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I just finished up my third year atQuite BrightBiology
I just finished up my third year at OSU and so far it has been an incredible educational experience. The campus is large enough and involved enough for any person to find an activity to partake in. There's Greek life for social people, all kinds of clubs for activities and ethnicities, countless ways to get involved, and constant opportunity for academic development. I'm a marine biology and music double major and love every second of it. The music department is currently getting redone, but it's definitely the kind of department where if you want to learn a bunch, there is a ton of equipment and opportunity to learn, or if you just want a degree, you can slide through easily. The biology department here is absolutely incredible. There is a separate structure out on the coast (Hatfield Marine Science Center) where marine bio majors are required to spend a term, and literally almost every day there, we went out into the field. We'd do 2 hours of lecture and then hop in the vans and drive over to tidepool or count seals or visit sea lion caves or do bird nesting surveys, etc. Meanwhile in Corvallis, the teachers are always present and ready to help you when you need and more than willing to help you find volunteer work (the Fisheries and Wildlife teachers are particularly amazing -- s/o to Scarlett Arbuckle). I've made friends and great connections here and am so glad I decided to attend OSU. There really is something for everyone here and I feel more at home than I do back on the east coast.
3rd Year Female -- Class 1920
Education Quality: A, Useful Schoolwork: B
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OSU consistently screws up their textbook ordering program.Quite BrightEconomics
OSU consistently screws up their textbook ordering program. I have problems with them every term. You don't know what textbooks you need to order until your course opens up, but your due dates in that course are now less than a week away. If you need an eText access code to use an online homework system, you won't be able to access it in time to complete your assignments.

Most recently, we were offered a physical bundle or just the eText package. I foolishly picked the physical bundle, thinking it would be nice to have a hardcopy of my text. Not only did it cost me an extra $100.00, but it screwed up my grade as well. My access code is now embedded in the physical text which I will not receive until 4 days after my first online quiz.Way to go OSU. You robbed me and you hit me right in the gradebook. Something like this happens every term but this is the worst one.

1st Year Male -- Class 1922
Useful Schoolwork: B, Innovation: F
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Corvallis is the middle of nowhere.Quite BrightChemistry
Corvallis is the middle of nowhere. There's no entertainment or shopping. Off campus rentals are run down and expensive for what you get. Jobs around town are very hard to find. The locals are very white and conservative. Greek life and sports dominate campus culture. Most back core classes are taught by assistants because professors only care about research. Dorms are set by major so it doesn't matter if you have a roommate in mind already.
2nd Year Female -- Class 1920
Friendliness: B+, Surrounding City: F
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