Be Part of the Panther Family

Parents and families play a crucial part in the lives of ODU students. Learn how we support your student from orientation to graduation and beyond. And discover opportunities for you to engage in your student’s life and the ODU community. After all, you're a part of our Panther family, too!

Family helping their student move in.

Here's how to get your student ready for their first semester.

Officially a Panther

A student meets with an Career Development Center advisor.

Here's a snapshot of your student's support network.

Support for My Student

ODU Marching Band marches across campus with Erskine Hall in the background.

Here's what life outside of the classroom can include.

Beyond the Classroom


Get Involved & Stay Connected

How can I connect with other ODU parents?

How will I know what’s happening at ODU?


How can you support ODU?

Are you interested in assisting students and parents with their transition to ODU? The admission office would love your help with communications and events! Please let us know how you'd be willing to help.

Have an internship or a job opportunity?  Post it!

Are you open to mentoring a student or hosting a job shadowing opportunity? Contact ODU Career Development and let us know how you would like to get involved

Show your Panther Pride!

Host your event at ODU

Give to ODU


Frequently Asked Questions

If you don't see your question, please see the Essential Resources for First-Year Success section below for a list of offices you can contact. Please note that some of these offices may not be able to release personal student information.

Officially a Panther

Support for My Student

Beyond the Classroom

ODU students at homecoming - they are sitting in a decorated golf cart as part of the golf-cart parade.

The word PANTHERS in large yellow bold type.


Essential Resources for First-Year Success

Please note that some of these offices may not be able to release personal student information.


Advising and Student Success Office
614-412-5046 |

  • Get to know your academic advisor and their contact information.
  • Outline your educational plan.
  • Clarify your academic and long-term goals.

Academic Resource Center (tutors, workshops, special academic plans)
614-251-4511 |

  • Having trouble in class? The ARC can help! Take advantage of peer tutoring, group study sessions, individualized academic coaching, and online resources.
  • Learning strategy, subject-specific tutoring, and writing support are available online or in person. Drop in or make an appointment!

Career Development Center
614-251-4733 |

  • Explore your career and major options.
  • Polish your resume and interviewing skills.
  • Get help finding internships and part- and full-time jobs on Handshake.

Accessibility Services
614-251-4234 |

  • Register with this office to receive necessary learning accommodations.
  • We are committed to providing students with disabilities,  injuries or chronic conditions equitable access to campus  locations and resources.

614-251-4752 |

  • This is the perfect place to study, relax between classes, and connect with students, faculty and staff!
  • Learn where to start with your research through online tutorials, and take advantage of research assistance in person, over the phone, on email or via chat.
  • We are a proud member of the OhioLINK consortium, which gives students the opportunity to borrow from other Ohio libraries and academic institutions at no cost.

Health & Wellness

Health Services | COPC Care Forward Center
614-259-0910 |

  • Health Services is open to all students requiring primary care, assessment, evaluation and treatment options.
  • The ODU Student Wellness Clinic is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wellness Center (health and counseling services)
614-251-4570 |

  • Individual counseling and consultation is available to  students who are experiencing personal adjustment, social or psychological problems.
  • All services are free to students who are enrolled at ODU, whether full or part time.


Campus Ministries
614-251-4563 |

  • Attend Mass, Reconciliation, educational programs, community service opportunities, bible studies, interfaith programming, and discussion groups throughout the semester.
  • A prayer/meditation space is available in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center. Students of all faiths are welcome.

Center for Student Involvement
614-251-7649 or 614-427-3485 |

  • Looking to get involved on campus? This is the place!
  • Explore student organizations and service opportunities.
  • Check out opportunities for leadership.

Office of Diversity & Social Justice
614-251-4557 |

  • Participate in campus wide social, cultural, and educational programming that encourages identity exploration.
  • Additional support services are available for historically underrepresented students.

Residence Life
614-252-4718 |

  • Have a question about student housing and floor programs? This office can help!
  • Receive help as you adjust to on-campus living.

Campus Safety

Office of Public Safety
614-251-4700 |

  • Call Public Safety anytime you need help on campus.
  • Get your Student ID and parking permit through this office.

Business Services

Business Office (bills, food plans, etc.)
614-251-4550 |

  • Pay tuition or set up your monthly payment plan through Nelnet by Aug. 6.
  • Purchase meal points for your Panther ID card.
  • Be sure to sign your Financial Responsibility Agreement before the start of your classes!

Computer Helpdesk
614-253-3633 |

  • Having technical difficulties? The Helpdesk handles all customer service questions regarding Wi-Fi, computers, ODU email and printing.

Financial Aid (scholarships, grants, loans, work study, etc.)
614-251-4778 |

  • We’re happy to help answer questions about your financial aid package.
  • Eligible students can learn about available work-study jobs.

Not sure who to contact?