Oakwood University
Huntsville, AL, USA

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Oakwood University
3.70 Average Rating

Camilla from Huntsville, AL

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The most of teachers here are great. Although it can be quite difficult to understand them, because of the accents, they do know what they are talking about. Some will even help you out a lot when you assignments are late!
Am enjoying being here
Oakwood is a Christian university and is very Christ-centered. I actually love going to the weekly worships because there are often very great speakers there. Then there's the work load. What can I say, its college. There are some days that I want to be there, some days I do not. I just try to continue to make the best of it.
Bang for the buck
Oakwood is moderately priced compared to many other private colleges out there. One of the improvements I would suggest is better housing.
Tips for prospective students
New and transfer students attending Oakwood this fall, I highly recommend that you all actually take the time to study for your classes. During my first semester I found myself distracted, thus causing me to procrastinate a lot. Although my grades never dropped below a C, I knew that I could do a whole lot better than what I was doing. My second semester I took much more time with my studying and managed to get my GPA up. And besides, there could be nothing worst than spending YOUR summer retaking classes you slacked in, not to mention the money it will cost your parents!
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K. R.

researching this school
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Both of my parents went to this college and they say that it was one of the most enriching environments that they've ever been in. It must be wonderful to be surrounded by people of your skin color who believe the same as you do and who want nothing more than to do well in school and to build their relationship with God. This college is high on my list as far as schools that I am thinking of attending.
Academic Rigor
The schooling is fast-paced but if you focus and study as much as you can, you will be able to catch up and stay on pace.
Dorm Life
I've heard that although living in a dorm can be extremely fun and allows you to build bonds with other people, it can also be difficult. For instance, when you're trying to study and your roommate is bothered by all the light that's in the room, you might get into a small argument.
Food and Dining
I've heard that the food at Oakwood is amazing (:
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Julian from Berrien Springs, MI

a current student here
1 person found this review useful
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In three sentences
Oakwood University is an outstanding place to study. I say this because it is an institution that is very clear about the products it sells to its student-customers. These products are: Spiritual life, Leadership (academic, personal and global) and Life-time Relationships.
Tips for prospective students
Students interested in attending Oakwood must:
Be determined to:
*hit-the-books
*join academic groups related to your major
*organize your priorities on a daily basis as this is a school that is very social.
Academic Rigor
5-star (Outstanding Professors)
Dorm Life
5-star
Dorm is clean
Computer lab
Suite enclosed rooms with kitchenette
Food and Dining
4 star
Meals are not in house
What to do for fun
Skating rink on campus
Student-driven government so the social life is geared for youth demographic
Bang for the buck
The signature product of Leadership, Spiritual Life and Relationship--who could ask for anything more. The girls are beautiful!
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
There is an actual slave grave-sight on the campus!
This is an historic black institution with great choirs and medical programs
Great for these types of students
Any student
Clubs and Activities
Medical, Engineer, History, Poetry
Campus Safety
Campus Safety are also police officers
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Daniel from Madison, MS

accepted here and planning to attend soon
1 person found this review useful
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Will learn a lot
I am looking forward to my college experience and learning new things.
Will enjoy being here
I always enjoy visiting this campus.
Bang for the buck
There is a cost but that is the case with any private college.
Tips for prospective students
I recommend that you go through the college days experience. This told me a lot.
Great for these types of students
I think that this will be a great school for students who are looking for a small school setting with personal attention fro the instructors.
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Kelcie from Madison, AL

a current student here
14 people found this review useful
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Am learning a lot
The faculty at Oakwood is wonderful. The teachers don't only teach the information in the textbook, but they also teach from the Bible. This is great because, in the end, the only wisdom that will truly count is what we learn from the Bible and apply to our lives. It doesn't matter what subject they're teaching. They all find some way to tie it into the Bible. I came from public school, so I was not used to this kind of teaching structure because it is not allowed. All of my teachers started class off with a devotional thought and/or prayer. I know that set the tone of how the class went. These teachers are truly a blessing because they are teaching us information that you cannot put a price on.
Am enjoying being here
At first, I did not want to go to Oakwood. That seems to be a lot of students' stories; however, I ended up there and I am loving every minute of it. I have only been at Oakwood for one year, and I can already say it is the best school anyone could attend. It is so amazing to be around so many young individuals who have so much in common with you from the very beginning. Everyone hears that you will meet lifelong friends in college, but no one can imagine not being friends with their high school friends forever so that lifelong friend quote doesn't really phase them. It was not until I came to Oakwood and started making new friends that I began to understand how the people I was meeting could be lifelong friends. God blessed me with a lot of individuals who have the same goals that I do and the work ethic to get there. If you put Him first, He will make sure that you are surrounded by positive individuals. During my first year of college, I grew close to five different girls that I know will be in my life forever. In just one year, we have already gone through so much. We have watched each other grow as people and in Christ. We know that it is not going to stop at one year. People say that there will be no year like your freshman year and, while that may be true, I know that these next years are going to be even better than my freshman year. I would not trade anything in the world for the Oakwood Experience. I cannot wait to continue my college years.
Bang for the buck
Every school has room for improvement. Oakwood definitely has its imperfections. I know that it is worth every penny because students would not jump through hoops to come back to school if it wasn't. At Oakwood, you don't just get an education that will get you a job. You are being taught how to live in accordance with God's word. You cannot put a price on your own salvation. In teaching you how to live according to God's words, they are helping you to teach others so His love and His words can continue to be spread.
Tips for prospective students
If you didn't have to work hard or study in high school, all of that changes in college. Come in with a bang. If you don't do well your freshman year, you are going to have to spend the following three years pulling your GPA up. That will not be fun.
Great for these types of students
Oakwood is great for individuals who are looking to grow closer to Christ. He is definitely blessing this university.
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Tasha from Virgin Islands-U.U.

a past student here
5 people found this review useful
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Did learn a lot
I learned a lot while attending Oakwood, both inside and outside of class. The school brings in wonderful speakers to talk to the students at different times. The motto, Enter to Learn Depart to Serve is definitely a phrase that Oakwood University stands true to.
Did enjoy being here
I really enjoyed being at Oakwood. When I first attended, I didn't appreciate it until I saw what the school was like. Now, that I'm officially gone, I realize how much I miss the school. The spiritual aspect is a plus! However, there were a couple issues here and there but nothing that one can't overcome and besides every school has his or her own issues. If I had the option again, I would go to Oakwood!
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Amanda from Atlanta, GA

a current student here
4 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Located between the rolling hills of Huntsville Alabama, Oakwood University is a private university with a concentration on the academic as well as spiritual growth of students. Academic focus ranges from music to cytotechnology, depicting the geographic diversity as well. Oakwood University stands to focus on the enrichment of the individual to produce the growth of a community as a whole.
Tips for prospective students
Those planning on attending Oakwood University should come prepared to be immersed in not just a school but a family. Random conversations with strangers which transform to close friends may occur. Dinners at professors homes is also not uncommon. A higher level of academic as well as personal growth is also within the view of future students.
Academic Rigor
Depending on the professor or specific class, the academic rigor varies. Usually, professors are very willing to assist students who have certain concerns towards their studies. The Center of Academic Success offers tutoring for students who need extra help outside of class hours.
Dorm Life
Oakwood University currently houses students in four dorms; Freshman females in Carter Hall, upperclassmen females in Wade Hall, freshman males in Holland Hall, upperclassmen males in Edwards Hall. Dorm life includes chapels, wing meetings, and social events. Curfews have recently been extended allowing more time in the library or off campus.
Food and Dining
The Oakwood student may find dining at either the Cafeteria or the Market Square commonly known as The Snack Bar. The Cafeteria features an ongoing pizza bar, salad bar, grill and deli available everyday, in the main lines various different meals are served everyday. The Snack Bar allows students to purchase anything from cough drops to laundry detergent to ice cream or chips. Along with a hot grill serving a variety of foods from hot dogs to biscuits all day.
What to do for fun
Student activities include a wide variety of options based on each individuals preference. Thursday nights are reserved for various student activities such as a poetry sessions called Art and Soul or other themed events such as Western Night. Oakwood University's campus also houses a full skating rink open in the evenings free to university students.
Bang for the buck
Oakwood offers many different scholarships which assist freshman getting in and keeping students after their first year. There is also scholarship assistance available for those searching for more funding towards their education.
Clubs and Activities
There is pretty much a club for every major, every activity, and every type of student on Oakwood's campus. Also, if a certain club is not in place students can create one and get it up and running in no time !
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DeMeatria from Whiteville, NC

a current student here
2 people found this review useful
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In three sentences
Oakwood is different in many ways. The experience you'll receive will change your life and perspective. The people you'll meet will become family!
Tips for prospective students
Make sure your financial aid is complete and be sure to have a paper trail of all of your documents, just to be sure your term at Oakwood is smooth! Also, get rid of negativity and have an open mind! You'll see what I mean when you attend!
Academic Rigor
The teachers and professors treat you as if you are their own meaning they do not expect anything less than the best. They push you beyond limits that you'd never imagine yourself going! They truly care and prepare you for your next step in life!
Dorm Life
Dorm life is AMAZING! From Hall parties to praying together, to end of the year pranks, to study lab-its amazing and very helpful for those trying to succeed and appreciate down time as well. The deans are there whenever you need them and are willing to help in any way possible!
Food and Dining
With the many options offered, the food allows to use your mind and develop, new and fun dishes. The café provides many healthy options as well as goodies. The meal plans are very flexible and the café is also newly renovated so it makes you feel at home.
What to do for fun
The United Student Movement offers MANY activities that is sure to keep you busy!!! We have an on campus skating rink/pool hall with various other games. The school schedules a wide variety of other events off campus such as ice skating, bowling, and the annual banquet! The town we're located in is also a college town so there are many students and schools available for us to interact with!
Bang for the buck
Listen, if you are looking for an unforgettable, memorable, fun, and relationship building, academic focused college experience, look no further because Oakwood is the place!!! You'll have to see for yourself!!
Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus
Well, we have end of the year block parties with live music and numerous games. We also have something called Bell Tower where many students meet at the historical bell tower centered in the middle of the campus. We go there to talk, pray, and fellowship with each other! There is also the Rock Quarry which I call the mini Grand Canyon! Its a mountainous structure that was carved by students early in the 1900's. Its a perfect example of peace with is blue water below and an unforgettable view of the rest of the city! The students used some of the rocks to build what is known as Moran Hall, one of the school buildings. Absolutely stunning!!!
Great for these types of students
Great for students who are ready to gain a spiritual experience that will change your life, friendships that will last a lifetime, and knowledge that can be passed through the generations to come!!!
Clubs and Activities
They are many clubs and activities within those clubs available at Oakwood. Each major has a club that assists the students in learning more about the school, major, and possible career opportunities in the field!!
Greek Life
Other than the theology students requirements to learn Greek, we don't have many Greek organizations. We do have a few related to academic achievements and others related to women and men of excellence!!!
Campus Safety
Campus safety ensures that all students receive safety and work hard to keep us as safe and secure as possible. Campus safety stays connected to the students via email, text message, and school wide alerts. I have never felt more safe than I have living on and off campus at Oakwood University!
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