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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
Radford is an above-average public university located in Radford, Virginia. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 7,556 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Radford acceptance rate is 75%. Popular majors include Liberal Arts and Humanities, Psychology, and Criminal Justice and Safety Studies. Graduating 59% of students, Radford alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,400.
801 East Main St.
Radford, VA 24142
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Big South Conference

Radford University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

RU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
75%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
890-1060
ACT Range
18-22
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$15,636/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,917/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
81%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.69 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.84 responses
69%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.84 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
3
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
2
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
1
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    29%
  • On Campus
    69%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,556Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
370
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
41%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 68 responses
Report
  • Outgoing
    46%
  • Nice
    43%
  • Polite
    6%
  • Unfriendly at first
    3%
  • Outgoing
    1%
  • Unintelligent
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.119 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.127 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 68 responses
Report
  • The perfect campus and student population size
    35%
  • Small size, pretty campus, extremely rural
    29%
  • Beautiful!
    12%
  • Accepting, warm, a place to call home
    6%
  • Medium size, pretty campus, very rural
    6%
  • Comfortable
    4%
  • Home away from home
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
59%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
96%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.61 responses
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Radford University is a school with a beautiful campus, above-average faculty quality, and average residential and boarding quality. I say these things in comparison to the 4-year college that I transferred from. The worst part about the college by far is the students. Sorry, not sorry. Greek life ruins this otherwise good university's reputation, and that is coming from someone who was in a non-academic fraternity. The party scene has an "A" for a reason, it is great! But what you don't see is the rampant alcoholism, the ignorance and racism that spreads around the type of people who throw most of the parties, and the disrespect for other people's property and safety around the surrounding area, particularly the "light side". I've never seen such a high concentration of Trump supporters and anti-maskers in my life.
Anyways, if it wasn't for Greek life and the general entitled ignorant culture it encompasses, this school could be so much more. My advice: commute.
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Radford University has a diverse community full of caring and generous people. The student life is amazing! There is always something to do at Radford University whether it be extra curricular activities, sports events, or the parties. It is easy to find friends or people to relate to. The professors are extremely nice and cooperative with assignments. The professors also lend a helping hand for things that do not involve class work.
The class sizes are smaller which allows the students to get more individual time with the professors. There is lots of diversity and opportunities for academic achievement and growth. The surrounding area, the New River Valley, is beautiful!