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Reviews 960 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life isn't on the campus.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I heard it's worse at other places

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere in the surrounding areas' may be extremely rural, depending on your place of origin.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Since being at the university I haven't heard of or been notified of any sexual assaults.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The Oakwood University campus overall is very spacious. The residence halls provide a sense of community and family bonding. With any university social life, it is what you make it.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Some of the party can be live at dorm points.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our teams are bad, and my high school had a bigger gym.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school is safe and the kids stay healthy.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Some days the food is good and most of the time it's bad. No meat is served in te dining Hall.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus, but I know that the places in Huntsville are extremely cheap.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The Oakwood experience is like no other.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Although I don't like many things about the school, I've met some of the greatest peoe on that campus. I also wouldn't advise it for somebody who isn't SDA or doesn't like to follow rules.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The campus housing is very spacious.

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5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: It's a small city. Very slow pace. I love the atmosphere.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus strictness is understandable, but there are several freedoms that students may have on a typical college campus that is not allowed at Oakwood. We are not allowed to have visitation from the opposite sex and same sex visitation has a limit at 11 PM, while others may be able to go away for the weekend without consent, Oakwood requires consent to leave for weekends and vacation times. Also, there is curfew, for freshmen 12 PM and upperclassmen 1 PM while this is not a factor in neighboring universities. I personally don't have a problem with curfew because I typically need to be asleep by this time for my 8 o'clock classes, but putting in leaves for the weekend can be tedious; you get used to it.

College Junior

Nightlife: I don't participate in the party scene/nightlife, just hang out with friends, going to the skating rink, which is provided on campus or bowling or going out to the dollar movies.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are only two places to eat on campus, either the general cafe or market. Though there is variety sometimes it may not be quality variety or preferred variety. The market practically serves only burgers and pizza in the hot line and there are several chip, snack, and food options. The cafe has a vegan line, but if someone may not like that line and they are vegan there's not much other for them to do, but get a salad. The cafe is overall vegetarian and that is a plus because it does encourage students to be healthy, but it may be a strain for those who are not vegetarian, its a hard transition, but it's not hard.

3 College Junior

Majors: I was able to participate in a 50 hour internship opportunity last semester and though there was no pay, it was embedded in my curriculum and counts as a grade within my department. As a social work student you do not have any concerns about finding an internship because they are given to you and your able to choose your top 3 preferences and you typically end up with one of them, but the field options are few and limited. This have given me experience that I would have otherwise lacked in the professional world.

4 College Junior

Majors: In order to be a part of the social work program you have to fill out an application and take part in an interview session which I think is great, because not just anyone can be a social worker and this process allows the professors to see if we truly have a passion for it or if were not serious about the profession. It also makes you appreciate the program more seeing that they are serious about who they allow into the program in order to uphold the integrity of the profession.

4 College Junior

Academics: I love that it's a small university and I have personal attention from the professors in the social work department, they know my name, and are available for the most part when I need them; if not in office through email. Though I haven't graduated as yet I do feel as though this undergrad education will prepare me for the real world when I leave, the internship portion of our program gives us hands on experience in the field. The workload on average is reasonable, but that varies from professor to professor. The curriculum is given to you at the beginning and there are typically no surprises, you know exactly what you are getting into and have adequate time to prepare.

4 College Junior

Academics: It's pretty much the same across the board, being a small university you are able to enjoy small class sizes and you are not intimidated to ask a question in class, it is an overall caring and loving environment. The registration process has improved over the past few years so administration truly listens to the complaints of their students and most people go to the library to study or other classrooms if available. Tutors are readily available for various subjects and since there are few students your able to get the one on one attention more quickly at Oakwood University.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Since I've lived on campus for the past few years, I'm not the best advocate for the surrounding area, but while there are a handful of things to do in Huntsville, stores and restaurants close early and that is a con. The local attitude towards students is okay, nothing over the top or extremely bad. The Madison Mall is right around the corner if you want to go shopping and there are several places to go thrifting if you are into it.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The pros of living off campus are that you are no longer entitled to pay for a meal plan which takes a great amount off of your bill and you are not required to attend 3 worships a week when at times it conflicts with your schedule for Juniors or Seniors, but your personal devotion can count as worship. The space in the West Oaks Apartment is relatively small, but the Huntsville Place apartments are fairly spacious and each resident has their own bathroom, while you have to share in West Oaks. There are no parking issues to my knowledge and I would feel secure at either location.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I personally had a good experience living in Carter, Wade, and Peterson Halls, but some complained about space and community bathrooms. I loved how the janitors cleaned the bathrooms twice a week, which made it a pleasant experience. The dorm put on ice cream days, bbq days, and included some fun interactive worships which made the social aspect great! The housing process is easy, just a couple clicks online and you are notified through email where you will be staying for the next year. Carter Hall is currently being remodeled so I would advise any newcomers to room there to experience one of the newest dorms on campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I don't go out to eat much since I have a meal plan, but when I do, I like going to Chipotle, Cheddars, Mc Allisters, Newks, and China House.


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The Business & Technology building The Business & Technology building This is the B&T Building next to the Oakwood fountain. The B&T building is one of the newer facilities, which means it is the most high-tech. This fountain is a great place to meditate or even study.
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Angelo Deguerre
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The overall experience for Oakwood is exemplary. It may take a while to get settled and understand how Oakwood operates, but when they do, Oakwood becomes a wonderful experience. It is like looking at the cup as half full rather than half empty. If one focuses on the negative things of Oakwood, they will not have a good experience, but if one looks at the positive things, their experience can be promising.

Being a freshman and waiting in long registration lines may seem rough and uncomfortable at first, but in the long run, it is worth it. It is worth the relationships you build. It is worth the spiritual life that you gain. It is worth the amazing classes you take and the experiences you have. Oakwood is not a perfect school, and it definitely lacks in some areas, but it is all worth it compared to what you are given. The friends that are made and the experiences that are had will be things that students wouldn't trade for the world. Many people focus on the destination, but at Oakwood, it is not so much the destination that matters but the journey you take to get to that destination. Future students can be assured that Oakwood University is a great journey.

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