If you want to apply to ODU, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee is $50.
Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for fee waiver for their application.
|ODU 2021||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.3|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||10%|
|Mean SAT Score||1074|
|Admissions Test Policy||Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||86%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||17%|
Old Dominion University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.
Mark your calendar!
The Early Action deadline is December 1, which is coming up fast! ODU will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.
ODU accepts about 76% of early action applicants and 95% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, ODU admitted 5,622 of the 7,394 who applied early action.
Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.
It is moderately difficult to get into ODU. ODU evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
In 2021, ODU accepted 95% of students, around 13,024 of the 13,651 students who applied.
Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like ODU, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.
Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Geographical Residence||Not Considered|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
|Racial/Ethnic Status||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|State Residency||Not Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
To apply, all applicants to ODU must submit the following items. Double check with ODU's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)||2.7|
|Other Requirements||√||test scores|
|Letter(s) of Recommendation||1|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to ODU have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.
Out of all students that were admitted, 81% submitted a class rank. At ODU 10% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 31% were in the top 25% and 68% were in the top 50%.
Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.
|At Old Dominion University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges|
|3.75 and 3.99||12%|
|3.50 and 3.74||14%|
|3.25 and 3.49||16%|
|3.00 and 3.24||17%|
|2.50 and 2.9||24%|
|2.00 and 2.49||5%|
ODU considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.
ODU is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2021, 86% of ODU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 17% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other ODU applicants, you should strive to earn between 960 and 1170 (or higher!) on the SAT. At ODU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1170 and 25% of scored lower than 960, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a ODU student is 1074.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of ODU students scored 570 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of ODU students scored 600 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.
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To be most competitive at ODU, you should strive to earn between 18 and 25 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for ODU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.
A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for ODU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.
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For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to ODU.
For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is May 1.
Transfer students can enroll in ODU during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term
Can I defer my acceptance to ODU?
Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to ODU.
Does ODU accept transfer credits?
ODU accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. ODU accepts:
Does ODU accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
ODU accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to ODU?
No, ODU is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..
What is ODU's acceptance rate?
ODU's acceptance rate is 95%.
What is the early action acceptance rate at ODU?
The early action acceptance rate at ODU was 76% in 2021.
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How hard is it to get into ODU? ODU is a somewhat selective institution. The ODU acceptance rate is 95%. This means that the institution accepts 95 out of every 100 applicants.
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First-Year Applications are Due
The deadline for Fall first-year applications to ODU is Feb 1.
The deadline for Fall transfer applications to ODU is May 1.
Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs
The median ACT score of an admitted student to ODU is 21. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into ODU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1170 and Above
960 to 1170
960 and Less
The median SAT score for ODU students is 1074. Applicants with SAT scores of 1170 and above have a good chance of being admitted to ODU, while applicants with SAT scores between 960 to 1170 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 960 have a low chance of being offered a spot at ODU.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At ODU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.3. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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