#12 Best Public Universities in Virginia

Old Dominion University

Norfolk, Virginia

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Old Dominion University overview
Location Norfolk, Virginia
Online odu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Old Dominion University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Old Dominion University, situated in Norfolk, Virginia, offers a diverse and comprehensive educational environment. Established in 1930 as a division of the College of William and Mary, it gained independence in 1962 and now operates as a public research institution. The campus boasts a suburban setting just a short distance from the Chesapeake Bay and within close proximity to the cultural and economic opportunities of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. Architecturally, the campus features a blend of modern and historic buildings, with amenities such as the state-of-the-art Perry Library. Old Dominion provides a range of undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs, with a significant emphasis on research and innovation. Known for its strength in fields such as engineering, business, and oceanography, the university caters to a variety of academic interests. The institution maintains a moderate level of application selectivity. Residential life is an integral part of the university with a variety of housing options available to students, including several residence halls and apartment-style living arrangements. Old Dominion University's athletic teams, known as the Monarchs, compete in the NCAA Division I Conference USA, with its men's and women's basketball programs receiving notable recognition.

In the most recent statistical year 14,435 prospective students applied, and 13,734 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 3,084 enrolled in the school.  15,582 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 7,525 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,239 plus fees of $3,981. Old Dominion is ranked 624 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Old Dominion is rated within the lower 48% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Old Dominion University overview
SAT 1090/1250
ACT 22/27
GPA 3.3

Applications Accepted

Old Dominion University overview
Applications Due Feb 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

Virginia Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Old Dominion University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$3,981
Room and Board $13,480
Budget for Other Expenses$3,000
Total One Year Cost$29,000

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Old Dominion University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$3,981
Room and Board $13,480
Budget for Other Expenses$3,000
Total One Year Cost$48,425

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$47,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

50% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Old Dominion University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 19%
Health Professions 15%
Social Sciences 12%
English and Literature 8%
General Studies 7%

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