From the School

With 24,753 students (5,387 graduate students, 19,367 undergraduates) from more than 113 countries and across the U.S., ODU is a rich and creative fusion of cultures, viewpoints, and life experiences.

Life here is active, energizing, and entrepreneurial. So is our education. It's the kind of learning that gets you involved and engaged, both inside and outside the classroom internships, research, service learning and fieldwork. Our hands-on style gives you opportunities to challenge yourself and gain leadership experience in a thousand different ways.

Live-action-learning is our trademark equal parts thought and action, knowledge and skill. ODU is the only doctoral university in the nation that guarantees every student practical career-related experience within their major and for credit. With 165 different areas of study available in our six colleges, you're sure to find the career path you’re looking for.

So it's no accident that ODU graduates routinely launch successful careers directly upon graduation or are accepted to top professional schools throughout the world. Either way, ODU's vast resources will help you every step along the way.

Overview

Applicants
9,161
Acceptance Rate
82%
Average HS GPA
3.29

GPA Breakdown

16%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
22%
3.00 - 3.24
26%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 560
SAT Math
460 - 560
ACT Composite
18 - 23

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

From The School

The benefits of studying at a major doctoral research university are intense.

Our professors are masters in their fields who combine top academic credentials with real-world experience: Authors and creators, thinkers and doers who bring sharply honed expertise, pioneering artistry, and cutting-edge discovery into their classrooms.

Students are engaged both inside the classroom and outside it: Internships, research, service learning, clinical training, co-ops, and fieldwork are standard in most areas of study. From idea to innovation to invention, students and faculty work together to shape the way we interact with the world and to give voice to the human experience.

Our extensive partnerships with leading businesses, industries, civic organizations, and government agencies mean your live-action-learning options grow by 1,000%. We tallied more than 5,600 career-enhancing opportunities for students and alumni last year alone. Take your pick.

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

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
20:1
Total Faculty
1,341
with Terminal Degree
748

678
Men
663
Women
236
Minority
59
International

Most frequent class size
30 - 39
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
46%
Graduate in 5 years
88%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Mills Godwin
former governor of Virginia

William E. Lobeck
CEO, National Car Rental System

Kenny Gattison
Coach, New Jersey Nets Basketball Team

Nancy Lieberman-Cline
Basketball Coach and Commentator

Michael J. Bloomfield
Astronaut

Overview

From The School

ODU is a state-assisted public institution, so we provide premier academic quality, outstanding campus facilities, and distinctive campus amenities at a fraction of the cost of private institutions. We also offer great opportunities for financial aid.

In-state tuition for most undergraduate programs is based on a cost of approximately $273 per credit hour, while out-of-state tuition is approximately $769 per credit hour (tuition for some courses and degree programs will differ).

Housing and meal costs depend upon which residence option and meal plan you choose.

Calculate your education and housing costs here: http://blue.odu.edu/admissions/calculator/

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Mar 15
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,531

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,049

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,348

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,357

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
59%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$3,967

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,970
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$25,140
Required Fees
$280
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,544
Transportation for Commuters
$1,000

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

You thought you had lots to do before, but this is on a whole different scale. Start with NCAA Division I Monarch athletics, the campus passion! The Monarchs compete in 12 intercollegiate sports:
Football (Men)
Baseball (Men)
Basketball (Men and Women)
Field Hockey (Women)
Golf (Men and Women)
Lacrosse (Women)
Rowing (Women)
Soccer (Men and Women)
Sailing (Men and Women)
Swimming/Diving (Men and Women)
Tennis (Men and Women)
Wrestling (Men)

But it doesn't stop there. Everywhere you go, from the student center to the Quad, the fitness center to the Village, you'll run into people you know and things you can't wait to try. Concerts, club sports, contests, football, Frisbee, basketball, touring artists, debates, lectures and more.

With 300+ student clubs, groups, club sports, teams and organizations to choose from, it's easy to meet new friends, enhance leadership skills, build a resume, make a difference through volunteerism, try new things, and just have fun! From the honors club to Greek life, investment club to ODU Quidditch, student government to rugby to sailing, student life at ODU is dynamic and energizing, whatever your passion.

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

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
20,115
Out of State
8%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
118

Demographics

4.42%
Asian
27.28%
African-American
7.02%
Hispanic
50.78%
Caucasian
3.66%
Unknown
1.49%
International

54% female
46% male
8% are out of state
76% are full time
24% are part time

Overview

From The School

ODU 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 between two rivers in the cultural and commercial crossroads of Norfolk, Virginia, a cosmopolitan area with a population of 1.7 million on the Chesapeake Bay, centrally positioned on the East Coast. The campus is short drive from the Atlantic Ocean and less than 3 miles from Norfolk's city center.

Norfolk is a dynamic city, home to the world's largest U.S. Navy base and to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) North American headquarters. Virginia Beach, a resort with sparkling white-sand beaches, and Colonial Williamsburg, a restored settlement dating from 1632, are close by. The nation's capital, Washington, D.C., is just a three-hour drive north.

Norfolk International Airport, AMTRAK, and Greyhound offer convenient transportation options to major U.S. cities. Locally, ODU students can access all public transportation for free.

The Norfolk climate is ideal for outdoor and recreational activities. Average temperatures range from 86F in the warm summer months to 41F during moderate winter months.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
23%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
77%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
77

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Sheryn Milton, M.Ed.

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
WAIS-III; WISC-R; WJ: within 3 years

Documentation Requred for ADHD
A letter from evaluator following guidelines published on Disability Services website

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
320
Number of Honor Societies
23

Number of Social Sororities
10
Number of Religious Organizations
31

7% join a fraternity
6% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

2% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Monarchs)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Diving
Football
Golf
Sailing
Soccer
Tennis
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Lady Monarchs)
9 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Tennis

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Old Dominion believes that “by implementing a set of commonplace, responsible, and innovative sustainability measures and values,” it can become a leader both among “other higher education institutions and in the surrounding community.” Leveraging its unique location bordering the Elizabeth River in coastal Virginia, ODU has made great strides both internally and externally to create a sustainable future. Within the campus, the university has recycled more than 1.5 million pounds of materials last year, developed a master plan for storm water pollution prevention, and arranged ecofriendly alternative transportation. It has also taken many steps towards sustainable dining. Reusable mugs, recycled materials, local produce, green cleaning products and a recently trayless format highlight some of the major features of ODU’s ecofriendly Monarch Dining Services. Construction has gone green, with all new building and major renovations required to satisfy LEED Silver standards at a minimum. Sustainable research thrives in departments such as chemistry and engineering, while other departments including biology, oceanography, and health sciences offer environmental course work. Always conscious of its beautiful surroundings, ODU collaborated with the Army Corps of Engineers to complete construction of a three-quarter-acre wetland restoration and breakwater installation adjoining the Elizabeth River. With all of the institution’s sustainable accomplishments, it’s easy to see why Old Dominion was a STARS Charter Participant. ODU’s motto is “Idea Fusion”—we can certainly vouch that collaborative sustainability is part of that.

Green Rating
86
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
8%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
327

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Mobile Monarch Program for student notebooks - Dell and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office of Admissions
Old Dominion University

Address
108 Rollins Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529

Phone
757-683-3685

Email
admissions@odu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Webb Student Center
Student Recreation Center
University Village
Constant Convocation Center
Kaufman Mall
Learning Commons

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Chrysler Museum
Busch Gardens
Virginia Marine and Science Museum
Nauticus
Colonial Williamsburg
Additional Attractions: Norfolk: Scope, Battleship Wisconsin, Spirit of Norfolk, MacArthur Center, Waterside Festival Marketplace, Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk Zoological Gardens, Nauticus; Virginia Beach: Motor World, Virginia Beach Strip and Beaches, Ocean Breeze Waterpark, Mount Trashmore, Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach Amusement Park; Hampton: Hampton Coliseum; Williamsburg: Water Country USA, Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg Outlet Mall; Newport News/Yorktown: Virginia Living Museum, Yorktown Victory Center.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@odu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Old Dominion University is served by Norfolk International Airport, Amtrak, Greyhound Bus, and taxi service. Additionally, Old Dominion University runs a shuttle bus service around campus and to downtown Norfolk. Full details are available at www.odu.edu/af/parking/transportation/shuttle.shtml

Driving Instructions to Campus
FROM THE NORTH: Take I-95 South to Richmond. Pick up I-64 East to Norfolk. Drive through the Hampton Roads Tunnel. Approximately 6 miles after leaving the tunnel, you will see a sign saying "TO TERMINAL BLVD / TO ODU NEXT RIGHT." As you bear right there will be another sign "I-564 / TO TERMINAL BLVD / TO NAVAL BASES." Follow Terminal Blvd. until you reach Hampton Blvd. (the 3rd traffic light). Turn left onto Hampton Blvd. Drive down Hampton Blvd. to 43rd Street (the 9th traffic light). Turn right onto 43rd Street, the entrance to the University. The Parking Garage will be on your right about 1/4 mile down 43rd Street. A parking pass must be obtained from Parking Services (located on the ground floor of the parking garage) to park on campus. FROM THE SOUTH: Take I-85 North or I-95 North to Route 58 East. Follow Route 58 East through the Midtown Tunnel in Portsmouth. Bear left out of the tunnel onto Hampton Blvd. Follow Hampton Blvd. to 43rd Street (about 3 miles). Turn left onto 43rd Street, the entrance to the University. The Parking Garage will be on your right about 1/4 mile down 43rd Street. A parking pass must be obtained from Parking Services (located on the ground floor of the parking garage) to park on campus. FROM NORFOLK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Once out of the airport follow Norview Avenue to I-64 West. On I-64 West, you will see a sign saying "TO TERMINAL BLVD / TO ODU NEXT RIGHT." As you bear right there will be another sign "I-564 / TO TERMINAL BLVD / TO NAVAL BASES." Follow Terminal Blvd. until you reach Hampton Blvd. (the 3rd traffic light). Turn left onto Hampton Blvd. Drive down Hampton Blvd. to 43rd Street (the 9th traffic light). Turn right onto 43rd Street, the entrance to the University. The Parking Garage will be on your right about 1/4 mile down 43rd Street. A parking pass must be obtained from Parking Services (located on the ground floor of the parking garage) to park on campus.

Local Accommodations
Wide range of hotel and motel options available in Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and Norfolk.
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Key Stats

9,161
Applicants
20,115
Size
82%
Acceptance Rate
1020
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists