Ohio State University-Main Campus Reviews
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I found the department of French and Italian, and Ohio State to be an awesome place for graduate education. It still is and it was then. Faculty were available, friendly, highly well-regarded researchers and inspiring. Graduate students had ample opportunities to teach at various undergraduate levels and that experience was invaluable when I was in the market for a first tenure-track job In addition, there were some funds available for research during the summer, opportunities to teach in the summer if you wanted and a good and friendly cohort of graduate teaching associates. In addition, Columbus is a great city, great art community, great glbqa community and great place for good restaurants and a variety of venues for fun, sport and relaxation.
Both the political science and philosophy departments have professors being published at the top of their fields which is great for having access to the latest most competent information. In the political science department I experienced what I consider to be innovative coursework for the Bachelors level. Courses included a simulated political game over one quarter. A full course on identity politics. And plenty of references in various courses to competing theories. In the philosophy department, the lower level courses focus on giving students a grounded background in where philosophy has been. Also, philosophy professors in my experience had a greater focus on teaching compared to the political science department. I had a really great time and challenge in upper level epistemology courses. Overall, Ohio State has what you want. There are sports fanatics, artists, foodies, OUAB, and everything else you could want. The challenge is finding what you want and auditing your experience so that you don't keep doing things you find sub-optimal. Nothing including your schedule or degree plan is fed to you. But, if you are meticulous about it you can accomplish great things. And the alumni network is superb.
The university exposed me to the entire range of people, rich and not-so-rich, very bright and some average, but we learned together how to live together for a few years and to understand our role in business and in the community. It also taught the importance of teaming.
Perfect program for me. Prior to doing this MS I was working in the field as a commercial fisherman and the degree program helped me learn what was available to choose from , helped me get a job and basically set me up on a career path - 25 years at Michigan State University. I had a prior BS in business and the MS focused my thinking more so coupled with the field time I was ready. Hindsight tells me that OSU was and likely still is a great place to find yourself.
Even though it has been years, I will never forget my time at Ohio State. Many say it's too large of a university, but I feel it's only as big as you make it. I will add though that you have to take lots of initiative to get what you want. But in the end, it's totally worth it. I always feel at home whenever I visit. Plus, those football tickets are calling your name!
I studied Elementary Education and feel that I received a solid background to give me what I needed in the classroom. My professors took time to help me understand material I found difficult and, during student teaching I had a wonderful supervising instructor who encouraged me to have thorough lesson plans and to enjoy the children.
My four-year tenure at The Ohio State University were the best four years. The friends and professors I met continually challenged me to be the be better every day. Being a Buckeye is much more than football Saturday's. It's engrained in your soul. This campus engulfs with you with he beauty of what Columbus has to offer. The friendships I have made with my classmates and professors will last a lifetime.
Great teachers, great classmates, beautiful campus, everything was told to me straight forward. Best years of my life. My son will be attending Ohio for sure, we come from a long line of Buckeyes! Since my grandma was a buckeye to me, love it there!
I loved my experience studying English at OSU! While many native Columbus residents were scrambling to submit their college applications to schools across the country, I knew I wanted to attend OSU. Living a few miles from this massive resource center my entire life, it just made good sense to explore the university's offerings from the inside out since I had explored its grounds via bicycling and frequent walks most of my life. During my time studying at OSU, we used a telephone portal called "Brutus Buckeye," named for the school's mascot, to schedule courses. My instructors, particularly those in my major program, were knowledgeable and happy to help students during class or during their appointed office hours. I lived at home while going to school, but my familiarity with the campus always allowed me to feel connected. At 45, I reflect on that time, realizing how great my experience was. The school has continued to grow; both in terms of student population and their dedication to designing exciting new buildings to accommodate students' needs for new space and resources. I still live in Columbus, and I feel confident recommending OSU to students just finishing high school and to anyone who would like to return to college as a non-traditional student.
My experience at OSU has been extremely positive. During my first year I received a fellowship that included summer funding and a bonus to be paid out over my first four years. This allowed me to focus on coursework rather than teaching and adjust to the demands of graduate school. After that I took fewer courses while teaching one undergraduate class per semester. My courses were generally focused and useful and there was good support for graduate teaching. My only issue was with the clarity of our degree requirements; certain of them changed within my department during my time there and it was hard to keep up.
I was most enthusiastic about OSU’s funding for outside research and educational opportunities. During my time there I received support to travel to Rome, Oxford, and Toronto for various courses and conferences. The resources are excellent for graduate students in that way, as well as in terms of programming, with activities like quiz nights, cooking classes, and professional development events. I would encourage other students to look at my school.