• Frequently Asked Questions

    New Freshman Students

    When should I apply?

    We encourage students to apply by our priority deadline. Students who apply by this date will have a decision mailed to them by the New Year. ODU operates on a rolling admission policy, which means the sooner we receive your application, high school transcripts and ACT or SAT test scores, the sooner we can inform you of your admission decision. Click here to apply now! 

    How do I visit campus? 

    There are many options to visit campus throughout the year. We offer Individual Visits Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and Saturday Group Visits from 9:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. To schedule your visit today, please call 1 (800) 955-6446 or complete our online visit form. 

    How do I apply for scholarships?

    Your application for admission to Ohio Dominican is also your application for all our scholarship opportunities. We will notify you if you qualify for merit-based aid upon acceptance to the University. For additional scholarship resources, please click here. We also encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our school code is 003035.   

    What percentage of your students receive financial aid?

    Approximately 96 percent of Ohio Dominican students received some form of financial assistance. The University offers competitive financial aid packages and works hard to ensure you are receiving the maximum amount of aid available from federal, state and University resources. 

    How many areas of study and degrees are offered at ODU?

    ODU offers 45 undergraduate majors and 11 graduate programs to more than 2,300 students from nearby counties and countries around the world. Our student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1 and 88 percent of our faculty hold the highest degree in their field. 

    How does Ohio Dominican handle Advanced Placement (AP) Coursework? 

    The Ohio Dominican Office of Admissions encourages student to continue to challenge themselves and take full advantage of AP opportunities at their high school. Students must complete the AP exam offered at the end of each AP class in order to receive college credit. Official score reports must be sent directly to Ohio Dominican University (College Board code: 1131).  Students will be notified by the Registrar's Office of the credit or placement awarded. Click here ODU's AP credit grading policy.   

    What varsity sports do you offer?

    Ohio Dominican University is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic conference (GLIAC).  Sports offered include:  

      • Men’s - football, basketball, tennis, cross country, baseball, golf, track, soccer 
      • Women’s - volleyball, tennis, cross country, softball, golf, track, soccer, basketball 

    What is there to do in the local community?

    Columbus is the 15th largest city in the nation. It is the center of government for the state of Ohio and is home to six Fortune 500 companies. There are ample opportunities for spectator sports (minor league baseball, MLS, NHL), recreation, shopping, and various culture opportunities, including a vibrant dining and arts scene.  

    Are there internship opportunities in the community?

    There are internships available within the Columbus community. Positions may vary based on each students’ major and targeted career. In the ODU Career Development Center we encourage students to look at ODU JobLine for access to internships, part-time and full-time positions within the Central Ohio area. In addition, we encourage students to review local and national employers’ websites and www.ColumbusInternships.com for additional opportunities.  

    Are freshman required to live on campus?

    All students under 56 credit hours are required to live on campus. Students can seek an exemption from this residency requirement if they live within 40 miles of ODU with a parent or guardian.   

    Students seeking this exemption must complete a Housing Exemption form (complete with required documentation as stated on the form) and turn it into the Office of Residence Life for consideration.  Any student athlete receiving athletic aid is required to live on campus regardless of age. Housing requirement policies can be found in the ODU Student handbook online. For more ResLife info click here. 

    Is there a health facility on campus?

    Yes, services are provided by a physician assistant, nurse practitioner or registered nurse. For additional information, please click here. 

    Does your college offer aN EDUCATION abroad program?

    Yes, we do! The Education Abroad programs are available in a variety of forms: full semester, May term, Summer term, and work-and-teach programs. The 2013 Education Abroad programs offered opportunities to study in Spain, Portugal, Ireland, El Salvador, Greece, Turkey, and Costa Rica. 


    Transfer Students

    What is the application process for a transfer student?

    We have an extremely transfer-friendly admissions process with very clear cut steps. See the Transfer Student Landing Page for more details.

    How long will it take to complete my degree?

    Degree completion varies from student to student. Factors that can affect completion time are: the major you pursue, the grades you obtained in past coursework, and full- or part-time status here at ODU. An Admissions Counselor would be glad to audit your past coursework to provide you with a clear picture of credits you transferred and answer any questions.  

    I’ve gone to college in the past, but would rather not use those grades.  Can I just start over?

    If you have attended college in the past, the grades that you achieved there will follow you for life. To be considered for admission to ODU, you must provide transcripts from all of the institutions at which you were previously enrolled.   

    Do I need my official transcripts for the initial transfer evaluation?

    No. For your initial evaluation of credits, you may submit your unofficial transcripts via fax or email. However, after you have received the University's official acceptance letter, you must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities at which you were previously enrolled.

    What schools will you accept transfer credit from?

    Ohio Dominican will accept transfer credits from colleges or universities that are regionally accredited. The following is a list of regional accrediting agencies recognized by Ohio Dominican University:  New England Association of Schools & Colleges (EH), Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools (M), North Central Association of Colleges & Schools (NH), Northwest Commission on Colleges & Schools (NW), Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SC), Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WC or WJ). If you are unsure whether your past schools are regionally accredited, please call our office directly.

    Do you accept credits from the military?

    Yes! ODU will award credit to students with military training, experience and/or coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE).

    How long are my past college credits good for?

    In general, completed college coursework does not expire.

    Do I need to send my high school transcripts?

    If you have completed 24 or more semester credits (32 quarter credits) in college-level courses with a grade of C- or higher at your past institutions, you will not need to submit a high school transcript.

    How many credits will you accept from my past schools?

    We will accept all credits from college-level courses in which you received a C- or higher from four-year institutions. We will accept up to 68 semester credits (102 quarter credits) from college-level courses in which you received a C- or higher from two-year institutions.

    I already have my Bachelors degree, and want to become a teacher.  Can I get a teaching certification only?

    Yes! Ohio Dominican University offers teaching certification programs for Early, Middle and Secondary Education that will license you to teach.

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