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(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Old Dominion University)
(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Old Dominion University)

NORFOLK — Old Dominion University’s online programs earned a No. 1 ranking as the Top College in Virginia by OnlineColleges.com.

Rankings for OnlineColleges.com are evaluated based on factors such as tuition costs, financial aid, academic services, career services and credit offerings. ODU received a score of 98.13. OnlineColleges.com ranks traditional colleges and universities that offer programs online, as well as institutions without traditional campuses.

“We are proud to offer Old Dominion University’s world-class programs to our online learners,” said Andy Casiello, associate vice president for Distance Learning. “We strive for excellence in online learning and work hard to maintain consistently high quality in all aspects of our operation. As a result of this team effort between our amazing faculty and staff, our student satisfaction rate is over 95%.”

OnlineColleges.com also notes that Old Dominion University is a Military Friendly Schools Gold Award recipient. That means certain programs are geared toward credits earned through prior military experience. Through ODUOnline, Old Dominion offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate programs, as well as graduate certificates. Areas of study are diverse, including engineering, cybersecurity, computer science, nursing and education.

Student resources also factor into ODU’s top rankings. These include academic program advisors, technical support, tutoring, mentoring, library services and more.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.