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The Foundation House is a unique cooperative living option for nine academically talented female Virginia residents. Residents form a small close-knit community where teamwork and personal development beyond the classroom is valued.

Qualified residents receive a room scholarship which pays for most costs associated with the occupancy, maintenance, and operation of the Foundation House.

  • Applicants must demonstrate high academic promise and financial need and an application is required.
  • Residents are responsible for the cost of a full meal plan and a small semester room fee.

Hall Details

Building Size 9 resident capacity
Location Residences at Colley Bay
Hall Female only within room
Hallways Female only
Room Style 4 Double & 1 single occupancy
Bathrooms 5 shared baths between all residents
Dining Plan Required
Break Housing Not open over break (Thanksgiving, Winter & Spring)

On Campus Address:

Resident's Name
1018 W. 49th Street
Room #
Norfolk, VA 23508

Hall Phone Numbers:

757-683-4284 (Neighborhood Desk)
757-683-3987 (Residence Hall Director)
757-683-4291 (Assistant Hall Director)

Neighborhood Desk Hours:

Residence Hall communities offer 24-hour desk services.

For additional assistance outside the above hours, students should seek assistance at the neighborhood desk located at Rogers Hall

Bedroom Features

  • Adjustable Extra Long Twin Bed (36"x80")
  • Desk
  • Dresser
  • Chair
  • Closet with clothes rod and shelf

Room Layouts

Foundation Flooor Plan

Bathroom Features

Each bathroom is furnished with one toilet and one shower with a shower curtain/rod. Five baths shared between all residents.

Living-Learning Communities

Foundation House is a living learning community with the aim of providing support and mentorship for female students in the Computer Science, Math, Physics, and Engineering fields.

To learn more about these communities, visit the Living-Learning Communities page.


  • 24-hour information desk
  • Secured with ODU ID card access
  • Air-conditioned
  • As a group-living community, residents are expected to fully contribute to the overall management of the Foundation House through the sharing of household tasks, health and safety inspections, program development and house governance.
  • Laundry room
  • Kitchenette
  • Study space & shared lounge
  • Wireless residential community. In lieu of hardwired coaxial cables and ethernet ports, streaming TV service and wireless Internet are available. To use these services, students should verify that their computer is able to connect to WiFi, and that their TV has an HDMI port (a SmartTV is not required).
  • Wireless printing
  • Movie Streaming
  • Vending Machines

How to Apply

Applicants for the Foundation House must complete an application through the Housing Portal on the Living-Learning Communities page, including the requested essays. Applicants are subject to individual interviews (should committee request them). The Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) must be on file with the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Application Deadline follows the same timeline as Living-Learning Communities: Priority Deadline is April 10, 2022.

To apply for consideration, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be female and must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be a resident of Virginia
  • Must be a graduate of a Virginia high school or Virginia community college
  • Must be a full-time student attending ODU
  • Must be an undergraduate student with sophomore year or above ranking who has attended college for a least one year
  • Must demonstrate critical need for financial assistance (based on information provided by the Office of Financial Aid)
  • Must demonstrate academic promise with a university-level 3.0 grade point average or higher
  • Must have a strong desire to work for a college education
  • Students with majors in Computer Science, Math, Physics, and Engineering are preferred

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