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Graduating Student Assessments

Non-academic Requirements

In addition to the academic requirements of the student's degree program, the following non-academic requirements must be satisfied prior to graduation.

Graduate Students - Graduate Assessment

All graduate students must complete an assessment during the semester in which they complete their master's, education specialist (Ed.S.), or doctoral degrees. The Graduate Student Satisfaction Survey was designed to assess students' satisfaction with their graduate program and the University. After applying for graduation, graduate students will be invited to complete their assessment by e-mail to their ODU e-mail address. The e-mail will contain a link to the assessment, enabling them to take it online via the web. May graduates will receive their invitations in February of the spring semester in which they will graduate. August graduates will receive their invitations in June of the summer semester in which they will graduate, and December graduates will receive their invitations in October of the fall semester in which they will graduate.

See the Assessment web site for complete details and instructions on how to complete the assessment.

Need to request an assessment invitation?

Students who need an invitation to complete their Graduate Student Assessment must complete the Assessment Request Form. All requests are processed within one business day, Monday through Friday.

If you have questions regarding the Graduate Student Assessment process or encounter problems, please refer to the FAQs page or contact University Assessment at assess@odu.edu or (757) 683-3322.

Undergraduate Students - Senior Assessment

All graduating seniors must complete the Senior Student Assessment, consisting of either the Senior Student Satisfaction Survey (campus seniors) OR the Distance Learning Program Student Satisfaction Survey (distance learning seniors), during the semester in which they plan to graduate. After applying for graduation, seniors will be invited to complete their senior assessment by e-mail to their ODU student e-mail address. The e-mail will contain a link to the assessment, enabling them to take it online via the web. May graduates will receive their invitations in February of the spring semester in which they will graduate. August graduates will receive their invitations in June of the summer semester in which they will graduate, and December graduates will receive their invitations in October of the fall semester in which they will graduate.

For complete information on the Senior Student Assessment, see the Assessment web site.

Need to request an assessment invitation?

Students who need an invitation to complete their Senior Student Assessment must complete the Assessment Request Form. All requests are processed within one business day, Monday through Friday.

If you have questions regarding the Senior Student Assessment process or encounter problems, please refer to the FAQs page or contact University Assessment at assess@odu.edu or (757) 683-3322. Distance learning students may contact their site director or the Office of Distance Learning at (800) 968-2638.

Writing Proficiency (this policy has changed):

Students in catalogs prior to 2012-2013 may either take the Exit Exam of Writing Proficiency, or satisfy the Writing Requirement with:

  • a C or better (or transfer credit) in ENGL 110C or 126C and
  • a C or better (or transfer credit) in ENGL 111C or 131C or 211C or 221C or 231C and
  • a C or better in the "W" course in the major, which must be taken at ODU

Students admitted prior to 2012-2013 who do not meet the writing requirement with the ENGL and W courses must take and pass the Exit Exam of Writing Proficiency OR repeat the ENGL or W course(s) that do not satisfy the requirement.

Students admitted to the University beginning Fall 2012 do not have the option of taking the Exit Exam and must meet the Writing Requirement with a C or better in the ENGL "C" courses listed above, and a C or better in the "W" course in the major.

To determine whether you meet the Writing Requirement, check your degree evaluation in DegreeWorks. Questions about the Writing Requirement should be directed to graduate@odu.edu.


Assessment results are used to improve student learning and the educational experience at Old Dominion University, and do not become part of students' records.