Odu Admissions Essay Topic

Freshman Application Checklist

Required Items

  • Online Application
  • $50 fee (non-refundable)
  • Official High School Transcript or GED Transcript
  • Official SAT/ACT scores* or Apply Test Optional

* Applicants who choose not to participate in Score Choice, the SAT score-reporting policy, benefit as ODU will receive all test results and can review the highest section scores from multiple test dates.

Optional Items

  • Activity Resume
  • 1-3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Essay - 400 word maximum, topic of your choice
  • Official AP test scores or Dual Enrollment Transcript
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Applying Test Optional

Our "Test Optional" program allows high school students with at least a 3.3 GPA in a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum seeking first-time entry to the university the option to be considered for admission without regard to SAT or ACT results. Students selecting to be reviewed by the test optional program may still be considered for merit-based scholarships by submitting SAT or ACT test scores even if they wish for them not to bear on their admission application. Not all applicants may be eligible to be considered for review under the test optional program, nor does selection of test optional guarantee admission to the university.


  • If you choose to mail credentials* to our office, each set of official transcripts must be keptin its original sealed envelope, then placed in a new, larger envelope, and mailed to ODU. Opened transcripts are considered unofficial and cannot be used in the application process.
  • In order to correctly match credentials to applications, please list your complete legal name and date of birth on all documents.

* Sealed transcripts placed in a new, larger envelope may be mailed to:

Old Dominion University
1004 Alfred B. Rollins Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment is treated the same as any other transfer credit, and require that official transcripts from the appropriate institution sent to ODU. To see how your credits will be accepted at ODU, use Monarch TRANSFERmation.

Admission to a Specific Degree Program

Admission to Old Dominion University does not guarantee admission to a specific degree program. The following programs require an additional application once a student has been admitted to the university:

  • Cytotechnology
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Environmental Health
  • Medical Technology
  • Nuclear Medicine Technology
  • Nursing
  • Ophthalmic Technology

AP, IB. and Cambridge Credit

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and Cambridge Advanced A/AS exams are a great way to earn college credit in high school. Send your scores to ODU through the College Board using the CEEB code: 005126. Freshman applicants may also have scores indicated on their high school transcript.

Course Equivalencies

Non-Traditional Freshman

Non-traditional freshman applicants (students who graduated from high school, or received a GED, more than two years ago and who have never enrolled at a regionally accredited college or university) who graduated more than three years ago are not required to submit official SAT/ACT test scores.

Application Dates

Fall Admission

Early ActionDec. 1Applicants receive priority consideration for merit-based scholarships and are notified by January 15. Early action offers of admission are non-binding
Regular DecisionRolling

Applicants will be evaluated and notified on a rolling basis.

Spring Admission

Regular Decision

Oct. 1Applicants will be notified early January.

After Applying

Check Your Application Status

Students can check the status of their application through our online status check. From the admissions menu, students can view their status/application decision and check the dates that the office received their credentials. Note: Students who did not submit their social security number with their application, will need to contact the Office of Admissions at 757-683-3685 to log-in to the online status check.

Decision Notification

Students will receive notification of their admissions decision via the mail or can find out by using the online status check. Decisions will be mailed to the address submitted on the application. If a student is accepted to Old Dominion University, the acceptance packet will include information regarding the enrollment steps. If a student elects to use the online status check, the decision will be posted in the "Application Status" section as soon as it is made.

As an undergraduate student in the ODU Department of Music you have three degree options and a music minor option, all with particular emphases.

Take time to explore these options below and see what ODU has to offer. Although ODU is large, the Department of Music is a small community featuring one-on-one mentoring with faculty, access to world-renowned guest artists, many performance opportunities and abundant chances to collaborate with peers. Private lessons are taught by nationally recognized faculty who are experts in their specific fields. Whether you are interested in performance, music education, music theory and composition, or sound recording technology, the ODU Department of Music can help you realize your aspirations.

Academic Program Options

Bachelor of Music | B.M.

Bachelor of Music in Performance, Composition or Sound Recording Technology

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Bachelor of Music, Music Education | B.M.E.

Bachelor of Music Education with vocal or instrumental certification or both

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Bachelor of Arts in Music | B.A.

Bachelor of Arts in Music with optional emphasis in History, Theory or Jazz

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Minor in Music

Music Minor with emphasis in History, Composition or Performance.

Learn more

Application Process

Step 1: Apply to ODU

Complete and submit the ODU Application for Undergraduate Admission early.
Early application is strongly advised. Applications completed by Dec 1 receive priority consideration for merit based, academic scholarships. Admission to the Department of Music is selective and based on an audition. A letter of acceptance from ODU Undergraduate Admissions does not signify admission into a Department of Music degree program. Official notification of acceptance into any music program will come in the form of an email from the ODU Department of Music notifying applicants of its admissions decision. While Department of Music scholarship consideration is extended to all who audition, at any time, offers to incoming, new students are typically made by the end of March.

Step 2: Apply to the Department of Music

A separate Department of Music Application is required in addition to your ODU Undergraduate Admission Application.

You do not need to be admitted to ODU Undergraduate Admissions prior to submitting your Music Application.

Prepare the following for your Music Application:

  1. Two References: Name, title institution/company information, email address, and phone number for each of the two academic references: one music reference to include your music director or private teacher, one non-music reference to include advisor, guidance counselor, community leader, etc. Ask these individuals to submit recommendation letters in support of your application. Each recommender will receive an auto-email with submission instructions.
  2. Essay: A 300-500 word essay describing your involvement in music as well as your objectives and professional aspirations.
  3. Repertoire List: Titles and composers of pieces studied intensively and considered part of your solo repertoire, including technical studies, ensemble repertoire.
  4. Artistic Resume: A brief overview of your musical background including private study, performances, ensembles, repertoire, awards, etc. You can type directly into the application or upload an existing resume. Vocalists should include a head shot or picture.
  5. Recorded Audition* (optional) Only uploaded video qualifies for audition; audio alone will not be considered.

*DVD, CD, YouTube (or similar) submissions received by postal mail or email are not accepted and will neither be reviewed nor acted upon if received.

IMPORTANT: You will receive an Application Confirmation email immediately upon successful submission of your Music Application. Email support@getacceptd.com if you do not receive a confirmation email. Applications must be successfully submitted in order to be considered.

Step 3: Track the Status of Your Application Materials

Audition dates/times are confirmed only after receipt of complete application materials. You are responsible for tracking the status of your application materials, as outlined below:

  • Recommendations: Login to GetAcceptd.com to track the submission status of your recommendation letters. You are strongly encouraged to follow-up with recommenders to ensure that your letters are submitted by Application Deadlines.
  • ODU Undergraduate Admissions Application: check your Application Status frequently.

Step 4: Audition

An audition date will be confirmed via email onlyafter receipt of complete application materials. Applicants who submit complete application materials after the designated deadline will be confirmed for an audition time only if space is available.

Click here to view specific audition requirements.

Music Education Interview: Applicants who select Music Education as their major will be scheduled for interviews with music education faculty on the audition date to establish their potential as education majors. The interview will be considered along with audition results in the decision process.

Placement Examinations
All incoming students, regardless of background, will take theory and ear training placement exams on the audition day. The results of these exams determine the level you will enter. Click here to view the placement levels.

Admission Audition Information

Thank you for your interest in the ODU Department of Music. Carefully review all application and audition information before beginning your application. All undergraduate applicants except those interested in the B.A. in Music are required to perform a live audition or upload a recorded audition. While entry into the B.A. program does not require an audition, eligibility for all music scholarships at ODU does. Therefore, we strongly encourage B.A. candidates to audition. See audition dates and deadlines below. To apply, go to https://app.getacceptd.com/odmusic or click on the red Submit Your Online Application button below.

Submit Your Online Application

Admission Deadlines

Complete Application Materials include: ODU Undergraduate Admission Application, Department of Music Application consisting of Essay, Two Letters of Recommendation, Artistic Resume and Composition Portfolio (if applicable).

Complete Application Materials for BM, BME, Music Minor must be received by:to audition on this date:
December 30, 2017January 6, 2018
February 3, 2018February 10, 2018
February 12, 2018February 19, 2018
March 10, 2018 (Instrumental only)March 17, 2018
April 17, 2018April 24, 2018

Incomplete applications are not considered. You may still apply to ODU and/or the Department of Music after these designated deadlines. However, applicants who submit complete application materials after the designated deadline will be confirmed for an audition date only if space is available. Applicants are responsible for tracking the status of recommendation letters.

If you have any technical questions about submitting your materials, you can reach out to Acceptd's support team at support@getacceptd.com or 1.888.725.2122 extension 2.

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