Summer Studies

Summer provides an ideal time for incoming freshmen to get a head start, current students to get ahead, transfer students to enroll, and professionals to update their skills. 

Learn from world-class faculty in the convenience of your home or office, all at Virginia's most affordable public doctoral university.

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Current Students

Register for your summer classes like you would for the Fall or Spring semester. 

Use LEO Online for registration, scheduling or to make payment online. Housing information is available on the ODU Housing Portal.

Visiting Students

Visiting students (also known as non-degree seeking students) must complete and submit an application for admission to enroll in any courses.

As a visiting student, you have access to ODU's renowned faculty, classes, and support services. To apply as a visiting student, in your ODU application:

  • For "what type of student are you," select Non-Degree Certificate/Visiting Student
  • For "which program would you like to study," select Non-Degree
  • For "Term," select Summer
  • Under Fee Waiver Eligibility, select I am a visiting student taking summer classes
  • Allow 48 hours for processing non-degree application

Our student support and services are available for visiting students. Contact us at for additional information.

To have coursework transferred back to your home institution, request an official transcript after all grades have been loaded.

Apply to ODU as an Online Student  |  Apply to ODU as a Campus Student


Current teachers should consider ODU's summer studies for:

  • Recertification Points
  • Access to Education and Content-area courses
  • Remote learning courses
  • Maymester plus six-week and twelve-week classes
  • Use LEO Online to access all schedule, registration, and payment sites

Incoming Students

Want to start earning credits before the Fall? Explore our summer course catalog to determine which classes you can cross off your list. Enjoy the same faculty, classes, services, and remote and online learning opportunities you will come to appreciate during your years at ODU!

Enroll and begin classes as early as May or as late as July.

Contact the Office of Summer Studies or 757-683-3261 with any questions you may have.

Returning Students

Returning students, sometimes referred to as continuing or readmit students, are degree-seeking students who previously attended Old Dominion University and have been gone from the university for at least one year.

All undergraduate degree-seeking students who voluntarily separated from the university while in good academic standing are eligible to apply to be readmitted. 

There are a few steps to follow before you can start your summer courses, which can be found here.

Enroll in one of nearly 1,500 undergraduate and graduate courses offered on campus and online.

ODU's summer schedule offers several sessions with different start and stop dates.

  • Maymester is three weeks long and occurs during the month of May. Class meeting times are 3-1/2 hour slots.
  • Session 1 is six weeks long and begins in May.
  • Session 2 is six weeks long and begins in June.
  • Session 3 includes 12-week courses and short/condensed courses and begins in May.

You can search for Maymester and Summer courses in our Course Search website or LEO Online. Start and end dates are listed on each course.

The add/drop deadline varies by session, so please refer to the Academic Calendar for specific dates. (Short courses in Session 3 must be dropped before the course start date.)

To drop a class, you must log in to LEO Online and drop the course from your schedule. Courses are not dropped automatically if you fail to appear. 

Summer Academic Calendar   Explore Courses

When you register for class, you are responsible for paying tuition and fees for that course. 

Failure to drop a course before the drop deadline does not excuse students from financial responsibility for any courses for which they have registered.

In Summer 2024, the tuition deadline is July 8.

Summer Financial Aid

These academic resources are available to students registered for summer courses.

ODU Tutoring Centers

Course-Specific Tutoring

We've connected with for tutoring services in over 100 undergraduate courses. To use this resource, you will log in to Canvas, select your course, and find the link. Learn more about course-specific tutoring here.

Other ODU Resources

University Libraries  

Office of Educational Accessibility

TRiO: Student Support Services