Radford, VA
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$20,160 ($8,590)
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Reviews 901 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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5 College Senior

Academics: they offer lot of studying tools

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4 College Senior

Majors: I plan to do in the near future..just to get myself ready for what ill be doing after college. Get my hands on it and see if i'll like it as much i think.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: kind take a long time to know how much you are being approve of

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The one thing that disappoints me about campus food is the prices and the quality. Much of the time if you're off campus and have to eat on campus than you pay an arm and a leg for food that isn't very good quality. There aren't any real healthy food choices that give sustainable energy. I also wish there were more varieties on campus.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Radford University. I looked at many other schools and this is the one that stood out. I have had many great experiences here at this university including fun activities at the Bonnie, sports games, and Greek life. Greek life has changed my experience for the better because it has allowed me to have a support system and gave me the opportunity to go help the community around me as well as the campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus is strict on alcohol and drug use. The campus is dry so there is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drugs and alcohol. Much of the time getting a violation from the campus police could ruin your chances at staying at the university. However, the administration gives students an opportunity to go to special classes and community service to allow violators to stay. The administration also disciplines students who get in trouble with Radford City police.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Financial aid is relatively easy to fill out. I have not seen very many Radford University scholarships available to students that aren't athletes or were offered a scholarship before they came here.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many different reality companies around here. Many of them are alright, but some I feel look for reasons to charge sometimes. There seems to be an average amount of availability. Once leases are starting to end and apartments are being shown, they go really fast. Many of the freshman on campus are looking for an off-campus apartment which causes them to go fast. Costs vary with the type of apartment but most are affordable. It's pretty safe walking around the neighborhoods and to campus. Parking is always a hassle in Radford, whether it be on or off campus.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: A lot of the students have the same look. Much of the social life at Radford is partying or just hanging out with the friends. Many people find relationships here from what I have seen. Many of the students have the same style of dress. The interests vary among students though.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The only problem I have with off-campus dining is that there are only a handful of sit down restaurants and a few late-night or quick options. I do wish they offered more student discounts rather than RU express because students who live off-campus usually eat off campus because it is cheaper than the ridiculously priced campus places. There isn't much variety unless you want to drive a few miles down the road for Cook Out and McDonald's. Costs aren't too bad, although it would always help for lower prices because we are poor college students. I think my favorite place to eat is River City Grill.

4 College Junior

Majors: The communication sciences and disorders program is great. I enjoy the professors I have met so far, and the availability of the clinic for observations is very convenient. I knew coming into Radford that I wanted to get into this program. I have heard many wonderful things about Radford's COSD program and how many employers love the Radford graduates. I would come back in a heartbeat to this program even though I won't really start it until the Fall semester. What I have seen so far really has enforced my choice of coming to this program. I plan on becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist. The graduate program here at Radford was the only program that really stood out among others. I have heard so many great things about the graduates from this program that I am working very hard to be able to get into the graduate program after receiving my undergraduate degree. I do not have many concerns as of yet for going into the field I want when I receive my Master's degree. There are many opportunities in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and private practices around the country.

3 College Junior

Majors: I didn't find too many challenges getting into the program. Close to the end of my sophomore year, I went to the advising counselor and signed an application form for the undergraduate program. I believe they look at the GPA and the grades in the major classes more. I am not aware of how they choose the students for the program.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: I, personally, have joined a Greek organization on campus and have fallen in love. I am the first in my family to go away to college and found that I needed a home here in Radford. Never in my life had I thought to join a sorority until one of my best friends was going through Rush. I believe, being a Greek now, that the Greek community at Radford really does want to help the community. We as Greeks aren't close knit to each other, however, we can be sociable and friendly to one another. Many of the Greek organizations are not the type to shun you if you aren't in Greek life. They might try to recruit you, however, Greek life on Radford focuses on bettering citizens and the community. Sometimes I feel as though non-Greeks just don't understand what it is like to be in a Greek organization. I don't believe they have bad attitudes towards Greeks, however, they could see us as cliquey or uptight because some organizations are not the type to go out of their way to talk to others. I believe if non-Greeks had a better understand as to the purpose of Greek life, they would be more inclined to say nicer things about organizations here on campus.

College Junior

Academics: The reason I have put that a rating would not be applicable because I have only had an introductory course in my major so far. From what I have seen, the Communication Sciences and Disorders program is amazing. I have heard great things about the professors and how much they are willing to help the students. The workload is a bit extensive, but the information is interesting to learn which makes it easier to do the work. One aspect I love about this program is the opportunity to work closely with the speech and hearing clinic on the first floor of Waldron College. The professors are still actively working in the clinic, which gives real life experience to the material being taught. There are also opportunities to intern at the clinic. The graduate program allows students to work in the clinic with clients getting that experience to help them land a job after graduation.

5 College Junior

Academics: What I love about the academics at Radford University is the professors and the various study places around campus. The professors at Radford want the students to learn. They are more than willing to help students with hard material or concerns. Many try to learn the names of the students they have and remember them. I still am able to walk around campus and say hello to my chemistry and CORE teacher and them remember my name. The class sizes were bigger in my first year here, however, they gradually get smaller and smaller. This is one thing I love about this university. I feel as though I am able to have a conversation with the professor or class about what we are learning. Have the ability to know your professors and classmates makes it a bit easier to ask for help. The workload isn't too extensive, yet. One thing I enjoy about Radford's campus is the unlimited amount of places available to study. Young Hall stays open 24 hours and many of the classroom buildings are available until around 10pm. The library is one of my favorites besides Young Hall to study because there are many different areas and spaces to hide in with no distractions. It stays quiet and gives me a peaceful place to sit down and really focus on my work.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived in a newer building with air conditioning, my own bathroom with my roommate, spacious closet and bedroom space. Always clean and had easy convenience to recycle, do laundry, and location to classes.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I could not have found a better fit for me! I absolutely enjoy everything Radford offers and I will be proud to be an RU alumni.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Great dress, super outgoing and giving students. Willing to help and get involved.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Great food offered, just very slim choices. Prices are decent for actual food, however meal plans are way too expensive for what you actually get.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greeks are very involved. They have a stereotype of throwing parties Wednesday thru Saturday, but they do get involved to help back for the community.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Great options for off campus. Between being pet friendly, costly, location, all differ but they all offer something for everyone. All of them are located very close to campus as well so it is great for students to move off campus and gain their independence.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not a lot of choices for off campus dining. Especially nutritional options such as vegan or gluten free. Many cheap and local options for college budgets.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Campus is clean, with a great recycling program to keep our campus green. We also have new buildings on the way of being opened for more majors to grow. The scenery is filled with mountains and a river that makes being outdoors easy and fun to stay active.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Low on food options but besides that, we have a new athletic center and student center. Campus has two quads that are great for pick up soccer games or laying out to do homework.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am apart of a business fraternity that helps me network and gain great connections. I also have classes with my brothers and can easily find someone to help with tutoring or homework. There are also great club fairs and luncheons for business topics.


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Kerith Rae
South Africa
Business Management/Public Relations
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Radford University offers an incredibly unique experience in a small-town environment. The small size of the University allows for a much more personal connection with the faculty and other students. Professors make it their mission to create an engaging learning environment, going above and beyond when a student makes the effort to ask for help. Professors are more than willing to write recommendations, assist in classroom issues, and be fantastic sounding boards for academic advancement. The goal of Radford academia is to better the students at all costs. The social life is also a bonus of attending such a small school. With a small population, the majority of students knows one another fairly well. They party together, go to classes together, and spend quality time together during campus activities. The nightlife is a legend among the colleges of Virginia, and the parties are incredible. But, even if you don't like to drink until you can't stand up, there are plenty of things to do like bowling, playing pool or pingpong, or checking out a movie.

The town of Radford is small, but within miles of several hot spots for action. Virginia Tech is 15 minutes away, Roanoke is less than an hour, and there are several mountainous hiking trails and camping areas nearby. What it boils down to is that Radford University is a "what you make of it" experience. If students put in the effort to go to class and engage in out-of-class activities, their time at Radford will be incredible. The friends you make will be lasting connections that continue long after graduation. At the start of college, every student is handed the opportunity to make something great out of their experience, and Radford provides many tools along the way to help students ensure it is worthwhile.

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