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Reviews 1449 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Though I haven't taken classes yet because I'm an incoming freshman and it's still summer, I'm already super involved on campus. I have a job at the bookstore and I've had a meeting with my advisor already. I really like the people and the community- it's super diverse and the staff is super helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think it is a great school. Its a little too quiet on the weekend.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I feel this school is good for programs that aren't art related. The art teaching staff is great, but there are not enough classes offered and taught in comparison for the number of people in the major

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I haven't started my classes yet, but I love campus.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have been presented with unique opportunities at OU that I may never have participated in if I was at a different university. I have thus far been a student-athlete on the cross country and track teams at OU, I have started as a 30 second lead role in an OU commercial on TV now, I have been a member of the Housing, Orientation, Tutoring Center, and Admissions staffs (learning valuable experience along the way, I have been involved with the student organizations on campus and am now the NIRCA chair for the running club and a pending member of the OU Student Congress Legislature).

Most of all, though, I have found my path in life with the guidance of Academic Advisers, competent faculty, and my fellow peers. I love this school.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love it!!! I am a very shy kid, so when I started class, I was surprised that I met many great ppl and I learned more about myself and I came out as gay. I couldn't ask for a better school

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My school is close to home but far enough where I can feel like a real college student that is away from home!

3 College Senior

Campus Food: I'm not going to complain too much. I ate even if it wasn't great because I didn't want to starve.

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2 College Senior

Scholarships: I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out how to fill out paperwork. I'll have unsatisfied requirements that I won't know about because I wasn't notified about them. I'm still working on getting all my paperwork turned in and I'm getting frustrated because I am going through a lot of work to get this turned in, and I think they are probably not going to give me much money. I lost almost all of my grants last year. This year, even though I am in need of financial aid, I'm getting the least amount I've ever gotten from them. I wouldn't mind dealing with the paperwork if I actually got a lot in grants and scholarships. But they aren't giving me much!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't personally experienced off campus housing, but from what I've heard it's fairly easy to obtain and pay for. The only thing is that some apartments are far away from campus, requiring you to have a car.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The on campus police and administration are way too strict about keeping the campus a dry campus. Most parties are usually squashed by RAs or police within the frist hour or so that they go on, so if you want to go out, it's usually a hit or a miss.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food in the area is good as long as you have transportation to get there. Not many places are in walking distance, or if they are, you have to cross busy roads.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Usually administration here is fairly lenient on most policies, however two policies in particular they are very strict with. Guests visiting the residence halls, and on-campus parties and drinking. These two topics they seem to go a little bit overboard with being strict and enforcing policy.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Vandenberg could be better in terms of providing healthy eating options for its users, most of the options solely include starches and carbs, not many vegetable or fruit options.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The process to choose housing is pretty simple and easy to figure out. The social atmosphere is good in the dorms, as programs with your floor and others are a regular thing. The obvious best choices for living on campus are either the on-campus apartments or Oak View.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: When dealing with the financial aid office, be persistent, because they can be stubborn and unresponsive at times.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I was trying to find an apartment around campus but the apartments were either very high end or were cheap and dirty. It was hard trying to find a middle ground.

1 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not much happens at Oakland party-wise. I kind of like the quiet though and there are other fun things to do than go to parties.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Right across the street from Oakland are a number of different restaurants that are pretty reasonable in price: places like TGI Fridays and Applebee's, as well as Mediterranean food options or Macaroni Grill. Almost all of the restaurants offer at least a 10% Oakland student discount.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I believe that Oakland has a very sound administration, except for the fact that the parking and problems in the parking lots (i.e. theft of items in cars).

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I had a large sum of money taken away from what I had rightfully earned in the financial aid department of OU. The workers made mistakes with W-2's and permanently deleted my chance of earning back the aid I crucially need.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Vandenberg Cafeteria was not very impressive in their range of fresh foods. This year many people got sick and there were rumors that it was from the cafeteria food, but the company did not verify if it was their fault or not. I would often go back to my dorm either hungry or with an upset stomach from the Vandenberg Cafe. However, the Oakland Center's food was a lot better, but the number of meals that we were allowed from the OC were limited to 3 a week, which was an inconvenience.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The worst options for dorms are the older ones, that have old furniture and creaky elevators. However, if you are quick enough when applying for housing, you can get into the brand new dorms that are beautiful and comfortable. Living on campus did allow me to make many more friends than I would have without living on campus, but since I lived in an older dorm, I knew the housing could be better.

4 College Junior

Administration: OU is supposed to be a drug and alcohol free campus. My friends who live on campus said they can have a lot of visitation in the dorms and from what I've heard it seems pretty lenient. You WILL be punished and receive a 0.0 in a class if you are caught cheating/plagiarizing/whatever. OU is great about new organizations and providing funding for the orgs. We have our own Quidditch team!! And a lot of clubs hold movie nights and midterm/final exam review sessions with free food and pop! The only demonstration I am not fond of on campus is the "Genocide" demonstration where an external group travels to different universities throughout Michigan with a huge sign filled with pictures of abortion and comparing it to genocide. Apparently a different university refused to let them on campus and they got sued by the group. The group won. So no wonder OU lets them on campus.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: OU's Financial Aid office is not helpful and not empathetic. When they took my scholarship away even though I met the academic requirements for renewal, the lady told me to apply for one of the business school scholarships. I asked her to show me which ones I qualified for, and when she saw I qualified for NONE of them, she said "that sucks".


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Oakland University has much to offer any student, with free state-of-the-art workout facilities, workout classes, and parking. Oakland University is not only considered an affordable school—but also a good one. If students had the chance to choose a college all over again, most would say they'd still choose Oakland University. Oakland gives students tools like academic and career advising, and also online classes and tutoring. Clubs and organizations help students to get involved and meet new people, while internships help students get real world experience in their professional fields while still in school.

Through connection programs, like one that helps freshmen become accustomed to college life and introduces them to students pursuing the same degrees, Oakland creates a safe environment for students to learn. Oakland is also considered one of the safer campuses, giving students the option of being escorted home by a student cadet when walking alone at night in the fall or winter semesters; this is known as the "Safewalk" program and is only a phone call away.

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