Athletics

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

Athletics: Every now and then a team will do really well on a national level

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports are okay. Some get a pretty decent turn out for games but sports aren't a huge part of campus life. Recently, our men's track and field and swimming teams got cut to make room for a women's lacrosse team. This decision caused a lot of anger amongst students so there are many people who do care about the sporting teams. it doesn't run the campus like it does at Tech or JMU though.

3 College Sophomore

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

3 College Sophomore

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

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletes were pampered until Radford decided to cut out a lot of its sports teams. This includes swim and track.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 497th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1020th
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kerith Rae
Hometown
South Africa
Major
Business Management/Public Relations
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Athletics at Radford are not well respected by the student body. In fact, the only varsity sport that seems to be given any attention is basketball. The University has implemented several initiatives to increase student attendance at basketball games, including University-provided shuttles to the games, incentives to Greek life participation, tailgates, giveaways, and an electronic sign on Main Street that advertises the team. Other sports often fall by the wayside in the University's attempt to build a strong basketball following.

While school spirit has been almost nonexistent for several years, it recently has been on the rise with the "Dread the Red" campaign, which involves T-shirts, signs, and shuttles to athletic events. There is also the very active Radford Rowdies, a group of students who have made school spirit their mission. Intramurals are a much more prominent part of student life, as more students are able to participate, and the teams are much more actively involved in off-campus events. There are a variety of individual and team sports and activities, including regular league competition, informal tournaments, and one-day events. Radford's philosophy toward intramurals is to "provide a little for everyone in order to get the most from everyone."

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Big South Conference
School Colors
Red and white
School Nickname
Highlander
Men Playing Varsity Sports
127 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
179 - 4%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Fishing
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Redcoats
  • Rugby
  • Skeet and trap
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Intramurals
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Dedmon Center Natatorium
  • Donald N. Dedmon Center Arena
  • Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium
  • Radford Golf Home Courses
  • Radford University Baseball Stadium
  • Radford University Hockey Field
  • Radford University Softball Field
  • Radford University Tennis Complex
Most Popular Sports
Basketball is the most popular varsity sport, but club rugby is very popular, not only for its accomplishments on the field, but for the team's community involvement off the field.
Most Overlooked Teams
Radford really focuses on basketball, so other teams tend to fall by the wayside. The field hockey team is very good, as is the swim team. Both teams have exceptionally talented players, but the advertising for their events is substandard.
School Spirit
School spirit has gotten a lift recently with the "Dread the Red" campaign. Students are encouraged to wear red at all University sports events as an intimidation technique, as well as a sign of school unity. "Dread the Red" shirts are available on campus, and many students can be seen wearing them. The University also has an official spirit club called the Radford Rowdies. They go to school athletic events and cheer as heartily and as loudly as possible. The school also has other organizations that help keep school spirit up. Are Y Hype! is the Radford hip-hop dance team; RU Rockers is the dance team, and there is a cheerleading team, as well. All of these groups try to maintain school spirit.
Getting Tickets
Getting tickets is incredibly easy and all school events are free with an RU student ID. Just make sure to get tickets ahead of the scheduled event, as they can sell out very quickly.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Bisset Park has several trails available for walking. A bonus is that the entire campus is surrounded by sidewalks. The loop around campus is close to two miles and offers several different views of the mountains and New River.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 39 responses

  • 5% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 44% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 46% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 41% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 31% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 28% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 40 responses

  • 5% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 70% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 25% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

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