Old Dominion University

Learning the modern way – the Old Dominion University way – isn’t one dimensional. It sparks your imagination, taps all of your senses, and makes use of today’s technologies. Our professors bring classrooms to life. They are the recipients of 26 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Awards, the highest honor for teaching and research in the state. Nearly 95% of our classrooms and modern buildings are packed with 21st century teaching technology. From our award-winning Career Management Center to our study abroad, Honors College and Center for Service and Civic Engagement, learning happens in and out of our classrooms. One thing is for certain, what you learn at ODU will prepare you to succeed anywhere.


ODU professors are masters in their fields, recognized by peers, organizations, businesses, and industries across the country. More than 75 professors have been named Fellows in national societies and professional organizations, and nearly 400 professional and academic journals are edited by ODU faculty. ODU’s Center for Sea Level Rise was tasked by the White House to undertake a two-year pilot project aimed at developing a ‘whole of government, whole of community’ approach to mitigating and adapting to life with rising seas. The project, which began in June 2014, will create a template for a model community response that can be adapted by other coastal regions in the future.


ODU was founded in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary, and became and independent institution in 1962, gaining university status in 1969. Offering 70 bachelor’s degrees, 54 master’s degrees and 42 doctoral degrees, Old Dominion University graduates the second-most students in the STEM and health care fields in the Commonwealth

University of Virginia

The University of Virginia is distinctive among institutions of higher education. Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University sustains the ideal of developing, through education, leaders who are well-prepared to help shape the future of the nation. The University is public, while nourished by the strong support of its alumni. It is also selective; the students who come here have been chosen because they show the exceptional promise Jefferson envisioned.


The University of Virginia is made up of eleven schools in Charlottesville, plus the College at Wise in southwest Virginia. U.Va. offers 51 bachelor’s degrees in 47 fields, 84 master’s degrees in 67 fields, six educational specialist degrees, two first-professional degrees (law and medicine), and 57 doctoral degrees in 55 fields. The University of Virginia remains the No. 2 best public university in the 2011 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In the 14 years since U.S. News began ranking public universities as a separate category, U.Va. has ranked either No. 1 or No. 2. U.Va. continues to rank in the Top 25 among the best of all national universities, public and private.

Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. The discovery and dissemination of new knowledge are central to its mission. Through its focus on teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement, the university creates, conveys, and applies knowledge to expand personal growth and opportunity, advance social and community development, foster economic competitiveness, and improve the quality of life.


Founded in 1872, Virginia Tech has the largest number of degree offerings in Virginia, more than 125 campus buildings, a 2,600-acre main campus, off-campus educational facilities in six regions, a study-abroad site in Switzerland, and a 1,800-acre agriculture research farm near the main campus. The campus proper is located in the Town of Blacksburg in Montgomery County in the New River Valley and is 38 miles southwest of Roanoke.

Commonwealth of Virginia

The Commonwealth of Virginia provides funding for the Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology program. Also known as the “Old Dominion”, Virginia was the first permanent New World English colony and is the oldest legislature in the Western Hemisphere. With a population over of over eight million, the Commonwealth has grown from a coal and agriculture-based economy to one where computer chips are the major export. With a burgeoning high-tech and aerospace sector, a wealth of colleges and universities offering science and technology degrees, and the home of two NASA facilities and a commercial spaceport, Virginia is poised to become a leader in the commercial space industry.