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Ohio State University

Ohio, United States

Est. 1870

Ranked among top 40 universities in US

About Ohio State University

Ohio State University is a public research university located in Columbus, which is, obviously, in the state of Ohio. Founded in 1873, OSU is the third largest university campus in the United States of America. OSU is considered one of the better universities when it comes to Computer Engineering and also Networking. It ranks #46 according to U.S. News' 'Best Global Universities Ranking' list.


OSU's School of Engineering

Public
university

18%
acceptance rate

$30,000/year
average tuition fee

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$5,600/year
average living expense

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1526

Yocketers applied
for Engineering

379

Yocketers admitted
for Engineering

1735

Yocketers interested
for Engineering

164
average GRE quant score

1801
total graduate enrollment


Engineering graduate courses offered at OSU

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Weather conditions around OSU

Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec

-7.5

12.3

2.1

9.7


Location

Columbus is a small town in Ohio, and to be honest, there isn’t too much near it either. Cincinnati is about 100 miles away, and it’ll take you 4-5 hours to drive to Pittsburgh or Detroit, the ‘big cities’ nearby.


Infrastructure

Ohio State University is built on a massive 1764 acre campus, and the architecture is a quite wonderful mix of traditional, modern and post-modern styles. At OSU, you’ll see some brilliantly designed buildings with interiors to match. The library system has over 5 million volumes, and more than 20,000 are added every year. The research centers and lecture halls are terrific, and the recreation center really is a sight to marvel at.


Residing Options

Off-campus housing is generally the preferred option, and for a change it’s also the far cheaper option. Once you’re able to find yourself a couple of roommates, you could look around the area and find some place that suits your requirements – rest assured there will be many. 15th Avenue and Chittenden Avenue are some of the more student-friendly areas around, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any more. About $200-300 per month per head should ensure a pretty cool place, provided, of course, you aren’t too late.


Weather

Oh it’s quite terrible. Even if you go live in the Himalayas for a few months and acclimatize yourself to the biting cold, you would never be able to prepare yourself for the horrible tornadoes, with speeds of upto 90kmph, that often hit Columbus. The weather is extremely unpredictable and unfriendly, showing insane amounts of yearly, and even daily, fluctuations in rainfall, temperature and snowfall. In a nutshell, hope for the best and prepare for the worst.


Faculty and pedagogy

Some students aren’t terribly pleased with the way things operate at OSU, since deadlines often change without much notice, and syllabi aren’t always perfectly adhered to (like in Mumbai University, where books are made after the syllabus is released). But this in no way means that the pedagogy is bad; OSU isn’t a top 25 university for nothing. Most of the professors are excellent in every possible way, though there may sometimes be a tiny communication gap, but that too is nothing that can’t be bridged with ease.


Financial aid

Well, not too much. They seem to believe (and rightly so) that the relatively low fee is generous enough. However, scholarships aren’t completely impossible to get, provided

  1. You need it, and
  2. You deserve it.


Jobs and placements

Placements at OSU are rather good. Top IT firms like IBM and Accenture are regular recruiters. But like anywhere else, you have to be good at what you do in order to deserve a top job.


Alumni

  • Vyomesh Joshi - Executive VP of HP Imaging and Printing Group
  • Larry Sanger - Co-founder of Wikipedia
  • Charles Kettering - VP of Research at General Motors, Founder of Delco, invented electric starter for automobiles


Verdict

Excellent option for Computer engineers provided you can stand the weather, of course.




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