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Radford University

Radford, Virginia

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Radford University overview
Location Radford, Virginia
Online radford.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Radford University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Radford University is a public institution situated in Radford, Virginia, which offers a suburban campus environment and a diverse range of academic programs. Established in 1910, the university lies approximately 36 miles southwest of Roanoke, nestled in a scenic location near the New River. Radford is known for its strong emphasis on teaching and faculty-student collaboration, with a selection of undergraduate majors and graduate programs, including well-regarded offerings in business, education, and health sciences. Its application process is considered moderately selective. The campus showcases contemporary architecture with facilities designed to support academic and extracurricular student activities. Radford offers on-campus living options, including residence halls and apartment-style accommodations. While the university supports a variety of sports teams, it does not have a widely recognized athletic program synonymous with major collegiate sports.

In the most recent statistical year 11,442 prospective students applied, and 10,680 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,226 enrolled in the school.  6,191 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,527 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $8,156 plus fees of $3,760. RU is ranked 566 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












RU is rated within the top 49% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
Radford University overview
SAT 960/1160
ACT 19/23
GPA 3.31

Applications Accepted

Radford University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

Virginia Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Radford University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,260
Other Fees$3,760
Room and Board $10,567
Budget for Other Expenses$3,320
Total One Year Cost$27,063

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Radford University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,260
Other Fees$3,760
Room and Board $10,567
Budget for Other Expenses$3,320
Total One Year Cost$39,153

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$47,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

56% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Radford University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 18%
General Studies 10%
Health Professions 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%
Communication 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=233277 IPEDS survey data for Radford University.

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