Radford, VA
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$20,160 ($8,590)
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Reviews 909 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Keep in mind Radford is a dry campus so you will have to go off-campus for parties. Luckily, the frats are within a five minute walking distance. It's pretty easy to find a party Wednesday through Saturday. Apartment parties are pretty great too but hard to get into unless you know people so make friends with upperclassman. As for Quadfest (a.k.a. the party that Radford is most known for)- don't expect too much. It used to be bands playing and everyone drinking and hanging out in the streets and all over campus but ever since some problems during Quadfest a couple years back, the campus has been dry and Quadfest has been done away with. We still have it technically but all the drinking has to be in secret and the school calls in police from surrounding counties so there are cops everywhere. They also lock all the side doors of the dorms so you have to walk passed the RAs on your way in from partying increasing your chances of being written up. Basically, unless you have an apartment or your friend has an apartment, Quadfest isn't a thing.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: My family is middle class- not overly wealthy by any means- and getting financial aid is as hard as getting into Harvard. I filled out multiple applications and got turned down because my parents "make too much". Basically don't bother trying unless you have a single parent or you're homeless. You're better off just putting time and effort into securing scholarships.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in Greek life myself but their parties are pretty great (and free which is a plus). Ratio can be annoying sometimes- it's typically 3:1 girls to guys but some frats are pretty chill about letting in groups that don't have ratio. Best frat on campus for parties is definitely KDR.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: One of the only schools to carry my specific major!

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Nice four seasons climate. The snow can get a bit bad at times, but it is totally worth it!

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College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: You can make a lot of friends, but I wouldn't know the dating scene. Been in a relationship for 3 years now and have never surfed those waters.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Just not a big part of the school and athletics is being downsized.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Have not lived off campus yet, but a lot of people seem to be pleased with it!

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I'm not huge on partying, so I'm not a good source.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Small town atmosphere. Blacksburg and Christiansburg nearby add a lot, but it is a great place to come if you want to be able to just be a walk away from the hustle of the school.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great participation and student involvement.

Great teaching in the classroom

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Students aren't allowed to park on campus until after 6pm and some students have class directly at 6 and they need to be able to park on campus because they are taking this late night class. If one were to park on campus before 6pm the parking authorities will give you a ticket. It would be better if students could park on campus a little bit earlier

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Students mainly take the bus but if one needed to get to some where such as the Roanoke mall, then they would have to get a taxi and that is fairly expensive

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The only big sport here at radford would probably be basketball and maybe soccer

3 College Sophomore

Weather: When there is a bad snow storm, it is really hard to walk around campus

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: some of the physicians just restate what the patients already know

3 College Sophomore

Computers: At times it goes out and then at times it goes really slow

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Its ok at night there really isnt anything open

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Bisset park is a great place to go and hang out

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The registration at this is a pain and a hassle

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You cant see the students use it but you can smell it

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's really not all that good but every once and awhile it is

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have yet to see them do something good for the community but they are ok non the less

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not too many options besides fast food

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: im not a member so i dont really know


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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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