Old Dominion Climbs In U.S. News & World Rankings

Old Dominion University climbed a level in the National Doctoral Universities category in
U.S. News & World Report’s 2003 edition on America’s Best Colleges.

The annual rankings place Old Dominion in the company of such schools as Arizona State, Illinois State, Louisiana State, Oregon State, and New Mexico and West Virginia universities. Regionally, Virginia Commonwealth and George Mason universities also placed in the same category.

Schools are ranked based on reputation, retention rates, graduation rates, class size, median freshman SAT scores, high school GPA and alumni giving, among others.

“This ranking is a testament to the institution and reflects the quality of the faculty as well as the quality of both the undergraduate and graduate programs,” said John R. Broderick, vice president for institutional advancement.

“The university’s reputation continues to grow on many fronts – over the past few years we’ve had a Rhodes Scholar, a Truman Fellow and three USA Today Academic All-Americans, and our faculty are consistently recognized among the best in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education.”

Broderick also pointed to the university’s more rigorous admissions standards, specialized programs like Learning Communities and the Career Advantage Program, nationally ranked academic programs and national media attention as additional reasons Old Dominion’s status
has risen..