Radford University

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PO Box 6890

Radford, VA 24142

Phone: (540) 831-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#32 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Radford University is a public institution that was founded in 1910. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,610, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 191 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Radford University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 32. Its in-state tuition and fees are $9,026 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,745 (2013-14).

Radford University is located in the New River Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwest Virginia. The school, often abbreviated to RU, offers more than 150 academic programs, including graduate degrees in business, health, and art. Students have many ways to get involved on the RU campus. There are more than 200 student organizations, more than 20 fraternities and sororities, and recreational sports to explore. Students can also join RU’s numerous media outlets, such as the Exit 109 literary and arts magazine, The Tartan newspaper, and the Radio Free Radford online station. Student athletes can join the roughly 17 RU Highlanders varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference. Students who want get some exercise off campus can go bicycling, kayaking, or fishing in the nearby river and mountains. Notable RU alumni include actress Jayma Mays, who plays Emma Pillsbury in the Fox television show Glee.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Founded in 1910, Radford University is a comprehensive, mid-sized university located in the heart of southwestern Virginia. With small class sizes, rigorous academics, a strong emphasis on service to others and a beautiful 191-acre campus, RU provides an education that is focused on developing the student both inside and outside of the classroom. RU's Honors Academy, LEAD Scholars Program, Service Learning, Scholar-Citizen initiative and International Education provide further opportunities for motivated students to pursue additional academic engagement, community engagement and leadership opportunities.

RU features a student body of approximately 9,500 and nationally recognized faculty-student collaborations. The university's size enables it to provide its students with the broad opportunities and advantages often associated with a larger university. At the same time, RU provides unique opportunities for students and faculty members to develop highly personalized relationships that enrich the educational experience. RU was recognized as one of 75 public universities in the nation in Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges for 2013."

The university offers 69 degree programs in 39 disciplines and two certificates at the undergraduate level; 21 masters programs in 16 disciplines; three doctoral programs; and one post-master's and seven post-baccalaureate certificates. Recognizing the growing societal need for additional professionals in the allied health sciences, the university recently added doctoral degrees in psychology, physical therapy, and nursing practice, and a master's in occupational therapy. The first Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees were awarded in 2011.

Radford University supports a culturally diverse student population through over 200 student clubs and organizations. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion helps provide a student learning environment that respects diversity and encourages individuals to appreciate and value the differences that makes them unique.

Competing in the Big South Conference, sponsor of the Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (Big SURS), Radford University operates an outstanding NCAA Division I athletic program with 19 varsity teams: 11 women's teams and 8 men's teams. The university's athletics complex includes an array of modern fields, courts and stadiums. A comprehensive intramural program provides the entire student body with opportunities to participate in recreational and competitive sports.

Progress continues on a $300 million building and renovation program designed to transform its American classic campus with 21st century opportunities. A 2009 renovation of Young Hall has created one of the most technologically advanced academic buildings in the United States. A $44 million signature building for the College of Business and Economics was opened in fall 2012. Construction of a state-of-art Center for the Sciences and new Student Fitness and Wellness Center is underway, with completion projected in 2014.

Radford University is recognized for its commitment to sustainability and responsible stewardship of economic, social and environmental resources. RU was named one of the Top 311 Green Colleges in the Nation by The Princeton Review.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1910
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $37,131,062


When applying to Radford University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is December 1. The application fee at Radford University is $50. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.4 percent and an early acceptance rate of 86.7 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.4%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Radford University is 19:1, and the school has 36 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Radford University include: Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Business Administration and Management, General; Physical Education Teaching and Coaching; Psychology, General; and Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 19:1
4-year graduation rate 42%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 10%
Business Administration and Management, General 7%
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 7%
Psychology, General 6%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 6%

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Student Life

Radford University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 8,610, with a gender distribution of 44 percent male students and 56 percent female students. At this school, 36 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 64 percent of students live off campus. Radford University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 9,573
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Radford University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Radford University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Radford University, 28 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Radford University.

Students who have cars on campus 28%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Radford University, 51.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,892.

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In-state tuition and fees $9,026 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $20,745 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,156 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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