Vision, Mission, and Core Values


Together, we will be a forward-focused public research university that is both innovative and entrepreneurial in propelling Old Dominion University to national and international prominence.

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Old Dominion University (ODU) is a preeminent public research university located in Coastal Virginia. Our world-class faculty fosters dynamic on-campus and global online learning for undergraduate and graduate students that enriches their lives, promotes insightful and perceptive leadership, and motivates the pursuit of excellence in dedicated fields and professions. We collaborate with strategic partners to address challenges and propose solutions that impact the economy, environment, health and wellness, and social justice. In pursuit of equity and inclusion, ODU provides opportunities for educational, artistic, and professional growth to our diverse Monarch community.

Core Values


Nurture an accessible culture that grants educational, social, professional, and scholarly opportunities for all members of our diverse community



Foster a sense of collaboration through synergistic approaches and shared governance



Pursue excellence through student success and faculty and staff achievements


Global Engagement

Promote global engagement through intercultural understanding, shared knowledge, and innovative approaches to advancing international collaborations and stewardship



Commit to building an inclusive community that encourages empathy, mutual understanding, and the recognition of differences



Leverage our strengths to cultivate and educate the next generation of innovators by solving today’s regional and global demands and addressing tomorrow’s challenges



Nurture a climate of care, concern, civility, and respect for self, others, the institution, and our society