We Are Monarchs

We have history together. Our region. Our city. Our university. All of us. At Old Dominion University, we are first-generation students, fourth-generation veterans and the next generation of risk-taking entrepreneurs who will invent our own tables instead of waiting for a seat at another's.

Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, is Virginia's forward-focused public doctoral research university with more than 24,000 students, rigorous academics, an energetic residential community and initiatives that contribute $2.6 billion annually to Virginia's economy.

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Mission Statement

Old Dominion University, located in the City of Norfolk in the metropolitan Hampton Roads region of coastal Virginia, is a dynamic public research institution that serves its students and enriches the Commonwealth, the nation and the world through rigorous academic programs, strategic partnerships and active civic engagement.


Our curriculum is designed to bring your talents, ideas and goals to life. You will gain the knowledge, tools and perspective needed to land your dream job, or launch your own business.

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"Best for Vets" Among Higher Ed in Virginia
–Military Times
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Students at Waterside


Old Dominion University's waterfront campus is in the coastal city of Norfolk, VA, home to Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest U.S. Navy base. From internship opportunities with some of the world's top companies, to great shopping and dining, to beautiful beaches and historic sites, there's always something to discover.

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President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D.

Our Leadership

Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., was appointed Old Dominion University's ninth president in 2021. He previously served as president of Radford University and West Virginia State University. Under his leadership, Radford experienced historic growth and success in program diversification and expansion, infrastructure improvements and philanthropic support. President Hemphill is committed to forward-focused leadership, student engagement and success and is an unwavering champion of educational access and opportunity, innovation and research, and diversity and inclusion. He is a member of the NCAA Presidential Forum and the Executive Committee of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Read full bio.

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Photoweave image ODU then and now

History & Traditions

Founded in 1930, Old Dominion is old enough to have traditions, but young enough for you to make new ones. 

University Seal Tradition

Legend has it that you will not graduate from ODU if you step on the University Seal Located on Kaufman Mall.

Ice Cream and Cake Cheer

The Ice Cream and Cake cheer is a staple at ODU basketball and football games. "All the kids like ice cream and cake!"

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