Location
Norfolk, VA
Undergrads
14,949
Tuition (in-state)
$22,230 ($8,190)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: ODU doesnt have a drug problem. Either people partake in it or not.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Its very hard to be a biology major. It requires a lot of focus. The workload is more than most majors.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Love the off-campus dining. Many varieties to choose from, from expensive to very cheap. The quality is good. Most places give discounts for students.

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3 College Junior

Parking: The cost for a permit is reasonable for a semester ($124) or a year ($275). With the permits people can park mostly anywhere after a certain time like 3:45. The garages fill up quickly. If a person lives on campus, there rarely is a need to use a car on campus. Everything is closely together. Ticketing and fines are not expensive, only $77.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: The worst part about transit is public transportation. It rarely comes on time and people end up being late.

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live with my parents, so I haven't tried using ODU for finding off-campus housing. What I have heard from others is that housing helps in finding off-campus housing for students.

3 College Junior

Weather: Depending on the weather, campus is mostly open. If it snows, campus usually shuts down or if it is suppose to snow or look like bad weather, campus closely early. Most of the facilities are still open but classes are cancelled.

College Junior

Greek Life: I am a non-greek. I fairly don't care about Greeks. I know a few and they seem like great people.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Its not that bad. The school is pretty lenient on most stuff but they are strict on illegal things that happen on campus or around campus.

5 College Junior

Diversity: There are so many individuals that make up this campus. No one looks the same.

College Junior

Nightlife: I haven't partied around ODU campus. Usually go to night clubs in Va beach.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: My school is constantly on the news for violence.

4 College Student

Diversity: The diversity on campus is amazing. I love how it's like a giant mixing pot.

3 College Student

Weather: Weather differs by the day. One minute its sunny and breezy and the next its hurricane katrina.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: Campus housing is very organized and neat. Applying for it can be a hassle at times though.

3 College Student

Computers: The wifi is great all around campus and the computers are all clean and updated.

4 College Student

Athletics: Football, Baseball, and Basketball are all very important at this university.

College Student

Drug Safety: The drug scene is barely noticeable. There's not much to say about it.

4 College Student

Academics: The only academics I actually looked into was the Computer Engineering curriculum. so I cant speak much about any others. But the registration process and stuff seems pretty straight forward. You got to make sure you have the correct amount of funds is all.

4 College Student

Nightlife: Nightlife at the school is pretty great. The weather is nice and there's always a lot of people walking around trying to find out where the parties are and stuff. it is a great community and that's one of the things I love about ODU

2 College Student

Scholarships: I didnt receive alot of aid for my 2014-2015 semester. And its really hard trying to find scholarships and grants because there is no guarantee that I'll get anything and also they're hard to find. There's never any straight forward way to receive financial aid for college.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing seems pretty decent. The only issue I would have is finding a place to park if I don't pay for a spot. You can also get ticketed all the time if you park in wrong spot so you have to pay attention to where you park. Other than that it's just like living in any apartment.

3 College Senior

Majors: i would like an internship

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: its not too hard to get away with things

2 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: the locals can be savages sometimes

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Bryoney Hayes
Hometown
The East Coast!
Major
English with a Journalism concentration
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Students gripe about workload and professors just like at any other university; they may also feel distant from their surroundings because they are in eternal flux, but in the end, graduates are more than content with the choices they’ve made. Old Dominion provides its students with so many opportunities to explore the world with study abroad programs, internship opportunities, and hands-on job experience that it is almost impossible for a student to fail in anything that they do—be it academic, athletic, or social. Old Dominion can simply be an institution for education, but most of the student body does not treat it as that.
 

Overall, there are a lot of changes going on at Old Dominion University. The school is currently transitioning from a commuter school to a residential campus, meaning there is constant construction and landscape work. At the same time, the school is searching for a new president to replace the old one, Roseann Runte. That being said, ODU is an exciting school to attend. There is always something going on somewhere, and it is a range of diverse activities. ODU is among the most ethnically diverse schools in Virginia. With 23000 students and more than 200 student organizations, it is possible to have many different college experiences; it really depends on the one you make.

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