Ohio State University-Main Campus Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(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
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4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 2014

It's a large program, so it has something for everyone. I have no complaints about the program as a whole.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

There are a lot of opportunities to work very closely with faculty members and communicate with many important people in the field. There is a wide range of nutrition topics that the faculty are interested in, and this makes the seminars and class offerings really diverse. However, as I approach the last year of my project, I feel like I do not know what to do after I am done. Maybe I will get more help next year, but I do not currently know what the future holds in store for me and I wish I knew a little more about job opportunities. Also students in grad school here are not very social and unified, despite the very social undergraduate scene. If you don't make friends within your lab, I don't know what you would do socially.
2.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2019

Big changes were made this past year regarding requirements to complete the program. This process was handled unprofessionally as communication with current students during this time was kept at a minimum and left students stressed and confused as to what was now going to be expected of them. Very disappointed in their apparent lack of care for students and how those in charge seemed to take lightly the fact that these changes affected whether or not we could continue in the program to pursue the Ph.D. and future career we had been working so hard for.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016

Good set of faculty, many options and opportunities. great city to live in. Big school requires being proactive, however. There isn't a whole lot of hand-holding here.
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2020

The department is large and the faculty are extremely supportive and engaged in students' individual research interests. Students are very well funded and there is money available for conference trips. The cons of this department is that the building and electronic resources are not very impressive. The graduate student offices are cluttered and dilapidated and rooms are small and uncomfortable and don't come with a lot of tech support.
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015

You have a choice for this program to do it hard or let it go easy. There are some really bright faculty here, and the diverse domains of research is definitely a strength for this department.
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Agriculture
Graduation Year: 2016

My graduate program is very helpful for my career in the future. But since the classes we have to take are pretty much more than I thought, I don't really have enough chance to register some classes that I really interested in.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018

I am in the Molecular Genetics PhD program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State. Pros: Course load is light. I was done taking classes after the first semester of my second year (thought that may have changed since the quarter to semester switch. Only one year of TA required, but there are plenty of TA options if that is how you need to be funded. Get paid year round- no summer break from pay. Department is small- everyone knows most everyone and I feel very well supported. Cost of living is very affordable. I don't have or need any loans. Size of Ohio State makes it easy to find equipment/reagents/resources/collaborators that you may need for research. Helps A LOT. Cons: Your options for PIs are limited to the department. If you want to work with someone outside you need to get permission. Also I haven't started looking for a career yet, but I am not sure I will get good advice from career services. I have no idea what their services for life sciences are like. Finally, this is not unique to my graduate program here, but learning about careers outside academia is very difficult. I have very little idea of what my options are beyond being a professor. Overall, I'm very happy with the program and feel I am getting a great education.
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2015

As a student AI feel the program is competitive with excellent faculty but the students who are chosen for the program could be better competitive. I also feel that external resources are inadequate especially for MHRM program.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2017

Ohio State is a great university and provides an abundance of opportunities. It is really all about what you make it and how you network and what you are looking for. I will be switching programs and moving over to Education Policy and have been supported all the way. This will be my third degree from the university and I have loved it every time.
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