Congratulations! Welcome to the Monarch family.

Now that you're an ODU student, there are a few to-dos to get you started. 

An academic advisor will contact you after admission to help you plan your courses and get registered for class. Remember, your advisor is there to help you succeed, so ask them about anything that's not clear. They're experts in your degree programs, and they can connect you with University resources.

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    Set Up Student Accounts

    Learn Your University Identification Number (UIN)

    Your UIN is a unique 8-digit number that you'll use to identify your student record. Your offer of admission letter has your UIN in it. Save it and be sure to use it in all university-related correspondence.

    Enroll in Two-Factor Authentication 

    This adds a second layer of security to online accounts and is a requirement for all students.

    Activate Your Account in MIDAS (Monarch Identification and Authorization System)

    Your MIDAS user name and password give you access to ODU resources like email and Blackboard. ODU Information Technology Services (ITS) has resources to help you activate your MIDAS account.

    Log into the myODU Portal 

    The myODU portal has a checklist for new students, plus information and helpful links.

    Access your Accounts

    ODU Student Email

    Your ODU email account is activated automatically when you activate your MIDAS account. It's accessible about 10 minutes after your MIDAS account is activated. All official ODU communications will go to your ODU student email address. Please check it often.

    Access LEO Online

    LEO Online is ODU’s student/employee information system that provides access to official records, including personal information, grades, transcripts, registration, financial aid, and much more.

    Undergraduate Students

    Complete New Student Assessment

    New freshmen are required to take the Transition to College Inventory. New transfer students must take the Transfer Student Survey. Each has two parts: an assessment and a biographical questionnaire. Watch your ODU student email account for an invitation to start this process.

    Register for and complete the Undergraduate Writing Sample Placement Test

    If you are not transferring credit for ENGL 110C, you must take the writing sample placement test. Your advisor will direct you on how to access and complete this test. Students who do not have credit for ENGL 110C must pass this test before the end of their second semester. Your student success advisor can help you decide the best time to take ENGL 110C, as it may be a prerequisite to other needed coursework.

    Student Online Orientation

    We have an online orientation to help make your admission experience a smooth one. Your enrollment coordinator will give you directions on how to access and complete the orientation.

    Graduate Students

    Complete CITI Training

    All ODU graduate students must complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). CITI consists of seven core training modules in the fundamentals of responsible conduct of research. The goal is to enhance the professional development of all students, regardless of discipline.

    You must complete the CITI training within your first year of enrollment at ODU. For instructions, please visit the Office of Research.

    There are some extra steps you may need to take. Review the Navy College enrollment checklist here.