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Brand Description (68 words)

Old Dominion University is the residential research university in Norfolk Virginia for high-achieving students who want rigorous academics and an energized metropolitan lifestyle. With 24,000 undergraduates and graduate students from around the world, the campus is a rich, creative fusion of nationalities, cultures, interests, viewpoints, and life experiences. ODU's dynamic campus, its forward-focused attitude, and entrepreneurial mindset bring the concept of "idea fusion" to life and to learning.

1. Nationally recognized faculty with real-world expertise

  • ODU professors are masters in their fields, recognized by peers, businesses, associations, and industries around the globe.
  • Our professors combine outstanding academic credentials with real-world experience: pioneering authors and creators, cutting edge thinkers and doers, savvy business leaders.
  • You get the newest knowledge, professional know-how, and the inside story.
  • From idea to innovation to invention, students and faculty work together to shape the way we interact with the world and to give voice to the human experience.

Proof Points

  • 26 ODU professors have won the Outstanding Faculty Award for innovative classroom teaching from the Virginia Council of Higher Education
  • Dr. Stacy Ringleb, assistant professor in engineering, works on a $1 million modeling and simulation grant to help the U.S. Navy understand the effects of physical training on mission readiness.

2. Research & collaboration with business, industry and community partners

  • Extensive collaboration with business, industry, organizations, and government agencies means the options for live-action-learning grow 1,000%.
  • Because of wide-ranging partnerships, have hundreds of venues for student career-related learning, performance, and artistic expression to choose from.
  • The academic benefits of a doctoral research university are pretty intense, and it's not unusual to see outside experts, CEOs, and leading problem solvers as classroom visitors.
  • External partnerships provide students with networking opportunities to lock in connections that are invaluable after graduation.

Proof Points

  • We place students in over 5,600 career-enhancing opportunities each year.
  • Recent visiting lecturers include top execs from the Federal Reserve, Toyota, Homeland Security, U.S. Navy, Sentara Healthcare and NATO.

3. A community with a rich mix of nationalities, cultures & life experiences

  • ODU is part of the cultural and commercial crossroads of Norfolk, so learning and living is a rich fusion of nationalities, languages, ages, viewpoints, and life experiences.
  • When ideas and cultures converge, you make unexpected connections.
  • ODU is the best of the best: a campus flowing with energy and vitality combined with an opportunity-rich city right outside the door.
  • The ODU experience prepares you to excel in the world, anywhere in the world.
  • Monarch Madness is a serious passion - more so now that big-time football is back.

Proof Points

  • ODU is home to 26 Greek organizations and 17 honor societies.
  • With 300 different student clubs and organizations, there's something for everyone.
  • The Village is ODU's own campus neighborhood that combines offices, apartments, classrooms, restaurants, shops, and cafés.

4. Innovative, engaging, and relevant learning opportunities

  • Our trademark is live-action-learning - equal parts thought and action, knowledge and skill.
  • Education here gets you involved and engaged both in the classroom and outside it.
  • Live-action-learning comes in many forms: Internships, co-ops, student research, service learning, clinical training and fieldwork.
  • Our hands-on learning style gives you opportunities to challenge yourself and gain leadership experience in a thousand different ways.

Proof Points

  • The Learning Commons is an innovative learning center with high-tech equipment, online aids, and people who know their business.
  • ODU is the only doctoral university in the nation that guarantees every student practical career-related experience within their major - and for credit.
  • With 154 different areas of study available at seven different colleges, you're sure to find the career path you're looking for.