Impressions Of
Ohio State University

Academic Experience

Female Security and Intelligence and Middle East Studies Double Major C/O 2019

Can you describe the weekly coursework for your majors?
We have a lot of discussion posts and question. We do lots of readings, textbook work, and current events. They are very discussion-based classes about what is going on in the world. I also take a language, Arabic, which is a lot of practicing by yourself.

Is there anything you feel your majors’ departments do especially well or especially poorly?
The course offerings can be difficult because I have an obscure major. I think they have trouble finding people to teach the classes and the times that are available may get canceled. I’ve taken classes with 3 people in it, but most are 20-25. The professors have real-life working experience which is great.

How would you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
My major is pretty collaborative. It’s not very competitive. At the university, I find that extracurricular are more competitive than school from what I see.

Female Finance Major C/O 2019

Is there anything that you feel your major’s department does especially well or especially poorly?
It is good that we study the basics of every subject in the business school. I had classes in Accounting, Human Resources, and Logistics Management, which is great. On the other hand, I have found that being from New Jersey has made it more difficult to find an internship. At the career fair, the focus is generally on Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. It seems more difficult to network in my home state while at Ohio State.

Can you describe the learning environment? Do you think it’s particularly competitive or collaborative?
At the business school, it’s collaborative. Everyone seems to be willing to help each other and they don’t like to put students against each other. Over the past few years, I’ve had a group of ten study friends who I collaborate with.

How accessible are your professors?
For being a big school, they are really accessible. They want you to reach out to them. They want you to come to office hours, and every teacher has office hours at least twice a week. If you can’t get there at that time and need to talk to them, you are able to email them and set up appointments. You can also talk to the professors before and after class, so they are really accessible.

Female Accounting and Economics Double Major C/O 2019

Can you describe the weekly coursework for your majors?
We don’t have problem sets or labs because it’s all pretty much business work. I would say that I rarely have homework, it’s more like studying for midterms and quizzes. We very rarely get homework. It’s much more just group projects and studying.

Is there anything you feel your either of your majors’ departments do especially well or poorly?
I don’t think either of the departments do anything poorly, but I don’t think they do super well either. I think the business school as a whole does really well at setting up opportunities for students to find internship and job opportunities. Also, Fisher has done a really good job of [building up] their brand image and brand awareness. I feel like wherever you go people have heard of Ohio State and have heard of Fisher specifically. We have a lot of alumni from Fisher and being able to connect students with alumni and strengthen that community is something they’ve been doing really well.

Social Opportunities

Female Security and Intelligence and Middle East Studies Double Major C/O 2019

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you participate in at Ohio State?
I go to bars and occasional parties. The main bars are Midway On High and the Short North bars.

What is an alternative to going to a party that you like for a night out?
We have a ton of different student organizations events on Friday and Saturdays. The RAs put on events, there are festivals, museums, and restaurants to go and eat at.

How happy are you with your nightlife options at Ohio State? Is there anything you would change if you could?
I am very happy with it. Pretty much everyone can get into a bar [because there are 18+ bars], which makes the drinking culture safer compared to parties.

Female Fashion and Retail Studies Major C/O 2019

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
I go out when my friends go out. You can go out every day of the week if you wanted to, but that is not realistic with the workload you have. The downtown bars are 18+, and if you’re 21 you receive a wristband. The on-campus bars are 21+ except for the big bars on High Street.
You have to learn to manage your time. Most of the time, I like to choose either Tuesday or Wednesday to go out. Thursday is a must because it is the biggest night at school. During the first semester, you don’t go out on Friday because Saturday there is tailgating, so you are all out day through the night. The second semester is a whole other world and you can go out every night of the week, including Friday. I try to go out and enjoy the college experience.

What is the impact of Greek life on nightlife?
It doesn’t have that much of an impact because we are a big bar school. Greek life has been going downhill. This is due to the issues not just at Ohio State, but everywhere. We have been forced to go to the bars, but this hasn’t affected how nice the school is.

Female Finance Major C/O 2019

What kind of weekend activities or nightlife do you like to participate in?
I go to bars and fraternity parties. We don’t have house parties, or at least the people I hang out with don’t have them. There are 18+ bars that you can go to, you just get an X on your hand.

What nights of the week do you regularly go out? And are there certain things you do on certain nights?
I don’t go out that often on Wednesday, but there is Karaoke Wednesday and Wine Wednesday. Thursday is a big night out and everyone goes downtown in Columbus. If you’re in a sorority, frats will arrange buses or Ubers to pick you up and take you to the bars. Saturday is gameday and you go to fraternity parties and bars on campus.

Campus Culture

Female Security and Intelligence and Middle East Studies Double Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the social scene?
We are a big university so people decide what they want to do. If you are in Greek Life, that may be everything to you. I am not so I don’t go to their parties. There are a lot of ways to get involved in over 1,400 student organizations to meet people.

To what extent do people of different races and sexual orientations mix socially?
When it comes to campus involvement I’d say people mix a lot, but when it comes to social nightlife I’d say not as much.

How would you describe the student body?
We are relatively diverse but a predominately white institution. I’ve met lots of people from diverse backgrounds which has been unique and eye-opening. As a whole, we get lots of transfer students. [About 21% of undergraduates are minorities.]

Female Finance Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the student body?
Everybody is friendly. For me, going to school in Ohio was a bit of a culture shock because people were willing to talk and willing to help you. It is not that competitive, at least in my school. It is a good place to be.

Do you think people are generally happy with their choice of Ohio State? Do you think people love Ohio State after they graduate?
Yes, all my friends are absolutely obsessed with Ohio State. I talk about Ohio State and I love it so much that my brother is attending here next year. I only had one friend who transferred and I hear a lot of people transferring to Ohio State and not from, so I think everyone is happy here. [In 2017, the first-year retention rate is 94.5%.]

Male Corporate Communications Major C/O 2019

How would you describe the overall social scene at Ohio State?
It’s a really, really fun and open social scene. You have the chance to meet a lot of people, both girls and guys. It’s a huge school, and sometimes big schools can be overwhelming for people, but once you find your people and your clique, the school seems a lot smaller than it actually is. [There are about 47,000 undergraduates.]

What is the impact of Greek life on the social scene?
Because there are so many students the impact is greater for some than others. You don’t need to be in a Greek life organization to go out. You can go to the bars and have just as good of a time. But, I think joining an organization exposes you to so many more connections and networking opportunities and also really helps you find you people.

Columbus, OH

Pros of

  • “It’s a big city. It’s the 14th largest city in the USA. If you need job opportunities or social opportunities you can always find it here. There are always concerts coming through and other events.”
  • “We have an airport close to school, which is helpful. This is something that a lot of the schools don’t have.”
  • “The campus is green. There are a lot of places for people to lay and hang outside around campus.”
  • “You have a very large young population. I know a lot of people who have graduated in the past few years but still live in Columbus.”

Cons of

  • “It’s in the Midwest so it doesn’t have a lot of tourist attractions. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like you’re living in a big city because it’s not a destination city.”
  • “Public transportation. We have a good bus system but do not have a train system.”
  • “It’s hard to park.”
  • “Not a lot of people move to Columbus, so it’s a lot of people

Advice for Prospective Freshmen

Female Marketing Major C/O 2019

What is something you wish you knew about Ohio State before you entered as a freshman?
I wish I knew how hard the schoolwork was going to be. A lot of people look at Ohio State and don’t necessarily think it’s a high-level academic school, but it is. It was a balance to figure out how I’m going to balance my schoolwork with my social life and how I’m going to study and do well on my tests.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
The Short North and stuff other than the specific campus. I would try to get the feel for off-campus life because you only live in the dorms for one or two years.

Male Corporate Communications Major C/O 2019

What is something you wish you knew about Ohio State before you entered as a freshman?
I wish I had a greater understanding of literally how big the campus is and how many students went there. It doesn’t feel like a campus, it feels more like a town.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
I think you should walk around the town in general and see what else it has to offer in addition to the campus. Seeing the environment and see that the people from the town have a lot to offer.

Male Accounting Major C/O 2020

What is something you wish you knew before entering Ohio State as a freshman?
I wish I knew that in certain introduction courses the professors would not be that helpful. The weed-out courses are going to be large and be difficult, and for no reason. Students should learn to be able to push through and not give up halfway.

What is something a prospective student may miss on a visit that’s worth checking out?
The nightlife, because during a regular visit the tour guides are only going to talk about how great campus is and all the things to do on campus and the opportunities. If possible, it’s great to visit someone at OSU to try to go out and get a taste of nightlife beforehand.

Reasons to attend and not to attend Ohio State University

To Attend

  • “It’s a true college experience when it comes to sports, social life, and academics.”
  • “There’s an amazing nightlife mixed with an amazing academic life. The school is hard, but it allows you to learn how to balance and learn time management skills.”
  • “It is a big school, but it also a small school feeling where you can be in a lot of clubs and organizations and work your way up. It has something for everybody. If you want to make your classes smaller you can make them smaller, and if you like big lectures you can have big lectures.” [There is a 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio.]
  • “School spirit and the sense of pride that comes with Ohio State Football and sports.”

To Not Attend

  • “If you don’t apply yourself it might be easy for you to get lost in the crowd. Professors don’t care if you don’t come to lectures, if you’re not going to pay attention, or do your assignments, so if you’re not going to do that then you’re not going do well. They’re not going to hold your hand.”
  • “If you don’t want to be the Midwest or be around the Midwestern culture.”
  • “While Ohio State has a growing alumni network and is moving up in the ranks, if you want to work at super elite companies, those companies don’t necessarily recruit from here.”
  • “It’s incredibly large with [about 47,000] undergraduates. For me is not a problem, but I understand some people can get freaked out.”
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