Old Dominion University (ODU)

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ODU can be found in Norfolk, VA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. The students enrolled at ODU number around twenty six thousand each year, and is one of the largest colleges in the state.

The majority of students admitted to ODU got an SAT score within the range of 980 to 1180, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 18 to 24. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Old Dominion University (ODU) average GPA ranges from 2.89 to 3.25 for accepted students. This school has an acceptance rate of around 89% with 26% of applicants deciding to attend. When applying historical data, we have projected that the Old Dominion University (ODU) acceptance rate 2021 will be around 81%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at odu.edu.

Overall Old Dominion University (ODU) Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Old Dominion University was reported as 89.3% in Fall 2020 with over 13,800 applications submitted to ODU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ODU ACT Scores: 18 - 24
  • ODU Average GPA: 2.89 - 3.25

How Hard Is It to Get into Old Dominion University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of ODU is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Old Dominion University has been slowly getting higher over the past years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 84.6%
  • 2017-2018: 85.7%
  • 2018-2019: 87.0%
  • 2019-2020: 89.3%
  • Projected ODU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 81.3%

How Does Old Dominion University (ODU) Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for ODU is fifty-seven percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Regent University85.5%
Virginia Commonwealth University87.1%
East Carolina University78.7%
University of Virginia-Main Campus23.9%
George Washington University40.8%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Old Dominion University (ODU) (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading500 - 600
Math480 - 580
Total Score980 - 1180
ACT®Score Range
English16 - 23
Math17 - 24
Composite Score18 - 24
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