Ohio State University-Main Campus Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
of students recommend
(4.1 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 214 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 5 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABA, + 13 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 58,663 (45,289 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 26% part-time, 74% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $12,425 in-state; $31,897 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Cultural Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

The OSU East Asian Studies program emphasizes interdiscipline study across a variety of fields within your concentration. This experience has been good preparation for me, whether I decide to continue my academic studies or go directly into the workforce with my M.A. The program is quite rigorous, but in the long run, that's a good thing. The professors demand excellence, but they are also approachable and have always been willing to help when asked. Although OSU is not an Ivy League school, it IS a "Public Ivy" and the quality of education is excellent.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

The School of Environment and Natural Resources is a very multidisciplinary department with experts from many different backgrounds. They all work together to solve specific problems. I like that because it's more tangible and it really connects what we are learning to the real world; it's not just theoretical. But the need for more classes to help students become experts capable of solving complex problems is great. This department is rapidly expanding to meet that need.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2016

I just began my MFA in creative nonfiction and am very grateful for the vastly resourced program I'm now a part of. Every student in the program is fully funded, and those who teach (some are awarded a first year fellowship and don't teach until their 2nd year) are thoroughly prepared and supported to act as instructors for the University-wide 1st year composition course. The fact that every student is funded makes the difference to me--it means there's little competition, resentment, insecurity, anxiety, and jealousy that the tiered-funding MFA programs seem to breed. I'm also deeply grateful to be studying creative nonfiction with Lee Martin, who does a masterful job of teaching structure and helping students learn the techniques that will allow them to become adept and compelling writers of creative nonfiction. I'm also very impressed by the use and integration of technology in the classroom at OSU. The Digital Media Studies program, housed within the English Dept, offers classes in Digital Media literacy and teaches future teachers how to incorporate digital media tools in their classrooms. OSU offered me everything I wanted--full funding, a generous stipend, the opportunity to teach (but not too much--only 1 course per semester), and excellent instruction and mentorship in creative writing.
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: Large, diverse program with faculty covering almost any area, field, concentration, etc. one can think of. Despite that, the department still feels tight and friendly. Good financial support (low cost of living in Columbus, which is decidedly a cooler city than one would imagine); good teacher-training and ability to teach an array of courses, not just freshman composition; a lot of underutilized funds for travel, research, and conferences; strong academic market support and job placement rate. Cons: Lack of academic vigor (many grad courses feel like upper-level undergrad courses); a general bumpiness as the university switches from quarters to semesters and as the department moves toward a MA/PhD direct track rather than separate MA & PhD programs. These latter two should probably be smoothed over in the next few years.
4.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2016

Excellent program, I'm so happy here. They really go above and beyond to help you be the best you can be.
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2015

I am really excited about the Mass Communications program at this university. I know that I will have a great career waiting for me when I graduate.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2007

I graduated with a Baccalaureate of Arts and over 98 graduate level credits
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2015

The school is great in a lot of areas, but in some aspects, students are TOO much left to their own devices with little care for cost (ie. One professor opined that we should be willing to sink a lot of money into our models because that's why we're at school - that cost shouldn't be a barrier. We almost unanimously said - no - we HAVE to be cognizant of costs BECAUSE we're students - that we don't want to run up debt and loans. He seemed a bit dismayed/baffled by our argument).
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016

The College of Nursing has a very active supportive staff. Staff members encourage physical activity and social interactions. They also push students to strive for their aspirations.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Landscape Design
Graduation Year: 2015

The program is challenging and you learn a lot. The professors are really intelligent and they will question and suggest ideas to improve your design.
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