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Colleges / Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate96%
Acceptance Rate96%

ODU Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to ODU, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is February 1 and the fee for the application is $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools offer free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for an application fee waiver.

ODU Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of ODU's admissions stats.

ODU 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 10%
Mean SAT Score 1120
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 22%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 3%
Waitlist Yes

Old Dominion University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Old Dominion University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes December 1 January 15
Regular Decision Yes February 1 ––

Want to Apply Early to ODU?


ODU does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

The Early Action deadline is December 1. ODU will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

ODU accepts approximately 92% of early action applicants and 96% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, ODU admitted 6,495 of the 7,23 who applied early action.

➡️ See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.


More on Old Dominion University Admissions


How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to ODU?

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 96% of students, approximately 13,074 from 13,586 applicants.

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.

Transferring to Old Dominion University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to ODU

What's Most Important for Getting Into ODU?

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 in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at ODU

Wondering what factors are considered by ODU during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Volunteer Work Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered
Talent/Ability Considered

Make sure to check with ODU for more information on admission factors.

ODU 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to ODU, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in 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
Interview
Other Requirements test scores
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.7

GPA and Testing


What GPA Do I Need To Get Into ODU?

Students admitted to ODU have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3.

Out of all students that were admitted, 79% submitted a class rank. At ODU 10% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 32% were in the top 25% and 63% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Old Dominion University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 13%
3.75 and 3.99 13%
3.50 and 3.74 13%
3.25 and 3.49 15%
3.00 and 3.24 15%
2.50 and 2.9 25%
2.00 and 2.49 6%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to ODU directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

ODU considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

ODU is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 22% of ODU's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 3% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for ODU?

To be competitive with other ODU applicants, you should strive to score between 1020 and 1220 (or higher!) on the SAT. At ODU 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1220 and 25% of scored lower than 1020, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a ODU student is 1120.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of ODU students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of ODU students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for ODU?

To be most competitive at ODU, you should strive to earn between 20 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for ODU's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for ODU students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Old Dominion University

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 August 1.

Transfer students can enroll in ODU during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term


ODU Admissions FAQs


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:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit

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 you can choose if you want to to include your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is ODU's acceptance rate?

✅ ODU has an acceptance rate of 96%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at ODU?

❌ ODU does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at ODU?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at ODU was 92% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About ODU?

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ODU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

96%

How hard is it to get into ODU? ODU is a somewhat selective institution. The ODU acceptance rate is 96%. This means that the institution accepts 96 out of every 100 applicants.

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ODU Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to ODU is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to ODU is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

ODU ACT Scores

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ACT Range

20 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above

Good

20 to 27

Avg

20 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to ODU is 23. Students with an ACT score of 27 and above have a good chance of getting into ODU. Students with an ACT score that falls between 20 and 27 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 20 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

ODU SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1020 - 1220

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Math SAT Range

500 - 600

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Reading SAT Range

520 - 620

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1220 and Above

Good

1020 to 1220

Avg

1020 and Less

Low

SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for ODU students is 1120. Applicants with SAT scores of 1220 and above have a good chance of being admitted to ODU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1020 to 1220 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1020 have a low chance of being offered a spot at ODU.

ODU GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.3

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

23,494

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

96%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$11,160

Out-of-State

$31,320

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Feb 1
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