welcome to ODU
You have questions. Questions about what it's like to study at Old Dominion University — what majors we offer, how much it costs, and what it feels like to learn and live here. We've made this site just for you. Scroll through for information, pictures and videos about life inside and outside the classroom and get access to all the information you'll need to apply to join the Monarch pride!
Some quick facts to start...
Hometown: Norfolk, Va – location of the world's largest naval base Alter Ego: Big Blue Theme Song: Blue and Silver Worn with Pride Students: 24,700, give or take Undergraduate Programs of Study: 70 and a boatload of combinations Coolest Tradition: Not stepping on the ODU seal on Kaufman Mall until you graduate. Of course, dancing to "Ice Cream & Cake" during home games is pretty cool, too.
Keep scrolling to explore life on campus or click here to get down to business and check out admission information.
At ODU, learning is about ideas. And, here, ideas come from the most unexpected places and express themselves in many forms — in words and pictures, through music and dance, in numbers and computer code.
At ODU, we call that Idea Fusion.
Our approach to teaching, our whole campus, is designed to let you unleash the power of ideas in their many forms. With 70 programs of mind-expanding undergraduate study and internships in every field imaginable, who knows where Idea Fusion will take you. Scroll on to see where it's taken some of our students.
At ODU, the road to wisdom is paved with conversations and debates, questions and answers. Like all good road trips, it is loaded with adventures that allow you to roll up your sleeves and experience first-hand the destinations that lie ahead. Here, you don't travel alone. Your guides are experienced professors, whizzes in their fields. Masters in the art of teaching.
Life here is zinging with the kind of energy you can only find on a bustling campus that is a crossroads of global citizens with varying perspectives, differing life experiences and curious minds. Whether you're in a full-throttle mood or want to kick-back and chill, just poke your head out of your cozy, suite-style room and you'll find something do.
We've jam-packed this page with next-step options, from setting up your personalized ODU Admissions page to visiting campus and everything in between. Go ahead explore more!
Tell us about you, your academic interests and what you like to do outside of class and we'll create a page just for you, so you don't miss the things at ODU that are up your alley.
You'll be able to track the status of your application online once you apply. It's a great way to stay on top of your admissions journey.
travel the "roads"
Hampton Roads, brimming with possibilities, loaded with activities, edged by sparkling beaches and home to ODU.
We're a lot like our community, diverse in culture, landscape, and interests.
We've got the Elizabeth River in our backyard, groves of trees that line our campus walks and spectacular colors in the spring and fall.
Our students and faculty come from all over the world, and like high-tech the Hampton Roads region, we've got some of the latest technology right here on campus. Come see for yourself why people love it here.
A great education is an investment in you – in your future. But it shouldn't be an investment that overloads you with debt.
Annually, we distribute about $185 million in financial aid.
From scholarships, to grants, loans and work study, we work with you to structure a package that works with your financial situation.
Want to know more about the kinds of classes you'll be taking? Dive into the websites of ODU's colleges and take a closer look.
you... in da house
Living here is suite. Most of our floor plans are for two to three roommates with a shared bathroom. Rooms have wireless and cable and every floor has a kitchenette. Each residence hall has laundry facilities, study lounges, vending machines and community rooms with big-screen TVs.
If you live on campus, you can count on finding good friends and lots going on!
Campus housing is in high demand so be sure to research your options and submit your housing application as soon as you've been accepted to ODU. Our campus housing website will tell you all you need to know.
You're intrigued. You're wishing there was someone you could ask about specific details, or someone who lives and breathes ODU facts, figures and trivia – like someone who knows what happens on Kaufman Mall during student activity houre and when afternoon classes let out, or someone who can give you an insider's look at everyday life here. That's what we're here for.
As your Admissions Team we're here to answer all your questions. And, if for some unlikely reason you manage to stump us, we'll put you in touch with a person who will answer your question. Come on in, we'd love to meet you!