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Old Dominion University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University is a public university that was originally founded in 1930 as an arm of the College of William and Mary, gaining independence in 1962 and becoming a university in 1969. The main campus of Old Dominion is located in Norfolk, Virginia, and is supported by three additional locations in Virginia Beach, Hampton, and Portsmouth. Not only did the Princeton Review label Old Dominion as a Best Southeastern College, but the 2012 edition of U.S. News and World Report listed Old Dominion as having some top 100 graduate programs in the nation, including aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering and physical therapy.


The university offers over 160 programs through six colleges and also features an undergraduate honors college. Numerous award winners, including 38 Fulbright scholars, serve on the Old Dominion faculty. A music library and a composers room complement the main library. Online offerings are available at every degree level, and students may opt to apply for participation in semester-long, year-long, or short-term study abroad programs. Old Dominion University also has 292 student organizations, 18 intercollegiate athletic teams, and/or fraternity or sorority membership.


Old Dominion accepts 75% of undergraduate applicants, and 35% of these enroll, resulting in a freshman class of roughly 2,700. Regular admission applications are due February 1, and prospective students are notified of admissions decisions by March 1. While completed applications must include official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores, applicants may also include an activity resume, one or more letters of recommendation, and/or an essay. The university may accept qualifying scores on some Advanced Placement (AP) and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests for credit. Graduate students apply to the graduate admissions office unless the department of interest specifies otherwise.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In-state and out-of-state tuition rates differ at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In-state tuition for undergraduates is roughly $8,150, and out-of-state tuition is roughly $22,500 for 2012-13. Also in 2012-13, meal plans range from approximately $1,900-$2,100 per semester. In 2011-12, on-campus housing ranged from approximately $5,000-$12,000 per year. Books and supplies are estimated to cost approximately $1,000. A payment plan is available, and Old Dominion offers multiple scholarship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. The university reviews the application materials of all first-time freshmen to determine eligibility.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificates, doctorates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 19,367 undergraduates; 5,386 graduates in 2011*
Student Housing Freshmen are guaranteed on-campus housing**
Schools and Programs 6 colleges and 1 honors college; over 160 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 21 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11:
Bachelor's: Multi-/interdisciplinary studies (239)
Master's: Elementary education and teaching (167)
Doctorate: Physical therapy/therapist (43)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students who started in 2005:
23% in 4 years
50% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 75% in 2011*
Entering Class Size Roughly 2,700 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 80% for full-time and 62% for part-time students*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students Both in 2011:
SAT: 1080 (critical reading and math)
ACT: 23**
Application Due Date February 1 for regular decision**
Decision Notification Date March 1 for regular decision**
Tuition Approximately $8,150 for in-state and $22,500 for out-of-state students in 2012-13 (does not include fees)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11: Grant or scholarship aid (47%), Pell grants (33%), federal student loans (56%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 76% of full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-11*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics; **Old Dominion University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Old Dominion University, Office of Admissions, 108 Alfred B. Rollins Jr. Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529-0050
  • Phone: (757) 683-3685
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