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Old Dominion University (ODU)

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Description of Old Dominion University (ODU)

  • Year of foundation: 1930
  • Location: Norfolk, Virginia, USA
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students: 25,000 people
  • Age of students: 17+
  • Type of study: State University.

Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Va., Is a dynamic government research institution. It is focused on local education , American and foreign students through high-quality academic programs, strategic partnerships and active participation in social projects. Students can choose from more than 120 undergraduate programs, 130 undergraduate courses, education in the field of education and doctoral studies, as well as a variety of certificate courses and professional development programs. The university invites experts in selected areas, and the award-winning teaching staff brings practical knowledge to classrooms, promotes innovation, and cooperation.

ODU was founded in 1930 as the Norfolk branch of the College of William and Mary, in 1962 it received the status of an independent institution, and in 1969 became a university.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Old Dominion University (ODU)

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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year
All year round
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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Accommodation, meals, prices

ODU offers students different types of accommodation: from traditional dormitories to their own apartments on campus. Life on campus has its advantages: students are involved in various types of activities, have the opportunity to eat on the POD Market between lessons.

The rooms are equipped with heating, air conditioning, desks, beds, dressers, cable TV and Wi-Fi, as well as a laundry in each building.

The school offers accommodation in residences:

  • Whitehurst hall
  • Rogers hall
  • Gresham
  • Virginia house
  • Ireland house
  • France house
  • England house
  • Dominion house
  • Scotland house
  • ODU Inn.

The cost of living in the residence - from $ 2224 / semester.

Students living on campus must choose a meal plan during the application process. The university offers two meal plans:

  • All Access - $ 2649 / semester
  • Block 160 - $ 2389 / semester.

Activities Old Dominion University (ODU)

  • More than 300 student organizations of Old Dominion University allow you to develop additional skills, find like-minded people and friends.
  • On campus there are 17 food service points offering to satisfy the needs and tastes of each student.
  • The campus offers students to participate in various volunteer organizations, volunteer programs. Participation in socially-oriented projects allows us to become successful in many areas, develop leadership qualities, and make ourselves known.
  • Old Dominion offers programs for culture, art, entertainment for all tastes - exhibitions, educational lectures, concerts, performances and films.
  • The student life office outside the ODU campus was created at the initiative of the dean of students to provide guidance, support, and resources for university students.


Old Dominion University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) for the award of bachelor's, master's, doctoral degrees, as well as qualifications of an education specialist. University programs are accredited by specialized and professional accreditation agencies.

The ODU Research Foundation supports and expands the University’s research mission, creating and developing opportunities to increase sponsorship program activities and use research results.

The university has 8 academic colleges:

  • Engineering College of Technology Batten
  • College of Arts and Literature
  • College of Continuing Education and Professional Development
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • Darden College of Education and Professional Studies
  • Perry Honors College
  • College of business.

Students can begin planning their future with comprehensive career development services or pave their own path by contacting Strome Enterprise Center.

Facilities and equipment at Old Dominion University (ODU)

The university has all the necessary equipment for educatioan, research, comfortable and safe stay of students.

The student recreation center is a multi-level fitness and wellness center covering 121,000 square feet. Here are located:

  • Jogging track over sports courts
  • 15,000 square feet of cardio and strength equipment
  • 4 group gyms
  • Indoor pool
  • Outdoor entertainment center with rental, repair of bicycles, cafe Monarch Express.

University libraries provide online research databases, e-books, thousands of online journals and over 3 million items in their physical collections. Students have access to academic counseling, mentoring, and specialized resource centers. The Perry Library provides students with learning space, computing resources, collaboration spaces, and presentation rooms.

Admission dates and extra charges

Tuition fees at Old Dominion for international students:

  • Undergraduate - $ 15,000 / g.
  • Master - 15000 $ / g.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

Admission to the Old Dominion includes the following steps:

  • Filing an application
  • Payment of registration fee - $ 50
  • Granting of documents on completion of full secondary school, university, one or several courses of a higher educational institution (diploma, certificate, transcripts)
  • Confirmation of proficiency in English (TOEFL IBT - from 79, TOEFL on a paper basis - from 550, IELTS - 6.5)
  • Providing results SAT / ACT (optional).

Scholarships Old Dominion University (ODU)

Old Dominion University scholarships are established to recognize outstanding academic excellence and help students achieve their educational goals. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of various criteria: academic performance, capacity, financial need, field of study, participation in a particular program, organization or event. As a rule, recipients score at least 3.5 GPA points.

Selection procedures vary: some scholarships may require a portfolio, audition, or participation in a specific program. First-year students entering are automatically considered for academic scholarships.

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  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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