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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3 College Student

Campus Dining: There are a good amount of choices, but the hours they are open are really inconvenient.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Usually the cops here will bust a party and tell everyone to go home. If you catch them on a bad night they might give you a noise violation. I feel like they are more here for your safety. The key is to always walk with someone, don't pee in public, and don't act like an obvious drunk when you are walking home (stumbling, yelling, open container).

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I am a sophomore on campus and I don't have a car here and I don't ever think I will. If I ever need something that is out of walking distance I will borrow a friends and give them gas money. parking permits are $50. Whatever you do DO NOT PARK SOMEWHERE WITHOUT A PASS OR ON PRIVATE PROPERTY B/C YOU WILL GET TOWED AND IT COST $200 TO GET YOUR CAR BACK, SO RIDICULOUS. Parking spots can most likely always be found somewhere on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are computers everywhere on campus. You can find labs in young hall, peters, cobe, the library, the bonnie, walker hall. There are windows and macs as well. Radford does a great job with their technology. Everything is modernized, especially with our new building COBE. I myself have a laptop but I don't have to bring it on campus if I don't feel like carrying it. You get printing money every year of $5.00. After you use it all up you can add more online or in walker. Very easy.

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking is a nightmare. You cannot park on campus if it is before 5:00pm. You can park in a meter spot but only up to 30 minutes (shorter than any class). Radford LOVES to give tickets. You are basically guaranteed to get a ticket your first year hear. They also love to tow. Parking for students who live on-campus is awful. It is all the way down the river. Over 100 cars got flooded and ruined this year because the river overflowed into the student parking. If you live off campus your realtor sometimes has parking but you may be on the street. The commuter parking isnt awful but you have to live over 15 miles away to qualify.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have a lot of "incidents." Girls, DO NOT WALK ALONE AT NIGHT OR LEAVE YOU DRINK UNCOVERED! The police do what they can but we are in a small town with a lot of college people. We have several robberies a months, most of them cause no real damage. Lock your windows and doors, don't be stupid, and you will be fine. Understand that we are in the south and guns are a big thing, therefore armed robbies are not uncommon.

1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They really do not care what you do. They have the 3 stikes you're out kid of rule. In some of the programs if you get one strike you are out, but the cops really do not care what you do.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Most of the places are pretty good but NOT healthy. There is one salad place that is OK. Most of the food is pre-cooked and just set out to be picked up.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Radford University was voted the Best University in the Southeast for the third time in a row by Princeton Review. That is a major honor that we here at Radford take much pride in.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are computers in most buildings on campus, except for the dorms, but it's not that hard to find an available computer somewhere. The computers are all up to date and do not have many technical issues. The computer lab in Young Hall contain Macs, which is pretty cool. Printing is pretty convenient also. You start out with $5.00 printing money and printing is about $0.05 cents a page for black and white and $0.10 for color printing. The only main issue would be the WiFi. Occasionally, the WiFi can be REALLY slow and it can be really annoying for people who are actually trying to get work done. Hopeful, that is an issue they can fix in the future.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It is extremely bipolar form day to day, one day it will be spring and the next there will be 3 feet of snow

5 College Junior

Academics: Teachers are always excited to help students who work hard!

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The townies are very nice and love Radford University.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek is awesome at our school! Open to everyone!

4 College Freshman

Computers: Radford University has cutting edge technology. The library and several of the computer labs have new Mac Desktops. Printing is very accessible with the use of your Radford student id. However, and easier option, which many students prefer, is to have a printer in your dorm room. The Radford wifi can be accessed from anywhere on campus. However, sometimes it can run very slow due to the abundance of people connected to it. Even though Radford offers computers, it is extremely convenient to have a personal laptop; some students might even argue that it is necessary. Many professors allow you to bring your laptop to class to take notes, and you will often rely on it to complete homework and papers without having to leave your room.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: people are nice enough you just need o find the crowd you fit in to

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are shuttles that can take you pretty far for free and they run every 15 minutes.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: For people over 21 there are a couple of bars but for the others, house parties are the way to go and there is usually always a house partying any night of the week and they are relatively close to campus so you can walk.

3 College Student

Facilities: Radfords campus life had me in awe when i saw how beautiful it actually is in person, its one thing in pictures but a totally different aspect when you actually see it in person. The athletic centers are very neat and an amazing place to work out. There are many of clubs and activities you could join to keep yourself busy.

3 College Student

Academics: When i first stepped in class rooms i noticed how well teachers taught students. Its very hard to see teachers actually put effort into teaching students, but at Radford i actually saw them go out of their way to teach. they also have grerat programs for students that are struggling in classes which i think is great.

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3 College Student

Athletics: It is a divison one college with beautiful fields.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: The dining options are very convient for students.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: I think that the campus is really safe. The Health Center is great too... and everyone is extra nice, but it's almost impossible to get an appointment to see someone. I think that's because they are so busy.

4 College Student

Nightlife: You can ALWAYS find something to do... and if you are bored, it's because you are boring. I give it an A- only because if you have too much fun, you're likely to flunk your exam.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. I personally don't like walking around at night by myself, but I don't see Radford as an unsafe place.


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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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