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Old 12-31-2007, 12:27 PM
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A good friend of mine is interested in this college and loved his visit there but would like some more insider information about the school and the area around it. Can anyone help us?
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Old 01-01-2008, 03:36 PM
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Well I went to grad school at UT, but I know nothing really about the undergrad. but I can give you some info about the area. The school is located in Ottwa Hills area a nice suburb of Toledo. If he is planning on moving off campus there are plenty of nice housing options including apartments directly across the university catered to students. If he wants some non-student catered housing close by I would check out Orchard Lakes, Country Club, Steeple Chase ( a little pricey though) Downtown Toledo is pretty nice esp. the docks, there are some nice bars and resturants that way. If you have any specific questions about the area feel free to ask.
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:35 AM
Location: NW Ohio
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I went to college there, although it's been several years since I have been back. It is a good school overall. Most building are close enough to walk to. Others are a short drive. Parking was always a hassle when I attended. If you don't mind parking in a ramp and walking down several flights of stairs, you can usually find a parking spot. If you class is after 10:00am, you'll be parking in a ramp, or riding a bus from a remote parking spot. Do not park without a permit. They will ticket you. Also, don't chain a bike to something. I have seen bike chains get cut and the bike impounded.

Go west on Bancroft Street and you'll run into Ottawa Hills - a rich suburb. Go east on Bancroft, and your in the ghetto. The south end of campus is the Dorr Street area, which wasn't much to look at when I was there. There are bars and fast food restaurants like you find near any college. Be advised that UT rarely cancels classes due to weather. I have driven through snow storms to get to and from class.

That's UT in a nutshell. Ask me any specific questions.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:53 PM
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Thanks for the info. so far. What about the types of students at the school? My friend thought it to be fairly diverse. Does anyone care to elaborate?
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:22 AM
Location: NW Ohio
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If by diverse, you mean foreign students, yes. I could sit in the hallway of Stranahan Hall and not understand a word anybody around me was saying. When I was there, there were many Asian, Indian, and Middle Eastern students.
Many of may professors were Indian, one Chinese, and one Greek. They spoke good English though. No problems understanding them. There weren't many people that I knew from say, California or England. Either the students were local to Toledo or were from places mentioned above.
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:01 PM
Location: Kensington NH
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I went to undergrad and grad school there. I loved it. It really depends on what he/she wants to get out of it, and what they are majoring in. It's not like going to a major univeristy as far as size, sports, etc, and Harvard it ain't, but most normal jobs just care that you have a degree, not where it's from.

It does have a great engineering, pharmacy, and environmental science (my degree) program though. Business isn't horrible but most are just par for a midwest university. It won't hurt you, but it won't help you.

It's just big enough to not feel like a community college, enjoy div 1 sports, meet a variety of people, and feel like you "went away to college" without being sprawled out like a major city (think Ohio State) or being lost in the crowd. It's not in the middle of corn fields either so there's things to do outside of campus life (unlike BGSU, Miami, OU to name a few).

It is a MAJOR commuter school though so to really enjoy it he/she should involved in campus life. It has great campus involvement opportunities with plenty of clubs, organizations, greek, and student government opportunities.
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Old 01-03-2008, 07:36 PM
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The University of Toledo just recently merged with the Medical College of Ohio, so they now have a much larger and very well respected Medical Science program.
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Old 01-04-2008, 01:35 PM
Location: Georgia
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U of Toledo is affectionally known as Bancroft High...but I'm an alumni. Great MAC school, great law and medical. BG is only 20 minutes away if you want to party.
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Old 01-05-2008, 12:52 AM
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Ottawa Hills is nice, but the further down Detroit Ave you get, the more dangerous it can be. There are parts of that area that just are not good parts of town (I lived in the large, 3 story house on Dorr Street next to Marco's Pizza for a good half of a year). So definitely try to stay on campus or in some campus sponsored apartments until you get a good feel of the area.

Then again, I go to Bowling Green so what do I know!
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Old 01-10-2008, 01:53 AM
Location: in my house
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University of Toledo is nice. I love that old gothic style on most of the buildings. It's the best university I've ever attended, most instructors treat you like an adult.

Wish I could say the same for Bowling Green State University, but sadly I cannot.
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