About Old Dominion University

Founded in 1930, Old Dominion University. is a Public college. Located in Virginia, which is a city setting in Virginia, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 19,793 full time undergraduate students, and 4,529 full time graduate students.

The Old Dominion University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 18:1. There are 834 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Old Dominion University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate84%
Application Deadline
Application Fee50
SAT Range890-1130
ACT Range18-25

Admissions at ODU are considered Less Selective, with ,164% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 24 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

78% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 33% were in the top quarter, and 9% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Old Dominion University.

4%
“We”re apathetic”
23%
“We know about current events and vote”
64%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
9%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
6%
“We save it for the classroom”
20%
“Sometimes, but not often”
60%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
14%
“All the time, including weekends”
3%
“I”m always terrified”
14%
“I only go out in groups”
55%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
28%
“I feel extremely safe”
3%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
22%
“We bought the gear”
75%
“We live for the big game”
6%
“It”s not really our thing”
16%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
58%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
20%
“We”re a very artistic group”
7%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
62%
“They keep regular office hours”
28%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
18%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
73%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
6%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
7%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
28%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
36%
“We only party on weekends”
29%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
19%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
55%
“There might be people who do”
19%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
7%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
4%
“We”re apathetic”
23%
“We know about current events and vote”
64%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
9%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
6%
“We save it for the classroom”
20%
“Sometimes, but not often”
60%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
14%
“All the time, including weekends”
3%
“I”m always terrified”
14%
“I only go out in groups”
55%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
28%
“I feel extremely safe”
3%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
22%
“We bought the gear”
75%
“We live for the big game”
6%
“It”s not really our thing”
16%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
58%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
20%
“We”re a very artistic group”
7%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
62%
“They keep regular office hours”
28%
“They”re always available”
3%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
18%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
73%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
6%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
7%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
28%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
36%
“We only party on weekends”
29%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
19%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
55%
“There might be people who do”
19%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
7%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Old Dominion University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    379 Students rated on-campus housing 3.2 stars. 14 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    299 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    416 Students rated campus food 3.4 stars. 17 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    422 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    424 Students rated class size 4 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    422 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    424 Students rated local services 3.9 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    424 Students rated academics 4 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Old Dominion University?

195 Students rated Old Dominion University

Keith - 07/18/2022

Old Dominion University is an incredible, welcoming environment where I feel truly at home. It is an institution where I feel my ability to succeed is fostered and cared for, and I am incredibly thankful for my friends, our incredible staff and faculty, for ensuring ODU is a positive place to perform academically.

Isiah - 07/15/2022

Old Dominion University is a very diverse school with many opportunities. I'm truly honored to be a part of such an accredited university. The course load can be a bit stressful at times but the payoff is worth it in order to be one step closer to achieving my goals.

paige - 02/15/2022

Overall, I think Old Dominion University provides sound academic information to the students. The professors are friendly and are willing to assist students. The students are diverse and appears to get along with each other well. There appear to be mutual respect among the students. The class sizes are not too large and are accommodating to students. Some of the dorms are a bit outdated and are the older dorms are located a little too far away from the main campus. Those dormitories need an overall reconstruction or need to be considered for some type of other facility. The dormitories that are located on campus are up to date. There is a big difference as the newer dorms are considered Taj Mahal and the older dormitories is like someone living in an area that is unkept. There are lots of convenience shops to get little essentials things that are needed. The food selection is not bad as a variety is provided. There is also the ability to purchase a good meal from Chipotle that is quite fulling. The student body and the facilities that are provided on campus is state of the art. I am an introvert, so I do not get the opportunity to party as I try to focus on my studies. For the most part the work is challenging and sustainable. What I had to learn my first semester is to ensure that my grades are at least an A, so if I do not do well on the finals at least I will pass the class. So, far my experience at Old Dominion has been a major adjustment, but I am going to make it a rewarding experience.

Nyjah - 02/01/2022

I love it!!

Old Dominion University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Old Dominion University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Old Dominion University is 84%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    If I could go back in time and talk to myself, I would tell myself to keep focused on all lectures that are heavily dependent on power point and not from the text book. However, use the textbooks as a guide to what the teacher has covered, as well as what the teacher has notified you will be covered in the next session. Do not allow your friends to preoccupy your time. Prioritize the issues at hand, but do not overwhelm yourself. It is okay to have fun, but when you know that a deadline is rapidly approaching, and that an assignment needs to have plenty of time and attention, do not be afraid to tell your friends that you have to focus on school work. No matter what your friends may think of you, knowing that you have given your best time and effort into the task at hand, and that God will lead you the rest of the way, it does not matter. While they sit and procrastinate and then try to do their work at the last mintue, you can then rest knowing that all your work has been done and that it is time for fun.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    My classmates are intelectual.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    The Criminal Justice Department.

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  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    I consider safety the worst thing about my school because it is not safe to walk around by yourself at night.

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  6. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Every school has it's own culture of people and community. I wish I had known what kind of community resides here at ODU because I believe that college is meant for the sole pupose of learning, but not just in academics but within our very selves. It gives us the opportunity to grow ourselves individually, and make relationships. In a school that is mostly known in past years to be a communter school (it is no longer a communter school now), it can be difficult at times to involve oneself in the present community.

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  7. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    My school offers programs and support staff to help new students feel comfortable from day 1. They offer several days of Orientation for new students to get them acclimated to campus life. The students on campus are friendly and willing to offer assistance when needed.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    My school has a great learning envrionment as well as a great social environment. You'll never feel out of place at ODU, there is always a group of people for you to hang out with. Also, the students have a great sense of school spirit and pride.

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  9. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Shy students or people who really want to be challenged

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  10. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Outgoing people looking for new experiences. Coming from a very small town in NJ, ODU's diversity has opened me up to new outlooks on life and has changed me for the better. I couldn't imagine going to any other school.

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  11. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I use these exact sentences: "ODU is the best school ever! Seriously, come visit if you don't believe me. It's the best school and everyone should go there!"

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    the most frustrating thing is parking and on campus housing.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    Old Dominion University is best known for its basketball teams.

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  14. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    I think the stereotype of students at my school is that they are southern as the school is located in southern Virginia. The stereotypical southern person is depicted as slightly uneducated, unclean, "hillbilly", and predominantly white as well as racist. The students at my school are so far detached from this stereotype. They are a diverse group from all over the country as well as the world as we have international students as well. And they are obviously a well educated group!

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    Academics are the most important thing at any college. The thing that makes ODU different is that the students here are always get the work done in a timely manner so that they can still have fun. It is all about time management skills. The professors here have interesting classes that keep the students interested. Another great factor is that there is always someone to help you out. There are professors, teacher assistants, tutors, and mentor available for extra help. As a computer science major, I have used all of those resources!

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  16. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I love Old Dominion University. I am an online distance learner but I have visited the campus in Norfolk, VA and was welcomed with open arms as an ODU Monarch. The tuition is comparable, the professors are knowledgeable and compassionate, and the curriculum is challenging and thorough.

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The most popular activities at Old Dominion are the football games and basketball games. Whether you are an athlete or just attending, the school spirit of ODU absolutely shines. The university has recently acquired a football team under a high demand of the students, and despite the fact that ODU is relatively new to having a football team they definitely do not play like they are new. And at each game the students are very excited to cheer the Monarchs on. Not only that, but at basketball games, our most renowned sport, the famous "ice cream and cake" dance always gets the students going. These are the times that students are most proud to wear our school colors.

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  18. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    No, ODU is not ghetto. Yes, ODU is very diverse.

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  19. What do students complain about most?

    The two things I hear students complaining about the most are the food, and parking for commuters, and I know I've complained about both of these, too.

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  20. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Ghetto, hood, blackish...The official school language is ebonics.

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  21. Tell us about the food and dining options.

    At ODU, we have a lot of options for dining, but they're mostly over-priced. In the Webb Center, (a lot of people hang out there) there's a burger place, Pizza Hut Express, cupcakery, all-you-can-eat cafeteria, Quiznos and Chik-fil-A. If you have 15 minutes to walk off campus, you can go to a sushi bar, Subway, Tropical Smoothies Cafe or some other restaurants.

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Student Body

Students

54%

female

46%

male

19,793

Total Undergrad Enrollment

4,529

Total Grad Students

10%

Out-Of-State

87%

In-State

3%

International

Organizations

321

Student Organizations

16

Fraternities

11

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

19%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
4%
% Black or African-American
29%
% Hispanic/Latino
8%
% White or Caucasian
46%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

90% of students attending Old Dominion University receive some sort of financial aid. 41% were awarded federal grants. While 66% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$26,730

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,000

Books and Supplies

$10,864

Room and Board

38,594

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$11,470
$30 - $48K
$13,224
$48 - $75K
$16,227
$75 - $110K
$18,997
$110K & UP
$20,860

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