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Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a dynamic public research institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth, the nation and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships and active civic engagement.

Designated a R1 Research Institution

– Carnegie

A Best National University

– U.S. News & World Report

ODU History


Norfolk Division of The College of William & Mary


Independent Institution


University Status


ODU Student Branded Web Images


Campus Acres


Campus Buildings


Student groups, clubs and organizations

ODU Regional Centers map


Extended Higher Education Centers

ODU Factbook

University Libraries

The University Libraries provide online research databases, e-books, thousands of online journals and more than 3 million items in its physical collections.








600 international students from 99 countries


Military affiliated students


ODU is ranked the top "Best for Vets" among public higher ed in Virginia.

- Military Times

ODU is a "Military Friendly School"

- G.I. Jobs Magazine





Home States and Puerto Rico, Guam & United States Virgin Islands


Home Countries


graduates employed or in graduate school six months after graduation

Faculty & Staff

President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.

President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.

16 - 1

Student-to-Faculty Ratio




Administrators & Professional Faculty


Classified Employees


Part Time employees


ODU has 7 academic colleges and 3 schools.

Degree Programs

More than 175 programs available on-campus.


Bachelor's Degrees


Master's Degrees


Doctoral Degrees


Educational Specialist Degrees

Distance Learning

More than 120 programs available online through ODUOnline.



Total Research & Development Expenditures in FY 2021

$51.6 M

New Research Funding Awarded In FY 2021

Economic Outreach

$2.6 B

Contributes in GDP annually to Virginia's economy

Economic Impact: Business and research initiatives contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia's economy. The Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship serves as a thought leader, convener and catalyst for initiatives throughout Virginia. It provides a streamlined entry point to the intellectual capital, innovative technologies and world-class infrastructure of the University.


Sun Belt

ODU is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference

Football, Men's & Women's Soccer, Men's & Women's Basketball, Men's & Women's Golf, Men's & Women's Tennis, Baseball, Women's Volleyball

Big East

ODU Field Hockey is a member of Big East Conference


ODU women’s rowing and lacrosse are members of the American Athletic Conference


ODU Swimming is a member of the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association


ODU sailing is a member of the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association

Tuition Rates (2020-2021)


per credit hour (in-state undergraduate)


per credit hour (out-of-state undergraduate)


per credit hour (in-state graduate)


per credit hour (out-of-state graduate)


Old Dominion University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Old Dominion University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Old Dominion University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website.

The University's programs are also accredited by numerous specialized and professional accrediting agencies.

Diversity at ODU

ODU has a time-honored tradition of providing a diverse and welcoming community where we learn from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. As a close campus and caring community, we demonstrate understanding and respect for each other. This has defined ODU for many decades, and it will continue as we move forward.


Students come from underrepresented ethnic groups


First-time minority students graduate from ODU within 6 years


First-time, full-time African American students, Fall 2021


Minority faculty at ODU

Social Mobility

The Center for Social Mobility at ODU is an innovation center providing information and best practices to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, and parents to support the social mobility of all students. The Center is at the forefront of higher education social mobility issues and focuses on approaches institutions can take to support students and address systems that may promote social mobility. ODU is in the top 15% of schools in the country on CollegeNET's Social Mobility Index (SMI). Learn more.

Rankings and Honors

A "Best National University"

- U.S News & World Report

Among "America's Top Colleges"

- Forbes

3rd largest percentage of degrees awarded in STEM-H fields among Virginia doctoral universities

Named a Top 15 University in the Nation for African American Student Success

- Education Trust

ODU is ranked the top "Best for Vets" among public higher ed in Virginia.

- Military Times

Designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Fundamental for 2019-2024 by the National Security Agency (NSA)

Awarded Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement as being one of the nation's leaders in engagement and outreach (2020)

Ranked in the top 65 globally and the top 5 in the nation for reducing inequality

- Times Higher Education World University Rankings

2021: Collegefactual.com rankings

  • Best for the Money Virginia (undergraduate)
  • Overall Diversity
  • Overall Non-traditional Students
  • Overall Veterans

2021: U.S. News Best Online Programs

  • Bachelor's Programs
  • Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • Graduate Education Programs
  • Graduate Engineering
  • Graduate Nursing Programs
  • MBA Programs

2022: U.S. News Top Tier Institution

  • Top performer on social mobility

2022: U.S. News Best Graduate Schools

  • 8 programs ranked in the Top 100 Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report
  • Earned 22 Rankings in Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News & World Report
  • 5 graduate programs ranked Best Online Programs by U.S. News & World Report


  • Best Accredited Online Colleges and Universities


  • Best Online Colleges and Universities


  • Top Online Colleges in Virginia

Updated August 2022

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