Radford University

Radford University

Radford University, or RU, is a public, state-funded university in Southwestern Virginia. It was established in 1910 as a women's college, but in 1972 it became coeducational. There are over 8,000 undergraduates and more than 1,000 postgraduates enrolled in this university which has a campus of over 177 acres.

Radford University offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts and a number of programs at the master degree level. These include the M.F.A. and M.B.A. degrees.

Radford University's athletics teams are known as the Highlanders and the team colors are red and white. The University offers a number of varsity sports for men and women. Among these are tennis, rugby, baseball, cross-country, golf, soccer, track & field, field hockey, softball, swimming & diving, volleyball and basketball. The tennis, basketball and rugby teams have won a number of national championships.

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Radford University
East Main Street
Radford , VA 24141-0672
General Phone: (540) 831-5000

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Radford University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts421foreign language and literature, English, liberal arts and humanities, interdisciplinary studies, social services, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, ...
Business and Management410business management, accounting, finance, marketing
Education and Teaching317education, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, physical education teaching, reading teaching
Media191communication studies, journalism
Therapy and Counseling175psychology, school psychology, communication disorders
Security and Law Enforcement148criminal justice and safety
Nursing and Emergency Medicine133registered nursing, various nursing
Family and Social Work96food and nutrition, social work
Art Studies71art studies
Science67biology, physical sciences, chemistry, geology, physics
Computer Science and Engineering65information science, computer science
Design47design and visual communication
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy37parks and recreation studies
Medical Support and Technology33audiology and speech pathology, clinical lab tech
Drama and Performing Arts20dance, drama
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy and religious studies

Number of programs and degrees for Radford University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,82540
Master's degree42615
Post-master's certificate121

Radford University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Radford University had a total enrollment of 9,122 students (8,811 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 40%
Women 60%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 85%
Graduate 15%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 88%
Black 6%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 34%
20-21 34%
22-24 18%
25-29 6%
30-34 2%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey1%
State unknown1%

Radford University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 77 %
Part-Time 50 %

Radford University Room and Board (2007)

Radford University offers campus housing for 3,138 of its 8,811 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Radford, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Radford University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal460550
SAT Math460550
ACT Composite1923

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT88%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT12%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Radford University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 6,536
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,550
Room and board $ 6,622
Room charge $ 3,556
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,160
Books and supplies $ 877
Other expenses $ 2,600

Financial Aid:
Radford University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 373200)

Radford University Faculty

Radford University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track5267
Non-tenured and not on tenure track3341

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*1*
Instructorcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*2*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year86$78,20643$77,490
Associate professoracademic year39$68,06840$62,264
Assistant professoracademic year64$59,67272$54,587
Instructoracademic year22$46,70430$47,415
All faculty totalacademic year211$67,426185$60,407

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Radford University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Big South Conference
Baseball Big South Conference
Track Big South Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports52102154

Radford University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Design and Visual Communications, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Family And Social Work
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders, General
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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