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Reviews 1034 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: For me, the cost of my apartment is $300/month with a utilities and internet bill. It was easy to find and I live with three other roommates.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The fast and affordable on a college budget off-campus places include cookout, wendys, sheetz, hardees, lins house (chinese), and long john silvers.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus is strict, but I'm glad it is as far as social events go. I feel like the teachers are a bit too strict on attendance.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid has given me so many problems. I did not receive any scholarships and am here only on loans.

2 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Party Scene: I am not a party person (except innocent birthdays). I do not drink and do not like people who plaster themselves each and every weekend like many students on campus do. I do not agree with that lifestyle. It puts a poor rating on our college. I do not wish to discuss any further.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are so many different places to choose from you think you'd never get tired of them. There's Chik-fil-a, Wild Greens (byo salad), a new chinese place, Starbucks, Papa Johns, Wendy's, Au Bon Pain (health but pricey place ~15 for a whole meal). But by second year, I am so sick of everything on campus. All the food tastes disgusting after a while except maybe Papa Johns but eating pizza everyday is unhealthy. And then there's Dalton Dining. Dalton is like your typical dining cafeteria. There's a homemade section, hot dog/hamburger section, vegetarian/gluten free section, pizza section, salad/wrap section, sandwich station, breakfast foods section, and desserts. And if you have any meat there at all you get sick to your stomach. Plus DD is only open certain hours of the day and costs $9 to eat there.

For the flex junior meal plan, it costs ~$900 for ~$300 flex cash. You get half price each time you eat. So a $2 burger is $1 in flex money but in real money its $3. Total ripoff.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Each building is different. The tallest building is 13 stories and the shortest is four. Each have different proximity to classes depending on the student and each have their own separate amenities.

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus technically because I live in on campus apartments, just off the main campus, but it's not bad at all. I still have to follow most school rules, but there are some rules that are different.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Everywhere off campus isn't bad, and considering it's mostly the only options on the weekend unless you go to the store and have a kitchen to cook in.

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3 College Junior

Administration: Radford is really strict when it comes to underage drinking or drugs in the dorms, they take those offenses very seriously. Parking is pretty strict as well, and they abide by the honor code, which is very understandable.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: I've fought with financial aid every year over getting anything at all. I've gotten 2 scholarships from the university over the course of attending 3 years. I've had to take out multiple student loans and my parents have taken out many parent plus loans to help me pay for school. I've applied to as much scholarships as I can and hardly receive any, and it's really discouraging when people who hardly work to maintain a good GPA and party all the time, receive the most financial aid help or work study positions. I don't know how the financial aid department can get better, but something needs to be done. It takes quite a while to even talk to anyone or have questions answered.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: I don't party all that much, but when I do go out I always tend to find a good place to party.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: All of the places besides the actual dining hall are really decent. I like eating in Dalton sometimes, but you really have to catch it on a good day because otherwise everything is bland or just doesn't taste good or possibly not cooked fully.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty clean. I lived in them freshman year, but for sophomore and junior year I've lived in on campus apartments and I love them. It's a 3 bedroom and 2 bath with a kitchen and living room. I also have a commuter meal plan so whenever I don't feel like cooking I can just walk to campus and eat on campus as well.

3 College Freshman

Academics: It depends what classes, some are demanding and there are others that are a joke compared to the ones that are more demanding.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The campus is so beautiful! The bonnie is always a good place to hang out especially during the weekends.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone pretty much looks the same because everyone dresses the same and have the same ideals.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like the size of the campus. It's easy to get around. At first, you feel like you'll get lost but after a while, you get used to everything and the campus feels smaller than it already is. Though I think the overall reputation of the school is a huge downer and people who don't live up to it are just automatically part of the reputation just from hearing the school's name.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: There are emails sent out for Basketball games or other games but I don't see school spirit here at all.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Buses run everyday, there are even late buses to Christiansburg, which is the closest downtown from Radford but having a car is so much better than having to work around the bus schedules.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Compared to other schools, good options. But there's a lack of options during the weekends!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The actual rooms aren't bad. I speak mostly speak for Muse rooms especially because they seem a lot more spacious than I thought they would be and the dorms in other buildings are nice and have air conditioning. Plus a lot of the residential buildings have been renovated or are scheduled to get renovated.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The only thing I can say about housing is that we have some of the best housing due to recent renovation in most of our residence halls.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: The parties here are nice if you can find some girls because you need to have a "ratio" to get in.

3 College Junior

Administration: I cannot say much about this because even though they are strict in my eyes, they do inform you of everything that you can do and things that you are not supposed to do. As far as underage drinking, the RAs call the police if you are drinking, so I could see how some freshman could get upset when they come to college and then have an underage drinking charge looming over their head wherever they try to get a job just for doing what everyone is supposed to be experimenting with in college.

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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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