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They used to have a terminal master's program, and now they only have PhD track. I think it was last year that they got rid of the master's program. Like all universities these days, they have havin

Amen to that!

That would be awesome!

I'm an English PhD applicant.

I've researched the matter a bit, and it seems that we're technically not applying to the same program (Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy appears to fall under a different umbrella than "English" {which would encompass stuff like literature, critical theory, and linguistics}), though I'm not 100% sure. I therefore don't know if we can help each other predict notifications.

In any event, I wish you the best of luck.

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I was official waitlisted today. No relevant information except that they have historically been able to admit numerous waitlisted applicants.

Well, that's something. What was your area of study/subfield/whatever you want to call it?

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I am still waiting to hear back, and I applied for the RCL program and Digital Media Studies program through the Department of English. Anyone else still waiting to hear about RCL or Digital Media Studies?

Given that my status just changed (RCL program), I think you'd be justified in contacting them RE yours.

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I have just received confirmation from the graduate admissions office that "A status that reads 'Canceled' is one way of saying that your application was not accepted."

I'm disappointed that it took this long (and the efforts of someone outside of the program itself) to confirm a decline. Best of luck to any still waiting/uncertain in this program.

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I would advise you to be somewhat wary of anecdote as regards the quality of the various parts of "the greater campus area." It is true that most graduate students opt to live in the Short North/Victorian Village/Harrison West area (which, though divided nominally, are essentially one area), as it is closer to most of the 20-something nightlife, but many find themselves quite at home in Clintonville and/or the area northeast of campus. At risk of gross caricature, Short North tends to be more 20-something single and Clintonville tends to be more 20-to-30-something family, as the latter is a bit quieter. There are also a few who live in Grandview and some of the suburbs, as well as in German Village, a Clintonville-esque area south of downtown. There's just too much variation in personal preference to really be able to make a recommendation without knowing yours. The only solid piece of advice is to avoid living in the central campus area, which is undergrad party central (OSU's football fanaticism outdoes virtually all other schools'). I would also recommend avoiding the grey area between short north and campus, as it tends to be an unpleasant combination of college bro houses and low income housing (it's known to have a good deal of opportunistic crime). I should say that for the average grad student on a day-to-day basis, Columbus is essentially just a 4-mile north-south stretch along High St., the central corridor that goes north from downtown through the Short North, campus, and then Clintonville. Columbus's public transit is far from amazing in general, but the number 2 High St. line is reliable and, as an OSU student, bus fare is free. Going from North Clintonville to downtown will take you a little while on the bus, but it's not bad -- a bus is a bus. Also, campus-short-north-downtown stretch is pretty bike friendly.

I live in Clintonville and it is not quiet whatsoever. Maybe if you are on a very specific backstreet it's quiet, but those homes are never for rent, and there are few apartments. Maybe you can find a gem in cville, not saying you can't, but on the whole, my opinion living in Clintonville is that I would NOT have lived here had I known what it is like. There is a very antagonistic relationship between homeowners and renters, there is ALOT of noise, lots of drunkenness, I know many people who have witnessed homes being broken into and lots of bums. I mean, that's fine, and they have that in Vic Village too, but at least VV is in walking distance to lots of stuff, has nightlife, better food, etc.

Clintonville was sold to me the way you put it: that its quiet, where grad students live, and family homes like a suburb. It's not, it's crazy loud , drug addicts asking everyone for money, and they only thing suburban about it is that you have to drive everywhere. Worst of both worlds in my opinion.

If you do live in Cville, I'd suggest living west of high street, by the bike path. Still a party neighborhood though.

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I live in Clintonville and it is not quiet whatsoever. Maybe if you are on a very specific backstreet it's quiet, but those homes are never for rent, and there are few apartments. Maybe you can find a gem in cville, not saying you can't, but on the whole, my opinion living in Clintonville is that I would NOT have lived here had I known what it is like. There is a very antagonistic relationship between homeowners and renters, there is ALOT of noise, lots of drunkenness, I know many people who have witnessed homes being broken into and lots of bums. I mean, that's fine, and they have that in Vic Village too, but at least VV is in walking distance to lots of stuff, has nightlife, better food, etc.

Clintonville was sold to me the way you put it: that its quiet, where grad students live, and family homes like a suburb. It's not, it's crazy loud , drug addicts asking everyone for money, and they only thing suburban about it is that you have to drive everywhere. Worst of both worlds in my opinion.

If you do live in Cville, I'd suggest living west of high street, by the bike path. Still a party neighborhood though.

Woolfie, I thought I remembered you saying Victorian Village was pretty safe and pleasant? :mellow: I'm doing prospective apartment searching now. . .

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Woolfie, I thought I remembered you saying Victorian Village was pretty safe and pleasant? :mellow: I'm doing prospective apartment searching now. . .

I think it is, relatively. But you are still in a decent sized city close to a downtown area. Columbus is weird in the way that a couple blocks are very nice and safe and then a street over all the sudden it's not. It's very varied. I think the area around Goodale park is very safe as far as being very close to downtown can be. Harrison West is a little cheaper and decent. Neil Avenue is very loud and closer to the partying. Same with Italian Village on the east side of high street, which I think is a bit cheaper too. It depends on what you want and what you are used to. I was used to living in a smaller college town where I walked everywhere, and that's what VV feels more like to me. If you want a suburb feeling you should be in Worthington, Upper Arlington, or Grandview. Cville and Vic Village are urban.

As long as you are smart, you know, keep your doors locked and the like, everything should be fine. Usually if the price is low it's probably less safe. Again, the only places I've heard about crimes happening are near campus (ESPECIALLY south campus, north of King and south of 12th Ave) or in Clintonville, but maybe I just know more people in those areas, who knows.

Really you should visit to get a feel for the neighborhoods. But that's hard to do, I know.

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I think it is, relatively. But you are still in a decent sized city close to a downtown area. Columbus is weird in the way that a couple blocks are very nice and safe and then a street over all the sudden it's not. It's very varied. I think the area around Goodale park is very safe as far as being very close to downtown can be. Harrison West is a little cheaper and decent. Neil Avenue is very loud and closer to the partying. Same with Italian Village on the east side of high street, which I think is a bit cheaper too. It depends on what you want and what you are used to. I was used to living in a smaller college town where I walked everywhere, and that's what VV feels more like to me. If you want a suburb feeling you should be in Worthington, Upper Arlington, or Grandview. Cville and Vic Village are urban.

As long as you are smart, you know, keep your doors locked and the like, everything should be fine. Usually if the price is low it's probably less safe. Again, the only places I've heard about crimes happening are near campus (ESPECIALLY south campus, north of King and south of 12th Ave) or in Clintonville, but maybe I just know more people in those areas, who knows.

Really you should visit to get a feel for the neighborhoods. But that's hard to do, I know.

Hmm. Thanks for this, woolfie. Most of the places I've found are in the Olde Town East area. Any insight there?

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Hmm. Thanks for this, woolfie. Most of the places I've found are in the Olde Town East area. Any insight there?

I don' t know anyone that lives there, it's pretty far from campus. I've driven through it once, but that's it. Seemed okay, but it's more near downtown and Bexley, which is a nice neighborhood. But again, this is very far away from campus.

If you don't want to be right in town, I'd suggest Grandview. There is more walking and there are coffee shops and restaurants, but it's away from town. What exactly are you looking for? City living, biking, nightlife?

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I would recommend staying away from Olde Towne East. It's relatively far from campus, and it's definitely close to some bad areas. It's "in transition" and some of the houses are really beautiful, but I'm assuming that it's popping up in searches because it's cheap. Avoid.

I lived in Clintonville for two years and absolutely loved it. It's extremely walkable and has many interesting bakeries and coffee shops and restaurants. In fact, I've never heard anyone complain about Clintonville in my entire life until I logged on and saw this thread. It's definitely not unsafe, and I've never heard this stuff before about homeowners and renters not getting along. Then again, I lived in an apartment. I absolutely loved loved LOVED Clintonville. Be aware that the West side of High St. is slightly nicer than the East side, and that North Clintonville (north of North Broadway) is definitely more suburban. Grandview is nice but the rent is not cheap.

I'd say that the majority of Columbus is safe and walkable. But this is coming from someone who's lived in major east-coast cities. Columbus has crime just like anywhere else. Just don't live smack in the middle of the campus area. You get a lot of petty crime, but worse, you get a lot of hard-living, partying students, and they're the worst.

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Yes, perhaps it is because I'm talking about the far east side of Clintonville. The western side near the bike path, or the community market is nice. But closer to Indianola or Hudson or Summit Ave is where there is lots of crime and the antagonistic relations that I'm talking about. Perhaps I just had a bad experience but I wanted to share it just in case it helped someone. I came from a small rural college town so maybe some of it was just the shock of city life in general.

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