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Military Admission

Approximately 25% of ODU students are military affiliated. Our programs help prepare young men and women to be officers in the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

Many high-ranking military service members chose Old Dominion University as their university of choice and credit its innovative academic programs and dedicated faculty as integral to their educational and career successes.

  • Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Bloomfield, USAF ('93, '01H)
  • Rear Admiral Frank M. Dirren Jr., USN ('81)
  • Admiral William J. Fallon, USN ('82)
  • General Benjamin Griffin, USA ('69)
  • Brigadier General Kathleen M. Gainey, USA ('78)
  • Lieutenant General Henry Osman, USMC ('69)
  • Colonel Mary Maniscalco-Theberge, USA ('78)

ODU ROTC Programs

Our ROTC students are leaders in their own corps and battalions, as well as in many other campus organizations. On average, Old Dominion University ROTC students graduate in four years with about 10 more classes than other students.

Active Duty Military, Spouse & Dependent In-State Tuition Benefit

This benefit entitles active duty military, spouses and dependent children to in-state tuition rates upon submission of an application for instate tuition with documentation indicating military orders to a permanent duty station in Virginia and proof of current Virginia residency.

Your domicile status is determined from the Application for In-State Tuition and the documentation you provide.

Questions about domicile determination can be directed to the University Domicile Coordinator, 757-683-4425 or e-mail instate@odu.edu.

Applying for Benefits

Forms and instructions to apply for G.I. Bill benefits.

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From idea to invention. ODU faculty and students are shaping the way we interact with our environment, giving voice to our experience and the way we live in the coming years. With more than 160 programs of mind-expanding study and internships in every imaginable field, what you learn at ODU will prepare you to succeed anywhere. Our philosophy is simple: Knowledge should be productive. Every new mind, every new perspective widens the possibilities. We’re excited to see what you bring!


Transfer students have previously attended a regionally accredited college or university after graduating from high school or receiving a GED. No matter where you began your college career, you are now ready to join the ODU community and experience classes with ODU's world-class faculty on our vibrant metropolitan campus.

Graduate Admission

At ODU, graduate students engage in small classes with dedicated faculty who are professionals in their fields. Each of our graduate programs offer challenging courses as well as excellent research opportunities.

Second Degree

Second degree applicants have already earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and want to pursue an additional bachelor’s degree in a different course of study.

Non-Degree Admission

Old Dominion University offers non-degree admission for visiting students or those interested in receiving a licensure. As a non-degree student, you can further your education without being committed to a degree program.


Whatever the reason, if you had to stop taking classes at ODU and you left in good academic standing, we encourage you to come back and finish your degree. Students who have previously attended ODU and have not taken classes for longer than one year must complete the reactivation process.