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

Greek Life: Greeks are pretty cool for the most part. There may be 1 or 2 Frats that get a bad rep, but other than that the Greeks are cool.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They are just as strict as you would suspect a college institution to be.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is the worst. Actually, you don't want me to get started on how much I hate ODU and City of Norfolk Parking. It's outrageously ridiculous, and unfair to the students.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Big drugs are VERY uncommon. But lets be honest... Everyone smokes marijuana.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm still on campus right now.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I wish there were more late night options.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I haven't really used ODU transit options in over a year. I have a car.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: ODU's diversity is what drove me here in the first place. Its outstanding.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have a great football team. However, there are some sports that get more attention than others.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: ODU has a pretty good academic selection available for it's students. I won't complain.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers are fine. It's the printing cost that is the issue.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I dont really go out to parties as much as I used to. However, when I do decide to go out, its okay. I enjoy myself.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Very difficult to get into

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lots of off campus crime nearby

1 College Sophomore

Parking: No parking spaces and too many commuters. Parking passes and location don't go well together and their too expensive even though you still have to walk far to get from your parking area to the residence hall. It sucks, I would rather park on the streets than buy a parking pass.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Scholarships come and go hard to know which ones you will get to keep but in the ends it works out

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Great clean living spaces, new buildings, and amenities. Also no communal bathrooms!

4 College Sophomore

Weather: When it rains it pours but when its nice it's a beautiful day for a beach trip

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not a huge fan of Greek life, but the people I know who are involved seem to love it.

2 College Freshman

Parking: The parking pass price is outrageous and they oversell passes, which leaves no open spaces and extremely crowded garages.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I do not have financial aid. However I have thought about taking out a loan to continue to financially support myself, and the financial aid office are very confusing and not helpful at all which makes this task more difficult.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: This campus is extremely diverse, and for the most part everyone seems very accepting of one another.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife is awesome! Although I don't party much, I know there are a variety of great options such as clubs, the beach, bars, house parties, etc.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics offered at ODU are awesome! There are several challenging courses and helpful professors that do the best they can to genuinely help you to succeed. The registration process is fairly simple and straight forward and the study options seem unlimited.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: ODU is very strict about some things, and other things they are very lenient with. For example, ODU is very strict about parking, honor code, and violence. On the other hand, ODU tends to be quite lenient in regard to dorm visitation and noise violation.

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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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