Ohio State University-Main Campus Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.12 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 210 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC, + 5 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: CSWE
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 59,482 (45,831 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 27% part-time, 73% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $12,425 in-state; $33,897 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Veterinary Science
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros are the location of the campus. It is separate from the rest of the huge undergraduate campus, but close enough that you can use the facilities or be a part of activities on the main campus if you want to. There is no campus housing, but the areas close to the school are very affordable and nice for young professionals. There is a lot to do close by, which is good because as a vet student you don't have much free time so it is good to be close to things when you do have some free time. Overall I have loved my program. I think I have received a lot of great support academically as well through my program.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2015

This program is very strong in providing a theoretical background and practical academic skills (grant writing, teaching, etc.). These strengths have led to great success for former students because they give our graduates a strong advantage on the job market. The only weakness is the lack of methodological training. Overall it is an excellent program.
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

Ohio State has a very healthy research atmosphere. They have done a good job at creating "an ark" of scientists- at least one or two in every discipline so I can always find someone with the expertise I need if I need help. The major downside to my program is that we are fragmented between two buildings that are 1 mile+ apart so accessing important resources (like there herbarium, insect collection) can be a hassle. Another minus in my book is that because faculty are more focused on research there is a low selection and frequency of grad-level courses offered (on average 1 grad-level course per semester in department), so I take most of my coursework from other departments.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros of my program are that there are knowledgeable faculty members who are willing to work with you. The flexibility to work with other departments to be able to better complete one's studies is a definite plus. Also having the library facilities for specific programs is useful. The cons are that when it comes to getting set up to do some of the benchmarks for graduate work, not everyone is helpful in getting people knowledgeable enough to know what their responsibilities are (but I see that as a minor issue). A larger issue is that financial aid is woefully inadequate. The Graduate School does not really provide resources for fellowships and other aid that is available outside of the university, and the application process for the Grad Plus loan is still an offline, paper document where they do not notify you if there are any problems with the application. There is also a lack of Graduate Associate positions that are research or administrative for people who are looking for an alternative to teaching; when these jobs are available, information is hard to come by and it makes it that much more difficult to navigate. When you are a person with a family, the financial aid that is calculated for a student does not reflect the needs of someone who has multiple people to care for, and while that is not the fault of any university, it would be helpful if there was more assistance on offer from either the Graduate School or the department that processes applications for aid.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014

PROs: Option to take all classes online. Cons: Testing program needs retweeked. Everytime I took a test online, I had to speak with someone for help everytime.
1.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

We are not prepared for work on main campus while doing work at regional campus. At regional campus, taught by LSW or MSW off the street and not professors. Must travel to main campus for a lot of classes (travel expense, weather.)
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
Graduation Year: 2015

This graduate program is lead by a number of experienced speech-language pathologists with varying backgrounds. I feel that I have already learned quite a bit from them after only being in this program for half a semester. A lot of time is required for this program. It is not easy to have an outside job in addition to being in this program.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

I work full time and am in school at about 3/4 time (somewhere between part time and full time). I am finding it a lot easier to manage than I had anticipated. I am also very impressed with the accessibility of staff. I can get in to see an advisor usually the same week and so far, all of my professors and lecturers have been very helpful and willing to provide feedback. I am loving graduate school so much more than undergrad. If I must list a con, I would say that it is a relatively new program so I am not sure how it ranks among other programs in the country. That said, the program is growing quickly and for good reason-it's great!
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2015

Our department is like a big family, with responsible professors who help us with our study and career.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2016

The main pro of the program is that the support that you receive from the department. They are very flexible and willing to work with you if you have unusual situation (such as older students with small children). The overall graduate school has made some choices that do make like more difficult like continued enrollment, but the department tries to mitigate that. The main con has to do with its location in Columbus. Quite frankly, the city sucks: it is unsafe, congested, and a generally unpleasant place to live.
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