Old Dominion University Reviews

3.74 out of 5 stars
(45 Reviews)
  • Norfolk (VA)
  • Annual Tuition: $29,460
81% of 45 students said this degree improved their career prospects
87% of 45 students said they would recommend this school to others
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2.1 out of 5 stars
Hannah - 4/8/2019
Degree: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2020
"Absolute garbage experience. I decided to go into business marketing and the first issue I ran into is when I transferred over from a community college, and I sent my transcripts three times before the ODU office managed to get them put into the database so I could actually apply for my classes. I had to harass the offices in order to get anything moving. I have had a PLETHORA of issues at this school (not with the classes themselves, only the faculty). The faculty and staff that I have come across are absolutely terrible at helping get anything done. I'm not requesting anything crazy, just that you do your job. If you want anything to get done, you're going to have to be calling multiple different offices, being redirected multiple times, emailing people many times, before you can get a SIMPLE task complete. I will be transferring to another school after this semester, not because the classes are too difficult, but because I'm finished dealing with these absolute morons."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Patrina Allen - 4/7/2019
Degree: Dental Hygiene
Graduation Year: 2012
"Old Dominion University is located on the outskirts of Norfolk, Virginia. It is an ever growing school constantly changing to better provide for its students. This school employs some of the best of the best in their respective fields. I am a graduate of their dental hygiene program. People from all over the country apply to be apart of this program and learn from its well known instructors. It is 5 semesters (2 years + 1 summer) of rigorous work. Unlike typically college course the dental hygiene program graded on a 7-point grading scale which pushed students to do better. Classes are structured from 8-5 most days to get you familiar with most dental office hours. The first semester you learn how to use your instruments practicing on each other then the following 4 semesters you get to work on the public. While I felt prepared to enter the work force after graduation, there are some thing that I personally fell I should have been taught in school. While I learned more outside the classroom, your college experience depends solely on your attitude. Outside of the classroom ODU has a lot to offer its students. With the many clubs that are present on campus, there is never a shortage of things to do. Be it watching a show in the planetarium or going on a camping trip with the Student Recreation Center, your options are endless. If you cannot find something that interest you, ODU guides you and helps you start that program yourself."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Rebecca Bradley - 12/7/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"Old Dominion University offers diversity, many clubs and organizations, a focus in research, and different options for courses such as online, on campus, and evening offerings. Most professors are highly rated, many of which are the best in their field. The tuition is priced well in comparison to many other colleges that are comparable. I received my Bachelor's in Psychology and highly recommend it. I continued into the graduate program for counseling, and I am told they are one of the best schools in the country for this field. I had to move away for my husband's work and miss it greatly. I would give it 5 stars if it wasn't for a few professors that I felt were not exemplary, but that will happen at nearly any school."
4.1 out of 5 stars
Mikayla Criger - 7/20/2018
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2017
"I graduated early from Old Dominion University with a double Bachelor's degree. My professors were knowledgeable, passionate, and helpful in discovering my passions and interests within my chosen fields. I ensured that I chose practical degrees in fields I had passion for. However, Old Dominion did not provide university financial assistance and it was difficult for me to afford my education without the assistance of federal loans and grants. Old Dominion was a wonderful school and I received a wonderful education, but they were lacking in career services."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Amanda - 6/27/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"ODU overall offered a great experience. The professors I had were great, and the coursework was not overly crazy. I enjoyed taking courses online and I did not have any problems when taking online courses. The only cons I encountered was paying $250 a year for a parking pass that did not guarantee a parking spot. Also, Norfolk in general is not a safe area so it is very important to be aware of your surrounds at all times."
1.5 out of 5 stars
Disgruntal Distance Learner - 6/23/2018
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2019
"Old Dominion does nothing to assist Adult Distance Learners. If you have an issue, please prepare to fight them and take your concerns to the top. They act like "just give us your money for your distant learning courseS and don't ask us for any help" I have experience this from my adviser and professors. I WILL NEVER ATTEND THIS SCHOOL AGAIN AFTER GRADUATION. THEY JUST WANT YOUR MONEY AND FOR YOU TO JUST SHUT AND DO BOTHER THEM. THERE IS NO SUPPORT FOR DISTANT LEARNER EVEN THOUGH THEY ACT LIKE IT IS. IT IS A BIG FAT MONEY CASH COW SCAM FOR THEM."
1.7 out of 5 stars
shi - 6/11/2018
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2019
"Please attend a different school if you want a real education. Most of the positive reviews are from students that obtained an "Arts" degree which won't get you too far. If you are seeking an Engineering degree you are encouraged to go elsewhere. The school attempts to force most of the core classes to be online. The teachers (not all, but most) are over burdened and unwilling to help. Most help comes in the form of telling you to read the book or google it. I do not feel like my education will prepare me for the job market. I work with software developers and they regularly look at my homework and exams...and they laugh at it. What is taught is not what is practiced. The students refer to the school as a "fake school". You'll find little pride amongst your peers. The school is in an unsafe environment. Crime and violent crime are very high in the surrounding area. At least one a week a student is robbed at gun point. Not 100 yards away from the main campus. The campus IS nice to look at, though small. The upkeep is top notch."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Ayla Cobb - 3/27/2018
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2011
"Located in Norfolk, VA, the school is located in a safe and growing metroplis with much to offer. I excelled scholastically at the university largely due to the responsive faculty, in particular my advisors, who were extremely impactful throughout my academic tenure. Professors were always available outside of class and willing to help . Outside of class, the growing athletic department offers football and basketball games to attend - a fun way to meet and interact with peers! All in all, I found ODU to be a positive experience and if given the chance to go back and do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing about my experience there."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Jenna Wickman - 11/18/2017
Degree: Exercise Science
Graduation Year: 2016
"I attended Old Dominion University from August 2013 to December 2016. I earned a BS in Exercise Science. Most of the professors are extremely intelligent and willing to help you understand the material. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Norfolk, VA, studying Exercise Science. These professors helped me in creating my applications for Physical Therapy school."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Chris White - 11/4/2017
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2016
"Attending Old Dominion University was quite the experience. My advisor was awesome - he was always readily available, and took an interest in me as a person, not just another student. I was an online student, so all of my courses were online. The professors are very knowledgeable in their chosen field, and provided me with invaluable feedback to help me grow personally and professionally. While some professors limited the amount of books for classes, or offered online articles so that students would not have to purchase books, others required that students purchase several books that were hardly read. Overall, my experience here was a very positive one, and required an amount of work that made me proud to graduate from this school. Having a Bachelor's Degree can certainly help individuals obtain employment with a better salary. Now that I am in graduate school, I can see just how much this school assisted in preparing me for the demands of such study."