Radford, VA
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$20,160 ($8,590)
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Reviews 831 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: We only have one dining hall but it has decent options and it varies from day to day. But there are other place to eat on campus as well as many other places off campus. The Bonnie has a few options like Chick-fil-la and Pink Berry etc.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is most defiantly a party atmosphere on and around the campus. But no one forces you to go out if you don't want to. BUT if you do want to go out and have fun after a hard day then you shouldn't have much of a problem. It also helps to know people and to take girls with you to get into the good parties

5 College Junior

Majors: There are many different majors to choose from at Radford University and the choices are growing faster each day. I highly recommend Radford University for a student who is looking to achieve an outstanding education and meet new people who may later be your life long friends in the process.

3 College Junior

Majors: I love my program and wouldn't change anything. I am a fashion major and my teachers are always there to help. I am a little worried about finding a job after graduation. The fashion industry is a hard field to get in to.

3 College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship yet,but I do plan to get one next year. It is required for my major and will make it easier to get a job in my field.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments off campus are somewhat expensive. I pay $430 a month plus utilities. And I have to pay for the apartment during the summer when I'm not their. It would be nice for them to work with the students a little.

3 College Senior

Computers: The Geospatial Science computer labs are up to date and of good quality machines. There are usually several other students working in there and will be willing to help you out if need be as everyone in the major has everyone else's best interest in mind. Overall a good place to learn.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Radford University, although it is a smaller campus, has a plethora of activities and general things for students to do including a gym, open spaces for sports not to mention the actual sports fields. The New River flows right next to campus and the Bonnie student center is a great place to hang out with and meet other students.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I receive almost no financial aid. I am a foster child, with no parents or help from the foster care system. I receive the full pale grant but that is it. I am also a first generation college student. The financial aid office never reviewed all of the areas of my financial aid form. They haven't sat down with me and helped me figure out more options or anything like that.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Personally, as a full time student, I have never had time or an internship. I do plan on having one in the future. My concern is that i will not be able to find one that I enjoy being apart of.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into most majors is relatively easy. Just choose your major and meet your advisor unless you have to get accepted into your program.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Radford is trying to accept more students from a diverse background, and the school is slowly becoming more diverse.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Police can be really strict regarding drinking/partying in general.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I really don't eat a lot off campus so I can't really speak on cost and discounts; but I do know that its a convenient 2 to 3 minute walk from campus right on Main Street.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's a lot of diversity on Radford's campus however ,I believe it isn't as promoted as a lot of the sororities and fraternities are on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There is plenty of computer labs on Radford's campus however, the internet becomes very slow during midterms/final or when everyone is registering for classes.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on Radford University's campus. Everything is so close together and people are always out.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is really what you make of it. There's some pretty nuice houses and apartments close to campus and within Radford and sure you're independent from the dorms and have more privacy and whatnot but money is a BIG factor. It's SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper then living on campus, but you have to pay rent, as opposed to the dorm price being added to your "tab" (tuition). Finding a good paying job in Radford can be difficult, I'm transferring from Northern Virginia and I'm making 13$ an hour and I'm taking a nearly 50% pay cut when i go down there to lifeguard. 300$ (prices vary from 200$-500$) rent for a room in an apartment, or for a room in a house may not seem like much, but when you're earning next to nothing and juggling school in the mix, it may be tougher then you thought.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking at RU comes with a 70$ price tag and that's for on campus students with cars. Parking off campus usually entails parallel parking off of a main st, and parking at apartments NEED (99% of the time) a guest pass. My friend's new Mustang got towed because the apartment owner didn't tell us that we needed a guest pass. Other then that, parking's okay, especially if you're an on campus student. You wake up, walk out of your dorm, and walk a few minutes to class. No driving necessary.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's always something going off at Radford, house parties are pretty big off campus especially at the fraternities. Some of the sport houses throw down too as well as students that live in apartments. The Best party I was at this past Quadfest, was actually in an apartment, literally 25 yards from campus. We could see the feds driving by racing to get to house parties but for some reason our party was overlooked for 3 hours until it finally got busted up at 230am, this was probably due to the fact that the downstairs ceiling was caving in and the downstairs neighbors freaked out and called the feds. If you're over 21, there's a Sharkeys and a few other bars off east main st. ANDDDD of course there's always the neighboring VTech 25 minutes away if you for some reason get bored at RU (very rare) or if you just have plans to meet friends out there. You just have to control yourself and not party 7 days a week and focus on college.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather ranges a lot here. One day it can be hot & sunny yet the next day, a complete snow storm. As far as the campus closing for snow, it rarely happens. However, a lot of teachers commute so they will cancel class on their own if the weather is bad.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There's plenty of fast food around. Other than that, there's a couple good restaurants right off campus, some take your RU Express, other's don't. Finding a really good restaurant require a 20 minute drive to Christiansburg or Blacksburg.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe, we have campus escorts and emergency buttons across campus if needed.

4 College Junior

Computers: The labs are very good and quiet. We have low printing cost.

4 College Student

Campus Dining: The food is usually better than you might expect. The availability isn't the best, so you kind of have to plan ahead.


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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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