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Virginia’s Old Dominion University is a progressive, metropolitan research university that offers its 19,000 undergraduate students more than 120 majors, state-of-the-art facilities, and millions of dollars in annual funding for ongoing projects. Online and night courses provide the flexibility needed by the wide-ranging student body and the “focus on internships and gaining experience” and “serviced-based learning” is valued for a group that is ready to enter (if not already in) the workforce. Technology is king here, and the school caters to all types of learners and is adaptable about “using programs like WebEx to have distance students participate in the actual lecture.” The “lab facilities are excellent,” ODU’s trading floor has the most Bloomberg terminals in the state, and there are many different types of classrooms to best serve the swatch of majors, including “typical lecture halls, classrooms, [and] open floor plan rooms with whiteboards covering the tables and walls.”

Most of the professors “have designed informative lectures and study materials, and gear their classes not just towards theoretical knowledge, but real world application.” Students readily admit there are weak teachers in the bunch, but most are “absolutely wonderful,” “have many office hours available and are open to appointments,” and appreciate “the amount of effort professors put in to make sure everyone is successful.” “I’ve had numerous professors help me outside of the classroom with projects that did not even pertain to their class,” says a student. The school is “very research oriented,” and offers many services to students, such as “counseling, health care, [and] accessibility,” as well as a writing center that “allows students to bring in papers to have them reviewed by a professional” so they can receive tips that will help to strengthen their writing.

Student Body

With such a large student population, ODU is home to students of all ages and backgrounds, and the diversity of the student body “makes for more interesting student interactions” and “freedom of expression is always encouraged.” This “very chill and inclusive” group includes a large military and international quotient, and “all of the students seem to respect and are truly interested in learning about each other.” The diversity is apparent “culturally and also politically,” and there are many liberal and conservative people and “rarely has [there] been any issues.” “You’ll never have to worry about finding where you fit in,” says one student.

Campus Life

This is a residential campus, with fourteen current residential buildings and “new housing areas and a lot of new buildings being built.” The compactness of campus makes the distance between classes manageable, and during the day (and early evening) students are in class or in the library. In the summer, fall and spring, you'll “find lots of students on the quad playing football or skateboarding,” and nearby beaches are easy to get to. ODU has “a dynamic environment where something is either happening on-campus or there are many events just down the way;” the school is right near downtown Norfolk where there are “a lot of shopping opportunities” as well as dining destinations, and there are “two popular bars that are right across the street…that a lot of people go to.”

Overview

Applicants
13,335
Acceptance Rate
87%
Average HS GPA
3.34

GPA Breakdown

21%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
24%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
18 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — December 1

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
1,559
with Terminal Degree
1,015

809
Women
750
Men
346
Minority
57
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
27%
Graduate in 5 years
46%
Graduate in 6 years
52%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • African-American/Black Studies.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other.

  • ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Rhetoric and Composition.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist.
  • Environmental Health.
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other.
  • Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other.
  • Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Criminology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Art/Art Studies, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
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

Notable Faculty

Patrick G. Hatcher
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Shaomin Li
Professor, Business Management

Jame V. Koch
Board of Visitors Professor, Economics

Karen Polonko
Professor, Sociology

Theodore P. Remley, Jr.
Professor, Education Leadership & Counseling

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

Kent Basemore
NBA Basketball

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
27%
Graduate in 5 years
46%
Graduate in 6 years
52%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 15
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,777

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,859

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,175

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
73%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,545

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,777

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,020
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$31,180
Required Fees
$340
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$5,298
Transportation for Commuters
$1,100

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,836
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
19,372
Foreign Countries Represented
88

Demographics

4.68%
Asian
31.59%
African-American
8.88%
Hispanic
43.59%
Caucasian
2.41%
Unknown
1.36%
International

55% female
45% male
8% are out of state
77% are full time
23% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
25%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
72%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Educational Accessibility

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Beth Ann Dickie

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Please see the documentation guidelines listed on the office website: https:// www.odu.edu/educationalaccessibility.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Please see the documentation guidelines listed on the office website: https:// www.odu.edu/educationalaccessibility.

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
291
Number of Honor Societies
19

Number of Social Sororities
11
Number of Religious Organizations
12

8% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

11% participate in intramural sports
3% 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.

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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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Mobile Monarch Program for student notebooks - Dell and Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Office of Admissions
Old Dominion University

Address
1004 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, 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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