By the numbers: ODU welcomes freshmen

Terry Durkin, housing and residence life facilities manager, helps students at Whitehurst Hall. (Southside Daily -- Courtesy of Chuck Thomas/ODU)
Terry Durkin, housing and residence life facilities manager, helps students at Whitehurst Hall. (Southside Daily — Courtesy of Chuck Thomas/ODU)

NORFOLK — Old Dominion University kicked off the 2019-20 academic year by about 3,100 freshmen during Move-In Day last Friday and Spirit Rally.

Here are some quick facts about the campus for the Class of 2023:

  • ODU has 14 residential communities, with a total of 56 buildings.
  • There is about 1.3 million square feet of residential living space.
  • The University is home to 13 living-learning communities.
  • About 4,800 students, half of whom are freshmen, live in residence halls.
  • The university employs more than 275 students as resident assistants, office assistants, desk receptionists and night desk receptionists.
  • The campus has four dining halls: Broderick Dining Commons, Whitehurst Hall, Café 1201 in Webb Center and Rogers Café in Rogers Hall. Students living on campus are required to be on a meal plan.
  • Old Dominion has 148 buildings across 335 acres.
  • The more than 19,000 undergraduate and nearly 5,000 graduate students can join more than 300 student organizations.

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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.