Radford University: Narrative Description

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PO Box 6890, RU Station
Radford, VA 24142
Tel: (540)831-5000
Free: 800-890-4265
Admissions: (540)831-5371
Fax: (540)831-5138
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.radford.edu/


State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1910. Setting: 177-acre small town campus. Endowment: $29.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $220,767. Educational spending 2003-04: $5001 per student. Total enrollment: 9,329. Faculty: 533 (356 full-time, 177 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 21:1. 6,207 applied, 76% were admitted. 6% from top 10% of their high school class, 26% from top quarter, 73% from top half. Full-time: 7,870 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 486 students, 62% women, 38% men. Students come from 39 states and territories, 43 other countries, 8% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 6% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 6% 25 or older, 39% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 78% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies; health professions and related sciences; visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Virginia Western Community College, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Roanoke Higher Education Center. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: SAT or ACT. Recommended: essay, 1 recommendation, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/1. Notification: continuous until 6/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $4762 full-time, $198 per credit hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,762 full-time, $490 per credit hour part-time. College room and board: $5886. College room only: $3154. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 159 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 13% of eligible men and 14% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Education Association, International Club, Ski Club, Student Life Committee. Major annual events: Club Fair, Family Weekend, Highlander Homecoming. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 3,360 college housing spaces available; 3,081 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Option: coed housing available. McConnell Library plus 1 other with 395,643 books, 1.5 million microform titles, 4,162 serials, 15,656 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.9 million. 500 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located on the banks of the scenic New River in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the city of Radford, Virginia (population 16,000), is 45 miles southwest of Roanoke. First settled in 1756, the city features a number of churches, a public library, hospital, and many civic and service organizations. The city is clean and the weather is moderate. Outdoor sports enthusiasts can enjoy nearby Claytor Lake, the New River, the Appalachian Trail and many other streams, lakes and trails in close proximity.

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