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Colleges / Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University

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

ODU Student Life

ODU is on a 251-acre campus in the urban setting of Norfolk, Virginia, not far from Virginia Beach.

ODU Student Activities

ODU has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to join – including band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Interested in Greek life? ODU has fraternities and sororities.

ODU has the Asian Pacific American Student Union. In fact, more students participate in the 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, Student Organization Fair and Relay for Life.

Does ODU Offer Student Housing?

This table offers information on housing at ODU.

Housing Options Offered? Details
On-Campus Housing Yes
Guaranteed Housing Yes Guaranteed for freshman
Co-ed Housing Available Yes
Housing for Students with Disabilities Yes
Percentage of Students Living On-Campus –– 22%
Spots Available in On-Campus Housing –– 4,361
Number of Students Living On-Campus –– 4,097
Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus –– 71%

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 2022, 22% of undergrads at ODU lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 71% of students lived off-campus or commuted to ODU. There are 4,361 spots available in on-campus housing for all 18,678 undergraduates. In the 2021-2022 school year, 4,097 students chose to live on-campus. On the weekends, about 22% 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
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Golf NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Soccer NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Swimming And Diving NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Tennis NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Crew Intercollegiate Club Teams NCAA Division 1
Ice Hockey Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Rugby Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Cheerleading Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport
Sailing Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport

Is ODU Safe?

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

74%

Full Time

26%

Part Time

92%

In State

8%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

43%

33%

10%

6%

5%

2%

1%

0.26%

0.24%

Undergraduate Students

18,678

Graduate Students

4,816

Non-Resident / International Students

185

ODU Campus Services

Student Services
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Women's Center
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Veterans Affairs
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Career Planning
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 Alumni Networking
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 ESL
Campus Security
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  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Emergency Phone / Alarm
  • 1E1A89E0-A58D-422D-B45D-7554EC36A535 24-Hour Security Patrol

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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