Old Dominion University
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Old Dominion University
Old Dominion University (ODU) was founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and became an independent public institution in 1962. Old Dominion University is a state-assisted doctoral researchextensive institution that embraces diversity and has a global perspective on higher education. Old Dominion enrolls about 21,000 students (13,900 of whom are undergraduates), who hail from all fifty states and U.S. territories as well as 108 countries. Old Dominion offers sixty-six bachelor's degree programs, sixty-seven master's degree programs, and twenty-three doctoral degree programs and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Each degree program is housed within one of the University's six colleges: Education, Engineering and Technology, Arts and Letters, Business and Public Administration, Health Sciences, and Sciences. Through the Career Advantage Program, ODU is the only doctoral-degree-granting university in the United States to guarantee each of its students an internship in their field of study.
Old Dominion University is located on 188 acres in a residential section of Norfolk, one of the five cities that comprise what is known as Hampton Roads, Virginia's most populated region, at approximately 1.5 million. Norfolk is well known as a major cultural center for its abundance of museums, historic sites, sporting venues, festivals, concerts, shops, and restaurants. Norfolk is ideally situated, as the Virginia Beach oceanfront is within a 20-minute drive and historic Williamsburg is within a 40-minute drive.
Old Dominion provides each student with a broad, liberal arts core curriculum that ensures the students have a well-rounded foundation before they move into their upper-level classes within their chosen majors. Old Dominion runs on a traditional semester calendar, with numerous summer sessions. The Honors College is open to exceptional students from all majors, and accepted students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in their course work. With some of the largest military installations in the United States located in the region, Old Dominion is a prime choice for students interested in an Army or Navy ROTC program.
ODU also offers various accelerated programs in which students can attain both a bachelor's and master's degree in a condensed period of time. Students may choose from the following programs: B.A./M.A. applied linguistics; B.A./M.A. English; B.A./M.A. history; B.A./M.A. international studies; B.A. or B.S. communication/M.A. humanities; B.A. or B.S. individualized interdisciplinary studies/M.A. humanities; B.A. or B.S. women's studies/M.A. humanities; B.S./M.S. engineering; B.S./Ph.D. engineering, B.A. or B.S./M.B.A. (business administration); B.S. dental hygiene/M.S. dental hygiene; B.S.N. postlicensure/M.S.N. (nursing); B.S. health sciences/M.S. community health; bachelor's/M.S. programs in biology, chemistry, and oceanography; and a bachelor's to M.D. program (with Eastern Virginia Medical School).
Old Dominion University offers regular degree programs at numerous locations away from its Norfolk campus. In Virginia, students may attend classes at the Peninsula Higher Education Center in Hampton, the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center, the Northern Virginia Center in Sterling, and the Tri-Cities Center in Portsmouth. Old Dominion offers regular degree programs to students in every region of the commonwealth and to students in various states across the U.S. via TELETECHNET distance learning. Students may take classes that are broadcast from the ODU Norfolk campus to locations in their respective communities (often a local community college). Currently, Old Dominion broadcasts to distance learning sites at all community colleges in Virginia and to sites in Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington State, and Indiana. In addition, Old Dominion offers classes streamed in real time, over the Internet, so students can take classes from their home computers.
The number of faculty members at Old Dominion totals 931, of whom 603 are full-time. The student-faculty ratio is 16:1, and 85 percent of the faculty members have attained the terminal degree in their field. The average class size is 25. Old Dominion faculty members are largely responsible for the $50 million in research grants that the University receives each year. All faculty members are required to keep office hours, which makes professors readily available to meet out-of-class student needs. Faculty members also serve as academic advisers and as supervisors of independent study programs, and they often counsel students in their educational and professional endeavors.
The College of Arts and Letters confers B.A. and B.S. degrees for students in the following majors: acting; art education; art history; art studio; communication; criminal justice; English (creative writing, journalism, linguistics, literature, professional writing, teacher preparation); fine arts (drawing and design, fibers, graphic design, metalsmithing and sculpture, painting, print and photo media, teacher preparation); foreign languages (French, German, Spanish, teacher preparation); geography; geography, teacher preparation; history; history, teacher preparation; interdisciplinary studies (early childhood (pre-K3) and special elementary education (pre-K6), individualized studies, professional writing, work and professional studies, zoological parks management); international studies; music, music composition; music education; music history; music performance; philosophy (government education, political/legal studies, religious studies); political science; sociology (anthropology, social welfare); theater and dance (dance education, theater education); and women's studies.
The College of Business and Public Administration confers B.A. and B.S. degrees for students in the following majors: accounting, decision sciences (accounting, economics, finance, insurance, management, marketing, operations management, real estate), economics, finance (insurance, real estate), information systems and technology, international business (East Asia, Europe, Latin America), management, and marketing.
The Darden College of Education confers B.A. and B.S. degrees to students in the following majors: human services counseling, occupational and technical studies (fashion, industrial technology, marketing education, technology education, training specialist), physical education (exercise science, sport management, teacher preparation), recreation and tourism studies (recreation and tourism management, therapeutic recreation), and speech-language pathology and audiology.
The College of Engineering and Technology confers B.A. and B.S. degrees to students in the following majors: civil engineering, civil engineering technology (construction management, structural design, surveying/site development), computer engineering, electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology (computer engineering technology, electrical systems technology), engineering technology (general, computer, and network operations), environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, and mechanical engineering technology (manufacturing systems, mechanical system design, nuclear engineering technology).
The College of Health Sciences confers B.A. and B.S. degrees to students in the following majors: dental hygiene; environmental health; health sciences (requires licensure or associate degree): cytotechnology ophthalmic technology; medical technology; nuclear medicine technology; and nursing (postlicensure, prelicensure).
The College of Sciences confers B.A. and B.S. degrees to students in the following majors: biochemistry; biology (marine biology, teacher preparation); chemistry (teacher preparation, prepharmacy track); computer science; mathematics (applied mathematics, statistics/biostatistics, teacher preparation); ocean and earth sciences (earth science education); physics (physics, teacher preparation); and psychology.
Old Dominion offers a wide variety of activities, creating a dynamic, energetic campus environment. The 1,400 international students and the 193 student organizations reflect the diversity that exists.
Facilities and Resources
The Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library at Old Dominion is a state-of-the-art facility that houses more than 2 million volumes and is fully automated. There are eight computer labs on campus that are free and accessible to all students. The following resources are available for individuals with particular needs: Disability Services, Writing Center, Testing Center, Advising Services, Center for Professional Training and Development, Dragas International Center, and the Career Management Center. University support facilities provide hands-on experience that complements the education received inside the classroom. For instance, special education, early childhood education, or speech pathology and audiology majors may utilize the Child Study Center. Other academic facilities are the University Theater, Experimental Theater, Diehn Fine Arts Center, Nuclear and Particle Physics Facility, Benthic Ecology Lab, Engineering Learning Center, Applied Research Center, Center for Advanced Engineering Environments, Langley Full-Scale Wind Tunnel, Technology Applications Center, Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center, and the Virginia Space Flight Center at Wallops Island.
Sports/ Varsity Athletics
As a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, ODU has sixteen intercollegiate Division I athletic teams and has won twenty-nine national titles.
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Nearly 55 percent of Old Dominion students receive financial aid in the form of grants, loans, work-study, and academic meritbased scholarships. Often students find it easy to attain part-time employment on campus or in the local area. Old Dominion offers more than 350 merit-based scholarships each year, amounting to nearly $3 million in academic support. All incoming freshmen who submit their applications and credentials by the December 15 early action deadline and transfer students who submit their applications and credentials by March 15 are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships. To be considered for endowed scholarships, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted to the Department of Education by February 15.
Admission Requirements / Application
Old Dominion University is a selective university that reviews applications on an individual basis. Each application is read and reviewed by the admissions staff. While academic performance is a vital factor in the decision-making process, Old Dominion also takes into account any athletic, student organization, or community service involvement. Admitted students are those who have a zest for higher education and career development. The average freshman admitted to Old Dominion ranks in the top third of his or her graduating class; earned a minimum of 16 high school academic units in English, math, science, foreign language, and social studies; and is actively involved in school and/or community-based clubs, organizations, and athletics. Approximately 50 percent of the transfer students have earned an associate degree or have completed 60 semester hours at another institution prior to enrolling at Old Dominion.
For students who wish to apply for the fall semester, the deadline for application is March 15. A completed application includes a completed official application, a $40 nonrefundable application fee, official high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, a student activity resume, an essay, and a letter of recommendation. The deadline for transfer applications is May 1.
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