If you are applying to ODU, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is February 1 and the fee for the application costs $50.
Here is 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%|
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||––|
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 around 92% of early action applicants and 96% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, ODU admitted 6,495 of the 7,23 who applied early action.
➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
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, around 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.
It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
ODU has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. 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 prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.
What does ODU consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
Make sure to check with ODU for more information on admission factors.
To apply to ODU, all applicants must submit the following items. Check 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||√|
|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|
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%.
At Old Dominion University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|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.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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.
ODU considers standardized tests scores during 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.
To be competitive with other ODU applicants, you should aim 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.
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.
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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
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 it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in 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.
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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.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
27 and Above
20 to 27
20 and Less
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.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1220 and Above
1020 to 1220
1020 and Less
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.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
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
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