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Location
Radford, VA
Undergrads
8,023
Tuition (in-state)
$20,160 ($8,590)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Freshman

Academics: Great participation and student involvement.

Great teaching in the classroom

3 College Sophomore

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

1 College Sophomore

Academics: The classes are way too easy to be college classes.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I hear many great things about the Psychology program here. Workload is not too much to ask for and the curriculum is very easy to follow.

4 College Junior

Academics: the school is very involved in students professional life

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 146th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 449th
    Best Course Variety
  • 495th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 512nd
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 660th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kerith Rae
Hometown
South Africa
Major
Business Management/Public Relations
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Radford has really been pushing to strengthen its academic reputation, and throughout Virginia, the University has become known for its nursing, psychology, and education programs. Radford is a small school, which allows for small class sizes of 20 to 40 students and personal relationships with professors. This is a huge strength, and many students say the personal relationships with their professors positively impacted their GPAs. Small class sizes also allow for more personal attention, in-class discussions, and in-depth coverage of the material. Professors make themselves very accessible to students through office hours, out-of-class appointments, or staying after class to answer questions.

There are some downsides to having such small class sizes. Professors are very aware when a student does not show up, and many enforce strict attendance policies. Participation in in-class discussions and in-class activities also can play a large factor in one's grades, so with small class sizes, it is very hard to slip through the cracks and remain unnoticed. The professors at Radford make students work hard for their grades. Depending on the amount of credit hours and classes taken, a student's workload can vary greatly. In general, the more credits taken, the harder the workload, but there really is nothing that cannot be completed in a timely manner. Once assignments are given, students should try to complete them on the same day, which will prevent the stressful feeling students get when they procrastinate. Radford University has been improving its reputation as a party school and is becoming known as a school with serious academic integrity.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
19:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
406
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
182
Total FT Faculty
406
Faculty with Terminal Degree
83%
Average Faculty Salary
$65,714
Full-Time Retention Rate
74%
Part-Time Retention Rate
0%
Graduation Rate
60%
Programs/Majors Offered
57
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 33%
  • 20 to 49 students: 62%
  • 50 or more students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Business and Economics
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Science and Technology
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Waldron College of Health and Human Services
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Criminal Justice and Safety Studies: 3%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other: 4%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Dorm study lounges
  • McConnell Library
  • Starbucks
Tips to Succeed
  • Be aware of Quadfest (see traditions). It will happen even if it's not official, so be smart about your Quadfest partying.
  • Don't be the belligerent drunk who is plastered nightly. It gets old and is abusive to your friendships.
  • Don't go crazy when you first get to college. Freshman year is the easiest year to get the best grades, so do well at the beginning and it won't seem so hard to keep your GPA up as you move on to higher-level classes.
  • Go to the club fair in the beginning of the year. There is a lot of free swag and information about things to do.
  • If you want to join Greek life, get to know the fraternity/sorority before rushing. You will have a much easier chance of getting in.
  • Make sure you are prepared for college-level courses. Some classes may seem easy, but most will be harder than you thought.
  • Manage your time wisely, and make sure to study. Don't wait until the last minute to study for a test or do a project.
  • Take responsibility for yourself and go to your 8 a.m. classes. Or, if you know you won't get up for them, don't take early classes.
  • Take the initiative and responsibility for your life and what happens to you on campus.
  • Talk to your professors. They are all fairly open and pretty cool.
Did You Know?
If you sign up to be a "notetaker" for disabled students through the Disability Resources Office, you are able to register for classes in the first phase of registration. This is very helpful in getting the classes you need. Also, notetaking counts as community service, so if the class meets three times a week for one hour, you receive three hours of community service per week.

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  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
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  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

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