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ODU Student Life

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.

Does ODU Offer Student Housing?

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.

ODU Athletics

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

Safety at ODU

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.

Plan a Visit to ODU

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.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Virginia you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore ODU's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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ODU Students

56%

Women

44%

Men

75%

Full Time

25%

Part Time

92%

In State

8%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

44%

32%

9%

6%

5%

2%

1%

0.29%

0.22%

Undergraduate Students

19,622

Graduate Students

4,664

Non-Resident / International Students

217

ODU Campus Services

Student Services
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Campus Security
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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

24,286

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

95%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$11,160

Out-of-State

$31,320

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

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