Ohio State University-Main Campus Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.59 out of 5.0)
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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

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5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2019

In the most important regards, OSU's graduate program is second to none. From the earliest days of orientation, the curriculum has been theoretical, scholarly, and practical. Advisors check in multiple times per semester, and the peer group is supportive, encouraging, and offer advice on the unwritten aspects of graduate life. All faculty I've encountered have been friendly and helpful, even if I'm not "officially" a student of theirs (enrolled in their class or their advisee, etc). They're very aware of the problems facing academics, and they're optimistic and yet cautious about job possibilities after graduation. And they've got a great placement record! The largest con is being a graduate student at one of the biggest public universities in the world. The campus and surrounding areas is very undergraduate-oriented and very, VERY university-sports-y. But there are plenty of opportunities to avoid that world entirely. And there's lots else to focus on: arts, culture, great food, wonderful community, and super cheap cost of living.
2.33 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2018

This is a good enough program, but make sure you come into grad school with your eyes wide open. Even if you feel like you're behind, or you're worthless, you're probably just thinking the exact same things other people are. Such is the nature of grad school.
2.25 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2018

One big con is that there is a ton of pressure to finish as quickly as possible. I understand what limited funding has to do with that pressure, but there is no system in place for profs to do anything but prod you to get done, and sometimes not all that gently. My adviser has done very little to encourage or direct my steps. As a result, I'm in very real danger of not being close to finishing in the allotted time. Some of that is on me, but much of it is on the lack of resources provided by the department.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2019

Faculty is very helpful and competent. Ohio State's campus is gorgeous and easily accessible. I highly recommend this school and its history program.
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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