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Oakland University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC Faculty AccessibilityB-
Useful SchoolworkC Excess CompetitionD
Academic SuccessB Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueD University Resource UseB+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB FriendlinessB-
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeF
Surrounding CityD- Extra CurricularsF
Describes the student body as:
Arrogant, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Helpful, Condescending

Lowest Rating
Social Life
Highest Rating
She cares more about Extra Curriculars than the average student.
Date: Jan 29 2015
Major: Biology (This Major's Salary over time)
These are my opinions and observations:

The first week I started OU I was pushed into the revolving doors while leaving Kresge Library by some frat boy and should've known that my time here was going to be bad. Academically, this is a school that I would consider to be relatively easy to get into, it's probably best known for having a good teaching department. If you're planning on majoring in a science/technical based major, I wouldn't recommend attending this school. From what i've experienced and heard, their math/science departments are notoriously bad, I believe the math department has been on probation for an insane amount of time. Many students will take their required math classes at OCC instead, which I would also recommend doing. Now, it's time to talk about the biggest problem at OU and that's the student body. It's based in an affluent,traditional,family centered suburb. The student body is about 76% white and students come from other suburbs or make the long drive from more remote parts of Michigan. It's very quiet and a commuter school, so people don't stick around after class and are impossible to talk to if socializing is important to you. Cliques rule here! People typically stick with the same people that they've known since high school and don't really look to branch out or get to know anyone else. Very snobby, very closed off students. It's even reflected by the staff that work here, I have a disability and have had to sign up with the DSS office and have also had to deal with rude comments about my appearance from people who work in the office adjacent to it. You'd think a DSS office would be a "safe haven" of sorts, wouldn't you? Nope. Not here. I remember sitting in the financial aide office and listening to the secretary there telling three women wearing hijabs that if she had her way she wouldn't give them loans. How's that for being a school that embraces diversity? What would even possess someone to say something so insensitive? Last time I checked, OU also has a really high transfer rate (like around 50% leaves to attend other universities). So, this isn't even the majority of students' #1 school to go to. People may think that a school that lacks so much socially shouldn't be a big deal, but it is. Unfortunately, networking is more important than your GPA, it's about who you know and it's very difficult to network and meet people when a school lacks so much in the social aspect. I chose Oakland because of convenience, now I regret this decision, if I had to choose again I would've attended Wayne or MSU. If you can attend another university please do so.

responseI attended in the late 90's. It was different then. The pop was FULLY multiethnic then, not majority anything. OU USED to be known for it's diversity. I guess that's downhill over the years.

So sorry you encountered this behavior. Unfortunately, it's ALWAYS been about who you know. Too many rich people in one place, and that's exactly who OU favors.

Those financial aid jerks haven't changed. They've always looked down on the students, so her idiotic comment does not surprise me.

There are certain females in academic advising, studetnt records, etc., who at lunch time like to close the door and gossip about and slander students. I used to work in academic advising and witnessed it first hand.

OU cares more about MONEY than students. I have been trying to get my degree which I earned(134 credits completed when I only needed 120 to graduate) by way of petition and they keep denying me. I EARNED that degree. It's only 1 course that I need but cannot afford to pay and can't get any more financial aid to complete. Talk about a rock and a hard place.

Ignore these idiots, it will get better.

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