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Ohio State University

Total Grad Surveys 21
Females 10
Males 11
Avg years at University 2.7
Research Quality B+ (7.4)
Research Availability B (6.5)
Research Funding B+ (7.4)
Graduate Politics C+ (5.8)
Not Errand Runners B- (6.3)
Degree Completion B- (6.5)
Alternative pay [ta/gsi] B (6.6)
Sufficient Pay B (6.7)
Competitiveness B- (6.2)
Education Quality C+ (5.5)
Faculty Accessibility B- (6.4)
Useful Research B (7.2)
"Individual" treatment C- (4.2)
Friendliness B- (6.0)
Safety C+ (5.7)
Campus Beauty B- (6.4)
Campus Maintenance B- (6.0)
University Spending B (6.7)
Extracurriculars B (7.2)
Scholastic Success B- (6.2)
Surrounding City B+ (8.0)
Social Life/ Environment B+ (7.4)
"Individual" treatmentC-
Surrounding CityB+
While the department has made strides to improveAug 30 2017Engineering Department
While the department has made strides to improve its education of PhD students, you will encounter many barriers to success if you choose this program. If you receive funding for being a TA, you can expect 1) your class appointment to change multiple times with sometimes less than 3 weeks until the start of the term 2) Knowlton administrative staff HATE graduate students/adjuncts (but are super-nice to tenured faculty) so do not expect any help from them 3) do not bank on your monthly paycheck entering your account on time 4) if you need a Visa it will be jeopardized sometime during your time because the school does not file paperwork on time and 5) OSU's Graduate School department is quite possibly the worst in the country. Specifically, if you are an international student, you will likely be picked up by one of three 'veteran' faculty members that will simply expect you to run all of their simulations / data analyses but will never actually mentor you, assist you with language immersion or help you adjust to life in the USA.
This is a pretty good programJun 30 2015History/Histories (art history/etc.)
This is a pretty good program. The faculty/program itself is much better than the university at large would have it be. There are not many resources here allocated to arts and sciences, which makes funding very difficult to come by. You also must finish your degree in five years or start paying tuition. University is weighed down by a lot of rules and bureaucracy.
If I can stop just one person fromMay 30 2015English
If I can stop just one person from attending the English PhD program, then perhaps my time there will not have been for nothing. DO NOT GO TO OSU. I don't think it's possible to find a program less invested in graduate student success. THIS PROGRAM CANNOT PLACE ITS STUDENTS IN TENURE-TRACK JOBS AND DOESN'T CARE. They didn't make one placement this year, and yet they still recruited 24 new graduate students. That's unconscionable. Beyond that obvious point, the financial support is thin and the workload is high. You're expected to get through the PhD program in 4-5 years while teaching constantly (abnormally large classes) on very little money with almost no support for attending conferences or taking research trips. If you beat the odds and manage to publish and finish your dissertation, it won't matter anyway because the OSU PhD has little currency on the national job market--a problem cultivated by a department that only hires out of Ivy League universities and refuses to help its own graduate students enjoy the same advantages that they had. In addition, the university at large is very hostile to the Arts and Sciences division, refusing to provide support (just do some googling). This is a university that's big on business and STEM--it's actively taking apart the humanities. The OSU English PhD program is a perfect storm of incompetence, apathy, philistinism masquerading as "elitist hiring practices," corporatization, adjunctification, and willful exploitation. The faculty seem not to understand that if they refuse to help the next generation they themselves will be out of a job, as there is little to be gained from self-cannibalization. Please think of your career and your future prospects. Do not attend this program. If you can't get into a school that's not OSU, then JUST DON'T GO.
I am a graduate student from the Women's,Mar 05 2015Other
I am a graduate student from the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department. My experience with the department has been really negative. If you are not a white, able-bodied woman, then you will have a hard time here, which is unfortunate because Gender Studies in general should be about inclusivity. Also, if you are a survivor of sexual violence, then good luck! My research deals with the linkage between race and rape culture and I honestly have a hard time finding support for my research and getting fair treatment from faculties. I am not the only survivor with this issue nor am I asking for "special" treatment (which is an outdated term but hello? people still ascribe to it here??). Many other survivors complained about this as well. The department is also very concern about their prestige and research and rarely venture out into the field of activism, so if you are into activism then this department might not be a good fit for you.
I've gone to this school for 5 yearsApr 25 2014Psychology
I've gone to this school for 5 years now and I can honestly say I haven't had a good year yet. The work is terrible, its just busy work. You don't really learn anything that's on the tests/exams. If you want good grades say goodbye to a social life here because you'll spend most of your time studying! You really do have to eat, sleep, and breathe all of the material. Also the professors aren't very helpful. They just send you through like another number in a factory of people. Also I barely got into grad school here. Most of my friends didn't get in and they went here too, so if you go here because you think it'll get you in... it wont. My advice? Go to a smaller school or a private school for your undergrad.
Research Topic(s): emotional and cognitive development
This has been probably the worse 10 yearsApr 23 2014Psychology
This has been probably the worse 10 years of my life. While I was up here I was accepted into a scholars program and promised a lot of opportunities to go to really neat places for pretty cheap. But when I got up here I found out that I could only go to one or two of the trips (in the U.S i might add) and it cost me an arm and a leg. I made little to no friends here even though I'm quite a social person, and my family life back home is terrible now. Whenever I go and visit, they treat me like a stranger. My advice is to go to a smaller school, closer to you.
While there are problems with some people andNov 29 2005Engineering Department
While there are problems with some people and some faculty, overall the school is very friendly and most faculty are genuinely concerned with helping students learn which, in my opinion, says something great about this university because of its extremely large size. A large number of companies recruit on campus and the degree is well looked upon.
this has been a great school although theFeb 05 2005Mechanical Engineering
this has been a great school although the classes could be made a little more challenging. research avenues are aplenty and that is the most important thing for a graduate student. although i accept the qualms of the undergrad student body who have strong comments about the in ability of (international) grad students to communicate the subjects clearly (which is a handicap in any large university with a diverse student body) , i think they have a lot of opportunity to learn and also get research experience because of the vast resources available unlike other places.
As a teacher who earned her BA inDec 04 2002Education
As a teacher who earned her BA in education at OSU, returnining for grad school was a nightmare. Advisors suggest the wrong courses, too many of the master's courses in education are offered during the day while we are teaching, the classes are taught either by people who have never actually taught in ca ral classroom outside of the university or by someone who taught 20 years ago for two or three years and the classes had no relevance to the teaching world. Courses were contanlty cancelled, moved or never offered. They constatnly changed requirements so a class that worked two yeras ago that you were told to take, was sno longer accepted. I lefft and finished my degreee in Administration elsewhere.
Administrative bureaucracy is tiresome when a problem arisesFeb 10 2002English
Administrative bureaucracy is tiresome when a problem arises. The state workers are masters at passing the buck which leaves you going in a circle, from person to person, to resolve a probem. The atheletics events are very worthwhile to attend and surprisingly the arts scene is very good too. The Short North Arts district is adjacent to the University and downtown Columbus is very closeby. Students always seem a bit disconnected and in their own world. There is a lot of apathy on the undergraduate level. Graduate level classes have been generally good with an occasional poor professor.
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