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I just have to say, these negative commentsNot so bright
I just have to say, these negative comments (well written, too) about ODU are 100% accurate. I went into this school last year, ready to start my college life as a transfer student (the tour was promising and engaging, surprisingly), but unfortunately found the school to be overall abysmal. Honestly, there is pretty much nothing positive I can say about this school, but I'll see what I can do.

First off (and I don't attend ODU anymore, I transferred to a different college fortunately), I found the staff to be incredibly rude, snobby, and borderline useless at times. I always felt like an inconvenience asking a simple question in person or on the phone, and would always get (not rude)somewhat irritated remarks. I remember on multiple occasions going through a hectic maze trying to get my financial aid confirmed, housing confirmed, etc -- I would get told 4 different things from so-and-so, leaving me at an uncertain standstill. My professors were really helpful though - I majored in IT, and found most of them to be very friendly and approachable.

During the first few weeks at ODU, I made an incredibly strong effort to socialize with the students, but found that most students had already formed their own social circles, making it difficult to squeeze into the conversations. Not to mention, this school is a commuter school - most kids go home on the weekends to see their own friends.

I found most of the students very unsociable and not approachable in the slightest. In fact, most looked like zombies on any given day, just devoid of energy and depressed. Joining clubs? Think again - most students just cling to their own friends, and are very unwelcoming to new faces. Unless it's a frat, I wouldn't even bother with clubs if I were you.

Unless you're black, or an international student, you'll likely have a tough time making friends at this school. I love diversity, as part of my background stems from Mexico, but I had a tremendously difficult time trying to make friends at this school. Even living with 3 other roommates, most just kept to themselves and never bothered to befriend.

Then there's the safety. To be blunt (no pun intended), this school is surrounded by a very rough, spotty area that is best to be completely avoided at night - even if you're looking to party. Emails will be sent out (sometimes on a weekly basis) about some sort of crime committed either on or around campus. I actually never felt safe here.

Overall, I am glad I transferred to another university (one where I actually know people this time around, I guess that has something to do with it), because I was breaking down towards the end of the semester. I regret that I dumped a pile of money on this school for a semester, but I am glad I got out when I could. To anyone looking to attend ODU - I recommend you take a hard look at the negative reviews, because they are beyond accurate. Literally took the words right out of my mouth.

1st Year Female -- Class 1921
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Well the facility areQuite BrightAerospace Engineering
Well the facility are great the school itself is horrible, trying to get anything done is useless. Unless of course they want your money in which case they wont stop hounding you.
3rd Year Male -- Class 1920
Faculty Accessibility: B, Education Quality: F
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I love the diversity of the people onBrightEnglish
I love the diversity of the people on campus. There are people from all paths of life here and it's exciting and fun to get to know them and their cultures. The safety of campus used to worry me before I came here, but it's really quite safe as long as you're following the usual safety precautions. Just be smart is all
1st Year Female -- Class 1922
Education Quality: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: C+
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