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Old Dominion University

Virginia, United States

Est. 1930

About Old Dominion University

This University was founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and now is one of the largest universities in Virginia. In 1962 it became an Independent University. Old Dominion University has the distinction to be classified as a Carnegie Doctoral Research (High) University, whose purpose is to impart the most exemplary quality of undergrad and post graduate education, while raising its status to one of the nation's best public research institutions. Other interesting facts about the college are- Princeton Review rated as ODU the best south-eastern College. Old Dominion University comes under top 100 Graduate School of Education according to the U.S. News & World Report

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Old Dominion University is a public, co-educational research university located in Norfolk, Virginia. Its proximity to the sea provides the perfect location, where the city life meets the sea, enjoying the sunsets are a natural pastime for students here. With its plush garden areas, reflecting pools and immense green lawns that are enclosed by tree-lined walkways, the campus offers a perfect balance of both worlds – a serene and beautiful setting and just minutes away from Hampton Roads' largest cities.


ODU offers a unique experience to its students that spans languages, borders, and time. Diversity in viewpoint is respected. Located on one of the multi-cultural campuses in Virginia, there is an endless and intriguing blend of anecdotes you will hear get to hear, interesting people to meet, and the passions and interests you will be able to share.
There are over 300 student body organizations that you can join, 28 fraternities that you can be a part of and over 14 varieties of dining options.
ODU also boasts of a massive Student Recreation Centre which is located in the middle of the ODU campus. The facility includes- a multi-level fitness centre, an indoor swimming pool, indoor running track, three court gymnasium, multipurpose court, many group exercise studios, cycling studio, some racquetball courts and much more.
For students enjoying outdoor activities -they also have outdoor adventure and rental centre, bike and skate shop and an indoor climbing wall. The college Outdoor Adventure program lets the students to partake in fun adventure activities such as skiing, camping, snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, yoga, rock climbing, hikingand etc.

Residing Options

Moving out and living alone is a huge step for most students. Hence, ODU provides both On Campus and Off Campus housing options to its students. ODU’s Norfolk Campus is located only a few miles from the sandy beach of Virginia Beach. Also located nearby is the historic Williamsburg, which is one of the nation's oldest seaports and one of today's fullest international seaports on the east coast.


As the ODU is situated in Norfolk in Virginia, the place experiences a humid subtropical climate with moderate change in seasons. It experiences warm summers but due to its proximity to The Atlantic Ocean, there is a slight cooling effect in the daytime temperature and a warming effect during nighttimes. Also, the place experiences heavy rainfall and sometimes is subject to tropic thunderstorms. Winters on the other hand, are not so harsh. It snows intermittently in Norfolk and the winter temperatures can dip to slightly above freezing levels.

Faculty and pedagogy

The Old Dominion University has a student-faculty ratio of 20:1. With faculty members from different sections of academics, ODU boasts of a varied staff, with a rich experience in service. The faculty experienced in Business, Management, Marketing, Social Services, Psychology etc, focus on training and development of students. Students can have access to the staff outside the class as well. Faculty members do their best in imparting the best of knowledge and education to their students at ODU.

Financial aid

Over half the students attending ODU get aid through various grants, scholarships or college work study programs.
ODU also provides the option of Re –activation, meant for those students who for some purpose had to leave their education partway, can re-apply to complete their degree.

Jobs and placements

ODU values placements and has allocated The Career Management Centre to do just that. The Career Management Centre is a valuable resource for students looking for placements. It also holds mini seminars to educate students. They also have advisors that help students connecting with potential employers and guide them in the process of getting jobs.


  • Kenneth Lamont "Kent" Bazemore Jr. - a professional NBA basketball player ,The American Atlanta Hawks Team
  • Jay Harris - who is an anchor for ESPN "Sports Enter”.
  • Michael J. Bloomfield - an ex- astronaut and an experienced man of three Space Shuttle missions.
  • Ben Bailey -former host of the TV game show "Cash Cab,"

  • Verdict

    With the amazing facilities offered in this university. If aiming at learning inside classrooms as well as outside them, Old Dominion University should definitely be what you should aim for. With a well-rounded education option it offers much more than knowledge. With enriching memories that can be captured through their various student body groups and amazing Campus life. ODU students are definitely a force to reckon with.

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