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

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4 College Student

Scholarships: The financial aid office is really helpful, however, as expected some of the forms can be a little confusing.

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3 College Student

Parking: The parking costs are reasonable, however, sometimes it is harder to find a really good spot.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: School of Communication is great. Prepares you for a job in the field.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Good amount of computers all over campus. Price is 5 cents to print and 50 cents to print in color in labs.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: The price of a parking pass is reasonable. Parking on campus is terrible due to renovations and new construction.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Weather is bi-polar. It can be warm in the winter and chilly in the summer. Class rarely gets cancelled.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Cops are never on campus. They stay trying to bust parties instead of focusing on campus.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food itself isn't too bad however, the hours are terrible during both the weeknights and weekend. How am I supposed to eat dinner on a weeknight when I have a night class from 6-9PM and all of the places are closed aside from Chick-Fil-A? Being a college student, I am trying to eat healthier and when I am limited to just a few options on the weekends, such as Austin's Grill or Wild Greens it gets VERY old. We need more options and better hours of operation- period.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus, there are emergency phones all around campus.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Student life is very active. The only thing I don't care for at this school is the food. Our athletic centers are very nice, the library is my favorite place to go study, especially in the study rooms

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Although we do not have as many places as people would like..I believe we still have great options. Benny's, BT's, and Mikes to name a few.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is wonderful at Radford. You can see how very unified everyone is, no matter the letters they display on their chest. They do a lot of community service around the area and are always giving back.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife is fun in Radford. Since everything is so close you don't ever really have to worry about transportation because usually you can just walk everywhere.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I usually enjoy the food on campus but it's frustrating that all the terrace shops are closed during the weekend. Where are we supposed to eat?

3 College Senior

Transportation: The transportation at Radford University is really good. There are buses going continuously every 10 minutes and also on the weekends. The bus also travels to the nearest shopping center which is about 20 -25 minutes away and to Virginia Tech which is about 30- 35 minutes away. This allows for a connection to form between the two universities.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Absolutely hate going to the advising center because they never seem to really help the students. Everything else is great on campus. Everyone is always engaging in activities on the quad and always lending a hand when someone is lost or needs help.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Muse which included thirteen floors filled with students. It was definitely the most socialized dorm. You would literally see a new face everyday on the elevator or even in the laundry room. I loved how we had vending machines and the gym below us but hated how we had to pay $1.25 just to wash clothes.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's not really much to do outside of campus unless you drive at least twenty minutes out of your way to go to blacksburg or christiansburg. I also would say that the police around here concentrate more on the students underage drinking than on the sexual assaults have been happening a lot more frequently than usual.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is terrible. Whether it is off-campus or on campus you'll be lucky to find a spot, and you'll never want to move your car in hopes of having to find another one.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The landlords seem to be just trying to make money and don't really care, but the maintenance workers are so sweet. Parking is terrible.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food isn't terrible, it's not great, but I've had worse. There aren't that many options though, so that could be improved.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Its alot going on but most upperclassmen live off campus, and freshman are still too "cool" to enjoy the fun that is offered on campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Its readily available and close to campus, but rather pricy to live on Lightside.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is all close by, due to the smallness of the town itself, but there are some good choices! There are a few local places to eat (my personal favorite is River City Grille, it's delicious and well priced!) and the expected chains as well.

4 College Student

Majors: There are so many programs and classes and opportunities available to anyone in the education program at Radford. Peters Hall, the education building, is filled with many tools, resources, and educated individuals there to help you succeed.


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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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