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Reviews 2884 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have just recently transferred to Old Dominion University from Tidewater Community College and the experience so far has been pretty exciting. I haven't had much time in this college yet because it is still summer, however I have already met a few friends and very accommodating faculty and staffs that gave me a hand with navigating my way in campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love the school that I am going to attend. I liked going to my freshman orientation.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like how they make everyone feel at home.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Before attending Old Dominion University, i have heard a fair share of mixed reviews ranging from loving it, to hating it. To each his own i suppose because my experience here has been great! There has not been one dull day where i either did not learn about something i was interested in, or not been somewhat entertained outside of a classroom.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The District is insanely overpriced. The surrounding housing is more reasonable.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I wish they would regulate the amount of people allowed in each party so they don't get so hot.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Love downtown Norfolk's food scene. It's exciting and you never have to eat the same thing twice.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They are focused on our safety along with our happiness.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is what is expected to feed such a large amount of people.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Transferring from James Madison, the financial aid process at Old Dominion has gone much smoother. I also was awarded with more financial aid because of the amount the school recieves compared to my previous university.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I wish they would have had more bathrooms for us to use and create more lounges for studying.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The dining off campus is great but not the most convenient thing, a car of some sort is needed to get to the really good spot. Off of 21st street, that is where most of the healthy options are for off campus dining. I am unsure about student discount but the variety is endless. From organic smoothies to hamburgers to pho. It's mouth watering.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The safety and convenience is of course, the closer you are to campus. The safest is the Village and on campus side of Hampton Blvd. Parking is always an issue because we are in such a urban area. But if you have a house there is nothing to worry about because you have a big enough drive way for how many people are living in the house. Cost is good, and very reasonable. Help is always available, but not to rend from, you should drive around to different houses and find a Landlord that isn't connected with ODU rent, those houses are better.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: As a female, you can really get into any party. But the more people you know the more party choices you have, Frates and sports teams aren't the only places with parties. The more people you know, the better the party atmosphere is.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food at 1201 ranges inbetween "okay" and "excellent". I have never been unsatisfied because if I did not like something then I would just go get something else! the variety is great, especially at breakfast and dinner. Lunch at 1201 is a hit or miss. Flex gets used very quickly, the best meal plan option is the 160 meal swipes and 400 flex points. If you eat at a cafe that takes meal swipes 3 times a day you will end up using most of your swipes by the end of the year. Thus, getting the most out of your money!

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I assume applying for financial aid at any University is a pain, I would not consider it a "hassle" but it was not the easiest thing I have done. For advice, save a chunk of your day for the process, and write down notes as you go along, notes as in your user name, the money amount you are asking for, passwords of course, and the out come of how much money given. It is a time consuming process but once you are done you are done. Patience is key, and having notes.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Even though Whitehurst has a reputation of flooding and "roaches". I have never been in a more social dorm. The Quad has all the newer and nicer dorms but the social aspect is not nearly as great at Whitehurst is. Not saying the campus is not social either. Not saying that at all, on campus strangers smile at strangers if eye contact is made. People are so open and every one looks happy to be there. Parking is not the most convenient thing for such a big commuter school, they need to make more parking areas. The housing process is strange and I hope they change it back to the original process soon. I do not have much to complain about I love it at ODU.

2 College Junior

Administration: Parking is the worst part of it. Students pay $306 to park per year and no where to park due to the over-sale of passes

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Places that take flex aren't too bad but the meal swipe places don't care for the student's except for at certain times

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Had to fill out multiple forms to receive my financial aid

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some dorms are better than others and parking is pretty bad

2 Recent Alumnus

Majors: When trying to admit to the school, I made calls and talking to different people within the same area got different answers in guidance. People have to get on accord, and that comes through training and supervisory provisions. Start early as you can and actually go to the campus if possible to get face time with the people whom are giving you answers!

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: It was a wonderful experience where a lot was learned and first time experiences. I love helping others to try to achieve happiness, so this is the field for me.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Haven't had a internship just yet, but close to that date.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are people from all walks in life when it comes to economic background.


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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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