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Old Dominion University Earns Prestigious Research 1 Designation from Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

By Amber Kennedy

Old Dominion University earned the Research 1 Classification, indicating "very high research activity," from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, placing it among the highest level of research institutions in the United States. The Carnegie Classification® has been the leading measure of research activities at U.S. colleges and institutions for more than half a century.

The University joins a group of just 137, or 5%, of four-year research institutions with the R1 classification in the nation. The classification, produced this year by the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, is published every three years. Previously, ODU was ranked as a Research 2 institution for doctoral institutions with "high research activity."

The Research 1 designation represents a key step in recruiting high-quality faculty and students, obtaining prestigious and larger research grants, and attracting industry and government agency partners.

"This is a significant milestone for our campus community and a historic moment in our research efforts," said President Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D. "ODU is truly honored to join the elite ranks of the nation's top-producing research institutions, which comprise less than 5% of all institutions. Our faculty are so deserving of this prestigious honor and the limitless opportunities and well-deserved recognition that come with it!"