College Junior 2012-01-23T04:58:47Z
Ohio weather can never make up it's mind. One minute the sun will be out, the next it is hailing! On rainy days a rain coat, rain boots & umbrella are needed but wind can be so strong your umbrella may prove useless! In winter quarter, it was sunny and warm for the first two weeks then we got slammed with icy snow! Snow and wind are the worst, but luckily classes and dining areas are close so it is not too unbearable!
College Junior 2012-01-23T04:50:39Z
Many Excellent Options – The meal plans and dining options at Ohio State are fantastic. Our meal plans consist of swipes. We have a card with our chosen amount of swipes and extra money that allow it to be used as a debit card as well. One swipe can get you a meal at any of the dining facilities, which include cafe style, buffet style, restaurant and fast food style. All of the food is freshly prepared and have many healthy options. Every dining area offers different options. The options can get old sometimes, however, if you are stuck on one side of campus and the weather is too bad to walk to the other side for different options. There are also grocery store type places that swipes can be used to buy groceries, like drinks, fruit, bread, cereal, etc. Overall, the dining options at Ohio State are very satisfying.
College Junior 2012-01-20T17:02:27Z
Very Hit or Miss – There are a lot of different dorms and they are divided into North, South, and West campus. South campus seems to be where most of the activity is happening due to the number of dorms there are on south and it's proximity to restaurants, bars, parties, etc. North campus is a little more quite and farther from the center of activity but the dorms there are just a good. The consensus for the west campus towers is a unenthusiastic shrug. They are a 15 minute walk to the good dining halls on south and even farther from High street. I lived in Mack hall on south an absolutely loved it, its closest to all the good south campus dining halls and its pretty small so you definitely get to know the people in your building well. It's quieter than say Smith or Steeb but people the students there seems a lot more friendly that south campus dorms like Baker east and west or Canfield.
College Junior 2012-01-20T16:49:58Z
Tuition Money at Work – In recent years the school has been pouring a ton of money into its facilities. Everything feels like it was build in the last ten years. The RPAC is easily the most impressive gym you'll find. Same can be said about the Thompson Library.
College Senior 2012-01-19T22:09:02Z
I'm going into Atmospheric Science so for the most part I enjoy the weather. It snows in the winter(not as bad as Cleveland) but the first ten days I was here it rained 7/10 days.
College Senior 2012-01-19T22:06:22Z
There is a bus system that goes around the campus and the fee is included in your tuition and there's a local bus system (RTA) which you can also access for free which goes around Columbus.
College Senior 2012-01-19T22:01:40Z
The major street by the campus is high street which has a multitude of places to eat. There are places that serve pizza, chicken, sandwiches, breakfast, basically what ever you want to eat they have.
College Junior 2012-01-19T21:33:05Z
GO BUCKS! If you can't find school spirit at this school then you won't find it anywhere. Sports at this school are huge and tickets for students are very affordable.
College Junior 2012-01-19T21:30:05Z
Housing Is Difficult – Don't even bother looking for off campus housing if it's past December. There's plenty of housing close to campus if you can get to it a year ahead.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-19T01:20:12Z
CABS Busses – The CABS (Campus Area Bus Service) is a very effective mode of travel both on campus campus and off.
College Junior 2012-01-18T22:17:35Z
Parking is awful. No spots within a 25 minute walk.
College Sophomore 2012-01-18T17:17:10Z
Excellent Bus System – Constant stream of COTA buses running through campus, and students get a free pass to ride them whenever they need to.
College Sophomore 2012-01-18T17:15:45Z
Better Than Some Places, but It Is Still College – A lot of alcohol use, though not much more than most other colleges, as far as I can tell. Very few hard-core drugs, though you do sometimes see the lighter stuff.
College Sophomore 2012-01-18T17:12:29Z
Prett Good Overall – Crowded at times, but most people have their own, so it's not a major problem.
College Senior 2012-01-16T21:16:29Z
I think the transportation is convenient and cost efficient. I have my car on campus but I have to park it 7 miles away. There is a COTA bus that stops there so I can get to my car and back to the dorm quite easily.
College Senior 2012-01-16T21:08:19Z
I really haven't been there long enough to know about their strictness policies. My dorm, roommates, a friends are all pretty decent people.
College Senior 2012-01-15T17:27:01Z
I have to cross from the west side to main campus for one class every day. Buses are great, but they are normally crowded when the weather is bad and I have to wait for the next one. Sometimes this takes 30mins just waiting for a bus, which takes away from studying or may cause me to be late for my next class. As a result, I find myself walking the 12-15 mins instead of waiting (sometimes twice that) for a bus. I suggest placing more CABS signs up at bus stops so students know how long that wait is. I like those signs, and would like to see working ones at every bus stop.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-12T21:01:13Z
Don't Underestimate Any Scholarship! I ended up getting a full ride to The Ohio State University. Don't ever let any scholarship slip through the cracks. Apply to as many as you can, even if it is being presented through a group you are not affiliated with. There are a lot of minority scholarships out there that are actually not only for minorities, they're also for those who are just exposed to other cultures and can provide a sense of diversity to the university. DEADLINES are enforced. Be sure to get your scholarships done on time and earlier if possible. It's a huge university, tons of people are applying for the same scholarship, if done on a rolling basis your chances get slimmer the later you turn it in. (SOME SCHOLARSHIPS ARE LIKE THIS!) Also, scour the OSU website for scholarships. There are TONS out there that sometimes only one or two students apply for just because it's not being advertised as publicly.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-12T20:57:10Z
Insomniac's Problems Are Answered – Parties: There are some nights that house parties are all the rage (mirror lake jump, halloween, home game nights) but mostly that's just for those that are incapable of making it out to the bars.
Bars: Most are 21+, but for those able to go they are AMAZING! Just on campus there are numerous bars to go to and Gateway offers a wonderful mix of dancing (Charlie Bear), casual (gooeyz), or just the average bar/pub (ugly tuna). Never fear those on North Campus, they've got Little Bar, Sloppy Donkey, Thirsty Scholar and lots more in between. Word to the wise, if you're using a fake, stay away from Gateway. Best part about Columbus is that it's only a short ride downtown. There's a party bus offered from campus to downtown and back, plus it's FREE. Downtown offers a wide variety of bars that even those under 21 can enjoy on select nights.
Transportation otherwise can be done using COTA, free with your buckid, or by taxi.
BEST PART: there's always something to do, every night! Turning 21 on a week night? NOT A PROBLEM. There's always some bar with a special or that is hopping on a select night, just ask around and someone will fill you in. :)
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-12T20:50:13Z
Best Damn Athletes/Fans/Students/... in the Land!! I wasn't actually involved in any sports but they definitely play a large role even if you're not in one. Being able to root for your team lets you know just how big athletics are here. The athletic facilities are numerous and contain some of the newest equipment around. For a large campus, there are many facilities so there's no real problem trying to get to one, they're all over campus. Also, SO MUCH SCHOOL SPIRIT and student involvement as well. Not wanting to go varsity? Intramural and club sports are also available and TONS of students get involved, spots fill quickly but they're a lot of fun! (a side not on school spirit, you'll often find people cheering, even for the intramural games)
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-12T20:39:53Z
Not 5 Star, but Still Edible! The food is not great, but there are so many locations that you can go to eat it's really what you make it. There are some places that will really impress you (LOVE MARKET PLACE!) and others that are subpar (some traditional dining offerings) but you've gotta eat, and these places offer just that. The wide variety really makes this better than the average university dining halls.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-12T19:13:58Z
Good in the Morning and the Evening – Parking passes can be very useful if you don't try to use them between 9:30AM and 4PM. If you spend a lot of time on campus in the evening it is definitely a good thing.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-12T19:10:52Z
Great Sports School – Wonderful sports teams and fan support just watch out for dumb drunk people if you go to the games.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-12T19:07:12Z
Health & Safety:
Things happen, it is a city. But not often and it is generally quiet if you are smart about where you live.
College Junior 2012-01-10T20:54:11Z
Off Campus Options. There are a lot of off campus options available with apartments and houses readily available from several realities. Its a bit cheaper and the extra space is nice, but safety is a concern because break-ins are common. Parking is limited but usually a few spaces are free per unit. The school offers a few info sessions about off campus options. Its worth looking into.
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