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Old Dominion University Overview

Old Dominion University is a public institution situated in Norfolk, Virginia. The city atmosphere of Norfolk makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Old Dominion University Known For?

4,052 Undergraduate Awards
$36,863 Avg Cost After Aid
86% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest award offered at Old Dominion is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 95% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Old Dominion with a bachelor's degree make about $43,700 a year. That's 7% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Old Dominion University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Old Dominion has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#25 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#51 Most Popular Online Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#51 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#89 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#134 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#220 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Old Dominion.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Multicultural & Diversity Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Multicultural & Diversity Studies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Ocean Engineering Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular General Engineering Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Engineering Technology (Other) Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Most Popular Engineering Technologies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Most Popular Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#61 Most Popular Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Old Dominion has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Other Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#24 Best Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#33 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#59 Best Health Professions Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#92 Best General Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#128 Best Business Administration & Management Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Old Dominion University?

Location of Old Dominion University

Contact details for Old Dominion are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5115 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23529
Phone: 757-683-3000
Website: www.odu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Old.Dominion.University
Twitter: http://twitter.com/OldDominionUniv

How Do I Get Into Old Dominion?

You can apply to Old Dominion online at: www.odu.edu/admission/apply

Admission Requirements for Old Dominion

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Old Dominion?

86% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
83% Submit SAT Scores
Since Old Dominion has an acceptance rate of 86%, it is not too hard to gain acceptance into the school. Still, you need to be sure you complete your application in full and send in any other requested documents.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 85%, and the acceptance rate for women is 87%.

Average Test Scores

About 83% of students accepted to Old Dominion submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 610. Math scores were between 480 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Old Dominion University  ( 500 to 610 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Old Dominion University  ( 480 to 590 )
200
800
Old Dominion received ACT scores from 21% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 17 and 24. Math scores were between 17 and 25. Composite scores were between 18 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Old Dominion University  ( 17 to 24 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Old Dominion University  ( 17 to 25 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Old Dominion University  ( 18 to 25 )
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36

Can I Afford Old Dominion University?

$36,863 Net Price
65% Take Out Loans
6.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Old Dominion is $36,863. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Old Dominion, approximately 65% of students took out student loans averaging $7,262 a year. That adds up to $29,048 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Old Dominion is 6.9%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Old Dominion University Undergraduate Student Diversity

14,702 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 19,176 undergraduate students at Old Dominion, with 14,702 being full-time and 4,474 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Old Dominion

There are also 4,499 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 14,702 full-time undergraduates at Old Dominion, 45% are male and 55% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Old Dominion

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Old Dominion University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Old Dominion Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 710
Black or African American 5,025
Hispanic or Latino 1,331
White 5,962
International Students 220
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,454

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at Old Dominion University. At this time, 30 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 95 countries are represented at Old Dominion. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Old Dominion University

6,011 Took All Classes Online
12,396 Took At Least One Class Online
6.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 20 bachelor’s degree and 16 master’s degree programs available online at Old Dominion. In 2017-2018, 12,396 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Old Dominion has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Old Dominion

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Old Dominion University was 6.9%. This is the #1,535 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Old Dominion regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Old Dominion majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 21%
Business Administration & Management 8%
Business, Management & Marketing 6%
Computer & Information Sciences 11%
Computer Information Systems 11%
Dental Support Services 18%
Educational Administration 39%
Engineering Technologies 10%
Engineering Technology (Other) 11%
General Engineering 4%
Health & Physical Education 49%
Management Information Systems 2%
Marketing 15%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 28%
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 19%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 37%
Public Administration 11%
Public Administration & Social Service 11%
Public Health 19%
Systems Engineering 10%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Old Dominion ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Old Dominion.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Ocean Engineering #2
Engineering Technology (Other) #6
Other Engineering #16
Systems Engineering #22
Other Health Professions #23
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #23
Criminology #24
Dental Support Services #24
General Engineering #24
Engineering-Related Fields #34
Other Education #35
Mental & Social Health Services #44
Writing Studies #45
Management Information Systems #47
Finance & Financial Management #48
Public Health #62
Public Administration #64
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #69
English Language & Literature #72
Engineering #77
Information Technology #78
Marketing #83
Engineering Technologies #98
General Psychology #100
Computer Information Systems #107
Special Education #129
Teacher Education Subject Specific #132
Social Sciences #132
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #138
Psychology #140
Public Administration & Social Service #140
Accounting #170
Teacher Education Grade Specific #180
Educational Administration #181
Computer & Information Sciences #249
Nursing #336
Education #428

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Old Dominion University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 207 0 61 38 306
General Psychology 0 287 0 11 4 302
Business Administration & Management 0 176 44 60 7 287
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 277 2 0 0 279
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 188 9 60 0 257
Criminology 0 257 0 0 0 257
Mental & Social Health Services 16 234 0 5 0 255
General Biology 0 214 0 10 2 226
Writing Studies 0 200 2 5 4 211
Management Information Systems 0 180 0 0 0 180
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 1 178 0 179
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 174 0 0 0 174
Educational Administration 0 0 74 79 7 160
General Engineering 0 5 0 100 39 144
Computer Information Systems 0 97 0 40 4 141
Other Engineering 0 0 1 132 0 133
Mechanical Engineering 0 127 0 0 0 127
Other Health Professions 0 119 0 0 4 123
Accounting 0 106 0 15 0 121
Finance & Financial Management 0 118 0 0 0 118
Marketing 0 91 0 0 0 91
Sociology 0 78 0 10 0 88
General English Literature 0 80 0 7 0 87
Recreation Administration 0 74 0 2 0 76
Communication Sciences 0 49 0 23 0 72
Fine & Studio Arts 0 65 0 0 0 65
Electrical Engineering 0 64 0 0 0 64
Civil Engineering 0 62 0 0 0 62
Dental Support Services 0 49 0 7 0 56
Public Administration 0 0 1 51 4 56
Health & Physical Education 0 44 0 10 1 55
Political Science & Government 0 53 0 0 0 53
History 0 42 0 8 0 50
International Relations & National Security 0 36 0 9 3 48
Student Counseling 0 0 4 42 0 46
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 45 0 0 0 0 45
Special Education 0 0 14 28 0 42
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 41 41
Other Education 0 0 1 0 33 34
Public Health 0 0 5 22 0 27
Mathematics 0 25 0 0 0 25
Physics 0 10 0 10 5 25
Computer Engineering 0 24 0 0 0 24
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 11 1 9 1 22
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 21 0 0 0 21
Geography & Cartography 0 17 3 0 0 20
Business/Managerial Economics 0 19 0 0 0 19
Chemistry 0 10 0 5 4 19
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 15 2 0 0 17
Ethnic Studies 0 14 2 0 0 16
Allied Health Professions 0 10 0 6 0 16
Music 0 15 0 0 0 15
Ocean Engineering 0 0 14 0 0 14
Drama & Theater Arts 0 14 0 0 0 14
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 12 0 0 0 12
Systems Engineering 0 0 10 0 0 10
Philosophy 0 10 0 0 0 10
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 9 0 9
Applied Mathematics 0 0 2 4 3 9
Economics 0 3 0 4 0 7
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 0 6 0 6
Information Technology 0 0 4 1 0 5
English Literature (Other) 0 0 0 5 0 5
Entrepreneurial Studies 4 0 0 0 0 4
Area Studies 0 4 0 0 0 4
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 3 3
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 2 2
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 2 0 0 2
Teaching English or French 0 0 1 0 0 1
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 1 0 0 1
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0
Systems Theory 0 0 0 0 0 0
Urban Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 65 3,987 200 1,034 209 5,495

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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