Radford, VA
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$20,160 ($8,590)
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Reviews 912 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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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.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm a music business major. I love what I'm doing and the professors are very helpful. The music department is competitive, just like other schools, but we are just as supportive and helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on Radford's campus. The health center here is convenient and respond quickly to late calls. Security on campus is good. Just keep your door locked to avoid petty theft and know/interact with your suite mates. RU is a dry campus and they take it very seriously, so if you drink in your dorm keep it low key.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some of the buildings off campus are older so you might have a few issues when you first move in, but they will get fixed quickly. The apartment complexes aren't that big and are within walking distance to campus. If you don't want to walk, there is commuter parking and the Radford Transit system is pretty good.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It is pretty easy to find things to do. Most of the time it's best if you're over 21, but the house parties around campus are pretty cool for all college aged people. There's pretty much always a party going on somewhere.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There are a lot of students that binge drink regularly at Radford, but there are just as many who drink very little, if at all. It's not hard to find people to drink with if you'd like, but it's not hard to feel comfortable being sober in social situations either. Aside from alcohol, weed and Adderal are used, but mostly in private.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Best decision ever, and I know a lot of Greeks agree. I honestly joined for the parties (which are amazing), but have gotten more than I expected, like leadership and volunteer opportunities and great friends in almost every organization.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: It really depends who you hang out with, and what your habits are. Drinking is more of an activity on this campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The social atmosphere in the dorms is very welcoming and friendly. After the first few weeks of school I became very close with my roommates and hall mates. The Resident Assistants are lenient and outgoing to all students. Since the campus is relatively small, most halls are close to classes. The only thing I dislike about the resident halls is that some of them don't have an air conditioning system (which is only a problem for a few weeks at the beginning of the school year and the end.)

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3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking lots are a little out of the way. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the lot and it can be cumbersome when I'm in a hurry. I rarely ever need my car when I'm traveling through campus. The prices are great.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is largely made up of renovated old houses. However, there are newer apartment buildings and town houses around. Radford is an old town; therefore, it still has a lot of old buildings.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Nightlife is great for for 18+ but there are a few bars. There are many parties, most of them Thursday through Saturday nights. The university provides fun things to do too offered through various organizations, like mechanical bull riding, bowling, activities, etc. However, most of the activity is off campus and includes drinking and partying.

2 College Junior

Diversity: differences are rarely accepted on campus. Much racism.

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5 College Junior

Majors: My major is very enjoyable. Working with maps is something that has interested me for a long time now. The workload is not yet overbearing though I do expect it to get a little tougher. There are many internships and job opportunities all across the country and I am very much looking forward to getting to experience those opportunities.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Quaint town with a few bars for of age students. Tons of activities and nightlife for underage students as well. Many cabs and shuttles on the weekends so students can avoid drinking and driving.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Campus is completely walkable but if you must get around there are zipcars and a University shuttle that goes to all ends of town and even neighboring towns. The only downside is they don't have more shuttles running more often. You can usually get one when you need one though.

1 College Junior

Parking: HORRIBLE. Parking sucks and they keep taking it away, which I have yet to figure out why. Beware of tickets! Even if you are a minute late, you will get one. This is a major issue at my school.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: While most people think Radford is way strict, I think it is a good balance. We have the three strike system for alcohol and an honor code, but overall people are lenient. As long as you don't flash your business, you are fine. Cops aren't too bad either, as long as you are respectful. I've had one bust my party and he was pretty cool about it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There doesn't seem to be very much diversity among the students. Most seem to come from southwest Virginia and Northern Virginia, many depending on mommy and daddy to pay for everything.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There are tons of different places to eat on campus, and the dinning halls provided great options for my vegetarian lifestyle.

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Mostly seemed affiliated with partying, which is not how I choose to make friends.

2 College Senior

Weather: RU is located in a rural area that is also mountainous. Therefore, the university experiences the heavy snow, freezing rain, sleet, thunderstorms, high winds, and freezing temperatures during the winter months. In the spring and summer months, the school is hot and humid. Although the school experiences various weather conditions, the univeristy hardly delay or closes classes since many students live on or near campus. The commuter students are more affected by the weather conditions than the residents on or near campus. It is hard to adapt to the weather here because it can be drastic at times but students adapt quickly their freshman year.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: Radford University does have a variety of options for students choose from. However, Chik-fil-et is the only restaruant that is open until 11 pm and that can get old fast. Dalton is the best place to go if you have a meal plan. It is buffet style with an array of food to choose from. Muse dinner is the most expensive with the meal at $18 per person.


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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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