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3 College Junior

Technology: I can usually do what I need to do on my computer for class.

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5 College Junior

Majors: My professors have been top notch. They are helpful and take the time to go over things we don't understand or need more work.

4 College Junior

Majors: I got an internship through recommendations from my professors. I recently started and love it so far.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: I am a young, married father--financially independent and have a hard time receiving financial aid. I'm hoping something will work out soon.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Radford is a fairly quiet town, there are certain areas of it that can be considered 'shady'.

3 College Junior

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

3 College Junior

Diversity: Southwest VA is not exactly known for its diversity.

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3 College Junior

Administration: People who are bothered by the police are usually the ones causing trouble. They are very friendly and just want to keep everyone safe.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Lots to do off-campus. The locals are friendly. We're a short distance from Christianburg and Blacksburg. It's a great area to go to school.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus food is pretty good. Especially BT's and Benny's.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are those blue lights all over campus. You press the button if you need help and the police appear.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Radford is a dry campus now but if people want to drink they'll find ways. Strictness is mostly up to the RAs. they can choose to look the other way if they want.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you want alcohol, you can get it. If you want drugs, you can get it. The police keep everyone safe as best as they can but they van't stop the inevitable. I have a lot of friends who are not into drugs and they still party with us and have a social life. Radford gets a bad reputation as a party school but no one looks down on you if you're not into that scene. Just don't be judgmental about your friends' activities and no one will treat you differently.

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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 Freshman

Diversity: Not a lot of diversity in race. Political affiliation, religion, and sexual orientation is slightly diverse but for the most part the students on campus are pretty much cut from the same cloth.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are great for the most part. I've had a few who have not been great but most of them have been incredibly helpful and really want their students to learn and succeed.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are great. I lived in Norwood Hall this past year which is one of the older dorms on campus but it was still terrific. All the dorms are being updated though. Moffett, Madison, Jefferson, and Washington are brand new and absolutely gorgeous. They're the nicest dorms on campus. This year they're updating the older dorms on Moffett Quad. A lot of the dorms aren't suites so that's really nice. I didn't have to share a bathroom with anyone but my roommate which was a blessing. There are also really nice four person apartments that take up the top floor of all the newer dorms. There's a lottery system for those but they are really nice and easy to apply for. Look forward to living on campus. I'm thrilled to have my own room in my apartment and everything next year but I'll miss the social scene of the dorms.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Almost all the apartments around here are really nice. They tend to run from $480 to $500 a month for the really nice, new ones. I'm living in Greenhill next year and my boyfriend lives there now and it's definitely a great place to live. The rooms are huge and it's only a short walking distance to campus. It's $500 a month per person for a two bedroom but they have up to four bedroom apartments in the complex and those run cheaper per person. Other great places to live are the apartments above 7-11 and Benny's which are even closer to campus. They run about the same as Greenhill. If you're looking for a cheap apartment, there are some on dark side (you'll find out where that is when you come and tour) that start around $300 a month. They're still nice and pretty close to campus but they're older. I's really easy to get the apartment of your choice but you need to start looking in the Fall if you're interested in off-campus housing for the following year. I'm going into my sophomore year and I signed my lease for Greenhill back in late September/ early October as a freshmen.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I've met amazing people here but there are also a lot of students who are just dumb and the girls can get really cliquish and act like they're still in high school. A lot of guys are pigs and objectify women, but I guess that's every campus. Overall, you can find cool people if you try but you'll probably go through some backstabbing friends before you find people worth keeping around.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I'm an English major with a focus in Creative Writing and while Radford doesn't top schools like NYU for their English/writing program, the professors are amazing and helpful and very easy to talk to. Although New York was my dream, I'd never even think about transferring now because everyone here is so amazing. The small classes just give me extra attention from my professors and I know that I couldn't get that much attention at a big school.

5 College Freshman

Majors: All I had to do was declare my majors. The competitive majors here are nursing and criminal justice.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: 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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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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