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Office ofCommunity Engagement

Mission and Vision


Develop events and outreach opportunities to fulfill the university's community outreach mission by promoting service, partnerships, and expertise that connect the University to our communities for community betterment and mutual success.


Create a culture and spirit of community and civic-mindedness by building on and promoting existing efforts through strategic outreach to community organizations and integration of academic excellence to enhance ODU's role in the Hampton Roads community, the Commonwealth and beyond.

Community: Engaged

About Us

Extending learning and service beyond the University

We develop events and build partnerships that connect the University to the world through expertise and service. Our programs and partnerships bring people together and strengthen the ties between ODU and the communities we serve. In recognition of our work to share knowledge and resources beyond the campus, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has recognized ODU with its selective Community Engagement Classification. We are always on the lookout for new connections and new opportunities for collaboration. Let's talk!

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, describes community engagement as "the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity."

Read more about the Carnegie Foundation recognition.

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Experience Guaranteed

Enhance your college career by gaining relevant experience with the skills and knowledge needed for your future career. Discover our experiential learning opportunities.

Academic Days

Picture yourself in the classroom, speak with professors in your major, and meet current students.

Upcoming Events

From sports games to concerts and lectures, join the ODU community at a variety of campus events.