We're happy you're here! Now that you're an ODU student, there are just a few things to finish up.
The myODU portal has a checklist for new students, plus information and helpful links to complete tasks.*
* If you have received an offer of admission, please make sure you are ready to enroll in online classes at ODU by talking to an academic advisor. Please note that some of ODU's online bachelor degrees are degree-completion, which means you should have college credits to transfer to ODU in order to satisfy program requirements.
Undergraduate Student Online Orientation
We have an online orientation to help make your admission experience a smooth one. In a series of three Blackboard modules, the orientation covers the undergraduate topics on this page, and more!
Your ODUOnline Student Success Advisor will contact you directions on how to access and complete your orientation online.
Additional first steps:
1. Save Your University Identification Number (UIN)
Your UIN is a unique 8-digit number that is used to identify your student record. Your UIN is included in your offer of admission letter. Write it down or save it in a place where you can refer to it. If you do not have have your UIN, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and date of birth, or call 757-683-4425 (you will be asked to provide information to prove your identity).
2. Activate Your Account in MIDAS (Monarch Identification and Authorization System)
Your MIDAS user name and password give you access to ODU resources, such as student email and Blackboard. ODU Information Technology Services (ITS) has both a video tutorial and printable instructions on how to activate your MIDAS account.
3. Access ODU Student Email
Your ODU email account is activated automatically when you activate your MIDAS account and is accessible about 10 minutes after your MIDAS account is activated. To access email, visit http://monarchs.odu.edu. Login with your MIDAS ID and password, and you should be redirected to your email account. For help with your email account, please contact ITS.
All official ODU communications will be sent to your ODU student email address. Please check it regularly!
Because ODU uses Gmail for student email, you also have access to Google 's G Suite for Education. ITS has more details about these online software applications.
4. Review "How to Succeed"
We've a guide to help you in your journey as an ODUOnline student: How to Succeed as an Online Student
5. Review Transcript Evaluations, if necessary
Once admitted, you can view your awarded credits (transfer, military, AP, IB, CLEP and DANTES) using LEO Online.
Your Student Success Advisor will provide a curriculum evaluation for your major that details how awarded transfer credits are applied to your degree. If you believe that you have not been awarded credit appropriately, your Student Success Advisor will give you information on the transfer evaluation review process.
If you are currently enrolled in courses at another college or university, please have an official transcript sent to us as soon as your final grade and degree (if applicable) have been posted. This will enable us to update your records and provide you with proper academic advising. In addition, please remember to submit official test scores for any AP, IB, CLEP or DANTES scores for which you are seeking credit.
6. Complete New Student Assessment (undergraduate only)
The Transition to College Inventory (for new freshmen) and the Transfer Student Survey (for new transfers) are University requirements. Each has two parts: an assessment and a Biographical Questionnaire. Monitor your ODU student email account for an invitation to start this process.
7. Register for and complete the Undergraduate Writing Sample Placement Test (undergraduate only)
All undergraduate transfer students who are not transferring in credit for ENGL 110C are required to take the Writing Sample Placement Test.
When completing the ODUOnline Student Success orientation in Blackboard, you will be directed on how to access and complete this test, if needed. Students who do not have credit for ENGL 110C are required to pass the WSPT before the end of their second semester. If they do not pass, they must discuss the exam with a Writing Center counselor before registering for the second semester.
8. Graduate Students: Complete CITI Training
All ODU graduate students must complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) seven core training modules in the fundamentals of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). This policy was adopted with the understanding that the knowledge and philosophy presented in the RCR training can enhance the professional development of all students, regardless of discipline.
The CITI training must be completed within your first year of enrollment at ODU. For instructions, please visit the Office of Research web site.
Navy College Students
There are some additional steps you may need to take. Review the Navy College Enrollment Checklist here.