Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University Admissions and General School Information

Situated on a 185-acre main campus in Norfolk, Virginia, Old Dominion University is a public doctoral research university with a multicultural community. ODU offers its students 70 bachelor's, 60 master's and 36 doctoral degree programs throughout six colleges.

General Information about Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University began as the Norfolk division of the College of William and Mary in 1930 and became an independent higher learning institution in 1962 until it gained university status in 1969. ODU has more than 100,000 alumni in the U.S. and 73 countries. Business and research initiatives and grants for the university contribute nearly one billion dollars annually to the economy and help to make the university the largest generator of new jobs in the school's region. Additionally, the contributions enable the school to offer more than 50 degree programs by satellite, video streaming, online and CD-ROM.

Since it is located along the Hampton Roads, one of the world's major seaports, Old Dominion University has a special mission for the commonwealth in commerce and in international affairs and culture. The Hampton Roads acts as a locus for national and international military commands. Because of this, ODU maintains a commitment to science, technology, and engineering fields that are important to the school's region.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

With over 23,000 students, Old Dominion is one of the largest schools in Virginia. Incoming freshmen at ODU are required to have completed high school with an above-average grade point average (GPA). Prospective students must have also completed the SAT or ACT . Qualified transfer students from Virginia community colleges may be eligible for guaranteed admission programs to ODU. Graduate admissions at ODU depend on the chosen degree program.

Old Dominion University's Colleges and Schools

College of Arts and Letters

The College of Arts and Letters at ODU contains interdisciplinary programs that provide students opportunities to learn and study abroad. The college has many centers, institutes and labs that enhance student development and encourage research. Some of the centers include The Center for Regional and Global Study (CRGS), the Laboratory for Spatial Analysis of Coastal Environments (SpACE) and the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs. Popular departments within the College of Arts and Letters include the art, music, history and international studies departments.

College of Business and Public Administration

Accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in general business and accounting, the College of Business and Public Administration at ODU offers a Bachelor of Science degree with nine undergraduate majors. The college also offers a Bachelor of Arts in Economics as well as six master's degree programs. Departments within the college include accounting, economics, international business and marketing.

Darden College of Education

The Darden College of Education prepares professionals for educational leadership. The college composed of six departments that study areas such as communication disorders, special education, counseling and educational leadership. In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the college contains multiple centers, institutes and programs that can enhance the learning experiences of its students. These centers and programs include the Hampton Roads Institute for the Advanced Study of Education and the Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program.

Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology

The seaport dynamic of the ODU region engages students in practical engineering and technology activities in which they are exposed to the design, manufacturing and commercialization cycle of the area's industries. Students can take advantage of an integrated five-year bachelor's and master's degree program with a multidisciplinary focus.

College of Health Sciences

The College of Health Sciences at Old Dominion University enrolls over 1,500 students and graduates about 500 students annually. The college offers certificate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Students at the college receive academic training as well as real world experience in clinics, hospitals and other health care settings. The college has a professional affiliation with the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP).

College of Sciences

The College of Sciences at Old Dominion University consists of several departments such as the physics, biological sciences and chemistry. Within the college, students can take advantage of programs and centers including the Center for Accelerator Science, Chesapeake Bay Program and the Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography. These programs and centers allow students to actively participate in real case studies and learn from seasoned working professionals.

University College

Home to the undergraduate students of Old Dominion University, the University College focuses on assisting first-year and transfer students to become accustomed to ODU campus and student life. Many of the undergraduate students who are in this college have not chosen a major and are still completing general education courses. Services to help students in the college include tutoring, placement testing, academic advising and student success programs.

Honors College

Students enrolled in the Honors College at ODU can expect more fast paced courses than non-honor students. Honors College students are undergraduates who typically ranked in the top ten percent of their high school class. Honors College students also have reduced class sizes to allow for more interaction between students and instructors. Services provided by the Honors College include encouraged participation in civil learning projects, conference travel grants and assistance with application development for prestigious scholarships.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 108 Alfred B. Rollins Jr. Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529
  • Phone Number: (757) 683-3685