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Old Dominion University is a public institution that was founded in 1930. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,612, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 251 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Old Dominion University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,820 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $24,480 (2013-14).
Originally created as a division of the College of William and Mary, Old Dominion University is now an independent institution in Norfolk, Virginia. Students have more than 100 academic programs to choose from and, outside of class, more than 300 clubs and organizations to consider. Freshmen aren’t required to live on campus. The ODU sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA.
The university is also committed to research, operating the Center for Accelerator Science and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center. Old Dominion University also offers a wide variety of graduate degree programs, including those in the Strome College of Business and the Darden College of Education. Notable alumni of Old Dominion University include Ben Bailey, former host of the TV game show "Cash Cab," and Jay Harris, ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor.
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Old Dominion University is Virginia's forward-focused residential metropolitan research university for high-achieving students who want rigorous academics and an energetic community with a rich mix of nationalities, cultures, and life experiences.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Old Dominion University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due June 1. The application fee at Old Dominion University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 71.7 percent and an early acceptance rate of 75.9 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||71.7%|
|Application deadline||February 1|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||June 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Old Dominion University is 21:1, and the school has 35.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Old Dominion University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; English Language and Literature/Letters; and Education. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||25%|
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Old Dominion University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 19,612, with a gender distribution of 46.3 percent male students and 53.7 percent female students. At this school, 23.7 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 76.3 percent of students live off campus. Old Dominion University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
Old Dominion University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Old Dominion University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Old Dominion University, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Old Dominion University.
|Students who have cars on campus||65%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Old Dominion University, 59.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,418.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$8,820 (2013-14)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$24,480 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$9,842 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data