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  • 12/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 out of 29 people found this review useful. 1 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to learn and have safe fun. Also, Old Dominion is good for students who love social events. Networking is huge at Old Dominion and provides a lot of help for you. If you like to help others as well as enjoy being a part of making the community better, Old Dominion is the place for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep a planner and calendar in order to keep up with assignments, test, and events. A calendar will always help you stay involved and your planner will help you stay on task and keep up with personal obligations.

    Bang for the buck

    Fees are not so bad because they offer a lot of money and the school does not put to much stress on you to pay back loans. The institution allows you to check your payments online in order to help you keep up with how much you paid and how much you owe. Old Dominion payment plans are very helpful and financial aid is super.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school activities are very interesting. There are tons of community service groups and organizations. There is always something productive, educational, and fun to do.

    Am learning a lot

    Old Dominion Professors are very professional and informative when it comes to detailed lectures & assignments.

  • 10/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 18 people found this review useful. 2 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    ~Outgoing ~Diverse ~ Fun Loving ~Involved With Organizations ~Determined ~ Organized(Time)

    Tips for prospective students

    ~Make Sure Applications & Paperwork Are Turned in on time. ~Fill Fafsa Out Early & make Sure its filled out correctly! ~ sit With Parents and Make sure Financial paperworks are together and correct.

    Bang for the buck

    The Money Spent At ODU is worth evey dime, you get your moneys worth.

    Am enjoying being here

    One of The Things I Can Say About ODU is, It is a very diverse school. We have Tons of School spirit and there is always something to do that involves everyone, especially the football games! A lot of the organizations here at ODU are great and fun, a lot are about community service.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes at ODU have their Students REALLY Involved! A student can walk out and say that they learned something.

  • 08/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 12 people found this review useful. 3 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Old Dominion is for students who want to receive a good education in a comfortable urban atmosphere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you keep up with all your class material, and don't wait until the last moment to study and do homework. If you follow this, then it will make experience less stressful.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition isn't too bad in combination with financial aid. My parents aren't too stressed about the fees.

    Am enjoying being here

    The student body is diverse, so you meet different people. Also, the events planned for the students allow us to have fun in a safe environment.

    Am learning a lot

    Subject material is distributed evenly through out the semester, so students can comfortable learn and retain information. Just try not to fall behind.

  • 06/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 12 people found this review useful. 4 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for student s who know what career they want and take it very seriously.

  • 01/06/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Old Dominion is very diverse. I recommend this school to anyone willing to tackle a promising education.

    Tips for prospective students

    The semester goes by so quickly! My advice is to take your time, and be sure to balance the fun of the college experience with your work and studies.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is a little plain for my taste. I found that when I wasn't in class or in the cafe, there was not much else to do or see around or beyond the campus. Nonetheless, I have grown fond of my routine. The people you encounter each day really make the difference. If not for such a diverse and interesting crowd, I imagine the university would not be enjoyable.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are comfortable and enjoyable. The professors definitely kept me working, but at a pace that was not stressful. Whenever I needed help outside of class, I felt welcomed by the professors, and I was able to keep myself on track. I am truly learning a lot; and am excelling in my major, and I am content with my progress!

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 6 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Old Dominion Unv. is a great college, medium size, not too small but not too big. This is great for students looking for the not so large class rooms where you feel very impersonable. Yet big enough to enjoy great sports activities and are very competitive with other colleges. Old Dominion has a great college team spirit.

    Tips for prospective students

    The tour of campus is a absolute must. The campus has also been recently remodeled, and several stores/cafes have been added to the campus villlage. When you come for orientation or if it's the first campus visit, it is extremely well organized and well planned out. Every campus student and organizer for these actviities are very knowledgable and nice.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition rate compared to the quality of education is undenyable.

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying Old Dominion with its great atmosphere, including people and location. Ever since the move onto campus, the other students (freshman and upper classmen) have been very supportive, and very motivated to help out in any situation. There has not not been any unkind words or any problems to make you feel excluded. The campus location is absolutely perfect. It's surrounded by boats, water, and the perfect breeze.

    Am learning a lot

    I find the classes very informative and the teachers very willing to help if there are any issues. There are study groups set up to get feed back from other students and give encouragement.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    HORRIBLE! It is safe when you are on campus but ODU is an open campus. One street is safe the other the chances of getting robbed is 50%

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ride the LION : )

    What to do for fun

    House parties, dorm parties are relevant, but always shut down. The ODU police worry about underage drinking more than guns and rapes. I guess its easy work for them! There are a few bars/clubs on Gramby street, 13 min drive from campus. Nothing like a big city life, more like small southern city life.

    Food and Dining

    The webb dining center has increased! Some food is actually good. There is also a Chic fil a, pizza hut, quizznos.

    Dorm Life

    Too many students and too little dorms. University Village is the best dormitory its beautiful, own room, loads of space, full kitchen. However, if you actually want to pass, many of the students living on campus have a goal of going to jail and or getting pregnant. Good roommates are scarce. The dorms are for parties, not graduating.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the class and professor. If you go to class and take notes, you can pass. However, some classes are very rigorous. Rate my Professor helps!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be safe! I have known students to get shot and or robbed here. The neighborhood surrounding ODU is ghetto and should be cleaned up! Also, stay on top of your financial aid, grants, and loans. Many of the workers there seem unqualified and uncaring about your career or your concerns. Email, call, over and over.

    In three sentences

    ODU has a great diverse student body where everyone can find a group no matter where they are from or their preferences. There are amazing professors that really care about student success. The only let back is safety here; campus safety is horrible and deaths, robberies, and rape is realistic here so students must ALWAYS be on guard.

  • 01/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The engineering program here is rumored to be absolutely exceptional. The work load can be a lot but if you manager your time and break up the different assignments, you should be fine. The hundreds of other majors offered here are nothing to put aside. Each department has the best advisers and professors the University could find. ODU has something for every student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to manager your time when you get here. You will find that there is in fact a lot of time during the day in which you will have choices in what you want to spend it doing. Choose wisely. I have seen too many good students end up dropping out because they played too much and did not study enough. It is hard to say no but sometimes you have to do it.

    Bang for the buck

    ODU does seem to be an expensive school, especially for an out of state student like myself. However, my parents and I agree that it will be worth it when I walk out of here. The quality of teaching and classes is worth it. Plus, there are all the other things that come with those classes. There is free tutoring in any subject and it is helpful, and there are also several free programs for students on weekends or after school hours.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people I have met and become very good friends are amazing. And with downtown Norfolk so close, there is always something to do. It is difficult for freshman students to get around because of the no car policy. But bus passes are free and there is always an upperclassman willing to give carpool rides. Norfolk has so much to offer with its shopping and all the different tourist attractions. There are also many restaurants and clubs to keep students entertained on the weekends.

    Am learning a lot

    I found that the teachers here are focused on teaching their students the best they can. I do have a problem with the math placement scoring, but that is easily taken care of by taking a math placement to place into a higher math. Each of my teachers was willing to help me when I needed it. They have also used what they learned in their experience and adventures to teach me.

  • 12/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you like science or engineering both of those programs are great here!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you go here just stay safe and be aware of your surroundings. Go to class, you learn more that way.

    Bang for the buck

    It is reasonably priced for a four year university, and there are plenty of scholarships available.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus isn't that big which is nice, you can easily walk everywhere on campus. The people are great. most everyone is friendly. I love living on campus here.

    Am learning a lot

    College is definitely tougher than high school. I have found myself struggling in some classes but you'll find that at any college. Overall I am doing well in school and I am learning something new every day.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are a lot of campus safety alerts.

    Greek Life

    Stay away, you'll be trapped in a web of failing grades and dangerous parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots and lots of clubs and organizations

    Great for these types of students

    Social students who are looking to meet new people will do well; very diverse campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You have to ride the lion fountain to graduate and avoid walking on the university seal.

    Bang for the buck

    Very expensive with no help from financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Might sound nerdy, but I study with friends. Going to clubs and bars won't be fun when you find out your failing all your classes.

    Food and Dining

    Food has declined greatly since my first year here. I am now a senior and hardly ever go to the cafe. Once, they had egg bologna and bean quesadilla...yuck!

    Dorm Life

    ODU offers really good living conditions. Aim for the village!

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on your major. I am a science major, so it is a little more challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be more academic and less social. Your in college for a reason.

    In three sentences

    Definitely utilize all of the resources that Old Dominion University have to offer. They are here to help and make your career as successful as possible. With your hard work, you will graduate a more rounded person.

  • 01/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 9 people found this review useful. 11 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Local in the hampton roads. Students who want a decent bang for their buck can come here from out of state at an affordable rate.

    Tips for prospective students

    We finally have a football team which adds great atmoshpere and a good sense of community in the fall. There are many events to participate in such as bingo, silly crafts, and games and they are free! The community is not the safest but around campus is nice, and there is not much to ever worry about.

  • 05/11/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 8 people found this review useful. 12 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    EVERYONE! even students with disabilites

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class. Apply for housing in the quads. Get involved in your campus!

    Bang for the buck

    I recieve a good amount of financial aid. Some of my friends do not but they still attend so we both think its good for your money.

    Am enjoying being here

    The environment at ODU is great. It is very diverse and there are many ways to network with others through organizations and activities the campus provides.

    Am learning a lot

    I learn a lot of good information at ODU.

  • 07/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 13 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    ODU is a very diverse school. It is good for everyone, from the most outgoing, most out spoken person; to the shyest, most introverted person. There is a place for everyone to feel welcome.

    Tips for prospective students

    One thing I would want prospective ODU students to know is that it is important to bet out there. Meet new people and socialize. You don't have to party each and every week end but you can still get to know people. Just taking a walk around campus you meet groups of interesting people. College is supposed to be the best time of your life, so enjoy it.

    Bang for the buck

    I personally would say that ODU is a bit expensive. It can be costly once you include housing and fees, but you get it back in the end. ODU gives away a lot of free things. There are a lot of activities and other things that students don't have to pay for. Students get into every home game for free and there is plenty of free food

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE it here. I can't imagine being anywhere else. There are so many opportunities for socialization among different groups of people. There are also a lot of activities put on by student organizations, like Campus Chaos and ODU After Dark, where you can meet a lot of other people. The students are all so friendly and helpful. Its an overall peaceful and drama-free campus.

    Am learning a lot

    ODU is a great school. The instructors are friendly and easy to contact. They are very fair and very understanding. They are knowledgeable in their fields of study and they are able to give a lot of information on the topics. The professors give so much information that it would be hard not to learn anything.

  • 10/28/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The tution is good compared to other schools I've did research on. Being that they have a great dental program.

    Will enjoy being here

    I can say I would enjoy being there, being that it isnt that far from home.

    Will learn a lot

    I rate five stars because the field i wish to major in, this school has a wonderful facilty.

  • 10/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 15 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    ODU is great for engineering and science majors. The classes are interactive and often fun. If you like working with your hands, ODU is for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to explore. If you feel alone, there is always a group to accommodate you. Don't be afraid to meet new people and try new things. If you are struggling in a class, do not be afraid to ask for help. There are tutoring centers on campus to make sure you pass.

    Bang for the buck

    My tuition at ODU has gone to good use. The professors are very dedicated to their students and will do whatever it takes to help them succeed, such as recommending tutoring sessions. The food in the cafeterias, especially Whitehurst, is top notch. The high cost of tuition is certainly worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The student organizations on campus allow students to get together with other students of similar interests. With so many organizations on campus, it is easy for anyone to feel at home and amongst friends. There is something for everyone.

    Am learning a lot

    The engineering department at Old Dominion University is very dedicated to its students. The professors have no issues going out of their way to help struggling students to succeed. The curriculum is informative and easy to understand.

  • 01/14/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take a walk through campus for a day to figure out where everything is, and bring a map just in case- at least for the first few days if you're unfamiliar with the campus. Oh and if you decide to dorm on campus try and avoid Powhatan. Being the oldest dorms on campus they are in need of some repair and tlc.

    Bang for the buck

    Had some problems with financial aid and had a mad rush to cover my bill but all is good now. Just was a little stressed to make the bill deadline.

    Am enjoying being here

    Gorgeous campus, tons of places to eat, lots of housing options etc

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here are witty, polite, funny and extremely caring. All of my professors really made an awesome impression on me and I'm looking forward to taking more of their classes.

  • 12/17/2011

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    yes this school is great for very productive and interactive minds like myself haha...

    Tips for prospective students

    search what ever school u want to go to good

    Bang for the buck

    yes i willing to spend a little money to come here if i can get some good scholarship money[]]

    Will enjoy being here

    yes i hope i enjoy going there as much as i enjoy being around people

    Will learn a lot

    Yes i hope to learn a lot for what i'm going there for

  • 03/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 231

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    be part of clubs make many friends.

    Food and Dining

    when i first went to odu the food took some getting use to, but there was always something there i liked everything is fresh. the dining halls are improving every year.

    Dorm Life

    it's great everyone is so friendly, my roommates have been great, and the housing is nice.

    Academic Rigor

    old dominion is very competitive. the teacher's are there to help the work load is not impossible to do you just have to be dedicated to the books.

    Tips for prospective students

    1.get involved 2.use your resources(teachers, friends, and tutors) 3. don't be afraid to ask questions

    In three sentences

    old dominion is a great school. old dominion offers many resources to help their students academically. the teachers are great also, always there when you need them.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The Old Dominion distance learning program is ideal for students who do not wish to or can not leave their homes for any reason. This is a great way to attend college if you are currently in a career. it is also a way to access a degree if you are not financially ready to move away from home.

    Food and Dining

    no comment

    Dorm Life

    I will not be attending the University Campus as I live over 400 miles away. I am excited about the Distance Learning program that is partnered with our local community college. This way, I can attend ODU and still be able to be with my family.

    Academic Rigor

    The variety of academic opportunities allow students to be able to get a degree in almost any field they want to. I would rate them a 4 star.

    In three sentences

    I am impressed by the care that the staff at Old Dominion University has shown to me in the processing of my admission. They are caring and go out of their way to help you receive all the advantages of attending their college. I am looking forward to an exciting two years with them.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 231

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are several things to do for fun. As a powerful mid major school, nearly every collegiate sport serves as a great venue to watch. There is also an intramural league where you can play football, basketball, soccer, and a host of other sports. In addition, the university sponsors events throughout the semester that allows students to participate in activities that often result in prizes,

    Food and Dining

    The dining services offer several great options. depending on your meal plan, the options seem limitless, but be cautious with your flex points because they can run out before you know it. This fall, the options will be even better when combined with places like Chick Fil-A and Quiznos already in place.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is an experience you will never forget. It is an opportunity to form life-long friendships and truly get a sense of what it is like to be on campus. The only downside is that first year students have to live in the older dorms instead of the newer, more spacious ones.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor may seem difficult, but it is easier than people may realize. As long as you stay focused, the courses will flow quite easily.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the financial cost of attending this school. Apply for as many scholarships and financial aid opportunities as possible. Get involved early. Join clubs, volunteer, and take advantage of the tremendous amount of areas students can be involved in. Most importantly stay focused. Study hard, take plenty of notes, and do not hesitate to communicate with your teachers regularly throughout the semester.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University constantly strives to make the student experience better. The professors here are very focused on helping you pass their class while also preparing you for the courses ahead. I give Old Dominion University the highest possible rating for the simple fact that they make the effort to understand you and help you in any way.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 21 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    ODU has campus security on campus 24/7 and emergency lights throughout campus. It also works with Norfolk police on weekends patrolling the campus at night.

    Greek Life

    There are numerous fraternities and sororities around campus and the population is still growing. You will see a lot of the Fraternities doing events on campus during the beginning of the school year.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anime club, Fraternities and Sororities, Handball tournaments, diving team, flag football league.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to skate, go to the beach, fish, or even students who like comic books or anime. ODU has many clubs and organizations on campus that offer a variety of things for different groups of people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The is supposed a rumor around campus that anyone who steps on the seal in the center of campus won't graduate on time. I'm not sure about everyone on campus but I tend to make sure I don't step on it and I notice other students don't either.

    Bang for the buck

    Quality education, Variety of social clubs and organizations, cultural opportunities, near the ocean and VA beach.

    What to do for fun

    The campus holds numerous events around campus such as Web Jams, step shows, and Laser Tag.

    Food and Dining

    ODU has a lot of variety when it comes to dining on campus. It has three main dining places located in the center and both sides of campus. It also has a number of convenience stores and restaurants located near campus.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms at ODU very and can be a very good experience or an

    Academic Rigor

    The academic level at ODU can be very demanding at times but it also does well to prepare you for your future career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of opportunities given to you. Also pay attention to what the teacher says and don't skip class if possible.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University has a beautiful campus that is close to the water. The students here are polite and respectful and just has home like vibe to it. Also the staff at ODU is so friendly and helpful that you shouldn't have a problem getting good grades.

  • 03/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our campus security is getting larger every year. They are working on building a new campus police station as well. One of the most unique things about our campus police is that they attend police academy with the Norfolk Police Department.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big thing on campus, a lot of these groups are very focused on the community around us and you'll often see them doing fundraisers for local charities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everyone I know is involved in several clubs and activities and the best thing about ODU is, if you don't find a club that is perfect for you, you can make your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    If you are a student that loves getting involved in a little bit of everything, this is the place for you because of all the clubs and organizations available.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a huge fountain in the middle of campus and in the middle of the fountain is our mascot, Big Blue the lion. A tradition that we have at ODU is to go out in the middle of the night and climb on top of the lion and then try our best not to get spotted by campus security. If you ever hear someone on campus ask, Did you ride the lion yet? now you know what they mean by it!

    Bang for the buck

    I was really nervous about going to school on a big campus, not because it was a big campus, but because I did not want to feel like a tiny little guppy in the huge ocean. The faculty and staff of ODU really take care of all the students and take pride in it. They help make me feel valued and important which is great.

    What to do for fun

    ODU is located near the heart of Norfolk, VA which means there is a lot of great stuff to do. There are museums downtown along with a mall, our hometown baseball field for the Norfolk Tides, and the ice rink where the Norfolk Admirals play. Also as an ODU student we get into the Zoo for free! Also you can't forget that the beach is not that far away!

    Food and Dining

    The staff in our dining halls are fantastic. They see hundreds of students every day and they still manage to smile and ask how your day is going all while serving up some tasty food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at ODU is a great experience. I was really able to find out what it is like to live on my own without my parents. The RA's hired by the school are probably the nicest people on campus and they make living in the dorms fun and stress free. There is also a lot of security in the dorms so that is a huge plus.

    Academic Rigor

    You have some classes that are easy to some and more difficult to others, that can be said for any university. When you fall in love with your major here at ODU, the academic life is not bad at all. Once you are dedicated to that major everything falls into place and it is easy to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're thinking about coming to ODU, make sure to take advantage of all the clubs we have to offer. That is a great way to meet new people that have the same interests as you. Another tip would be, don't be afraid to put yourself out there, everyone on campus is very friendly so hold your head high and be confident.

    In three sentences

    ODU is a great place if you are looking for diversity on campus, there are so many different people on campus that you can also learn more about the world outside of the the classroom. The teachers here are amazing they all have one goal in mind and that is to help you succeed. Overall ODU is a community full of supporters.

  • 02/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who are interested in biology, engineering or other sciences would love it here. Also, people who don't mind having a limited campus would be comfortable here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely RESEARCH all the professors who teach classes you are interested in. Some teachers are not instructive,informative or even entertaining. And apply for a scholarship!

    Bang for the buck

    ODU did give me a Monarch Scholarship based on my grades. It has helped me a lot with finances. However, even though the cost per credit hour is low because of in-state rates, if you get a bad teacher and don't learn anything or fail, then it really is a waste of money.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm not going to lie, I hate the campus. There's not that much culture or other activities.

    Am learning a lot

    So far my instructors have been hit or miss. I loved my Film Appreciation professor, he was very informative. However, my English Composition teacher was absolutely terrible. My other two teachers were bland - neither terrible or overly great. I suggest researching ALL instructors before signing up for class, some teachers here at ODU are just terrible.

  • 05/20/2011

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

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    everyone

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure you apply for everything early

  • 06/08/2011

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

    25 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All types

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply on time, apply for as many scholarships as possible

    Bang for the buck

    They are really great at working around your specific financial situation

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 231

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Lovers of the beach and water. Students who want a campus with both an urban and a suburban feel to it. Students who want a medium sized college

    Tips for prospective students

    Do everything as early as possible. Make a schedule and follow it. Just have fun.

    Bang for the buck

    All I will say is its expensive but what college is not? Get everything in before deadline or they can really screw you over. But the teachers they hired are amazing

    Am enjoying being here

    All the buildings are walking distance for on-campus students. Depending on where you live, it can take only 10 minutes to get to the classes. Also the campus is peaceful. The football games are amazing to be at and to participate in.

    Am learning a lot

    This depends on the teacher mostly. I have loved just about every one of my teachers that I have had. But they all have a passion about their content and you can see it when they talk to you.

  • 07/11/2011

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

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    any student! the campus is very diverse!!

    Tips for prospective students

    apply for room and board AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!! with the increased popularity of ODU some of the dorms have be TRIPLED! however those who are on time for applying to dorms you will be guaranteed a room!

    Bang for the buck

    tuition is very affordable! however FASFA is your BESTFRIEND!! i would know. . . since im very poor :( but hey for my entire education, i only owe odu UNDER 8000!! cant beat that

    Will enjoy being here

    the environment is very family like. the students are very much like a family. plus the students are treated like STUDENTS and not numbers!

    Will learn a lot

    they have classes for EVERYTHING!!

  • 11/11/2011

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get a good SAT score and GPA. Don't be afraid to call the school. Make a visit!

    Bang for the buck

    Nothing is expensive. Cheaper than going to a private school and its still a great school.

    Will enjoy being here

    Great area. Near the beach, navel base! I would feel safe at all times.

    Will learn a lot

    This school has every major I could think about taking. I could try just about anything and not get tired.

  • 11/15/2011

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

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    Great for these types of students

    Any type of students, in my opinion. Most of my friends that got there are athletes though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go visit it! I thought I wuoldn't like ODU, but once I went and toured the campus and saw everything it had to offer, I decided to put it on the list of colleges I would be applying for.

    Bang for the buck

    We were told that we were able to save alot of our money by being in state and also applying for merits and scholarships, and the money that we did pay, we could get the miost out of it.

    Will enjoy being here

    I personally didn't want to leave. it has a beautiful and diverse campus with lots of things to do in your spare time.

    Will learn a lot

    I recently went here for a college trip over the summer, and it seemed to have alot of resources and classes to take.

  • 11/30/2011

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

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    Will enjoy being here

    close to home

    Will learn a lot

    Tough PT program

  • 12/15/2011

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    Start your application process early! Procrastination can become deadly in a university setting. Even after admittance there is many requirements before you begin taking classes. My advice would be to stay on top of every deadline by keeping a daily/monthly calendar and approaching each task separately so as not to become overwhelmed.

    Will learn a lot

    I am very excited to learn the ideas and thoughts of others and have my own ideas challenged.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    gym, learning common, tutoring sessions

    Tips for prospective students

    really dedicate yourself to your school work and network with as many students possible, learning is so much better with study buddies.

  • 01/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to parties, events on campus, and just hang out with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get many scholarships, be prepared, have fun.

    In three sentences

    It has a very nice campus. Most of the people are friendly. There is plenty of support for everyone at this school.

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to Virginia Beach, downtown Norfolk, join the Greek life, sporting events, and lots of concerts are on campus or very close to campus.

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria dining is a hit or miss. Some days it tastes like good ol' home cooked meals and other days it tastes like high school food.

    Dorm Life

    It was not the best at first because I was in a triple room but so far this semester, I am enjoying it a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Allow them to meet some teachers so they can get an idea of how different college professors are from high school teachers.

    In three sentences

    My experience is definitely above par. All of the teachers I've had were extremely helpful to my success in their class and I learned things of importance that I can use later in my life. The campus is extremely friendly and boredom is never an option here.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    this is the main reason to why to i decided to attend old dominion. the opportunities in this city (norfolk, va) is endless. there are many companies all around that take students daily for internships or co-op jobs which may be fun for some. also downtown norfolk is less than 5 miles from campus and there are theaters to watch plays, a giant mall, and other shops where you can literally run around for hours and lose track of time. if do not have a car then no worries, old dominion provides its students with a hrt pass that allows them to board any hrt vehicle for free! also the beach is only 22 miles away, so if you feel like taking off and going for a tan then it is an option.

    Food and Dining

    food is a little tricky. there are days where the main cafeteria (cafe 1201) doesn't serve much due to the main fact that there's other things going on campus (basketball, football, or soccer games) and not that many student will eat there. but otherwise the food is very consistent and they try their best to switch it up when possible but keep certain things available. old dominions card center will also give you plenty of options when it comes to choosing a meal plan. i personally recommend the black 225 plan because you can have friends visit and you can swipe them but if you have a weekly plan then those numbers are set for the week.

    Dorm Life

    freshman dorms were probably the worst i have lived at. however compared to the upperclassmen ones i currently am in you can see there is a huge difference. furthermore the freshman dorms have been standing since 1940s. so for old dominion being not such a young school that it is, i will give my respects to the office of housing and residence for continually improving (renovating) the freshman dorms to make them as nice as possible. also being in a freshman dorm you share a bathroom (suite style) with a room next door. if it were not for that i would have never met my best friend and current roommate. so in the end it was worth it and i would never trade it for anything else. also the uppser classmen dorms are amazing, they give you plenty of options: an apartment with a room to yourself but no kitchen, or an apartment with a kitchen, or an apartment but you share a room with someone, or just a plain old dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    in the engineering department, you will find those who have natural abilities to succeed easily, fail. no one is safe from the academics. you must put in time, effort, and even sweat in order to get the good grade you deserve. old dominion insists that it would like to be one of the best universities so you can expect that they will give you your moneys worth and teach you something.

    Tips for prospective students

    know what you want. i highly do not recommend people going to a college just for the heck of it. it is highly irrational and will cost you. transferring between in state schools is a challenge, but can you imagine out of state? in other words, think twice, decide once. furthermore, do not come in thinking college is about fun. remember why you came to college, otherwise you will find your time here very very short. furthermore you should know the expectations old dominion has for their students. they expect the best, and i believe that they are. it may not be an ivy league school, but old dominion will get there in no time at the standards they set for their students.

    In three sentences

    the amount of diversity will almost insure that you can never feel out of place. the atmosphere around campus will make you want to come back to school. the academics will challenge you and bend your mind.

  • 02/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we have safe ride so you do not have to walk home by your self.

    Greek Life

    greek life is big and very welcoming.

    Clubs and Activities

    it is so many options you will find an organization that fits you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    we have to ride the lion before we graduate.

    What to do for fun

    we have over 200 organizations with programing all weekend and sports teams as well. you are never left being bored.

    Food and Dining

    the food is alright, but they do have their days when it is not good but you always have other options. they are stingy as well, so that is a down fall.

    Dorm Life

    although all the dorms may not look the best you will find your friends for life in your dorm. they also have activities in the dorm so you can interact with other students.

    Academic Rigor

    they are tough on academics, but it is good because it makes you work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    i would suggest making sure you get involved so you can know new people. never stay in your dorm because you miss out on the whole college experience. work on your study skills while in high school because you will need it when you get here. do not let anyone or anything discourage you from attending the university of your choice.

    In three sentences

    old dominion university is an extremely diverse college. you have the opportunity to be involved in over 200 different organizations. old dominion university you give you the greatest college experience you have ever experienced in your entire life.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we just upped our campus security with more security officers around campus, more emergency call boxes, and better lighting. yes, there still is crime just like anywhere else, but most of it happens off campus anyway. no one should be scared to walk around by themselves on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are so many organizations to join it's hard to know where to begin. there are clubs for every major that can help you get internships or gain experience and knowledge. there are tons of community service groups which can get you college credits, and of course, there are more than plenty sororities and fraternities.

    Great for these types of students

    everyone! we are a very diverse school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    a big superstition is that students aren't supposed to step on the school's seal in the center of campus. if you do, it's said that you won't graduate. we also have monarch way which is sort of a strip of unique restaurants and fun stores right behind the book store.

    What to do for fun

    there's plenty of sports equipment you can rent from the rec center for fun, and we also have the outdoor adventure park where you can rent a kayak to take onto the water for the day. also, we're in the heart of the city where the mall is only 10 minutes away, and odu is surrounded by restaurants that cater to students.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is a great way to make new friends and learn about new things. it's hard finding out about some things around campus by yourself but if you live with people who have a lot to offer then it's so much easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    be smart and manage your time well. learn to take responsibility for yourself and stay safe!

    In three sentences

    odu is an excellent university with a lot to offer to students. the campus is gorgeous with unique buildings, and the school offers a variety of classes that encompass all interests. it's a fun and lively environment with many things to keep students entertained.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    on-campus security is excellent and i always feel secured even if i go out late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    there's many student organizations here, such as the american society of mechanical engineers, and they are active and encourage their members to participate in organization activities. there's a variety of clubs on campus for students with a wide range of tastes, from surf club to chess club.

    Great for these types of students

    it's great for those students who don't mind the virginia weather. the engineering program has also recently added a undergraduate and graduate major modeling and simulation as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    riding the lion is a tradition where students get on top of the lion statue in the center of the fountain in front of the webb center.

    Bang for the buck

    with free tickets to odu games for students, great meal plans to ensure we don't starve, and the classes with great professors, it's worth the tuition and housing costs to attend.

    What to do for fun

    public transportation is free to odu students, so the buses and the tide are free for students and allow them to access all of norfolk, including macarthur mall, the scope, and a variety of other places around the city. the ted constant center is right on hampton boulevard, allowing students to walk there to see concerts, sporting events, and other events there. odu also has a gym facility with plenty of courts, a pool, and an indoor track for working out at or playing a friendly game with friends. there's also football, baseball, and soccer games to attend during their respective seasons.

    Food and Dining

    there's a variety of restaurants on and around campus including chinese, pizza hut, quiznos, subway, chick-fil-a, and grilleworks. the school cafeterias also provide a variety of food with healthy choices.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms never get boring with the ras here plan events for the residents here, and the university provides wireless and non-wireless internet, hd, and the dorms are kept at reasonable temperatures.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes here are taken seriously by both the teacher and student.

    Tips for prospective students

    bring your long board, a large part of the population use long boards to get around on campus.

    In three sentences

    old dominion university is a great school with a great campus. the classes are great and the professors are generally good, and the clubs, societies, and activities here on campus ensure there's something for anyone. the sports program is also great and the games are always exciting.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i feel safe at this school.

    Clubs and Activities

    i am not involved in other activities.

    Great for these types of students

    great for all types of students.

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition is cheaper than any school in this area.

    What to do for fun

    i like going to the gym.

    Food and Dining

    they have a great selection of food items.

    Dorm Life

    i live at home.

    Academic Rigor

    they have very challenging courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    learn the outline of the school first, then find out what they have to offer.

    In three sentences

    old dominion university is a top notch school. i feel the classes are very challenging. they also offer a lot of extra amenities to the students.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    most freshmen ride the lion which is the water feature outside of the webb center.

    Bang for the buck

    it is not the most expensive college but it is not the cheapest either.

    What to do for fun

    attend various games.

    Tips for prospective students

    do not over pack. it will cause a messy room.

    In three sentences

    this school is very diverse. it has a variety of activities for everyone to participate in. the housing is not that great.

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    i live at the district across the street from campus. it's kind of expensive but its worth every bit.

    In three sentences

    old dominion is a wonderful diverse school. every teacher i've had so far have been great. old dominion has plenty of different options and i cant wait till the summer because i'm right next to the beach.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety has excelled so many expectations and become superb over the last 2 years. The number of security and frequency of patrols has been amped up and to top it off, hotlines and transportation has been provided for the students to freely contact at excellent hours of the day.

    Great for these types of students

    Although the parking space has become limited over the years, the campus is still great for all types of students and is a very diverse, welcoming community.

    What to do for fun

    Like stated before, Old Dominion University has a very radiant atmosphere, and what helps to make this true is the fact that there is the Ted Constant Center, providing the area with concerts, shows and performances for entertainment. Not only that, but there are plenty of restaraunts, clubs, bars, sports fields, malls and movie theaters to cater to the wants and needs of student life.

    Food and Dining

    The location of the dining areas are very convenient, however, it would be nice if they were a bit more open to commuters (such as dining areas provided only for dorm residents)

    Dorm Life

    I give such a low rating because I am a commuter, and therefore have not lived in campus provided dorms at all in my 3 semesters of attending. I will, however, say that it is particularly difficult receiving housing unless you apply for such extrememly early in the semester.

    Academic Rigor

    The studies at this particular college are no more and no less harder than any other 4 year college, in my opinion.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip for prospective students is to come to ODU prepared and fully dedicated to working, learning and studying, but also have fun while doing so.

    In three sentences

    In the past 18 months that I have attended Old Dominion, I have a gathered enough information to come up with an opinion on the institute. It has a very clean and welcoming campus, the atmosphere is radiant, it's very diverse and hearty when it comes to activities. Although I haven't had too many pleasant experiences with the financial office, I can personally say, I very much enjoy attending this university.

  • 03/21/2012

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

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    What to do for fun

    Because it is in the city of Norfolk, the question is what can't you do?

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your FASFA in as soon as possible

    In three sentences

    A large and beautiful campus. There are always construction projects going on. They offer a variety of academics.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus is working on that - we get a bad rap but a lot of it happens off of campus. alerts are sent out if anything happens to or concerning an ODU student

    Greek Life

    NPHC Frats/Sororities, PHC Frats/Sororities - Fall FFR is crazy

    Clubs and Activities

    ODU Ghost Hunters, TRUST, DIVINE, CSCE, Gamma Sigma Sigma, Marching Band, Dance, theater, French club you name it ODU has it - over 200 organizations on campus and growing

    Great for these types of students

    ALL students of every reace, gender, sexuality, culture you name it ODU has it and it's fantastic

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Riding the lion and not walking on the seal....

    Bang for the buck

    Del Vechs $1 slice pizza at lunch.

    What to do for fun

    VA Beach, clubs, movies.

    Food and Dining

    LOTS of selection, even commuters can get a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of dorms choices. Live in the Village if you can,

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are on an even keel regarding how hard/tough they are. Sciences and Engineering are pretty hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus first so you know where your classes will be. Bike or skateboard to classes. Join at least one organization. Be active not just in your academics but in the ODU community over all. Don't step on the seal and try to ride the lion before you graduate.

    In three sentences

    Great school with a lot of opportunities for different degrees. Fantastic social scene with over 200 organizations. Best school in the Hampton Roads area not only with athletics but academics as well.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is everywhere after dark. There is even a free service called Safe-Ride that will drive you to your location after dark. It runs from sun down until 2 a.m. every day.

    Greek Life

    There are tons of options to chose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many club, sororities and fraternities, and organizations to get involved with.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for anyone who wants to experience diversity and step outside their box.

    Bang for the buck

    This university is not overpriced. It is about average for schools in Virginia. The college experience is well worth the cost.

    What to do for fun

    Around Norfolk, there are a lot of places to go. First, Virginia Beach is only a short distance and students can ride the local transit system for free. There is also the Norfolk Zoo close by that is free as well. There is great shopping and museums in the area too.

    Food and Dining

    There are three dining hall on campus for convince. They offer options for vegans, vegetarians, and lactose and tolerant individuals.

    Dorm Life

    Some of the dorms are old and small. However, the RA's are helpful and the housing is temporary.

    Academic Rigor

    Old Dominion is difficult but not out of reach. You will have to work hard but it is well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about getting your education at Old Dominion I would recommend it for anyone who wants an average size school located in a city with a lot to offer.

    In three sentences

    I love Old Dominion! This school has a variety of majors to choose from. All the students and staff are helpful and welcoming.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I you stay in large group and don't stay out untile 1am you will be fine. However if you choose to go out in a small group and come back after 1am there is an increased risk of being unsafe in the area.

    Greek Life

    There is Greek Life at ODU. I am not involved in it. However, I do see Greeks all over campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are is a countless amount of clubs and activities around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuter students Students who love the city Students who need a flexible schedule

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unsuaul tradition at ODU is that every student must find a way to ride the lion before they graduate, with getting caught by authorities.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do fun at ODU. There are various clubs, student organizations, intermural sports. Also, there is always some sporting event, fair, or student run events happening on campus. Also, there a clubs, resteraunts, malls, beach, and theme parks all close to campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are many great food and dining options just off campus, but there needs to be more options right on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus. I commute from Chesapeake, VA, which is about 35 min. from campus. Commutting is is a great way to save money. However, it can be a pain when traffic is heavy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should be prepared 1 student among over 20,000. Incoming students should also be prepared for a vigorous curriculum. New students should be prepared to get involved with a club, student organization, or on campus work, too.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is wonderful school to attend. The university offers numerous degrees, clubs, student organizations, and sports. Also, it is an inner-city university which offers many internship and career opportunities

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety on campus has been a bit of an issue recently. If you are not in the wrong places late at night or walking alone late at night than you should be fine. The campus police do bust a lot of parties but they are always responsive.

    Greek Life

    There is an extensive Greek life on campus for all people. They have many sororities and fraternities. There is always something going on with the Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything and everyone. There is always an activity going on on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who would love to be involved on campus. They have everything for students including greek life, outreach programs, and student government. They have clubs for all majors and for all races, religions, and sexual orientations.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a few traditions on campus. You have to ride the lion statue on campus before you graduate. You also can not step on the seal before graduation or you will not graduate. If you do step on the seal you must sacrifice a plate of food to the lion statue in apologizes for stepping on the seal.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a little pricey but so is every college these days. I think that if you can fund it, it is most definitely worth the tuition. I wouldn't trade this for anything.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun on campus. There are bars and restaurants on campus and the campus community is always putting on events for students.

    Food and Dining

    The dining is okay on campus. I ate mostly at the restaurants on campus. The cafeterias on campus had good food but I prefer to not eat there because I would graze. The people working in the cafes are such fun as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life on campus is amazing. The people on the floors in the dorms are always involved in activities in the dorms. The people all become friends throughout the year and it makes the college experience that much better.

    Academic Rigor

    The programs are rigorous and worth it. I have enjoyed being challenged in many ways and I think that the challenge has improved my ability to excel in school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for the school and for the programs in the school. This school is a lot of fun and definitely not worth missing. This has been an experience I will never forget.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a well rounded academic and diverse school. There is a program for everyone and every interest. The teachers and students are very active in the campus community.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Patrols are done by both ODU & Norfolk City Police. They are stepping it up to keep students safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Member of Student Veterans Association. Getting involved helps you to meet people and looks awesome on your resume!

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive, so try to transfer in from an affiliated school like TCC.

    What to do for fun

    Join a student organization, make lots of friends, and hang out together!

    Food and Dining

    Certain dining halls have better food than others. Webb Center has a lot of food choices and well-known company brands like Quiznos, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, etc. I don't eat much junk food anyway.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but from what I hear residence hall life is improving.

    Academic Rigor

    Every teacher is different. Be prepared for different levels of expectation. Be prepared to WORK. It pays off at the end of every semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn all you can about the financial aid process. Budget accordingly. Get work-study or a school-affiliated part-time job.

    In three sentences

    Be prepared to WORK. It pays off at the end of every semester. Have fun!

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since ODU is in a city, crime does occur from time to time. Some robberies and muggings take place around the ODU campus. However, the campus itself is very safe. And if traveling off campus make sure you never walk alone and try not to go out in the late hours of the night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at ODU is small, but is constantly growing. Greek life is all about supporting the local community and starting a bond with one another that will last a lifetime. With over 20 chapters to choose from many Monarchs decide that Greek life is the right choice for them.

    Clubs and Activities

    With all the different organizations on campus ranging from Fraternities and Sororities to SGA and academic clubs, there is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Since ODU is such a diverse school, it is a great place for all types of people. However, if you are not disciplined and prepared to learn, then your journey at ODU might be cut short.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most well known tradition on the ODU campus is called Riding the Lion. The goal is to ride the lion, which is outside the Webb Center in the middle of campus, without getting in trouble. I don't recommend trying this during daylight hours.

    Bang for the buck

    Just like any college, it is a money making game. Try to stay away from buying personal items in the PODS because they overcharge compared to a local grocery store. However, many things do come free at ODU. There is the amazing gym that you can access at almost anytime of the day. There are also opportunities to sail and golf for little money on the ODU campus that many students partake in.

    What to do for fun

    Since ODU is in such a great location, there are endless ideas of what to do for fun. For starters, if it is a hot day outside a quick trip to Virginia beach is always nice. And if your looking to stay on campus, then the Webb center is always holding activities for students.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining options at ODU are not the best, but they are certainly not the worst. New students will find that the food reminds them of high school, but the environment around them screams college. Most students favorites are the brand name restaurants on campus such as Chick-Fil A, Pizza Hut, Tropical Smoothie, and many others.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at ODU is very entertaining. The people you meet on your halls and floors may become your best friends through college. Not all the dorms are equal though. Scotland and Whitehurst tend to be the more popular dorms while Rogers and Gresham seem to lack in comparison.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what your major is the academic rigor will be different. However, no matter what your major is most classes will be challenging. Plan your academic schedules wisely and don't stack to many tough classes into one semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    For perspective students coming to Old Dominion University, be prepared to come in with a mind set on learning. There are many activities to take part in such as sports, fraternities and sororities, and clubs, but the most important thing to remember is your coming to Old Dominion for a degree.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a unique and diverse college that presents many opportunities to their students. Combined With a great location and many different majors to choose from students will find that Old Dominion is the right place for them.

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety at Old Dominion University is great! The students are always notified of any suspicious activity and/or crimes around campus. They ensure that you have an escort at all times and you arrive at your destination safely. Campus Safety does it's job of promoting safety and wellness of Old Dominion students.

    Greek Life

    Old Dominion is honored to have the Divine Nine. Greek life at Old Dominion is never dormant. Greeks promote the brotherly and sisterly bond between people of the same interest. It is a very good investment for post-college life. It allows you have brothers and sisters throughout the world and a good networking opportunity.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are various clubs, organizations and activities on campus for every student to get involved. There are organizations based on many demographics. The clubs and activities, honestly, make Old Dominion the type of school it is. Clubs and activities allow students to come together as a campus and take part in similar activities. Organizations help the students of Old Dominion become a family.

    Great for these types of students

    Old Dominion is great for open-minded students who have a positive outlook on life. Old Dominion's academics are structured so the student can be grounded in many areas, not just solely on their majors. Old Dominion is for students who do not mind thinking outside of the box and are willing to try new things. Old Dominion University is for students who love to meet new people and love to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is a tradition to ride the lion before the student graduates. This tradition consists of stepping in a fountain that surrounds the statue of the lion and climbing up on the back of the lion. This is supposed to take place at night and it is supposed to be videotaped. Another college-wide tradition of Old Dominion is not stepping on the seal. Stepping on the Old Dominion Seal is a sign of bad luck and the student would not be able to graduation when they are supposed to.

    Bang for the buck

    Old Dominion provides students with essential needs and skills that are useful after college. The finances that are being paid to Old Dominion by students' tuition is being used for the students' benefit. Old Dominion constructs it school around the students' needs.

    What to do for fun

    At Old Dominion University, there are many things that a student is able to do for fun. Conveniently, there is a beach located on the outskirt of Old Dominion's campus. There is a state of the art fitness center and swimming area located in the center of campus. There are a lot of recreational activities that are being held throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    The food overall is good. Old Dominion University has a variety of choices for many tastes. The dining staff is respectful and courteous. The quality of the food is sustainable.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very sustainable and comfortable. It allows the students to interact with others of the same interest and values. It allows students to make long term friendships and collaborate with other individuals. Dorm life is very beneficial.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is acceptable. The teachers are very helpful, which allows the student to understand the concepts better. Given four hundred level classes are harder than three hundred level classes, but with experience, knowledge, and a great professor, the student will be very successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be very open minded when attending Old Dominion University. There are classes that seem to be irrelevant, but they are designed to make you a well-rounded person. Take your time in this wonderful learning experience and do not rush things.

    In three sentences

    I think Old Dominion University is a wonderful school. The networking opportunities are numerous and the professors are splendid. Old Dominion University ensures a successful career post graduation.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety is fine just don't be walking around late at night

    Greek Life

    Amazing has all different types of sororities and fraternities

    Clubs and Activities

    All types of clubs for anybody

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who want to know international cultures and meet different cultures

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Must ride the lion freshmen year, and don't step on the old dominion seal cause you wont graduate

    Bang for the buck

    I think the school is a little to high and raises tuition alot each year. So i would recommend graduating quickly or be broke.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Webb during activity hour, and go the events they have around campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Cafe 1201 when it's packed with students is not the greatest because they be rushing to feed everyone. But the food in Legends(Whitehurst Hall) is always good it;s the best food on campus.

    Dorm Life

    If you know you have certain preferences then make sure you feel out the preference area on your housing application or you will get a horrible roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure you study for everything because Old Dominion doesn't have some of the best teachers in some departments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read the student guidelines to make sure you understand everything. With financial aid make sure you read all the terms and conditions before submitting anything. With teachers and the work they give out make sure you understand it completely before attempting to do the assignment, if not email your teacher.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a hard school to attend. Make sure you know all information about Old Dominion before attending. Make sure you select the right teacher for all classes.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Improvements are being made

    Greek Life

    We have a very active greek life here

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs to get involved in

    Great for these types of students

    Its great for open minded ambitious students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure you ride the Lion before you graduate!

    Bang for the buck

    Be willing to step outside your comfort zone and try new things. You won't regret it

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach nearby or hang out with friends

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria has its good and bad days

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be challenging depending on who you live with

    Academic Rigor

    College is not easy

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get involved in students organizations and build relationships with the faculty and staff

    In three sentences

    ODU is very diverse. I have overall enjoyed my time here. It is an up and coming campus

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. There are officers and options for students to always get where they need to be safely.

    Clubs and Activities

    ODU offers over 250 clubs and organizations. And if you do not find something you are interested in, you have the ability to start your own club with the signatures of 10 supporters. ODU will also give you funding for you new organization.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of students. ODU is like a big melting pot. There is an opportunity to meet someone new everyday.

    Bang for the buck

    I definitely think you get your bang for your buck. all programs are accredited and produce amazing candidates for the work force.

    What to do for fun

    There are always things to do at ODU. The school sponsors activities every weekend and often during the week. And if you do not want to be on campus there are plenty of things to do in the city of Norfolk, just a short ride away fro campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food at ODU is great. There are 3 different cafeterias, and countless eateries surrounding the campus. You will never go hungry at ODU.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus is an amazing experience. You meet so many new people, some of whom could be lifelong friends. Living on camous is an essential part of the college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are extremely rigorous. They are not to be taken lightly. But if you put forth the effort to make your education what it should be, every student can handle their course load.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise students to be aware of time management. Stay on top of their studies because it is very easy to fall behind. And to get involved and make the most out of the experience.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is an amazing school. The academic courses help the students reach their full potential and are a great experience to be in. IU give ODU a 10 out of 10 for its outstanding contributions to my education.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are countless amounts of activities to do on campus. Not only are their parties but their are also organized events that occur constantly. Flyers are put up all around campus.Emails are sent to students to keep them informed of whats going on on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Old Dominions dining selection is great. Not only is the dining halls buffet style with different choices everyday, but their are also fast food restaurants offered on campus. This is great if one doesn't want the food offered in the Cafe.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms on campus are great. There are many different options to choose from. The dorm buildings are kept clean. R.A's are also very helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    The University holds the students to a minimum of a 2.0. If a student drops below that they are put on academic probation. Classes that are offered are not ridiculously difficult. The Professors require the students to do what is requested of them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you participate in the many activities/clubs/organizations that are provided on campus. By doing that, you will promote yourself to have a better college experience.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a great beautiful University. It is diverse in many different ways. The campus is not too small or too big so you wont feel like just a number.

  • 05/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The university officials do a great job at establishing a safe environment. It is up to the students to use the resources and make sure they practice safety while on and off campus

    Greek Life

    I have friends involved in greek life who love it. We do have many organizations on campus within the Pan Hellenic and Non-Pan Hellenic Councils.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am the president and founder of a organization on campus. The university makes it easy for you to start a tradition of your own and leave a lasting mark at ODU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tale that says you can't walk across the university seal until graduation or you won't graduate. Student tradition is to ride the Lion before graduation, that's what real monarchs do!

    What to do for fun

    Fun? The beach is 15 minutes away from campus! What more can you ask for?

    Food and Dining

    The student center (webb center) features a variety of dining options including Chick-fil-a, Quiznos, Carolina Cupcakery, Pizza Hut, American Grille, and the School cafeteria. The food in the student cafe' is great. They have an all you can eat salad bar, taco/nacho stations, sandwich stations, stir-fry stations, and they often feature different cuisines.

    Dorm Life

    Although the on campus experience is optional, I would greatly recommend it. A majority of the dorms are newly built or renovated and provide a comfortable living away from home. There are also apartment living options located on campus, which are great as well (your own room, and bathroom)

    Academic Rigor

    The professors at ODU are wonderful, they are fair, and expect you to put forth your best effort as a college student. I am a biology major which can be very difficult at times, however my professors care about my success in the program which helps to motivate me and my peers.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise those interested in ODU to apply EARLY! Also, visit the campus before committing and once you are a student, get involved. There are clubs and organizations for everyone, enjoy the campus life especially in your freshman and sophomore years.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. Before I came to college I was unsure of my future and where I would end up. The university as a community provides tremendous opportunities as well as a wonderful experience.

  • 05/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Could be improved on allowing students to exchange swipes at any time at the POD and Chick Fil-A.

    Dorm Life

    First year students Try to live in Scotland because Gresham, Powhatan, Whitehurst and Rogers are the oldest dorms on campus and aren't necessarily the cleanest. The housing selection process is at random so make sure you get a lower number and pull your friends up.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers will not always be nice when it comes to assistance to their course work. The library is everyone's place to be except on the weekends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study first before you go and do on-campus activities. Don't step on the seal before you graduate.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a honor based university that thrives on students support. I think that Old dominion University does a great job in trying to maximize the student experience on campus. If I had to change anything about Old Dominion University I would improve the quality of their food.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Legend has it that you cant step on the College seal in the middle of the Quad or you wont graduate. When students DO graduate, walking on the way to commencement, the students are lead to walk over the seal.

    In three sentences

    Great University for cultural diversity. There are also excellent professors and lots of activities daily.

  • 05/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are hundreds of activities to choose from, just go out during activity hour and sign up to become involved.

    Food and Dining

    The food could be better.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is alright, besides for the random fire drills at 2AM.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are harder than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of your work and do not let procrastination get the best of you.

    In three sentences

    ODU is a wonderful school full of opportunity and plenty of things to do. Not only is it know for its high academic achievement but there are many resources available in order to get things done. I am proud to say that I am a current student at THE Old Dominion University and I can not wait to finish up my last year there.

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always security walking around the campus to look around the campus for any safety. students can take safe ride after 7:00 p.m till 3:00 in the morning. Students don't have to worry about walking late at night by him or her self.

    Greek Life

    There are four main sororities and fraternities. The members of sororities and fraternities are active leaders in many organization and sports, they volunteer for services to local community. They offer a amazing experience through sisterhood and brotherhood and offer to develop in social and communication skills.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over two hundreds of clubs and activities you can join. They are well organized and well cooperative that you can always find clubs or activities that are for your interest.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are type of student who are looking for a large, diverse, and long history University, Old Dominion has it all. There are great and safe parties you can join and any sports are really famous at ODU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is this big medallion that represent ODU in the middle of ground of the campus. The tradition says if you step on that big medallion on the ground you won't be able to graduate from the ODU. Graduate students come and take pictures them finally stepping on that medallion on the graduation day, just for fun.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can always go to the village at the campus for different restaurants or you can go to the MacArthur mall near the campus. There is also Botanical garden and Virginia zoo to visit. concerts and plays provide by ODU students.

    Food and Dining

    There are total three cafeteria you can go to whitehurst, Roger and the main cafeteria at the Webb center. The dining place is always clean and comfortable for students to enjoy their meal and even do their work. There are lot of different options you can try at the cafeteria and the workers are always kind and make you feel welcome.

    Dorm Life

    Because Old Dominion has long history dorm buildings are consider old. However all the Dorm buildings are close to the classes, you can always go to classes by walk in fifteen minutes. Friendly Resident Assistants are always there for 24 hours to keep you feel comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Old Dominion University has strict student integrity system that shape and rule student's honesty over their any school work. Students can be put on probation for cheating or fabrication of any work that are relate to the university. The office of student conduct and Academic integrity manage the student's disciplinary policies and procedures.

    Tips for prospective students

    Old Dominion is located in the center of a large city Norfolk, which can provide student shopping mall, stores, and even jobs in close distance. Old Dominion has 163 different nationalities, it welcome diverse ethnics group of students. It has over 68 major program that students can choose from.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion university is prominent school and welcome students who are prepare to study for their careers. It has various events for students to participate and has over hundreds of interesting clubs and activities to join. Old Dominion grants scholarship over millions.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    If you aren't drunk late at night and walking by yourself, you probably won't get robbed. However there are still a few muggings on campus, so it's best to stay in the light and stay on campus after midnight in a group just to be safe.

    What to do for fun

    I'm an introvert, so I don't go out much, but there is a mall a mile and a half off campus and Virginia beach is half and hour to an hour away by bus. The campus itself holds lots of events every weekend if you don't feel like going off campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. They have the main cafeteria where they have a variety of food: a pizza line, sub line, grill, desert, and Asian grill. They also have two cafeterias in two of the dorms. They are open during specific hours and have better food than the main cafeteria. It would be nice if they were open longer though. They also have a convenience store called the POD that you can use flex points for available with the meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pretty spacious especially the freshman dorms even though the buildings are older. All dorms have air conditioning and the RA's do programs every couple of weeks for the residents. My RA held a Zombie survival game with a few other RA's and gave out prizes. Living on campus is also the best way to get involved with on campus activity.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your professor, the classes can be really intense or really easy. A lot of teachers who give a lot of work and challenging tests are the ones where you learn and understand the material the most. I believe the amount of work given is fair though. I am an engineering major, and I still have some time to myself.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are weak in math or rely heavily on a Ti calculator, you might want to refresh your math skills. Old Dominion has a no calculator policy for their math classes, so you have to be very comfortable with making graphs by hand, and handling fractions. The science classes do not allow graphing or programmable calculators either. Be prepared before you walk into your math or science classes.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is definitely not a last resort school like most people think. I am an engineering major and have found the courses to be challenging. The school tries hard to get the students involved with campus activities, and the counselors talk to every student each semester to help plan their future courses and sometimes help them find jobs.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As we are in the middle of Norfolk, you are going to have a couple incidents here and there. Be smart.

    Greek Life

    I don't plan on pledging but the Geek groups throw the best events and fundraisers.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any kind of student. ODU is all about fusion.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Definitely learn the Ice Cream & Cake dance, DO NOT step on the seal, and ride the lion statue before you graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    Old Dominion is pretty much in the heart of the city and all the great activities that take place downtown are just a short city bus ride away.

    What to do for fun

    Definitely attend the games. Football and basketball have a lot of participation here in Norfolk.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria in Webb is the best

    Dorm Life

    Gresham wasn't great

    Academic Rigor

    School isn't terrible but it also isn't something you can just slack your way through.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say avoid living in Gresham when you're a freshman. It is really far from everything and crossing Hampton Boulevard can be a real pain in the butt.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love Old Dominion. It isn't too big and there is always something on campus to do. The professors and faculty are amazing and I am so glad I came here.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting events. ODU's sports teams are very good and fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't that bad, but there are restaurants all over campus. So if you want to escape cafeteria food, just go somewhere.

    Dorm Life

    It's great. I met a lot of friends my first year in the dorm. Most dorms are new, so it's very modern and clean.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are relatively challenging, but manageable.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are cops everywhere. There is a service that is provided for all students on and around campus. It is called saferide and they will come anywhere on campus to pick you up. This helps people so they do not have to walk the streets at night.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition on campus is when you graduate, you can walk on the lion crest in the middle of campus. If you walk on it before you graduate, it is bad luck and you might not graduate.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is pretty good. I never had any problems with what they served and the food I ate. There are really great places to eat around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was fun and you learn a lot about being independent. You learn how to manage your time and how to live away from home. It is a challenge but once you make friends and figure out what you want to do academically things get easier. Dorm life at Old Dominion is good because you still have structure from the RA's but you get your freedom as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Each semester and teacher brings on new ways to learn and challenges to endure. I have been challenged not only by the work the teachers present but having to juggle that with working and family time. All teachers don't expect you to bend over backwards for your class but they do expect the best from you. I have earned every grade I've received and I an OK with that.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip to anyone who attends Old Dominion is for you to ask others and look on ratemyprofessor.com to find a teacher that suits you. I feel that I have always had great results from the site. Hearing the truth from other students first hand is the best advice you can seek.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a great school for all types of people seeking a good education. There are great teachers but like any university, you have to dig to find the best ones who will guide you to your future. I have grown to love the campus and the school spirit thrives throughout the city.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They have definitely increased campus safety over the past couple of years because of the occurrences near our campus. Its nice to have around especially late-night on the weekend.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very prevalent here on the weekends, however many of the Greek fraternities and sororities are very involved with doing community outreach programs and are very involved with helping campus students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many intramural sports to join, however you will have to search for information on them because advertising here is a little lack luster.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for people who want to major in Business, Health Sciences, and Sciences. Not so much for the artsy folk or people who are not very into cliques.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Please don't step on the Seal that is located in the middle of campus for some strange reason. If you do the superstition is that you will not graduate from Old Dominion. In order to reverse this you would have to ride the lion(our mascot), just don't get caught.

    Bang for the buck

    You definitely get what you paid for at Old Dominion. In this recession it would be a good idea to go to a state school like Old Dominion. It might not be an Ivy League school but it does possess other qualities of being challenging in its own right. It is a good school in my opinion and worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do around the city of Norfolk. It is a beach town, so you can always go surfing, kayaking, swimming, etc. There is also the MacArthur mall that is nearby, shopping is always fun. There are local clubs you can go to like Peabody's and Fuegos in Va Beach. You can also tour downtown Norfolk and get involved with the cultural events that take place.

    Food and Dining

    Most people complain about the food in the dorm cafes, but trust me it is definitely not that bad. The best places to eat on or around campus are Raising Canes(they have the best chicken tenders and texas toast) and Chick-Fil-A. Our campus has this thing called Flex-Points which is built into your meal plan that gives you a certain amount of dollars to spend at select restaurants and convenient stores on or around campus. There is also block meal plans that give you a set total number of meals you can use for each semester in the school's dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be good as long as you make the right friends. It is a very big campus and there are so many different personalities that you might not be used to dealing with so you have to be mindful of this when staying in the dorms. Make sure to try to get along with your dorm mates because you no matter what occurs you must still live near them. All in all the dorm experience will be worthwhile and you might even meet some friends for life.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academic rigor in my opinion depends on the student and the course subject. If you come from an elite high school and have prior knowledge the courses might not seem as rigorous. However, if you come in with barely any knowledge on the subject matter it can be rather difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you have your study skills in order before you come to college, because it could come back to haunt you. Be careful who you befriend, because those are the people that many will associate you with and this can either be a very good thing or a very bad thing. Make sure to see your professors during their office hours if you have absolutely ANY questions regarding material in your class. The professor really want to help.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a University filled with a staff/faculty that cares about your best interest. The surrounding city is very supportive/helpful to the college students in the area. It is an absolutely beautiful campus to attend.

  • 05/17/2012

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

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    Great for these types of students

    I have noticed many musically inclined students find ODU a good choice because of the town's large music attractions. You can jam out with friends by the water or go to a concert on campus.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University has a variety of courses and majors, making the student body very diverse. The location of the institution is close to the water, making it more attractive, especially to students like me! ODU is all around a wonderful school to attend.

  • 05/21/2012

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

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    What to do for fun

    There is always a sporting event going on and on campus activities going on.

    Food and Dining

    There's a huge variety to choose from. There's Chick-Fil-A, Pizza Hut, a normal food court and a Cupcakery.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms vary and there is a huge selection to choose from. Bathrooms are not at the end of hall instead shared between a few rooms or private.

    Academic Rigor

    For incoming freshmen, don't worry if you have fairly average grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a big student body but a closed campus, then this is perfect for you.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a campus style school. It has a very friendly environment and the students are very active. The teachers are involved in making sure that the students will succeed.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    independent and motivated

    Bang for the buck

    I feel the university provides sufficient education for the price.

    What to do for fun

    Plenty, ultimate frisbee, campus gym, and local beach close by!

    Food and Dining

    Both on a off campus dining is great.

    Dorm Life

    I live off of campus but my friends say they enjoy it.

    Academic Rigor

    School is what you make of it but the classes here are no harder than most schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Same for every school, study hard and get good grades right?

    In three sentences

    This is a great school with a beautiful campus. Local life is nice and close to the beach. The teaching staff so far has been wonderful.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Though campus safety is not the absolute best it can be, it is improving. The recent crimes that have occurred have been an eye opener, and thus caused a change in the way ODU protected its campus. Text alerts and e-mails are sent out to warn students or to update them on any pertinent information. One shooting that occurred last summer created many texts and e-mails to be sent out reporting the crime as well as explaining what measures will now take place. Those measures (increased security personnel, more cameras, and emergency alert towers) were followed through. That is why I believe ODU is changing for the better.

    Greek Life

    Greek week here is intense! The mall is covered with booths, Webb center is packed full of people trying to get more pledges, and the sidewalks are filled with chalk-marked Greek paraphernalia. You would have to see it to believe it!

    Clubs and Activities

    Each major has its own club. Take nursing for example: we have a few clubs (SNA which stands for student nurse's association, PFP which stands for physicians for peace, and operation smile). Other clubs and activities include the student counsel who bring fun and cheer to ODU's campus, recreational sports teams, and so on.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who live at home and commute, great for anyone in the military, great for anyone who has retired from the military and want to earn another degree, great for those who love the beach (which is everyone...right?), great for those who love the city feel, great for those who yearn for a fun and rewarding college experience, and finally, great for those who want to go far in the future.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    No one can walk over/ step on the college seal in front of Webb. Also, many students have to ride the lion statue in the same area - I have yet to do so, but I'm sure it makes for a great story to those who have!

    Bang for the buck

    What more is there to say, other than ODU is a great campus! Apply to the nursing program! It will keep you busy, but it is such a good program.

    What to do for fun

    So many options here: any athletic events (basketball, football, soccer, baseball), movies on the mall in front of Webb center, and pool tables in Webb. There are campus excursions that take place throughout the year. Some excursions that I know about are white water rafting, mountain biking, kayaking through the bay and going to the zoo, and even rock climbing. If you haven't rock climbed, there is a wall in the large gym to practice on! Speaking of the gym, for those of you who love to workout - there are 2 gyms! One large one near Webb and the other is in the Village across Hampton Blvd. Also, for those book worms out there, the library just renovated the library to include a learning commons which offers a great atmosphere to read.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options when it comes to food and dining. The cafeteria offers meal plans or daily pricing to fit anyone's needs. There are also many restaurants both on and near campus that are delicious. Examples include: Perfectly Franks (I highly recommend going there, and of course getting a frank/ hot dog!), Mojo Bones BBQ, Borjo Coffee (a eclectic, yet quaint place that offers a great atmosphere), Starbucks, Chic-fil-a, Subway, and so on. I think there may even be a Sushi place!

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in a dorm, but from what I hear, the dorms are excellent, and they are located amidst the hub of the campus. There are many options when it comes to choosing where to live. The apartments on campus are incredibly nice. Pricing of the apartments is a little steep for those on a small budget.

    Academic Rigor

    The school has many programs, such as the Nursing program, that are on National ranking lists near the top. There is a good balance of academic rigor along with campus activities that will allow you to have fun while being apart of a university that sets high goals for it's students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you currently live within close proximity to ODU, commuting to and from school is a great option. ODU is flexible in the fact that there are so many options when it comes to parking prices, school schedules, etc. I highly recommend going to school if you are looking forward to a good campus feel with great academic records that will lead you to a bright future.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a prestigious school that offers both majors and minors that are widely diverse. It offers many different schedules, locations, and online options that help make ODU available for anyone's schedule no matter how busy. The atmosphere of ODU is very friendly, the dining options and buildings are all outstanding, and the staff is very knowledgeable in their field.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    campus safety is great

    What to do for fun

    the school have lots of fun activities and parties

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared to work and have lots of fun and stay focus !

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a wonder college. The teachers and students are great there. I also have learn alot from attending.

  • 05/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    ODU provides a shuttle from 8am to 12am on weekdays to transport students to classes and dorms for student only. They also provide an escort service from 8pm to 2am for students to safety return to there dorms.

    Greek Life

    All the sororities and frats come out on rush week to show potential students the meaning of their organiztion.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and organizations on campus, that provide community service that can be recorded and added to your resume.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unusual tradition most schools don't have is the Old Dominion University seal located in the center of campus. Those who step on it risk not graduating.

    What to do for fun

    Every Tuesday and Thursday at noon activities are provided by ODU Student Association Council. Celebrities and speakers also visit, free to ODU students. Homecoming consist of activities all week leading up to a concert, artist picked by the students.

    Food and Dining

    Purchasing a meal plan saves you from spending money out of pocket. Cafe is open from 7am to 9pm serving a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Flex points is the equalivent of cash that can be used at participating resturants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Staying in a dorm on campus your first year allows you to meet new people from everywhere. Staying in a dorm provides you with all your basic essential necessities. A RA is also assigned to all students in a dorm for supervision and answering questions while adjusting to being on your own.

    Academic Rigor

    Any class is going to require effort, just use your time wisely. Study according to how many hours you are taking a semester. Plan your schedule with a hour between classes to allow yourself a break or study time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all the resources that ODU offers. Make friends with upperclassmen who can give you good advice as a freshmen. Also, get to know your professors outside of class.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police are always nearby if there is ever an issue

    Greek Life

    The fraternaties ad sororaties are very fun to watch at Activity Hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays

    Clubs and Activities

    The Activity Hours that occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Webb Center hold different tables to get people to join in their clubs & they explain what it is that they do

    Great for these types of students

    A-B students (Students making 3.0 GPA and above) Hard working students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We hold a few activity hour specials and we also do different talent shows that are fun for all students to attend

    Bang for the buck

    The semester annual cost is low compared to some private and ivy league schools

    What to do for fun

    Attend sport events, take the bus rides to the mall, drive out to the beach, go the gym and play basketball or work out

    Food and Dining

    The food is healthy and they look out for students who may have allergies to certain products. Also, it is self serve so you can help yourself to as much as you want.

    Dorm Life

    Living with other peoole really teaches a high level of responsibilty because you are no longer living under your parents and you have to be responsible for everything you do. Also, the dorms are very convenient in helping you get to class and back to your room in a great distance

    Academic Rigor

    Getting your books at a near by store is very helpful of the school

    Tips for prospective students

    Work extremely hard in high school and also here when you attend because hard work pays off, especially at this school. I worked hard my spring semester and it truly paid off by earning a 3.85 GPA and the Dean's List

    In three sentences

    An amazing scenery for a school of high caliber. It is a place where many student who reside on or near campus will be able to enjoy the convenience of getting to class and receiving the proper education. The students are hard-workers and understand that there is more time to study and to do work than to do frivilous things because education is important

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    I will not be living in a dorm.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University should be rated as a eight of of ten. Although, I am not attending there until the fall I have had no trouble because of the great help they offer. ODU is a great university and is willing to help everyone.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Old Dominion's gym is the best I've ever been to hands down. It has so many exercise and weight machines. You name it, the gym has it. Classes are given FOR FREE. Tiquando, Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and many others are available!!!! ODU football and basketball games are awesome, and the environment will only get better since Old Dominion University will be joining the C-USA Division 1 conference on July 1, 2013!

    Food and Dining

    If there is a negative thing about ODU, it's the food. Roger's Hall dining was the best on campus, which was overall pretty mediocre considering the price paid for before the semester starts. Food is repetitive and will get boring. The beginning of the semester is never a problem, but the end gets difficult. On the positive side, when the food gets boring, use your ODU Flex Points! Depending on what meal plan you choose gives you a different amount of points. They can be spent at the P.O.D. stores (convenience store), Chickfila, Quiznos, and other awesome places!

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm for my first year was a great experience! I met so many great new friends and learned more about myself! Studying with other people definitely helps you understand topics before a big test. You will be close to all the great activities the school provides and the all day 1201 Cafe in the Webb is perfect for the students' convenience. Scotland Housing is a great place to live, although the competition for freshman is very competitive.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes WILL get tough. Its a matter of time! The first year won't be too bad, considering most students will be taking General Education classes and lower level required classes. Always pay attention in class and be prepared to take notes! Its best to get off to a great start regarding your GPA and study habits!

    Tips for prospective students

    -Study, Study, STUDY! If you need help studying, there is plenty of help available! Professors, instructors, and other students are all available! Not to mention the great tutoring at Old Dominion University! They are ready for you at your convenience! -Do not wait till the last minute to study! It's such a cliche statement but it is so incredibly true. Don't learn for yourself when its too late! Take other peoples past mistakes and get ahead! -College isn't all about studying! Get out at ODU and interact with other students! There is never a dull moment on campus! However, too much fun needs to be avoided! Go to bed at a reasonable time! Trust me, it helps!

    In three sentences

    I LOVE Old Dominion University! Absolutely FANTASTIC school that has a great College of Business. I fell in love with the school, and I'm so excited for my next three years!

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    In past years Old Dominion has had some incidents but, the campus police do an excellent job and the campus feels safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is popular and a staple of the university. The a very visible throughout the campus and is involved in lots of on campus activities and events.

    Great for these types of students

    Old Dominion is great for students who would like a healthy mix of fun and academics.

    Bang for the buck

    Old Dominion has the third cheapest tution rates in the state of Virginia.

    What to do for fun

    Old Dominion is located in Norfolk which is about 15 to 20 min away from Virginia Beach.

    Food and Dining

    Cafe 1201 is often hit or miss. When the food is good you will be coming back for more but, when it is bad you will be running for the hills. Besides the cafe ODU has Chick-Fil-A, Panda Express, Starbucks, La Herradura, Sakura Sushi Bar, Raising Cane's, Pizza Hut, Delvec's and countless other places.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms in the Quad are beautiful but, some of the older dorms need some updated otherwise dorm life will be a pretty good experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Old Dominion provides a wide variety of majors that can be quite challenging. As a school policy you must pass all your classes with a C or better in order to graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    To have a good year at Old Dominion you will want to space your classes out easily, use Ratemyprofessor.com, get lots of flex points and be open to new experiences.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is central located near Virginia Beach and offers the perfect mix of fun and academics. With up and coming academic as well as sport programs ODU is the place to be!

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is plenty of ways to have fun in Norfolk. The mall is about 15 minutes away, and the school hosts several parties throughout the year for the students.

    Food and Dining

    The food was good for the most part, there were some days the school food was not good at all

    Dorm Life

    I loved the dorm life, it was just like I thought it would be. The Resident Assistants are cool, no chores, and nobody to tell you what to do.

    Academic Rigor

    This school will challenge you but its nothing if you put your mind to it and put forth effort

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for future students would include balancing your time well. Learn how to take notes, and study every chance you get.

    In three sentences

    I rate this school to the highest degree. It is very diverse and has many programs to get each individual involved.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is greatly enforced! Campus police is available at all times and is quick to the scene. At night you won't turn a corner without seeing one patrolling the streets.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is the best at ODU. There are a wide variety of organizations to fit your specific interest. Not only do we have gender specific organizations but also unisex organizations.

    Clubs and Activities

    ODU is great at getting the students invloved not only on campus but also in the community of Norfolk. The students are very school spirited and love to show pride in their school by attending activities on campus. Clubs at ODU are also a great way to meet new friends and learn new things!

    Great for these types of students

    ODU is great for all students. We have a wide variety for academic purposes. ODU is also great for future D1 college athletes because of our great athletic facilities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The most known attraction on campus is the University Seal. The University Seal is located in the dead center of campus. It is said that if you step on it you will never graduate!

    Bang for the buck

    All in all ODU is not overly expensive. They are more interested in educating today's children rather than putting money into their school. The money that is put into your tuition is used to support the free tutoring services that become very helpful during exam week.

    What to do for fun

    Throughout the school year you can attend exciting sporting events to watch your Monarchs compete against other schools! Attend events held by different clubs and organizations is a great past time. Many students look forward to Homecoming week when ODU presents a live concert, events held during the week, a sporting event, and tail gating.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is great! Not only does ODU have wide variety home cooked food but we also have fast food restaurants incorporated in our cafeterias. The meal plans offered are also very reasonable.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is a great place to meet and bond with your colleagues. Most dorms have been remodeled and made to fit the needs of its occupancies. The are also reasonable prices.

    Academic Rigor

    To help students for an academic purpose there are various tutoring services on campuses which are free. Teachers are available after hours and are very flexible to meet your needs. The library is a very quiet, modernized, great place to study.

    Tips for prospective students

    All prospective students be prepared to be challenged. Make sure you are equipped with great study habits. If you are having finical problems check all options and contact the finical aid office before your intended semester starts.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a great school to prepare you in becoming an independent, successful adult in today's society. The teachers are knowledgeable about their subjects and are eager to engage with their students. Not only is it a great academic school but the social life is amazing as well.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. Every where you turn there are security gaurds walking around. There is a police station on campus as well, and all of the officers are very friendly.

    Greek Life

    Greek like is very important at ODU. There are a large amount of sororites and fraternities on campus. Theres even a week called Greek Week hosted by the Greeks and they host different events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs on campus. So every student can fit in somewhere. Joining clubs make the college experience better, because it allows students to meet new people, whom they might not have met. There are a ton on activities to do on campus. There are many different sports teams. So if you're a basketball fan, head on over to the Ted and go catch a game. Or If you like football, go over to the stadium to watch a game. Also Campus organizations host activities such as Movie nights, dating games, concerts, comedians, and so much more. Theres always something to do at ODU.

    Great for these types of students

    ODU is great for outgoing people who are focus on school but also want to have a memorable college experience. I am going into my 3rd year at ODU, and I realized that the more you put into your college experience, the more you get out of it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition we have at ODU is Riding the Lion our mascot is a Lion, so we have a Lion statue with a fountain in front of the Webb which is our Student Center. And the tradition is that before you graduate you have to ride it. Also a location that is special to ODU is a pizza place called Del Vecchio's and it's open really late on weekends so if you're up around 3 on a Friday night you can go there to get great food, but expect it to be crowded.

    Bang for the buck

    ODU is definitely worth the money, except the fact that books cost a lot.

    What to do for fun

    A lot of students go to the gym for fun and also to stay in shape. Also VA beach is only about a 25 minute drive away.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different places to eat. There are 3 dining cafeterias, and many different resturants inside our student center, such as Chic A Fila, Pizza Hut, Quiznos and much more. Also there is a Mc Donald's and a Taco Bell on Campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at ODU are nice, especially the newer onces located in the Quads. Some of the older dorms are not as nice but they are still cozy.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficulty and challenges presented at school may be balancing school and social life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go on your visit with an open mind, ODU might not be in the best neighborhood, but it's definitely one of the top schools in VA. Also if you decide to go to ODU, even if the class isn't attendance based, go to class, also keep a calendar so you remain organized

    In three sentences

    ODU is a beautiful school with beautiful people. ODU will change your life for the good. ODU provides amazing academic programs

  • 06/21/2012

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

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    Campus Safety

    Cop boxes placed all over for total safety

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs welcome everyone with open arms

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ice Cream and Cake Dance @ the games.

    Bang for the buck

    Great experience, great cost!

    What to do for fun

    Football games Basketball games Workout/Exercise Shopping Visit others dorm rooms

    Food and Dining

    Great food! There are restaurants inside so you won't always have to settle for dining hall food. As we all know at times that can get pretty boring.

    Dorm Life

    Comfortable living and the community style suites meets it super easy and fun to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    ODU professors work with you and want you to get ahead.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus. Join clubs and talk to students already attending.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is the home away from home school. Any determined student will have a blast at this university. One of the best universities on the East Coast.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and organizations to check out and become affiliated with. Greek life is always a great choice. I am a member of Phi Kappa Tau on campus and joining Greek life has made my college experience 100x better. Try to walk on to a sports team, I play rugby for Old Dominion University and playing college athletics are a great experience.

    Food and Dining

    The food has its good and bad days...mainly bad.

    Dorm Life

    It is all about what dorm you end up living in some are nice whereas others are not. Either way you will make friends in your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    all dependent upon your major and the professor you have. Ranges from insanely easy to almost impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wake up on time and go to all of your classes. Take studying seriously, weekends are for fun but the week is for studying. Make sure you have your priorities straight because if not it becomes easy to lose track of what you want to accomplish.

    In three sentences

    College is what you make it, it can be either good or bad. Old Dominion is the type of school where one can feel at home and excel in their endeavors. Old Dominion was not my first choice, but I am ecstatic with how much Old Dominion has helped me enjoy college life.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Attend all sports games, there's always something fun going on at the Webb Center

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good, and the people who serve the food are really polite and fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get your books early or you'll be waiting in a long line at the bookstore.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a great school! Everyone is pretty nice and the professors are really helpful. This school really wants you to succeed in life.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are all kinds of sports and clubs, and most of the clubs are student run.

    Food and Dining

    I am not sure about my meal plan, but they offer more than one and they have many dining facilities and options.

    Dorm Life

    I have not heard back about my dorming situation but they have a lot of different places and the applications are easy to understand.

    Academic Rigor

    They offer a lot of different classes and levels, and tutoring. There are all kinds of options and ODU is overall an academically challenging but fulfilling university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to call them a lot and ask for help. If you don't get the financial aid you know you need, call them and ask for advice and help. They don't mind.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion's staff is very helpful and kind. The classes they offer are the ones I want to take. They are very cooperative with me and my financial situation.

  • 06/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Have the SafeRide on speed dial, ride the Monarch Loop and take advantage of the other safety resources ODU offers. Everything runs until 2:30am.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every Tuesday and Thursday there is activity hour 12-1p. Sometimes DJs come and play music or there's free food, games, or the greek clubs come and perform.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ride the Lion !!!

    What to do for fun

    There are sports clubs to join, the student recreation center is always a plus, the Lion's Den has four pool tables, ping pong and four big screens that students play they game systems on.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe is the cafe at ODU. Having swipes is recommended because most run out of flexpoints fast. There's chic-fil-a, pizza hut, quiznos, starbucks, raising cane's and a lot other food places to eat if you get tired of cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    Great. Fun. Awesome. Staying on campus is clutch in most situations; i.e. going back and forth to class.

    Academic Rigor

    Lots of helpful professors who actually care and then there is a handful who don't, but that's life. ODU also provides an abundance of academic tutor programs and other things to help you with your studies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn to manage your free time well. Network with others because you never know who you'll meet. Get involved with campus activities and organizations or you'll regret it in the long run.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love ODU. It has a very diverse campus so I can meet people from every aspect of life. There are many fun things to do when not studying or in class.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always security guards around campus maintaining the peace of all students. Emails are sent out if there is anything going on so that students are extra alert of people or situations that may occur.

    Greek Life

    Have not come across anyone that has offered this to me or not have I looked into it. I'm sure I would have fun I did an activity back in Texas called Turtle Tug, FUN!

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm hoping to find a Spanish club, or volleyball club to keep me busy of I don't find a job that juggles my rigid schedule.

    Great for these types of students

    I've heard that during the traditional semesters there are a ton of activities through school, I'm hyped to see it all.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm fairly new learning along the way.

    Bang for the buck

    Make sure you have all your paper work ready if using financial aid, meet deadlines is a key to everything. Find yourself a map to guide yourself around school, the campus can be overwhelming especially if you aren't from the area like me, I'm from TEXAS! I'm a long way from home.

    What to do for fun

    I often read, making homemade cards, & play volleyball.

    Food and Dining

    There are a multiple healthy and not so healthy options for every type of student. Coffee is a must for college students or a warm tea. There are meal plans for those who would like to fix that while entering into ODU.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Have not come across anyone that has offered this to me or not have I looked into it. I'm sure I would have fun I did an activity back in Texas called Turtle Tug, FUN!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have all your paper work ready if using financial aid, meet deadlines is a key to everything. Find yourself a map to guide yourself around school, the campus can be overwhelming especially if you aren't from the area like me, I'm from TEXAS! I'm a long way from home.

    In three sentences

    I don't live on campus.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There were lots of reports of robberies, but I for one never felt unsafe walking throughout campus in either the day or night.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach! Do extracurricular activities, go to MacArthur Mall

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in my dorm and the general life style surrounding it. It was fun being thrown into a building with so many strangers who are in the exact same place as you, so it was easy to make new friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Listen to your professors! They tell you exactly how to get an A

    In three sentences

    Coming to ODU has greatly changed me and I am so thankful for it. I have met amazing people who have changed me, experienced life rite of passages, and had so many opportunities to succeed.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency phones everywhere. Security patrols every night to make sure nothing suspicious is going on.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs give you a chance to make new friends, help others and make a difference to the community. There are hundreds of clubs and activities to participate in on campus, it's impossible to not pick at least one that doesn't interest you.

    What to do for fun

    From attending the sports events to the activity-hour, there is always something fun going on at ODU. It's like always one big party that bring both staff and students together for a little fun before hitting the books and preparing for exams.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many different kinds of things to eat on campus and around campus. At any hour of the day there is some place that is always open for you to fill you up.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really nice. You make instant friends with the people on your floor/ building. What better way to start off a year from home then with having someone friendly?

    Academic Rigor

    There are a lot of ways to help make sure your academic grades are good. There are tutors around the clock, you can create study groups, everyone is willingly to help everyone pass.

    Tips for prospective students

    If are going thinking about studying English, this is a great school for you. If you have school spirit, this school has a lot of fun school activities for you to participate in.

    In three sentences

    ODU is a really diverse school. It is a well blended community of many different cultures and backgrounds. It is a really nice school.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Very bright students with great study habits.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at ODU, so there is not just one event to pinpoint.

    Food and Dining

    The food and Dining arrangments are acceptable.

    Academic Rigor

    This University forces you to work hard and acheive success. The professors are hard and the grades you receive are truly earned.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are not a committed student to your studies, then ODU is not for you.

    In three sentences

    This is a top notch university. The professors are masters at their subjects and class work is challenging. I am glad to be a part of such a great university.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    There are many different clubs and activities ti join. There are religious, athletic, and creative clubs to join. The best part is if they do not offer the club you want, you can create the club yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    Old Dominion University has a cheaper tuition than VCU, JMU, and some other universities in the state of Virginia.

    What to do for fun

    You can participate in the many activities the university has to offer, There are many on campus shows, hangout and if you like the outdoors, go to the beach.

    Food and Dining

    You have a lot of choices to choose from. There are buffet style dining places as well as other things you find in your hometown such as Sub-way, Chipotle, etc.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is what you make of it. The dorm rooms aren't very big so its important to make friends. For safety, keep your belongings in a safe.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to make at least a 3.0 to make it to this University. It is also better if you participate in different extra-curricular activities. The classes here aren't like high school, you need to do 3hours of studying for every 1hour of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider Old Dominion University when you search for a college to attend. It is also right next to the beach.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is number one in my book. It has a wide variety of majors and minors to choose from. They offer all the programs and activities I was looking for in a college/university.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Our greeks are really active. You will see them around campus volunteering on move in day or just helping out during the year. Our probates are really fun as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the pier is one of the best places on campus. It is located all the way in the back, so depending on where you live it may be a little hike. It is really pretty and there is plenty of space there. There are grills sitting benches and even volley ball spots!

    What to do for fun

    There is a lo to do for fun. We have campus parties and off campus parties that are easy to get too. There's activity hour, the web jams, and many extracurricular activities. We are a tight knit campus and we all interact with each other often. You may be a freshman, but you won't feel like one.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe food isn't so bad... on holidays. They have a variety of food and plenty of cafeterias to choose from, but more thank likely you will eat at the many restaurants we have on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are co-ed. They aren't very spacious, but they are a lot of fun and you will have a great time there. You will meet a lot of people and get to know your classmates and peers a little more. If you aren't used to noise here's you wake up call.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is not so difficult but you will definitely have to study. Make sure to prioritize accordingly and do all your work in a timely manner because your teachers may not always remind you when things are due.

    Tips for prospective students

    ODU is the perfect school. Try to make as many friends as possible and be very open to change and advice. Make each experience a learning one and try to enjoy your time.

    In three sentences

    My school is fun and full of life. The students and the teachers are very helpful with all your needs. The social and academic life rarely coincide, but when they do you must learn to prioritize.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Norfolk is pretty dangerous but as long as you're smart, nothing should happen to you.

    What to do for fun

    College is what you make it. Everyone has their own idea of fun and it will be easy to find something to you liking to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. Flex Points are your best friend. However, if you don't have anymore flex points Legends is the best dining hall for the most part.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is okay. The dorms pretty much put you in an environment to meet people and socialize It can be loud at times, especially a freshman dorm. The RA's are cool for the most part, however, some are rude.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors that I had this year were very helpful. The curriculum is pretty straight forward. There are some professors that seem as though they are too smart to actually teach. Even they they already understand the material, its hard for them to break it down so that they can teach others. But the work load is not too heavy as long as you make time to study and actually prepare for the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    In order to have success make sure that you have a time to work and a time to play. It is important to remember that you are here to get an education first and everything else doesn't really matter. Get involved with on campus activity. It's a great way to meet new people and get involved in different activities. Make sure you go see your professors. They are there and they want to help you and you will need them in the future for recommendations and scholarship opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion had a great variety of people at the school. The curriculum and course load is not that difficult. Teacher's are always willing to help.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have had some criminal activities in recent years, but the security on campus has increased significantly. I am not fearful at all on campus at night, but once you get off campus you need to watch yourself. Just be smart and aware of your surroundings.

    Greek Life

    Lots of sororities and fraternities, but not so many that you have to be a part of one.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many professional and major related clubs, athletic clubs, fun clubs (video game, Quidditch, surfing, etc.)

    Great for these types of students

    Math/Science people, Surfers/Skaters, Athletes, Foreign Students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a superstition that if you step on the University Seal in Kaufman Mall you will not be able to graduate on time. Before you graduate you are supposed to ride the lion statue in the fountain in front of Webb Center.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the cheaper Virginia state schools.

    What to do for fun

    MacArthur Mall, Sports Games, Movie Nights, Dorm Activities, Athletic fields and facilities, etc.

    Food and Dining

    We definitely don't have the best dining halls around, but there are plenty of restaurants close by and some cheap college joints.

    Dorm Life

    Tons of new dorms with single room options. Most of them are very close to classes.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get involved. Join some student organizations and talk to your professors. Having a good relationship with your instructor can only help you.

    In three sentences

    Your experience at ODU is what you make it. We have great faculty who are easy to access and care about their students. There is tons to get involved with and great sporting events.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Old Dominion University is not in the best area of Norfolk, and many situations of crime, often unreported, occur near and around the campus area, but the security presence is pretty moderate at any hour of the day. Either way, the best advice to give on this occasion is to be aware of your surroundings and have a phone or mode of contact on hand if you are concerned for your safety.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Organizations in Old Dominion have great endorsement in many of the activities across the campus, and have whole streets adjacent to campus brimming with fraternity and sorority members; if you want to have a fun outgoing time with your peers, and want to learn more about fraternity life, then joining a Greek Organization is a good idea for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more than 200 organizations available for students to participate in at Old Dominion University, some associated with academics, and others for hobbies and even more for political interests.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to major in the Sciences, Humanities, Business and Fine Arts will feel at home with the programs offered in Old Dominion University. Those who enjoy many people in a semi-urban setting will also feel comfortable in the generally bustling campus life throughout the weekdays.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a big superstition at Old Dominion University where stepping on the metal seal in the middle of the Kaufman Mall is considered a bad omen, and thus the unlucky person will have to 'ride the lion' or get on top of the lion statue in the water fountain in front of Webb Center before he or she graduates, and must not get caught by the campus security on location while it happens.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state tuition is relatively cheap compared to most colleges in Virginia; your best deal would be commuting to and from campus, though the traffic at times is sluggish and frustrating. Tuition may be increasing across the country but for Old Dominion it is not so bad.

    What to do for fun

    Extracurricular organizations and college-sponsored events, as well as sports games are happening every week throughout the academic year. If you get bored, you are obviously not attending these events, usually packed with on-campus students from the dorms; even alumni and previous-generation frequent some of the activities Old Dominion offers.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining Services offered at Old Dominion University provide a variety of options on a daily basis and are convenient for people not commuting far or live on campus. The preparation is considered for mass consumption, as thousands of people utilize the campus cafeterias. Many seats are provided and in a number of settings: three cafeterias are on campus and each has a unique aesthetic. Great detail is considered by Dining Services in making the food, as there are rarely any incidents reported about food sickness, so Old Dominion's reputation is solid as a great provider of nutrition.

    Dorm Life

    Taking up residence in a dormitory is a great opportunity for socializing with peers from all walks of life, making friends and relationships, and having fun; resident advisers on each floor coordinate events to promote an increase in association between the students in each hall. Maintain a good standing with your neighboring student peers and life in the dorm can be very comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Most people who attend Old Dominion are simply aiming for a degree and are thus not so worried about their GPA, though many may claim to place great effort in their interests. I am certain there are quite a few who are keeping their grades way up but I have overheard conversations where the average GPA here is not really high, maybe high 2s, low 3s.

    Tips for prospective students

    If someone wants to attend Old Dominion University, I would recommend moderation and control over work and play, or more simply put, time management: make sure you make a schedule and stick to it because losing track can be pretty easy for someone who is new to college living.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is an ideal place for people who are looking to get a degree and go. The university has a bunch of the essential programs from the sciences, humanities, engineering, business, fine arts and pre-med. Furthermore it is a great destination for meeting up with people from across the world as there are ample sister universities abroad that do exchange programs with Old Dominion.

  • 07/23/2012

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

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is taken very seriously. Security is avaiale 24 hours a day and there are spots all around campus where you can call if there is an emergency.

    Greek Life

    I am not Greek...

    Clubs and Activities

    There are quite a few clubs and the college encourages students to start new clubs of interest if they can gather 10 or ore members.

    Great for these types of students

    The students are very friendly and candid. I was able to ask many questions and received honest answers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't attended yet but I understand there are a great many traditions including the Ice Cream dance and don't tread on the seal or you won't graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    Old Dominion University is a great value for the money. When compared with other universities, I am getting a better education for less money.

    What to do for fun

    There are several places to shop and activities in the area. McCarthur Mall is close by, as well as, Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia Beach Ocean Front, Ocean Breeze Water Park and the Virginia Aquarium to name a few.

    Food and Dining

    The food for the freshman meeting was excellent. There looks to be quite a bit of choice when it comes to picking a place to eat around campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    I have not attended as of yet and am planning on living at home the first year. My house is only 20 minutes form campus. I did see that the dorms are very nice and spacious during my tour.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe Old Dominion will be challenging. As I am a freshman, I do not have experience attending. During my freshman day I really got a sense that the staff is there to help during difficult times and decision making.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead, research you schools before selecting. Old Dominion was an easy fit for me. Take tours of the campuses and ask to speak to actual students, not just staff.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a great value for the education I will receive. I looked at other collges and this one was the best fit for me. The staff ahs been very helpful and the freshman day was great int hat iw as able to meet many other students and get a feel for the campus.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    One of the biggest malls in the area is about 10 minutes down the road. It features a movie theater. There is also a nice riverside area with shops and restaurants to walk around. The beach is about 20 to 30 minutes away from Old Dominion. The university offers activities like movie nights and tripsm etc so there is never a dull moment.

    Food and Dining

    It is great! They offer food just about everywhere on campus. There is a great selection. If you do not want to eat on campus, you can eat down the street where there is strip malls with little restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live there but I have seen the dorms and they are very nice. However Old Dominion is notorious for not being very safe because it is in the middle of an urban community.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is very fast paced like any university. You have to really want it to do well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not sell it short just because it is a local school, you will receive the same/BETTER education there.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion offers great diversity. The professors are great. The school is very big.

  • 07/24/2012

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

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is extremely affordable for this quality 4 year institution and it has quite a few graduate programs too.

    What to do for fun

    For me, Virginia Beach is the best place to go for fun. They have concerts, sports tournaments, and all kinds of celebrations going on at the waterfront.

    Food and Dining

    The Webb Center has a lot of choices for dining, as well as a lot of restaurants within blocks of campus.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived in the dorms, but I can tell you they get the best parking.

    Academic Rigor

    It varies with what field you're going into, but if you seek a challenge, you'll find it.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live in the area, check out their community education classes to get the best feel for what being a student here is like. It really helped me develop a relationship with professors in my field of study who gave me the attention I needed to build a professional network before I even started school.

    In three sentences

    This school gives you a quality education at an affordable price compared to other universities in Virginia. The campus is diverse and has a lot of clubs and activities for involvement. It has campus housing, but it is mostly seen as a commuter school for those who live in Hampton Roads.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students attending the main campus or students with military involvement.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is reasonable.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging and oriented to prepare you for what will be expected from you in the work force.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not participate in the Distance Learning program! Other than that the academia is wonderful and challenging.

    In three sentences

    I am participating in your Distance Learning program and have encountered problem after problem since enrolling. A lot of the difficulties have been with the staff at my satellite campus in Bremerton, Washington.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Is exceptionally good.

    Great for these types of students

    Young and old.

    Bang for the buck

    You can't go wrong with Starbucks.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is located in the heart of downtown so there are many options. You can go to the mall, various restaurants and bars, the convention center across the street always hosts something of fun. You're also near the Tides Professional Baseball team and the Admirals Hockey Team.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has various choices, just a little pricey. Guess that is campus life for you.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a 47-year-old college student and have found the work to be just the right amount for the classes. Not too much and not too little.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask lots of questions of the faculty and staff. Definitely ask your fellow students questions. They are a great source of information.

    In three sentences

    I am a 47-year-old college student that has found the campus easy to get around. The students are exceptionally nice and helpful. ODU also offers a variety of majors, something for everyone.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ride the lion

    What to do for fun

    Get involve in many campus activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study every day Review all notes Meet new friends Get involved

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a really good school academically and socially. It is really diverse and it is a great school for students who want to experience a challenge. Also, there are plenty of things to do on campus so you never get bored.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There has been increasing number of crimes that go around campus, but as long as students are responsible and travel with others, they should be fine. Also, the university offers great escort services.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very near to clubs and bars. About 20 minute drive to the beach, enough said.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody with an open mind who are willing to try new things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    To ride the lion before graduating, and not to step on the seal until you graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    As one of the least expensive colleges in the country, Old Dominion University has a lot to offer.

    What to do for fun

    There are many events that go on throughout the year. Nobody will get bored if they keep eyes on them.

    Food and Dining

    Dining at Old Dominion is mediocre. There should be more diverse food as there are students. Dining staffs do try hard to keep the menu healthy and always have vegetarian options available for every meal.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are much nicer than other universities that have old fashion buildings. Most dorm buildings are pretty new with excellent heating and cooling.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are mostly casual. Professors are very formative and willing to help. As long as one is responsible with the study materials, there should be no reason from getting good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be active. Meet as many people as you can.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University will welcomes students with its unique atmosphere. Fellow students and faculties will reach out to you if you seek for help when needed. It is well known for its diversity and future students will meet different people from different background with eye opening stories.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    We have amazing Greeks that all get along and support each other.

    Great for these types of students

    All types of students from different backgrounds and cultures. At ODU we are one big melting pot.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The ICE CREAM AND CAKE DANCE! If you do not know how to do it, you will learn!

    What to do for fun

    Hundreds of activities, organizations, and sports to join and enjoy. Plus, museums, a zoo, convention centers, concert halls, and lots of places to shop and eat! There is always something fun stuff to do at ODU!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get into as many activities as you can handle! Put your school work first and have fun when you are done! College will be the best time of your life!

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is the best school in the 757 and I am so happy to be apart of this community. Monarchs pride ourselves on getting our work done so we can have fun and support our school with amazing school spirit. GOOOOO MONARCHS!!!!

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I do not recommend walking alone at night time on Odu's campus. At night time it is important to be with other people. There are a lot of incidents that happen but if you're smart about where you are and who you're with you'll be fine. There is an escort service you can call if you feel uncomfortable, and Odu police is always a phone call away and responds promptly.

    What to do for fun

    ODU has a beautiful gym with a pool, basketball court, and rock climbing wall. There are also endless clubs available to join. There are tons of inter mural sports as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. The staff really does listen to suggestion so it is important to voice your opinion.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great. There are many opportunities for socialization among the halls so they are a great place to meet new friends. The location is convenient to the dining halls and classrooms on campus (about a 15 minute walk to everything).

    Academic Rigor

    I enjoyed most of the classes I have taken so far. The teachers are extremely helpful if you reach out to them for help. There are a lot of tutoring opportunities available through the university which are also very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is important to get involved with something that interests you. This is a good way to meet new people and also keep yourself busy in a productive way.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a beautiful campus with an excellent location. There are many opportunities available. The staff members are helpful and friendly.

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police patrolling every night and day, just to make sure every one is safe.

    Greek Life

    ODU has lot of fraternities and sororities. There are even new ones coming out. I am currently pledging for a fraternity called Kappa Sigma, which is totally new in ODU.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lot of clubs and activities in ODU. You have to choose which one you think is suitable for you, and would not take you away from school.

    What to do for fun

    I usually hangout with friends, play video games, listen to music, and surf the web for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food an dining in ODU is above average close to being excellent. You can text the nutrition department about they way you feel about the service or the type of food that was served that particular day. They will try to improve their service though your text and make you feel more at home.

    Dorm Life

    I love dorm life in ODU, that is if you are with a nice roommate who doesn't make you feel miserable. But even before coming to ODU, if you know anyone you want to roommate with, you can request for that person, and that person can request for you too. There also a survey about yourself on the housing application, that you can fill. They will match you up with someone else based on the information you provided on that survey.

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure you stay focus in class. The professor might get to like, which is a good thing. My English and Math teachers liked, they even boosted my grade up. This is how much you can get, when a professor likes you.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will love going to ODU. Make sure you stay on top of everything. Like homework and studying for tests. There are lot of opportunities in ODU, just do good in school.

    In three sentences

    ODU is a great school. The diversity is intense, there are students from all over the world. You will always find a nice area to study.

  • 07/31/2012

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

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    What to do for fun

    ODU has many clubs and organizations you can join. There is a gym, and there lounges to hang out in and socialize. It's also not too far from the beach, malls, and arcades.

    Food and Dining

    On-campus food is pretty good. If you decide that you don't want cafeteria food, then you can buy fast food.

    Dorm Life

    While being on your own, possibly for the first time, can be fun, you will have many responsibilities. Parties can be fun, but studying is also important. Most of ODU's dorms are more than acceptable.

    Academic Rigor

    ODU seems to be serious about GPA's. Specific majors require you to have a certain GPA and/or overall grade in a class (ex. lower than C average is failing).

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend that you choose a major you will stick with if you intend on graduating in four years. If you start your freshman year off strong, you won't have to overwork yourself in your junior and senior years.

    In three sentences

    I believe Old Dominion Union is a great school. They seem to care about their students and try to enable them to pursue careers after graduating. Also, they encourage students to go above and beyond what they expect of themselves.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is MacArthur Mall, the beach, night clubs, different activities on campus, if you have a car, Busch Gardens and Williamsburg isn't too far away, there the other nearby colleges too that have their own fun things. Also, there is a Megabus stop in Hampton that students use to travel to Richmond or DC and from there, even more places.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of people on campus say the food in Cafe 1201 sucks. I beg to differ. Some of the food may not be so good because it may be bland or not cooked the way you want. The only foods you may want to be more cautious about is its meat like steak and baked chicken. Other than that, the food in Cafe 1201 is pretty good (in my opinion). Besides Cafe 1201, they have in the House of Blues, Pizza Hut, Wing Street, Grille Works, Carolina Cupcakery (maybe), and the POD express. Nearby they have Quiznos and Starbucks. In the gym, they have Einstein Bagels and up in the Village apartments they have other restaurants too, not including some that are off campus nearby. There are abundant options available. Plus, ODU has shuttles that will take you to Walmart and Kroger.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. Try to at least get to know your roommate and become friends. It's a lot easier when you have someone else that can adjust to college life with you. Also, get to know your neighbors and participate in the activities that the RAs have. If you do this, you'll probably have an easier time living in the dorms. Plus, if you live in the Quad, which is where the newer dorms are, that helps too.

    Academic Rigor

    I had a pretty rigorous time in high school and so far, the academic rigor isn't too horrible. It's what you do with it honestly. If you wait until the last moment to study or don't study at all and not go to class, you may have a hard time. Of course, there are some teachers who are more hardcore than others, but it isn't like Harvard or anything.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely come visit the school, especially when school is in session and during when it's time to change classes. You can get a better feel of all of the students and the campus in general.

    In three sentences

    ODU is a great place and you'll find everything to do here. You'll find diversity, knowledgeable professors, fun things to do (especially if you have a car), many study abroad opportunities and so much more. ODU gives students who aren't 4.0 students the chance at a quality education and you should find people who you clique with.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    In order to stay safe on campus at night, never walk alone. Make sure you stay on lighted paths and walk with a group of friends. If you are alone and need to get back to your dorm, you can easily call safe ride.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is big on campus. Most of the Greek hold the different events on campus and are very active. Although its a public school, we still have the Divine Nine.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is any kind of clubs and activities you can think of at ODU. They are all very active on campus and hold interest meetings all the time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are one thing you have to do on campus and that is ride the lion before you graduate. Don't do it in broad daylight though! Also, don't ever walk on the seal in the middle of campus or you might not graduate (its a superstition).

    What to do for fun

    There are alot of things to do for fun on campus. There are a lot of events held on campus on a regular basis to attend in your free time. There is a ton of things to do on campus and off campus and you can never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    The food can be good on some days and bad on others. Some students believe that some cafes on campus are better than others. Overall, there are a lot of choices to choose from and you don't always to eat cafe food.

    Dorm Life

    The best dorms are on campus behind the Webb center but they are costly. The other dorms across Hampton Blvd. are not bad but not too bad in price. I lived in the older dorms on campus and I believe they were more family oriented. A Lot of the people in my dorm built bonds with one another and had a lot of fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    For any student attending, use the website Ratemyprofessor.com to find out about your teacher because having a great teacher betters your chances of getting good grades. Also, don't fall into the party madness on campus. Make sure you go to your classes and be a dedicated student.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University to me is the best public college in Virginia. The campus is nice and everyone is very welcoming. There is a lot of Monarch pride at ODU and anyone who attends the school will automatically feel it when they first step on campus.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It could be better but ODU is working on it.

    Greek Life

    Plenty of Greek Life to go around; there's something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back students who don't mind the easygoing atmosphere.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Never walk on the seal in Kaufman Mall.

    What to do for fun

    Head to the beach!

    Tips for prospective students

    Learn about real-world issues concerning alcohol use and sexual assault before attending any college.

    In three sentences

    ODU is a decent value for the price of tuition. There is plenty to do in Hampton Roads and events are usually happening around campus. Easy to become a sports fan or even a Monarch Maniac.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    GREAT capus safety team,,, GREAT....we do have a lot of crime because we are located in Norfolk, but they really do a great job making sure everyone is kept safe as possible.

    Greek Life

    Many different frats/sors to suite eeach person though I find their dues outrageous!

    Clubs and Activities

    To many to mention

    Great for these types of students

    Great for athletes as well as those with disabilities as it offers much assistance for both.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Theres a bronze emblem in the ground in the quad that your not alowed to walked over until you graduate or supposedly you wont graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    Not a cheap school... but it is a nice and safe school.

    What to do for fun

    A ton of activities and ODU has an app you can download so you can access the activities calendar right on your phone anytime.

    Food and Dining

    Multiple Starbucks on campus..... need I say more lol!

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus

    Academic Rigor

    Professors range widely in their rigorousness but the advisors and academic accessability offices are wonderful!

    Tips for prospective students

    Investigate what parking areas are near your classes and which students they are reserved for before buying your parking decal each semester.

    In three sentences

    Great school for athletics and sciences.... though the studio art department lacks in new space and equipement. Parking is awefull and very expensive but the campus has everything you need on it once your there.

  • 08/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus, regarding time, place or who I'm with.

    Greek Life

    Sororities and fraternities are abundant and have many benefits .

    Clubs and Activities

    More than enough to choose from .

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Riding the Lion . You're not supposed to do it, but if you do get the chance, it's great .

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, I know that my money is well spent. I couldn't imagine spending the next four years at any other college .

    What to do for fun

    The beach and the river, AND clubs are right nearby . They also have places on campus to play soccer, volleyball etc .

    Food and Dining

    Always fresh food !

    Dorm Life

    Hands down, I love it here .

    Academic Rigor

    The advisers of every major work their hardest to make sure students are placed in the courses they need in order to graduate, and the professors work hard to get you the knowledge you need to succeed .

    Tips for prospective students

    APPLY FOR HOUSING AND PREVIEW EARLY . You don't want to end up at the bottom of the list to pick your classes, trust me, I know from experience .

    In three sentences

    ODU is an exciting campus to live on . ODU has endless opportunities for success and clubs to join . ODU is a place I know that I can succeed and have fun all at the same time .

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is high quality. Campus security is always alert and responds promptly.

    Greek Life

    ODU has a wide range if greek fraternities and sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities to accomodate all walks of life.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that are open minded and like to explore different things or cultures from themselves.

    Bang for the buck

    ODU offers a wonderful Distance Learning Program for students that cannot physically attend classes on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Join an organization or intramural sports league.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is the best so many varieties to choose from and is all delicious and nutritious.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is nice. New dorms and housing built is very cozy. A home away from home.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is challenging, but reasonable.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Being in Norfolk, there is only so much the university can do. As long as you stay on-campus and don't wander around Norfolk though, you should be fine.

    Bang for the buck

    ODU is a challenging and good school that is really good at educating its students. Instate tuition is only around $5k a semester, so it is relatively cheap for college.

    Food and Dining

    The food at ODU is very good, there are quite a few restaurant chains, Chick-Fil-A, PizzaHut etc., on or right by campus.

    Dorm Life

    Very cozy in the Quad. Parties at Whitehurst.

    Academic Rigor

    While ODU is not considered one of the elite schools in the country, it is probably the 4th best school in the state. UVA, VT and W&M are the only schools that would be considered a better education, but as ODU is a far less expensive alternative to them it is almost better.

    In three sentences

    Great, fun school with great food and a good education. The football team is outstanding and fun to watch. You will not regret coming to ODU!

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tradition: Don't walk on the ODU seal in the middle of the campus, its bad luck, you will get to walk on it the day of graduation! Do you dare!

    What to do for fun

    Play Club Softball! Lol, I'm biased. But join something that interested you, the gym has many resources for finding something within your niche!

    Food and Dining

    I brought my own lunch most days, but if I forgot to I enjoyed eating at the on campus Jason's Deli or Chic-fil-a. Other students took advantage of the cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    I commuted to and from classes from Virginia Beach. I parked off campus to save money on parking passes. I road my bike to class and around campus, great for the likely possibility of classes being far from each other. The dorms did look very nice and super close to gym!

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are tough and require lots of study time, planning time management is key!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always research your teacher and ask who others recommend, great teacher make for a great college experience. Join clubs to make friends and gain study buddies, you never know who you'll meet!

    In three sentences

    It was a great college experience for my undergrad education. I highly enjoyed my professors, and extracurricular's like softball and health club. I also give it thumbs up for the wonderful experience of graduation!

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There are many fraternities and sororities active on Old Dominion campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 student organizations currently on campus. Students even have the option of starting new organizations.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student. The campus makes sure no one feels left out and there is a place for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the center of campus there is a seal. Some students believe that stepping on the seal will give them bad luck and less a chance of graduating. Whether all students believe in the superstition or not, no one steps on the seal.

    What to do for fun

    The campus provides many activities for students. There is even a beach about 20 minutes down the road. Also a really big mall about 10 minutes down the road that the school provides transportation to.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of different options for food from starbucks to chick-fil-a.

    Dorm Life

    Residence Halls provide a great experience for all years of students. They also provide various types of floor plans.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes maybe more intense than the others but their a plenty of tutors as well as professors to assist you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to be changed in a good way. Take advantage of all the organizations and classes offered.

    In three sentences

    A very good school to attend and get a degree from. Amazing group of faculty members. The campus provides a diverse welcoming atmosphere.

  • 08/16/2012

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

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    Campus Safety

    Common sense is the best way to keep safe. Like any other city; do not travel by yourself at night.

    What to do for fun

    Sports are very popular at ODU. The basketball teams are very popular as they have won many CAA titles over the years.

    Food and Dining

    Food is excellent. A meal card is provided for you to attend on campus restaurants which are very diverse in the types of food you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very cool. There are many parties and opportunities for students to network with one another.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers do not wish to see you fail in class. You are expected to take responsibility for your course work and are welcome to question professors on any subject. You are not prepared to fail.

    In three sentences

    ODU has excellent student diversity. It is recognized as a top school in business and sciences. The night life and opportunities for students outside campus are very popular.

  • 08/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is security and police everywhere. There are incidents that happen near campus, but as long as you make smart decisions, you shouldn't be concerned.

    Greek Life

    There are plenty of fraternities and sororities to choose from. They help you get connections to the community and guide you through alot of decisions.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can get involved with clubs any day of the week. There are clubs that involve helping the community or the campus. You can even create your own club if you can get enough people to sign up for it.

    Great for these types of students

    I can't speak for every student, but I can speak for myself. I was unsure about my major and my future, and ODU is helping me mold everything together. ODU is the school to be at for students like me.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During rivalry week for basketball, we smash a VCU colored car to pieces. It's pretty cool. It takes place right next to ODU's lion statue.

    Bang for the buck

    The football team has really been on the rise nationally. The basketball team has been fun to watch lately as well. The stadium environment is so live and fun to be a part of.

    What to do for fun

    If you are the athletic type, you can go to the campus recreational center. If you like to dance you can go to the Webb where they have DJ's and dancing through out the year. You can also ride the free HRT bus to the beach if you want to spend the day off campus.

    Food and Dining

    ODU has plenty of places near campus to eat. There is also a huge cafe in the center of the campus, and small deli's are everywhere. The quality and the variety of the food is always on point.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at ODU is amazing. There are plenty of people to meet, and plenty of places to study if it's to loud in your room. The rooms are small, but that motivates me not to stay in my dorm all day.

    Academic Rigor

    A rigor academic setting can only take place if you let it. Make things easier by staying calm, and focused. Don't let distractions take over.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you stay flexible. Don't choose a major, a class, or a career that you cant handle. It's normal to change your future goals.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a stepping stone toward success. On that same stepping stone there are oppurtunities that can boost your career into play. ODU is a great school for any student who enjoys learning.

  • 09/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The ODU campus is pretty safe and the officers and officials are always thinking of new ways to keep students safe on campus. There is a Safe Ride program that allows students to ride home safely in a school owned van and officers are always patrolling the area at night.

    Greek Life

    ODU has all of the fraternities and sororities that you could think of. Greek life are always trying to get more students to become a part of their family. Greek life is a great way to meet new people and have a social life, while still staying focused.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an activity for everyone on the ODU campus. The clubs and activities range from academic to leisure. Students cannot ever be bored at Old Dominion University.

    Great for these types of students

    ODU is a great school for those students who just would like to have some fun in their free time, while also staying focused on school so they can graduate in time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ODU has a seal on the ground in the middle of campus and it is said that if you step on it you will not graduate on time. Students say that in order to reverse the curse of the seal you have to ride the lion we have on campus. The lion is a huge fountain with a lion statue in the middle of it and you would have to ride it before the ODU police catch you!

    What to do for fun

    Here at ODU, there are so many things to do on campus. Some include club sports, campus activities, and even movie night every Wednesday and Friday. Movie night is when students go to see movies on campus for free in a building with a large screen. Sometimes popcorn is provided. The movies are fairly new and students love to go to these movies so they do not have to spend money at the theaters.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good here at ODU, and a lot of the food has southern influences. There are two or three cafeterias and other well known food stops, such as, Subway, Chick-fil-a, and Starbucks. I think that there is even a bus that takes Norfolk State University students to the ODU cafes because the food is so good here.

    Dorm Life

    The newest dorms are the best dorms ever! They are really nice and are in the perfect area in the middle of campus. The older dorms are not so great, but they are not as terrible as other college dorms may be. All of the dorms have air conditioning so you will be comfortable living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Old Dominion University really encourages all students to do their best. They even put students on academic warning if their grades are not up to par. You will have a certain amount of time to get your GPA up, and if you fail to do so, then you will be kicked out. The classes are not extremely hard as long as you pay attention and do your work.

    Tips for prospective students

    If I had to give future students any tips, one of them would be to stay focused on school work. It is very easy to get distracted due to all of the fun activities and happenings at Old Dominion University.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a great school to come to! I would rate this school an 8 because everything about it makes students feel welcome.

  • 09/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I am a member of the Golden Key Club

    Bang for the buck

    ODU was the cheapest school I could find with the degree I wanted and online classes

    Academic Rigor

    The professors really make the course work challenging enough that you will learn by doing. They prepare you for what you will face in the future

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy to online learning opportunities they have provided for me thus far. They make it really easy to go to school from the comfort of your own home

  • 09/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    BE CAREFUL!!! If you live off-campus, don't live in the surrounding neighborhoods. Your chances are very high that you will become a victim of a robbery or worse. Believe me, I've lived in Hampton Roads my entire life and I know what goes on near campus. ODU is making efforts to step-up campus security, but I wouldn't advise anyone to live in the apartments or townhouses near campus. It's just not safe.

    Greek Life

    I was never a sorority girl, so I can't tell you what Greek affiliations are on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Traditional students, commuters, military, and non-traditional students.

    What to do for fun

    Well, there's the Constant Convocation Center for sports and entertainment (concerts, comedians, etc.). The great thing about Norfolk is that there's A LOT of culture and you can always find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    I never ate in their dining hall, but they have many other options for those seeking something besides grazing the cafeteria. There's Chick-fil-A, Quiznos, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, and Freshens to name a few. It's been a while since I've been to the main campus so these may have changed. If you get a chance to get off campus, check out Doumar's on 21st Street. It's an old-school drive-in with an old-school flair. I absolutely love going there when I need a change-up.

    Dorm Life

    This isn't applicable to me since I never stayed on campus. However, they have upgraded their housing options over the past couple of years. In 2007, they built new dorms for students who planned to stay on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Compared to my undergraduate experience at a different college, I would consider ODU to be quite rigorous. This is especially true if you're an education, human service, or counseling major. There are a lot of papers and projects to complete.

    Tips for prospective students

    A big tip for students who plan to live on campus: please practice safe habits. Unfortunately, the nearby neighborhoods surrounding ODU are notorious for crime. There are also numerous incidents that have occurred on campus throughout the years. If you must stay on campus, always be aware of your immediate surroundings and try to go in groups when walking around campus during the evenings.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a fairly large school set in Norfolk, VA. The surroundings are very urban and it doesn't look like a traditional college. A large percentage of its student body are commuters. Many of them live off campus in one of the nearby cities. ODU has a great distance learning program and evening classes for those who are non-traditional students. I take all of my classes for ODU at their distance learning site in Virginia Beach. It's a lot closer to where I live and much more convenient.

  • 09/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Webb Center is a building in the center of Old Dominion filled with various activities to do. It is also a place where you can gather all your friends and family together

    Food and Dining

    Starbucks, Subway, Pizza hut and the Cafe

    Dorm Life

    I am not currently living in the dorm, I am currently commuting in order to save money

    Academic Rigor

    Academic is a big part of college. Number 1 priority in your college is your GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    There will be a lot of distraction, but learn how to control yourself in order to achieve greater.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University offers many degrees and it also a great way to have fun. Old Dominion University offers free tutoring, and help all around campus for help on anything you need.

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus police are a great group of individuals and are easy to reach and seek out. There is also spots all over campus with phones that are connected to the campus police for emergencies.

    Greek Life

    Not currently involved

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and activities to become involved in, there is something for everyone and is a great way to meet others.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The rock climbing wall is one of my favorites, you can meet up with other fans before class in the morning and even go on trips with them. There is also a seal in the middle of campus that you shouldn't step on until you graduate, tradition is that if you do step on it before graduation, you will not graduate!

    Bang for the buck

    Great experiences and education is worth every cent.

    What to do for fun

    Norfolk is a great area, and is surrounded by plenty of sites to visit, like Virginia Beach, Yorktown and Williamsburg. If looking to stay close to campus, there is many clubs to join, a gym with rock climbing wall and a convocation center for events and concerts.

    Food and Dining

    There is a dinning hall which has many food options, like Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Subway and the Cafe. Also, for quick snacks, vending machines are available in most halls. Service is quick and friendly.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home with my husband, can not judge but I'm sure they are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses do challenge you and are meant to, you can not succeed without pushing your self. Stay up to date on studies and try not to miss classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to reach out for help, the instructors and student aids are available through office hours or you can set up appointments to speak with them. There is also a tutor center that is open and extremely helpful.

    In three sentences

    This is a great college, every person there is very helpful and informative, and the campus is very nice. The layout of the college is very easy to navigate but spaced out enough to not feel closed in. All of my instructors are easy to reach and speak to about issues or concerns and really seem to care about every individuals success.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a large seal in the middle of the campus that you do not step on. It is funny to see every student avoid it like the plague. Myth has it is that if you step on it, you will not graduate.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do on campus! But I love getting lunch at the near by Ghent district.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attendance to your classes is key. Apply yourself in each class and use your time wisely.

    In three sentences

    This is my first semester at ODU and I am absolutely loving it. Everyday I WANT to go to school and learn. The teachers are so encouraging and genuinely want to set you up for success!

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While attending Old Dominion University i have never once felt unsafe walking around at night or the day. In the event i did ODU offers so many programs that include escorting services and emergency stations to call for help.

    Clubs and Activities

    As stated previously over 300 student clubs exist that are always having some type of activity every day.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the University Seal in the middle campus and if you step on it, it is said that you will not graduate on time. However, there is one way to counter this course and it is to ride the statue of the lion we have on top of a fountain. At Old Dominion University on tuesday and thursday we have activity hour and no classes are schedule because its an hour given to students to promote clubs, have little gatherings, and even fraternities do step shows at this time some times.

    What to do for fun

    Old dominion University is very involved with their students. Every weekend ODU has dedicated an entire club to having events being held every weekend throughout the school year. ODU offers over 300+ student organizations to join as well and allows students to create their own if one does not peak their interest.

    Food and Dining

    I will be honest the food is probably the only thing that is ok here. However, i will say we have plenty of other options in and around campus that offer food in the event one does not want the cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    over 60% of our freshaman stay on campus at Old Dominion University. There are many programs made to make campus safe and the community within the residence halls cannot be matched.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are pretty tough at Old Dominion University, and of course there are those few easy A classes but as for the major classes, I will admit that these classes really do test your knowledge on the material and force you to learn the material in order to properly take it with you into life after college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Studying is key to any college success story Finding how you study is Essential! Making many friends to help when you may not quite understand Talk to your professor if you ever get lost or need some help Seek tutoring at least a week before your exam Make a class schedule that works with your personality(morning or night person)

    In three sentences

    On any scale i would put Old Dominion University at the top every time without hesitation. With a growing campus that offers everything and anything any one student would need while attending school. By just visiting this campus and taking a tour any student would see that the pedestrian friendly campus, diverse population, and beautiful landscape envelops anybody into the school and making one a part of the school without even attending yet.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a security guard around 24/7. They will walk you to/from classes at night. There's lots of safety people, really.

    Greek Life

    Not too involved myself, but there are lots of groups.

    Clubs and Activities

    300 clubs, programs all weekend...there is always something to do.

    Great for these types of students

    Relaxed, those who like technology, those who want a bigger campus but want to still be close-knit.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We do the Ice Cream and Cake dance at sports games of any sort, and we have lots of cheers.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a more modern school, and uses technology a lot. Good for a student that wants something a bit casual and contemporary.

    What to do for fun

    There's over 300 clubs and organizations. Pick one. There's a huge gym, and lots of places to hang with friends. Look around at flyers--there is always something going on. The student Village has lots of restaurants and such.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good, though there can be days where it's not the best. All you can eat, and there is some variety in choices.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice, and there is always someone to talk to/hang out with.

    Academic Rigor

    It's going to be challenging like any school, but the classes are engaging and there is lots to choose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read your textbooks, try not to be late, and work hard. Get to know your professors. GET INVOLVED--ODU has something going on pretty much all week, so there is no excuse not to get out and do something fun.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus, and everyone here, faculty and staff want to help. The classes are engaging and interesting, and professors want to see students succeed. Finally, it's got hundreds of activities and clubs to balance study with fun.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus isnt in the best part of town but for the most part there are no crimes. The ODU police are always on the look out (although mostly to give people tickets from parking in the wrong area)

    Greek Life

    there are tons of frats too. Some are dedicated to things like music or even just charity work or hanging out and having a good time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a huge selection of clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Any kind of student would like it here i think.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You are supposed to ride the lion which is the fountain in the middle of campus. but don;t get caught by the police. also we are know for the ice cream and cake dance. look it up on youtube just search odu or old dominion university ice cream and cake.

    Bang for the buck

    Its relatively cheap school you will spend about 16-18 thousand a semester if you are on campus and take a full load of classes so i think it is definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    You are so close to a thousand things its endless what you can do. Beaches, bars, malls, etc. you can go downtown (odu gives you a bus pass that brings you all over the city). Lots of places to shop, lots of places to eat. I really like going downtown it's my favorite.

    Food and Dining

    It could be better for how much you are paying but its not disgusting. I hate the meal plans because they seem like such a waste of money but they require you to have it to live on campus in a dorm.

    Dorm Life

    The freshman dorms aren't great but they are livable. and the upperclassmen dorms are great. The only issue is the housing department is awful at helping people and for the most part do not know what they are talking about.

    Academic Rigor

    Nearly all the professors i have had are great. They are all very patient with teaching and can explain things in may different ways so you can gain new perspectives of what they are trying to teach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore your opinions but don't forget about ODU. They might not be as prestigious as other schools but it is worth your money.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is definitely the place for me. There is so much school spirit here and so much to do around the area. The professors for the department i am in (music) are top notch.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of organizations and all of them have great events. Movies, music, dancing, etc

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont be afraid to ask questions. There are millions of resources just ask your advisor.

    In three sentences

    Great University. Lots of diversity and a lot of activities. Love the academic departments and all the staff. They are all always eager to help.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have ODU police and Norfolk police around campus constantly. This is a big upgrade since prior years when incidences have happened, and there weren't many police officer around to prevent it. Now, after a certain time, if you live in a dorm, you must check-in at the main desk to verify that you live in that building. If you want to bring a friend in, you must get a guest pass prior the cut off time and they can stay the night if they'd life (male or female), but must stay with you at all times.

    Greek Life

    I wasn't into the Greek Life prior attending college. It didn't seem to fit the type of person I was at the time. However, now I'm researching what the sororities mean and what would best fit my personality. Greek Life is really big on campus; you can't go a day without seeing someone rep their sorority or fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I mentioned earlier, there is over 300 students clubs/organizations for students to get involved in. Some and maybe most clubs don't require any prior skill or knowledge. We all start from the beginning here! OSAL, which stands for Office of Students Activities and Leadership, is in charge of all the organizations, and allow every students an opportunity to get involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Ice Cream and Cake dance has become an ODU tradition that students, faculty, and locals even appreciate. During half time and the third quarter of the football and basketball games. The Ice Cream and Cake song comes on, and we all as a unit dance to the song with the ODU choreography. It beings us all together and we look like a big family.

    Bang for the buck

    We have two bookstores. One which is school sponsored, and another that isn't but has cheaper books. I recommend going to the cheaper bookstore to get a bang for your buck, otherwise, get it online; if it's not at either, then resort to the school sponsored bookstore. Also, we have a dining place called the P.O.D where students who are on a meal plan can use their meal swipes and do a meal exchange (instead of going to the cafe, get a sub?) However, the prices for the miscellaneous items can be a bit pricey, so I recommend you get whatever you need at Wal-Mart or use your flex points if you please.

    What to do for fun

    Of course, the party life at any college is going to be listed as fun for college students. Aside from parties, I enjoy taking naps when I can, hanging with friends, riding the bus to go to Chipotle or the Mall, and the list continues...

    Food and Dining

    To be quite honest, I love that I have $450 flex points that I can use at Chick fil a, Pizza Hut/Wing Street, Panda Express, Starbucks, Einstein Bagels, etc. The food they have in the cafeteria isn't all that good. It's a hit or miss, which is why most students use their flex points, use their own money to eat out, or simply cook!

    Dorm Life

    At ODU, there is no curfew, even for freshman. I love the fact that the dorms are spread out, but not too far. The price for living in dorms are reasonable for the average student/parent's budget. The quality varies, but overall, there's a sight to see no matter where you lay your head!

    Academic Rigor

    Thanks to blog.ratemyprofessors.com, I get the chance to see how my fellow peers rate their former teachers. If the teacher received a bad critique, then I most likely won't take that class, unless that is the only professor teaching it. I trust that ODU students are honest with their feedback otherwise the class could be dreadful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in and get involved! There are over 300 clubs here, and getting involved will help you network and find yourself. Also, take the UNIV 100 class, it taught me a lot about how to transition into the college life.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a fun-filled, diverse, and driven university. I'm proud to call ODU my home and I plan to excel in my academics here. ODU makes the students feel as if they can make something of themselves, despite their background.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The one thing I like about the campus safety is that no matter what time it is they allow safe ride. So if you feel uncomfortable to go home from the library late at night they will drive you home so that your safe.

    What to do for fun

    I can't really comment on what to do for fun around ODU because I am always working or in class. However, my roommates are always going out places to eat and events that the school hosts. They also go out to many clubs around here.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining are okay. I personally do not try to eat on campus that much because it's the same food all day basically every day. But when I do eat on campus it's okay not disgusting.

    Dorm Life

    I was giving off campus housing at the District which isn't dorm life but feels like it. I would rather live on campus than over here because it's safer and less expensive to live on campus. It honestly though is personal opinion on if you like it or not.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that the academics at ODU are more challenging than other institutions. I transferred in from a community college in Pennsylvania and its so much different. The teacher staff here are more difficult and many of them seem to make it like they don't have the time for you to give you outside help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students that they should research all colleges before picking the one they think the really want to go to. Another thing is to analyze the area that you would be around in case for some reason on campus housing was not an option. Lastly when deciding your school pick the school that you like not what other people are influencing you by.

    In three sentences

    I would describe Old Dominion University as a beautiful campus and many things to do. I would say that there are many opportunities that Old Dominion allows their students to take part in like clubs, organizations, etc.

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ride the lion at night

    What to do for fun

    Party

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get caught up in the party life.

    In three sentences

    ODU is a great school. It is in a great location. Teachers are very helpful

  • 11/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive but you can't put a price tag on your future.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of events held at Ted Constant Center like concerts.. Also football games at the brand new stadium. Pier located at the back of campus on the Elizabeth River.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of great places to eat. Chick-fil-A, Subway, Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    Seems okay.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging and rewarding material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Watch out where you park.

    In three sentences

    This is a great University. The campus is beautiful and the students are very diverse. The professors are knowledgable.

  • 11/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    play pool in the lions den

    In three sentences

    Odu is a great school to attend. There are many great opportunity present there. The campus is also beautiful.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    ODU does their best to make sure students stay safe, and have every chance to avoid danger. There are blue polls all around campus where students can call 911, as well as the safe ride system that will pick you up and take you anywhere on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When walking through the middle of campus it is said one should not step on the seal because if you do you will not graduate. I have heard that if you step on the seal the only way to reverse it is to ride the lion that is in the fountain in front of the web. Most people, like myself, ride the lion anyways, you are supposed to ride it sometime before you graduate regardless.

    Bang for the buck

    Old Dominion makes sure you get the best education for your money, they offer plenty of chances to meet with advisors, get tutorers, and take interesting classes.

    What to do for fun

    For fun we tend to get together with all our friends and hang out, if there is something going on around campus we find ourselves stopping by. It just depends on whats going on around campus, I can honestly say I am never bored when I am at school.

    Food and Dining

    The food is alright, but I am a very picky eater so I can only judge so much. However, Ledgends in the freshman dorm Whitehurst is the best cafeteria on campus. The pod, where you can use meal swipes for a sub or pizza, drink, and chips, has really good subs and pizza. All the places in the web like Subway, Panda Express, and Pizza Hut Express have a nice selection, and a very quick pick ups.

    Dorm Life

    I have enjoyed living in the dorms so much. It has been an overall great experiance, at first it is a little strange to live with someone else but you get used to it. I am staying in Scotland on the quad and the building as well as the people, such as other residents and the people who run the building have made this a positive experiance for my freshman year of college.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very informative and quite interesting and the professors do their best to help you understand the material. The work can be slightly overwhelming at times but there are plenty of resources to get help whether its the professor or a tutorer.

    Tips for prospective students

    While your considering all your choices for college I would reccomend coming and visiting the campus. Visiting the campus was the final deciding factor for me, as soon as i arrived i felt as if the campus was exactly where i belonged. Another tip is to look into clubs and organizations you may be able to join before you come so you are ready to get involved and meet all the welcoming members of the monarch family.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a very close knit comunity when it come to Monarch Pride and Student involvement. I have had many opportunities to meet new interesting people in this warm learning environment. ODU is not only amazing for its social aspects but its academic as well, the professors take classes very seriously and are willing to help if you ask they want you to understand the material and are willing to take time to make that happen.

  • 12/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety on campus could be better because we are so close to a unsettled neighborhood there is a issue of non students on campus and robberies, but the campus is trying to beef up the police.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is always doing something to keep students involved and updated.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs for everyone and many activities on a daily basis.

    Great for these types of students

    The library is great for students who really like to feel comfortable while they study while not being cramped up in your room.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not step on the ODU seal in the middle of campus because they say if you do then you will not graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    You most definitely get your education for the money that you pay.

    What to do for fun

    Loads of different activities to do and keep you intrested.

    Food and Dining

    Great food and many different food places to try and many of the places are in your budget.

    Dorm Life

    I do not stay on campus, so I can not really explain campus life, but I have heard from friends that it is lots of fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors really challenge you in every class that you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pay attention to due dates, attend class, ask for help because the staff and professors are willing to help.

    In three sentences

    Great campus activities. Great teachers with plenty of knowledge. Really diverse environment with great students willing to learn.

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Although it is in an urban city, ODU takes safety really seriously. NO ONE should walk alone, no matter what college you are at. They have buses and Safe Ride services, as well as security patrolling the campus 24-7. There are cops on bikes, in cars, on segweys, etc.

    Greek Life

    Greek life isn't huge on ODU's campus, but it is definitely growing. With my experience I love being involved in Greek life at ODU. It gives you opportunities to give back to your community, as well as meet awesome people that have similar interests.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of club and activity fairs that can help you find what you are looking for on campus. Anyhting you want to do from volunteering, greek life, academics, club sports, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a diverse campus life, as well as a city college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Delvecs 99 cent pizza slices, riding the lion, football games, ice cream and cake dance, ODU cheers.

    Bang for the buck

    With the scholarship money they offered me, and their lower-than-other-VA-colleges tutition rates, I do believe I get what I pay for. All my teachers have been awesome.

    What to do for fun

    The NorVa and MacArthur mall are right down the street from campus. There is a ton of awesome restaurants, bars, and clubs off campus as well.

    Food and Dining

    Average college dining halls. One main one, two smaller ones in two different dorms. Despite there being a few convenience stores with subs and pizzas, ODU could definitely stand to have more readily available (and cheaper) places to eat around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Not the best dorms, but not the worst! Some close to restaurants, Whitehurst is right on a beach with a beautiful sunset.

    Academic Rigor

    Really depends on what teachers you get, check rate my professor before adding classes!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you apply to ODU with a good GPA and you're also involved with your school, you could receive a scholarship from the school!

    In three sentences

    ODU is located in the awesome and eclectic city of Norfolk. It's a fairly nice (and rapidly growing) campus with an array of diverse students and teachers. The sports are exciting and there is always something to do!

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The first week of school they gave out rape whistles along with a key chain with safe rides number on it. Safe ride runs from 9pm-1am. So if you are stuck on the other side of campus and you don't feel safe walking or you're too partied out call safe ride and they'll pick you up.

    Greek Life

    On Tuesdays and Thursdays we have activity hour from 12pm-1pm and usually that's when everyone sees the most of the sororities and frats. They usually step or hop in front of everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A common hang out is in the Webb. ODU is famous for Webb jams along with themed weeks promoting different causes. Also they are always giving out free things at events so you can represent the school and spread awareness.

    Dorm Life

    Living on campus has its ups and downs. I live in Gresham which is on the other side of campus, with that I am limited really to the people i meet because of this. My advice is to try and live in the quad, its nice and smack dab in the center of campus where everything is close.

    Academic Rigor

    If you are a nursing major or engineer major the work load can be harsh. In these majors certain classes only have one professor, which means the classes are usually large. With that you can't be afraid to speak up and approach your professor when you need assistance.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you stay focused on your classes. Make a goal for yourself and what you want your GPA to be then go for it. Remember you're in college to learn, you are paying for it!

    In three sentences

    I would have to say Old Dominion would be rated a 3. This university definitely knows how to bring people out and make them want to get involved. This school is very diverse in many ways one can never get bored.

  • 12/22/2012

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

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    In three sentences

    I am loving what I've seen from being on campus and talking to current students, seriously considering this school

  • 12/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is crime because it is a university and it is in a city but I always see the campus police out patrolling and I always feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Contains all your typical university clubs and activies

    Great for these types of students

    Traditional students that are going to live in a dorm. The university doesn't really cater to non-traditional commuting students. A non-traditional student that lives off campus can attend this university but it isn't very convenient.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am new to the campus so I haven't learned any unusual things yet.

    Bang for the buck

    The Web Center is great. There are restaurants to eat at on campus if you get hungry and I LOVE the Starbucks.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun in the area depending on what you like to do. If your into the night life then Granby Street is popular. If you like to shop there is McArthur Mall. Plenty of parks and museums.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of restaurants on campus in the Web Center such as Chick-fil-a and Starbucks...Yum!

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in a dorm so I can't really rate it. My rating is based from what I've seen. They look to be fairly new and nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus and surrounding areas flood really bad when it rains. Parking is a problem. Parking is scarce and expensive. The university doesn't really cater to non-traditional commuting students. A non-traditional student that lives off campus can attend this university but it isn't very convenient. There will be classes in your major that are only offered in the middle of the day. Parking is scarce and expensive. You pay a transportation fee in your tuition and then you have to pay for a parking permit each semester.

    In three sentences

    ODU is a great university to attend. It is an urban setting in downtown Norfolk, so everything is close.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I wouldn't know

    Clubs and Activities

    soooooo many, and their usually free

    Great for these types of students

    any type really

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't forget to ride the lion

    What to do for fun

    The gym is amazing, the tennis courts are amazing, the webb center has so many cool lounging areas, the quad has a good amount of land for sports and stuff, the common rooms in the dorms are great for gaming with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food SUCKS

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are very new and modern

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not hard

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend ODU to any student who is looking for a quality education at a quality price

    In three sentences

    The Professors are very lenient and helpful. The facilities are top notch. The food is lackluster.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Those seeking a culturally diversified campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan out courses needed and class schedule as soon a possible and register for classes each semester as soon as they are available on LEO. Also the campus is located in Norfolk Va. which is not a safe area what so ever. Always walk in large groups at night, observe your surroundings, walk in well lit areas, and take advantage of security to walk with you to your dorm or car if you must walk alone at night.

    In three sentences

    On a scale from 1-10 I would like to rate ODU in 3 categories, such as effectiveness of professors teaching methods, class size, and courses offered. For effectiveness of professors teaching methods I would like to provided an 8 rating. For class size I would like to rate them with a 9 and courses offered I rate I feel as though they have earned a 5.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Since ODU is in Norfolk, there have been robberies, gunshots, theft, etc. As long as you don't walk alone, you're fine. Just be cautious of where you are and be aware of your surroundings.

    Greek Life

    Although I'm not in Greek Life, I do see them around on campus. They're very active in each sorority/fraternity. Since it is a bit pricey to participate in Greek life, I think making friends in clubs is just as good as making friends in a sorority/fraternity

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities you can join depending on your interests. If there isn't a club that you want to join, you can create your own club as long as you have enough members and an adequate cause. For me, clubs were a great way of meeting friends and creating a social network of possible opportunities in the future. Definitely get yourself involved if you want to get the best out of college.

    Great for these types of students

    ODU is very diverse, so any type of student can enroll and have a good college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For an ODU student, you cannot walk over the seal in Kaufman Mall until you have graduated since there is superstition that you will not graduate if you step on it before. Also, it is tradition that during your years at ODU, you must ride the lion statute placed in the fountain of Kaufman Mall.

    Bang for the buck

    If you work hard, ODU provides many types of scholarships that you can be eligible for. For me, I'm going on a full ride because of the scholarships and grants I was eligible for. Therefore, hard work always pass off somehow.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things there that you can do for fun. If you don't like hanging out with friends on campus, playing in the game room, or relaxing in common rooms, downtown Norfolk has places you can go visit. Since ODU is in the city, there are more places to explore.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining there is sufficient overall. In the beginning, the chefs cook better quality food since the parents are exploring the campus with their children. However, when it's past the first couple months, the food is only sub-par. But where the food is lacking, the workers there are very friendly.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was definitely a great experience. I met some of my close friends as a freshman, and it was fun living on your own away from home. I did wish the RA's were more active in getting everyone on the hall to meet each other or have more programs, but I would definitely recommend living in the dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    In the honors college, there are more students willing to push each other to do better in college. You have to surround yourself with more students who want to strive academically. The classes can be sometimes challenging, but the academic competitiveness between peers to get better grades is lacking at ODU.

    Tips for prospective students

    I have actively engaged myself throughout my attendance at ODU, which has provided me with many positive experiences socially and academically. Even though partying may be a fun experience, if you ignore academics and only enjoy yourself, the money spent to take classes in college would be wasted. You'll get as much out of ODU based on the effort you put into it.

    In three sentences

    In comparison to other universities, I rate ODU as a 6.5/10; it has many opportunities for those willing to work for them. Besides the somewhat dangerous environment in Norfolk, the teachers may not actively try to help you, but if asked, they will work with you to pass the class. ODU is sufficient in providing me with an adequate education, but the students have to really strive to search for them in order to get the best out of the university.

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    OSAL is the Office of Student Activities and Leadership and they have many events throughout the semester.

    Food and Dining

    Cafe 1201 is the main cafeteria. There is a good choice of food, but the quality is not always top-notch.

    Dorm Life

    Living on-campus is such a great thing at ODU. the Quad is inviting with activities all the time.

    Academic Rigor

    ODU courses challenge you. They are not impossible, but by no means are they easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    ODU has majors for everyone. If you want to succeed, this is a great school to do just that.

    In three sentences

    A great environment for school, and living. ODU has an attractive mid-size campus. I am happy with my choice.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police station right on campus. Emergency call boxes are all around campus. Within the last two years campus police has been expanded for further coverage and safety on campus.

    Greek Life

    Many Greek orgs to choose from. There are always many events that they invite students to observe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many organizations and activities to choose from. October is homecoming right after fall break and in April is Campus Chaos which is like field day for college students.

    Great for these types of students

    Social, athletic, studious. It's for everybody!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Riding the lion. It's risque but people do it and get away with it.

    Bang for the buck

    I wouldn't change my school if I could do it over.

    What to do for fun

    The beach! There is a metro line that goes to the beach and there is much to be explored in the Hampton Roads area. Downtown nightlife is fantastic especially if you know where to go.

    Food and Dining

    The main cafeteria is okay. Having the option of other fast food places included if a meal plan is purchased saves one from making trips to the cafe.

    Dorm Life

    Great experience freshmen year. The lottery system is terrible and new housing needs to be built. But the experience is great overall.

    Academic Rigor

    Sometimes the lower level general education courses can be harder than the 300-400 level courses. Study!

    Tips for prospective students

    The writing entry exam is important so make sure you focus on that so you won't have to take a pointless English class at the beginning of your freshmen year. Go to as many school events as possible mix and mingle with your peers.

    In three sentences

    Definitely an upcoming school not only statewide but nationwide. Lots of diversity. Big enough campus to have the full college experience but small enough to walk from end to end.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at Old Dominion University to really help keep the students occupied. The Student Activities Council and other clubs really try to keep the activities fun for students. For example, one theme was Marvel vs. DC for night life. The Student Activities Council put together a night where students could make their own superhero cape, they had other students dress up as certain heroes, there was games and food for students to enjoy all for free.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many dining options for students both on and off campus. The variety keeps something new and different for students to dine, and that is a major plus. Also, all these dining places are close to campus. The only thing is that you really do pay for that convenience, but there are coupons or specials that can help.

    Dorm Life

    I don't dorm, but I heard a lot more ups than downs. The only thing I've experienced first hand were tiny dorms, but they also have nice sized dorms as well. I guess it just depends on where your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses have a lot to ask for from the students, and it will definitely feel like a lot. However, there is all kinds of help for students who seek it out. ODU wants their students to succeed, and they offer the proper resources necessary to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I understand the big move to college can be slightly intimidating, but don't worry too much. For example the first week of school, there were little stands everywhere on campus with maps and people to help other wandering students. College is a wonderful experience, and you should try to make the most of it. Don't be afraid to ask for help because it will be everywhere for you; take advantage of it.

    In three sentences

    I feel that this is a wonderful school to get a degree. I was welcomed here with open arms, which makes transitioning from high school to college a lot easier. The campus is nice, and it's located in a beautiful city in my opinion. The whole university community is pleasant, and I don't aim on heading anywhere else.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is a big city and there is some crime down in downtown norfolk. As long as you go out with friends and don't go looking for trouble you should be find.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of Sororities and Fraternities so many that a person would have a vast amount to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    Mainly the clubs at ODU are based on causes for the community and humanity. It also has a lot of religious clubs and booking clubs that help with concerts.

    Great for these types of students

    Its great for a someone wanting to pursue a degree in the sciences. It has a lot of students for other countries and transfer students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When a student is on campus the legend is that if you step on the lion's block before graduating then you will not graduate. The graduating students after the ceremony take a pictures standing on the block.

    Bang for the buck

    You can find many loop holes for expensive things at this college. Financial assistance is very lenient with helping new students and the working class.

    What to do for fun

    Norfolk has lots of theatres, malls , and school clubs. Finding a group of friends and going to the Scope ( theater) fir concerts is the normal hot spot.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of places to eat here since it is a big city. From Chinese to Latin Cusine on campus and off. Meal plans are required for on campus students and your parents can add more to your account.

    Dorm Life

    The honors dorm or The Quad is almost like an apartment you have your own room, living room and you only share a bathroom with one other person. However it is expensive to live there . The regular dorms are cheaper and are suggested for Freshmen undergraduates.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are moderate it actually depends on what you sign up for and your major. For an example if you are majoring in the Arts then its not really difficult but if you are majoring Engineering and Sciences then it can get pretty hectic.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have trouble ask the professor they get back to you in the matter of a few hours.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a beautiful environment to grow mentally and socially. The very students themselves help you organize, plan, and study for any task. It is a place where you can be a big fish if you truly desire.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Veterans and active duty service members in the majority of classes, it is a very safe school.

    Great for these types of students

    Local

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pelon's Baja Grill! Amazing

    Bang for the buck

    Not the big college life style...

    What to do for fun

    Go to the beach in the summer and weekend trips up north in the colder months.

    Food and Dining

    I would not know, for I live off campus.

    Dorm Life

    I would not know, for I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Standard with a large variety of classes offered.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on top of all the paper work and find an organization of activity to be a part of.

    In three sentences

    ODU is school that meets the needs of the local residents very well. However it seems to be lacking a strong central school identity and spirit. I believe a large part of this is the vast member of veterans that attend ODU, I myself being a veteran, feel very lost at the university.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is located in the middle of a really bad part of town but five mins in each direction, the city is really wonderful and safe.

    Bang for the buck

    I love this school but I had to change my major because I couldn't complete all of my classes at night. I have a full-time job and can't go to school during the day.

    What to do for fun

    Get to know the people you are around and get into the campus life. The football games are great and really fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind and schedule

    In three sentences

    Really great campus and activities but the classes can be difficult to get into if you are a full-time worker.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Lots of police, safe rides, safe buses. Anytime make a call safe ride will pick you up.

    Greek Life

    It's more toned down here. There are no frat houses but people in frats do usually live together. The same goes for sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many different clubs and activities for everything and everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Fun, energetic, music lovers, anime kids, asians.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do NOT step on the ODU seal. Riding the Monarch!

    What to do for fun

    There are always music jams, dances, and socials to go to on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Make sure you study, start off your college experience with a good GPA 2. Don't get wrapped up in the party scene. 3. Stay focused, make good friends, and good study groups

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a place that encourages students to not only speak their mind, but also to get involved in clubs and groups unrelated to their major. ODU is an excellent school academically and the professors try to help out as much as they can. This university also has a great TA program, I have only heard good things.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe here. I haven't seen or been apart of any complications here.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something going on here.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all students!!

    What to do for fun

    Fun activities here include gym, fishing, sports, beach, mall, etc.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food. Great variety of food here and very clean dining services.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are amazing! They are clean and have plenty of space.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here are on your side, and will do what it takes to give you an understanding of their material.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend prospective students to apply. My advice is to have fun and enjoy every second of the great experiences the college offers.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a great college. The university is filled with educated professors and motivated students to help others obtain success. I am a current freshman here, and love everything about Old Dominion University!

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety has improved over the years however more is needed to ensure that each and every student on campus feels safe and is educated on how to prevent an act of crime from happening to them. Campus safety holds informational sessions and hands out informational fliers on fire and natural disaster safety. As well as bike safety and security. There are other forms of safety such as Safe Ride and the bus Shuttle system. Campus police are always willing to help if there is every a problem.

    Greek Life

    There are approximatley 27 Fraternities and Sororities on campus. They engage in many hours of community service as well as are a big part of different events throughout the year on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Old Dominion has over 300 active organizations on campus. From the African Caribbean Association to the club swim team there is an organization for everyone to enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    The Office of Intercultural Relations is a safe haven for international students. One program that stems from this office is the Global Monarch Club. This club participates in a mentoring program which aides in providing the smoothest transition possible for students planning to attend Old Dominion from another country.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition that every senior takes a part is stepping on the school seal located in the middle of campus on their walk to the Ted Convocation Center on graduation day. It symbolizes the end of their college career the beginning of a new chapter. However one does not step on it any time before that day because if you do you will not graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    Its significantly expensive, financial aid doesn't always help.

    What to do for fun

    The most opportunity for fun stems from athletics on campus. Attending games and sporting events is very entertaining. Homecoming weekend is by far the most fun and when many major activities take place. The surrounding city of Norfolk also offers various activities for college students such as free admission to the zoo, museums and movie theaters as well as free transit on the hampton roads bus service and Tide rail service.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Cafe 1201 is excellent and there is much variety to choose form during peak hours of service. Legends is very decent as well, significantly smaller but caters to the needs of the freshman dorms and Powhatan apartment residents. There are also numerous restaurants such as Subway, Starbucks, Panda Express, Pizza Hut and Chik Fil A located on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm rooms are limited and its a first come, first serve basis. However, the living conditions are very decent and the village apartments allow the most opportunity to be independent. The Quad dorms are among the most recently built and are in great condition. Some freshman dorms are older and require more maintenance than others.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that Old Dominion demonstrates the perfect balance of challenge when it comes to learning and the opportunity to excel in the classroom. Professors give their best so that we can do our best.

    Tips for prospective students

    The first tip for prospective students is get to know you adviser, they will be able to guide you the entire four years, take advantage of that because they are there for you. Secondly, get involved! Getting involved in clubs or organizations can help you make friends, boost your self esteem and make you more well rounded as a member of the ODU community. Third, experience living on campus. This way you'll learn to be independent and get better acquainted with the university itself.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a very diverse and close knit community. This university has so much to offer its students. From sports to clubs to on campus ministries. There is something for everyone.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since ODU is on the coast, it is not far from Virginia Beach, a great place for walking, surfing, cycling, and many events happen on the weekend for one to enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    I eat at home because I take classes from my own comfortable chair.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home because I am a distance learner.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I am taking are challenging to the mind and is never dull.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your textbooks early. Have someone proof-read your writing before sending it into the teacher. Start on big projects early so not to get behind.

    In three sentences

    I find ODU to be a wonderful place to get a great education. Professional and educated staff teach the courses with assisting the students to excel. Help is only an email away and you never feel like you can't make it.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    We love our sororities and faternities. We take great pride in them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are 200+ clubs to join on campus and an endless amount of activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One unusual tradition is that is believed that if you step on the seal in the middle of the university you will not graduate and in order to reverse the curse you must ride the lion.

    What to do for fun

    There are malls and movie theaters near campus. There is always something going on on campus that you can get into.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused on your studies and do not get side tracked with what is going on around you, it will show in your grades. Also, get very involved with clubs, it will help keep you busy and out of trouble.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominon is the place to be if you love diversity, fun and success. There is never a dull moment at ODU! Amazing school spirit!

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a rough area and it is known for frequent robberies... Campus safety tries to be available but somehow isn't the case at least once a month.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of options!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Great local food!

    What to do for fun

    There is lots of places near the university, such as a three-story mall and a zoo! The oceanfront is about a thirty minute drive. Public transportation to these things is also available through tuition.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to study! It's definitely not easy and quite competitive when it comes to intellectual expectations.

    In three sentences

    Such a welcoming school with experienced professors. The school has lots of programs to choose from and helpful advisors when it comes to this decision. The classes for my degree in Elementary Education have been more than useful!

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They are making progress, however it is not located in a great area for safey.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have so many to choose from!

    Bang for the buck

    Old Dominion costs about twice that of my previous community college, but it has way more to offer me. On the other hand it is very affordable compared to more prestigious universities.

    What to do for fun

    Old Dominion has a ton of activities to do any time of the day, any day of the week. You only have to be willing to put yourself out there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research professors before you sign up for their class and always make sure you are prepared to register before the day of registration!

    In three sentences

    I have only begun my second semester here at Old Dominion University, however I have enjoyed every minute of it. It has a type of school spirit that was very lacking from my previous community college. I have had some great classes and great professors and cannot wait for what is ahead.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Unfortunately, due to some areas outside of campus there are isues. However, that is typical of any major campus, and it's usually a product of decision making.

    Greek Life

    Very present and active on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs in which you can immerse yourself if you wish. Practically every day there's a University update.

    Great for these types of students

    Education Accessability is there to help anyone with ANY dissability. Also, you can have your papers reviewed, and you have access to the public library online.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a great school in economic terms. The quality is certainly worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    I've always turned to recreational sports and exercise to handle pressure. You may want to explore other hobbies (i.e. writting).

    Food and Dining

    Great area for food and dinning. Simply look around Colley Avenue.

    Dorm Life

    I'm a transfer from UVA who lives off campus. I have no such experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Stay on top of your studies to prevent an overload.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the classes you have to take for any major before you begin to feel out your career path. Get an advisor and use degree works to help keep yourself on track. Also, hold yourself accountable for homework with a planner of sorts.

    In three sentences

    Despite a few hitches due to my late transfer, the faculty wants nothing more than to see you succeed. I'm a late transfer, as I've been fighting brain cancer, even with limiting side effects, the Education Accessibility program was in place to help.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a myth around campus that if you step on the school seal located in the courtyard in front of the Webb you will not graduate.

    What to do for fun

    There are literally hundreds of clubs and activity groups on campus that are always hosting events or having celebrations for something. The Student Activities Council has a huge calendar of events (anything you can think of, i.e. the showing of popular movies). If you want to go to the mall or anywhere around Norfolk the card center gives you a bus pass for the Norfolk bus.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria(s) here always have an amazing variety of tasty foods and the staff is extremely friendly. If you don't want to eat in the cafeteria you can always get a to go box or pick something up at one of the many restaurants in the Webb.

    Dorm Life

    ODU dorms are some of the best you'll find in Virginia. The best part about the dorms is that no matter what dorm you are in you won't be sharing a bathroom with the whole hall. The RA's are always available for any academic or personal help/advice you will need.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor really depends on your professor. Being college all courses are of course faster than high school but if the professor offers any outside help- take it! And as always not all teachers are as hard or serious as others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be lazy your senior year, take challenging courses. Apply for as many scholarships as possible, tuition and fees are not cheap!

    In three sentences

    The campus life is what you make it. You've got to be grounded in your studies. Overall GREAT school!

  • 01/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Beautiful area about 20 minutes away from Virginia Beach!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many organizations all over campus that meet during activity hour. Everyone is welcoming and there is no reason to have nothing to do.

    Food and Dining

    Great dining options all over campus. Make sure to visit P'Franks in the University Village!

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are well in the center of campus and everyone is a short walk from each other. Plenty of fun things to do.

    Academic Rigor

    The math and science departments are well respected and require a lot of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Take a tour around campus. Driving through it doesn't give you the same feeling. -Get involved in the community.

    In three sentences

    ODU is a great school. Everyone is friendly and welcoming and the academics are taken seriously. There are many options for improving yourself and getting the college experience.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is pretty safe and has security at all times but there are some parts outside and around the campus that can get somewhat dangerous at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities at ODU. I get approached almost daily with people trying to have me join there clubs and a lot of them sound very interesting.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is relatively cheap compared to other colleges but if you want to save on half your tuition then don't stay in a dorm. There are many apartments around campus for cheaper with a roommate.

    What to do for fun

    The campus always has something going on and there are many things around campus and downtown (which is only 3 minutes away) to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    This school has a lot of places to eat and very good food. There is always a choice when trying to figure out where to eat

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms are a great way to meet new people and everyone in the Dorms from my experience is very nice and willing to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is not very hard in academics. As in any college sometimes knowing when to say no to going out and studying instead can make a difference between an A and a C.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best tip I can give you is to study. Even though you may not have much homework, you should always study to be ready for unexpected material.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is very diverse. It has many opportunities for internships and leadership opportunities. This school also has many great teachers that are willing to go above and beyond when helping students.

  • 02/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Open mic at Bjoro's (a cafe not far from campus).

    Food and Dining

    Great places to eat on campus and in the surrounding area. There is a variety from fast-food restaurants to exquisite fine dining so anyone's hunger may be satisfied.

    Dorm Life

    My opinion here really cannot serve anyone, as I have lived off campus my entire career here at the school.

    Academic Rigor

    Anything worth getting shouldn't be easy, but it should be aptly challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know as many of the staff as possible, as they will help you on your journey to becoming a better you.

    In three sentences

    I am a student in ODU's undergrad program, majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. As a junior, I have spent quite some time in the hall's of this fine institution. The staff at Old Dominion University definitely has the best interest of their students in mind and that is something that anyone attending college can appreciate.

  • 02/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is a five out of five. If you are out late at the library or class there is a number you can call and a police officer will head up to where you are and give you a ride to your car or dorm.

    Great for these types of students

    The type they enjoy being close to everything. you are never far from a mini mart, subway, or class. It's a very compact campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a lion mural in the middle of campus, its said that if you step on it you will never graduate. It's funny to see the new students faces when they see us split like the red sea around it.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun on campus, from parties to private movie viewings. There are also a few sororities and fraternities one can join.

    Tips for prospective students

    Old Dominion is a very open campus and it�s easy to get distracted with all the things to do. The best advice I could give for perspective students is to go in with an open mind and a ready to work attitude. Being able to go to college is a gift and it�s not one to take lightly, keep your priorities in check.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is the perfect fit for anyone and everyone, diversity with the students is the best part about the campus but the professors are just as great. Diversity with the students is the most amazing part of the campus because everyone is different, it�s like America the melting pot of people.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    not the safest environment...

    Greek Life

    Greek life is whack here. Its all about the sports teams

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Riding the Lion is a must before graduation.

    What to do for fun

    Bar scene is great and the sports games are AMAZING!

    Dorm Life

    I transfered in so I don't know how ODU dorm life

    Academic Rigor

    You can graduate that's all that matters

    Tips for prospective students

    DO NOT TRANSFER! Finish in 4 years!

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion has a high spirited student body. Everyone is proud to go here and shows intense school spirit. The school is set to help you succeed.

  • 02/27/2013

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

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Riding the Lion, and Ice cream and cake

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships and turn in your FASFA as soon as you can.

    In three sentences

    I loved the campus. I was accepted last year, but didn't have the means to pay. Now I'm reapplying to transfer in.

  • 03/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Good

    Greek Life

    there

    Clubs and Activities

    over 300 clubs activities almost every day activity hours

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working community oriented

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Monarch Spirit Ice Cakey Song

    What to do for fun

    Recreation center

    Food and Dining

    I do not use the dining halls because they are to expensive and the quality of the food is not the best. However, I have heard it has improve.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    Study hard

    Tips for prospective students

    Get used to the diverse campus early. Use the language programs to improve your language skills Get involved on campus as soon as possible Networking - key to your future jobs

    In three sentences

    ODU is a diverse school. ODU is a military friendly school. ODU offers a lot of different degrees.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    campus chaos, spirit week, movie night on the main campus lawn (kaufman mall)

    What to do for fun

    check out their website! they can say a lot more than I can!

    Tips for prospective students

    (on finding your major) -find your interests and start broad, then focus (college life) -make new friends in class and out! they may save your life (or at least keep you updated if you miss a class) (on extracurricular activities) -get out there! it's awesome for you resume/CV when employers read it. fun activities and new connections are a plus!

    In three sentences

    It's not easy. It's not hard. It's just right.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have campus police and the actual campus area is nice but outlying neighborhoods are pretty ghetto. Try not to wander around the area late at night.

    Greek Life

    Plenty of sororities.

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of buildings are being re-built and the campus is further expanding.

    What to do for fun

    Beach, Busch Gardens, parks, clubs, Richmond is a worth while drive.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of restaurant options and local coffee shops as well as Starbucks.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    With any school the classes you choose to take play a huge part in this.

    Tips for prospective students

    Purchase a bike or skateboard to get around camps.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school. The professors are wonderful and tuition is not too high. The parking sucks.

  • 04/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ride the Lion fountain before you graduate!

    What to do for fun

    Shopping and dining in Norfolk's city center. VA Beach is only 20 minutes away. NCAA sporting events. Club sporting events. Bars and night clubs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of each opportunity to get involved! The student activities fairs are bound to have something that interests you. They're a great way to meet people.

    In three sentences

    A great university, with something for everyone. One of the most diverse campuses in the country.

  • 04/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Workout!

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan plan plan! It is best to know your intended major before getting in college. It makes things a lot easier.

    In three sentences

    ODU is spirited. We are a college of athletes. Our students truly create the future.

  • 04/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is pretty safe to me. There are always crazy people around, but if you choose to do things smartly, you should be okay. If you need to go somewhere and it is late, you can call safe ride and they will take you from point A to point B in no time at all.

    Greek Life

    They just celebrated Greek week. ODU is big on the Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a whole bunch of different clubs and activities here. If you do not see one that you like, you can get a sponsor and like ten other people to make your on club. But I am pretty sure that you can find at least one that will interest you.

    Great for these types of students

    ODU is great for any type of student, because it is very diverse. Everyone can find at least one friend due to the many options of different people. The people are very friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is a tradition not to step on the seal in the middle of campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Most schools are very costly. I believe that ODU is a great school and the money we pay will be worth it in the end, I just do not like the fact that they take things out of your tuition, so your paying for somethings even if you do not use it.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs that hold different events. You can go to those events, or join the club to give ideas of different events. There is always something to do on campus for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good in the beginning. After eating it for a while it get pretty old, but most of the time they have different options. Just make sure you have plenty flex points or monarch plus, so that you can eat other places when you get sick of cafe food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make of it. The RA's are pretty cool and down to earth. Make sure you room with someone that you have a lot of things in common, so you do not get into many conflicts.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the teacher's are pretty helpful and understanding. Most of the work is a little challenging, but not to hard to understand. You have to stay on top of your grades if you are concerned about maintaining a good GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to stay focused on your school work. Join the clubs that best interests you. Get involved, but do not hang with people that will bring you down or not help you move forward.

    In three sentences

    Is a really great school. Many opportunities and great people. I would give ODU an A++ :-D

  • 04/14/2013

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

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    Tips for prospective students

    To take advantages of all ODU has to offer. There are various clubs and support groups that can help you to accomplish your goals. Being social and open to a group environment at ODU can help future on in your career fields.

    In three sentences

    ODU provides high academics, volunteer, and service to all students that attend. The environment is both enriching and beneficial. I hope to expand in my career at ODU.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt threatened on ODU's campus. The campus police patrol during the night as well as during the day and the university offers Safe Ride. Safe Ride is a system that picks up students from anywhere on campus and takes them to their dorms or friend's dorms. This service is offered at night and I use it all the time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs on campus and each one has a lot of members. A few times a year, the clubs have a fair where they all set up tables to demonstrate what the clubs are about. There is at least one club for everybody. It's hard not to join all of them!

    Great for these types of students

    Old Dominion University is great for students that are willing to learn and also have a good time. Teachers make their classes enjoyable as well as challenging on some levels, and they are always eager to have personal relationships with their students; they want to help students succeed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every student has to know how to do the Ice Cream and Cake dance. At every football and basketball game, students stand up and dance to Ice Cream and Cake. Everyone helps each other out when learning how to do it and it is a great way to feel like one big family as a university.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of things to do for fun on campus. Every weekend, the Student Advisory Council plans something fun for everyone so there is no need to worry that anyone will ever be bored while on campus. The campus is also close to downtown Norfolk, the beach, and Busch Gardens, which opens doors for nonstop fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of dining facilities on campus. There is always something open, especially for those late night munchies. The food is good and the staff is even better.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is wonderful. Everyone is friendly and helpful, especially during the first few weeks when everyone is figuring everything out. If you keep your door open, people will drop by to say hi and you have the opportunity to make a lot of new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Students at Old Dominion University are expected to work in order to be successful academically. There is plenty of time for socializing but organizing time for studying is important too. As long as one is able to juggle social life and academics, one will succeed with flying colors here at ODU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should get involved on campus during their first year. Getting involved opens doors for new friendships, connections, and academic help. It really is the first step to getting the most out of one's college experience.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a wonderful college. The staff is always there to help students in their journey through the public education system. Old Dominion cares about their students and does anything and everything to help them achieve their goals.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and go to class.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love Old Dominion University. It's a place I'm proud to call my home and my school. I wouldn't want to go to any other university.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is nasty. The only time it's decent is the first two weeks of the semester and those weekends when future students and their families come to visit. Luckily we have other food places on campus. Subway, Pizza Hut, Chick-fil-A, Raising Canes and Panda Express help balance out having to eat the cafe food.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the resident halls are new or have recently been updated and remodeled. You can choice from classic dorm living, suite style living and apartment style living. Housing is competitive though and the housing process is nonsense, honestly. But living on campus helps you make friends and stay in the know about things happening on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors and instructors take their job seriously, they expect their students to come to class prepared, ready to learn and able to participate in class discussions. College work is not like high school work, waiting until the night before will not get you the grades you want. Stay focused and be on top of your game.

    In three sentences

    ODU offers everything you could want. These a sense of pride you get from being an Old Dominion Monarch. The moment you step on campus you're welcomed and it feels great.

  • 04/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is a safe campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great!

    Clubs and Activities

    There is many clubs and activities on campus!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to succeed!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This is a huge campus and you learn many things about if after being on it.

    Bang for the buck

    This is an excellent school!

    What to do for fun

    Spending time with friends.

    Food and Dining

    There is many places on campus that has great food.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to work for the grades that you want. What you put in is what you will get.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you come here you definitely won't be disappointed!

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University offers all of the students who attend a bright future with a huge staff of educators who care about their futures. It is a huge campus that gives students access to everything that they need. There is no greater school that Old Dominion University!

  • 04/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I mean, its a college campus. Of course some things are going to happen that shouldn't, but the police station is in the middle of campus, so it is pretty secure!

    Greek Life

    Great parties and very social. Are willing to meet everyone on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    To many to count. I believe there are over 200!

    Great for these types of students

    Who cnan manage to party as well as work without any distractions!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ride The Lion! It is a huge tradition and you will be accredited by people on campus with proof if you have done so. Also, dont step on the seal or you will not graduate!

    Bang for the buck

    This school is a great school. I am from Connecticut and traveled 11 hours just to attend, and I plan on coming here again next year. The people, friends, and opportunities that I have come across are great. I have learned many life choices, already, from my first year on campus and plan to learn many more! I love Old Dominion!

    What to do for fun

    Everything

    Food and Dining

    Good food, but we have a variety of different food places to go to and hang out!

    Dorm Life

    Excellent. large dorms so you can easily meet new people. Whether they are in fraternities/sororities, tutors, different clubs, etc.

    Academic Rigor

    Very rigorous until you begin to understand the courses and the way college works

    Tips for prospective students

    Many activities in order to meet new students as well as opporunitiesto dive right in to different social cliques.

    In three sentences

    Large campus so it is great for meeting new people Great tutoring opportunities Very international

  • 04/25/2013

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

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    Great for these types of students

    Undecided majors, city folk, students who want a city feel but not to have to share their campus with the rest of the city population, Marine Biology majors, Engineering majors,

    Bang for the buck

    Not exactly MY point of view, but my mother (and the one helping me pay for college) was really impressed with ODU's tuition. We looked at other colleges in the state and she believed that ODU definitely a bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    Old Dominion always has something to do. It's only minutes away from the beach, it's right inside the city of Norfolk (shopping mall, concert venues, fine dining, etc.,) and the campus is always pumped. Homecoming week is something you CANNOT miss!

    Food and Dining

    Old Dominion offers SO many food and dining options. From chicken wings to Subway to Panda Express to Tropical Smoothie to Hibachi Grill, every cuisine you can think of is on campus or right around the corner.

    Dorm Life

    I won't enroll into ODU until the fall semester, but I am highly impress with their dorms. I am so excited to live on campus here!

    Academic Rigor

    ODU is not a difficult school to be accepted into, however, I am going to a part of the Honors College with a much different academic rigor and atmosphere. The Honors College is for students mostly looking to attend graduate school, and students must keep a 3.25 GPA to remain in the Honors College, a much higher academic requirement than the rest of the school. If you are looking to stay challenged and prepare yourself for graduate school, the Honors College at ODU might be for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    ODU's motto is Idea Fusion- with the diverse student body and so many fields to study on campus, the motto truly fits the school.

    In three sentences

    Vibrant, diverse, and exciting campus! This school has a broad variety of majors- great for undecided students. The campus is always pumped and has something going on.

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The beach is less than 30 minutes away as well as various venues in the surrounding areas where concerts are always happening. Downtown Norfolk is also full of various activities.

    Food and Dining

    Great food, with many options on campus and near campus.

    Dorm Life

    Very good experience at ODU.

    Academic Rigor

    Old Dominion University is very rigorous. There are students who take certain classes that either make or break them in their majors. Stay studious!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as involved as you can! Your College years are what you make of them so why not make them as enjoyable as possible. However, remember that school always comes first!

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is full of inspiring diversity that allows for every engaged student to flourish. ODU offers many resources for its students that most universities do not consider. If I could go back in time I would choose ODU again!

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go watch the Men's basketball and football games!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and register for classes early!

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion has great class sizes, easily navigated campus, and great athletics.

  • 05/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Currently I am not a part of the Greek life but our school has an immense variety of sororities and fraternities that you can join. They also tend to throw parties that are on-campus (safer) to gain money for their organization.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who enjoy being social, having a lot to do, and who enjoy making new, lifelong friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do you love ice cream and cake mixed with a little football? Well ODU is perfect, at all home games we participate in the ice cream and cake song at 3rd quarter.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, I usually hang out with friends around campus, enjoy our private beaches, and the multitude of on-campus activities ODU has to offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    For those wishing to attend, I recommend that you learn what is most important to you. There are plenty of distractions at ODU because of the city in which it is located. Just remember that you are here to get your educations first, the partying can come later.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University has an invigorating environment, which aims to provide activities and programs engaging to all that attend. ODU not only provides activities for its students but also provides one of the most diverse career choices available. I would give ODU a 9.5 if I had to rate it, the only problem is that the food could be better.

  • 05/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Considering Norfolk is not exactly the safest area, the safety is wonderful. There are of course some accidents and problems occasionally. However, ODU has it's own police force as well as the Norfolk Police Department. It is necessary to swipe your ID to get into dorm buildings and the school offers locks, lights, etc. for off campus students. There is also options such as SafeRide, where you can get a ride around campus if it is late. The fire department is also located directly next to campus.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek Life on campus and really do not know much about it. However, I know there are many fraternities and sororities at ODU and it is very popular.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are also several clubs, pretty much anything you are interested in has a club. And if it doesn't, you can form one! I personally have joined many clubs and taken part in many activities that have led me to great successes.

    Great for these types of students

    ODU does has a current acceptance rate of 74%. So they are not very picky on who they let in. The campus is very diverse, however, with students from all across the country, and world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    DO NOT STEP ON THE SEAL. There is a superstition that if you step on the seal in the center of campus you will not graduate, at least not from ODU. People try to get rid of this curse by riding the lion. (I don't suggest trying this because it is very dangerous).

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state student, so my tuition is much higher than most students. There are, however, so many opportunities I have already taken advantage of and benefited from in my freshman year. Therefore, I am very proud of myself and the decision to go to ODU.

    What to do for fun

    There are an abundance of options for fun on campus. From the copious options of sports teams; both ODU teams, as well as, intramural teams. There is also something going on, especially on the weekends. The campus hosts and sponsors several events throughout the year such as Relay for Life, several 5k's, Water/Color Festival, Strength Contests, etc. There are also several clubs, pretty much anything you are interested in has a club. And if it doesn't, you can form one!

    Food and Dining

    The on campus dining can be iffy at times. There are many fast food options such as Subway, Panda Express, Pizza Hut, Wing Street, etc. The other options that are mostly used by students with a meal plan are Raising Cane's, P.O.D, and Cafe 1201. There are a couple other cafeterias on campus but the food gets old quick.

    Dorm Life

    If you live in one of the dorms in the quad you will be very happy. They are a little more pricey than the other typical freshman dorms, but they are much nicer. It is also safer and you meet more people than if you live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses and extracurriculars offered at ODU are, for the most part, very helpful in building knowledge. They are challenging at times, but worth it. They force you to think critically and there are copious opportunities to build your resume.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do as much research as you can to make sure this, or any, school has or is exactly what you're looking for. Read everything; emails, brochures, odu.edu, etc. Try to be figure out what you want to do in college, major wise especially. Be prepared and take it seriously.

    In three sentences

    ODU has one of the most diverse student bodies in America. They encourage growth in their students on a both a personal and global level. There are a plethora of clubs and activities to partake in at ODU.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is pretty good if you ask me. Every student is emailed and alerted of any incident that occurs on or around campus and campus police begin investigating immediately. It never takes them long to solve, catch and remove the problem.

    What to do for fun

    They have lots of activities going on on campus and they encourage students to join some kind of sport, club, or activity for they offer just about everything you could imagine.

    Food and Dining

    ODu has lots of restaurants on and around campus. They offer a great variety of foods.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter. However, I've never heard anything bad about them.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a pre-nursing student so the only complaint I have is that it is very competitive. however that is a push to do better.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you come, come prepared. Any college is a big step up from high school and should not be taken lightly. College requires a lot of time and effort. The first semester can be rough but as I've said they have helpful resources in just about every area- USE THEM!

    In three sentences

    ODU is a great school. They have lots of helpful resources in just about every area. I've enjoyed every minute of it so far!

  • 05/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Be smart like you should everywhere else. You are in an inner city.

    Greek Life

    26 Fraternities and Sororities

    Clubs and Activities

    300 + Student clubs and organizations. At the beginning of each semester there is an organization fair that gives you a briefing on each interesting organization and their mission.

    Great for these types of students

    Diverse, International Students, Any

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tailgating during football season. Do not step on the emblem in the courtyard or you may not graduate on time. Big Blue is our mascot, how cute!

    Bang for the buck

    Research before you make any decision, and come up with solutions that fit your needs.

    What to do for fun

    On campus events. Organizations and volunteer work. All you need is a close knit group of friends, and everything should be fine. Popularity is not what is important.

    Food and Dining

    I am not a fan of cafeteria food. A meal plan is required for all on campus students, but if you can avoid I would recommend getting a smaller plan after your first year. Once the semester is over you do not get money back from the meal you chose not to eat.

    Dorm Life

    17 Housing options. Living off campus can be cheaper, because you do not have pay up front. Let's face it you meet all of your best buds and get the real college experience in a dorm. England and Dominion House are the best dorms. University Village are our best apartments. The District is right across the street with great amenities, but please watch their pricing.

    Academic Rigor

    Learning here is a blessing. Your professor makes your learning experience and you finish it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Please check your degree programs and stay on top of your credit hours. Join a mentoring group, so you can have another student help you learn about the campus and how college systems work. Have all of your funding planned before attending reaching the best option for your budget.

    In three sentences

    Overall this is a great learning institution. Customer services in the student office, like, financial aid, could use more work on their staff. The campus is medium in size, which may be helpful for students who need to focus more.

  • 05/26/2013

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

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    Greek Life

    Will attend in the fall.

    What to do for fun

    Will attend in the fall.

    Tips for prospective students

    Great school to attend and I am look forward to the fall semester.

    In three sentences

    This college has a great campus layout. The dorm room are situated in a quad setting. Current students gave great reviews for the school.

  • 05/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Lot of associations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Cost of attendance is very high.

    In three sentences

    Good for studies. Shopping. Fun time.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The gym is a nice place to go, there is also the game lobby in the Webb which is a big build in the middle of campus. O.D.U has lots of sports teams so you can go watch the team play and support them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to class on time Don't think you know everything, always study Get a good nights sleep, eat well, and exercise Make new friends and interact with others

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a really great school with many programs or courses of study. The campus is really big and diversity. While here, you'll make a lot of good friends, learn new things, and gain new experiences.

  • 06/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life is very popular on campus, but it does not consume the university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Students do not walk across the school seal, located at the center of campus, until they graduate. Rumor has it that those who have walked across the seal before graduation day never graduate.

    Food and Dining

    The cafe is decent, nothing extraordinary. There are numerous restaurants on campus and around.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms are nicer than others, but that is to be expected with any university. If able to, apply early; the later one waits the more likely they are to be without housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Although, ODU is rumored to be a party school, academics are praiseworthy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a bus pass and explore Norfolk.

    In three sentences

    ODU is a diverse university that encourages academic excellence and prides itself in being a cultural hub.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Riding the Lion.... you'll figure it out soon enough.

    What to do for fun

    Capoeira , I.M.A (Independent Music Society), plenty of sports to try out.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use ratemyprofessor.com so you know what your getting into.

    In three sentences

    ODU is a solid college environment. There is not as a diverse student body as you would find in other colleges. However, in my experience there have been amazing professors and a lot of ways to keep busy outside of class.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there hiking, kayaking, gym, campus activities, and night life.

    Food and Dining

    Food has gotten a lot better over the past year.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome, for freshman try to get placed in white hurst!

    Academic Rigor

    This isn't highschool any more, make sure you study!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try not to party so much you fail out, concentrate on school and the fun will come.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is friendly. There are a lot of activities to get into! Has a great library to study in and study aids available.

  • 06/26/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    There's too much to type when it comes to having fun on campus; you'd just have to check it out for yourself to see what I mean.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different options of dining.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are simply amazing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you visit campus first to make sure that it will be the right fit from you; size wise. Pay attention to the distances you will have to travel, most likely on foot, and make sure all of your finances are squared away.

    In three sentences

    Iam transferring to Old Dominion University, because I truly feel that it is one one the greatest universities around. I have never had a problem with getting the responses and information that I need from the staff in a timely matter. Do I even need to mention the amount of school spirit on campus; amazing!

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I can assure you the security is great as well as available 247.

    What to do for fun

    Different activities throughout campus the school has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay focused and put academics first as well as sty involved.

    In three sentences

    ODU is an amazing school, it is very diverse and open to all. The campus is extremely beautiful. If you want to get a great education I will encourage you to attend ODU.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Social Students there is plenty to do around campus but also ones that keep to themselves the 4 floor of the library will be your haven

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every Tuesday and Thursday we have activity hour, where no one has classes for that time and they play music and the fraternities and sororities stroll. The front of the web center is the main hang out place on campus but also Whitehurst beach during the hotter months.

    What to do for fun

    ODU will always have things going on. If not just make some friends and have movie nights or just walk around campus or go to the gym that's IF you get some free time.

    Food and Dining

    Food was great ! I lived in Whitehurst which had a cafe in the lobby and the food was great. I never went hungry only after 2 am.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was great for me i had 4 great girls i lived with that were very clean and understanding. You might run into some problems but its all about compromise and respect.

    Academic Rigor

    The only challenges that I faced where multiple classes having multiple things due on the same day. Just remember time management and get your priorities straight.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your eyes and ears open when walking to class the skateboarders have no mercy.

    In three sentences

    This college is highly diverse and friendly. There is always ways to spend time doing things. Classes are very understanding and helpful.

  • 07/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a number of safety measures in place. ODU is sure to make each student (and parent concerend with on-campus safety) feel safe. No worries!

    Clubs and Activities

    If you think of it, we probably have it and if we don't, starting it is easy.

    Great for these types of students

    ANYONE. ODU is so diverse, it appeals to any and every kind of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    DON'T STEP ON THE SEAL, if you know what's good for you.

    Bang for the buck

    When one considers all that is gained when enrolling at this university, it can be proven that you definitely get the bang for your buck. This university provides students with an immense amount of resources that increase, and almost ensures, student success if they are used properly. Campus is beautiful and the student body is like a large, diverse family.

    Food and Dining

    Appealing to just about any preferences in dining, Old Dominion caters to every student. Featuring three dining halls, along with other eateries in the student union center, as well as convenient stores (Provisions On Demand), almost anything a student has a taste for is rather easily satisfied.

    Dorm Life

    Featuring one of the largest student recreation centers on the East coast, Old Dominion is home to some of the best homes away from home. When students chose to live on campus, they have the option to live in residence halls or student apartments. Old Dominion is constantly renovating even the most minute facets of campus, and student living is no exception. Old Dominion does not incur ANY communal bathrooms on campus and each room allots residents an immaculate amount of space.

    Academic Rigor

    Old Dominion features classes and programs (non-degree seeking and degree seeking) which are both interesting and very competitive. Students that are admitted to this school do well to prepare for a career in their chosen fields as they take advantage of the many resources that are implemented to ensure student success.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Lots of food and pizza according to what I've read

    Dorm Life

    Dorms seem nice.

    Academic Rigor

    It's not high school so there will be more work.

    In three sentences

    Seems like a great school with a bunch of things To do.

  • 07/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    When I first attended ODU the food and dining choices were fantastic. There are conveniently placed cafes at the library and some major buildings for when you have time between classes or in need of something small to eat. Two major dining services, Legends and Cafe 1201, were initially great for expending meal plans. However, the food quickly becomes repetitive and there are only a few instances where they will completely change the selection such as theme events including International Day. As I now use most of my funds at the Subway in the WEB, food is not a high priced gem at this university.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is very innovative and easily adaptable. In the dorm, you meet dozens of people who are either very different or partly similar to you and meeting new people is enjoyable in that aspect. On the negative side, there are some instances where your time could be interrupted by noise and you nearly have to fight for laundry. However the noise complaints can be attended by the mostly respectful Room Assistants whose purpose is to be consulted if you are having dormitory issues.

    Academic Rigor

    ODU has many programs for your attended major. ODU allows for transferring of credits and offers summer classes. Most importantly, ODU offers free tutoring for students struggling in their courses. The Library offers many references and is a great change of pace for those students needing the time away from distractions.

    Tips for prospective students

    For incoming students I suggest mapping out your classes and learn how long it takes to get from one to another. Keep track of time and attend class as showing up for all your classes will be the best way for succeeding in that class. Within a few weeks, you will learn that although the school isn't large, there are many different types of opportunistic events to attend.

    In three sentences

    Great university with vast opportunities for your intended major and chances to be involved at school. Everything from food, groceries, laundry, haircuts, and classes are within walking distance or at most 10-15 minute bus rides. The atmosphere of the university is nice and thanks to a few landmarks within the university, it's easy to find your way around if you get lost during freshmen year.

  • 07/17/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    I ate there a few times upon visits. Food was very good.

    Dorm Life

    Haven't looked into that yet

    Academic Rigor

    Haven't started yet, but I'm sure it will be a good challenge.

    In three sentences

    Seems to be a fast pase school. They have a great amount of diversity in the student body. The campus is beautiful with plenty of access to get around via long boards, bikes, rollerblading etc.

  • 07/24/2013

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

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    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus that is well planned out. Instructors are very knowledgeable.

  • 07/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many paths that they have surrounded by huge trees. It is fun and relaxing to just walk.

    Tips for prospective students

    Its very humid here!

    In three sentences

    Very beautiful campus. Positive and helpful advisers. Great four year school.

  • 07/26/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    From Virginia Beach to Hampton Roads, the possibilities are endless. It has the perfect climate alternating between hot and cold temperatures. There is always something going on at the Ted. If you like shopping, concerts, or relaxing, there is something for every personality!

    Food and Dining

    It probably cannot get better than the meal plans being offered. It is perfect for being on the run and getting to class on time. If you choose to pig-out or stay on a diet, there is something for everyone. There are so many options and it is not limited to just one dining hall, so everyone wins!

    Dorm Life

    Great dorms that are state of the art, especially on the quad area. It is very home-feely with people willing to help whenever you need it. It is very social, but in control and there are areas for different events. The staff also helps out alot with everything being posted on a huge note-board!

    Academic Rigor

    People say what they want and if you want to be some sort of professional, you can do that at any school. ODU provides you with the resources for success and the rest is up to the student. Make of yourself what you want by putting in the effort. In the end, you decide the future and are in control of you're life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour, see how you would like to be challenged academically and/or athletically, how far from home you want to be, and always remember the cost.

    In three sentences

    It's close to the beach, everything is happening on Hampton Roads. It has a great education along with the costs, and has athletic facilities which are state of the art. It is up and rising and will soon be known as one of the big schools in Virginia.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is really good.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorms are nice compared to a lot of other schools I have visited.

    Academic Rigor

    ODU prides itself in performing well in classes. The professors hold the students to high standards and do all they can in helping them strive.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of clubs to join as well as university provided entertainment.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is a lot of work. Put down the videogames, and save your money.

    In three sentences

    It's a fun school. They provide many student services. However, the many online programs they require you to use can be a huge pain.

  • 08/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Be smart. ODU is in an urban area. If you've heard bad things about Norfolk, its probably related to gang activity or someone getting mugged walking home from a club alone at 3 AM. There is security around campus and well lit streets.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone from leadership organizations to volleyball club teams to quidditch club. The university is big enough to cater to everyones desires.

    What to do for fun

    ODU is situated on the Elizabeth River which lends to a ton of really fun outdoor recreational activities. Students can rent paddle boards, kayaks and canoes and spend the whole day on the river. If you're not into water activities, there is always a game of frisbee or pick up soccer in a quad to join.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall has typical campus food, don't expect any out of this world cuisine. You're probably better off exploring Norfolk for some seafood or more edible dishes.

    Dorm Life

    Easy to make friends in dorms, RA's are generally friendly and willing to help you out whenever you need it.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your professor, classes can vary from extremely rigorous (assignments due every class, difficult exams, several papers per semester) or very lax. Like anywhere, I think that the rigor of the institution depends on the professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not get a meal plan. You will not use it and you're better off learning to cook.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is situated in an area that can cater to the needs and desires of almost anyone. Within 15 minutes from Downtown Norfolk, the MacArthur mall, Virginia Beach and just steps from the Elizabeth River, there is something for everyone. Professors make students feel welcome and are always willing to help out.

  • 08/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    If you're hungry, there are several places to eat on campus with great food to satisfy any craving. From Subway to Panda express to the campus store in the Batten Arts and Letters building, there's always a tasty meal on hand.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but I have visited my friend's dorm many times, and they look clean, spacious, and comfortable.

    Academic Rigor

    Students and staff alike work hard to ensure academic success. I will be forever in thankful for the library's late hours during final exams, as well as for my study partners and resources like the writing center. They definitely made it easier to succeed and lowered my stress level when it came to assignment deadlines and tests.

    Tips for prospective students

    ODU has a huge campus and many courses and programs, so prospective students should be sure to ask lots of questions, attend preview early, and meet when their advisers whenever they need to to ensure they have a productive and enjoyable college experience.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University boasts a large campus with a diverse population and a plethora of majors and minors from which to choose. ODU has helpful, friendly staff, competent advisers for each department, and great resources to aid students in their college experience. Old Dominion University is a great school and I'm proud to be one of it's many students.

  • 08/20/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    The university hosts many different sporting events in its stadium and many different concerts and other special events in the Ted Constant Convocation Center, located on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different places to eat on campus, drawing from a meal plan or flex points that can be bought online through the university website. There are many great places to eat, and a Kroger nearby that accepts the University's monarch point currency as a form of payment.

    Dorm Life

    From my brief tour of the residence halls on campus, I have to say that the resident life seems to be very active and friendly. Older students are willing to help newer freshmen migrate into the college way of life and will provide assistance to those that need it.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I can tell as of this point, the classes offered all have a variety of instructors of various rigor levels, ranging from mellow to stringent, and anywhere in between.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always apply for financial aid on schedule in order to minimize stress and delayed funding later on in the school year. Sign up for the meal plan with the least amount of meals that you feel will be enough to satisfy your hunger.

    In three sentences

    The college definitely has a widely varied set of students that contribute to its overall atmosphere of acceptance. The courses offered cover many different career paths. The college offers many great options for students interested in pursuing a variety of careers later in life and the staff are willing to help new students through the process of enrollment and class registrations.

  • 09/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Endless amounts of organizations. Anywhere from sports clubs, to dance clubs, to gaming clubs.

    Bang for the buck

    This college is worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    For fun around campus you could hang out with friends, play football in the corridor, hit the free gym on campus, and the list goes on and on. The amount of things to do while on campus are endless, not to mention the off campus activities.

    Food and Dining

    The food and choices you have everyday are top notch. From Chick-fil-a to Cafe 1201 (the dining hall for students), the choices are great and the taste even better.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are, for the most part, the very nice and upscale. The dorm life however is the lifeline of most everyone, whether it be a place to crash after a test or a way to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Academy life on campus is rigorous and effective. It varies with what major you plan on taking up but it is of high priority.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to keep friends in the college crowd. Past friends may have history with you, but most times they're not waking up at 10AM to have chemistry with you.

    In three sentences

    This is a great school filled with a very prestigious teaching staff. The students are friendly and easy going. Most of all, the organizations here are one of a kind.

  • 09/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety so far is good. They will notifiy you of any unusual activities around the campus. They urge you to be safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek lift is fun.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a large number of clubs and activies you can join.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not walk on the ODU emblem until after you graduate!!!

    Bang for the buck

    If you are a people person, you will love ODU.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities around campus to get involved in. They have a lot of activities for the students. The students enjoy the downtime the university gives you.

    Food and Dining

    The choice of food is great. The dining halls give you a diverse choice of food. It is a great space to dine.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. They pair you with people close to your personally and area of study. They try to pair you with someone from your home area.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is fit for you. You have to paste yourself and not overload. You will have time to get your work completed.

    Tips for prospective students

    It has a great deal of subjects to take and get an good education. The teachers are helpful. First time students will enjoy the campus.

    In three sentences

    The campus is all I have imaged. It is diverse and not so hugh that you can not find your way around. It is easy to get to classes and other areas.

  • 09/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Scary.

    Greek Life

    Not bad

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of club sports.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ice cream and cake dance.

    What to do for fun

    Soccer.

    Food and Dining

    Food is average.

    Dorm Life

    If you live in the honors dorm, don't expect dorm parties or extraverted people on your floor

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't choose social life over academic life. The parties are fun but the area is somewhat sketchy.

    In three sentences

    Really fun, everyone is nice. The engineering school is really good but pretty difficult. The social life is also pretty fun.

  • 09/12/2013

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

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    What to do for fun

    I will like to participate in marching band.

    Food and Dining

    I've had lunch there but I never had their cafeteria. I've heard its very delicious.

    Dorm Life

    When I visit the college, I love how spacious the dorms were.

    Academic Rigor

    Teacher will take their time to help from what I've heard from current students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply! you will not regret!

    In three sentences

    I have visted ODU and it seem like a fine school (: I love for a fact that they have a marching band and a great engineering program ! This school has everything I ask for(:

  • 09/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do, for an example, if you're in to music like I am , they have open mic's on Thursday nights.

    Tips for prospective students

    .turn in your fafsa as soon as possible .turn in your application for housing AS SOON AS POSSIBLE .never walk at night to your dorm by yourself; take advantage of SAFE RIDE

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is one of the best schools in Hampton Roads. Most of the people that I have met are very friendly and generous. I love the fact that they have a lot of food on campus!

  • 09/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Yeah.

    Clubs and Activities

    Activity hour

    Great for these types of students

    Study hard, party harder.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Whatever you do, don't walk across the ODU seal.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs. Gym. Eat. Activity hour (after dark).

    Food and Dining

    The food is great.

    Dorm Life

    My dorms quiet but everyone socializes.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a pretty good school.

  • 09/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    increased protection from ODU and Norfolk police; SafeRide allows students to get home safely and offers a great alternative to walking alone at night; text and email alerts from ODU to keep students safe

    Greek Life

    numerous sororities and fraternities; close bonding and meaningful connections with fellow students - be sure to join!

    Clubs and Activities

    sports organizations academic societies fraternities/sororities

    Great for these types of students

    sports, academic organizations

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a myth/superstition that if a student walks across the university seal, they will not graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, but ODU makes it worth your while. Educational, social, and networking opportunities are my favorite aspects of this school.

    What to do for fun

    Students can hang out at many areas on campus. There are plenty of outside places to relax, and places such as the Webb center (with food, lounging areas, and a computer lab as well as a game area) give students numerous spaces for collaboration and fun.

    Food and Dining

    There are a number of places to eat for students, and at most places students can use their meal plans or Monarch Plus (money put on your school ID).

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are safe, fun environments for residents to get together. They are close to important areas on campus (class buildings, food, etc.).

    Academic Rigor

    ODU has relatively high expectations for students to encourage everyone to work hard toward success.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are receiving financial aid, start making payments as soon as possible to keep interest rates low. Join one of the many organizations at ODU to make friends and get involved at the community. Get to know your professors and ask questions to make sure you understand the material.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion has meaningful educational opportunities for students preparing for a lifetime career. ODU has made an effort to give social opportunities for students to meet with friends and colleagues on campus as well. Students can be sure they will get their money's worth attending this institution.

  • 10/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are the typical concerns of any campus in the middle of a city but ODU has its own police force and they are very good about keeping the campus safe. There is also an escort service that is run at night by the police and student volunteers as well as a bus system. ODU has also been in the process of buying up surrounding property that has been known to house those that have caused problems for the campus in the past.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In front of the student center (Webb Center) in the middle of the lawn (Kaufman Mall) is the school seal. Its said that if you step on it while you are a student you won't graduate within 4 years. The tradition is, on the day you graduate, on the walk to the Ted, your class walks across the seal!

    What to do for fun

    There are a ton of clubs and groups for almost anything you can imagine. We have a really nice state of the art gym that was just renovated 2-3 years ago. The Ted Constant Convocation Center always has really good concerts and comedians coming through and we have a top basketball team. We also have an amazing new football program. I'm not big into football but going to the games you can't help but get caught up in the frenzy of excitement! Plus students can get in for free! The student center has a game room and several clubs host free movie nights out on the lawn, in the various buildings, or in the Ted. Sometimes there are even free screenings of new movies!

    Food and Dining

    There are quite a few nice, inexpensive restaurants on campus in addition to the main cafeteria in the student center and the cafes in the dorms. The handful of times I have eaten in the cafeteria and cafes the food has been great.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter student but from what I've heard from my friends they seem to like the dorms. ODU is constantly expanding so almost every year there is new housing on campus. I have been into several different buildings and the rooms seem to be a decent size.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the gen. eds. are fairly simple but once you get into your major classes the work is piled on and devotion to the subject you are studying really is required. I've taken upper level classes for my minor in business management, my foreign language requirement, and my major (history) and I've found this true in all three fields. And I've heard nothing but the same from students studying other subjects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with campus life. Old Dominion is rapidly expanding and there is something for any interest. And if you manage to come up with something we don't have a club/group for yet its extremely easy to get one started. Don't be afraid to reach out. Our community is extremely supportive of nearly everything and everybody.

    In three sentences

    Everyone on the administrative staff has always been incredibly helpful and knowledgable. The classes, even gen eds., are interesting and out of the 100+ credit hours I currently have taken there are only a handful of professors I would not take another class with. There is always enough variation of classes/times offered each semester to find a full schedule plus back-ups that fit in with my work schedule.

  • 10/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police officers around campus are doing what they can to improve the safety on campus. There are buses that run daily to take you back to your dorm, even if it's late. ODU seems to have a bad reputation for safety on campus but I've never been in a dangerous situation and it seems that things are not as bad as people say they are. I get weekly emails about what's been going on on campus and what's being done to enhance campus safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's over 300 clubs and activities to join at ODU. There's something for everybody and if you think that there's a club that's missing you can start your own if you get enough people who also want to join.

    Great for these types of students

    ODU is great for people pursuing a degree in Business. I've heard great things about there Health Science program as well. Students who are looking for a school to be proud of should definitely consider ODU. There's so many ways to get involved and many opportunities that will benefit years after graduation.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a seal on Kaufman Mall which we all walk around because legend has it that if you do walk across the seal you won't graduate from ODU. During the second half of home basketball games we all partake in the ice cream and cake dance. No matter how well you can dance, everyone seems to join in.

    Bang for the buck

    ODU is not as expensive as some of the other universities throughout the country. The quality of the education meets my expectations based on how much I paid in tuition. They have many activities on campus that are free which make me feel that my tuition was worth it.

    What to do for fun

    I like to go to the Webb Center to get homework done or watch TV. There's even somewhere to shoot some pool in the Webb Center. There's always something to do on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Despite not living on campus I have experienced the food on campus. There's something for everybody. Fast food, sushi bars, and a cafe. In the Cafe there's something for everyone, those who are gluten-free, vegans, and vegetarians.

    Dorm Life

    I don't personally live on campus but I have friends that live on campus and I hear good and bad about dorm life. It really depends on which dorm you live in on campus. I've heard positive things about the RA's in the dorms and the dorm policies aren't very strict.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are giving you what you need to know but still strive to challenge you. The challenges aren't to make you struggle but to help you out in the future when you begin your career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research on what you're looking for in a college and definitely visit the campus. Look at some of the clubs and organizations ahead of time to see if there's something you'd be interested in getting involved in.

    In three sentences

    The diversity of the student body at Old Dominion University is great, you can meet people from all over the world. The professors want you to succeed. There is always something to do on campus, even on the weekends.

  • 10/16/2013

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

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    Food and Dining

    Nice variety

    Academic Rigor

    Have not attended classes yet.

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many cops patrolling the area and it is very safe.

    Greek Life

    Sororities and Fraternities are amazing and there are many to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 organizations and plenty of activities around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who would like to experience the various new cultures.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A traditional location would be the seal in the middle of the campus! Do not step on it or you will not graduate(legend).

    Bang for the buck

    The price is good, not too costly.

    What to do for fun

    I am apart of Community council, and for fun we attend different events , as well as create them.

    Food and Dining

    The all you can eat buffet is amazing and there are so many different choices.

    Dorm Life

    The environment is clean and there are a lot of nice, new people you will meet.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is highly accredited with great programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always study hard and create a study plan to balance out your workload. Come to school prepared !

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a very diverse school. The atmosphere is ver welcoming here. There are various amounts of clubs to engage in.

  • 11/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Cafe 1201, which is located in the Webb University Center, is not my favorite cafe but the food is okay. I believe Whitehurst has the best food.

    Dorm Life

    It all depends on where you live. Freshman year I lived in Gresham Hall. It wasn't really my favorite dorm nor one of my top choices of where I wanted live. I was placed in Gresham due to over capacity of freshmen this year. However, Gresham was a cool place. No dorms have community bathrooms, but you may share a bathroom with 2 or 3 other roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    It is what you make it. You can make the your courses very challenging or very easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students: First, have a friendly attitude. The people here are always smiling and very welcoming. Second, go to class! Especially the classes that take attendance. Lastly, have fun and try new things!

    In three sentences

    If you are looking for a diverse school, Old Dominion University is the school for you. It is in the middle of a small town and have shuttles and buses to get around. On a scale of 1-10 I rate my school a 7.

  • 11/13/2013

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

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    In three sentences

    ODU is a very nice place. It has a lot of diversity. Also it has a very homely vibe coming off it.

  • 11/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety i will say is about 70% . This is because of the recent incidence of theft and armed robbery in some of the students houses. This I think is a really serious matter and can be improved.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life on the Old Dominion campus is something to boast of. I know this because I was once a member a fraternity and it was great experience. There are many fraternity and sororities which one can join to enjoy the full college experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs in Old Dominion to suit any type of personality. Most of which hold a lot of programs to get other students and members from other clubs involved.

    Great for these types of students

    The Old Dominion University is great for any type of student. This is as a result of its diversity and well mannered, tolerant and respectful student body.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Old Dominion Campus as far as I know is an open campus. That is to say there are no secret or unusual places or traditions on campus unknown of.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things one can do for fun at Old Dominion University. There are many fun games like soccer, ping pong, basketball, volley ball among others which one can get involved in at the S.R.C. There are also many clubs one can join to fit their personality. For instance the comedy club which organize stand-up comedy's every Friday. There are also movies been shown for everybody to enjoy in the big lecture halls and the Quad and so much more.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dinning services at ODU is one to boast about. They have extremely nice workers in the cafeterias who try to provide students with 100% satisfaction. The food is also very good and they have a well balanced menu and dishes to fit any person.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is really nice and most dorms, if not all, have very clean environs. Most of the students follow rules and the RA's take pride in what they do to keep everything under control.Dorm life at ODU is really fun. Aside that, I think there can be improvement on security as some students allow in strangers from outside which i think is not good.

    Academic Rigor

    They can be some academic rigors and one of them I would say is the weather. It is most of the times really cold keeping you indoors all day. But with that being said, Old Dominion has a wide range of clubs and societies one can easily get involved in to do away with stress and what not. If you are an active person and like to stay in shape, the Students Recreational Center provides students with ton of stuff one can do to do away with stress. As a result, academic rigor is really not a factor most students face.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking for a school that will help you grow not only academically but socially, morally, and all other aspects of life, Old Dominion University is the place to be. It has everything that any student will need to excel in what their interest is.

    In three sentences

    It is a culturally diverse school with well mannered students and staff. It has a good environment for studying. The staff and faculty members are very understandable and friendly and most of the lectures are excellent at what they do

  • 11/17/2013

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

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    Campus Safety

    A lot safer than what i had heard from others who have heard rumors about the surrounding area.

    Clubs and Activities

    Seems to be a very close knit campus with a boat load of clubs and intramural sports.

    Dorm Life

    Some dorms were very nice but other who weren't the nicest were right by the water, so cant go wrong.

    Academic Rigor

    Seems to be a place where rigor depends on your major.

    In three sentences

    Really enjoyed the entire campus and how nice the gym and facilities were.

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are a number of break-ins, shootings, and petty thefts. For the most part it happens in the surrounding area of the campus. Every now and again it happens on campus. Security and police have made every effort into our safety. There is plenty of lite areas to walk through. There are emergency phones and help buttons in every building and scattered around the grounds. You can call for an escort back to your dorm if it is late. Throughout the day there are police and security patrolling the area.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not step on the university crest! If you do, you will not graduate from the university. The only way to counter stepping on the crest, is to ride the lion. Keep in mind riding the lion is frowned upon by all the teachers so you'd have to do it at night. The newest tradition is to rub the statue of big blues belly. This will bring good luck and will help you graduate on time.

    What to do for fun

    There are free movies, evening events, bingo night, novelty days, spa days. There is always someone blasting music and dancing in front of the Webb center. The library is a nice place to grab a coffee and hang out with friends. The game room in Webb center has pool tables and ping pong. The newly renovated student activity center has plenty of work out equipment, a pool, an indoor track, a rock wall, basketball, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    There is tons of food to choose from. In Webb center there are a number of vendors throughout. There are also fast food places around campus. If you are in the dorm, you can order dominoes and it will be delivered to your room. If you get a meal plan, you have access to the cafeteria. From what I've heard the food isn't half bad.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't dorm. I was a commuter. But from what I've heard depending on the dorm is how well life was. There are the original dorms that are old and look kind of like prisons, then there are the brand new ones that everyone loves.

    Academic Rigor

    The general education classes are pretty easy, but once you get into the higher 200 and 300 classes then they get difficult. The hardest class is chemistry. Since it is required for everyone as a gen. Ed. The classes are huge and the teacher cannot provide individual attention. Without a good foundation, the higher chemistries become more difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not knock out all of your gen. Eds in the first semester. If you are a bio major, the classes fill up fast and if you've taken all your gen. Eds then you will have nothing to take each semester. Get involved with the community. There are free movies every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. There are evening events that have themes. There are spa days. You never know what's going to happen next. Read the weekly paper and you will never miss an event.

    In three sentences

    Even though the campus is small, there is always something to do. For the most part the teachers are good at what they do, but there are a few you have to look out for. Yes there is a lot of crime in the area, but police patrol it and make you feel safe.

  • 12/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    People have been shot and robbed, I don't think it's that safe but they are doing the best they can to make it safer.

    Greek Life

    I am currently a member of Kappa Delta and I love it! They provide me with great opportunities and meeting a lot of new people. The greek population is not that big here but it is definitely a good change to ODU

    Clubs and Activities

    I don't know about most clubs but after joining a sorority I have heard about a ton of them that I wouldn't even think they would have, and if they don't have a club for you, then you can start one up yourself

    Great for these types of students

    I think it's great for anyone honestly, I've seen so many different people rather than W&M where it's all about preppy people and VCU that is downtown hipster/ different style people

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a seal in the middle of the school that you can't walk over until the day of graduation, and if you do then it's said that you won't graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    I get a lot of financial aid, but after looking at pricing and such, I feel as if going to a community college 2 years prior to ODU would have been best financially.

    What to do for fun

    I joined a sorority and that takes up a lot of time and is very fun, I am also thinking about joining club soccer.

    Food and Dining

    The fast food selection is alright, but gets old after a while. And the cafe food they have is decent sometimes if you catch it on a good day

    Dorm Life

    I live in Whitehurst, one of the freshman dorms and I don't like it that much. There is mold and I am around a lot of sports people because that's primarily where the sports players get put.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say the classes that I am taking would generally not be that hard, but I didn't apply myself as well as I should have, making things very difficult for me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study all of the time, don't under estimate the lack of work you have. The teachers are there to help you, and if not there are free tutors. Friends and knowing people make things easier on you because you have connections for any type of help.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a very diverse school. Despite the average rate of students that get in, it is definitely a challenge. There are many majors but not the major for me.

  • 12/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always some kind of active going on thrown by the university. We have a mall not to far away that you can take the monarch loop to. Also we have a bunch a great people to hang with.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good and there is quite a bit of variety. When you get a meal plan though get the 160 block. If you get this plan you will have more flex points which is where your variety comes from.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on where you are the dorms aren't the best looking. Although the interactions and the people you meet in the dorms are something you'll never forget.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficultly of the classes varies of depending on the courses you take. Although I believe the professors are up to par with expectations. Overall pretty good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the tour. Bring a nice jacket for the fall because it gets cold. Use rate my professor.

    In three sentences

    ODU is a good school with some good professor. It has a beautiful campus. Everybody is nice and willing to help.

  • 12/22/2013

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

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    Bang for the buck

    Instate tuition is a cakewalk. Don't hesitate. Apply for that FAFSA and get to it.

    What to do for fun

    Enjoy downtown Norfolk has numerous shops, restaurants, and venues.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans are very affordable and the buffet selection is very healthy.

    Dorm Life

    There are various dorms and houses strewn around the campus. Their locations are very safe and conveniently place. On campus shuttling solves distance problems as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone here is motivated. You'll find newly graduated high school students and advanced students learning in a friendly, accommodating atmosphere.

    Tips for prospective students

    Southern hospitality reigns true on this campus. The student atmosphere is very welcoming, so don't be nervous. Be yourself, bring your dreams, and flourish.

    In three sentences

    Diverse. Receptive. Totally worth it.

  • 12/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    People get mugged and shot almost as often as they are ticketed for parking a little too far to the left.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fun if you can find the time and afford them.

    Great for these types of students

    Eccentric millionaires with an eye for mediocrity.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you step on the seal, you supposedly do not graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    The financial aid office will devour any and all funds they can get off of you. Scholarship or not this school is a lot more expensive than it feels like it should be.

    What to do for fun

    Read, join a club, hang out with friends, explore the campus, watch tv, play a sport, play pool, do art, meet new people.

    Food and Dining

    There are numerous choices of places to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on the dorm but most rooms are an adequate size for living.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but nothing an astute mind could not handle with some studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate. Finish all your work as soon as possible. Do not underestimate your classes and find time to study.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is great school for aspiring students to earn their bachelor's degree. The campus is huge as are the opportunities to find a major that best suits your unique tastes. The classes are engaging and encourage learning for a wide variety of subjects.

  • 01/01/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Social

    What to do for fun

    Here are plenty things to do for fun if you are a social individual.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good the first week but they do not serve that much variation.

    Dorm Life

    I hate dorm life. It's not for me.

    Academic Rigor

    It's hard but not too hard for freshman year since the classes are like Ap courses in high school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're social you'll love it. There are many opportunities and things to do whilst on campus.

    In three sentences

    Old dominion I'm sure is a great college for many, but it's not for me. I'm hoping to finish my bachelors and get out of here so I can transfer to a college better suited for me. I like the campus but it's just not for me.

  • 01/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have saferide that drives you anywhere during the night

    Greek Life

    I am part of greek life and I encourage anyone to go thru rush as soon as possible, it is the best decision of my life and has made college very enjoyable, they push you to have good grades and a good time. its great.

    Clubs and Activities

    Greek life is amazing and sports clubs are very fun. Football games are great even though it is a small school you can feel the monarch roar!

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back and very down to earth students. People that are more beach and enjoy slow paced life ODU is for you. Very chill.

    Bang for the buck

    YES! I am an out of state student paying less than I would pay at my own state. Financial Aid is very generous and will help you all the way.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can join clubs or greek life, which is becoming a huge thing on campus. You can work out at our beautiful gym or you can read by the water. We are also just a short drive from downtown norfolk and Virginia beach which also has many things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Some foods may get repetitive but we have many different options to eat from which makes it less boring.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are very spacious compared to other universities freshman dorm, you have your own bathroom to decorate at your pleasing and the space is big enough that you do not feel like you're sharing a room.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are challenging but the school offers many resources that can help you excel. Our library is great and very comforting, which makes studying a better experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    ODU may not seem like the most appealing option in schools but its a great atmosphere that is felt as soon as you arrive. Even when ODU was not my top choice I am incredibly glad I chose it and would not want to attend anywhere else.

    In three sentences

    Great school, small school feeling but with enough students that you do not feel clustered. Great sense of community, every student is basically on the same page and everyone is very friendly. Academics are challenging but professors are great at explaining concepts and there are many resources at school. Great surroundings, being so close to water makes for a great breeze every day and beautiful sunsets.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All in all, the campus is rather safe, there has been one reported incident of a attempted robbery, keyword being attempted, they didn't do too well since they didn't even manage to get away after he failed. As stated before, the campus is safe, however, the neighborhood to the west can get fairly rough, fairly quickly. The campus is as safe as you make it, don't go around being obnoxious, and don't go around making a scene on the edges of campus, especially the west and south ends. However, the best thing is, we have our own campus police, that have every right, asset and tool, as the regular police do. There is also a notice sent out every single time an incident is reported, be it on campus, or off near campus, involving our students or not.

    Clubs and Activities

    I myself am a varsity sailor, so the activity I know the best is sailing. The sailing team is great, we are second in our conference this year and we are a highly motivated group of individuals. However, that isn't my only group. If you are on one of the sports teams, you will see a lot of each other. The sports teams are a close knit group of people that have similar goals and aspirations. The sports teams associate themselves often, and have many social gatherings, and its a fraternity, sorority or whatever one may want to call it in itself.

    Bang for the buck

    It's not Harvard, it's not Yale, it's not Boston College. The food isn't great, the sports teams don't dominate with all the best recruits, but it's a school of constant development. Sure, the school itself may be improving, it probably is, but I myself am not focused on that. The school is improving myself as a character, and that's what I care about, that's what my parents care about, that's what anyone's parents would care about, and that's what the people, however many there may be, paying the bill care about. But the main thing is, the bang for the buck is all determined by you. In my personal experience, the food just sucks and I have every intention of staying here happily.

    What to do for fun

    Keep your door open, and socialize around the hall. That is how one will be able set up a social network early on. Sometimes people don't often open up and dislike the new environment, but there are also those that scour the halls to meet new friends. Also, there are many open fields in which two hand touch football is played as well as ultimate frisbee. But we do have our own little beach, which is nice, nothing too exciting though, and we've got a tiny park which is nice with outdoor charcoal grills and a sand pit for volleyball.

    Food and Dining

    The food in the Whitehurst cafeteria is inconsistent, and has its moments. There is a sandwich bar that is always open, a stir fry booth open for lunch and dinner, and its one of the more healthy options. Otherwise if you take to the small buffet, your taking a chance at eating a food that doesn't taste so great. The cafeteria located in the middle of the campus known as 1201 has the same food, however, it is much, much larger, and the chances of one showing up, and wanting food that is actually being served, is much higher.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what it is, Whitehurst is not the best dorm on campus, as it is the oldest one. However, it's one of two that has a cafeteria, located right passed the main lobby. The room's walls may look like prisons at first, but they grown on you, and the RA's are quite active, always accessible and are usually quite friendly. But try and forget the prison part, and focus on your suite-mates and hall-mates, they make or break the life.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is quite high, I myself am entering my second semester after taking a set of rather easy courses. Make no mistake that easy is used in comparison to this upcoming semester, which will be filled with Chemistry and introductions to engineering. I myself have had to spend many hours in study hall, and at home to finish what needs to be done for the lighter courses. They are thorough, and the higher you progress in the course levels, the harder and harder one must work.

    Tips for prospective students

    When looking at the school, get to know the layout of the campus. It is very large, however, once you've spent a week walking the sidewalks, it becomes like the back of your palm. Take a good look at the student recreations center, it's always open with many facets to take your clouded mind to a healthier break. Also spend a little time researching the student resource center that you need, since they have one for many subjects such as math and science, chemistry, and many more.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a wonderful establishment that offers great things to its students, as well as their student-athletes. The campus itself is incredibly easy to maneuver around on. However, the most important thing is that Old Dominion University is a university that puts its foot out for the students in need, whenever, and however they need it.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Norfolk, is a very diverse area and there are low income areas relatively close to campus. Campus safety is improving a lot and will be even better in years to come.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very popular here among students. It is reccomended if you can ballance the social and achedemic challenges.

    Clubs and Activities

    A lot of clubs like the school are still growing and working out odds and ends

    Great for these types of students

    If you want to go to a university with a smaller school environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    ice cream and cake dance at football games. the seal in kaffman mall tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    You will get a good education, but again ODU is a new school and is still growing to make networks and to make campus life better. It 10 to 15 years it will be an even better University.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, club sports, rock climbing, vollunteering, and hanging out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of choices but the dinning could be a lot better

    Dorm Life

    The newer dorms are more connected with campus life. it can really be a hit or miss.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very slow paced and as long as you attend class and study you will get a good grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look to get involved in clubs and organizations. Study, go to class and meet as many people as you possibly can.

    In three sentences

    ODU is a growing University that has a lot to offer. There are numerous clubs and organizations, great sports teams and good professors. The university life is somewhat lively but will grow as the school ages.

  • 01/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    ODU has their own police force that works together with the City of Norfolk, however, the area outside of the campus can be dangerous at night.

    Food and Dining

    They have plenty of restaurants around the campus. Most importantly there are a couple Starbucks shops for when you have those late night term papers to complete.

    Academic Rigor

    I have found that professor's focus on working with your peers to accomplish assignments. Much like the real world, it is not just you out there. You must rely on others to complete tasks successfully.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are comfortable with a larger school, ODU is for you. The campus administration is very helpful, but a major part of getting through college is navigating the bureaucracy and paperwork. Once you accomplish that, you can do anything.

    In three sentences

    The professors are passionate and dedicated to their students. The school is full of diversity, with students from all over the world. For a university it is very close knit.

  • 02/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    ODU has a bad rep for the crime rates. About 97% of all crime is off of ODU campus and not even near campus dorms and housing. Crimes rarely happen along the food strip of Monarch Way. One key idea is to never walk Monarch Way alone at night. Police are all around campus with phones places in various spots of campus to call for them.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs and activities are around campus. It becomes overwhelming with how much you want to do and join around campus. The clubs change each semester with new ones coming or old ones ending.

    Great for these types of students

    Out of state students, biology majors, commuters.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A ODU seal is located in the center of Kaufman mall and you never step on it. Riding the lion at night and taking a photo of it is another huge event. And swimming in Whitehurst beach.

    Bang for the buck

    ODU is not as much compared to many other tuition. Do not fully rely on ODU giving many to any scholarships from themselves. Seems to be very little scholarships given to upcoming students.

    What to do for fun

    The student activities council (SAC) provides many events on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Weekends, and especially holidays.

    Food and Dining

    Food in the different dining halls can vary. Each dining does attempt to provide various categories of food but everything is always freshly made that day. The different dining halls have different reputations from the students. Students who live in that dorm with the dining hall or eat at the dining hall on a regular basis can give a much better opinion than a student who occasionally eats at the specific dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life varies on the building you live in. Whitehurst is known to be the most popular dorm but it is one of the smallest freshman dorms available. Do not base your dorm housing on what your friends push upon you. Take a decent amount of time to look through all dorm building options, look at photos, and pay attention to measurements because each dorm can extremely vary in size. Dorms with cafeterias are much of a plus for freshman students to avoid a distance walk for the Webb food centers.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor truly depends on the courses you take and the professors you chose. If a professor is labeled as hard they really are not the hardest course. It is a student who didn't put full effort into the class and did not attempt to work with the professor. Old Dominion teaching staff is truly caring for their students even if it is a large lecture class. I've yet to meet a professor who hasn't been helpful or won't take time out of their day to help with course work.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a freshman coming to Old Dominion University, really consider the Live and Learn Community housing. These programs are extremely helpful for your college major. All the professors I've had thus far ( 10 professors) have each been willing to go out of their way for their students who come to them personally for help. Some of my teachers have even given personal contacts so in further classes they are willing to help even outside of their course. The student body is always active. Tuesdays and Thursdays for an hour each around noon you will not have classes and can find students playing in Kaufman Mall (open field in center of campus) playing sports or doing various activities. The student activity council (SAC) will always keep you busy each weekend so you will never get bored if you participate with groups and the SAC.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is a diverse university with greatly open minded professors. Every professor I've had will help you through the course and is not willing to see a student fail. The campus is always busy every Tuesday, Thursday and weekends with many events.

  • 02/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Whatever you want to do.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus is really good, but don't think it's going to be the same on preview day.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman dorms (Gresham, Rogers, and Whitehurst) are the best places to live if you want to have a social life and meet the other students. England, Scotland, and Virginia are the nicest dorms but they are not as social unless the people on your floor make it that way. It's all about what you want to get out of this experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics is a big part of the college experience. Stay on top of your work because it is all too easy to fall behind and trying to catch up is the hardest thing to do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be cautious of who you associate yourself with. They are not always the best choices. Make connections with anyone you can because they could help you with alot of things you may need throughout your time at Old Dominion.

    In three sentences

    As a student at Old Dominion, this experience is whatever you make it. If you are the student that wants to be studying all week and partying all weekend then you should find those people to hang with. Your connections are everything here. You want to find out who the best professors are ask around. You could be looked over for a job opportunity on campus because no one knows who you are. And remember, even when you think no one is watching you, someone is always looking to see who you really are.

  • 03/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Personally I believe that every campus has dangerous places but it is up to the individual to make smart choices regarding their safety.

    Greek Life

    I am not apart of Greek Life but the students that are are very nice and friendly. I love the fraternities and sororities events.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities on campus. There are actually so many I haven't determined which ones I would like to join.

    Great for these types of students

    I believe Old Dominion is great for all types of students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love that we have a dock located behind Whitehurst. It is a beautiful place to sit and relax when the weather is nice.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other school I've researched I'm very impressed with Old Dominion prices it is not extremely expensive even though its still a lot of money.

    What to do for fun

    Here on campus for fun I love to attend activity hour or go out to a event happening on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is many different food options whether its a cafe, fast food restaurant, or the pod. Also, there is a lot of restaurants that are willing to deliver on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorm life. I live in Whitehurst and it is beautiful with the dock located behind it. The rooms are very nice for the building to be as old as it is.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor here is great. There is always someone around that is willing to help you just have to be ready to ask.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a student of Old Dominion I would say be ready for the work; it is not the same as high school. In this setting you must challenge yourself but their is lots of opportunity for one to get help if needed.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy the campus and all the activities that we have. It is a very good school filled with amazing professors and students.

  • 03/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rubbing the Monarch statue's belly before a test is good luck.

    Bang for the buck

    Great university with low tuition costs.

    Food and Dining

    Good variety of food on and off campus

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, but I have heard all of the dorms are good except Whitehurst. Apparently it is not as updated as the other dorm buildings

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are challenging and professors are knowledgeable. It is the best when they love what they do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always walk with a buddy, campus is very safe and well lit, but the surrounding neighborhoods are not so nice.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion is a great local school. Tuition is inexpensive compared to big name universities. Campus pride is very apparent.

  • 03/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The beach, surrounding schools, games, events. There is alot to do at this university. Plenty of clubs, organizations to enjoy, which they reveal at Main Street. Definitely will not be bored!

    Food and Dining

    They are plenty of restaurants on campus and in the vicinity. This campus offers a pretty good variety of options to choose from!

    Dorm Life

    I personally never lived in a dorm at ODU, but I heard they are really improving. They are very spacious and modern, but they do fill up quick!

    Academic Rigor

    ODU can be pretty tough, but there are always plenty of resources available such as the writing center, the library, tutors, study groups, and even professors hold reasonable office hours. Take advantage of the opportunities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be careful! There seem to be alot of break-ins and because of the location, alot of criminal activity in the area. Stay in groups/packs. Do not walk anywhere alone!

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion has a very beautiful campus. They are really expanding and remodeling all the buildings and dorms. It is a wonderful school with great campus life and students are pretty diverse.

  • 04/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Like all college campuses there have been some issues but I believe that the ODU campus police and local police have made huge improvements. I have never been personally felt unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek like is growing here! We have more sororities and fraternities coming in the future. Going greek was one of the best decisions I made. Especially after transferring. I am so much more involved on campus and within the community

    What to do for fun

    I am in a sorority and a member of several clubs. I like to volunteer with and without my other organizations on the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    I love the food here. The food at the cafe is okay but the vendors in the student center are better.

    Dorm Life

    I cannot personally speak on behalf of dorm life because I am an off campus student. My friends who live in dorms like them. They have dinning halls in all of the freshmen dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I can only speak for the science department but the classes are challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students, - Be involved -Join a club -Take advantage of the resources (academic and support resources)

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University is an excellent school. I transferred from another VA university and I have had so many wonderful experiences here. There are numerous opportunities for students attending ODU.

  • 04/18/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's always police riding around. Just know what streets not to go down.

    Greek Life

    They perform during activity hours which is a blast!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many too choose from. If you have an interest, dont worry ODU has a club for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Social.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't step on the lion in the middle of the courtyard or you won't graduate in 4 years!

    What to do for fun

    Tuesday and Thursday's activity hour.

    Food and Dining

    There's chik-fil-a, panda express, subway, starbucks and many more on campus. It's great.

    Dorm Life

    I commuted, however I have heard that some dorms are great, some or not, but everyone HATES the fire drills in the middle of the night.

    Academic Rigor

    You get out what you put in. All of my teachers have been wonderful and want their students to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Studying is key.

    In three sentences

    ODU has a beautiful campus. The teachers and staff are sweet and helpful. There is never a dull moment.

  • 04/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is an issue at ODU.

    Greek Life

    Greek life here is mediocre and very small, no greek houses exist.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of ways to get involved at ODU. They host tables a few times a semester to try and bring out new members.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Riding the lion is a must before graduation, it stands in our courtyard in a fountain. Students all try to get on top or ride the lion before graduation.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things in Norfolk to do, such as the Norfolk Zoo which is free for students, Ghent offers fun restaurants, Karaoke, and Downtown norfolk is great if you want to let loose and go out!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are living on-campus, be sure to return to your dorms/apartments in groups if you are going out late at night.

    In three sentences

    Old Dominion University has allowed me to further my education with the help of wonderful professors who are willing to help however they can. The campus is expanding but not large enough to accommodate the amount of classes they offer. ODU does face issues with off and on-campus safety.