ODU is on a 251-acre campus in an urban setting in Norfolk, Virginia, not far from Virginia Beach. There are many activities and organizations for ODU students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
ODU also has fraternities and sororities.
ODU has a thriving Asian Pacific American Student Union. In fact, more students participate in Asian Pacific American Student Union than any other on-campus activity.
Other popular student organizations at ODU include Student Government Association, Student Veterans Association, Colleges Against Cancer and Student Activities Council.
The ODU community comes together each year for Homecoming, Fall Involvement Fair and Relay for Life.
ODU offers housing for students. Students are not required to live on campus. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.
Most ODU students live off campus. In 2021, 16% of undergrads at ODU lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 84% of students lived off-campus or commuted to ODU. There are 4,873 spots available in on-campus housing for all 19,622 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 3,002 students chose to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 16% students stay on-campus. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.
ODU offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.
At ODU there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.
Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.
Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.
Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.
Let's take a look at the athletic options available at ODU:
|Sport||Men's Intramural||Women's Intramural||Men's Division||Women's Division||Men's Scholarships||Women's Scholarships|
|Swimming And Diving||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Tennis||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Crew||Intercollegiate Club Teams||NCAA Division 1||√|
|Equestrian Sports||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Ice Hockey||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Lacrosse||Intercollegiate Club Teams||NCAA Division 1||√|
|Rugby||Intercollegiate Club Teams||Intercollegiate Club Teams|
|Cheerleading||Intercollegiate Sport||Intercollegiate Sport||√||√|
|Sailing||Intercollegiate Sport||Intercollegiate Sport|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Golf||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Soccer||√||√||NCAA Division 1||NCAA Division 1||√||√|
|Volleyball||√||√||Intercollegiate Club Teams||NCAA Division 1||√|
College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.
Old Dominion University is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The ODU campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.
ODU offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.
Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit ODU, take Interstate 64 and Interstate 264 to Norfolk, VA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Norfolk International airport.
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