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First Fridays

Campus Tours for Prospective CoS Undergraduate Students

Every First Friday of the Month

Visit the campus that feels like a destination


Discover Monarch Science!

Join us on the first Friday of every month (except January and July) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Take a deep dive into College of Sciences research and facilities, and learn more about our undergraduate programs offered at Old Dominion University.

Your "FIRST FRIDAYS" visit includes:

  • A tour of the College of Sciences facilities, including research labs & lecture rooms
  • A chance to interact with current Monarch students and faculty
  • A Q&A session with College of Sciences students and an admissions representative



If you have questions about First Fridays or would like to request more information, please contact us at You can also check out the CoS event calendar for other upcoming events, and the ODU Visitor's Guide for parking and location information. 

Kaplan Orchid Conservatory

The Arthur & Phyllis Kaplan Orchid Conservatory is home to the largest orchid collection in the Tidewater, Virginia area. The $2.1 million structure houses almost 3,000 square feet of greenhouse space for the orchid collection of late Norfolk physician Arthur Kaplan, a longtime grower of exquisite orchids. 

New Chemistry Building

The new Chemistry building features state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, a tutoring/active learning center, competitive teaching and research laboratories, faculty offices, and the Monarch's Premiere Planetarium/Digital Theater equipped with 3-D model simulation, free-flight navigation through the Universe, and a cutting-edge laser projector. This amazing facility offers an unrivaled chemistry education experience in the Commonwealth.

Lê Planetarium & Digital Theater

Since 1968, the Michael and Kimthanh Lê Digital Theater and Planetarium has not only enhanced formal education classes. The free, public shows enlighten the Hampton Roads community of what's happening in the world of astronomy.


Come visit us in-person, every First Friday of the month at 2pm! Click to register or request more information. The Pride is waiting for you!