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Old Dominion University

  • Norfolk, VA
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 54%46%
    student ratio
  • 19,819
    total students
  • $8,550 | $24,210
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • February 1
    fall application deadline
  • 76%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 518
    sat math
  • 517
    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • 21
    act composite

Overview

Old Dominion University, Idea Fusion

Students looking for a college experience that's fast-paced and exciting...studying at a nationally prominent research university and living in one of the most sought-after metropolitan areas of the country...should take a good look at Old Dominion University.

ODU is Virginia's forward-focused research university for high-ability students who want rigorous academics and an energized lifestyle. With faculty members and students from more than 130 countries and across the U.S., ODU's global community is a rich and welcoming mix of nationalities, cultures, viewpoints, and life experiences.

Life at ODU is active, energizing, and entrepreneurial, and so is ODU's education.

Some quick facts about the Monarchs:

HOMETOWN: Norfolk, VA (home of the world's largest naval base)

MASCOT: Big Blue

FIGHT SONG: Blue and Silver Worn with Pride

STUDENTS: 24,700

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS: 70 and a boatload of combinations

TRADITIONS:

- Not stepping on the ODU seal on Kaufman Mall until you graduate (don't do it!)

- Dancing to "Ice Cream & Cake" during every home game

- Rubbing the belly of the Big Blue bronze statue for good luck

ODU's campus offers 250 acres of opportunity. From extensive study abroad offerings to an award­winning Career Management Center that offers internships and co-ops in every field imaginable, to hundreds of volunteer and outreach initiatives, students will gain real­world skills and exciting experiences in and outside the classroom.

Interested students can visit the website to create their own mydominion page, schedule a visit, calculate tuition, explore financial aid options, and join the Monarch Pride!

Location and Environment

Old Dominion University offers the best of the best: a dynamic, multicultural campus flowing with energy combined with an opportunity-rich city right outside your door.

The 250-acre campus is located in the cultural and commercial crossroads of Norfolk, Virginia, part of a metropolitan area with a population of 1.7 million on the Chesapeake Bay. The campus is a short drive to the Atlantic Ocean and minutes away from Norfolk's city center.

Norfolk is a dynamic city, home to the world's largest naval base and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) North American headquarters. The region boasts thriving cultural, artistic, and music scenes, with a wide variety of clubs, restaurants, museums, entertainment venues, and festivals.

All year round, ODU Monarchs enjoy easy access to the nearby oceanfront in Virginia Beach, a resort city with sparkling white-sand beaches. Colonial Williamsburg, a restored settlement dating from 1632, is a close neighbor, and Washington, D.C. is a 3-hour drive north. For outdoor enthusiasts, there are plenty of options for hiking, sea kayaking, surfing sailing, or biking.

Norfolk International Airport, Amtrack, and Greyhound offer convenient transportation options to major U.S. cities and ODU students have access to all local public transportation.

Academics

Old Dominion University's professors are masters in their fields who combine top academic credentials with real-world experience. They are authors, creators, philosophers, and doers who bring sharply honed expertise, pioneering artistry, and cutting-edge discovery into their classrooms.

Students are engaged both inside and outside the classroom. Internships, research, service learning, clinical training, co-ops, and fieldwork are standard in most areas of study. ODU's extensive partnerships with leading businesses, industries, civic organizations, and government agencies mean students' live-action-learning options grow exponentially. Students can take their pick of more than 5,600 career-enhancing opportunities.

Career fairs held at ODU each year attract hundreds of potential employers offering career-building opportunities through internships, co-op positions, and full-time jobs. And ODU's Career Management Center is a national award-winning service that matches thousands of students and alumni with potential employers each year.

The degree programs at ODU are delivered through 6 distinguished colleges: the College of Arts and Letters; the College of Business and Public Administration; the College of Health Sciences; the College of Sciences; the Darden College of Education; and the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology.

ODU is also home to 6 Fusion Centers, top scientific research centers that are working on solutions to society's challenges in critical areas:

- Modeling and Simulation

- Bioelectrics and Plasma Medicine

- Nanotechnology

- Maritime Health and Systems

- Alternative Energies

- Computer Science and Informatics

Campus Facilities

Old Dominion University has 14 different housing options, including suites, apartments and University Village condos. Campus residences are fully equipped with lounges, Wi-Fi, free laundry facilities, shared kitchens, and air conditioning.

Students may also apply for 1 of 8 residential Living-Learning Communities, offering unique educational experiences proven to enhance students' success:

- Engineering

- Health Professions

- Honors

- Sciences

- ODU Explorers

- Spectrum

- Business

- Women in Science and Engineering

The multilevel, state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center is the hub for sports, adventure, and wellness. Students have access to certified personal trainers and more than 70 weekly exercise classes to meet your training needs. The many amenities include an indoor swimming pool and multilane running track; outdoor adventure center; rock climbing wall; fitness studios; CrossFit box; cardio training and weightlifting equipment; basketball, volleyball, racquetball, and multipurpose courts; and equipment rentals for items such as kayaks, canoes, surfboards, camping gear, and bikes.

Financial Aid

Each year, Old Dominion University distributes more than $185 million in financial aid packages through a variety of federal, state and private sources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study programs. Seventy-two percent of ODU undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance, but to be considered, students have to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The university's FAFSA priority deadline is February 15. ODU awards more than 2,280 scholarships each year, including merit-based scholarships, endowed scholarships, need-based scholarships, and outside agency scholarships.

Student Organizations and Activities

NCAA Division I Monarch athletics are a campus passion, and it doesn't stop there. Everywhere students go, from the Webb University Center to the Quad, the Student Recreation Center to the Village, they will run into people they know and things they can't wait to try. Concerts, club sports, contests, football, Frisbee, basketball, touring artists, debates, lectures, and more.

With 300-plus student clubs, groups, club sports, teams, and organizations to choose from, it's easy to meet new friends, enhance their leadership skills, build résumés, make a difference through volunteerism, discover new things, and just have fun! From the Honors College to Greek life, Investment Club to ODU Quidditch, student government to rugby, ODU offers dynamic ways to ignite students' passions.

No wonder 72% of first-year students choose to live right in the middle of the campus buzz. It all makes for a campus zinging with energy.

Now What?

The best way to get a feel for ODU is to visit. Campus tours and information sessions are held weekdays and selected Saturdays throughout the year, and scheduled open houses include presentations by academic units, financial aid, and housing reps, with tours led by student guides. Students can schedule their visits here.

Or, students can visit the website to create their own mydominion page, calculate tuition, or explore financial aid options. ODU's web-based application simplifies the application experience. Interested students can create accounts and apply. After they submit their applications, they can login and check the status of their applications at any time. Want to learn more? Interested students can call the Office of Admissions at 800-348-7926 to get quick answers to their questions, or they can visit odu.edu.

It's time to join the Monarch Pride!


Location & Contact

5115 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23529
USA

Ms.Shereen Williams

Customer Service Manager, Admissions Office

Phone: 757-683-3648
Fax: 757-683-3255
Email: admissions@odu.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • African American/Black Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business, Management, and Marketing Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer and Information Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education (Specific Subject Areas) Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering technologies
    • Engineering Technologies and Engineering Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Rhetoric and Composition
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Foreign Languages and Literatures
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dental Hygiene
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nuclear Medical Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Criminology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Relations and Affairs
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Acting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

76% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied10,202
    • Accepted7,834
    • Acceptance Rate76%
    • Enrolled19,819
    • Female Applicants5,401
    • Females Accepted4,097
    • Female Acceptance Rate75%
    • Male Applicants4,801
    • Males Accepted3,737
    • Male Acceptance Rate77%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.7
      test scores
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.26
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen February 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen February 1st --
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer May 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 517 460 560
    • SAT Math 518 470 570
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 21 18 23
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$8,550
    • Out-of-state tuition *$24,210
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$270.00
    • Room and board *$9,582.00
    • Room only *$5,210.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students19,819
    • Male Student Percentage46%
    • Female Student Percentage54%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.51%
    • Black or African American25.44%
    • White or Caucasian51.16%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.42%
    • Asian4.36%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.47%
    • Two or more races5.41%
    • Unknown3.32%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout1.23% representing 68 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students7% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 24%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Activities Council, The F.O.R.E.I.G.N.E.R.S, Veteran Student Association, Colleges Against Cancer, Ebony Impact Gospel Choir
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Lighted pathways, video cameras, on-campus EMTs, emergency notification system

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 1 Yes
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division X Yes
    • Crew No Division C No
    • Cross-country running Yes No No
    • Fencing No Division C No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Football No Division 1 Yes
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugy No Division C No
    • Sailing No Division X No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division C No
    • Wrestling No Division 1 Yes
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Badminton Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division X Yes
    • Crew No Division 1 Yes
    • Cross-country running Yes No No
    • Fencing No Division C No
    • Field hockey No Division 1 Yes
    • Football No No No
    • Golf Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey No Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division 1 Yes
    • Racquetball Yes No No
    • Rugy No Division C No
    • Sailing No Division X No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division C No
    • Swimming No Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Tennis Yes No No
    • Ultimate Frisbee No Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division C No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,341
    • Full-time Percentage59%
    • Part-time Percentage41%
    • Female Percentage49%
    • Male Percentage51%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio20:1 or 19,581 students to 972 faculty


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