Bring Your Passion — Leave with Purpose

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Why ODU?

Once you step on campus, you feel it: A close-knit community, rich tradition and lasting friendships being made. But those aren’t the only reasons to consider pursuing your degree with ODU.

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Ranked Top-Tier

U.S. News & World Report ranked ODU in the top tier of Midwestern universities in its 2016 list based on our freshman retention rate, average graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio and other factors.

Personalized Learning

With 92 percent of undergraduate classes having fewer than 30 students, our class sizes allow for personal interaction with your professors.

Our Mission Means More

As a Catholic liberal arts university, ODU encourages you to pursue a meaningful education that fuels your intellectual and spiritual curiosity.

Degree and Pre-Professional Programs

Choose from 40 undergraduate majors.

  • Bachelor's Degrees

      • A

      • Accounting / Major / Minor
      • Applied Ethics / Minor
      • Art / Major / Minor
      • Art History / Minor
      • Arts Education / Major
      • B

      • Biology / Major / Minor
      • Biopsychology / Major
      • Business Administration / Major / Minor
      • C

      • Chemistry / Major / Minor
      • Chemistry Education / Major
      • Classics/ Minor
      • Coaching / Minor
      • Communication Studies / Minor
      • Computer Science / Major / Minor
      • Criminology & Criminal Justice / Major / Minor
      • Cross-Disciplinary Studies / Major
      • E

      • Early Childhood Education / Major
      • Economics / Major / Minor
      • Educational Studies / Major
      • English / Major / Minor
      • Entrepreneurship / Minor
      • Environmental Science / Major / Minor
      • Exercise Science / Major / Minor
      • F

      • Finance / Major / Minor
      • G

      • Gerontology / Minor
      • Graphic Design / Major / Minor
      • H

      • History / Major / Minor
      • I

      • Insurance & Risk Management / Major / Minor
      • Integrated Language Arts Education / Major
      • Integrated Mathematics Education / Major
      • International Business Administration / Minor
      • Integrated Science Education / Major
      • Integrated Social Studies Education / Major
      • Intervention Specialist (Mild/Moderate and/or Moderate/Intensive) / Major
      • L

      • Life Science Education / Major
      • M

      • Management / Minor
      • Marketing / Minor
      • Mathematics / Major / Minor
      • Medical School Early Assurance Program / Program
      • Middle Childhood Education / Major
      • Music / Minor
      • N

      • Non-Profit Management / Minor
      • P

      • Peace & Justice / Minor
      • Philosophy / Major / Minor
      • Physician Assistant Early Assurance Program / Program
      • Political Science / Major / Minor
      • Pre-Health Professional / Program
      • Pre-Law / Program
      • Pre-Nursing / Program
      • Professional Writing / Minor
      • Psychology / Major / Minor
      • Public Relations & Marketing Communications / Major / Minor
      • Q

      • Quantitative Methods & Data Management / Minor
      • S

      • Social Work / Major
      • Software Engineering / Major
      • Sociology / Major / Minor
      • Spanish / Minor
      • Sport Management / Major / Minor
      • Sport Media / Minor
      • T

      • Theatre / Minor
      • Theology / Major / Minor
      • W

      • Women's & Gender Studies / Minor
  • Pre-Professional Programs

      • M

      • Medical School Early Assurance / Program
      • P

      • Physician Assistant Early Assurance / Program
      • Pre-Health Professional / Program
      • Pre-Law / Program
      • Pre-Med / Program
      • Pre-Nursing / Program
  • Associate Degrees

      • B

      • Business / Major
      • C

      • Chemistry / Major
      • Cross-Disciplinary Studies / Major
      • T

      • Theology / Major
  • Certificates

      • A

      • Accounting / Certificate
      • G

      • Gerontology / Certificate
      • I

      • Insurance & Risk Management / Certificate
      • S

      • Supply Chain Management / Certificate
  • Licenses & Endorsements

      • A

      • Arts Education Licensure / License
      • C

      • Chemistry Education Licensure / License
      • E

      • Early Childhood Education Licensure / License
      • Early Childhood Generalist Endorsement / Endorsement
      • I

      • Integrated Language Arts Education Licensure / License
      • Integrated Mathematics Education Licensure / License
      • Integrated Science Education Licensure / License
      • Integrated Social Studies Education Licensure / License
      • Intervention Specialist Licensure / License
      • L

      • Life Science Education Licensure / License
      • M

      • Middle Childhood Education Licensure / License
      • Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement: English/Language Arts / Endorsement
      • Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement: Science / Endorsement
      • Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement: Social Studies / Endorsement
      • Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement: Mathematics / Endorsement

Earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Five Years

ODU’s 4 + 1 Program allows high-achieving students to earn their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in five academic years.

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Study Abroad Opportunities

Travel for a few weeks or a full semester while earning credit in your major. ODU offers two types of life-changing study abroad experiences.

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Financial Aid

We offer six different merit scholarships of up to $30,000 per year that are renewable for up to four years for qualified students.

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Campus Life: Be Here to Believe It

Near the Heart of Columbus, Ohio

Our beautiful, 75-acre campus feels “away from it all,” and yet we’re minutes from the heart of downtown Columbus with plenty of opportunities for outreach and community enrichment through our service programs.

Get Involved!

Student organizations and campus activities at ODU provide events that relate to areas of academic interest as well as to student government, cultural exploration, media, athletics, social interaction, honorary clubs, and religion and service organizations.

Home Away from Home

ODU’s housing and dining facilities provide students with the comfort, services and flexibility to support their academic success. Five residence halls serve the needs of students with single and double-person rooms. Our dining services offer you variety and convenience.

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