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| Let's start with departments besides my own: the mathematics department is a total mess to non-honors students and you should take those classes and your money for them elsewhere (a calculus professor could not work his own notes, the logic prof does not look away from the board to engage students, and the linear algebra TA could not be heard over the air conditioner), the chemistry department is to be avoided as much as possible unless you wish to be a chemist (in that case, go grad student and intern at Chemical Abstract Services and/or Batelle), the humanities' efforts at developing classes for STEM majors is well-rewarded (that A in Science and Society I happily worked for), our music program is second only to specialist institutions in the field and at much less cost, and the history program cares enough to change a professor out for a top-notch Ph.D. candidate mid-course when classes are being missed without notice due to naggling injury. Engineering courses outside of CSE are tough, and this includes the quite-related ECE courses (aside from circuits; if you have problems understanding circuits, other majors exist.)|
As for the major itself, there is a small amount of lack-of-care - to your grade's benefit, oddly enough. Advising in the CSE department is better than general advising (avoid general advising at all costs), but they honestly can know your name and still not prepare for the appointment when difficult situations exist. Instruction is improving, particularly at the entry sequence of courses; Engineering Services offers appointments and job fairs, but the most success I had in gaining internship was through evening professors with a day job.
The university itself is struggling to keep up with its student population. The administration would be chargeable under law for dereliction of duty if it weren't for an excellent balance sheet supported by a fanatical following in athletics. Its current project in this regard is to force second-year students onto campus, which has increased construction to the detriment of commuters and aesthetics. Buildings on campus are a high-variance mix, as new buildings that are sorely needed are in the midst of old, decrepit structures and much in between. Off-campus housing, one of the reasons for the on-campus effort, is nothing less than a scam - horribly-overpriced housing projects that are obvious violations of housing code from the outside, much less the inside.If, however, you are looking for things to do besides simply attend classes and learn, there is no better place on this earth. Besides the Greek community actively encouraged by the administration and partying in the aforementioned off-campus housing - and doubling down on athletic events - there is the width and breadth of student organizations and their events for all interests thought possible, the local soccer, hockey, and AAA baseball teams, a variety of exercise and recreational areas (including wall-climbing), the variety of concerts and venues, the Short North with its high-class social events and top-notch food and ice cream, and around 50,000 people to hang with, some of which you might find you like.
|May 15 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| I'm currently a sophomore at OSU (and I'm from the here too). Anyway, I love OSU, but I didn't realize that until I decided to transfer. I originally went to the Newark campus and it was terrible. Too small, not challenging and it didn't feel like college to me. So I left and I've been on main campus for almost a whole year now. I love it! There's so much to do, but many people don't put the effort into joining any clubs or participating in anything so they feel left out or very alone on this big campus. I have friends here so that helps, but joining clubs made a HUGE difference. |
The weather is amazing in the spring, summer & fall, but awful in the winter. Very cold!
The parking is horrible and you need to watch out or you'll get towed! Honestly it sucks, but I don't think this problem ruins the college experience at all.
My classes at main campus have all been wonderful. Of course, there are a few classes that have been boring or I hated the teacher, but mostly I've had very friendly teachers (no T.A's have taught me yet luckily lol) and interesting classes. There are 500 person classes I've had and I'm currently have an English class with only 15 students. It all depends. P.S: I loved my biology class that had 500 people in it - the teacher had a microphone and did participate with us.
However, my grades are still suffering from my freshman year at Newark so I'm transferring to get a fresh start. I will always be a buckeye and I'm very depressed that I have to go :'(
|Feb 26 2013|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2016 |