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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: It is really a blast... Thats all I can say. If you're going out, there are a bunch of options. BUT freshman , dont travel in big packs.. Then we know that you're freshman

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I mean the frat parties are really the only thing that makes frats and sororities noticeable around here. They try to do things on campus, but most people dont pay attention to them. You know the people by how cool they are and noticed. Parties are 3 to 1 usually and are fun if you're a girl! Guys cant get in so easily unless they are friends with members or in the Frat.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I personally just signed a lease for my off campus housing. It can be easy if you look EARLY. light side is the more expensive one, but nothing over 600 per month. Darkside is cheaper with rent mainly around 300-400 dollars per month. It depends on how close you want to be, and what all you want in your apartment! The closest places are the townhouses and apartments on Tyler, but you really are paying for location. Lightside is newer so it tends to be more expensive than if you were to find a place on darkside. Most of the reality companies have bad reviews, Price Williams is expensive as hell and you just get new appliances nothing really to special. BCR and CMG are more reasonably priced but have really rude customer service. WATCH OUT FOR AMANDA AT CMG! shes really not to nice and only lets you tour the apartment once, so if your parents are wanting to see what you're looking at yall better go at the same time. They take a picture of your drivers license just so you arent able to tour again. Gilbert apparently is the only place that allows pets, but they have really cruddy properties they tend to be peoples last resort.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: People always say that Radford is just a party school and only stupid people can get in. THEY ARE WRONG. The degrees that we are getting are just as good than JMU or VT. We work hard, and yes some not to smart people do get into RU but they dont make it past the first semester. Be ready to work your ass off when you get here because we take our education really seriously at RU. And the ones who dont, they dont stay.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Some majors are more recognized than others. Our criminal justice and nursing programs are some of the best in the southwest.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: No football team or anything so they try to focus on volleyball soccer and basketball is a big thing. Fun to attend, but every once in a while.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are things always open on light side, and there are many things that will deliver to your classroom, the library, or even your dorm room. We have a lot of really good pizza and Chinese places around campus. The River City Grille is a good option for people who like to eat healthier and also have some chains on campy that are open a little later. It really just depends on what kind of food you like. There are two bars around RU that people really enjoy and they also have decent food.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: When you first decide to go to RU you must take an alcohol and sexual assault course. Then they proceed to have seminars on sexual assault and drinking. Sexual assault happens on every college campus no matter what people say. RU takes it very seriously and tries to prevent anything bad from happening to their students. We have a great counseling program here that really tries to help you in any way they can. We also have campus police who's office is right across the street from campus.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most of the older dorms are now being renovated so it should be exellent once Draper and Ingles are re-done. If you aren't a people person DO NOT live in Muse. Something is always happening in Muse.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: We are near Virginia Tech so sometimes students go there to go to the games. I don't really do much things off campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places close off campus that stay open late. Pizza is a common place, Radford has three pizza spots in very close proximity. The price is pretty good and RU Express is allowed. There is also a Subway, BT's and Sharkey's. In very close driving distance is Applebee's, Cookout, a Mexican restaurant and more. There are also a couple of Chinese places that deliver.

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I barely didn't get any financial aid and it was very sad.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is ok. Sometimes the people above me are really loud and it's annoying. My main friends are from my dorm.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There wasn't any difficulty getting into my program.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Intramurals are a good way to meet people but not a ton of people play sports. Club sports are a little harder to get into and require a lot more practice. Club sports are not very popular because we don't have a football team (which seriously sucks!). Soccer is considered big around here but not many people attend the games. Basketball is supposedly exciting but we haven't quite gotten to that season yet.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are about 3 restaurants within walking distance and they are mostly bars. The Christiansburg mall has great chain restaurant options but that's about a 20 minute bus ride.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Radford is in the middle of nowhere. The nearby town has about 10 shops because most of them are closed down. These range from run-down restaurants, to antique shops, to old consignment stores: basically, nothing a college student would be interested in. However, Radford does boast that it has a lot of outdoor activities. There's tubing (but don't get too excited, because that's only applicable in the early part of the year and late spring). There are hiking trails about 30-45 minutes away that give you a little something to do on a couple weekends.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was able to get financial aid, but for a while, it was an ongoing hassle. Before move-in day, I received an email saying I was unregistered for my classes because I didn't pay the portion of the financial aid that they required. It was completely stressful and time-consuming for about 2 days but we finally figured it out. Since then, I have still received emails saying that if I don't do something in a given amount of time, I'll lose my housing or something. It's just a bother.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks are popular here and I've noticed that a lot of freshman girls join them. People who are not in them often view those girls as snobby and stuck-up and they often fit the bill. However, there's exceptions to anything.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety is a big thing for me and I definitely feel comfortable walking around on campus by myself at night although I have friends who say they don't. The sidewalks are relatively well-lit and things are in close proximity that you're not walking miles to get anywhere when it's dark. However, I don't recommend going to any off-campus parties alone, I wouldn't feel safe in those neighborhoods.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Radford is known for it's parties and if you like that kind of thing, then it doesn't disappoint. Students go out Thursday-Saturday. I, personally, don't party much here mostly because it's not my scene. It's more for those who like sweating, drinking, and dancing.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: For a small village-like town, its not the absolute worst. There are a few interesting places to meet up with friends.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: Small town and quiet. It has great outdoor activities!

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love Radford Academically, the classes are far more challenging than my previous school, and the professors are wanting help whenever it is needed.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: There are plenty of parties and things to do if you want, but every once in a while they can be a little difficult to find. There are usually a good amount of school sponsored events as well.

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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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