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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletics are great. Sports is a big part of our school and they are very talented. The gym is well equipped and useful to those who use it. The freshmen 15 is a real thing, so if you use the gym moderately you will most like maintain your weight coming into the school.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off-campus but I know some people who lives off-campus. The District is considered off -campus and its a nice place to live. Has many amenities: pool, theater, gym, and parking garage. The District is great to live in because you have freedom but still some security because people can only get in with a student id or if they are with someone who has one. There is monthly billing but it is al worth it because everything is there for you. I heard that the housing around campus is very close and nice but the prices are expensive. It is best to get an apartment with a few people to split the cost.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is a lot of places to choose from off-campus dining. The prices are kind of high, there is rarely a student discount.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't really party much, mostly because you have to know people to get in because they don't want just any random people coming into their houses, that understandable. My best advice is to make as many friends as you can. Once you find out where the party is it's not hard for girls to get into open parties, boys should travel with girls. If there is a closed party you have to have an invitation, so again make friends. When you find out about a party make sure you go early around 11 or so because the police are quick to shut it down. I f you go early enough you will have a lot of fun. But you should always travel in groups and stay with them, have a safe word so your group will know when its time to go. Take safe ride when leaving a party.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: They are very strict on the honor code. They do not believe in plagiarism or cheating. They do not allow any underage drinking or drug use. They don't allow drugs or weapons except a pocket knife hat can fit in the palm of your hand. They are good at letting you know about any incidents that may have happened through alerts, but I am not quite sure on how they handle criminal acts because I have never personally witnessed the process. Parking is horrible. They actually are turning down a parking lot to put a new dining facility. They have very few places to park and they are quick to give you a ticket, especially if your time is up on a meter.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I am currently a sophomore here. During my freshmen year my financial aid process went really smooth. I did not have trouble, I had to go to them once and everything was settled. This year I had a hard time submitting my fafsa. Buy the time i finally submitted it they had given out all of their money to others not considering people that submitted it late I did not get nearly as much aid as I did last year. It make me very frustrated because they are not that helpful. I feel like they give all of their aid to incoming freshmen to make sure they come and then when they get here they don't care about you anymore. I know I will struggle to find the money to pay for the rest of my tuition. That is one reason why I am doing this scholarship, but finding ones that I qualify for is really hard.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Cafe 12 is the main dining facility. around lunch and dinner time you have to make sure you get there before classes let out because if not then you will be standing in line forever. During the first few weeks of each semester and anytime there is a big tour day for incoming freshmen the food is good, I guess to impress the freshmen and potential students. But don't be fooled, it gets worse over time. They don't season their food good enough and I guess they be in a rush to get the food prepared for all of the people but they don't cook all of the food completely. Most of the time they serve the same types of food like pizza, turkey burgers, chicken patties, and fries. The Gluten free section is really good. Some of the workers are rude but there are some nice ones working there, just smile and say thank you. Other dining places that they have that only take flex points is 2 subways, panda express, pizza hut, a sushi place, chick fil a and caines. Eating there everyday gets old and all of your flex goes by really fast. They also have a pod salad express but is only open during lunch time, which sucks.Pizza hut, pod salad and the sushi place closes at 5pm, so if you want them then you have to go early. The PODS are like little grocery stores and also little dining halls.The POD in the quad is decent, the workers are slow and stand around and gossip. They take forever to make sub/wraps no matter if there are a lot of people or two people in there. using flex points in there will add up really quick because the stuff in there is pricey.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Depending on which dorms you live in can have an impact on your overall experience of living in on-campus housing. Most people try to get into the quad. They are newly built but because of the over flow of new freshmen they force them into the buildings and place three people into a double room. The rooms are a little crowded but people make it work. They have other freshmen dorms such as ; Whitehurst, Rogers and Gresham. They are older dorms but you make a lot of long time friends staying there. I have discovered the higher the floor you are in the quad the better chance you have of making friends and the more social the people are. The school does have Powhatan apartments that are older and cheaper in price, but it is the only on-campus housing with a kitchen. The Village is nice but really expensive.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It really all depends where you go and how much you're willing to pay. If you want safety and are willing to pay a bit more there's no problem. If you want to be close to campus you'll have to give up the knowledge that no-one is going to try and break in. It's all a give-and-take sort of deal.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: As a health-conscious person I really don't go to maccas or chic fil a often, I'm usually stuck hauling around a salad or sandwich from home so I can keep healthy. But there are good options if you know where to find them. Just takes some effort is all.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They obviously can't see to everything that can be fixed, but they cover the majority. It feels very safe in the dorms and in the classrooms, just a bit rowdy at night sometimes with everyone walking about.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's so many people and everything for your scene. If you want to smoke you can go to hooka bars, if you want to party with the frat guys they've got plenty of places they go, if you want to sit alone and listen to sad poetry they have that too.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I've yet to really see or hear anything about it. I'm hoping it's an easy process.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I love how there is literally food everywhere. Within 5 minutes I can get Thai, Chinese, American, even sushi!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm a commuter so I'm not sure what Off-campus housing is like but my friends seem to think its pretty easy to use.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: All the normal restrictions are pretty on par with most schools. The only thing that really sucks is that parking police are pretty shi**y.

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I normally don't go to parties but, like a lot of people, I drink and hang out with my friends.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My financial aid process was extremely fast and I had no problems getting my financial aid.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Cafe 1201 sometimes has good food but is normally not that great. Having two Subways is convenient if you want Subway, which I do a lot and the Chik-Fil-A line is never too long. The only long line is for Salad Express and Panda Express.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It is in a decent neighborhood, can be expensive.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: No student discounts…

Del Vecchio's and Borjo's are good

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4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Parking is expensive and is enforced strictly.

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Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: I am an adult student. I do not party.

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Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I do not eat on campus

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Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I do not live in student housing.

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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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