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About Radford

Radford University is distinguished by a large selection of academic programs, a student-focused faculty, and a student body deeply engaged in university life. The student body of 9,798 studies in seven colleges: Business and Economics, Education and Human Development, Waldron College of Health and Human Services, Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, Science and Technology, Visual and Performing Arts, and the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Radford University is located on the New River in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwest Virginia.

The People

  • Total enrollment: 9,798
  • Graduate enrollment: 913
  • 58 percent female, 42 percent male
  • 45 states (including Washington, D.C.), 63 foreign countries
  • 80 percent of faculty hold doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields
  • Fewer than three percent of classes are taught by graduate assistants
  • Student to faculty ratio: 18:1
  • Average freshman class size: 33 students

The Place

"I visited RU and fell in love with the campus." This is a frequent comment from students asked what factors helped them choose RU.

Radford University is a coeducational, comprehensive public university offering 67 degree programs in 38 disciplines and two certificates at the undergraduate level; 22 master's programs in 17 disciplines and three doctoral programs at the graduate level; 10 post-baccalaureate certificates and one post-master's certificate. (See Academics.)

It is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia in the City of Radford alongside the beautiful New River. (See Visit RU for map, directions, more.)

Radford University is also wherever faculty take it -- in person and through distance learning technology. Off-campus learning sites include the Roanoke Higher Education Center, the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, and other locations throughout Southwest and Southside Virginia.

The Radford University campus sits on approximately 204 acres of land in the City of Radford (see RU Map). The university atmosphere is residential. Most students live in one of the 15 university residence halls or in private accommodations within walking distance of the campus. The university grounds and facilities are conveniently arranged, beautifully maintained, and effectively designed to meet the academic, personal, and extracurricular needs and interests of the students.

Founded in 1910, Radford University has been granting graduate degrees since 1964. In 1972, after almost 60 years as an all-women's college, Radford became coeducational and in 1979 was granted university status by the General Assembly. Penelope W. Kyle became the university's sixth president when she took office June 1, 2005. In fall of 2008, students enrolled in the university’s first doctoral program, and the first doctoral degrees were awarded in 2011. (Learn more about Radford History.)

The Priorities

Student learning – the primary focus of everything we do at Radford University.

Faculty development – first-rate, dedicated teachers helping each other become even better.

Service – from service-learning, faculty speakers, cultural events, economic development and business assistance to preparing excellent and caring nurses, teachers, law enforcement and probation officers, social workers, businesspersons and others to meet the needs of the community, the Commonwealth and the nation.

Radford University Tidbits

Radford University anthropology professor Donna Boyd was named U.S. Professor of the Year for master’s level universities and colleges by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching in 2006. Dr. Boyd is also one of the nine Radford University professors who have received Virginia’s highest honor for faculty since inception of the state’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 1986.  Most recently, Dr. Jennifer Jones received the award in 2015.

Since 1981, 10 university faculty members have been selected as Fulbright Scholars to teach or do research in other countries.

Radford University fields a Division I athletic program with students competing in 16 varsity sports – six for men and 10 for women. The Highlanders compete in the Big South Conference. (See Highlander Athletics.)

Costs and Financial Aid

For the 2015-2016 academic year, tuition and fees for a full-time, in-state, undergraduate student total $9,809 per year (two semesters); for a full-time, out-of-state undergraduate, tuition and fees are $22,093. Financial assistance includes loans, grants, work study, and fellowships. Approximately 72 percent of Radford University undergraduate students receive financial aid. (See Cost and Financial Aid.)