Preparing to Join the ODU Community
Your commitment to learning has been rewarded with admission into Old Dominion University. Now is the time to start planning and making arrangements for an exciting experience.
Learn your UIN
The first thing you should do is become familiar with your University Identification Number (UIN).
It is important to know this number because you will use it often for enrollment, class registration, payments and other student activities.
Memorizing this number will make your transition to college much easier.
Respond to offer of admission
Approximately two weeks after you have been admitted you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org where you can respond with your decision regarding admission to ODU. If you missed the notice, please send an email to email@example.com to have it resent to you.
Contact Your GPD
Contact the Graduate Program Director for your program of study.
Find your study break and home near campus using our Off-Campus Housing resource.
Register for Class
Review the Academic Calendar.
University Honor Code
Activate MIDAS ID & ODU Email Account
Now that you have been admitted, you need to activate your ODU MIDAS ID and your ODU email account. Your ODU MIDAS ID account coordinates identity and password management for the entire university and important communication will only be sent to your ODU email account.
Watch a tutorial video to assist you with activating your ODU MIDAS ID.
- Go to https://midas.odu.edu/ and Click Create MIDAS ID.
- Proceed as instructed using your University Identification Number (UIN) for your User ID. This process also activates your email.
- Make sure to write down your ODU MIDAS ID.
- Once your email is activated, visit http://monarchs.odu.edu.
- Enter your newly created ODU MIDAS ID and password
- You can access your student email through the myODU portal using your ODU MIDAS ID and password.
Submit Health History Form
Complete and submit the required student health forms to Student Health Services by August 1 for the fall semester and January 2 for the spring semester.
Submit the FAFSA
In order to be considered for federal financial aid and scholarships, you must complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The priority deadline for the FAFSA is February 15.
Old Dominion University's FAFSA code is 003728
If you have any financial aid questions, please contact the Student Financial Aid office.
Notify the Financial Aid Office if you are receiving any outside agency scholarships, grants or loans.
Graduate Awards & Assistantships
The Office of Graduate Studies coordinates the selection process for all graduate awards. The graduate program director in the student's declared major is the key person for making the nomination to the vice provost of graduate studies for all graduate awards, unless another contact person or application is indicated below. For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies.
Teaching and research assistantships are available to full-time graduate students who meet the requirements listed under the Graduate Assistantship Guidelines. Stipends vary by program and college. Additional information is available from the Office of Graduate Studies.
Read more information from the Graduate Catalog.
If you are a main campus student, books can be purchased from the University Bookstore.
If you are a student at an ODU Higher Education Center, your books will be available for purchase at the Center several weeks before classes begin.
If you are a distance student, you will order your books from ODU Express.
Submit Final Official Transcript
Make sure to submit your final official transcript(s) which reflects your completed academic term(s). Missing final transcripts may result in a withdrawl of the offer of admission. If you have submitted official transcripts for course equivalency consideration, visit Leo Online to view the completed evaluation. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing and posting of credit.