The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

Enrollment: 43,000 undergraduates (56,000 with graduate students)
Public, 4-year, Coed – Carnegie Classification – Research University
Calendar: Moving to Semester
Residential campus in large city

Ohio State is an easy 30-minute drive from the Columbus airport and approximately 15 minutes from downtown Columbus, the state capitol. This inviting city offers a financial district, performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and an AAA Baseball Team. Internships abound at the “State House” for students interested in politics or you can gain work experience at companies representing a variety of industries.

The campus is GIGANTIC in terms of student body, buildings, as well as the physical grounds, yet OSU is very clean and green with large trees and plenty of grassy quad areas. OSU features a variety of architecture from traditional red brick buildings with white columns, to modern designs used in the new, state-of-the-art Recreation Center featuring sheer glass windows. A small pond sits at the center of campus. The old buildings of campus surround the “Oval” which is a huge open space with lawns that create a place for playing a pick-up game of ultimate frisbee, recruiting new members to join student clubs or simply chilling between classes. The Olentangy River winds along the far end of the school with a trail perfect for biking. OSU has an extensive bus system to transport students throughout the campus.

The recently opened Student Union with restaurants, student services, meeting rooms and lounge areas is one example of OSU’s commitment to providing excellent facilities for students, staff and alumni. Extensive construction is happening throughout the campus, updating the interiors and exteriors of older, treasured buildings.

Next to the OSU campus there is a great main drag with student-friendly restaurants, bookstores, clothing shops, office supply stores and pubs. Columbus feels like a college town and the community supports the university.

Academic Strengths

Special Study Options
• First Year Experience programs to help new students get adjusted to life on the OSU campus.
• The Leadership Collaborative is a yearlong leadership development program that kicks off with a four-day leadership development conference prior to fall semester.
• First Year Experience Outdoor Camp Program in summer.
• Special programs for out-of-state students.
• Incoming students read a book during the summer before freshman year starts and then attend a study group when they get to campus.

The Fisher College of Business admits some top performing high school students directly into the business program. Other new freshmen students enter as pre-business majors if they meet the requirements of a minimum ACT of 25 or minimum SAT of 1150 or ranked in the top 20% of their high school class. To continue onto upper-division work, OSU pre-business students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and complete a competitive application process.
The College of Engineering offers 15 programs with 30 specializations. Students with a minimum ACT Math score of 24 or SAT Math score of 560 are directly enrolled as pre-engineering students. Students may preselect an engineering major or enroll as undeclared to explore the various types of specialties.

Pre-professional programs include: Pre-health (dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine), Pre-education, and Pre-law.
The College of Nursing offers BSN, RN to BSN and Masters degrees.

Political Science – Offers BA, MS, and PhD
The PhD faculty studied at top ranked institutions such as: Princeton, McGill, Berkeley, Columbia, Michigan, USC, Pittsburgh, Yale, Chicago, Northwestern, UCLA, Duke, MIT, Harvard, and Illinois.

Fields of Study: American, Comparative, International Relations and Political Theory
The Political Science Department offers an honors program and a chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society provides the opportunity to network with colleagues.

OSU’s John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy offers one-quarter internships in Washington, D.C.
• Mission: to “inspire citizenship and develop leadership”
• The school prepares students for public service and gives them the tools to be involved in their communities.

• The J.G. Institute offers both undergraduate and graduate programs.
• New Major: Public Affairs BA – The program is designed to teach the skills needed to work in government, non-profit organizations or other entities that require analysis and leadership. Specialization tracks include urban policy and management, community organization and civic engagement, and nonprofit management.

Student LIfe
My impression of both the students and faculty: super friendly. Four people asked me if I needed help finding a facility when they saw my head buried in the walking map.

Many students can be seen running throughout campus. Healthy lifestyles may be making its way to Ohio although some students can be spotted smoking.

Ohio State boasts a thriving Greek scene, but you don’t have to belong to a fraternity or sorority to find your social group. There is a Greek row with large houses that look very similar to those at the University of Washington. Many of the houses are located on 15th street, a short walk to campus.

The campus community loves OSU athletics. The athletic facilities are clustered at the far end of campus and are incredibly impressive. The University has spared no expense at developing first-class stadiums for all sports. For example, the aquatic center is pristine and ranks as one of the top places in the country for swimming and diving, plus synchronized swimming. Gymnastics is also a top program. The football team, which plays in the horse-shoe shaped Ohio Stadium, will be a top contender as the athletic department recently hired Coach Urban Meyer from the University of Florida.

Student Union

Student Union Interior

John Glenn School of Public Affairs

The Oval

The Oval

Recreation Center Interior

Aquatic Center Interior

Ohio Football Stadium

Fraternity Row

Greek Life

Sorority House


University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio

Enrollment: 23,000 undergrads, 4,200 graduate students
Public, 4-year, Coed
Calendar: Semester (New!)
Primarily a commuter campus, but has plenty of housing on campus.

Tour Impressions
The campus is large enough to have a big school feel, yet small enough that students run into friends throughout the day. This urban campus has an interesting mix of architectural styles: historical red brick buildings stand side by side ultra-modern facilities displaying unique design and material choices such as metal, glass, and cement.

The new Tangeman University Student Center is decorated with the Bearcat colors of
black, red, and white. Study areas are available on the first floor while a variety of restaurants are located on the lower level. A large open space with trees in the heart of campus plays host to student rallies, outdoor concerts, and pick-up games of tag football. Two undergraduate residential towers are being renovated.

Academic Strengths
For Freshmen – Students that enter as undeclared majors participate in the Center for Exploratory Studies which helps them define their interests and career path.

Honors Program – Students with an ACT of 32 or greater are automatically reviewed for the honors program.

Several of the most notable fields of study include the College of Engineering, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and the College Conservatory of Music.

The Engineering program is recognized for its coop program; the first in the nation. Beginning in the fall of sophomore year, students alternate between a semester of classes and then a semester of a paid coop experience. As a result, the engineering program takes five years to complete.  The UC Engineering advisors have established relationships with both employers locally as well as throughout the country. Students must apply for coop positions, going through an interview process just like a real job hunt. These paid work opportunities not only assist students in covering the cost of their education, but also ensures they gain valuable, hands-on experience that provides a competitive advantage in securing employment upon graduation.

The College Conservatory of Music is renowned for producing musicians and vocalists who go on to successful careers performing in their art. Take a walk through the CCM Village and you’ll hear students rehearsing their instruments or vocal performances.

The Music Major includes divisions in Performance Studies, Ensembles and Conducting, Keyboard Studies, Music Education, and Composition/Musicology/Theory.

The Musical Theatre major is ranked #4 in the country. As of 5/30/12, every show playing on Broadway had at least one University of Cincinnati graduate in the cast. Students can also concentrate in Opera, Drama, Arts Administration or Theatre Design and Production

The Dance and Electronic Media (E-Media) programs are stellar.

The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning offers outstanding programs such as Urban Planning, Fashion Design, Industrial Design and Interior Design. Students in these majors are also required to participate in the Coop Program.

The Greater Cincinnati area.
The trip from downtown Cincinnati to the University of Cincinnati campus reveals the impact of the city’s economic hardships. Many homes are abandoned and boarded-up. Local government and activists are working hard to restore the charm of the city; adding a trolley system that will take residents and visitors throughout the downtown area. A new massive ‘Horseshoe Casino’ is under construction with the hopes of creating thousands of needed jobs and bringing additional revenue to the community.

Cincinnati has done an excellent job of developing a hub of professional sports venues right on the riverbank. The Reds Baseball Field and Bengals Football Stadium are separated by an inviting park perfect for pre-game tailgating and post-game celebrations. The city is also recognized for its commitment to the arts.

UNC Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Enrollment: 18,580 undergrads, 10,800 graduate students
Public, 4-year: Coed
Calendar: Semester
Residential campus in a suburban setting – large town

Tour Impressions
This traditional college campus is considered the marquee school in the North Carolina public university system. The architecture reflects southern hospitality with expansive lush quad areas outlined by red brick buildings. The “Pit”, which is the home of the UNC Student Union, earned its name because this outdoor patio floods every winter after a heavy storm. This sunken courtyard serves as a venue for student organizations to recruit new members, deliver political speeches, perform music or simply hang with friends between classes. Prospective students should be sure to have their picture taken under the Old Well that serves as UNC’s logo.

Student Life
•Friendly, welcoming students who can be seen proudly wearing Tar Heel Blue clothing.
•Greek Life: 17% of men and women join
•Huge spirit and alumni support for athletics with consistent top teams in basketball, field hockey, and soccer.

The campus is conveniently located an easy 30-minute drive to the Raleigh/Durham International Airport. Adjacent to campus you’ll find numerous student-friendly restaurants along Franklin Street. In addition, UNC Chapel Hill is strategically located in the world famous Research Triangle Park, home to prominent Fortune 500 companies such as: IBM, Cisco, DuPont, Bayer, Fidelity Investments, GlaxoSmithKline, and NetApp. This wealth of business prowess means research, internship and full-time employment opportunities abound. UNC’s Maymester is the perfect time to explore undergraduate work and study off campus.

Academic Strengths
UNC Chapel Hill requires students to complete a general education curriculum during their first two years. Admission to the UNC honors program is highly competitive, which is true of general admissions as well. As mandated by the state, 82% of incoming freshmen must be from the state of North Carolina. However, this instate student ratio does not apply to transfer students!

Students pursuing an education in a health related field should consider UNC Chapel Hill. Majors such as biology, biomedical engineering, nursing, philosophy, pharmacy, and public health, are excellent preparation for careers in medicine.

The Kenan-Flagler School of Business was named the seventh best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 “Best Colleges” guidebook. As a Business Administration major, students can select an area of emphasis among 10 specialties. Students are encouraged to study abroad to gain a perspective of global business issues.

If you are interested in studying Psychology, look at UNC’s offerings. Concentrations include: Behavioral Neuroscience, Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Quantitative Psychology, Developmental Psychology. UNC opened a new Psychology Clinic that offers services for adults, children/families, couples, and individuals with anxiety disorders.

Want to become an engineer? At UNC students spend their first two years developing a solid background in chemistry, physics, biology, math and computational skills. For upper-division work, students can concentrate in one of three tracks: computer engineering, biomedical engineering, or materials.

• The Carolina Center for Public Service offers fellowships for service learning in local and global communities
• UNC has a dedicated health science library
• This school offers an academic success program for students with LD & ADHD