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I have no idea where to start with ODU.Art & Design Department
I have no idea where to start with ODU. This school is a huge mess, advisors literally dont know anything about transfer credits half the time ( I was approved to take a few classes and had to fight for them to transfer at the end of the semester when I was guaranteed they would transfer.) I had to have a grade appeal done for a class where the teacher marked me off when I didnt understand what she was doing, and then was told I would get in serious trouble academically when I had everything to back myself up, and was told I will be graduating this year only to be told in November I have 20 more credit hours to take. I got told because of this grade change to quit my job because that was obviously the reason why I was failing as well, which was crazy because I dont think ODU was going to give me a full ride a d Im paying out of pocket for school.

I literally could go on and on. The staff never seems to have a common answer and you get told 15 different things by 15 different people. Its to the point wherebI have doubled up classes in a semester at another college close by to escape this misery. I am so tired of being my own advisor at this point, on top of all my three hour classes and late nights of homework. Please save your money and go somewhere that will be helpful.

Male -- Class 2000
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Several teacher are belittling and rude.Quite BrightPsychology
Several teacher are belittling and rude. They don't want you to actually learn, but to conform and bow down to them. If you ask for help, they will approach you with a fight instead of attempting to help you understand, making sure to prey on your vulnerabilities. Instead of taking about the work, they will tell you all about why they belong on a pedestal. Maybe it's something they're teaching since the doctorate student TAs have the same approach. As a student in the top 5% in GPA, who enjoys constructive feedback and wants to learn, this is a nightmare.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2016
Campus Aesthetics: A-, Faculty Accessibility: F
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It's all politics at ODU.Quite BrightOther
It's all politics at ODU. I hope you like hearing about race and gender politics, because you will hear about these things on an almost constant basis.

ODU is very diverse. Which is good.
Now, if only the campus would stop reminding us every five minutes.
If you are black, gay, female, transgender, or just neurotic, ODU will bend over backward to accommodate you, and push your politics.

If you are not black, gay, female, or transgender, the college really doesn't care about you. (Male students will be viewed as sexual predators, and potential rapists, until proven otherwise. God help you if someone gets pissed and makes an accusation against you.)

Favoritism is definitely a problem here. Almost all of the staff in the financial aid office are black and female. (No discrimination here at all. [sarcasm])


The surrounding city is a dump, with a pretty high crime rate. You will read about another crime committed near campus at least once a week. Typically a break in or armed robbery. (Every other month a shooting will be mentioned.) Do NOT commute by bus. Apart from having a horrible public transportation system, there are a lot of homeless people harassing you for money.

Good luck meeting people here. This is the east coast, if you try to initiate a conversation most of the people will look at you like you're nuts. Worse yet, the women's center posts flyers mentioning rape all over the place. If you're hoping to meet a nice girl here, forget it. The girls will look at you with disdain and suspicion.

Finally, ODU loves to milk their students for money. The food court meals or horribly overpriced, the vending machines are overpriced, and the textbooks are horribly overpriced. (If you try to work around this and buy from online vendors, ODU gets custom edition textbooks exclusive to ODU.) I hope you like social justice. Because that's pretty much all you will hear about on campus.

4th Year Male -- Class 2016
Collaboration/Competitive: A-, University Resource Use: F
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