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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C
Old Dominion is an above-average public university located in Norfolk, Virginia. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 15,036 undergraduate students. The Old Dominion acceptance rate is 86%. Popular majors include Psychology, Nursing, and Criminology. Graduating 54% of students, Old Dominion alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,500.
About Old Dominion University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Conference USA
Address
5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529
Website
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Old Dominion University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
86%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
980-1200
ACT Range
18-25
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$15,213/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,270/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
92%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
70%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.251 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.299 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.299 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
15,036Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
4,504
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
43%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 216 responses
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  • Diverse
    38%
  • Anywhere from independent to diverse.
    25%
  • Driven
    16%
  • Average
    11%
  • Broke
    6%
  • Outgoing
    2%
  • Non-Independent
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.345 responses
Poll
71%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.407 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 240 responses
Report
  • Diverse
    56%
  • Something for everyone
    21%
  • Diverse and something for everyone
    8%
  • Great quality, lower cost
    3%
  • Meh.
    3%
  • Transitional
    3%
  • Building blocks
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
54%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.197 responses
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Old Dominion University Reviews

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I like the convenient location of the school. It is less than 45 mins from my house, so I can commute easily. The majority of the Professors are excellent lecturers, available for one-on-one contact and caring teachers. The counselors and student assistance/ aid staff are very helpful and knowledgeable about the university's policies and resources.

My chief complaint is about the computers. The network and infrastructure are fine, but most of the computers are old and slow. Most of the time I bring my own laptop to work on unless I need to access the library printers.

ODU is built so that you can walk from almost anywhere to almost anywhere in ten minutes. It's very helpful when classes are scheduled very closely in different buildings.

Last but not least, the student orgs are engaging, numerous and diverse. I even helped start one! I would tell you more, but I will let you make your own decisions about them when you come to Preview!

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A very beautiful campus! Extremely clean, positive and warming social experience. The way the classes were set up were nice, neat an made it easy for students to stay focused and determined to learn. Old Dominion has a great history and diverse culture which brings in a lot of free thinkers so everyone has an open opinion . On the other hand I feel like there could be more events that could bring the diversity to the forefront and encourage people to come out their comfort zones an be open to trying new things. Other than that Old Dominion is a wonderful university an I would love to be a student one day.
My experience at ODU so far has been the best so far! The community there has been super friendly and open with having plenty of opportunities for new and old students to connect and meet new people. There is almost never a quiet day on campus since there are plenty of things for students to do and there are frequent events. The teachers there are always supportive, fun, and want you to learn the content being taught and excel in it. The advisors care for the academic and career success of their students and are always a friendly face to see every semester. ODU has quickly become a home for thousands of students especially mine and is always a great place to come back to!