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Radford University Overview

Radford University is a public institution situated in Radford, Virginia. Radford is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Radford University Known For?

8,049 Full-Time Undergraduates
$17,707 Avg Cost After Aid
74% Acceptance Rate
  • The highest degree offered at Radford is the doctor's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 68% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Radford bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $43,000 a year. That's about 5% more than their peers at other schools.

Radford University Rankings

Radford landed the #751 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. It is also ranked #26 out of 48 schools in Virginia.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Radford has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Radford

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Veterans 36
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 63
Best Colleges for the Money 412
Best Colleges for International Students 722
Best Colleges 751
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,123

Where Is Radford University?

Location of Radford University

Contact details for Radford are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 801 East Main St., Radford, VA 24142
Phone: 540-831-5000
Website: https://www.radford.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RadfordUniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/radfordu

How Do I Get Into Radford?

You can apply to Radford online at: https://www.radford.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Radford

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Radford?

74% Acceptance Rate
66% Of Accepted Are Women
Radford has an acceptance rate of 74%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 34% of accepted students are men and 66% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 70%, and the acceptance rate for women is 77%.

Can I Afford Radford University?

$17,707 Net Price
72% Take Out Loans
5.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Radford is $17,707. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Radford

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,309 $14,984 $17,623 $20,672 $22,351

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Radford, approximately 72% of students took out student loans averaging $7,827 a year. That adds up to $31,308 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Radford is 5.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Radford University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,049 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 8,418 undergraduate students at Radford, with 8,049 being full-time and 369 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Radford

There are also 1,000 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,049 full-time undergraduates at Radford, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Radford

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Radford University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Radford Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 116
Black or African American 1,355
Hispanic or Latino 543
White 5,343
International Students 91
Other Races/Ethnicities 601

Geographic Diversity

Virginia students aren't the only ones who study at Radford University. At this time, 24 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 39 countries are represented at Radford. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Canada, and China.

Online Learning at Radford University

879 Took All Classes Online
3,319 Took At Least One Class Online
36.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 5 bachelor’s degree and 7 master’s degree programs available online at Radford. In 2017-2018, 3,319 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Radford has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 33rd most popular in Virginia for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Radford

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Radford University was 36.8%. This is the #605 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Radford regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Radford majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Allied Health Professions 17%
Computer & Information Sciences 20%
Education 7%
English Language & Literature 4%
Geography & Cartography 18%
Health Professions 3%
Information Technology 90%
Nursing 6%
Teacher Education Subject Specific 12%
Writing Studies 50%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Radford ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Radford.

Major Growth Rate Rank
English Literature (Other) #1
Fine & Studio Arts #4
Geography & Cartography #5
Writing Studies #8
Design & Applied Arts #12
English Language & Literature #16
Information Technology #19
Visual & Performing Arts #22
Teacher Education Subject Specific #24
Social Sciences #24
Computer & Information Sciences #57
Criminal Justice & Corrections #70
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #75
Nursing #102
Education #121
Business Administration & Management #161
Health Professions #174
Business, Management & Marketing #201

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Radford University Majors

In 2017-2018, Radford University awarded 3,820 undergraduate degrees and 698 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 39 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 12 0 0
Anthropology 0 6 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 130 10 0
Chemistry 0 19 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 5
Communication & Media Studies 0 80 8 0
Communication Sciences 0 16 27 0
Computer Science 0 65 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 5 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 146 13 0
Dance 0 10 0 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 31 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 16 0 0
Economics 0 30 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 21 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 56 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 47 8 0
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 16 0 0
General Biology 0 89 0 0
General Education 0 0 42 0
General English Literature 0 33 10 0
General Psychology 0 160 26 0
General Social Sciences 0 21 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 20 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 12 0 0
History 0 21 0 0
Information Science 0 16 0 0
Journalism 0 70 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 4 0 0
Marketing 0 101 0 0
Mathematics 0 22 0 0
Music 0 30 5 0
Nursing 0 108 0 7
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 155 0 0
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 6 0 0
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 80 0 0
Physics 0 14 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 30 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 20 28
Social Work 0 36 42 0
Sociology 0 13 0 0
Special Education 0 0 37 0
Student Counseling 0 0 27 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 150 8 0
Total 0 3,820 618 80

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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