Old Dominion University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (24)
While Norfolk is not the safest city, ODU managed to deliver the true college experience through sports, concerts, and on campus events. Nearby location of the largest U.S. naval base provided an unrivaled diverse student population. Financial Aid and Student Services were always willing to assist with billing issues or allow a course override. Advisors in the Speech-Language Pathology program were hit or miss, but professors were inspiring, encouraging, and dedicated to student success, despite course difficulty. Upon taking summer classes at another university, I realized how advanced the SLP program at ODU really was.
Very good program. Excellent teachers, good preparation for a real life job, very well structured. The university is located in an urban area with great music programs in every surrounding city. Opportunities for part time jobs, many concerts and classical music events in the area.
I enjoyed my time at Old Dominion University. The education program provided me with insight into the world of teaching through the practicum and student teaching experiences. I also appreciated the coursework as it prepared me for a rigorous career and the many experiences that I would incur as a practicing teacher. The instructors were all well-rounded and personable. I would recommend this program to all pre-service teachers and career switchers.
A specialized program that is just beginning to set the ground work for an innovative and specialized degree (I was one of several students to have been the first graduates of this program). Anyone interested in hospital or ASC management or an administrative role impacting the health care seector should consider this program.
I loved it. You have to have self management. Get involved as much as possible - that kept me on track so many times. I don't regret a single thing.
ODU is very flexible with the class selections, night, day, online, they have it all and that's the only reason I was able to finish. I do wish they had better child care because that was an issue for me at times.
The ODU environment is a pretty nice. For the most part, it's pretty relaxed, but when there is an event or a party of some sort, you're guaranteed to have a good time. Most of my (major) courses were quite informative and fun. However, there are a few things that need improvement: parking, housing, and financial aid. Students--especially on-campus students--pay over a hundred dollars for parking permits just to get tickets if they dare park at the wrong place at the wrong time (i.e. the parking lot beside THEIR resident hall. My old roommate had to get up at 8AM every morning to move her car into a parking garage about a block or two away). Housing for freshman is pretty grim--most of the dorms have concrete blocks for walls and they're pretty dark (literally and figuratively). I had the misfortune of staying in Gresham Hall my last week of school and every time I walked down the hallway to my room, I felt as though I were walking into a (nice) prison. I was also amazed at how the university was able to build two new buildings (one more one the way), but has yet to paint the doors of some of the freshman dorms. However, things do get better as time progress. The resident halls for sophomore, juniors, and seniors are pretty nice (most are relatively new). For me, obtaining adequate financial aid wasn't a problem. I can't speak for others' experiences. However, the Financial Aid Office is a mess. Very few people have had good experiences with the office. If you call them, prepare to be on hold for 30 minutes. ALWAYS. Then, if you dare visit the office for anything at all, prepare to be viewed as the bane of the employees' existence. I will be honest, I'm sure taking care of students' Financial needs is a tough and strenuous job, but I've gone into the office a couple of times to be greeted with attitude before I even opened my mouth. The negatives are small in comparison to the pleasant ODU experience that you may have. Again, the environment is very nice, relaxed, the campus is beautiful. Courses informative. There are plenty of organizations on campus. If you're shy like I was, I highly suggest joining an organization in your freshman year. I made the mistake of NOT doing that--and the only friendships I made were with the people I lived with (great friendships nonetheless). I didn't get to really have that "college experience" when it comes to making friends and acquaintances.
I originally chose Old Dominion for a few reasons. I thought that it was far away enough from my parents so I can get some independence, I loved how diverse it was compared to other schools that I'd visited, and plus the new dorms have their own bathrooms. :) Among other things. The teachers are pretty good, no real complaints. The school itself, as far as infrastructure, is good. The dorms are in good condition, the Webb Center has been renovated, the gym is great though some places could use updates. Like most schools Old Dominion charges you for everything & charges for things it shouldn't in my opinion. I'm satisfied with my degree but it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. International Studies at ODU is very politics, history, geography. I chose it for the social, cultural aspects of it but I should've done my research before choosing it. However it doesn't matter anymore as I'm trying to get into media production. ODU has a lot for students who take advantage of it. It's overall a great school and I've missed it since I graduated.
ODU is a very diverse school. The faculty advisors are great. The internship coordinators are truly phenomenal. The professors that I had were really intelligent, caring and very helpful.
As a nontraditional student (over age 40) that has been a stay-at-home mom for the past 20 years, ODU was helpful in assisting me to apply not only to the university but for financial aid as well. I am in my third year at ODU and I have found the students, faculty, and professors to be wonderful. They have answered all of my questions and made the entire learning process an experience that I thoroughly enjoy. And I have even enjoyed some of the perks of being a student at ODU, despite my age. Things like seeing various sporting events for free (for students) and at a discount rate for another person (my disabled son.) College may be for the younger crowd but ODU has been accepting of a diverse student body.