classes that are out of your element! Talk to people you wouldn't normally talk to, everyone has an interesting story or message and it has helped me evolve into a diverse student myself.

    In three sentences

    A huge school, but encourages each student to create their own unique path. A place of motivated students and professors who are eager to come out of the university as a confident individual. Students have so much pride because it truly is the best in the land.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are always athletic events to attend, schoolwork to study (yes, some call this fun), friends to socialize with, and community events to take part in.

    Food and Dining

    OSU provides a myriad of dining opportunities. Finding something familiar or affordable is not difficult.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dormitories at OSU. For students serious about their studies--live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    As a university, OSU provides university-level classes. This statement may seem redundant or simple, but inquiring minds should understand this is not a local community college. Student initiative and thoroughness are imperative to academic success.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have a question, ask! If you do not have any questions, come up with some! Take the initiative to find the information you need to make your college experience a success, no matter what it regards, whether academics, housing, employment, or social activities!

    In three sentences

    The Ohio State University (OSU) is a well-known, well-respected institution. While very well-known for their football team, OSU offers more than just athletics. Superb faculty and staff efficiently run this academic giant.

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I think the campus is quite safe. But there's always police around to monitor if there's any suspicious behavior. There's also emergency phones that contact the campus police in case of an emergency.

    Food and Dining

    The Ohio union has a nice cafeteria and diner which serves pretty good food. High street has a ton of food to choose from. So there's an endless list of food options.

    Dorm Life

    I actually live at home so i don't have a perspective on dorm life. But from what i have heard, the dorms are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes that i have taken there are quite rigorous. The amount of material on one test requires you to start studying it and understanding it right after the material is given. The school really believes that you have to be the one to motivate yourself to seek out the facts, seek help. That's one of the underlying things they teach at OSU is to study and learn better.

    Tips for prospective students

    The class sizes for majority of the classes are 200+. It can get a bit overwhelming sometimes, especially if you feel yourself slipping behind. Don't be afraid to ask the person next to you for help on a problem, chances are, they understand it or both of you can figure it out together. Visit teachers office hours. They sometimes go back over class material in greater detail and are always willing to answer questions. Also, join a club. Find a group of people that have the same love and interests that you do, it will make the whole college experience fun.

    In three sentences

    OSU strives for their students to become self sufficient. The pace is fast but it has a nice learning environment. Its a place that focuses not just on the academics, but the enjoyment of college life.

  • 05/24/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    For the size of the campus, crime levels seem low.

    Greek Life

    No idea. Not my cup of tea to be honest.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons to do around and outside of campus.

    Great for these types of students

    I honestly think anyone will do well at OSU though it is not for someone who wants a smaller school/

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Mirror Lake is a nice part of campus and I love Thompson library already.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is not awful but the financial aid and merit scholarships are a bit lacking

    What to do for fun

    I will probably be joining lots of clubs, studying, and doing volunteer work.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of food options and dining places.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seem about average though the campus is nice. I am hoping to be in the north campus area.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the basic classes look rather easy but the honors curriculum looks like more a challenge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in high school and maintain good grades.

    In three sentences

    A large university with a lot of variety. There are so many different classes and activities going on all the time. School spirit there is unequaled.

  • 05/23/2013

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

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    Great for these types of students

    Busy, active, and studious students who are open for new experiences.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    I am one and can not answer this.

    In three sentences

    I think that it is a well endowed college. It has extremely successful students here.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus life is incredibly safe. OSU has a system of text messaging, emails and phone calls in place to immediately notify all students of ANY threats or danger. Campus Police and Columbus police also hold a strong presence on campus, offering security and help in any situation. OSU's CABS bus system is also great for late night trips back from the library or parties! This free amenity is utilized by tons of peers.

    Greek Life

    Though I am not Greek, Greek like does have a well renowned presence on campus. Participants do a lot of philanthropic work in the community and also have a lot of fun! I have a lot of friends that are in co-ed fraternities, fraternities, and sororities and they love it!

    Clubs and Activities

    Ohio State has the most clubs-sport, community, academic and otherwise- out of any university in the country. There is something for everyone...even skydivers.

    Great for these types of students

    Friendly, curious and motivated students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are tons of traditions! The most well-known (and most fun) happens every Thanksgiving break just before the OSU vs. Michigan football game; Mirror Lake Jump. Concluding Beat *ichigan week, this jump into the campus lake is a time for all 50,000 students to come together and celebrate how wonderful it is to be a Buckeye.

    Bang for the buck

    By going to Ohio State, students are being exposed to the most vast, and elaborate Alumni system to date. This, paired with the incredible personal growth opportunity makes a Buckeye education worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    The Ohio State University sits, essentially, right in the heart of Columbus. Down the main streets bordering campus are packed full of food, entertainment and work-place opportunity.

    Food and Dining

    There are SO MANY OPTIONS. All dining is build-it-yourself style. Giving each student options everyday as to what type of cuisine they are craving. There is dining all over campus and also TONS of eating in surrounding Columbus.

    Dorm Life

    I has a great experience last year in the dorms! Clean and modern, it is the best place to make friends and become antiquated with Columbus. The constant mixers and building events coordinated by hall directors and clubs are also a plus!

    Academic Rigor

    For a large state school, Ohio State has become incredibly competitive and has started to attract some of the most renowned professors and researchers of the generation. This circulating knowledge has vamped the intensity of all course study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to mingle! Ohio State is packed full of peers waiting to make friends, just like you. Do not be afraid to say hello, because trust me, they are just as nervous as you are.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State offers multitudes of opportunity. The diverse campus, clubs and course selection allow each student shape their undergraduate career. The scarlet and grey family is one I am proud to be a part of.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mirror Lake Jump. Google it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus before you make a decision.

    In three sentences

    I love Ohio State and Columbus. The people are all amazing, staff and students. However, some of the academic departments are terrible.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you are looking for something fun to do on the weekend, Ohio State is the perfect campus for you. Ohio State and Columbus offer the perfect mix of a laid back weekend and a fun night out on the town. There is everything from concerts and sporting events to the art events on Saturday nights. There is something fun for everyone at Ohio State.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are considering Ohio State, I would recommend three things: 1. Make a visit to campus 2. Go to a sporting event 3. Decide that Ohio State is the most amazing campus around and decide to continue your education here.

    In three sentences

    The most amazing university there is. A perfect mix of academics, student involvement and tradition. A great investment for any future student, and a great choice for any future employer.

  • 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 crowded. The West campus dorms are worse though. If you have the option live on South Campus where the dorms are newer and typically nicer.

    Academic Rigor

    The Chemistry department is notorious for failing students. All of Ohio State's science classes are rigorous. I am not saying you cannot find an easy class, but if you can ask an upperclassman about a class or professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit to make sure the atmosphere is what you want. You definitely want to come in with a plan if you want to get out in four years. With the new semester change it is easy to end up wasting a year and I doubt anyone wants to do that.

    In three sentences

    Ohio State is a large school, but the bright side is that there is something for everyone. The school is as big or as small as you want to make it. There are opportunities for everyone.

  • 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.

  • 05/06/2013

    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.

  • 05/05/2013

    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.

  • 05/03/2013

    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.

  • 05/01/2013

    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.

  • 05/01/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 04/27/2013

    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!

  • 04/26/2013

    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.

  • 04/24/2013

    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.

  • 04/22/2013

    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!

  • 04/13/2013

    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.

  • 04/07/2013

    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.

  • 04/05/2013

    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.

  • 04/03/2013

    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 :-)

  • 04/03/2013

    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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 03/14/2013

    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

  • 03/14/2013

    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.

  • 03/11/2013

    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.

  • 03/01/2013

    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.

  • 03/01/2013

    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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 02/15/2013

    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.

  • 02/12/2013

    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.

  • 02/09/2013

    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.

  • 02/02/2013

    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.

  • 02/02/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 01/27/2013

    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.

  • 01/26/2013

    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.

  • 01/25/2013

    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.

  • 01/22/2013

    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.

  • 01/21/2013

    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.

  • 01/20/2013

    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.

  • 01/19/2013

    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.

  • 01/15/2013

    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.

  • 01/09/2013

    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.

  • 01/08/2013

    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!

  • 01/08/2013

    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

    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).

  • 01/04/2013

    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.

  • 01/03/2013

    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.

  • 01/03/2013

    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!

  • 01/02/2013

    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.

  • 01/02/2013

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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

    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!

  • 01/01/2013

    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.

  • 01/01/2013

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 12/19/2012

    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!

  • 12/18/2012

    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.

  • 12/17/2012

    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

  • 12/17/2012

    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.

  • 12/13/2012

    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.

  • 12/12/2012

    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.

  • 12/12/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 11/21/2012

    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!

  • 11/21/2012

    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.

  • 11/20/2012

    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.

  • 11/10/2012

    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

  • 11/10/2012

    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.

  • 11/06/2012

    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

  • 11/06/2012

    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.

  • 11/01/2012

    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.

  • 11/01/2012

    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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 10/28/2012

    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!

  • 10/23/2012

    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.

  • 10/17/2012

    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.

  • 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!

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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.

  • 10/15/2012

    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

  • 10/12/2012

    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

  • 10/10/2012

    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.

  • 10/01/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 09/11/2012

    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.

  • 09/01/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 08/15/2012

    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.

  • 08/09/2012

    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.

  • 08/03/2012

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 07/26/2012

    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.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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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