• New Student Info

    Students come to Ohio Dominican every year from around the world. We're here to help you make ODU your home while you are here.

    ODU's smaller campus and class sizes assure you plenty of personal attention from our faculty and staff. You will learn from professors who excel in their fields, enjoy teaching and care about your success. 

    Our staff will help you find and use the all the resources available to make your experience and education at ODU as fulfilling and easy as possible. 

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    Immigration Requirements 

    New Students from Other Countries 

    After you have received your I-20 from Ohio Dominican University, you should apply for your F-1 student visa at the United States Embassy or Consulate near your place of residence. 

    The U.S. consular official makes the ultimate decision as to whether the applicant is granted an F-1 student visa. 

    The student should be prepared to present the following to the visa officer:

    • I-20
    • Evidence of financial ability to meet expenses
    • Evidence of English ability sufficient for course of study
    • Evidence of intent to depart the U.S. after completion of studies
    • Passport valid for at least 6 months
    • Photograph (check with embassy for specific dimensions)International Students  
    • SEVIS fee payment proof

    For more information about visas and other steps you will need to take to prepare for studying in the United States, please visit Study in the States.

    F-1 Students Currently in the U.S. 

    If you plan to leave the U.S. and reenter to attend Ohio Dominican University and your F-1 entry visa in your passport is not valid, you should present your I-20 Form along with financial proof to a U.S. Consular Officer abroad to obtain a new F-1 visa.
    If you are planning to leave the U.S. and re enter to attend Ohio Dominican University and your F-1 visa is still valid for your entry, you should present your I-20 Form and financial proof to the inspecting immigration officer at the U.S. port of entry.

    F-1 Students who Transfer Directly from Another School Within the U.S. 

    You must follow the immigration transfer procedures. This includes students who have completed their studies and are currently on OPT (Optional Practical Training).You will need to do:

    • Complete the top portion of the International Student Advisor Report Form. Present the Form to your current foreign student advisor and have them complete this form and return to our office.
    • If you were not a full-time student at the last school you were authorized to attend, you should contact the Foreign Student Advisor at that school to discuss whether you need to apply for a reinstatement to F-1 status.

    For more information on Immigration to the United States, please see our immigration page.  

    Forms/Deposit Information

    Once you have received your ODU acceptance packet, complete the following items and return them to the International Office as soon as possible. These forms will be included in the acceptance packet you receive.

    • Housing form
    • Medical form
    • Arrival form
    • $150 (USD) Housing deposit
    • Packing

    For advice on what to pack, visit: http://educationusa.state.gov/predeparture/travel/pack.htm.

    Arrival Information

    If you are entering the U.S. for the first time as an F-1 student visa holder, visit www.ice.gov/sevis/factsheet/100104ent_stdnt_fs.htm for an overview of what you can expect when you arrive at a U.S. Port of Entry.


    All new international students are required to attend orientation before starting classes at Ohio Dominican.  Orientation helps students become familiar with campus and its resources; get ready for classes; understand ODU's classroom and faculty expectations; learn about academic resources such as tutoring and advising, and so much more!

    Billing Information

    The Business Office issues a statement for each semester's fees. Subsequent monthly statements are issued for accounts with unpaid balances. The Balance due on your statement can be paid by one of the following methods:

    • Full payment by cash, check, money order or credit card.  The University accepts Visa, Master Card, and Discover. Credit card payments may be made in person, by telephone (614) 251-4550, or by fax (614) 251-4456. 
    • When paying by phone or fax you will need
      • Credit Card Account Number
      • Expiration Date on the Card
      • Cardholder's Name
      • Student's Ohio Dominican Identification Number (ID number)
      • U.S. Dollar Amount to be Paid on the Account
    • You may also wire your payment. Please contact the International Office if you wish to wire your payment.
    • Monthly Payment plan permits payment of tuition, room and board and health insurance to be made in interest free monthly installments. (Fall semester payments due August 1 through December 1. Spring semester payments due January 1st through May 1st). The earlier students enroll in the program, the more likely the lowest payment option will be available. Deadlines for enrollment in the plans are listed online. Go to eCashier to enroll online and to start monthly payments. A $60.00 administrative fee is charged for this payment plan per semester. 
    • Unpaid Account Policies are charged a $25 late fee. Should your balance become past due, a finance charge of .66% will be compounded monthly on the unpaid balance. 
    • If no payment arrangements are made, students will be administratively withdrawn from classes which will impact the student's ability to study and remain in the United States. 
    • Registration for the upcoming semester will not be permitted if there is an unpaid balance or if the payment plan is delinquent. 
    • Holds will be placed on transcripts, diplomas and records of any kind for students having a past due balance on their account.

    How Much Money to Bring

    You should arrive with $2,000 to $4,000 to cover initial expenses. These funds will be used for expenses such as books, meals, supplies, transportation, etc. Do not carry cash - consider travelers checks, checking card, credit card or a bank draft. 

    Undergraduate Tuition, Fees and Expenses for the 2014-2015 Academic Year 


    There are two semesters in an academic year.  


    Tuition (per semester)

    $5,189 - ?

    Room & Board (per semester)


    Activity Fee (per semester)


     International Student Programming Fee (per semester)


    Heath Insurance (per semester)


    Personal Expenses (per year)

    Parking Permits Registration

    All motor vehicles (cars, trucks, etc.) parked on ODU campus must be registered with the Public Safety Department.

    Parking fees are $100 for a full year.

    To purchase a permit you must have:

    • Your ODU Identification Number 
    • Your vehicle license number and description 

    Permits are purchased through the Public Safety Website by completing the application. Your permit will be sent to you within a week and your account will be charged for your purchase.

    Questions related to billing and payment methods should be directed to the ODU Business Office at (614) 251-4550. 

    Health Insurance

    Health insurance is required by ODU and is a necessity in the U.S. because the cost of health care is extremely expensive.You will be automatically enrolled in ODU's health insurance policy for international students. 

    You will be billed $1,360 for one year. This amount will be split between your fall semester and spring semester bills. For more information on coverage, visit our insurance web page.

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