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Batten College of Engineering & TechnologyAdmitted Freshman Checklist

Admitted Engineering Freshmen

Welcome to the Batten College of Engineering and Technology! Please use this page as a supplement to your Portal checklist for what you need to do as a newly admitted freshman in the College of Engineering.


Engineering Placement Tests

Engineering students take different placement tests than most ODU students. As you have been admitted to the university and accepted your admissions offer, all placement assessments are understood to fall under the ODU Honor Code and Code of Student Conduct (Section IX, part A).

  1. ALEKS-PPL Math Placement Test: At least one week before Monarch Orientation

    ALEKS Testing Process

    IMPORTANT: If you do not complete the ALEKS-PPL process, you will not be able to register for Math or Engineering courses during your orientation which may delay your graduation.

    1. Register with ALEKS PPL. The registration link is provided in a letter from Kristin Eden (sent once you submitted your deposit). Only sign up for the "Incoming Engineering Freshmen, Spring 2023" ALEKS modules.
    2. Complete the informational questions provided by ALEKS.
    3. Sign up for a proctored exam for ODU Math Placement. (To sign up you must be signed into Google with your ODU email address. You will not have access if you use your personal email address.)
      1. You will take the proctored exam via Zoom.
      2. Do NOT use a calculator. (ODU does not allow calculators in most math courses, if a calculator is needed, ALEKS will provide one).
      3. When taking the exam, you will be required to use your phone with the camera directed at your workspace to ensure you are not using a calculator.
    4. You will receive your test results immediately following your exam. If you would like to retake the test to place into a higher math class, you must wait one week and complete a minimum of eight (8) hours of module work.
      1. Modules are customized off your Test and identify areas you need to work on.
      2. To get the most out of the learning modules, we recommend NOT using a calculator.
      3. After completing 8 hours of module work, sign up for a proctored exam.

    ALEKS Exemptions

    • If you are transferring Calculus, I credits from another 4-year university, or if you are transferring Calculus I and above courses in the math sequence, you do not need to take a math placement test, please be sure those credits are transferred and inform your academic advisor.
    • If you are transferring Algebra or Pre-Calc I credits from another 4-year institution or through Advance Placement/Dual Enrollment we encourage you to complete 20 hours of the ALEKS PPL as it will prepare you for the rigor of the Math courses sequence and as a result you have the chance to place in higher courses in the Math sequence, saving time and money.

  2. Chemistry Placement Test: At least two weeks before Monarch Orientation

    The chemistry placement exam is delivered through Blackboard by ODU's chemistry department. This exam is timed and should be done to the best of your ability.

    Instructions on how to access the Blackboard learning organization to take your chemistry placement exam can be found here.

  3. WSPT: Writing Placement Test: At least two weeks before Monarch Orientation

    Freshmen students without AP, dual enrollment/transfer credit, or CLEP scores satisfying their ENGL110C (English Composition) requirement will need to take the Writing Sample Placement Test.

    More information on the WSPT can be found here.

Summer Freshman Programs

Engineering Early Advantage Program for Women (EEAP)

ODU Engineering's EEAP program in 2020 is a two-week virtual program in the summer funded by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Norfolk Southern, the National Science Foundation, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, and other sponsors. It helps young women entering engineering build a community with one another, participate in engineering activities, and take trips to area industry groups. For Summer 2020, EEAP will run from July 6-18.

EEAP students may also be invited to the summer bridge, and schedules for EEAP and the summer bridge will not conflict with one another. Placements in EEAP are invitation-only and competitive due to the limited seats. All confirmed freshman female engineering students are receiving email invitations containing the EEAP application at this time. Please check your email for the EEAP invitation.

ODU Engineering Summer Bridge

ODU Engineering offers a freshman summer bridge program. The purpose of the Engineering Summer Bridge is to prepare students for the rigors and challenges of their freshman year as an engineering student at ODU.

The ODU Engineering Summer Bridge will be a three-week virtual program starting on July 20 and running until August 8, 2020. The cost for the Engineering Summer Bridge is partially subsidized by ODU Engineering, meaning students and their families will need to pay for part of the program.

Only a small portion of ODU Engineering's incoming freshmen will be invited to apply, based on demonstrated need for this preparation. The Summer Bridge program is designed for students who fall in or near a qualifying ALEKS score for Precalculus/Math 162. Demonstrated need is determined by ALEKS scores, so taking your ALEKS pre-tests at home as soon as possible will increase the likelihood of receiving an invitation.

Seats are limited for the Engineering Summer Bridge. Email invitations will be sent out to all students with a qualifying ALEKS score throughout May, June, and July.

Remote Experience for Young Engineers and Scientists (REYES)

This summer join us virtually at Old Dominion University for an engaging STEM-based summer enrichment program that is free and open to the public.

From June 22 to August 13, 2020, join a select group of high-achieving, motivated and ambitious learners from all over the world for a virtual science and engineering program, Remote Experience for Young Engineers and Scientists (REYES). This program, developed originally with high school and college students in mind, is open to people of all ages.

During this unique 8-week summer experience, ODU will offer an online program filled with STEM classes, guest lectures, activities and opportunities for social engagement. Some of the topics covered in this program will include astronomy, artificial intelligence, solving crimes through entomology, engineering, coronavirus simulation with gaming technologies, psychology, Python coding and more. You have the option to sign up to attend one lecture or the entire summer program.

Faculty at ODU and researchers at NASA, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) and CERN are generously donating their time and expertise so we can offer this program at no cost to you.

Registration for this program is open to anyone. Because some activities are limited in size of attendance, we will grant "live" access to those who register first, and after we reach our capacity, we will share a recorded session with those who were unable to join us live.

Complete your free registration today for one or more REYES sessions!

We look forward to showcasing some of the world's leading scientists and engineers virtually, e-meeting you soon,


Engineering Living and Learning Community

Engineering Living and Learning Community (ELLC)

Students who meet the qualifications for the ELLC should apply for and could be invited to the living and learning community. Engineering students who are accepted for the ELLC will have activities, events, trips, group study sessions, and linked courses. Space is limited in the ELLC and students must meet academic benchmarks to qualify.

Learn more about the ELLC on Housing's website.

General freshman housing is available to all students. You can find more information about applying for housing here.

Academic Documents

You should have had most of your academic records submitted through admissions, but it is good to double-check.

  1. High School Transcripts?

    ODU needs in your official high school transcripts as soon as possible. Contact your high school guidance office for information on printing and sending official transcripts.

  2. SAT/ACT Scores?

    SAT and/or ACT scores are an important piece of information that helps ODU build your profile and history as a student. Follow directions from the College Board (for SAT) and the ACT website to make sure you've sent your scores to ODU.

  3. AP, IB, Transfer, or Dual Enrollment Credit?

    Credit earned in high school can help you get ahead in college. Make sure you have sent ODU any documentation of college credit you have earned for verification with our offices. Dual enrollment and transfer credits will require official transcripts from the credit-awarding institution.

    For more information on the assessment credits and scores honored by Old Dominion University, visit the admissions website.

Monarch Orientation Dates and Information

We will need you to approach Freshmen Monarch Orientation differently as an ODU engineering student.

  1. Make sure that you complete all the placement tests in advance of your Monarch Orientation day

    -Math placement: at least one week before Monarch Orientation

    -Spatial Visualization: at least one week before Monarch Orientation

    -Chemistry: at least two weeks before Monarch Orientation

    -Writing: at least two weeks before Monarch Orientation

  2. Download and read the Engineering Package for Monarch Orientation

    ODU Engineering has a packet of resources for you as a new freshman.

  3. Register for Monarch Orientation.

    Head on over to the Monarch Orientation Office's website to learn more and register.

Freshmen Monarch Orientation Package & Presentation

The Freshmen Monarch Orientation Package & Presentation are currently under revision.

Recommended Technology

PLEASE NOTE ** Apple computers (MacBook, iMac, etc.) are NOT compatible with engineering software.

Recommended Specs for Engineering Programs

Operating System

Latest version of Windows 11


Latest Generation Intel Core Processors (i7 quad-core or higher)



Video Card

Discrete Video Adapter such as the NVIDIA GeForce

Hard Drive

512GB SSD or higher

Wired Internet

Any Ethernet card supporting 10/100/1000 Gbps transfer rates

Wireless Internet

Any Wi-Fi card capable of supporting 802.11ac

Any Additional Questions?


Your freshman advisors will be at freshman Monarch Orientation to help you prepare for classes this fall. However, any urgent questions prior to Monarch Orientation can be answered by calling the Dean's office or by emailing your advisor.

Placement Testing and Summer Programs?

For urgent questions related to engineering-specific placement testing (ALEKS and the Visualization test) and summer programs such as the Engineering Summer Bridge and EEAP, contact Minghui (Hannah) Hou. Questions regarding the WSPT and Chemistry placement tests should be directed to their respective departments.

Want to come see ODU Engineering again?

First Fridays are still open for registration, check out the First Fridays Program page for more information.

You can also contact the ODU Engineering Ambassadors at any time for a personalized tour.

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