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Old Dominion University (ODU) is a four-year, public university located in Norfolk, Virginia. ODU is home to over 18,000 undergraduates and nearly 5,000 graduate students. Undergrads can pursue a degree, with options of over 90 bachelor's degree programs that include accounting, cyber security, finance, and philosophy. Students at ODU can thus pursue their passion in the classroom and then build a career that leads to excellence.
Overview of Old Dominion University (ODU)
ODU students do more than expand their minds and career horizons. Once class is out and the papers all submitted, they can enjoy a campus that is full of activities they'll never forget. Many head to the Student Recreation Center where they can engage in fitness classes, racquetball, rock climbing, or a cardio workout. There's also an eight-lane, 25-yard pool for laps and equipment for rent when students need outdoor adventures.
Students who have a competitive urge can find plenty of opportunity with an intramural or club team. Intramural sports include soccer, dodgeball, flag football, and volleyball. Those who yearn to compete against other colleges in the area might prefer a club team. ODU fields club teams in sports such as tennis, rugby, ice hockey, crew, and ultimate frisbee, among others.
|Campus Setting||City: Midsize|
|Student Faculty Ratio||16 : 1|
ODU Acceptance Rate and Admissions
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||February 1|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
ODU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
The cost of a college degree is a big issue these days. However, since Old Dominion University is a public institution, Virginia residents can attend for a lower rate than non-residents. Out-of-state students must pay more for their courses, but that is the norm for public institutions.
The cost of a year's worth of classes, books, and academic fees at ODU comes to a gross price tag of just under $13,000 for Virginia residents, and non-residents pay around $33,000. Once living expenses are tacked on, the gross price tag rises to $29,000 for Virginians and $49,000 for non-residents. Once the financial aid office completes its work, however, the net price comes down considerably.
In fact, the average net cost for a year at ODU, including all living costs, is a mere $17,000. Since net costs are tiered according to the income level of ODU's students, the lower-earning households pay under $14,000 per year, and households that earn over $110,000 still pay less than $23,000, on average.
|Average net price||2020-2021|
|Average Total Aid||$7,702|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||91%|
|Room & Board||$13,480|
- Tuition In-State - $11,220
- Tuition Out-of-State - $31,170
- Books and Supplies - $1,300
- Room & Board - $13,480
- Other - $3,000
Popular Academic Programs at ODU
Old Dominion is one of Virginia's great institutions of higher learning. Degrees from ODU are held in high esteem throughout Virginia and the nation in general. Though there are older universities in Virginia, families have built strong traditions of attending since its founding in 1930. Nevertheless, our research team sought to find support for this reputation by examining such educational statistics as ODU's retention rate and graduation rate, among others.
The retention rate is a statistic that reflects the number of first-time, full-time students who return to the ODU campus for a second year. High retention tends to indicate that students and their families are pleased with the curriculum, faculty, and campus resources in Norfolk. Since ODU posts a retention rate of 72%, it's clear that most students are happy enough to return in following years.
Students then tend to stick around for graduation. The administration reports a somewhat low 49% graduation rate. However, they also report a 28% transfer rate. Given that many transfer students are highly motivated and thus transfer in order to find more or different challenges than are available on the ODU campus, and that their graduation would not be tracked in this school’s graduation rate, one can assume that ODU prepares a majority of its students for graduation, even if they do so from a different institution.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|Health Professions and Related Programs||682 Total Graduates / 19%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||222 Graduates|
|Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other||174 Graduates|
|Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other||125 Graduates|
|Dental Hygiene/Hygienist||74 Graduates|
|Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services||483 Total Graduates / 13%|
|Business Administration and Management, General||147 Graduates|
|Management Information Systems, General||104 Graduates|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||78 Graduates|
|Finance, General||75 Graduates|
|Social Sciences||341 Total Graduates / 9%|
|Sociology, General||61 Graduates|
|Political Science and Government, General||51 Graduates|
|International Relations and Affairs||20 Graduates|
|Psychology||313 Total Graduates / 8%|
|Psychology, General||313 Graduates|
|Education||261 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Physical Education Teaching and Coaching||105 Graduates|
|Elementary Education and Teaching||72 Graduates|
|Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other||53 Graduates|
|Special Education and Teaching, General||27 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||43%|
Outcome & Salary
Students are interested to know how well their degrees will pay off after they graduate from Old Dominion University. And, though there are no guarantees that any degree will yield a job or a particular salary, researchers survey former graduates to gauge their outcomes. Of the top-earning ODU graduates, the computer engineers did the best, reporting a median salary of $96,000. The other top four earning graduates are from various engineering disciplines but the fifth highest earning cohort from ODU are the registered nursing students, who report a median salary of $77,000.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||NA|
|College Grads Average Salary||$72,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||NA|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$720,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||NA|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$69,016|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$650,984|
|20 Year Projected ROI||NA|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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