Students Say

“Midsized” and affordable Radford University is a “very student-oriented” public school in southwest Virginia that offers a pretty vast array of majors. Students call our attention to the business, nursing, education, and interior design programs in particular. “The professors here would have to be Radford’s greatest strength,” says a communication major. Many faculty members are “very personable, affable, and helpful.” They “want to teach.” “They’re easy to get in touch with and easy to talk to and ask questions,” adds a sociology major. Also, “classes are smaller, which makes it easier to get one on one attention.”

Overview

Applicants
7,737
Acceptance Rate
79%
Average HS GPA
3.20

GPA Breakdown

12%
Over 3.75
13%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
34%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
450 - 530
SAT Math
440 - 530
SAT Writing
430 - 520
ACT Composite
18 - 22

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record

Overall

Students Say

“Midsized” and affordable Radford University is a “very student-oriented” public school in southwest Virginia that offers a pretty vast array of majors. Students call our attention to the business, nursing, education, and interior design programs in particular. “The professors here would have to be Radford’s greatest strength,” says a communication major. Many faculty members are “very personable, affable, and helpful.” They “want to teach.” “They’re easy to get in touch with and easy to talk to and ask questions,” adds a sociology major. Also, “classes are smaller, which makes it easier to get one on one attention.” However, “general education classes can be excruciating” and the faculty is not great across the board. “When they’re just reading from PowerPoint presentations, it sucks,” says a psychology major. “And that happens too often.” Registration is “terrible” but Radford reportedly has “great people making the decisions.” “Overall, the administration is generally pretty helpful and usually very accessible.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
18:1
Total Faculty
717
with Terminal Degree
420

377
Women
340
Men
65
Minority

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
57%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Cartography
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral Other
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Jayma Mays
Actress, "The Millers" and award-winning TV show, "Glee"

Dr. Jim Esinhart
Executive VP of Global Biometrics, Chiltern International Ltd.

Dr. June St. Clair Atkinson
North Carolina State Superintendent of Schools

R.J. Kirk
CEO, Intrexon

C. Novel Martin, III
Chief Financial Officer, Medical Facilities of America

Michael Hurt
CEO, Amentra

Steve Robinson
Asst. Coach Men's Basketball, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
79
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bang For Your Buck

Particularly for students from Virginia, Radford provides a broad scope of academic opportunities, and distinctive level of academic attention, for a bargain price. Class sizes are smaller, and professor quality higher, than many other public universities. While most students do borrow to underwrite tuition, the average cumulative indebtedness falls below $30,000, making the investment in a Radford education fairly sustainable for most students. The average percentage of undergraduate need that’s met by the university is high, at over 80 percent. Undergraduate life is lively and largely concentrated on campus, with an emphasis on Greek organizations. Students seem content with the balance between studying and partying: “Radford University challenges me academically, yet allows me to have a great social life. My professors are amazing and I have met lifelong friends.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,235

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,998

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,186

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,333

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$7,292

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,386
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$18,626
Required Fees
$2,974
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,000
Transportation for Commuters
$1,400

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Radford is home to “lots of Virginians” and “a lot of females” but “not many minorities.” “There are students who dress somewhat different from the norm” and a few “hippie kids” but this is a “very preppy” campus and most students are “your typical college kids.” “I’d like to think there are more atypical people but they are few and far between,” admits a senior. Students describe themselves as “usually pretty friendly” and “fun to hang around.” Some students take academics very seriously. Others are “not serious about school” and simply “manage to coast through.” Socially, Radford is “clique oriented.” “The size of our school allows everyone to be known by someone, but no one knows everyone,” reflects a profound senior.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
8,885
Out of State
5%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
56

Demographics

1.45%
Asian
12.00%
African-American
5.49%
Hispanic
74.60%
Caucasian
1.17%
Unknown

56% female
44% male
5% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

Students Say

In a nutshell, “intramural sports, Greek life, and partying” pretty much sum up life at Radford. The “extremely gorgeous” and “beautifully manicured” campus is located in “a small quaint town” in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. “The area is rather boondockish” but the river near campus provides “excellent” recreational opportunities. “There are plenty of clubs and organizations,” too. There’s also “a great student center with bowling, pool tables, a movie theater, and other things.” It may well be that “most of the time the rumors are not even true” but “Radford is often touted as a party school.” “Drunken escapades” are pretty common and “Greek Life is a big deal.” Some students say that “it can be hard sometimes to get into parties” if you don’t pledge. Others disagree. “If you don’t want to go Greek, you don’t have to ever step foot in a frat house but you can still have a great time,” reports a junior. Many students often travel to nearby Blacksburg for even bigger parties at Virginia Tech as well. You can avoid the party scene altogether if you want. However, you “have to search a little harder for people to associate with or things to do that don’t involve mass alcohol consumption.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
36%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
74
First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
93

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
International Student
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
250
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations
14

13% join a fraternity
15% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Highlanders)
6 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Women's Sports (Highlanders)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

In May 2013, Radford submitted their Climate Action Plan (CAP) with a target climate neutrality date of 2040. RU has received the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification for six buildings, five of which are residence halls, the only university in Virginia to receive certification for residence halls. RU partnered with the city to provide a new Radford Transit system in 2011-2012 that provides expanded service and hours around campus and beyond. Also, a new car-sharing program in 2012 expanded transportation options for campus. Energy-efficiency measures continue to keep Radford ahead of the curve, including the fact that the main campus is 100 percent digitally sub-metered for electricity, water and steam. In seven residence halls, RU has installed infrared motion sensors and magnetic window contacts that change the room temperature set points, shutting off fans and lights when the room is unoccupied. There are five completed LEED-registered projects on campus within the last three years, three with a certification of LEED Gold (two still awaiting certification). There’s not a building on campus without a designated recycling area. Radford University has three full-time staff members in the sustainability office with additional campus staff working directly on energy conservation and efficiency efforts. There are many student clubs that have participated in sustainability events. The Service & Sustainability Week 2013 included movies with a discussion panel, service project and a host of other activities. Students interested in more formal training can earn a certificate in Sustainability and Environmental Studies. RU awarded its first Certificate in Sustainability and Environmental Studies in December 2012. Dining facilities are certified by Virginia Department of Environmental Quality as a Virginia Green Restaurant. RU’s trayless cafeteria continues to help decrease food waste and reduces the amount of water, chemicals and energy used in the cafeteria.

Green Rating
92
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
16%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
28

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
The Admissions Office
Visitation Coordinator

Address
PO Box 6903
Radford, VA 24142-6903

Phone
540-831-5371

Email
admissions@radford.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
New Student Fitness and Wellness Center opened fall 2014
The College of Business and Economics building, opened in 2012
The Covington Center for Visual and Performing Art
Hurlburt Student Center, including food court, game room and auditorium
Dedmon Center Complex, for cheering on the Highlanders at athletic events
For extracurricular activities, Radford University students can choose among 250 clubs and organizations, hundreds of intramural teams, and men's and women's NCAA sports teams. In addition, the Campus Activities Board sponsors weekly movies, lectures, debates and late-night programs, including well-known performers. Students also enjoy the open green spaces on campus for pick-up sports with friends or for solitude while studying. And as an acclaimed “green” campus, students actively participate in sustainability efforts. In 2015, the university will open its $49 million, 114,000-square-foot Center for the Sciences. And in 2016, a $52.8 million 143,600-square-foot academic facility will open that will serve as the new home to the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Radford City's Bisset and Wildwood parks and trails
Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway
New River and Roanoke Shopping Malls
The New River
Claytor Lake State Park
Situated just above the New River, thought to be one of the oldest in the world, RU provides a picturesque setting for a college career. Students can find an abundance of outdoor recreation such as boating, hiking, canoeing, bird watching and biking. In addition to the outdoor activities, students engage with the community in meaningful service projects and internship opportunities.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Year round.

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Please call 540-831-6194 to arrange a coach visit

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
rlineburg@radford.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Radford Transit, professionally operated by New River Valley Community Services, is a joint partnership between the City of Radford, Radford University, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration. Radford Transit provides safe, reliable and convenient public transit to Radford University students, faculty and staff and the citizens of Radford. Radford Transit connects passengers to all points on campus as well as connections to the SmartWay Bus, MegaBus, Lynchburg Amtrak station and the Roanoke Regional Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Interstate 81, take exit 109 onto U.S. Route 177 north. Follow Route 177 (which becomes Tyler Avenue) for about 4 miles. Turn right onto Main Street, and proceed one block to the university entrance on your right. The main entrance is marked by a large Radford University sign. As you enter, Martin Hall is on the right, with the Admissions Office in Room 115.

Local Accommodations
City of Radford and the New River Valley offer a variety of lodging, including historic bed and breakfast homes, brand as well as locally owned hotels and motels, and well-appointed cabins and vacation rentals. For more information on lodging and area attractions go to: www.visitradford.com
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Key Stats

7,737
Applicants
8,885
Size
79%
Acceptance Rate
980
SAT Scores

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