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Radford, VA
Undergrads
8,023
Tuition (in-state)
$20,160 ($8,590)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 909 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The university is very diverse in everything it does. This years freshman class was not only the largest, but also the most diverse in history. The university is truly growing in every possible way, and everything offered there is centered around diversity. It really is amazing.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities are very well kept, and very safe for the students. They continue to work nonstop on improving all of the facilities there, and are growing with their facilities. The residential halls are very well kept, very clean and very updated. The dorm rooms are a very good size, and the bathrooms are very suitable for students. The study halls are my favorite places. it gives me a place to go when i dont want to be crammed up in my room studying. It's a very relaxed enviornment, and it really does help me focus. The eating facilities are wonderful. I love the fact that we have more than just a simple cafeteria to choose from. The many fast food joints make the campus that much more loveable. I cant wait to see what the future holds for Radford Univerisity and its Facilities as they grow more and more each year.

4 College Senior

Academics: Radford offers a wide variety of majors that you might not be able to find at other public schools in Virginia

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus at Radford. It is a small college town with minimal danger.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments and houses are very easy to find, and can be very very cheap if you know where to look. Even the more expensive ones in Radford are extremely cheap compared to other places. My rent is 320 with all utilities included, my rent last year was 280 but had no utilities included. This is on the cheaper side, and a little bit further from campus but there are buses and its not that bad of a walk. I would say the average rent is 350.

1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The on campus rules are pretty strict compared to other schools. We have a dry campus and police that patrol the campus frequently. Also, many of the buildings are locked at night or on the weekends, which effects possible studying time. The library is closed at midnight, and earlier on weekends, which makes for very limited study areas.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I never really feel unsafe on campus. The low rating is for the Student Health Center. The services they offer are great but getting an appointment takes forever and customer service is terrible. In the beginning of the year I needed to get some more vaccinations that the health center said they could provide..To this day I still haven't gotten a call back from the doctor to say the vaccinations have arrived and I can schedule my appointment. I've called several times and even went in person to see what was going on. It's spring semester now & I just got the vaccinations over my Christmas break

3 College Freshman

Transportation: the campus shuttle is free and it takes you to just about any of the major places where somewhere may need to go

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: lots of parties at frat houses, apartments. its almost impossible to not be able to find soemwhere to go

3 College Junior

Majors: I commute from CT to got to radford, VA twice a year.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The cheapest greek life is about 400 hundred dollars per semester but they treat you like a family if you join.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: The parties are where you find them. if you're willing to walk around and knock on some doors, you'll have a great time

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I enjoy living on campus because you are close to you classes and you can study in the buildings and not have to drive to get back home. The dorms have quiet hours so you can also study in your room or the lounges that are on the floors.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Usually the party life starts on Thursday nights and continues until Saturday night. The bar/club scene is for students who are 21 or older. There are always places to go off campus whether it be fraternities or sororities, or just house parties. House parties tend to be safer because they are in a somewhat controlled environment and they are always more fun because you know who is there and it isn't difficult to make it back home.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are many campus police officers, the campus is well lit, and there is a text-alert system that is tested frequently.

2 College Junior

Athletics: As an RA in a mostly freshmen athlete dorm, I can say that athletics are not the biggest deal at RU. I have only been to one varsity game in my four years here. We do not have football, but our Rugby club team is very good. It is annoying that non athletes cannot use the better gym that is saved for only athletes, who honestly do not bring much money to the school.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is not an easy thing to do on campus. It is often difficult to find a spot.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most students opt to live off campus after their freshman year. I am currently in the process of looking for an apartment and I cannot wait to get out of the dorm. Some of the cons of living off campus are just that you have to commute more to get to class, whereas living in a dorm, it takes you like 3 minutes to get to class. However, there are many pros to moving off campus. The wireless internet in the dorms is terrible mostly because there are so many people using it. My roommate got an ethernet cord and that has made her connection a million times better. The cost is also a huge pro. You will probably pay about half as much as you would pay for a dorm plus with the dorm you HAVE to have a meal plan which is expensive. Parking can vary from what I've heard. Pretty much anywhere around Radford, parking isn't very good. There are some apartments that are more noisy than others....but overall, I would definitely recommend moving off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It hasn't actually rained as much as everyone says it does but I suppose during the spring that may change. I've also heard that even if it snows, classes usually don't get canceled which is a problem because I'll be commuting about 30 minutes away next year and I would not want to drive on those roads if they were icy or snowy. Other than that, I can't really complain about the weather other than it's pretty cold but that's to be expected since it's in a higher altitude climate.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The few options that are given are relatively good. However, there are not very many healthy choices. I usually alternate between Au Bon Pain, which is a type of sandwich/soup/bagel place, Chick-fil-a, and Wildgreens which has salads and flatbread sandwiches. These places are expensive and I barely made it through the semester with my meal plan and I also never ate on campus during the weekends. (To be fair I also got Starbucks at least 3 days out of the week and that's also on the meal plan.) Overall the food is actually really good, there just aren't that many options. After a few months it gets old but I think that will happen anywhere.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am a fashion merchandising student and love my program it is challenging but rewarding. We are pushed but they just changed the program my first year in it my sophomore year. We enter projects in competitions and really get put in the real world of our major. We are also forced to take an internship course our senior year the summer before our senior year though. Only downfalls are it is a four year program so students like me who transferred in have to go to school an extra year even though I only came a semester late or if you simply just aren't sure what you want to do. Lastly our teachers are a little older so our program I don't feel is as up to date or as "young" as it could be.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: If you are interested in Greek life radfords a great school for that but it is very split its Greek life on light side or no Greek life on dark side so either pretty preppy and snobby or calm laid back I like having a place to party but then going home to calm and laid back

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: We have way more options than I did at my old school and we have places like Wendy's and chik fil a and abp along with a few other places down fall if you are a vegetarian there are very few places to eat

4 College Junior

Computers: We have a great deal of computer labs that are open for very late ours and our lab in Young hall is open 24 hours and the entire computer lab is all macs. Some labs are not as up to date but they are all very nice and open at great hours.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into the music program is pretty much like any other school. You have to apply to the university and audition for the music department. Not that hard. If they see potential in you, you will get in.

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Kerith Rae
Hometown
South Africa
Major
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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