Old Dominion University

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5115 Hampton Boulevard

Norfolk, VA 23529

Phone: (757) 683-3000
2013-2014 Tuition
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Feb. 1
application deadline

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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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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.
With an enrollment of nearly 25,000 students, the university offers 69 bachelors, 54 masters, 2 educational specialist and 42 doctoral degree programs through its colleges of Arts and Letters, Business and Public Administration, Education, Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences and Sciences.
Our nationally recognized faculty use their real-world expertise and award-winning teaching methods to challenge students to achieve their highest goals. Engaging, modern and relevant learning opportunities foster creativity, encourage independence, and teach skills for personal and professional success.
Learning the ODU way isn't one dimensional. It's equal parts thought and action, knowledge and skill. ODU professors bring classrooms to life, and you can apply your newfound knowledge in the university's award-winning internship program at multi-national corporations, governmental laboratories, or a variety of organizations around the globe. Old Dominion is the only doctoral university in the nation that guarantees every student practical career-related experience within their major and for credit.
Our determined entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving drives research and collaboration with business, industry, and community partners. From idea to innovation to invention, Old Dominion faculty and students are shaping the way we interact with our environment, give voice to our experience and live in the coming years. We act decisively to create innovative solutions that improve individuals' lives, our communities, and the world.
Inside and outside the classroom at Old Dominion University, experience spans borders, languages and time. Cultures converge and viewpoints are respected. ODU is built for a student who thrives in the modern world, who sees possibility around every corner and knows that knowledge and experience are the roads to success.
At Old Dominion University, the profusion of culture, technology, knowledge and experience translates into one thing: your ability to shape your future and achieve success.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1930
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $154,600,694


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.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 71.7%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

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.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 25%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 19%
Health Professions and Related Programs 14%
Social Sciences 14%
English Language and Literature/Letters 9%
Education 7%

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Student Life

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.

Total enrollment 24,670
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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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

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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

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