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Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate95%

ODU Admissions

Old Dominion University is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Old Dominion University is 95%. Last year, 14,435 students applied to Old Dominion University and 13,734 were admitted.

If you want to apply to Old Dominion University, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and the application fee is $50.

Old Dominion University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Old Dominion University's admissions stats.

Old Dominion University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 12%
Mean SAT Score 1175
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 24%
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 2 1

Applying Early to Old Dominion University?

Old Dominion University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is December 1. Old Dominion University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

Old Dominion University accepts around 92% of early action applicants and 95% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Old Dominion University admitted 6,73 of the 7,32 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early in hopes that it will boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

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

More on Old Dominion University Admissions

Is Old Dominion University Challenging To Get Into?

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 2022, ODU accepted 95% of all applicants, around 13,734 from 14,435 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

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Old Dominion University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. 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 on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Old Dominion University

What does Old Dominion University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

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

Make sure to check with Old Dominion University for more information on admission factors.

Old Dominion University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Old Dominion University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Old Dominion University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Other Requirements test scores
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
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 Old Dominion University?

Students admitted to Old Dominion University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 61% submitted a class rank. At Old Dominion University 12% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 35% were in the top 25% and 68% 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 15%
3.75 and 3.99 15%
3.50 and 3.74 15%
3.25 and 3.49 15%
3.00 and 3.24 14%
2.50 and 2.9 23%
2.00 and 2.49 3%

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 Old Dominion University 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

Old Dominion University 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 2022, 24% of Old Dominion University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 3% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Old Dominion University?

To be competitive with other Old Dominion University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1100 and 1240 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Old Dominion University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1240 and 25% of scored lower than 1100, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Old Dominion University student is 1175.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Old Dominion University students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Old Dominion University students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

To be most competitive at Old Dominion University, you should strive to earn between 22 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Old Dominion University'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 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Old Dominion University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

More Information on Transferring to Old Dominion University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Old Dominion University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Old Dominion University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Old Dominion University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Old Dominion University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Old Dominion University.

Does Old Dominion University accept transfer credits?

✅ Old Dominion University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Old Dominion University accepts:

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

Does Old Dominion University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Old Dominion University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Old Dominion University?

❌ No, Old Dominion University is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to include your standardized test scores. 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 Old Dominion University's acceptance rate?

✅ Old Dominion University's acceptance rate is 95%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Old Dominion University?

❌ Old Dominion University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Old Dominion University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Old Dominion University was 92% in 2021.

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ODU Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


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.


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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1100 - 1240


Math SAT Range

530 - 610


Reading SAT Range

560 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1240 and Above


1100 to 1240


1100 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for ODU students is 1175. Applicants with SAT scores of 1240 and above have a good chance of being admitted to ODU, while applicants with SAT scores between 1100 to 1240 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1100 have a low chance of being offered a spot at ODU.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At ODU, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.4. 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

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