Old Dominion University: Narrative Description

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5215 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23529
Tel: (757)683-3000
Free: 800-348-7926
Admissions: (757)683-3648
Fax: (757)683-5357
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.odu.edu/


State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1930. Setting: 188-acre urban campus with easy access to Virginia Beach. Endowment: $108 million. Research spending 2003-04: $34.1 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5639 per student. Total enrollment: 20,595. Faculty: 900 (605 full-time, 295 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 6,113 applied, 72% were admitted. 15% from top 10% of their high school class, 47% from top quarter, 90% from top half. 20 valedictorians. Full-time: 10,235 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 4,182 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 37 states and territories, 79 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 23% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 29% 25 or older, 24% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at 6 members of the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Continuing Higher Education, Academic Common Market. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Required for some: interview. Application deadlines: 3/15, 12/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 1/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $5100 full-time, $170 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,520 full-time, $484 per credit hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $168 full-time, $84 per term part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, and location. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course level, course load, and location. College room and board: $5802. College room only: $3342. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 220 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 7% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Black Student Alliance, Council of International Student Organizations, Student Activities Council, Filipino-American Student Association. Major annual events: Mainstreet, Homecoming, Monarch Spring Fest. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. College housing designed to accommodate 2,380 students; 3,167 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Douglas and Patricia Perry Library plus 3 others with 985,801 books, 1.8 million microform titles, 10,579 serials, 40,628 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $6 million. 800 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Virginia Wesleyan College.

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