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Freshman Applicants

Traditional freshman applicants are typically under the age of 21, currently enrolled in high school or have graduated from high school within the past two years. Except for dual enrollment during high school, they have not attended a college or university.


Application Checklist

  1. Online Application

  2. $50 fee (non-refundable)

  3. Official High School Transcript (or GED Transcript)*

    *Official transcripts are defined as those sent directly from the high school or selected electronic service to Old Dominion University. Transcripts emailed from the student to ODU are not acceptable.

  4. SAT/ACT Scores, Self-reported Scores, or Test Optional (see Test Scores section below)

  5. Optional Items: Activity Resume, Letter(s) of Recommendation and/or Personal Statement

Required Credentials

  • Official High School Transcript (or GED Transcript)
  • SAT/ACT Test Scores (Official or Self-reported IF a test was taken), OR Test Optional

Recommended (optional) Items

  • Activity Resume (highly recommened for institutional scholarship consideration)
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement

Test Scores

How to submit official ACT and SAT scores:

Electronically and directly from the testing agency using ODU's CEEB Codes.

  • SAT: The College Examination Entrance Board (CEEB) code is 005126.
  • ACT: The code to report ACT scores is 4347.
  • Directly from your high school counselor on an official high school transcript. Transcripts emailed to ODU by the student are not acceptable.

Self-reporting Test Scores

Students submitting self-reported scores (completed, not estimated ) on their application for admission are required to verify their scores if they are admitted and choose to enroll.

  • Scores must be submitted in the testing section of the application.
  • Self-reported scores provided via email, phone or fax will not be accepted.
  • The Office of Admissions reserves the right to reevaluate an applicant's admission or scholarship decision upon receipt of official test scores.
  • Reevaluation may result in a change of admission or scholarship status.
  • Admitted students who intend to enroll at Old Dominion University must submit official test scores no later than June 1.

Test Optional

ODU's "Test Optional" admission program allows high school students in a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum seeking first-time entry to the university the option to be considered for admission without regard to SAT or ACT results.

  • Test optional applicants with a 3.3 or greater GPA are eligible for merit-based scholarship consideration.
  • Not all applicants may be eligible for test-optional admission, nor does the selection of test-optional guarantee admission to the university.

Admission to a Specific Degree Program

Admission to Old Dominion University does not guarantee admission to a specific degree program. The following programs require an additional application once a student has been admitted to the university:

  • Cytotechnology
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Environmental Health
  • Medical Technology
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Nursing
  • Ophthalmic Technology

AP, IB, and Cambridge Credit

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge Advanced A/AS exams are a great way to earn college credit in high school. Send your scores to ODU through the College Board using the CEEB code: 005126. Freshman applicants may also have scores indicated on their high school transcript.

Transcripts

  • If you choose an electronic transcript service, transcripts should be emailed to admissions@odu.edu
  • If you choose to mail credentials* to our office, each set of official transcripts must be kept in its original sealed envelope, then placed in a new, larger envelope, and mailed to ODU. Opened transcripts are considered unofficial and cannot be used in the application process.
    • In order to correctly match credentials to applications, please list your complete legal name and date of birth on all documents.

* Sealed transcripts placed in a new, larger envelope may be mailed to:

Old Dominion University
1004 Alfred B. Rollins Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529

Deadlines


Fall Admission Early Action December 1
Regular Decision February 1 (rolling)
Spring Admission Regular Decision October 1

Applications received after the published deadlines will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

First-year Student Scholarship Information

Merit-based Scholarships

First-year applicants who apply with or without submitting test scores are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. The awards are based on academic performance, managed by the Office of Admissions, and recipients are notified at the time of admission to the University.

Other Awards

Institutional and Endowed Scholarships, awarded by the Office of Financial Aid, are based on an applicant selecting "Yes" on the institutional question of the admission application and choosing from the appropriate categories. Alternatively, a student's co-curricular experiences or involvements typically noted on an Activity Resume can be emailed to FinAidScholars@odu.edu, notifying the Office of Student Financial Aid of eligibility that may be considered.



Non-Traditional Freshman

Non-traditional freshman applicants are defined as students who graduated from high school, or received a GED, more than two years ago and never enrolled at a regionally accredited college or university.

Application Checklist

  1. Online Application

  2. $50 fee (non-refundable)

  3. Official High School Transcript (or GED Transcript)*

    *Official transcripts are defined as those sent directly from the high school or selected electronic service to Old Dominion University. Transcripts emailed from the student to ODU are not acceptable.

  4. SAT/ACT Scores, Self-reported Scores IF completion of high school was within the past three years.

Required Credentials

  • Official High School Transcript (or GED Transcript)
  • SAT/ACT Test Scores IF completion of high school was within the past three years.


Transfer and Second Degree Applicants

Transfer applicants are defined as students who, following completion of high school, attended (or are attending) a college or university (not Old Dominion University) prior to their intended term of enrollment at ODU. Second degree applicants have earned at least one undergraduate degree and are seeking to earn another undergraduate degree.

Application Checklist

  1. Online Application

  2. $50 fee (non-refundable)

  3. Official College Transcript(s) (from ALL previously attended institutions)*

    *Official transcripts are defined as those sent directly from the institution or selected electronic service (i.e. Parchment) to Old Dominion University. Transcripts emailed from the student to ODU are not acceptable.

    • If you choose an electronic transcript service, transcripts should be emailed to admissions@odu.edu
    • If you choose to mail credentials* to our office, each set of official transcripts must be kept in its original sealed envelope, then placed in a new, larger envelope, and mailed to ODU. Opened transcripts are considered unofficial and cannot be used in the application process.
      • In order to correctly match credentials to applications, please list your complete legal name and date of birth on all documents.
  4. Official High School Transcript (if earning and transferring with less than 24 college credits)

  5. Official SAT/ACT Scores (if less than two years since high school graduation)


All documents submitted during the application process become the property of Old Dominion University and cannot be returned.


Military Applicants

Old Dominion University, a military friendly institution ranked the top "Best for Vets" school in Virginia by Military Times, has been named a "Military Friendly School" 8 years in a row by G.I. Jobs Magazine. A quarter of the ODU student body is affiliated with the U.S. military. We provide the tools and resources necessary to help our military Monarchs succeed.

Deadlines


Fall Admission August 1
Spring Admission
October 1
Summer Admission
March 15

Applications received after the deadline will still be evaluated and applicants will be notified on a rolling basis.

Credit Transfer

Course-by-Course Evaluation

Use our transfer tool to compare course-by-course equivalency.

Mobility Pass

Mobility Pass is a unique transfer partnership program for select freshman applicants to Old Dominion University. These applicants, who may not be ready to begin at ODU as freshmen, are encouraged to enroll in classes at one of the following partnering community colleges.

Guarantee Admissions Agreement (GAA)

The Guaranteed Admission Agreement is intended to ease the transfer process between the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and Old Dominion University (ODU).



Non-Degree Applicants

Nondegree entry is available to applicants not seeking admission to a degree program but who wish to enroll in course work at Old Dominion University. Nondegree applicants must complete and submit an online application for admission to enroll in any courses.

Eligibility

  • Visiting students - those taking course work at Old Dominion University with the intention of transferring the course credit to their home degree-granting institution.
  • Certificate program students - individuals expanding their academic background or seeking teacher certification. For information related to registering for a certificate program, please contact the academic department directly. Financial aid is not available for nondegree students, except those in approved teacher certification programs.
  • Adult learners - students taking courses for personal and/or academic growth.
  • Gifted High School Scholars - high school students with exceptional academic abilities may take classes before completing the full program of high school studies. Students must submit scores from the SAT and/or ACT along with their high school transcript. Additionally, a letter must be submitted from the high school principal supporting the student's request for early enrollment into college-level courses. (permission from the high school principal and parent/or legal guardian is required).

Restrictions

  • Students who are under academic suspension from Old Dominion University or any other institution are not eligible to enter as a non-degree student.
  • Traditional freshman applicants who were denied admission to Old Dominion University are not eligible for non-degree admission without a change from the original application type.

Application Checklist

  1. Online Application

  2. $50 fee (non-refundable)

  3. Gifted Student Requirements

    • High School Transcript
    • SAT/ACT Scores
    • Recommendation letter from the high school principal supporting the student's request for early enrollment into college-level courses.


Returning Students

Continuing applicants (students seeking reactivation) are defined as degree-seeking students who previously attended Old Dominion University and voluntarily separated from the university for more than a year while in good academic standing. Learn More

Eligibility

  • Reactivation is required for students who have been separated from ODU for more than one full academic year.
  • Reactivation is NOT for students who left the university because of academic suspension, non-degree students, international students, or students who last attended before the year 2000.
  • All undergraduate students who reactivate must return to their original academic program of study, and will maintain their online or on-campus designation. Changes can be made to both program and designation after reactivation.

Checklist

  1. Online Reactivation Application

  2. If you are currently enrolled at another college or university, remember to have your final transcript sent to us as soon as possible. Or, if it has been more than five years since you last attended ODU, you must submit official transcripts from every institution you have attended. Electronic submission via a service such as Parchment is preferred.

  3. If you choose to mail credentials to our office, each set of official transcripts must be kept in its original sealed envelope, then placed in a new, larger envelope, and mailed to ODU. Opened transcripts are considered unofficial and cannot be used in the application process.

    Sealed transcripts placed in a new, larger envelope may be mailed to: Old Dominion University, Office of Admissions, 1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529

  4. In order to correctly match credentials to applications, please list your complete legal name and date of birth on all documents.

Readmission following Academic Suspension

Students may apply for re-admission through the Office of Academic Continuance following the completion of the suspension period. All readmitted students are required to attend the Academic Continuance Experience for Success (ACES) workshop before the beginning of the semester of readmission.


 Cost & Aid


2021 Estimated Undergraduate Tuition

In-State

On-Campus $24,228
Off-Campus $11,240

Out-of-State

On-Campus $44,388
Off-Campus $31,400


*Estimate based on 30 credit hours (15 per semester) plus fees and average double occupancy rate for housing in the Quad including the mandatory Weekly 21 Meal Plan for first-year students.


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 Ways to Save

There are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial Aid



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