Old Dominion University.

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University (ODU) is a public research university in Norfolk, Virginia. It was established in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary and is now one of the largest universities in Virginia with an enrollment of 24,176 students for the 2019 academic year. Old Dominion University is also home to over 700 international students from 89 different countries. Its main campus covers over 251 acres (1.02 km2) straddling the city neighborhoods of Larchmont, Highland Park, and Lambert's Point, approximately five miles (8.0 km) from Downtown Norfolk. Old Dominion University is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". According to the National Science Foundation, ODU spent $60.3 million on research and development in 2018. It contributes nearly $2 billion annually in economic impact to the regional economy.The university offers 168 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to over 24,000 students and is one of the nation's largest providers of online distance learning courses. Old Dominion University has approximately 124,000 alumni in all 50 states and 67 countries. Old Dominion University derives its name from one of Virginia's state nicknames, "The Old Dominion", given to the state by King Charles II of England for remaining loyal to the crown during the English Civil War.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 19,364 students
  • 0.18 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available
  • www.odu.edu

Notable programs at Old Dominion University

Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Biology, Ecology, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Management Information Systems, Mathematics, and Applied Mathematics.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

9,566 students out of 11,159 applicants were accepted into Old Dominion University. They had an average SAT score of 1089. 83% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 21% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at Old Dominion University was $27,900, while for in-state students it was $10,050. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $35,562.

The average financial aid at Old Dominion University is $7,882. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $20,018 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at Old Dominion University

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

57% of undergraduate students at Old Dominion University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Old Dominion University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Old Dominion University was of $11,268 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,300.

Diversity at Old Dominion University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017