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Campus & Student Life at Old Dominion University

Home to about 19,622 undergraduates in 2020, Old Dominion is a very large, public university located in Norfolk, Virginia. This urban setting might be best suited for students who like the fast-paced city life. Should you tire of the campus however, Old Dominion offers a “study abroad” program. Please note, some classes/degrees offered by Old Dominion can be taken “online” so keep that in mind when reviewing this report. For more context, you might also check out our Old Dominion Guide to Distance and Online Learning.

Old Dominion Has a Disability Services Site

Individuals with disabilities make up 6.0% of the student population at Old Dominion. For more information on policies and accommodations that the university provides to ensure all students get the opportunity to participate, you can visit Old Dominion Disability Services.

Old Dominion for the Military

While not a "service academy", Old Dominion does offer support for veterans and those seeking a career in the armed forces. Undergraduates have access to one or more ROTC programs and there is an active student veterans group on campus. For more information on policies related to veterans, you can visit Old Dominion Veteran Services . For more information, check out our Old Dominion for Veterans Guide.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Old Dominion University

Old Dominion offers on-campus housing, but freshmen are not required to take advantage of it. In the end though, most do choose to live in the dorms.

Freshmen Living Arrangements at Old Dominion University

* Data compiled from students who received financial aid, including loans.

Full-time vs. Part-time Studies at Old Dominion University

Old Dominion has a comparatively very large, student body. There were 19,622 undergraduates in 2020. Full-time attendance was 14,740 (75.1%). Part-time attendance was 4,882 (24.9%).


Old Dominion University is Ranked #539 for Overall Diversity

Compared to other colleges and universities across the nation, Old Dominion receives top marks for overall diversity. We rank Old Dominion #539 out of 3,451.

The chart below shows each element that we looked at to determine this ranking, and how that metric compares to the national average. 100 would indicate excellent diversity in each category, and 1 would mean poor diversity.

Overall Diversity at Old Dominion University

You can learn more about the diversity of the student body at Old Dominion by looking closer at the ethnic,  genderage, and geographic diversity metrics from the Old Dominion Diversity Guide.

Old Dominion University Competes in the NCAA

Old Dominion has a total of 460 student athletes, 249 men and 211 women who compete in inter-collegiate athletics.

Athletics Financing

Total Revenue (all teams)$35,247,421
Total Expenses (all teams)$34,375,037

For more information about athletics including per-team sizes, coaching and scholarships check out our Guide to Old Dominion University Athletics

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