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Reviews 3179 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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College Junior

Party Scene: I don't party with children

3 College Junior

Scholarships: i don't have any tips

4 College Junior

Campus Food: variety is great you have a lot of choices

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It is a hit or miss with some girls and guys on campus.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The safety of the campus has always been lacking because of the surrounding neighborhoods by the campus.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football and basketball have become much more popular since my freshman year.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The greek life at ODU is still growing and improving.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some of the houses are perfect and some are houses I would never want to step foot in.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love how close the campus is to the Ghent and Virginia Beach area.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Doubt there are many options for people who are not invovled in greek life.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: There is some administration who actually do their jobs and others who seem to turn their heads the different direction.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process is hell, but ODU gave me a good scholarship.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food on campus is your normal college food. Hopefully the contract with Aramark ends soon.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Gresham Main and East and Rogers Main and East buildings are the worst, but they are the most social of the freshman dorms.

3 College Freshman

Administration: There are rules in place in order to ensure our safety. While it may be a hassle at some times, it is necessary.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not have any problems with the process.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: While it would be great to have more of a variety, the food on campus is actually good.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's great here at ODU. The dorms are actually very nice and spacious. Rogers, which is downplayed online, is actually a great freshman dorm with a cafe inside.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Whitehurst dorm is the best dorm option! The greatest views of the river and sunsets right outside your window. It is the most social too.

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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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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