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Dayton vs Ohio State: Need some advice!

Hey guys! I was accepted to both the University of Dayton and Ohio State University, and I'm having trouble deciding between them. Can anyone weigh in on the academic and social differences of these two schools? Any input would be super helpful, thanks!

6 months ago

Congratulations on your acceptances! Academically, Ohio State is a large public research university with a wide variety of programs and majors. Its size will often mean larger class sizes, especially in lower-level and introductory courses, and more competitive programs in popular majors. However, this also means a vast number of research opportunities, a diverse range of courses and resources to explore your interests, and a strong network of alumni and connections.

On the other hand, the University of Dayton is a smaller, private Catholic university with a focus on experiential learning and service. Class sizes will generally be smaller, allowing for more personalized attention from professors and deeper relationships with your peers. The academics may have a more close-knit feel, but the range of courses and resources might be slightly more limited compared to a large public university like Ohio State.

Socially, the two campuses offer contrasting experiences as well. Ohio State, located in Columbus, boasts a lively campus atmosphere with a huge student body, Big Ten sports, and numerous clubs and organizations to get involved in. The city offers a range of dining, entertainment, and cultural options for when you want to explore off campus. The University of Dayton offers a more tight-knit social environment, with a strong sense of community and an emphasis on service and social justice. Campus life may be a bit quieter than Ohio State, but activities and events are organized frequently, and you'll have ample opportunities to make friends and get involved in clubs and organizations. Dayton as a city is smaller than Columbus but still offers a variety of activities and places to explore.

Consider visiting both campuses, if possible, to get a feel for their environments and meeting current students to gain their perspective. Think about your priorities, such as your intended major, desired class size, involvement in research or clubs, and the social atmosphere you prefer. Good luck in making your decision!

6 months ago

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