Old Dominion University
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Former names
Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary (1930–1962)
Old Dominion College (1962–1969)
TypePublic research university
Established1930; 92 years ago (1930)
Academic affiliations
Endowment$265.8 million (2020)[1]
PresidentBrian Hemphill
Academic staff

36°53′12″N 76°18′19″W / 36.88654°N 76.30522°W / 36.88654; -76.30522Coordinates: 36°53′12″N 76°18′19″W / 36.88654°N 76.30522°W / 36.88654; -76.30522
CampusUrban, 251 acres (102 ha)
Colors      Monarch blue, Silver reign, Sky blue[3]
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I FBS
Sun Belt Conference
MascotBig Blue
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Old Dominion University (ODU or Old Dominion) is a public research university in Norfolk, Virginia. It was established in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary and is now one of the largest universities in Virginia with an enrollment of 24,286 students for the 2021 academic year. Old Dominion University also enrolls over 700 international students from 89 countries.[4] Its main campus covers 251 acres (1.02 km2) straddling the city neighborhoods of Larchmont, Highland Park, and Lambert's Point, approximately five miles (8.0 km) from Downtown Norfolk.

Old Dominion University is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity".[5] According to the National Science Foundation, ODU spent $60.3 million on research and development in 2018.[6] It contributes nearly $2 billion annually in economic impact to the regional economy.[7]

The university offers 168 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to over 24,000 students and is one of the nation's largest providers of distance learning coursework. Old Dominion University has approximately 124,000 alumni in all 50 states and 67 countries. Old Dominion University derives its name from one of Virginia's state nicknames, "The Old Dominion", given to the state by King Charles II of England for remaining loyal to the crown during the English Civil War.


J. A. C. Chandler
Monarch Fountain during Homecoming.
Monarch Fountain during Homecoming.
ODU Is next to the largest naval base in the world, Naval Station Norfolk, which has many partnerships with the University.
ODU Is next to the largest naval base in the world, Naval Station Norfolk, which has many partnerships with the University.

Old Dominion University was founded in 1930 as a Norfolk extension of the College of William and Mary. This branch was envisioned by administrators and officials such as Robert M. Hughes, a member of the Board of Visitors of William and Mary from 1893 to 1917, and J. A. C. Chandler, the eighteenth president of that school.[8][9] In 1924 after becoming the director of the William and Mary extension in Norfolk, Joseph Healy began organizing classes and finding locations for faculty and staff. Due to his work, along with that of Robert M. Hughes, Dr. J. A. C. Chandler, and A. H. Foreman, a two-year branch division was established on March 13, 1930.[8][10] On September 12, 1930, the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary held its first class with 206 students (125 men and 81 women) in the old Larchmont School building, an unused elementary school on Hampton Boulevard. On September 3, 1930, H. Edgar Timmerman became the Division's first director.[11]

"The Division", as it was often called, started out in the old Larchmont School building and allowed people with fewer financial assets to attend a school of higher education for two years.[8] Tuition for the first year was US$50.[8] The following September, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, more commonly known as Virginia Tech, also began offering classes at "The Division."[8], expanding course offerings to teachers and engineers. Created as it was in the first year of the Great Depression, the college benefited from federal funding as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.[8] The Public Works Administration provided funds for the Administration Building, now Rollins Hall, and Foreman Field, named after A. H. Foreman, an early proponent of the college.[8] The college grew south along Hampton Boulevard, turning an empty field into a sprawling campus. After completing coursework at the Norfolk Division, students could move on to schools offering four-year degrees or seek careers locally.

In 1932, Lewis Warrington Webb joined the faculty as an instructor of engineering; he would later be called "the Father of Old Dominion". After serving ten years as an instructor at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary, Webb was appointed assistant director in 1942. Webb also served as director of the Defense and War Training Program from 1940 to 1944. Through its defense and training classes, the Norfolk Division contributed to the American WWII war effort. The program also allowed the school to remain open during a period when many young men were in armed service. The program attracted many women, who learned aircraft repair, drafting, and other war-related subjects. In 1946, Webb was appointed Director of the Norfolk Division. Webb's dream was to see the Norfolk Division become an independent institution.

The two-year Norfolk Division rapidly evolved into a four-year institution, gaining independence from William and Mary in 1962. On February 16, 1962, the William and Mary system was dissolved under General Assembly legislation that was signed by Governor Albertis S. Harrison. Later that year the Norfolk Division was renamed Old Dominion College.[10] Dr. Webb served as the first president of Old Dominion College from 1962 to 1969.

Frank Batten, who was the publisher of The Virginian-Pilot and The Ledger-Star and member of the Norfolk Division's advisory board, was chosen as the first rector of Old Dominion College on May 27, 1962, holding the position until 1970. (The College of Engineering was named in his honor in 2004.) In 1964, the first students lived on campus in dormitories Rodgers Hall and Gresham Hall, named for members of the advisory board.

Growth in enrollment, expansion of research facilities, and preparation for graduate programs led the board to seek to university status.[8] In 1969, Old Dominion College transitioned to Old Dominion University under the leadership of President James L. Bugg, Jr. During Bugg's tenure, the earliest doctoral programs were established, along with a university-wide governance structure with representation from faculty, administrators and students. Bugg also reestablished the Army ROTC program that had been originally created in 1948 but abandoned during the Korean War.[12][13]

In the 1970s, under President Alfred B. Rollins, Jr., Old Dominion established partnerships between regional organizations such as NASA, the U.S. Navy, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Norfolk State University. Under Rollins, the university expanded its state and private funding, improved student services and introduced an honors program. In 1971 the university established its campus police force. In 1977, when the Virginia Campus Police Act was made law, the university helped train local and campus police officers who were given full police authority on and around the campus grounds.[14]

Original sign from the Norfolk Division
Original sign from the Norfolk Division

Since this time, the university has continued to expand, now enrolling over 24,000 students.[15]

Directors and Presidents

Directors of the Norfolk Division[11]
H. Edgar Timmerman 1930-1932
Edward L. Gwathmey 1932
William T. Hodges 1933-1941
Lewis W. Webb, Jr. 1946–1962
Presidents of Old Dominion[16]
Lewis W. Webb, Jr. 1962–1969
James L. Bugg, Jr. 1969–1976
Alfred B. Rollins, Jr. 1976–1985
Joseph M. Marchello 1985–1988
William B. Spong, Jr. 1989–1990
James V. Koch 1990–2001
Roseann Runte 2001–2008
John R. Broderick 2008-2021
Brian O. Hemphill 2021-


Academic rankings
THE / WSJ[18]501-600
U.S. News & World Report[19]258
Washington Monthly[20]123
U.S. News & World Report[23]873

As a comprehensive university, Old Dominion University offers and develops liberal arts, science, technology and professional programs. The university offers 73 bachelor's degrees in various fields and 60 master's and 35 doctoral degrees.[24] ODU's TELETECHNET distance learning program is one of the nation's largest and accounts for nearly one third of student enrollment. ODU Distance Learning is affiliated with the Southern Regional Education Board's Electronic Campus. ODU is one of the few universities in the US to offer MBA concentrations in Maritime, Transportation, and Port Logistics Management and also has well-respected programs in Marine Science, Coastal and Transportation Engineering.[25]

Because Hampton Roads is a major international maritime and commerce center, the university has a special mission for the Commonwealth of Virginia in commerce, and in international affairs and cultures. With the principal marine and aerospace activities of the Commonwealth concentrated in Hampton Roads, the university has a significant commitment to science, engineering and technology, specifically in marine science, aerospace and other fields of major importance to the region. Many departments conduct cooperative research with NASA. Due to its location in a large metropolitan area, Old Dominion University places particular emphasis on urban issues, including education and health care, and on fine and performing arts.[24]


Old Dominion University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS/COC) to award baccalaureate, masters, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. The Batten College of Engineering and Technology is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Strome College of Business is AACSB accredited. The Darden College of Education, the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Sciences are accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.[citation needed]

Schools and Colleges

Residence Halls on the Old Dominion Quad
Residence Halls on the Old Dominion Quad

College of Arts and Letters

This college maintains 15 departments and programs, offering degrees in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. The departments include Asian Studies, Art, Communications and Theater Arts, English, Foreign Languages & Literatures, Gay Cultural Studies, International Studies, International Studies-Graduate Program (GPIS), Interdisciplinary Studies, Music, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Sociology and Criminal Justice, Political Science and Geography, and Women's Studies.

Within the Theatre Arts Department, Film and Video Studies is offered. The Department of Communication and Theatre Arts offers two degree programs in film and video studies. The Program in Communication offers BA/BS degrees with an concentration in Film Studies. Classes focus on the principles and aesthetics of Film History, Theory, Genre, and Criticism. The Program in Theatre Arts offers a BA degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Digital Film making. [26] The F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music is housed in the Diehn Center for the Performing Arts. Diehn is the home of the ODU Symphony Orchestra (ODUSO), Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Monarch Marching Band as well as other smaller ensembles like the Diehn String Quartet and Diehn Chorale. Students at ODU pursuing a degree in music have a choice of bachelor's degrees in music performance, music education, music composition, and sound recording technology. The Diehn building also houses the Wilson G. Chandler Recital Hall, where performances of the Diehn Concert Series and student recitals are held. ODU offers several tracks of study within the English Department, including: literature, journalism, creative writing, linguistics, and professional writing as well as courses in digital humanities and game studies.

Strome College of Business

Lumsden Trading Room and Research Lab
Lumsden Trading Room and Research Lab

This college offers graduate programs as well as bachelor's degree programs in 11 departments, including School of Accountancy, Business Analytics, Department of Economics, Department of Finance, Information Technology & Decision Sciences, International Business, Department of Marketing, Department of Management, Maritime and Supply Chain Management, and the School of Public Service. The Strome College of Business also offers an MBA program as well as executive development programs.

In 2014, the college was renamed to the Strome College of Business after the Strome Family donated $11 million to the college.[27]

The Gregory A. Lumsden Trading Room and Research Lab (LTR), opened in fall 2012, is equipped with 24 Bloomberg Terminals, making it one of the largest labs in the United States.[28]

Darden College of Education & Professional Studies

Offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in six academic departments.[29] Programs include: Educational Leadership and School Administration, Counseling, Human Services, Higher Education, Exercise Science, Athletic Training, Sport Management, Physical Education, Recreation and Tourism Studies, Early Childhood Education, Speech Pathology, Special Education, Fashion Merchandising, Instructional Design and Technology, Business and Industry Training, Community College Teaching, and Technology Education.[29] The Darden College of Education also works in collaboration with other academic Colleges to prepare teachers in fields of secondary education, such as English Education and Biology Education, among others. Students complete a major in the field they wish to teach, in addition to Education coursework, practica, and student teaching.[30]

Batten College of Engineering & Technology

Engineering Systems Building
Engineering Systems Building

Grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in 9 engineering disciplines, including Civil, Aerospace, Environmental, Electrical, Modeling and Simulation, Engineering Management, Computer, Mechanical, Systems, Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Technology and offers interesting concentrations, including Coastal Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Experimental Aeronautics, Laser and Plasma Engineering, Bioelectrics, Computational Engineering, and Ship Maintenance, Repair, and Operations. In 2010, the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology became the first college in the United States offering all degrees in the emerging discipline of Modeling and Simulation (B.S., M.E., M.S., D.Eng., Ph.D.).[31]

In 2014, the College of Engineering opened the new Engineering Systems building which brought added laboratory, design and office space.

School of Cybersecurity

"On Oct. 1, Old Dominion University launched the School of Cybersecurity, the first of its kind in the country".[32] ODU School of Cybersecurity Offers a B.S degree program in Cybersecurity, Cyber Operations, and M.S in Cybersecurity. Faculty and staff from across all colleges and reporting units at the university, including Information Technology Services, VMASC, and Military Affairs.[33]

College of Health Sciences

This college is composed of five health-related schools and grants Certificates, Bachelor's Degrees, Master's Degrees, and Doctoral Degrees. The schools include the Schools of Medical Diagnostic & Translational Sciences, Community and Environmental Health, Nursing, Physical Therapy and the Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene.

College of Sciences Building
College of Sciences Building

College of Sciences

Offers degree programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Psychology, Mathematics, Physics, and Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. The department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences has developed an expertise in the specialty field of Ocean Margin and Coastal System Processes.[citation needed] Also in the College of Sciences, the college offers a degree in Professional Communication, a combination of both Communication and Business.

Distance learning

Old Dominion University began offering distance learning courses in 1994 through TELETECHNET, a satellite delivery system.[34] Today, ODU offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree, certificate, and endorsement programs through video streaming, web conferencing, and online delivery. Select classes are also available through portable media, such as DVD or CD-ROM.[35] Depending on the program, students may take classes online or by attending one of nearly 50 ODU partner locations in Virginia, Arizona, or Washington State. ODU partners with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) to offer other services such as libraries, computer labs, exam proctoring, and disability services all around the state.[36] ODU also offers programs designed to be taken by military personnel on deployment.[37]


Old Dominion University research teams generate $88 million in annual funding through more than 400 ongoing projects supported by grants from NSF, NIH, Department of Energy, and the DOD.

The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity."[5] Research centers at the university include:

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI)

ODU's Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI) has facilitated research and education on climate change and resulting sea level rise. Old Dominion's maritime location allows special emphasis on adaptation to increased flooding due to sea level rise.

Maritime Institute

Old Dominion University's Maritime Institute was created through a university/Business community partnership in Hampton Roads. Its function is to provide maritime, ports and logistics management education, training and research to meet regional, national and international needs.

At the October, 2011 Annual meeting of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) in Santiago (Chile), university rankings worldwide in port research for the period 1980-2009 were announced. In these rankings, ODU was ranked eighth in the world, second only to the University of Washington in the Western Hemisphere.[38]

Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center (VMASC)

VMASC Facility
VMASC Facility

The Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) is a university-wide multidisciplinary research center that emphasizes modeling, simulation, and visualization (MS&V) research, development and education.[39]

VMASC is one of the world's leading research centers for computer modeling, simulation, and visualization.[citation needed] The mission of the center is to conduct collaborative MS&V research and development, provide expertise to government agencies and industry, and to promote Old Dominion University, Hampton Roads and Virginia as a center of MS&V activities. Annually, the center conducts approximately $10 million in funded research.

Old Dominion University is a state-assisted institution and one of only four Virginia schools in the Carnegie Research Universities (high research activity) category. The university offers a range of Modeling & Simulation degree options from Bachelor's to Ph.D.

The Hampton Roads region is home to the Joint and Coalition Training (JCW), the US Army's Training and Doctrine Command, the Military Transportation Management Command, NATO Allied Command Transformation, the Armed Forces Staff College, the U.S. Navy's Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force, the Naval Sea Systems Command, and the Space and Naval Warfare Center. In addition, the Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab, NASA-Langley Research Center and numerous regional industries are important users of MS&V technology. The economic value of MS&V-related business activity in Hampton Roads is estimated to be over $500 million.

VMASC concentrates on eight core modeling and simulation applied research areas: Transportation, Homeland Security and Military Defense, Virtual Environments, Social Sciences, Medicine & Health, Care, Game-based Learning, M&S Interoperability, System Sciences.


The Norfolk Campus

Old Dominion University has undergone extensive growth. The swell of new construction was kicked off in 2001 with the building of the Ted Constant Convocation Center. This 8,600-seat arena has become the home of both men's and women's basketball, as well as a premiere venue for concerts and other performances. The "Ted" as it is affectionately called by students and alumni is part of a $55 million 75-acre (30 ha) development known as The University Village.

Student housing has grown at ODU. The Quad, a collection of six new residential buildings—Ireland House (2006), Virginia House (2007), Scotland House (2008), France House (2009), England House (2009), Dominion House (2009) and they recently added a seventh newly constructed residential building known as Owens House (2020). Owens house "is designed to marry living and learning. Most of the 470 beds will be occupied by cybersecurity, entrepreneurial and STEM-H students, those majoring in science, technology, engineering, math and health sciences."[40] —and offices brings Old Dominion University closer to its goal of becoming a more residential university. Constructed alongside the Quad is the new student Recreation and Wellness Center. The center offers intramural and extramurals for the students and staff. ODU has expanded its sports facilities, recently completing the Folkes-Stevens Indoor Tennis Center and the Powhatan Sports Complex,[41] a 48,000-square-foot (4,500 m2) facility that houses the intercollegiate athletic programs of field hockey, women's lacrosse, and football. Another football-related project was the renovation of Old Dominion University's historic Foreman Field for the sport's reintroduction in 2009.

Among the facilities are the fully automated Perry Library, laboratories in the sciences and engineering, the E.V. Williams Engineering and Computational Sciences Building, and the new Systems Research Building. The campus is also home to Pretlow Planetarium, the Lions Child Study Center, facilities for clinical work in the health sciences, a modern Oceanography and Physics Building, the Gornto TELETECHNET Center and the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center. Recent additions include the Student Success Center and Learning Commons, an orchid conservatory and research building, as well as renovation to the Technology Building and the Batten Arts and Letters Building.

In 2015, Old Dominion University started construction on the New Education Building and a new 45,000 sf student dining facility.[42]

The University Libraries

Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library
Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library

The Old Dominion University Libraries are the Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, the F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room, and the Elise N. Hofheimer Art Library. The libraries contain over 3 million items—books, government publications, journals and serials, microform, musical scores, recordings, and maps.[43] After months of renovation, the Perry Library first floor was transformed into The Learning Commons which opened in 2011.

University Village

Established in 1995, the Real Estate Foundation has taken the lead in the development of the University Village, a mixed use development including retail, residential and office buildings. The results of its work are visible to all in the form of the University Village Apartments, restaurants, shops, the North Village Parking Garage, the Innovation Research Park, Marriott SpringHill Suites Hotel, and Campus Bookstore.[44]

"The University Village is a 75-acre mixed use development initiative by Old Dominion University. With the University, and its 24,000 students and 2,400 staff and faculty, in addition to the Ted Constant Convocation Center as anchors, The University Village is a destination all its own. Two parking decks are conveniently located adjacent to the retail area. The South Parking Deck "C" is located on 43rd Street containing metered parking spaces located on the first floor. Parking Deck "D" is located on 45th Street containing metered parking spaces located on the second floor."[45]

Campus ministries

ODU students can join campus ministries which are coordinated by the University Chaplain's Association (UCA). Ministries include the United Methodist, Baptist, Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Lutheran denominationally sponsored ministries. InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has a presence at ODU and are members of the UCA. Each of these churches has a campus ministry presence at ODU, as does Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, and the Tidewater Islamic Center, which serves the Muslim community at ODU.


In 1999, ODU agreed to work with American Maglev Technogies of Atlanta to construct an on-campus student transportation link of less than one mile using a smart train / dumb track design in which most sensors, magnets, and computation were located on the train rather than the track.[46] With cost and safety concern, several other institutes of higher learning rejected the project. While projected to cost less to build per mile than existing systems, the ODU maglev was never operational. After depleting its $14 million budget, a groundbreaking was held in 2001, the project was completed in 2002; and the technology failed: the vehicle lost its "float" and come to a full friction stop on top of the rail, damaging much of the system. American Maglev and ODU dissolved their relationship and the project became an internal university research project.[47][48][49] In October 2006, the research team performed an unscheduled test of the car that went smoothly. The system was subsequently removed from the power grid for nearby construction.[50] In February 2009, the team retested the sled and was successful despite power outages on campus. ODU subsequently partnered with a Massachusetts-based company to test another maglev train. MagneMotion Inc. was expected to bring its prototype maglev vehicle, about the size of a van, to the campus to test in 2010.[51]

Student life

Student body composition as of May 2, 2022
Race and ethnicity[52] Total
White 44% 44
Black 32% 32
Hispanic 9% 9
Other[a] 8% 8
Asian 5% 5
Foreign national 1% 1
Economic diversity
Low-income[b] 45% 45
Affluent[c] 55% 55

Residential life

ODU's current residential hall capacity is around 4,600 students in 14 dormitories or student apartments on campus. All freshmen are guaranteed housing, 77% of freshmen and 24% of all students live in college housing.[53]

Campus residence halls
  • Dominion House
  • England House
  • Foundation House
  • France House
  • Gresham Main
  • Gresham East
  • Ireland House
  • Nusbaum
  • The ODU Inn
  • Owens House
  • Powhatan Village
  • Rogers Main
  • Rogers East
  • Scotland House
  • Virginia House
  • Whitehurst

University Village Apartments

  • Chesapeake House
  • Hampton House
  • Newport News House
  • Poquoson House
  • Portsmouth House
  • Smithfield House
  • Suffolk House
  • Virginia Beach House
  • Williamsburg House

Student traditions

Following the inaugural season of the relaunched football program in 2009, a new tradition of dyeing the fountain blue for homecoming was started. Although prohibited for safety reasons, it is also a tradition for undergraduate students to "ride" the lion statue above the fountain at some point during their degree program.

Student recreation

Old Dominion University Student Recreation Center
Old Dominion University Student Recreation Center

The Student Recreation Center is located in the middle of the ODU campus adjacent to the Rosane Runte Quad. The facility includes: 15,000 sq. ft. Multi-Level Fitness Center with strength, cardio, and free-weights, indoor swimming pool, indoor running track, three-court gymnasium, multipurpose court, three group exercise studios, cycling studio, three racquetball courts, pro shop, Outdoor Adventure and Rental Center, bike and skate shop and an indoor climbing wall.[54]

The ODU Outdoor Adventure program allows students to take organized trips and participate in activities such as hiking, mountain biking, camping, surfing, yoga, rock climbing, snowboarding and skiing.

The University Fitness Center (UFC) was designed to accommodate Old Dominion's growing community. The UFC is located on Monarch Way between 42nd and 43rd Street and is equipped with user-friendly LifeFitness cardio and weight Machines.[55]

ROTC program

The ODU Army ROTC battalion was established in September 1969 in the Darden College of Education. The first cadets were commissioned on July 4, 1971. As of spring of 2008, ODU has been recognized as having the sixth largest Army ROTC unit out of 262 programs found nationwide.[56] In June 2018, Major Promotable Rhana S. Kurdi became the first female Professor of Military Science.[57]

Navy ROTC program is run in conjunction with the neighboring campuses of Norfolk State University and Hampton University. The Hampton Roads Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps is one of the largest officer training battalions in the US, consisting of over 250 Sailors, Marines, and Midshipmen, with an above average prior enlisted presence.

Student organizations

Old Dominion University recognizes over 300 student organizations with over 8000 student members. These groups include professional organizations, honor societies, religious organizations, minority students, and groups for students with common interests and majors as well as a variety of traditional, multicultural, and professional sororities and fraternities. The Student Government Association has direct authority over student organizations.

Greek life

Old Dominion has a complex and diverse Greek system with thirteen fraternities and eleven sororities. There is also a variety of service fraternities active on campus.

North American Interfraternity Conference National Panhellenic Conference National Pan-Hellenic Council National Multicultural Greek Council Other
Alpha Phi[d] Delta Sigma Theta[d] Alpha Kappa Alpha[d] Theta Tau[e] Alpha Kappa Psi[e]
Phi Kappa Tau[f] Alpha Xi Delta[d] Alpha Phi Alpha[f] Kappa Sigma[f] Gamma Sigma Sigma[d]
Sigma Nu[f] Delta Zeta[d] Kappa Alpha Psi[f] Zeta Tau Alpha[d] Sigma Alpha Iota[f]
Pi Kappa Alpha[f] Kappa Delta[d] Omega Psi Phi[f] Alpha Kappa Alpha[d] Sigma Pi[f]
Sigma Phi Epsilon[f] Sigma Sigma Sigma[d] Phi Beta Sigma[f] Lambda Upsilon Lambda[f] Phi Sigma Rho[d]
Tau Kappa Epsilon[f] Sigma Gamma Rho[d] Alpha Phi Omega[e] Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia[f]
Theta Chi[f] Zeta Phi Beta[d] Kappa Delta Rho[f]
Pi Kappa Phi[f] Iota Phi Theta[f] Pi Beta Phi[d]
Phi Gamma Delta[f] Sigma Lambda Upsilon[d]
Kappa Alpha Order[f] Mu Sigma Upsilon[d]
Alpha Kappa Lambda[f]
  1. ^ Other consists of Multiracial Americans & those who prefer to not say.
  2. ^ The percentage of students who received an income-based federal Pell grant intended for low-income students.
  3. ^ The percentage of students who are a part of the American middle class at the bare minimum.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Sorority
  5. ^ a b c Co-educational
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Fraternity


Main article: Old Dominion Monarchs

Old Dominion's 18 athletic teams are known as the Monarchs and mostly compete in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference (SBC). Old Dominion University athletic teams have captured 28 team national championships and four individual titles. The school's most nationally acclaimed sports team was the Lady Monarchs basketball team, who won three national championships in 1979 (AIAW), 1980 (AIAW) and 1985 (NCAA). The Lady Monarchs also made it to the 1997 Women's NCAA Championship Game, losing to Tennessee. ODU athletic teams have won a further 28 national championships including 15 in men's and women's sailing and 9 in women's field hockey. The Lady Monarchs' nine national titles in field hockey are in NCAA record books for most titles in that sport by the same school.

In addition, Old Dominion's athletic teams have captured 49 championships in the Colonial Athletic Association.

In March 2010, Dr. Wood Selig became the new athletic director. Previously, Dr. Selig was the athletic director at Western Kentucky.[58]

On May 17, 2012, Old Dominion announced it would move to C-USA on July 1, 2013. Four ODU sports which are not sponsored by C-USA have outside affiliations. In 2013, the Wrestling team became an associate of the Mid-American Conference[59] and the field hockey team joined the reconfigured Big East Conference.[60] The women's lacrosse team spent the 2014 season (played in the 2013–14 school year) as an independent before joining the Atlantic Sun Conference.[61] Finally, the women's rowing team joined the Big 12 Conference in 2014–15 after the Big 12 effectively took over C-USA rowing.[62] Most recently, the men's swimming and diving team, which was left without a conference affiliation for two years because C-USA sponsors the sport only for women, joined the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association, later renamed the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association, effective with the 2015–16 season.[63] ODU joined the Sun Belt Conference on July 1, 2022.[64]

Notable faculty

Name Department Notability Reference
Robert L. Ash Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Known for his discovery of how to make rocket fuel using Mars dirt.
Mohammad Ataul Karim A Bangladeshi American, known for his many original contributions in a number of different topics including biophysics, electro-optical displays, and optical computing.
G. William Whitehurst Kaufman Lecturer in Public Affairs and professor of political science and history. Served as U.S. Representative for the Second District of Virginia from 1968 to 1987. He is the namesake for one of the residence halls at ODU on the Elizabeth River.
Ingo Heidbrink History Maritime Historian and Professor of History known for his various contributions to methodology of maritime history, fisheries history, and interdisciplinary cooperation. Heidbrink helds the office of Secretary General of the International Commission for Maritime History - the global umbrella organization for research in maritime histor, and is Co-President of the North Atlantic Fisheries History Association.
Mounir Laroussi Electrical & Computer Engineering Laroussi is a Tunisian scientist, and is known for his work in plasma science, especially low temperature plasmas and their biomedical applications. he published seminal papers on the interaction of low temperature plasmas with biological cells, to inactivate bacteria and proteins, to assist in wound healing, to destroy some types of cancer cells, and to play an active role in various other medical therapies. In 2009 the Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) elevated Mounir Laroussi to the grade of Fellow for his important contributions to the biomedical applications of plasmas[3]. He was also awarded the inaugural achievement award from the International Society on Plasma Medicine in September 2010. Perhaps Mounir Laroussi's best known invention is a device called the Plasma Pencil. He served as an elected member of the Administrative Committee (2002–2005) and the Plasma Science and Applications Executive Committee (2005–2007) of the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS). He has also served as a Guest Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, and of Plasma Processes and Polymers, a Wiley-VCH journal. Mounir Laroussi was the recipient of the IEEE Millennium Medal, 2000.
Mark Mostert Associate professor of Special Education Associate professor of Special Education at Old Dominion from 2000 - 2002. Professor, of Special Education at Regent University author and lecturer on Eugenics, Facilitated Communication and "useless eaters.
Janis Sanchez-Hucles Professor Emerita in Psychology Psychologist and professor emerita at Old Dominion. She was appointed as chair of the psychology department in 2006.

Notable alumni

Main article: List of Old Dominion University alumni


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