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Old Dominion University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Old Dominion University had an acceptance rate of 87% for 2018 admissions. The university offered around 24,000 students admissions in 2018. It has 3 extended higher educational centers for students.

The university offers around 156 academic programs to students. Some of the popular courses for graduates include Psychology, Nursing, and Criminology. Admissions are offered to students during the Fall and Spring sessions.

  • SAT/ACT scores are required for admission to the university.
  • Online courses are available for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Early Decision/Early Action applications are available for the applicants.
  • The general application deadline is Aug 1 and the Early action deadline is Dec 1.


Application PortalUG: Common Application/ODU Application Portal
PG: ODU Application Portal
Application Fee50 USD (Non-Refundable)
Acceptance Rate87%
Mode of PaymentOnline
ACT Score18-25
SAT Score980-1200
Academic CalendarSemester wise
Intake SessionsFall, Spring
Financial AidAvailable

Application Deadlines

Students seeking admission at Old Dominion University must ensure that they submit their applications on or before the given deadlines:

Undergraduate Applications
Early ActionDecember 1
Regular Decision (Fall)Rolling
Regular Decision (Spring)October 1 
Graduate Applications
FallApril 15
SpringOctober 1
SummerFebruary 1

Old Dominion University International Admissions

International applicants are required to meet additional requirements to secure a spot at the university in their preferred course of study. Some of them are:

  • All prior Secondary/High School or College/University transcripts along with Diploma or Leaving Certificate.
  • Equivalent U.S. Bachelor's Degree (For graduate admissions)
  • English Language Proficiency Scores for evaluation by the university.
  • SAT/ACT standardized exams are optional, though highly recommended
  • Passport identification page, if available
  • Financial Documentation (seeking F/J visas only)
  • Standardized Test Scores of GRE/GMAT
  • Essay/Personal Statement/Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation

Visa Requirements

Once the applicant receives the I-20 Form, they must apply for J-1/F-1 visa and pay the required SEVIS fee within two weeks upon receiving the form. The following documents are supposed to be carried mandatorily to the visa interview:

  • Valid passport
  • Original financial documentation
  • All previous or current I-20’s or DS-2019’s
  • Documentation from the academic advisor regarding the classes completed for the degree or if any are incomplete.
  • I-901 SEVIS fee receipt
  • One passport size photograph

Language requirements for International Students

All the international applicants need to meet the minimum score requirements for the accepted English language proficiency tests to complete the admission process. Check the table below for minimum scores required:

TestMinimum Scores Required
IELTS6.5 (overall)

Old Dominion University Undergraduate Admissions

With around 130 academic programs being offered at Old Dominion University, international applicants can apply for either the traditional or online mode of study. Around 19,372 applicants were offered admissions in 2018.

Apply: Common Application or ODU Application Portal

Application fee: 50 USD

Documents Required: The following requirements have to be submitted by the freshman applicants:

  • Official High School Transcript or GED Transcript has to be submitted for the admission process (must be keptin its original sealed envelope).
  • Official SAT/ACT scores are required for admission.
  • Apply Test (Optional), only if the applicant wishes to take and submit to the university.
  • Activity Resume can be submitted but not an essential requirement.
  • 1-3 Letters of Recommendation ( as many as the applicant can manage)
  • Essay of 400 words (max), the topic can be selected by the applicants on their own (Optional)
  • Official AP test scores or Dual Enrollment Transcript can be submitted along with the application form but not necessary.

Note: The University encourages students to participate in a college preparatory program of study. Preference will be given to students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB), honours and college-level dual enrollment courses.

Old Dominion University Graduate Admissions

There are over 63 graduate programs offered by the university. Online programs are also offered and students can pick from traditional or online courses. Around 4,804 applicants were offered admissions in 2018. Some of the commonly opted programs are:

  • Master of Business Administration (application fee: 75 USD)
  • MS in Accounting
  • MS in Computer Science
  • ME in Civil Engineering
  • MA in Applied Sociology

Application Portal: ODU Application Portal

Application Fee: 50 USD

Documents Required: Resume, an essay (personal goals), GMAT/GRE test scores, official transcripts and one LOR

Academic Requirements for International Students: In order to get admission, applicants must submit TOEFL/IELTS score along with GRE/GMAT.

Minimum scores required for GRE are:

  • Verbal Reasoning: 150
  • Verbal: 480

The competition to get admission at Old Dominion University is not very high, a fair number of promising candidates can get admission into the university. It offers quality academics, a thriving residential community, and some initiatives that keep contributing 2.6 billion USD annually to Virginia's economy.

Students can check the status of their application through ouronline status check. Overall, admissions at Old Dominion University are moderately difficult in terms of entry requirements, test score submissions and basic fulfillment of eligibility to be considered for admission.

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