Old Dominion University

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School Overview

Old Dominion University, commonly referred to as ODU, is a research university located in Norfolk, Virginia. The school was originally founded as the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary in 1930, and it became an official university in 1969.

Old Dominion offers a comprehensive variety of degree programs in science, technology, liberal arts, and awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in these fields. ODU is among the largest online education providers in the nation, and its TELETECHNET program serves almost 30 percent of ODU’s student body. The university is renowned for its Marine Science and Coastal Engineering programs, and it has the nation’s only Maritime, Transportation, and Port Logistics Management program with MBA concentrations.

ODU is committed to advancements in engineering, technology, and science, especially aerospace, marine science, and other fields with regional significance to the school. Several of the university’s departments collaborate on research with NASA. Many of Old Dominion’s programs focus on metropolitan issues due to the university’s urban location.

Old Dominion’s 18 sports teams, known as the Monarchs, compete at the NCAA’s Division I level. The university’s well-known women’s basketball team has claimed three national championships.

General Information

Admission Office

108 Rollins Hall, 5115 Hampton Boulevard

Norfolk, VA 23529

(757) 683-3685

(800) 348-7926

Fax: (757) 683-3255

Contact: Lakeisha Phelps

Director of Admissions
Main Address

5115 Hampton Boulevard

Norfolk, VA 23529

(757) 683-3000


Total undergrads: 17,330

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,812

Degree-seeking undergrads: 16,971

Graduate enrollment: 5,756


Urban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 72%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 80%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $5,262 $5,574 $5,902 $6,214 +5.29%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,100 $7,100 $7,634 $8,759 +14.74%
Other $2,875 $2,875 $2,875 $2,875 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $7,100 $7,100 $7,634 $8,759 +14.74%
Other $2,875 $2,875 $2,875 $2,875 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $16,237 $16,549 $17,411 $18,848 +8.25%
In-state Off Campus $16,237 $16,549 $17,411 $18,848 +8.25%
In-state with Family $6,262 $6,574 $6,902 $7,214 +4.52%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $4,784
In-state Student Fees $1,898
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $14,324
Out-of-state Student Fees $2,168

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,973 71%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,973 71% $9,578,179 $4,855
• Federal grants 560 20% $2,201,086 $3,931
• Pell grants 560 20% $1,944,234 $3,472
• Other federal grants 274 10% $256,852 $937
Local and state government scholarships or grants 983 36% $4,987,550 $5,074
Institutional scholarships or grants 574 21% $2,389,543 $4,163
Student loan financial aid 1,538 56% $8,476,482 $5,511
• Federal student loans 1,530 55% $7,081,155 $4,628
• Other student loans 155 6% $1,395,327 $9,002

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 3240 1283 188 31
Area, Cultural, Ethnic, Gender, and Group Studies 17
Black/african-american Studies 1
Asian Studies 6
Women’s Studies 10
Biology, Biological and Biomedical Sciences 130 14 10
Biochemistry 11
Biology and Biological Sciences 119 14
Biomedical Sciences 5
Ecology 5
Business, Management, Administration and Marketing Services 620 117 4
Accounting 105 17
Business Administration and Management 186 100 4
Business/managerial Economics 20
Finance 130
Management Information Systems 86
Marketing/marketing Management 93
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 41 44 1
Computer and Information Sciences 41 44 1
Education 206 583 49 31
Community College Education 10
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 50 3
Education, Other 39
Educational Leadership, Management and Administration 54 28
Elementary Education, Teaching and Instruction 159
Kindergarten/preschool Teacher Education 27
Music Teacher Education 4
Physical Education/coaching Teacher Education 123 48
Reading Teacher Education 38
Secondary Teacher Education 105
Special Education Teacher Education 71
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 83 27
Engineering 143 220 31
Civil Engineering 32
Computer Engineering 12
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 33
Engineering 107 31
Engineering, Other 113
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 7
Mechanical Engineering 59
Engineering Technology 146
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields, Other 146
English Language and Literature/letters 278 42
Creative Writing 9
English Language and Literature 89 26
English Language and Literature/letters, Other 7
Rhetoric and Composition 189
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 27
Foreign Languages and Literatures 27
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences 507 132 60
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 30 29
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 19
Community Health Services/liaison/counseling 7
Dental Hygiene/hygienist 46 12
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 57 2
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other 200
Nuclear Medical Technology/technologist 12
Physical Therapy/therapist 40
Public Health 12
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 18
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 143 72
History 74 13
History 74 13
Human Services 39 3
Public Administration 39 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 10
Humanities/humanistic Studies 10
Mathematics and Statistics 19 11 2
Applied Mathematics 11 2
Mathematics 19
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 261
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 261
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 39
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management 39
Physical Sciences 26 13 12
Chemistry 8 7 3
Geological and Earth Sciences/geosciences, Other 14
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 3 2
Physics 4 3 7
Psychology 198 11 7
Clinical Psychology 4
Psychology 198 11 3
Social Sciences 377 34 9
Criminology 197
Economics 6 9
Geography 22
International Relations and Affairs 33 14 7
Political Science and Government 52
Sociology 67 7
Urban Studies/affairs 4 2
Visual and Performing Arts 131
Acting 2
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 32
Art/art Studies 60
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 14
Music Performance 23
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African-American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Maritime and supply chain management B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
Geography Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Sales/Marketing Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B


Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Environmental Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Civil Engineering/Technology B
Computer Engineering B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Engineering Technology – General B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B
Nuclear B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Community Health Services B
Cytotechnology B
Dental Hygiene B
Environmental Health B
Health Services – General B
Nuclear Medical Technology B
Nursing (RN) B
Ophthalmic Technology B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Oceanography B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Criminology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Old Dominion University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (757) 683-3000
Website: www.odu.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: www.odu.edu/admission/apply
Address: 5115 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23529
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 23,675
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 54%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 10,821 (46% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $10,680
Out-of-state Tuition: $30,840
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 94%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $7,641

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Old Dominion University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Old Dominion University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 13
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 212
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 7631
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2221
Education 123122
Engineering 5621
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 11
English Language and Literature/Letters 2231
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 8881
History 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 2121
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 31
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 231
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 2333
Psychology 1112
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 111
Social Sciences 3742
Visual and Performing Arts 15
Grand total 51564819

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Old Dominion University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $10,680
Out-of-state $30,840
Books and supplies $1,300

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $13,128
Out-of-state $33,192

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,953 94%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,953 94% $7,641
Student loan aid 2,201 70% $7,426

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 11,881 61% $7,573
Federal student loans 10,762 56% $7,034

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Old Dominion University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Old Dominion University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 13,761 6,057 7,704
Percent admitted 100% 88% 91%
Percent admitted who enrolled 23% 24% 22%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Old Dominion University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 23,675
Undergraduate enrollment 19,176
Graduate enrollment 4,499

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Old Dominion University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology
    • Nuclear Medicine Technologist (NMT) - Programs for the nuclear medicine technologist
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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