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  • 07/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 1 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Oakland is great for students who are looking for a top tier education at an affordable price. Also, for students who are interested in the sciences, this is one of the best schools in the state to obtain an excellent science education. Also, students who are looking for a campus that is not overwhelmingly big will love the perfect size of Oakland and the beautiful land that it rests on.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice is to evaluate everything carefully before deciding to attend. Finances are definitely a big part of it but you also want to pick Oakland because you feel comfortable here. You also want to really think about what program you choose to do and make sure it is the one that will best lead you to a career you will love to do as well as support your family.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is very affordable because it doesn't require it's students to live on campus. However, things can get quite frustrating when the financial aid office doesn't complete things in a timely manner which can cause scrambling close to the start of the new semester. The quality of the classes are definitely worth the price.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love this campus! It is an absolutely gorgeous campus that is not too big and not too small. The students here are also of a good quality and they try their best to help you to feel at home on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    Throughout high school I was never challenged but as soon as I came to OU that all changed. The professors have been pretty good for the most part and they have challenged me to think critically which is a lost art in our society today.

  • 07/16/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 2 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Music, dance, business.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the Campus before your scrambling to get to class on time - many of the buildings are very far apart. Try to coordinate your schedule so that you have time in between classes for studying, as well as socializing. Enjoy yourself, and don;t be too hard on yourself - there are tons of resources at Oakland to help you succeed.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other Universities around )(University of Michigan, Wayne State university) the tuition is very reasonable. Oakland was very generous with financial aid, and they were quick to offer me work study opportunities. You also get allot more than just tuition. As an Oakland student, you have free access to the fitness center, and many other free activities going on everyday on campus.

    Did enjoy being here

    The Campus is beautiful, the professors are knowledgeable and friendly, and I feel that I really had a great College experience. I took advantage of the extensive Kresge Library, I played trumpet in the practice rooms of Varner Hall, I studied beneath a great oak near the fountain, and I had a snowball fight on the soccer field. I cheered for the basketball team as a member of pep-band, and I read non-academic books by the fire-place in the Oakland Center. In short, Great Campus, and always lots to do.

    Did learn a lot

    I took a variety of classes and enjoyed each and everyone of them. My favorite class of my 2008 fall semester was intro to sociology with Dr. George Sanders. We covered a wide range of topics, and Dr. Sanders employed a wide range of teaching techniques. Although I am a music major, and do not necessarily need to know the inns and outs of sociology, I will carry the knowledge I gained from this course with me forever, and I will continue to take sociology classes as electives.

  • 07/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 3 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    -Students who have a great want for learning and are very focused on a career in the healthcare field.

    Tips for prospective students

    -sign up for your classes early! -ASK FOR HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT! -form a study group for each class -DONT CRAM! -have fun and enjoy the campus!

    Bang for the buck

    OU is one of the cheaper universities around MI but I am still having some trouble affording it. I have taken out stuent loans for both my freshman and sophomore year and I am still having trouble affording it. The campus is beautiful and the professors are very good but at the same time, I feel that the tuition rate is higher then what it really should be.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! It is perfect for walking across to class or work and just relaxing. The dorms are nice as far as dorms are concerned. I have just finished my freshman year but, thus far, I am absolutely loving Oakland University!

    Am learning a lot

    I have just finished my freshman year and so far, all of the professors I have had have been excellent! They are all willing to help you out when you need it and they do not penalize you for needing help! They are all exquisite people who are very dedicated to their professions!

  • 07/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 9 people found this review useful. 4 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    great if you want to transfer to an elite college like state

    Tips for prospective students

    That if you have a good GPA coming in you have an oppurtity to get alot of scholarships

    Bang for the buck

    Was okay

    Am enjoying being here

    Great surronding area makes you feel like in an nature place great for people who like nature

    Am learning a lot

    It challeges you to do the best you can so you can be ready for the real world

  • 05/31/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Will learn a lot

    Heard and Seen great things at this school of choice. I attended Project Upward Bound in the summer of 2006 an loved the campus an environment.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Oakland is among the safest schools in Michigan with its own police department and academy located on the campus grounds. Oakland also offers blue light protection polls, which has an emergency button that students can press when they are in need of assistant any where on campus. Oakland is also a dry campus meaning we do not allow alcohol on campus grounds. This is just some of many ways that the school is equipped for safety and also keeping the students safe is one of Oakland's biggest priorities.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is an up and coming excitement at Oakland University. Students can join the many different Greek life at Oakland starting from academic sororities to sisterhood sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 200 student activities and organizations starting from Alternative spring breaks, where you can travel with other students to different states and help with the National relief foundation, or a cultural group such as African students association. This group sets out to educate students on what is going on in Africa and how others can help.

    Great for these types of students

    Oakland is great for any type of students to attend. Whether your a relaxed focused student, or a free laid back student, Oakland is the school for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the most interesting places on Oakland grounds is the Meadow Brook machine, which is where we have our Homecoming dance and other fun activities. It is also a historic location and museum that the people of Michigan love to visit.

    Bang for the buck

    Oakland is a very affordable school, that is the number one reason i chose Oakland. Students at Oakland like to call the school Oakfree. This is because Oakland loves to give things out to students, including free parking, free application for entry, no extra lab fees and many scholarships to fit your academic needs and expenses.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun at Oakland, including volley ball, soccer, and shopping. Oakland is down the street from one of the biggest outlet malls in Michigan, also known as Great lakes crossing. Oakland has many ways to keep you involved in the school, including inter-mural sports and activities ranging from Wii bowling, basketball, fencing and so much more. Our game room offers pool, table tennis, X-box, play station and more.

    Food and Dining

    Oakland has many food options from Mongolian BBQ to home style cooking. Oakland is also the only place in Michigan where you can get chick-fil-a. Oakland also offers forth meal for those who love to eat late at night.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is exciting, mainly because you are able to chose who you want to room with. The dorms are also very spacious and offer many activities for students to do during there stay on campus. Campus life is also something that many students want to experience, and Oakland university offers it all.

    Academic Rigor

    Oakland University has a strict criteria on academics depending on what your area of study is. They offer man undergraduate and graduate degrees, that will help any student reach there goal, and career path in life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with at least one of the over 200 student organizations. This will give you the best experience of college life. Interact with your teacher and get to know them so you are able to gain knowledge of how to apply for graduate school, and possible jobs at the school.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is an involved and exciting school with so much to offer students. A place to learn and explore many options of career choices. A place to meet life long friends.

  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, and know your resources!

  • 06/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I have not picked a major yet but I know that the academic advisers will help anyone to find the right career for you. OU has some great programs and if they have the major you want to go into ,chose OU. You have to be willing to work hard, but you can also get involved into other things outside of the academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Never push your assignments,homework or studying back until the day before its due.Most professors will give you a detailed syllabus so you will always have enough time to get done what needs to be done. And if you struggle go to the Academic Skills Center and the tutors will help you understand the material.

    Bang for the buck

    College will always be somewhat expensive but I think that what you are getting for your money at OU is definitely worth it. There is free tutoring,a recreational building,you get free prints every semester and they have an awesome library as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    OU's campus is awesome,and there is so much more to do other than just going to your classes.They have the recreational building where you can work out for free and they also have a lot of groups as well as sororities/fraternities!

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the professors are very helpful and show interest to get you the best possible grade. They offer free tutoring which helps a lot when you struggle in a class or if you just want to make sure that you are understanding the material.

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This is seriously the safest campus I have ever seen. They have security at every housing building from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., and during those times you can't get in unless you live on campus or are being personally signed in by a resident. There are alarms stationed by nearly every building, which the OU Police will respond to within 30 seconds if pushed. You must swipe your student card to enter the elevator or stairs in the dorms, no matter what time of day it is. It can be a hassle, but you definitely feel safe.

    Greek Life

    Pretty active. I don't participate myself, but I have a lot of friends who do and say they enjoy it. It's easy to get involved with, so check it out!

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't joined any clubs myself but I hear about others and from what I hear they're pretty fun. I hang out with the Accappella club sometimes, and they're just a riot. There's a club for just about everything, and if there isn't, it's easy to make. Anyone can help you with that.

    Great for these types of students

    Quiet, relaxed, and a sort of easy-going social person would do well here. If you want a beautiful campus, security, and peace and quiet, Oakland is the place to come. No one gets hurt, no one really has any trouble, and the academic program is pretty good for what you're paying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well, there's the Meadowbrook Mansion, which is gorgeous, and the Meadowbrook Hall Theater, which is fantastic! They have a Meadowbrook Ball in the Mansion every year, it's gorgeous, and I actually attended a concert at the Hall. Music people should definitely check that out, it was cool.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm not sure what this means. I do have to say, if you're a raging party animal, don't come to Oakland. I love Oakland so much because there's really no partying; it's a very safe, quiet, laid-back campus. There's a lot surrounding it, but it still reminds me of being home in the country. You can find people, but you can also avoid them if you want, which I like.

    What to do for fun

    I personally just stayed in the dorms and hung out with my friends; there are always people around and always some shenanigan or another to come up with. There are a lot of other things in the area as well, however. Clubs, restaurants, strip malls. Downtown Rochester is a nice place, and there is also Great Lakes Crossing just ten minutes away. The Palace of Auburn Hills is next door, and The Crofoot (awesome venue!) is close by too. The housing staff also throws a lot of events for the on-campus students that are pretty fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't bad for college fare - definitely a step up from high school food. It gets old after a while, though, and I would definitely recommend getting your own snacks and simple meals to keep in the dorm. Sometimes it's a hassle leaving to walk to the cafeteria. It's a nice place to eat, though, and the staff members are the cutest, friendliest things ever.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seem a little scary at first but you soon get pretty comfortable in them. Every RA (Resident Assistant) I met was responsible and very fun. I became close friends with not only my RA but others as well. Everyone takes good care of each other, no matter who they are. The housing and floor activities are a ton of fun too! You can win a lot of cool prizes and awards!

    Academic Rigor

    All of the professors I had were good at what they did, and took their teaching seriously. It was a big but pleasant change from high school. It's mostly up to you, the student, to attend classes and apply yourself, but the staff really works hard to make sure you get your money's worth.

    Tips for prospective students

    My main tip is to NOT be pessimistic. Don't expect to have a bad time or experience. Be completely open and positive, and you'll have the most amazing time in the world. And most importantly, don't be afraid to get out there both academically and socially! There are tons of great opportunities!

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is a very fun, healthy place to be. The campus is beautiful and peaceful, the staff and students are very friendly and open, and the different academic and extracurricular opportunities are fantastic. I not only learned a great deal inside the classroom, but outside the classroom as well, and that made my college experience a lot more enjoyable.

  • 07/16/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 10 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for Financial Aid early so you can be sure it is set before classes start. You dont want anything to hold you back from starting on your education.

    Am learning a lot

    Not only is Oakland a University, but the class sizes are small and you can build great relationships with your instructors. It really allows you to feel comfortable and learn a tremendous amount.

  • 04/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Early birds and night owls.. they offer classes at all times of the day

    Tips for prospective students

    take classes that have SI's attached... they are Supplemental Instruction

    Bang for the buck

    Not satisfied at all with this school financial aid office. I was told that If you do not have the money you will not be allowed to attend They did not offer any guidance on seeking out other forms of aid nor did they help with seeking scholarships

    Am enjoying being here

    Oakland has a beautiful campus

    Am learning a lot

    Professors are really awesome and they are really great with one-on-one with student

  • 06/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    i believe oakland is suited to a student who would like to be near major roads and close to but not apart of cities. it is a fairly inexpensive university, that does not have any hidden fees such as having to pay for parking or using the recreation center.

    Tips for prospective students

    decide what kind of school you would like to go to, and then apply to schools very similar to what you want from a college. doing extra curricular activities in high school is good, but don't do so many that you become overly stressed. what is most important is finding what you are passionate about and then focusing on that aspect, and showing the admissions office what you are passionate about through your actions.

    Bang for the buck

    overall, oakland is less expensive than michigan and michigan state, however, if you are really looking to save money, i would suggest enrolling in a community college and taking a small handful of general education classes, and making sure they will transfer to the college you wish to go to. that is if you wish to finish your degree at a university. i did get quite a bit of scholarship money from the school, but still ended up having to take out government student loans.

    Will enjoy being here

    I personally think the campus is beautiful, and they have no hidden fees, so the rec center, and parking are included in your tuition.

    Academic Rigor

    depending on which professor and which class you take there is a lot of differences. some professors assign a lot of work and homework, and depending on the subject those classes are usually more difficult. in classes where you get almost no outside of class work, also, depending on the subject and your personal difficulty with it, those ones are usually easier. however, either way i feel like i learn a lot in my classes.

  • 07/29/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    13 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're a drama student, I think you'd like Varner Hall and Meadowbrooke theater.

    Tips for prospective students

    It doesn't matter if you don't what major you want. OU let's you take general education classes during your stay.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial advisers are there to help you with loans and work study programs.

    Will enjoy being here

    Oakland University has many extra curricular activities, great cafes and respectable sports teams. They even have their own radio station, for Pete's sake!

    Will learn a lot

    Oakland University has a great library. They'll help you find what you need even if they have to borrow it from somewhere else.

  • 08/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Communication majors, music, theatre, art

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are too many opportunities here for anyone to just go to class and return home.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is what you make it. Get involved and it won't be lame.

    Academic Rigor

    Not only the professors challenge you but administrators, faculty, and other employees no matter where they work. It's a great and very supportive atmosphere.

  • 10/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This place is great for students that are way on top of organization and don't mind speaking up if something is out of whack.

    Tips for prospective students

    Brace yourselves. You're in for quite a road. If you go see an adviser, learn their name and ask to see them every time you go, and TAKE NOTES. None of the advisers are on the same page.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely one of the cheaper universities around, but I don't feel that I'm getting very much quality for the money I'm paying.

    Am enjoying being here

    I could do without it.

    Am learning a lot

    As a psych major, I found that a lot of the same information tends to be repeated in class after class after class. I've found it pretty hard to pay attention and get enthused about classes that would otherwise be awesome because of this. Maybe this is the same everywhere, but I can't say I'm a fan.

  • 11/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Oakland has a little bit of everything, but if you are looking to be in an engineering field or nursing, this is the place to be!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take your homework for granted. Do all of it, no matter how tedious! When it comes for exam time, you will be grateful for all the extra points you can get. A few points can really make or break whether you pass the class or not.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition for Oakland is relatively cheap, and they are very lenient with scholarships. If you make it to the honors college, you have the chance to get a full full ride scholarship, meaning you get tuition AND housing paid in full.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is absolutely gorgeous, especially in the fall. The average class size is about 30 students, and the lectures are around 200. All of my professors know me by name, and I have several opportunities to get help and tutoring if I am having trouble. The environment is so friendly here! People are always inviting me to do things with them, and it really helped me make friends fast.

    Am learning a lot

    This university is not one to brushed off as mediocre by any means. I am only a freshman, but I am taking 18 credits, and I am always working to make sure I don't fall behind in my classes. I wouldn't say Oakland is extremely difficult, but I won't say it's easy either. I am challenged in all of my classes in different ways, particularly in the math department. In case you weren't aware, Oakland has a reputation of having a math department that is worthy of U of M. It is not to be taken lightly, but by golly, it makes you work for your grade!

  • 01/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Going to basketball game's: really good men's basketball team, pig roast, socializing with friend in between breaks, cafe, and organizations.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of academics going on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Freshman: take general requirements first and also try to take some classes at a community college also. Classes are smaller and cost is affordable. Undergrads stay focus on your studies and touch base everyday on your books.

    In three sentences

    Oakland's finical aid office is very slow at processing your information and you have to be on top of your stuff. Classes are worth taking, they are very interesting. Campus is beautiful and very active.

  • 01/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    ou helps you in dorms. if your car is out of gas or if you are alone at night walking on campus, they will find you and escort you to your next location.

    Bang for the buck

    there is a shuttle bus that will take you around campus every 20 minutes.

    What to do for fun

    there are talent shows, free food, celebrities come for lectures, concerts, sports and the library is open 24 hours for the crammers.

    Food and Dining

    you have many options.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are expensive but there are many activities for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are easy to register for online and on campus. the professors give contact info and will help you after classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    i would suggest all new students learn all they can about oakland like, the services they offer. there is also many ways to meet new people during 'welcome week'.

    In three sentences

    oakland university has a very nice campus with many different activities for students to enjoy. the classes are cheaper than other universities in michigan. plus ou offers online classes for students who do not live in dorms.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    you always see ou cop cars patrolling the campus, there are emergency phones placed in convenient places. lots of light at night, and there's usually a lot of people around. not a lot of theft goes on.

    Greek Life

    there are sixteen sororities and fraternities on campus that are divided into four councils.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's quite a selection of clubs and activities to join at oakland. every day there's a few clubs sitting around the eatery, trying to get new members, as well as posters, flyers and banners. it's almost impossible not to get involved in at least one.

    Great for these types of students

    students who are willing to work hard, pay attention in class, study hard, and are determined. not for people who want to sleep through class and expect to get a good grade.

    Bang for the buck

    newer buildings, manicured grounds, excellent professors. it's all around a great school for an affordable price.

    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends on campus, grab a bite to eat or a drink, hang out in the dorms, watch a film. the possibilities are endless. (it's mostly a commuter university, though you can live on campus). there are some great parties thrown

    Food and Dining

    great selection of food and drink! subway, ect.

    Dorm Life

    i don't know, i'm a commuter. from what i hear, living in the dorms is a fun way to get to know people and they're very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    it's harder than the private college i have previously attended, but i'm sure it's not as hard as some other universities/colleges

    Tips for prospective students

    if you don't get something in class, and don't want to ask in front of the whole class, make sure to go and get extra help from professors during their office hours. they're more than willing to help in most situations.

    In three sentences

    it's a very well thought out campus, that is easy to reach and easy to get around. newer buildings, great faculty members, good food and drink. overall a great place to be, i'm learning more here than at a private college.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    no additional fees for classes, like for an online or lab class.

    Tips for prospective students

    wear tennis shoes for the hikes to class.

    In three sentences

    parking is terrible, but i have found professors to be very supportive and interested in helping students learn.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel safe enough to go for a run outside on campus late at night or even if I'm walking back from the library at night I feel safe. The campus is very well lit at night.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The night before the first day of classes there is a night walk to the Mansion. You walk there with your new friends and then can tour the mansion at night. Very cool! Plus they have a DJ outside the mansion.

    What to do for fun

    Join an intramural sports team. Attend fitness classes in their recreational facility. Go to campus events.

    Food and Dining

    It's not great everyday but they do have a lot of variety.

    Dorm Life

    Plenty of activities to do. You meet great people. Saves time finding parking spots.

    Academic Rigor

    The math classes are very rigorous. You have to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate. Be respectful in class to the teachers. Study hard!

    In three sentences

    I like the small class sizes. Some of my teachers know me by name. I like my residence hall.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    22 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Dorm Life

    I will be rooming with two of my good friends.

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely gorgeous and the buildings are very nice looking.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    our campus is monitored very well. there are poles almost near each building in the parking lots and nears dark areas with an emergency button so if you don't feel safe the police will be there asap, they ride around the campus all day and night so they are always right.

    Greek Life

    Greek life in the past few years have been growing, which is eciting because they alwasy through events and parties for you to attend

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 different clubs and organizations that are on campus that you can join

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year when our basketball team plays this one team they always try and put their jersey on our grizz statue, so we have a event called gaurd the grizz when you stand outside and gausd the grizz and there is music , food , drinks etc.

    What to do for fun

    Oakland is not really a party school, its more about academics, but you can make fun. There are always events going on , trips that are cheap that you can go on. You have to be willing to meet new people and you will have fun, their are sororities and fraternities, dance groups you can join .

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, but of course after going here foe a few years you get tired of the same food all the time.the dining area is clean , which is a good thing

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is fun , if you participate with the activities that they have going on . you need to be social in college because school can stress you out and talking to someone who is going through the same-thing , dorm mates is very helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers here are very dedicated and they are always trying to help you and try to make sure you do the best you can. majority of the classes that i have taken have taught me something and pushed me to learn and work hard

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask for help when you first get here to make sure you are going in the right direction, stay dedicated and focused. Get a mentor to help you throughout your years here , and don't be afraid to ask for help and try. Remember you miss 100 percent of the shots that you never take.

    In three sentences

    Oakland has a nice environment, the opportunities here are endless ,but just like any other school its expensive.

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Oakland University is in the top 3 of safest universities in MI.

    Greek Life

    It is steadily growing and becoming a larger part of the university!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many to choose from!

    What to do for fun

    Joining student organizations is the easiest way to get involved and have continuous fun. Student Congress and Student Program Board also host amazing events that are free and open to everyone!

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of options to choose from during all points in the day.

    Dorm Life

    So much going on, there is never a dull moment!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what classes you choose you can easily find challenging courses that will stimulate you and keep you motivated to achieve all that you can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are so many student organizations on campus, find one that you love, and then find another!

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is an amazing place to get involved! The professors are very easy to talk to and care about each student, and take the time to get to know you. You are more than a student when attending this university, you are a student leader, and everyone will notice.

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    OU is very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities. You should be able to find something that suits you. Or you can start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for commuter if you can live at home and avoid dorm or apartment costs.

    Bang for the buck

    Cost is up there with U of M. Quality of eduction is not. Respect for the school is not.

    What to do for fun

    The school is located in metro Detroit so if you want to drive a little you can find almost anything.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few food opportunities. Not enough seating.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of my classes have been easy for me. Some low level classes are unnecessarily difficult. Tutors are available.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a commuter school so parking can be a challenge. You will receive a reasonable education, but the cost is right up there with some of the best schools like U of M.

    In three sentences

    Oakland U is an OK school. Advisors could be better. Professors could be better.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Oakland is a very safe place to go to school. Sometimes almost too safe lol. There is an on campus police station, that regularly sends out patrol cars lurking around campus to make sure everything is safe and sound. The police can get a little edgy, because there isn't much unusual activity. So they can be a little strict.

    Greek Life

    To sum it up in one word... EXTRAORDINARY.

    Clubs and Activities

    I joined the men's soccer club, and it was a blast. It was a great way to make new friends around a sport. Traveling to different colleges was a good experience and a get away from academics. There are tons a clubs to join from, Fencing to Rugby. Join one and you will have a blast!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some trails near the campus that are a great location for runners and walkers. Take a look at the rec center and sports fields. They are beautiful works of art.

    What to do for fun

    Joining an intramural sports team will enhance your skills while having fun, and not dealing with the pressure of a student athlete. Join a frat and go to campus gatherings. FREE food usually appears to campus-wide events.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, but a little pricey. I would recommend bringing a sack lunch now and then.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms. I commuted, so I will not know how the experience will be, but I'm sure it would be a good one.

    Academic Rigor

    A well established criteria in all studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always check the student evaluations of professors. They can be helpful. E-mail the professors, if possible, to check and see exactly what books will be used during the course. Join a frat or club to relieve some stress from a mentally draining week, and have some fun!

    In three sentences

    Oakland University would be a top level Business and Engineering school in the state. It is a friendly environment, with beautiful facilities, and is currently building a new medical building. You will learn under qualified and friendly professors.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are several clubs and organizations to get involved in that will keep you busy. Once a week a party goes to clubs for College Night, and there are buses that take students to the shopping centers that are not too far from the school.

    Food and Dining

    I'd say their selection of food is good. Different things are served each day, and there are four possible meals a day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty nice, the dorms are nice in size, there's adequate closet space for each resident, and the on-campus policies are bearable.

    Academic Rigor

    Course work is nowhere near easy, you must do all work given, make sure you read directions carefully because they can cost you part of your grade. All classes should ave an equal amount of study time, homework is designed for students to spend time on, make sure you take advantage of the many academic services offered.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to get or keep your GPA up, apply early, make sure you exercise ALL study tips given by professors! No matter what you've heard -college is nothing like high school or how it is portrayed on television! You must stay on top of your studying!

    In three sentences

    Very good academic school, hard to get off track, very professional professors, comfortable housing, warm and friendly atmosphere.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There are lots of places to choose from if you don't want one, you have several to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I have no clue as I have my own place and will be commuting back and forth.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the school both on line and in person, if you are able to before attending to make sure that's the school for you. Check out all aspects even though you may not use some if it because of the off chance that you may later in your school career.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus crime, in general, has gone down tremendously over the years with the help of the Oakland University Police Department. Larceny crimes have slightly increased, but the OUPD has recently installed over 1 million dollars worth of new cameras and safety features in order to ensure the safety of the students, staff, and visitors on campus. The police department is also very friendly and actively present on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities at Oakland University are phenomenal and there are a plethora of options, but clubs may be hard to find or contact. Pay attention during orientation, because they give out many different clubs and activity opportunities. Also, many different clubs will have tables set up in the Oakland Center, which is always a good place to look if you are planning to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students that want to find a quality, but non-expensive education. If you plan on focusing on your academics and not having a whole lot of extra noise to bother you, this would be the perfect college for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Oakland University was actually my second choice college, but upon receiving my estimated tuition costs, OU was definitely my first choice. There are so many scholarships available that Oakland will give to you, and as a commuter or on-campus student, it is an offer that is very hard to pass up.

    What to do for fun

    As long as you get involved in the different clubs and services that the Student Congress offers, you won't have time to be bored. There also is numerous recreational sports teams available to join, which you can learn more about by visiting the Rec. Center.

    Food and Dining

    From the Oakland Center to the dining halls, the food on the Oakland University campus is surprisingly good. You have the cafe style breakfast, lunch and dinners, but in the Oakland Center, there is also a Subway, Papa Johns and Chik-Fil-A available.

    Dorm Life

    I personally commute, but I hear that the dorm life is excellent. Since it is a large commuter school, the dorm life focuses on bringing the students that live on campus closer together and involve as many off-campus students as possible.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are very simple depending on the prior knowledge you have going into a course, and other classes will put your knowledge and studying to the test. As long as you focus in classes and do the assignments, you can learn so much from all of your classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure, if you commute, you get to campus early. Parking is insane and will only become more difficult with the completion of the new science building. Also, get to know your teachers. The more they see and hear from you, the more they realize that you care about the grade you receive.

    In three sentences

    Overall, Oakland University is a good college to attend. Many people take for granted the friendliness and accessibility of the teachers, the beautiful campus and the wide array of classes. As long as you don't mind a slight struggle for a parking spot, it is a wonderful college.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    we are extra safe campus police

    Greek Life

    haven't seen much of it

    Clubs and Activities

    environmental groups mostly

    Great for these types of students

    serious

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we have many critters come and see

    Bang for the buck

    very economical

    What to do for fun

    study the local nightlife

    Food and Dining

    high quality fare

    Dorm Life

    calm on weekdays fun on weekends

    Academic Rigor

    depending on your classes and major it can be as easy or as challenging as you wish it to be

    Tips for prospective students

    come with open mind

    In three sentences

    Good environmental record clean facility affordable

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    31 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    i did not care for it

    Great for these types of students

    great for international students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    dorm life

    What to do for fun

    i did my homework for fun during week days and had alot of other fun during the weekends.

    Tips for prospective students

    dont fall behind.

    In three sentences

    it was a great experience. i have become much more cultivated in my 4 yrs of attendance. I would recommend this university for incoming students

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Oakland University is one of the most affordable universities around, being about $10,000 for a full year of education is a very well rounded price for the school that Oakland University has become. The fact that there is a state of the art medical school located on campus shows that the university if managing their money well, expanding but not throwing the students under the bus with overwhelming tuition fees.

    What to do for fun

    Oakland University have more than enough to do for fun, one can enjoy the beautiful trails that are on the outskirts of campus or have some fun on one the best golf courses in America which is located on campus. Enjoy sports? Oakland University has many Division 1 sports teams such as the basketball team. If the student is more of an art person, Oakland University has its own gallery with a variety of great art. Nonetheless there is more than enough to enjoy on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are not many places to eat on campus, however there is a large cafe area where students get together to eat meals or grab a snack. The food and dining on campus include pizza, subway and a variety of coffee shops like star bucks. There are many places to dine out walking distance from the campus such as Palm Palace and fast food places like McDonald's.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life? I donâ??t know where to start about the dorm life at Oakland University. There is literally, always, something going on. There is no moment when one will be bored if he/she lives on campus. Midnight gaming in the halls, taking walks on the large trails of Oakland before sunrise or even going for a dive in the pond on a sunny day. There are an extensive amount of dorms for all incoming freshman who wish to live on campus and upperclassmen are granted access to apartments which are very luxurious for a campus student.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at Oakland University are outstanding, with an uncountable number of majors and courses offered, there's much to do. Each class is unique and your learn something different. I would rate all the professors I have had so far to be very caring of their class and interested in what they teach. The higher and more advanced classes a student takes he will realize that the work load is dramatically increased and it begins to be time consuming but not life overtaking.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you intend to go to Oakland University there are 3 main reasons why it will be beneficial for you. Firstly, it is affordable, my best tip would be that if a student wants to save money, Oakland University offers many scholarships and is about $10,000 total for the entire year if a student takes 16 credits each semester. Secondly, the environment is a great place to be, safe, friendly, and motivating. It is easy to be a responsible student as well as have fun, all one needs to do is sit in the library for 30 minutes and he/she will be tempted to study; itâ??s the magic of OU. Thirdly, a tip I would give to all prospective students is to take it easy. No need to start stressing over your GPA and extracurricular activities. The first semester at college will be a noticeable shift and somewhat difficult to adjust to but once the second semester starts it becomes much easier, work hard in your classes and try to make many friends, if a student is a social person, he/she will join many clubs and activities by the end of freshman year without even realizing.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University has a large campus along with a very unique group of students. Anything a person could think of doing on a college campus can be found at Oakland University from Game rooms and frat houses to a beautiful pond in the middle of campus where you can take a swim.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Oakland has their own police department. (OUPD) Always feels very safe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a beautiful mansion on campus that is in walking distance from the dorms. Oakland provides bikes that you can ride anywhere on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    They have free food on campus 5 out of 7 days. Always having events with free things

    What to do for fun

    Basketball games. Always something going on on campus where you get a free tshirt and food.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good at first, but gets pretty old. A lot of options to chose from though.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorms. Many people go home on the weekends. Make a lot of friends living in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Differs between professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make a lot of friends on campus. Go to as many campus events as possible. Do not let yourself fall behind in school.

    In three sentences

    Oakland has great academic and social programs. There is always free things they are giving away. You really get what you pay for.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are OU police that help protect you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is every club and activity offered.

    Great for these types of students

    Oakland is great for students who are social because it is mostly commuting students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Societies at the school write vulgar things on the side walks.

    Bang for the buck

    Oakland is very expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There are many after school activities you can join.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of food to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are tough and have no mercy.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest Oakland University for the medical programs.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is a fair school. They want to help you succeed, but some of the teachers are very difficult.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    35 of 95

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    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful and clean. The students and staff are helpful and nice. The overall atmosphere has a great balance between academics and fun.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    36 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for distance and may want a bike.

    In three sentences

    Great school, easy to walk from building to building.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    37 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    When entering as a college freshmen at Oakland University, I would definitely recommend attending the overnight orientation. It is a great way to get to know the campus and make friends. The over night orientation really gives students a good feel of the campus.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There's the Night Watch program for the dorms where residents must swipe their student ID to get into the buildings. They have a strict guest policy. No more than two guests per night and each guest can only stay two consecutive nights. The OUPD seems to crack down on every kind of social gathering in the dorms.

    Greek Life

    I LOVE Oakland's Greek life!! I would strongly encourage any student to go Greek, especially commuters. It's a great way to meet and connect with other students, improve your GPA, give back, network, and to have fun! Greek life at Oakland is unique since we aren't a big school. We have a united Greek system with no rivalries and support for fellow Greek organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 organizations and a wide variety of clubs to get involved in. There's a lot of support from the faculty and staff plus it looks great on a resume.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious, introverted, self-directed, those who are able to make their own fun

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are lots of trails through the woods to explore as well as a golf course and a bonfire pit

    Bang for the buck

    Any college will be expensive but OU has been affordable and you get a lot for the price! Your tuition dollars cover everything from parking to a gym membership. All fees are included in tuition and you get access to lots of great on-campus resources such as the Academic Skills Center, the Advising Resource Center, and Career Services.

    What to do for fun

    There is a Bike Share program where the school funds bikes for students to ride around campus. There are lots of events sponsored by the Residence Hall Association such as sibling weekend and a haunted house in October.

    Food and Dining

    I'm guessing the food isn't great because OU isn't a residence school. There is one cafeteria in Vandenberg Hall and one food court in the Oakland Center. The hours are good for commuters but the food places close by 6:30 or 7 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The food quality is great when there's an orientation group or a tour coming through but otherwise it's nothing desirable. They offer very limited vegetarian and vegan options.

    Dorm Life

    As with any college, the dorms are small and I would recommend rooming with someone you know. There are mandatory floor and building meetings each month. It's very tame and would work well for a student who doesn't like to party. The student on-campus apartments are very nice and spacious but not every student is eligible to live there.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that you get out of your education what you put into it. Oakland challenged me academically during my first year. I can't say how it compares to other colleges but I can tell you I was surprised by how much harder it was than I thought it would be! My advice is to develop good study habits and stick by them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn how to make your own fun and realize that college involves a lot of hard work both inside and outside the classroom. Staying organized is key! You will be responsible for doing your laundry, eating healthy, staying in shape, keeping a clean room, and working out roommate issues all on top of your academic responsibilities.

    In three sentences

    Although my first-year college experience was nothing like I expected it to be, it has been fulfilling and worthwhile. There are lots of great resources on Oakland's beautiful campus to help improve your college experience. It is recognized as a commuter school but there are good reasons to live on campus.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    39 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are hardly any incidences, but every year or two I have heard of some shady characters walking on campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not part of it but I hear it is nice.

    Clubs and Activities

    The campus is right near downtown Rochester so any one that wants to get a lunch or a dinner and a drink is very close to a nice little city

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to be serious academically but can easily get distracted.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus has lots of woods with trails, Frisbee golf, and two very nice golf courses, and deer are everywhere

    Bang for the buck

    Great school for academics and it is close to home for most people because it is a commuters school.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is extremely beautiful, it even has two very nice golf courses. Also there are hammocks and bikes spread through out the campus for any one to use.

    Food and Dining

    Not much diversity for food, and there is only one food court or center.

    Dorm Life

    I never experienced the dorm life but I heard that it wasn't anything special

    Academic Rigor

    Not the hardest school, but there are some teachers that will really make you learn the material

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class, study first, and then have fun.

    In three sentences

    In terms of class size it is a good school, because classes are not very big. There are some very good teachers here as well but there are also some not so great teachers. It is an easy school to stay focused at because there is not much partying to distract students.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have always felt so safe on campus, even when walking to my car late at night. There are emergency posts all around campus, you can use them to make a call or sound an alarm if needed.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life here involves a lot of community service and fundraisers. I always see people doing these things on campus, and have some friends in sororities. They all love being a part of the Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for just about everyone at Oakland, so you can always get involved if you want to.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are self-motivated and like to attend class and then go on with your day, this is a good school. I like being able to go about my day, go to work, and live in my own apartment, and just have to go to the school when I have class. It never feels odd to sit alone and study, and there are plenty of places to gather for group study or lunch.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition rates have risen out of control since I started here 4 years ago. I started off with scholarships and was able to pay cash for the rest of my tuition, but now I need to take out loans. For the amount of money I am paying, I wish I was going away to school.

    What to do for fun

    There is a game room in the bottom of the Oakland Center, the campus has a golf course, and plays are put on in the theater that you may attend. In addition to this, Oakland tries to put on a variety of events for students to go to.

    Food and Dining

    There is a good selection of things to eat in the food court, and you can find food at most places across campus. There are always healthy options. There are several coffee places that serve pretty good drinks. If you feel like heading off campus, there are about a dozen restaurants within a few miles of the college.

    Dorm Life

    I have not lived in the dorms; most people I know live in apartments in the area.

    Academic Rigor

    I enjoy challenging classes and I have felt that I have been challenged in most of my classes. There is an Honors college here as well, which I was a part of. I have never felt that I got a grade I did not earn, but I have never had a class that I could not pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay organized, because the offices here certainly don't. Meet with counselors often and ahead of schedule because they take a long time to get back to you and this can be a disadvantage. Their general education and degree programs are very specific, so be careful that the classes you take will count towards something or you will waste a lot of money. If you want to meet people, get involved, because people in the classes mostly come to class and leave directly after, so it's hard to socialize sometimes.

    In three sentences

    This is a good school for those who wish to commute instead of going away. The campus is very nice and there is great availability for classes. However, it is a little expensive and it can be difficult to deal with administration here.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I felt very safe walking to and from buildings, and have never had a problem with theft or violence.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a lot of fun, and was one of the ways I ended up having a social life at OU. Although I never joined a sorority, there are many girls I befriended by going through recruitment and there is a good relationship between the fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    I never joined any. There is a wide variety of clubs and activities to join, though.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who really want to focus on their education would be perfect at OU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Apparently some buildings are haunted.

    Bang for the buck

    Oakland University is very affordable and offers a good education depending on one's major.

    What to do for fun

    Great Lakes Crossing is ten minutes away! As a girl, this was incredibly helpful especially when I had long breaks between my classes.

    Food and Dining

    Absolutely delicious. There are a lot of vegetarian and vegan options also.

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know. I commuted. From what I heard it was a good experience.

    Academic Rigor

    I never had any problems with my classes being difficult. My teachers worked with me and my schedule.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a student organization. Please.

    In three sentences

    It was really hard as a commuter because I did not join a greek system or any other student organizations. A lot of people go to classes, and then go home. The teachers are really nice, though, and I felt as though I was part of something during classroom discussions.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many Greek opportunities on campus that many people join, as well as many club activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your GPA is always high and that you pay attention in your classes.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is a small, cozy campus. It's very focused on the educational aspect of college. There is a good amount of people that attend this university because it is so easy to commute there and people aren't overloaded with student loans.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Oakland University is a safe campus. There is ample public safety officers and they are available in any given situation.

    Great for these types of students

    Acacdemically challenged students will love Oakland University.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Dodge Mansion (Meadowbrook Hall) is a beautiful piece of history located on campus. There is also the original farmhouse. With OU being the biggest campus in the state of Michigan, it holds a lot of its history and land with it while having its buildings mostly concentrated in a central location.

    Bang for the buck

    Oakland University does not add on extra fees in addition to tuition. Tuition is one of the lowest in the state of Michigan!

    What to do for fun

    There are several on-campus activities and clubs to participate in. The Rochester area has near-by shopping, movies, and entertainment.

    Academic Rigor

    Oakland University has proven to be a challenging institution. Professors are very knowledgeable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students are to get to know the campus and the buidlings. Make sure you join a club when attending whether it is academically related to your studies or something for fun. Make sure you use your resources that the university provides!

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is a very good school. They are highly focused on academics and achievement within the student body. After attending another university, I highly recommend Oakland University.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are always a lot of activities happening either in the Oakland Center or the Residence Halls. So there a rarely time for people to become bored.

    Tips for prospective students

    If staying on campus, bring a bike not a car. Parking is horrible. Biking allows you to get where you need to go without the hassle of finding a parking space.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is a nice educational facility. It is easy to locate every building on campus through walking or cycling. And there is always someone to help you understand something.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It is so expensive there. the teachers are all great, but the classes are so expensive. Tuition has gone up twice in the 3 years i have been there.

    What to do for fun

    There are different groups you can join, and events going on all the time. They have many concerts which are always fun and pretty in-expensive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before classes start, go to the school and see where all you classes are. This way you know where to park and which route you are going to take to each class.

    In three sentences

    Oakland is a great school with many activities to participate in. The students are friendly, and it is easy to make new friends. It is also easy to get around at Oakland.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Many people like to walk to the mansion at odd hours in the morning. It gets you nervous and on your toes because it's dark and a tad bit spooky, but the view of the sun rise is amazing :)

    What to do for fun

    Attend the games, or seek out clubs, they are very fun. But if that's not your thing, Great Lakes mall is the largest mall in Michigan, and it's only ten minutes away!

    Tips for prospective students

    Good parking spaces are hard to find after ten o'clock am, so I would suggest getting there early and either hanging out in the library or the Oakland center, or even better living on campus. Also, by your books online at Amazon, or similar sites, as books can be very expensive.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is very accommodating for it's students, from commuters to oncampus-ers, there is something for everyone. The class sizes are relatively small, and completed with very competent teachers, while the campus is relatively large with plenty of beautiful landscaping including bear lake and the Meadowbrook mansion. Clubs and the Oakland center let one and all merge and mingle.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    47 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Oakland has many activities that go on throughout each week. There is also a great up to date gym and a free game room.

    Food and Dining

    Oakland has many options for food. I am a vegetarian, but have no problem with finding the food I need everyday.

    Dorm Life

    I lived on campus for three years, and loved it. You definitely form a pseudo-family with people on your floor and a lot of long term relationships. Plus you don't have to worry about parking.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at Oakland can be tough, but there are always resources such as tutors and the Writing Center to help you keep a high GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like small campuses with fairly small class sizes, Oakland University is great. I'm not going to lie, parking can be a hassle, but that will be the same wherever you go. I personally suggest living on campus for at least one year.

    In three sentences

    Oakland has a nice, small campus that makes it easy to get to class on time. Most of the instructors are great, and there are many resources to take advantage of. Oakland has been growing at a rapid rate, and I believe it will become very renowned.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Oakland University is a safe campus. We have police personnel on staff 24/7 days a week. Emergency phones are located around campus and near every dormitory and building on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is not present on the campus. There are Greek houses off campus though. There are Greek life opportunities depending on grades and majors.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many student organizations on campus. Activities go on almost every week on school days and throughout the semesters.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like small classes of 10 to 20 no more than 60 students in a class. Do not want to pay fees just to apply and send an application. Students who want the most out college life and a safe college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a lake in a central location on campus called Bear Lake.

    Bang for the buck

    No application fees, low tuition and affordable financial aid packages, depending on grades, financial standing, etc.

    What to do for fun

    There are yearly concerts that go on sale that are on campus. The college is located by many restaurants, malls, theaters, movie theaters, and other stores,

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. There are 2 main cafeterias on campus. One is for all students and the other is for the students who stay on-campus. There is a Subway, they have a pizzeria, Mexican, and other American themed foods.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. The students are helpful and the rooms are not so small, especially the student apartments. The student apartments has the type of living as an actual apartment with 2 to 4 bedrooms with open kitchen, 2 bath rooms that you will only share with 2 person if you're in a 4 bedroom apartment. Quiet atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the general education courses such as English Lit, History, and the Math courses are rigorous. OU provides services such as writing assistance and tutoring programs to help you further to make sure that if it is a presentation, term paper or report you will earn the highest grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead, make sure you meet all deadlines, and ask as many questions as you need to, the staff and faculty are there to assist you.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University financial aid department personnel continues to make the process as easy and comfortable as possible. The campus is very beautiful, with great scenery. They have many diverse programs and many services provided to all students who needs to access them: disability support, tutoring, writing assistance.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    49 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    an emergency phone just about at every corner...police available on campus and security is very efficient.

    Greek Life

    haven't been part of it so not sure

    Clubs and Activities

    just about every sport has a varsity or inter mural team

    Great for these types of students

    anyone looking to get a great all-around education

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    has excellent soccer field on the bottom of the hill. it is secluded and is a private place to relax or play sports

    Bang for the buck

    great school which has a balance of learning and play time

    What to do for fun

    sports, clubs, jog around scenic campus

    Food and Dining

    great cafeteria with many tasty restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm rooms are small but comfortable and you have everything you need.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough classes but they prepare you for the future. If you put in the effort you will succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research what is expected in each of the courses that you will be taking and spend some time in the summer preparing so that you can hit the ground running once the semester begins.

    In three sentences

    OU has a great academic program for just about every major being considered. It has a great campus with tons of activities. Teachers are there to make sure you reach your goals!

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    For fun I go bowling at Classic Lanes which is not even a mile from campus, or me and my friends go to Walmart or to the restaurants. I also go running on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Great choices, everyone who cooks in the cafeteria has a culinary degree and the food is excellent. However a bit pricey without a meal plan, and the hours aren't as great as they could be.

    Dorm Life

    Absolutely wonderful! I love living on campus, all the restaurants are close-by and all my friend are right there as well.

    Academic Rigor

    I learn so much and my professors help me with any problems I may have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go in with an open mindset and enjoy it, it's college!

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is a fantastic college surrounded by a beautiful campus. Tuition and Housing are the only things that are paid for, there are no extra fees (parking, laundry, application fee etc). Class sizes are small and faculty members are exceptionally good at what they do.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    51 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join a student organization.

    Food and Dining

    The food court has a decent variety of food and the cafeteria has good comfort food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a challenging university to attend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to your academic advisor and let them help you with your decision in choosing a major.

    In three sentences

    I love Oakland University. It has a wide variety of majors. It is a great community to go to school in.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    52 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe all of the time.

    Greek Life

    Not involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    They offer a ton.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I wish I was more involved.

    Bang for the buck

    It's average college tuition.

    Food and Dining

    The Oakland Center offers a wide variety of food to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    From the classes I have experienced it's challenging. Nothing like a community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a very good college.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is an up-to-date college that offers a wide variety of majors to choose from. It has highly admirable professors who show a true desire and passion to be there.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    53 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very well lit, it has the classic trouble buttons everywhere, and our campus is one of the few in Michigan where it's cops have legit guns.

    Greek Life

    Many Greek life opportunities. For being a small school we have five sororities and six fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Still haven't participated in clubs. But there are multiple clubs including a race car club.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that don't want to be in a giant school. Students that don't mind the same food every other week.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Tuesday a group of students participate in LARPing, which is pretty entertaining to watch.

    Bang for the buck

    For me it was because I got good scholarship money. But for people who didn't it is a matter of opinion. You could go to a really big school like U of M for the price or a smaller school. It's a matter of taste.

    What to do for fun

    Hang with friends. Play pool or video games in the game room. Run around screaming TACO. Whatever floats your boat.

    Food and Dining

    Nothing special but it could be worse.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is a fun experience. You get to meet many cool people. However, there is very little chance to get to sleep before midnight.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are a step above high school but not insanely taxing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on campus your first year. Schedule classes asap. Free parking but really hard to find spots.

    In three sentences

    It is a relatively big school but it has a small school feel. Good theater department. Overall a good school.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students with little extra time on their hands, non-traditional students, and continuing education students.

    Bang for the buck

    Great value for the certification programs. Comparable and competitive with other Michigan Institutions.

    What to do for fun

    (Online Classes)

    Food and Dining

    (Online Classes)

    Dorm Life

    (Online Classes)

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough but worth the effort

    Tips for prospective students

    Be willing to work hard, learn a ton, and enjoy interacting with new people!

    In three sentences

    Oakland University has so many amazing options even for those of us who can't actually make it to OU's beautiful campus! The online programs are amazing and comprehensive, the teachers are accommodating and communicative, and the students are personable and come with a large range of experiences and backgrounds. Whether you are a traditional student or a non-traditional student like myself, working/teaching full time while trying to add more education to the resume, Oakland University is the place to be!

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are sports rec. teams you can joins, different clubs suited to your interests, and there is a greek community at Oakland as well.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of places to eat on campus. Food is a little bit expensive, but OU does offer meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    I have no experienced dorm life but several of my friends have lived in the dorms. It is not as fun as other schools to be honest. I believe it's better to live in the student apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes continually challenge you. Tests are a fair assessment of what you have learned not only inside of class but outside of class studying on your own time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved on campus as much as you can. Don't just become a commuter, enjoy what the campus has to offer. Above all else, stay on top of your studies.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is a smaller university but offers a wide variety of classes. It has given me many opportunities for success already in my one short year there. I am very glad I decided to attend Oakland University and I plan to continue my degree in Psychology here.

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    We hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    5 stars.

    Dorm Life

    5 stars.

    Academic Rigor

    5 stars.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early.

    In three sentences

    Oakland is by far the best academic school I have attended.

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    57 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on, from learning to salsa dance, to halloween parties, to outside screening of films. There is plenty of fun and social event to attend.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is a wide range or meals and are great. The Bear Cafe has some great pastries and lattes.

    Dorm Life

    The Oakland Center is a great place to make new friends and blow some steam.

    Academic Rigor

    If you stay on top of your work you will be fine, try not to get behind, and be prepared to to a lot of prep time outside of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you commute or plan on driving to class, make sure to get there early, and wear comfortable shoes because you may have to do some hiking. If you are weight-listed for a class, don't give up, go to that class and get an okay from the teacher, 9 time out of 10 you will get into the class.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University has a beautiful campus and environment for students. It has a vast amount of different fields of study. In addition to that the faculty is knowledgeable, helpful, and provide a more personable relationship with students.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    58 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are cops on campus all the time! They only ever give out parking tickets.

    Greek Life

    As a sorority sister, I give OU top marks in this category! Greek life at OU is not stereotypical at all! It's a great way to meet lots of people, develop a network of friends, keep an active social life, and many leadership opportunities are available.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek life, student congress, the Gender and Sexuality Center, our radio station, and many free club sports and work out classes are available! Also, there is a FREE rec center, a 24-hour library, and a state-of-the-art game room.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students looking to get involved on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the Sail patio in front of the Oakland Center, or you'll fail your next test!

    Bang for the buck

    This school costs just as much as many other larger state schools, but without the recognizable name.

    What to do for fun

    Sorority and fraternity life is great at OU, not at all stereotypical! There are plenty of ways for students to get involved on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to campus early to find parking. Look up professors on Rate My Professor before class (most are great, but there are a few rotten ones). Get involved, or your time at Oakland will be lonely.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, with many social involvement opportunities. Money is ill-spent by the school. Adequate parking at a largely commuter school should be top priority-THEN they can pour money into making all of the buildings eco-friendly!

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never heard of any issue with campus safety. There are always campus police hanging around and emergency call stations scattered throughout the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs of all different kinds. There's literally something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Undecided students who want to have every major right at their fingertips, so when they do decide their plans they won't need to transfer. Also great for students looking to save money but still get a rigorous university experience.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a wide variety of majors just like a larger university, but I think the tuition rate is rather cheap. My first year was entirely covered by financial aid, and even if it wasn't, I still wouldn't have had a huge problem covering the cost.

    Food and Dining

    Definitely enough food options for me. One of the residential halls has an all-you-can-eat buffet that is part of meal plans, or costs 7 or 8 dollars if you don't have a meal plan. There is a food court in the Oakland Center with Subway, Papa John's, a little soup place, and the only Chick-Fil-A in Michigan. Coffee shops in the cafe and also in the library. There are a lot of options off campus, literally right across the street.

    Dorm Life

    I'm a commuter student but my friend is staying in a dorm and I think it's rather nice. A group of five girls in two bedrooms share one bathroom, and there is sufficient closet space for them. Big windows let in a lot of light.

    Academic Rigor

    All of the professors I have had so far have been rigorous but definitely very clear and willing to help their students excel. If you struggle with the material in class, attend office hours. If you don't, you should have no problem on exams.

  • 10/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    SUCH A SAFE CAMPUS. I have never felt so safe walking from building to building at night. There are police everywhere and stations where you can immediately contact them.

    Greek Life

    Im not too sure about their Greek Life because I don't live on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    You name the club and Oakland has it. So may things to get involved in i encourage everyone to do so!

    Great for these types of students

    It is absolutely wonderful for these types of students. I do not know anyone who doesn't like it here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Always on my free time I go sit on this bench right in front of this large pond and I just relax and collect my thoughts. Tons of people come around here and its just such a nice spot for people to just let go.

    Bang for the buck

    For the amount of money it costs to attend college i definitely think it is worth it. Not most Universities are so close knit as Oakland and it really makes a difference in the environment.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many groups on campus that anyone can get involved in and you can always go to the rec center and have some fun there, may different activities are offered.

    Food and Dining

    The OC is amazing, the food is delicious and you can never go wrong because you have so many wonderful options. Very modern and always a lot of people around! Also Vandenberg residence hall cafeteria is GREAT! Always a new selection everyday and its all you can eat!!!

    Dorm Life

    Unfortunately I do not live on campus and I regret every second of it. I think I would've loved the college experience so much more if I lived there because the campus is beautiful and I had stayed in the dorms for Pom Pon camp before and it was so fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically it makes students feel just like its high school. Of course there is more work involved but the fact that it is so simple to ask questions and be so open with professors really helps everything out a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused on school work, it can be very easy to become distracted. Take classes that you think you would enjoy and make sure you live on campus!!!! Get involved!

    In three sentences

    The school is wonderful academically. I love the small class sizes, and one on one time with professors

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus police are always updating students and teachers on the activity of campus

    What to do for fun

    Spend time with friends in the rec center.

    Food and Dining

    It's pricy but good.

    Dorm Life

    I commute to school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Listen to your teachers when telling students details. The small stuff counts.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is a great college to attend. The teachers are always willing to help students and want to see their students succeeded. Campus life is always full hard working students and teachers.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    62 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus police patrol 24/7, and Oakland University is rated the second safest campus in Michigan.

    Clubs and Activities

    Oakland University has something for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    A great value for a university, with the same quality education or even better than higher priced schools.

    What to do for fun

    Oakland University always has events going on, academically, or sports-related. They also have concerts and celebrity meet-and-greets, and is located close to downtown Rochester.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of different food to choose from on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but paying attention and taking good notes does wonders.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to campus events, even if you commute, so you can meet new people. You should also talk to your professors as much as you can outside of class.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is a wonderful school! The small class sizes and friendly, knowledgeable professors make attending school a pleasure, instead of a task. With a beautiful campus and numerous opportunities to meet new people, OU is a fantastic experience for everyone.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    63 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on in Oakland Center every other week. So go check it out because they always have fun stuff there.

    Food and Dining

    The cheapest food in OU is subway. Everything else is expensive. They do have a lot of vending machine around, but you can't rely on those when you need a whole meal. Bring your own food and save money.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorm, however, if you do plan to do so, APPLY EARLY! There are limited dorms in OU, and a lot of them goes to international students.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the amount of credits you take per semester. People who take 14-16 credits can normally work a part-time job as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are a lot of opportunities in OU. So no matter what major you are, go and find for your opportunities such as National Exchange, internships, volunteers etc.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University offers a generous amount of scholarships which makes it more affordable. The small campus size provides more classes in small sizes.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Voted 1 of the safest campuses in Michigan.

    What to do for fun

    They're plenty of things to do, such as shopping and going to eat with friends. They're also stroll offs, which are fraternities vs. fraternities and sororities vs. sororities. Every Thursday, Tonic, a club the resides in Pontiac, bring a limo and provides transportation for 18 and older students.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. Oakland makes it convenient because they post some of the menu online. It's worth using, especially in the winter.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life, as a freshman, is great because you live in a building with all the other freshman. It's very easy to make friends. It's great for study groups as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is not really overdone. There's a decent amount for each class. Just stay on task.

    Tips for prospective students

    ALWAYS study. Try studying 30 minutes at a time for each subject and repeat. The higher your grade average, the more money you'll receive.

    In three sentences

    Oakland is great! There are small class sizes and a great campus atmosphere. It's everything you make it.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on campus saves time. Commuting is a hassle because of parking.

    In three sentences

    Oakland is very beautiful. The class sizes are perfect. The campus is not super huge.

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    66 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    OU has its own police department. They also have an opt-in emergency notification system via pre-recorded phone message or text message. They safety is top notch especially because calls also attract Oakland county, Rochester PD, and Auburn Hills PD in addition to OUPD... so their coverage is excellent.

    Greek Life

    Fraternities put on a pig roast every fall semester with free food, rides, and games. Fun for families and people of all ages. Always attracts a huge crowd and lots of fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    OU just approved a new club football team. They will play other club football teams including Miami (OH), OHio state, UM-Flint, and more. There are a lot of clubs, and many take a varsity approach... so it's the next best thing to NCAA.

    What to do for fun

    There are TONS of things to do on campus. Art shows, dance recitals, concerts, club sports, intramurals, and fraternity/sorrority life is all available.

    Food and Dining

    As long as you don't eat at noon, you can get food fast. There's a papa johns and subway in the Oakland Center.

    Dorm Life

    This campus needs more dorms. More are planned to be built, but most people commute.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here are sticklers for formatting. Writing is very important. Tougher than other colleges I've attended.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to campus early to get the best parking spot. It's a commuter campus, so spend as much time on campus to hear of all the things going on. OU now has football! Make sure you go to their new team's games this fall.

    In three sentences

    Nice campus in a nice area. Online courses are high quality. Safe campus with their own police department.

  • 02/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    With police on campus, its a very safe environment.

    Great for these types of students

    It Is great for commuter students. You can save money by living at home and get a quality eduction for a reasonable price.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do. On campus they have a game room, a gym, full size swimming pool and a basketball court. You can attend basketball games. which are always fun. Or go off campus to Exhale Hookah Lounge on weekend nights.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different options for dining on campus. Not to mention, there are many restaurants nearby.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus, but I've been told the dorms are less than ideal.

    Academic Rigor

    The only hard classes are math classes. As long as you attend class and do homework, you'll do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its a great commuter school. It has the feel of a large university, but you are still close to home. This allows you to stay at home, if you're looking to save some money.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school. It offers many different programs in various fields. The campus is great with many different different activities to take part in.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    the salads from chopped and wrapped are HUGE

    Tips for prospective students

    search professors on ratemyprofessor.com

    In three sentences

    a commuter's college with a wide variety of students

  • 03/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    69 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Join clubs,go to downtown Rochester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take math at a different college.

    In three sentences

    Have a lot of groups, for people to make new friends. Alot of activities to do except need more on weekends. Really nice school.

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Nothing there

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go here

    In three sentences

    This school is absolutely horrible. No one is willing to achieve your degree,and most of the teacher's can't even teach.I do not recommend this school

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    71 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Oakland campus is very safe OUPD is always on campus, even the weekends. We have buttons to push when your walking encase you need help, and OUPD always comes.

    Greek Life

    They are always looking for more people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a great College if your interested in pursing a higher education. The people are nice, class sizes are that huge, and there is always something to do.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun. Oakland is surrounded by many malls, outlets, and restaurants. But if you want to stay on campus you could go to the Rec-Center, or the Oakland Center to the game room.

    Food and Dining

    We have great food here at Oakland. In the Oakland Center we have Subway, Papa Johns, and did I mention the only Chick F-lay in Michigan and etc. We also have great cooks in the cafe that are always nice and fun to chat with.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is fun. If you stay on campus it's always something going on. Such as floor activities, or even building activities.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are feel like your struggling in your academics there are people who will help you in the tutoring center.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on attending Oakland you should really get involved. You'll meet incredible people an the time will go by so fast.

    In three sentences

    Oakland is very fun and when your here it feels like your at home. There are many organizations, which means there's something for everyone. I really recommend this school for anyone.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I don't hangout on campus, but I enjoy getting coffee from the starbucks on campus.

    Food and Dining

    I don't eat on campus because there are NO healthy food options.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live on campus, but I have heard only bad.

    Academic Rigor

    I previously went to another University before attending this one and I am not going to lie Oakland is a lot easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would not recommend living on campus, and it's not a very personal school. Such as I would never attend any type of sport games, but also that is your own preference. The school is weak in the spirit aspect.

    In three sentences

    I think that Oakland University is a very good school. It is challenging, but the teachers are very nice and understanding. I love the diversity at the school~

  • 04/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Parking may seem like a pain at first, however you will just have to learn at what time can you find a spot in a certain parking spot. Also be prepared to wait for Subway if you're looking to get that for lunch. Or go to the only Chick fil a in Michigan! It's right on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty of activities in downtown Rochester, many biking trails in the Rochester area, intramural sports on campus, as well as many other activities the university sponsors.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of food on campus and off campus. I would recommend going to downtown Rochester.

    Dorm Life

    Many dorms are available and many dorm activities! Currently we are building a new dorm for incoming students.

    Academic Rigor

    With me being a Biology major I had a very rigorous class schedule. Going to college will challenge you, however the challenge that Oakland presents you with will enhance your character to prepare you for the work field.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're interested in coming to Oakland I would recommend getting involved into as many clubs as you can. Also make friends with upperclassman so that you can learn all about what you can do to make your experience and future the best.

    In three sentences

    Oakland is a great school where it provides the resources and environment for good learning in a commuter area. With it being a relatively small school it allows for more students to be recognized and to engage in relationships with professors. Oakland also offers a diverse number of activities for students to be involved in to make the college experience one of the best.

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Some things you can do for fun is attend the basketball games and participate in Homecoming week. One can also join the various clubs such as the Asian-American club or the Hispanic Club. Oakland University has a game room where one can play Xbox or billiards. You can even go to the Rec center to work out or attend one of the fitness classes provided.

    Food and Dining

    The food is actually quite good; there are many different choices one can eat from such as Subway or Chick-fil-A. However, the food did get repetitive to me and I found myself bringing my own lunches during the middle of the semester.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the classes at Oakland University aren't too bad if you study hard. However, I know that many difficult classes seem to be the math and science departments. Being a nursing major, I can agree and say that chemistry kicked my butt.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although there are many activities to do on campus, don't forget about your studies. Always come prepared to class and while it is easy to just skip your classes since the professors don't take attendance, I recommend that you don't. It is very easy for you to get behind if you skip even one lecture.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is a very friendly environment and keeps the students at ease. Attending the college, one will feel comfortable and enjoy themselves while attending the many events. And if you are struggling with your classes, they even provide tutoring and other resources to help you keep up with the class.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    75 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Next to nothing to do on campus. There is a game room in the Oakland center, but that's about it. There is some events throughout the year, but they are few and far between. Sporting events are good from time to time.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the on campus dining options are just terrible. The company in charge of on campus dining, Chartwells, is notoriously bad. The redeeming factor is that the only Chick-fil-A in Michigan is on campus. Since most students don't live here, many don't bother to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is alright. Most dorms are 2 people sharing a bathroom with another dorm room with 2 people. Showers aren't always reliable when one wants hot water. Not many events. There rules are a bit strict.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not too bad. If you get a good teacher for some of the tougher classes, you'll be just fine. Requirements are not as demanding as other schools. You need to put in the effort to study and to do the work, but you will be graded fairly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to other schools too to see the best option in terms of affordability. Also, the math program is not as bad as everyone says. It just depends on the teacher that you get. Try to get as much money from them as you can.

    In three sentences

    Overall, a decent school. Feels a bit like high school on a bigger stage unless you live on campus. Not very much to do on campus though and the surrounding city is more family oriented.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    76 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. I don't want to eat there all the time since it is expensive and it would be cheaper to bring food from home but I will still buy something if I need something to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I commute to school so I do not really know about dorm life but Oakland University needs more activities to keep students that do drive to campus on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I think their math department is horrible and needs better professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do research on your professor since their are a lot of foreign teachers there that are hard to understand or just plain bad teachers that will not be of any help to you.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is a nice place and all the buildings are close together so you do not have to walk for long periods of time. Lately they have been doing a lot of improvements that are making the college look better. I would probably rate Oakland University a 6.9 out of 10.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    77 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    With 100's of clubs there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    OU is great for all types of students.

    Bang for the buck

    OU is a reasonably priced university and you get as much one-on-one time with your professors as you need. You get the small school attention at a large university.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great selection. Including my favorite, Subway.

    Academic Rigor

    You can take as many classes as you want up to 18 credits and they can be as easy or hard as you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Spend time on MySail. Pay attention during orientation, they give you a lot of useful information. Enjoy yourself and have fun!

    In three sentences

    OU is very welcoming. OU has many majors. OU has a friendly atmosphere.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    78 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe! I have never once felt threatened by anyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Oakland University offers many trips throughout the school year at extremely discounted prices. For example, I traveled to Boston with a group of about 80-90 OU students in 2011. A modest price of approximately $325 covered the mega bus expenses, a 3 night stay in a ritzy hotel, and a 3 day subway pass. It is really awesome that OU has these types of opportunities available to students on a budget.

    Great for these types of students

    Students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds because OU is very diverse. Laid back, ambitious students who like to have fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Good value for the amount of material covered. Most professors go out of their way to make sure you're learning and having a good experience in their classes.

    What to do for fun

    Oakland University is unique in the fact that it has a historical home right on campus, the Meadow Brook Hall. Meadow Brook Hall was Matilda Wilson Dodge's home. Matilda Wilson Dodge was married to the co-founder of The Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company, and after her husband's death, she became one of the wealthiest women in the world. She helped make Oakland University possible. Tours are available to students daily at no charge. We also have a venue for concerts right on campus as well. Downtown Rochester offers lots of shopping and fun things to do during all seasons.

    Food and Dining

    The OC (Oakland Center) is home to a large food court, where most commuters dine between classes. The OC has a cafe with awesome smoothies and bagels in a quiet study area. Around the corner is a Papa John's, Subway, Chic-Fil-A (the only one in Michigan!), a salad creation bar, a grilling station that offers hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and veggie burgers. There is also a station that offers many different soups that rotate each day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life provides many options - some halls are co-ed, some halls have community bathrooms, and some halls offer a living space with a built in kitchen and living room. There is something for everyone. The dorms are close to campus and provide a true college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are worth the money. I have only had one or two professors in my 3 years of attending who did not hold a PhD in the subject they were teaching. In the science and engineering field, there are MANY opportunities to work on research with peers and professors. The new addition of our William Beaumont Medical School provides ambitious students an opportunity to further themselves past a science degree and go on to become a doctor while still staying at OU.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're interested in getting into a program (such as nursing or pre-pharmacy) make sure you look at ALL the requirements and find out how long the estimated wait is to get into such programs. It's always a good idea to start your freshman year by taking general education courses, which allow you to explore different curriculums and knock out some classes that are required anyway. Also, tour the campus before the start of a new semester! The buildings are VERY spread out and it can be very stressful running from class to class and not knowing where you're headed.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is a great choice if you live in the Metro-Detroit area and want to commute. OU is affordable with many options in regards to studying abroad, choosing classes, and participating in campus activities. It's good to be a Grizzly.

  • 07/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    79 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Police involvement, response, & reporting seems to have been very prompt & well-executed.

    Greek Life

    Know nothing about this topic.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many, many clubs, organizations, & activities. I haven't been able to be involved in sports activities, so nothing to report from personal experience, but can say I have heard no negative feedback from other students. I have been involved in clubs/organizations though, and the number of planned activities has been so infrequent for a couple of them, that I have actually felt like I wasn't even in a club. Aside from poor planning by club officers, there has evidently been insufficient effort to recruit new members, which would potentially increase club involvement & activities.

    Great for these types of students

    I can't really recommend enrollment here for anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    OU has quite a history. Very historic landmarks (buildings, misc. structures) that would be of great intrigue particularly to history or agriculture buffs. I am not one of these buffs, but found very interesting data on the historic structures (many having converted functions to change with the times), & craftsmanship (internal, external). There are some previous ice-houses now used for storage, a previous golf center, I guess it would have been called, that is now a retail store for such merchandise, residential houses now serving as office buildings, barns (that are naturally deteriorating, but fascinating), horse stables, & many more fascinating historic structures. And don't forget the popular Meadowbrook Theatre. There is also an impressive residential estate now used for social events.

    Bang for the buck

    Oakland University is one of a handful of schools that guarantees an increase in tuition rates every year, without fail. There are many financial assistance programs & resources that will not allow an application from a student who attends here because of this. Despite the guarantee of increased revenue every year, what they provide, deliver, & support, in general, does not increase. Quality cannot be relied upon in relation to what their capabilities should be.

    What to do for fun

    Besides being involved in specific clubs, organizations, & sports, the recreation center offers various enjoyable activities.

    Food and Dining

    My particular needs have been sufficiently fulfilled.

    Dorm Life

    I have no such experience & cannot comment. Will therefore assign an average rating.

    Academic Rigor

    I have had professors who have been hired immediately following their college graduation (for PhD.), with no career experience. As a result, they are not as familiar with their subject matter as should minimally be expected. Some, during my meetings with them, have had to pull out a textbook or search online to answer my very basic questions, which should be second nature to them. Other professors, that are very sufficiently knowledgeable, have failed to include teaching on basic principles that I have needed to learn & understand. They have figured that if the majority of the students are beyond a beginner's abilities, they won't sweat the small stuff. As a result, for instance, I have had a more advanced class or even an internship where those professors are shocked at my lack of basic knowledge, which I should have provided in previous courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    This university should be a necessity-based consideration only. I now regret my enrollment in Oakland University. I had to chose this one though because of its locality. All other college/university options should take priority.

    In three sentences

    My impression over the last 5 years of attending, through many experiences, is that this university values money more than students (an actual conflict of interest). When petitioned to make decisions concerning students, as done so by several different departments, student needs seem irrelevant. What will make the university more money or cost them less is of greatest concern.

  • 07/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    80 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Go greek it is a fun and bonding life and you meet a lot of people.

    Clubs and Activities

    IM sports are a joke in rules and regulations. If you want to play IM football be prepared to get very frustrated at the lack of knowledge of rules by the officials/ referees.

    Bang for the buck

    Not really, Most of the tuition is very ridiculous and the amount of money per credit hour does not amount to the teaching in my view. I went to OCC and OU and many of the teachers at OCC do a better job at teaching then some at OU in my opinion.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs, IM sports and student organizations that there is really no reason anyone should be bored at all. The gym is great and the facilities are amazing in structure and decor

    Food and Dining

    Campus food sucks and is very unhealthy

    Dorm Life

    I was not in a dorm , but according to my friends who lived in the dorms it really depends on how you get along with your dorm mates and floor mates.

    Academic Rigor

    Oakland was originally for UofM and MSU honor college, so be prepared to hit the ground running

    Tips for prospective students

    Read every email sent by Oakland and pay very close attention to the wording of grants and scholarships awarded to you from Oakland.

    In three sentences

    Its a nice University, but the tuition and amount of money needed to attend is very high and somewhat ridiculous. Because a lot of students have jobs on and off campus its hard to keep an eye on emails that Oakland sends out, resulting in deletion of the emails. Oakland sends out emails that are irrelevant to many students, that students disregard even reading them and often faced with fee's at the end of a semester or a loss in a grant or scholarship.

  • 08/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    81 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    their are a variety of clubs so that is a good thing.

    Great for these types of students

    none

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    Bang for the buck

    Way too expensive for the education received and prices keep increasing. better off going to another bigger university.

    What to do for fun

    inside the school their is a basketball court a swimming pool and very small activities center.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you pick the right teachers that is what matters.

    In three sentences

    This is not that big of a school and its a commuter school so means no campus life. And the teachers here can be very immorally bias especially since its a secular university meaning they can be very AntiGod and especially Antichristian and even perverted. The students are usually very young and beware of the awful parking.

  • 08/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    82 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    OU PD is constantly making rounds around the campus and informing students.

    Greek Life

    I do not participate in greek clubs

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and acitivities to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    Interactive students Athletic students Academically advanced

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nearby a popular music theatre. Hanging around Bear lake is a tradition.

    What to do for fun

    Enjoying the diverse student life, many concerts and sporting events.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on the campus

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and meet tons of new people.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University offers great scholarship opportunities for incoming freshman and transfer students. All of the staff at Oakland University care about their students and their success. All the academic advisors are willing to meet and discuss opportunities.

  • 08/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    83 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Oakland University is one of the safest campus in Michigan , I believe. There are plenty of emergency poles with phones to call for help. There are also different numbers to call to get help at any situation.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 120 different clubs and activities . If you participate in at least , then you can meet a ton of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Oakland University has a Haunted Mansion right on campus. It's better when you go at night time . It makes the experience more fun .

    Bang for the buck

    The $21,000 we have to pay as a freshman is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something on campus to do. You can take midnight walks with some friends, sit by the lake or just go to the rec. It's so many different things to do so you should never get bored. Basketball games are always fun! Actually all sporting events here are great!

    Food and Dining

    Great food! It's different things on campus to try. There is also a place we can go and it's buffet style. I think that's pretty cool.

    Dorm Life

    Besides not having AC in the dorms, It's great. If you were to leave your door open, others would just stop by and say hello. It's also nice to have vending machines because you won't have to walk outside of the entire dorm to get some snacks.

    Academic Rigor

    When it comes to cheating and plagiarism , they don't play. They may give a warning or two or they might just kick you out. The math department is definitely something to work on but the school is overall great!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research. This school is pretty great. Everyone here is pretty friendly and supportive. It's the perfect size campus if you don't want an overly big college to attend or a relatively small campus.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus. Great people. Excellent Academic wise.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    84 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Pretty average cafeteria. Chick-fil-a sure does stand out!

    Dorm Life

    Pretty average cafeteria. Chick-Fil-A is an excellent choice.

    Academic Rigor

    Found roommate on RoomSync! It was an easy transition from high school to college.

  • 08/26/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    85 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Since the terrain is quite rough around campus, a bike ride is great the get the blood pumping. The hills make it an enjoyable ride up and down the campus roads. I have played Intramural volleyball in the gymnasium and loved it too. There are plenty of activities, you just need to look around and see what you like.

    Food and Dining

    I've only ate here a few times but the food can be a little overpriced. There are some good places to eat just across the street so if you have the time in between classes, support the local businesses that offer some great food. Papa Romanos, Moy Kong, Mongolian BBQ, DiBella's

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus but I know the dorms are small. Would you rather pay $9,000/yr in a dorm or have your own apartment with a friend for $,3000/yr per person. I would recommend an apartment down the street.

    Academic Rigor

    Working full-time as well as being a full-time student can take a toll on your studies. The work is not extremely hard but manage your time well and you should have no problem. This is easy to say and very difficult to do sometimes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get high school out of your mind. You will need to do the work, all of the work, and nothing but the work to get a good grade. Professors tend to give some partial credit depending on the type of class your in but you can't get by with an all-nighter the night before an exam. Study and you will succeed.

    In three sentences

    If you're transferring from a community college, you won't find many differences here. It is a very diverse school so expect to see a mix of ethnic backgrounds between classmates as well as professors. Be careful around campus for you may get hit by a speeding driver.

  • 10/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    86 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    theres always something going on somewhere, downtown rochester isnt far away nor is the mall

    Food and Dining

    If you live on campus its the same stuff over and over which gets old fast

    Dorm Life

    Ok, really cramped but theyre building more dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want to do and what you have to do as much ahead of time as possible especially if you are an undergrad and going to go to grad school. Different grad schools have different requirements.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University in all is a good school however you must stay on top of things. If you change your major then make sure you talk to the academic adviser and know what you have to take and when. It is very hard to get ahold of financial aid as well.

  • 10/12/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    87 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food in the cafeteria is amazing.

    In three sentences

    It a quiet and peaceful university. It is great if you are going to focus on your academics as well as volunteer work.

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    88 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Amazing! One of the safest campuses you will find, with a police department on campus and officers on duty all night. You never have to feel scared or worried about something happening.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically Focused, Commuters, Math and Science Majors, Someone who doesn't want to attend to big of a university

    Bang for the buck

    Oakland University will give you more for your money than most other colleges. For example, free laundry, purified water, free parking, even free toilet paper. In college, it's the little things that add up.

    What to do for fun

    Oakland is located in Rochester Hills, which is surrounded by places to go and see. Plenty of restaurants, usually a college student favorite, as well as The Great Lakes Crossing mall not even 10 minutes away for the avid shoppers. There are also plenty of activities to partake in on campus as well, which is a closer, cheaper way to have fun and connect with new people.

    Food and Dining

    All I can say is, don't have too high of expectations; with college, comes the cafeteria food. However, there are plenty of options each day and at the end of the day, most college students are just happy they got fed at all.

    Dorm Life

    As nerve-wracking as moving into a dorm seems, it's really not as bad as you think. Yeah, it gets a little cramped with four people, but that's college for you and it's all part of the experience. Dorms allow you to meet new people and create life long friendships; think of it as a sleepover with friends every single night.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes offered here aren't too challenging, but enough to make you think and get your money's worth. The professors are approachable and friendly, and the classes are small enough to be able to get one on one time if needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be too nervous about entering into Oakland, everyone here is welcoming and friendly, and nobody is quick to judge. Just take your classes seriously, but make time for socializing and friends as well. The key to college is balance, and Oakland makes that easy to achieve.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is the perfect college for commuters as well as anyone who is looking for a challenge inside the classroom, and a friendly environment on the outside. Whether you like sports, clubs, or just hanging out in your dorm room, there's a little of everything offered at Oakland University.

  • 01/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    89 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Good, safe campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuters.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the most affordable right now in the area.

    What to do for fun

    Meadowbrook Ball

    Food and Dining

    Ok variety

    Academic Rigor

    Excellent academics

    Tips for prospective students

    Get there early for parking

    In three sentences

    Great academic diversity. Lots of great student activities. Growing sports program

  • 01/15/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    90 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do for fun, besides going to basketball games or going to the rec or game center.

    Food and Dining

    The food is OK, I prefer to pack my lunch.

    Dorm Life

    I can't say because I've never been in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The OU grading scale is very hard, but teachers sometimes make their own grading scale because they think that one is unfair.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school. The parking is terrible if you're a commuter. The classes are relatively small and you can get lots of hands on help with your professor.

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    91 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I see the OUPD EVERYWHERE. And there are also call buttons with blue lights on top that are scattered everywhere on campus. You press the button and the OUPD will be there in 90 seconds or less.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have Homecoming in Winter... That may sound strange, but it is because we only started a football team this year. But no worries! They're changing it to Fall this 2014.

    What to do for fun

    I usually go to the Rec Center and workout or play some table tennis. I've gotten good! Not too much stuff going on, but the Student Program Board makes sure that you will not be too bored while at OU.

    Food and Dining

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the food. The Dining Hall is not like your average cafeteria. It has a mongolian grill and so many choices every day. The Food Court has so many options like Papa Johns, Coyote Jack's, Subway, and even Chick-Fil-A, the only one in Michigan.

    Dorm Life

    I love my resident advisor who makes life here much more enjoyable. The people you meet on your floor are the people you live with for 8 months. Make friends! There is not much that goes on here, but when they plan things to do, they go big!

    Academic Rigor

    Any class I've had is not easy, but most of them are definitely worth taking. I am taking a business required zero credit course and it has so far taught me much more than I could ever learn in a lecture hall. But the work is tough, the teachers are tough, but if you truly set your mind to it, you can do it.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is made up of mostly commuters so sometimes it is difficult to make friends right away, but the atmosphere makes it more enjoyable. FYI - Watch out for parking. It is atrocious.

    In three sentences

    Oakland is a very diverse community which I am proud to be a part of. There are it's upsides and downsides, but the friends and connections I have made so far are nothing short of outstanding! I truly feel like I am at home.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    92 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The police on campus are great! They really care about their students and are very quick to appear when you need them.

    Bang for the buck

    Oakland University strives for low costs. One of my favorite parts of coming here is that there is very few addition fees. This includes free laundry and no parking passes!

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I love to explore campus and the history. Oakland University's land was donated by the Dodge family (founder of Dodge motor company) and the mansion they lived in is still here on campus. Tours of the mansion is free to OU students and they hold a ball in the mansion every years.

    Food and Dining

    The current dining hall for the dorms is not the best food but the food court has restaurants like Subway, Chick-fil-a, and Chopped and Wrapped which are pretty good. The new dorm being built will have a new dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Though some of the dorms are a bit run down, the maintenance team is very accommodating. The university is currently building a new dorm building for the Freshman. However, parking for these dorms (and the whole campus) is very limited which can get frustrating. Nonetheless, I've really enjoyed my two years in the dorms and one year in the student apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are knowledgeable in their fields and are very excited to see students visit their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider living on campus! Though Oakland University is a mainly a commuter school, the dorm life is very active and student apartments are a great way to learn how to live on a budget.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University has a beautifully well-keep campus and a live community. It is mostly a commuter college but the university is currently working toward new campus housing. The staff are skilled in their fields and are eager to aid students toward graduation.

  • 03/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    93 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They have their own police, however people drive really poorly and you have the swerve cars while walking to class.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a lot of options, about 200 I believe. They could have more since a lot of them have similar topics, but overall they are fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Short on cash who live in the area. People who aren't into the party life.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs otherwise you'll be bored. The Rec Center at Oakland is amazing and huge.

    Food and Dining

    The O'Bear Cafe is the best thing on campus. They also have places like Subway and Papa Johns.

    Dorm Life

    Most people commute so the majority don't live here. Although I've heard the dorms are old, they just built new freshmen dorms. The RAs are nice and work hard on their job.

    Academic Rigor

    Oakland is very difficult when it comes to science and math classes. Some professors are great and some not so much. Overall, they have a good variety of classes that are challenging yet rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great for students who live around Oakland University if you're short on money. By commuting you'll be able to save a good $8,000 a year. However, some people prefer the dorm life. You NEED a car if you live on campus. There are no city buses so you'll pretty much be stuck on campus without one. Right now parking is terrible, but they are building new parking decks so we'll see how that goes. Also, if you are really into wearing your school's logo and a sense of community, Oakland is not the school for you. No one seems to care and there aren't that many activities to celebrate and participate in together as one big community. They do not have a football team either and it's not a party school. If none of that bugs you, it is a great school to commute and save money as well as earn a science degree.

    In three sentences

    Parking is horrifying as you look over a sea of cars. Great new medical science building with fancy attributes. Cramped main campus and there is almost no community sense.

  • 04/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    94 of 95

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Get involved! There are numerous clubs and sports that are always looking for people to join. Work with the Oakland radio station, or on the paper. There is something for everyone.

    Food and Dining

    There are many local restaurants. There are dining rooms in each residence hall. There are cafes all over campus and a food court located in the Oakland Center.

    Dorm Life

    There are a variety of housing options. Choose a dorm or an apartment. Live with friends, or go in blind. Everyone at Oakland is friendly, and living on campus is a wonderful experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The faculty at Oakland is top notch. They are more then willing to help students in need. They know their information and are wonderful at teaching it to students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with an academic adviser once a year. Stay on track. Study. Study. Study. The library is open 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.

    In three sentences

    Oakland University is a wonderful university with amazing intelligent teachers. I am a transfer student and all of my credits transferred. Oakland has a reasonable tuition rate and a variety of on campus housing.

  • 04/01/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    95 of 95

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Commuters, Already have a family started, Working through college

    What to do for fun

    Join an organization, and stay on campus as much as possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, its very easy to just go to class, go home, and then miss out on a lot of networking and social opportunities

    In three sentences

    Great school for the money. Can be as interactive and full fledged college experience as you'd like it to be. Good school for those who want to work and get a degree at the same time.