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LAST UPDATED: June 27th, 2019

Old Dominion University was established in 1930 in Norfolk, Virginia by administrators and officials from the College of William and Mary. Robert M. Hughes and J.A.C. Chandler are credited with the establishment of Old Dominion. Prior to reaching university status, Old Dominion University was formerly known as: Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary and Old Dominion College. Old Dominion's distance program can be completed entirely online. There are varying programs and degree levels. At this time, Old Dominion offers the following degree levels with their distance learning platform:

  • Bachelor's
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate and Ed Specialist
  • Licensure/Endorsement
  • Master's Degree
  • Minor

Today, Old Dominion services nearly 25,000 students (19,612 undergraduates and 5,058 postgraduates) and has an academic staff of 1,023. Old Dominion is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral, Higher Research Activity University which means that they are responsible for providing high quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs as a public school.

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The Good

  • Over 100 Online Programs
  • Reasonable Cost per Credit Hour
  • High Acceptance Rate

Over 100 Online Programs

Old Dominion has established one of the largest online platforms for a public university in the country. They have 109 online programs where students can earn a number of degrees. All 109 of their online programs are classified into the following colleges:
  • College of Arts and Letters
  • Strome College of Business
  • Darden College of Education
  • Batten College of Engineering and Technology
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Sciences

Reasonable Cost per Credit Hour

Considering the fact that Old Dominion University is a traditional, public university, they have created a relatively affordable online option to service a number of students worldwide. While the number of required credits per course varies, the cost per credit hour sits at $316.

High Acceptance Rate

The admission's process can also be completed entirely online. Even with the online platform, certain forms and applications are required. Last year, roughly 77% of students who applied to Old Dominion programs were admitted.

The Bad

  • Some Programs Exclusively On-Campus

Some Programs Exclusively On-Campus

While OU online offers a wide variety of programs and allows students to earn degrees at different levels, the selection is still limited in comparison to the on-campus programs that are available. Online students will not be able to access some courses or program options that are available to students on-campus.

The Bottom Line

Old Dominion provides a complete and organized online option for students who wish to further their education on a more flexible timeline. While offering reputable online programs, Old Dominion online students will not have access to the same resources as students who study on-campus. Online students will still need to work with the admissions office prior to enrollment. For those interested in applying for an online program at Old Dominion University will need to do the following:
  1. Speak with an enrollment coordinator - this consultation will allow students to create educational plan
  2. Submit online application - applications are available for: undergraduates, transfers, graduates, military, international, and non-degree students
  3. Follow additional steps if accepted
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