Old Dominion University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University is a public research institution situated in Norfolk, Virginia. The institution offers over 90 undergraduate degree programs. Outside of the classroom, students will find plenty of opportunities to engage with the campus community via many clubs and organizations. In athletics, the Old Dominion Monarchs play in the NCAA Division I Conference USA.


  • Total Enrollment: 24,176 (19,372 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45 percent male/55 percent female
  • 77 percent full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,212 (in-state); $30,652 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,250
  • Room and Board: $12,708
  • Other Expenses: $3,272
  • Total Cost: $28,442 (in-state); $47,882 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 93 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 93 percent
    • Loans: 65 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,488
    • Loans: $7,179

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Engineering; and English Language and Literature/Letters

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 79 percent
  • Transfer-Out Rate: 28 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 27 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 52 percent

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Crew-Rowing, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Sailing

Overview of Old Dominion University Admissions

Old Dominion University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a moderately less selective admissions process. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, Old Dominion University had an acceptance rate of 87%. For every 100 students who submitted applications, 87 students gained admission, making Old Dominion’s admissions process less competitive.

SAT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 87% of students provided SAT scores.  This admissions data reveals that most of Old Dominion’s students scored within the bottom 29% nationally on the SAT. 50% of students admitted to Old Dominion scored between 500 and 610 on the evidence-based reading and writing part 25% scored under 500 and 25% scored over 610. 50% of students scored between 490 and 590 on the math part, while 25% scored under 490, and 25% scored over 590. Applicants with a cumulative SAT score of 1200 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Old Dominion University.

ACT Requirements and Scores

During the 2018-19 admissions phase, 19% of students provided ACT scores. This admissions data reveals most Old Dominion’s students score within the bottom 40% nationally on the ACT. The median 50% of students admitted to Old Dominion received a cumulative ACT score between 18 and 24, while 25% scored over 24 and 25% scored under 18.


In 2019, the mean high school GPA of Old Dominion University’s freshmen class was 3.34, and over 55% of students had GPAs of 3.25 and over. Successful applicants to Old Dominion have B grades primarily.

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Old Dominion University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Old Dominion University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

University of Texas at El Paso, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State University East Bay, Kean University, California State University Los Angeles

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Old Dominion University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Coastal Carolina University, East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Old Dominion University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Alabama, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, California State University Long Beach, Pace University

Applying to Old Dominion University

Application Deadline: February 1

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