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Radford University is a mid-sized, public university founded in 1910. It’s located in Radford, Virginia, which isn’t far from the West Virginia and North Carolina borders and is surrounded by the stunning nature of the Appalachian Mountains. The student population is close to 12,000, with roughly 67% of them being undergraduate students. All students will have access to opportunities that lead to long-term success including academic, research, cultural, and human service experiences.


Overview of Radford University


Students can pursue nearly any type of degree level program as well as participate in various initiatives toward sustainability. Technology and experiential learning are important aspects of each program. Radford offers 3 associate degrees, 76 undergraduate degrees, 14 post-baccalaureate certificates, 6 graduate certificates, 28 master’s degrees, 1 post-master’s degree certificate, and 6 doctoral programs. A small number of students will pursue clinical programs in Roanoke as part of a specialized partnership.

To provide a full college experience, the school offers NCAA Division I sports programs in 16 varsity athletics for men and women. Students have access to more than 300 organizations and clubs, as well as leadership development opportunities, community service, and student engagement programs. It is the goal of the school to produce graduates who are responsible, well-educated, critical thinkers, mature, and analytical, with a commitment to improving the communities in which they reside. Religious and spiritual opportunities also exist.

General Information


School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Small
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 15 to 1
Graduation Rate 55%
Year Founded 1910

Student Enrollment


Total Students11,870

Undergraduate
7,967
Graduate
3,903

Undergraduate Student

Male 3,107
3,107
Female 4,860
4,860

Graduate Student

Male 3,107
3,107
Female 4,860
4,860

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Admissions


APPLICATIONS16,013

Male 5,697
Female 10,316

ACCEPTANCE12,010

Male 4,102
Female 7,943

Acceptance Rate75%

Male 72%
Female 77%

Enrollment 1,681

Male 235
Female 219
Admissions
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid


Undergraduate students can expect a tuition cost of $11,350 for in-state students and $23,432 for out-of-state students. Roughly 88% of students receive some sort of financial aid in the form of grants, student loans, or scholarships to help lower the overall expense of a Radford education. But don’t forget to include at least an additional $13,000 in your annual budget to pay for books, supplies, rent, and basic food expenses. These figures also don’t include entertainment and lifestyle expenses such as road trips, streaming services, transportation costs, and more.

A few ways students reduce the amount of money they have to pay back at Radford is to secure scholarships and work part-time jobs. Radford offers a number of scholarships to students. It’s also possible to seek out specialized scholarships based on one’s career aspirations, heritage, or local residence. Part-time employment opportunities are available both on-campus and off.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $14,981
Average Total Aid $9,426
Students Receiving Financial Aid 88%
Room & Board $8,995

Sticker Price


  • Tuition In-State - $11,350
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $23,432
  • Books and Supplies - $1,200
  • Room & Board - $8,995
  • Other - $2,900

Academics


The dedicated colleges are designed to provide program participants with an advantage during the job search, as well as to offer regional and national employers with the job candidates they need. Radford provides a number of academic resources to ensure students have the support they require to complete courses successfully including counseling services, new student programs, IT support and technology assistance, a writing center, career and talent development, and grad school preparation.

Program types are as varied as the educational offerings including 47 disciplines in 76 undergraduate programs, 23 disciplines in 28 graduate school programs, 3 associate degrees, 21 certificates, and 6 doctoral programs. The colleges and departments provide well-rounded academic opportunities in various fields such as business and economics, science and technology, visual and performing arts, health and human services, education and human development, and humanities and behavioral sciences.

All degree programs are designed to incorporate collaboration, skill development, and exposure to multicultural and challenging environments to prepare students for the real world. As a result, the university experiences a solid 71% retention rate. The school has some room for improvement in the graduation rates of 40% and 55% for four-year and six-year completion, respectively. Part of the reason for lower graduation rates could be due to the fact students work while they complete degrees and that the school has a number of transfer students.

Student Population Total


Student Population 11,870

Undergraduate
7,967
Graduate
3,903
Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)


All Business Majors 295 Total Graduates / 16%
Business Administration and Management, General 124 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 91 Graduates
Finance, General 44 Graduates
Accounting 36 Graduates
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 155 Total Graduates / 8%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 155 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 151 Total Graduates / 8%
Psychology, General 151 Graduates
All Education Majors 150 Total Graduates / 8%
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 150 Graduates
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 148 Total Graduates / 8%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 80 Graduates
Journalism 68 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 51%

Outcome & Salary


The Center for Career and Talent Development works to prepare all students for a successful future. Students can select from one-on-one appointments with a career coach or any number of online or in-person tools and resources. The latest resource is the PATHWAYU specifically designed for current students. The center also offers features for employers, faculty, friends, and family.

Other helpful services, tools, and resources also exist such as resume reviews, LinkedIn profile assistance, workshops, interview practice, and more. Students will receive assistance with selecting majors, applying to jobs, preparing for grad school, and finding internships. The overall aim of the center is to help students discover their individual skills and talents so that they might experience professional and personal growth over their lifetimes while thriving in their careers.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $49,700
College Grads Average Salary $59,423
College Grads Mid Career Salary $84,100
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $594,230
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,435,230
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $59,924
10 Year Projected ROI $534,306
20 Year Projected ROI $1,375,306
No Colleage Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $37,960
10 Year Projected Income $379,600
20 Year Projected Income $759,200

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