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| I was really disappointed with ODU. My classes are horrible. Half of the time they do not even have the classes that you are required to take. I am an international business major so I am required to study abroad and the study abroad office is horrible and completely unhelpful. I am out-of-state so it is a ton of money last year living in the dorms cost me almost 30,000 dollars. |
The dorms are horrible. Everyone has bug problems. The RAs are rude and not helpful. Security is in the dorm at night but during the day you are on your own. I know so many people that had there laptops and other belongs stolen. There is AC but half the time it does not work. They even shut out water off for a few days because the said the water bill was too high. To top it off I lived in Whitehurst the nicest of the freshman dorms. After freshman year everyone gets a house no one really lives in dorms. The dorms are a lot of money and so is a meal plan. Plan on paying close to ten dollars a meal.
The campus is not safe at all. There are always stabings and shootings and the cops never do anything. There are never any parties. When you apply they say there are plenty of things to do on campus activity wise but if you are white dont plan on going to any of the activities. The only good thing is the sports, football and basketball are the shit. If you play a sport this is a good school for you cause we are not a good D1 school but yet we are D1!
The food is not that bad but there is not enough room in the cafateria so dont plan on eatting between 12 to 1 cause you will have to wait at least twenty minutes for food and then even longer for a table.
Do not plan on talking to your advisor cause they really do not care about you. You will never see them. You can choose between lecture or small classes so do not worry about that. We are in a city but it is a very small city. If you are from the north it is kinda south here so you might hate that cause I do.
Keep in mind when you read reviews of schools that general people write reviews to bash the school. I was looking at another school and got a little discouraged when I read all the reviews. If someone likes the school then they would not think to write about it online.The best part of ODU is the new gym and the football team. But keep in mind that it is almost impossible to get tickets to a game. Also the new gym is great but they spent so much money on that that they had to drop faculty and lessen classes. ODU is trying to be like Virginia Tech so they are accepting everyone. Last year's freshman class had around 2,500 students this year they have around 5,000. Oh yeah ROTC is really big here so if you are into that then you might like ODU.
|Oct 20 2009|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| DONT GO TO ODU!!!|
i just got this message in my email:
On October 02, 2009, there was a party at 815 West 34th street. During the course of the party several people were shot. Anyone who has ANY INFORMATION please contact Detective Smith of The Norfolk Police Homicide Squad (757)-664-7023 or Detective Taylor of The ODUPD (757)-409-4512.
If you wish to remain anonymous, please call The Crime Line 1-888-Lock-u-up, or go to The ODU Silent Witness Form.
funny how they put in an anonymous line, prob cuase if the shooters found out who called on them they would try to find you and take care of you too!dont go here odu is a CRIME SCENE just like they say!
|Oct 06 2009|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| The thing about ODU is that it is a very simple-minded place filled mostly with simple-minded students who love their simple-mindedness. There is no sophistication, no social integration (even with the many people of many races and places, etc.), and nothing stimulating at all.|
And ODU will always be like this, no matter how many new dorms or sports complexes they build, no matter how much they tout their permanently broken Maglev train or their losing-streak football team, and no matter how much they cover up the reports of on-campus violent crime from prospective students and parents. Why?
Because ODU and Norfolk/Hampton Roads are overall undesirable places to be for most people. Norfolk is a military installation and a port that also happens to have a university (ODU) that is designed more around convenience than around meaningful life experience. That defeats the point of going to college.
Having been a resident of the Richmond area since my sophomore year in high school, I've also found that the atmosphere of Norfolk/ODU is significantly more hostile than really any place in Va. that I've been to. People here generally hate their lives (this isn't as true of the college students) and this becomes apparent when you deal with, for example, the bitter and rude administration. Whoever said on this site that "the administration is full of red tape" is not exaggerating one bit. The administration will make you wait forever and jump through all sorts of hoops for no reason other than that they are too incompetent to know how to do their jobs (which really aren't very difficult). Seriously, they need to fire everyone in Rollins Hall and hire people who can actually count, do their job properly, treat the customer with courtesy and respect, and get things done in a timely and efficient manner. But it probably won't happen.
Most of the minority of intelligent and/or deep people here are usually either very boring or needlessly cut-throat and hostile. It's really unfortunate. I've found a small handful who are intelligent, neither boring nor hostile, and are good friends of mine- but they are very much the exception rather than the rule. For the most part, the professors try to be as nice and as challenging as they can be, but then you get some who are mean (even to the diligent students) or incompetent or both.ODU's academics are semi-challenging, but why go here when you can go to nearly any other university that has challenging academics, a good/safe community and high-quality student life (none of which ODU has and none of which it will never have) while paying basically the same price that you pay to go to ODU?
|Sep 27 2009|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |