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Academics

“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.”

Student Body

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.

Campus Life

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.”

Overview

Applicants
7,447
Acceptance Rate
81%
Average HS GPA
3.17

GPA Breakdown

13%
Over 3.75
12%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
32%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
430 - 530
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
430 - 520
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
410 - 510

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
17 - 22

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — December 1


Other Admission Factors

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
735
with Terminal Degree
439

398
Women
337
Men
70
Minority
12
International

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
56%
Graduate in 6 years
58%

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
  • 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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


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

Marty Smith
ESPN Commentator

R.J. Kirk
CEO, Intrexon

Eugenio Pineiro
US Commercial Commissioner

Stacey Fraser
Founder, Pink Chicken

Joseph Yost
Virginia House of Delegates

Marylynn Magar
Florida House of Representatives

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
56%
Graduate in 6 years
58%

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,754

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,110

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,221

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
69%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,103

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$8,632

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$7,407
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$19,042
Required Fees
$3,220
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,131
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
8,453
Foreign Countries Represented
54

Demographics

1.46%
Asian
15.21%
African-American
7.00%
Hispanic
69.33%
Caucasian

57% female
43% male
5% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
35%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Office

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Angela M Devore-Greene

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation of the Diagnosis from provider with Functional limitations and severity.

Documentation Required for ADHD

Diagnosis from individual performing assessment complete with functional limitations, severity, impact on learning environment, recommended academic and testing accommodations.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
250
Number of Honor Societies
16

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
14

14% join a fraternity
15% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

3% participate in intercollegiate sports

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.

90/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
8%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

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 Recreation & Wellness Center (opened fall 2014)
College of Business & Economics building (Kyle Hall) (opened fall 2012)
College of Humanities & Behaivoral Science building and Starbucks (2016)
Hurlburt Student Center, including food court, game room and auditorium
Dedmon Center Complex, for cheering on Highlander Div 1 athletic events
For extracurricular activities, Radford University students can choose among 270 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. The university offers a variety of undergraduate research opportuities, unique to many colleges, both on-campus and off-campus in the community and at unique locations such as Alaska, the Carribean and the Amazon. In 2016, the university opened the 114,000-square-foot Center for the Sciences, which also has a state-of-the-art planetarium, Museum of the Earth Sciences and award-winning Radfor Universit Forensic Science Institute) and 143,600-square-foot College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (that includes a large Starbucks) - both with modern classrooms, laboratories and technology that foster collaborative learning and research.

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 (scenic river, great for recreation)
Claytor Lake State Park
Situated just above the New River, thought to be one of the oldest in the world, Radford University 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. The university's Selu Conservancy, situated along the Little River, offers 380 acres for both hands-on scientific research and recreation. 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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