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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1 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Too Many White Students – It was totally fine, everyone was different but it was great. No one was the same and it was so cool because everyone knew it and accepted it as it is. The school in general is so nice along with the people, everyone was so friendly. I really felt welcomed and saw how other people integrated and cohabited with another who may be on the opposite end of the racial spectrum.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: For it being such a small town the bus is nice to go to the walmart that's a five-ten minute bus ride away. The bus comes on campus every 45 minutes but the last one leaves at 7pm. The bus also goes to Virginia Tech and the mall but doesn't run on Sunday.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not Many Options – From the few options that are available off campus they are well priced and taste, however only a couple restaurants have student discounts and the majority of the restaurants are not diverse at all.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: No Complaints – The buses are the best way of transportationin my opinion.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Great Food – The food is real good for the most part however they do need alittle options of restaurants.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: It's Alright – The parking lot is real far from te school and quickly gets filled up

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus apartments are very cheap. If you get a few roommates you can pay under $200 a month for an apartment

3 College Freshman

Weather: Constantly changing, it can honestly go through the motions of at least 2 different seasons every single day! It might be sunny and beautiful one minute then your caught in a cold downpour the next.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Quite exclusive for those of us who have "special diets" (i.e vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.). While there are a some healthy options here, it's very limited. There however is a salad bar, Wild Greens, and ABP, Au Bon Pain which is a sister-store of Panera, that have various healthy options to choose from. But it gets repetitve/boring very quickly.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If Radford's well-known reputation of being a 'party school' is what your looking for when considering attending here you won't be the least bit disappointed, if anything more people become overwhelmed than vice versa, you'll never feel the need to visit another school for a good party..they come here.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Far Away – If you live on campus or commute, you have to park across the bridge, which can be a bit of a hassle, but the bus system takes you right to the parking lots. Its along the river so you do have to be careful with flooding when it rains a lot in the fall or spring, but they will let you know if you need to move your car.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses Are Helpful – The buses at Radford University help to get around campus, and to the store and back. On the weekends they go to the mall and to Virginia Tech. They are pretty good, but the times they run do not go very late.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Pretty Diverse – it's a pretty diverse campus i enjoy it a lot. sometimes it gets a bad rep for rednecks but that's not all

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Just as Expensive – There are plenty of apartments, but they are just as expensive as living in a dorm or an on-campus apartment. I personally, would just rather stay on campus so I wouldn't have to deal with the hassle.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Could Be a Problem – Around the area RU is definitely known as a "partying school". Alcohol could become a problem is it isn't controlled.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: We're All Amazing! The guys are definitely easy on the eyes, while the girls are perfect matches. However, looks aren't everything. Everyone I have ever met has a great attitude. It's obvious that most of us are from the South!

4 College Freshman

Weather: Basically Perfect – The weather here is almost always sunny. If it does rain, it's not that big of a deal because the campus is so small it does not take long to get from one place to another.

3 College Freshman

Weather: When its closer to the start of fall semester and the end of spring semester, the weather is beautiful. not too hot or cold. the problem is that the weather changes at the drop of a dime any other time. I have literally been out on a bright, warm, sunny day for it to snow later on that night. word of advice, " NEVER TAKE YOUR WINTER CLOTHES HOME FOR SPRING" This caused problems for too many of my friends... especially at night. so as long as you keep a jacket ready, the weather is nice.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: There is a lot of parking at Radford, but the spots close to campus tend to fill pretty fast. Also the open spots tend to be very far away from campus. For future references they are about to build some buildings on parking lots, so if you plan to go you should wait until junior year to bring your car. The good thing is parking is in fact free.

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2 College Senior

Parking: If you live on campus the parking lots are about 2 miles away. But if you live on campus you really don't need your car. Radford University has an excellent bus service that runs unitll 11:00pm. I don't think that Radford will ever build a parking garage. It is best if you don't need a car, don't bring one to college.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: As a personal choice, I did not join a sorority. I am a speech-pathology major and I did not have the time to be as active as I would have liked. The Greek atmosphere is awesome at Radford University. I have lots of friends that are Greek and I attend functions with them. Greeks do a lot of wonderful community service projects and are very active on campus.

4 College Senior

Computers: Computer Labs Are Always Assessible! The computer labs at Radford University are very assessable and usually are not crowded because most students have their own access to a computer. WiFi is available throughout campus and in all dorm rooms and apartments.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The police are rarely on campus. They are very busy getting underage drinkers off campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Weekend Dining – During the weekend, the dining options are very limited.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The library is a very good place to study. The campus is very beautiful.


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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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