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Students celebrating at 2015 Graduation Ceremony

How do I contribute?

  • Online: Using your Visa, American Express, or Master Card. You will receive an electronic receipt by e-mail.
  • In Person: Visit us in the Office of Development at 4417 Monarch Way, 4th floor Receptionist Desk. We will also have tables on campus throughout the semester including the Grad Finale Fair and Senior Brunch.

How much should I give?

The SCC is asking all seniors to give $20.17 in honor of their graduation year but you are welcome to give at whatever dollar amount in which you are comfortable. Any contribution is welcomed and appreciated by the Student Philanthropy Council and ODU. Your participation is what counts.

Why are students asked to support ODU? Don't I already pay a huge tuition?

FACT: ODU has one of the states more affordable tuition rates.

Old Dominion University is funded by three major sources: tuition, state funding, and private giving Tuition and state funding provides critical financial stability, ensuring a source of financial support year after year, but it does not cover daily expenses.

While tuition costs are significant, it is important to note that tuition dollars represent only 62% of the actual cost of an ODU education per student. Private giving makes up the difference. It is the financial lifeblood sustaining the university's day-to-day mission of delivering a transformational education characterized by excellence, leadership, and service. The additional 38% of the cost of an ODU education per student comes from the private support of ODU alumni, faculty, and friends of the university.

Why should I care?

Think about your time here at ODU and what it has truly meant to you. Most of the memorable experiences you had were made possible because of the generous support of alumni, faulty, and friends of ODU. Without their contributions many of the events you attended, the facilities and technology you utilized, and the free perks you experienced (OCCS services, shuttle services, safe ride and escort services, free iPad usage, and free gym membership with access to various free hiking, kayaking, and gym equipment and exercise classes, etc.) wouldn't be possible. What better way to show them your appreciation than to "DONATE" it forward to a good cause....your fellow Monarchs!

Why does my gift matter?

The SCC's gift to ODU has the ability to make a profound impact with the size of its support. It all depends on our ability to participate. If every senior at ODU contributed with a gift of $20.17, we could give $90,821 to our alma mater for scholarships!

What's in it for me?

  • All SCC donors will be recognized on the website's Honor Roll
  • You will receive a Philanthropy Honor Cord to commencement to show your support of student scholarships
  • Not to mention the knowledge that your gift went to improve the ODU experience for future Monarchs will make you feel all warm inside.

Your gift will also improve the quality of the education at ODU, thus adding to its prestige. This, in turn, increases the value of your ODU degree. As ODU continuously improves your ODU degree continues to be a wonderful asset throughout your life.

What does my Senior Class Challenge gift support?

Your gift goes directly to the ODU Student Concordia Award. The ODU Student Concordia Award is all about students helping students. "Concordia" which means unity in Latin is what it is all about. This award will be completely funded by donations from the student body and will be awarded to a Monarch each semester.

What is "University Priorities?"

If you decide to contribute to University Priorities your contribution will go where ODU needs your help the most. This could be any one of ODU's departments, initiatives, and programs. Every year thousands of alumni, faculty, staff, and ODU parents donate to University Priorities and their donations are put towards, technology advances, the hiring of quality professors, various student activities/event, new and renovated facilities, etc.