Old Dominion University began its tradition of excellence when it was founded in 1930 by the College of William and Mary, the second oldest university in the United States. Established as an extension of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, Virginia, Old Dominion began educating teachers and engineers. The two-year school rapidly evolved into a full four-year institution, and was granted independence in 1962 as Old Dominion College.
Considerable growth in enrollment, the expansion of research facilities and
preparation for the addition of graduate programs led the Board of Visitors to approve
the name change to Old Dominion University. Now Old Dominion is a powerhouse
for higher education with six colleges: Arts and Letters, Business and Public Administration, Education,
Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences and
Sciences. Old Dominion has offered master's degrees since
1964 and Ph.D.s since 1971. Students currently choose from 69 baccalaureate
programs, 55 master's programs, two education specialist programs and 41 doctoral
programs. The University has achieved designation as a Research University
(high research activity) from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Proud of its past, Old Dominion looks to the future and prides itself on its constantly expanding research and teaching programs. An ever-evolving university, Old Dominion is an agent of change for its students, for the region and the nation it serves. Old Dominion is Virginia's forward-focused, public doctoral research university for students from around the world who want a rigorous academic experience in a profoundly multicultural community. Our nationally recognized faculty use real-world expertise and innovative teaching methods to challenge students to achieve their highest goals. Our determined entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving drives cutting-edge research, eminent scholarship and strategic partnerships with government, business, industry, organizations and the arts.