Radford University Admissions

Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

McConnell Library at Radford University
McConnell Library at Radford University. Allen Grove

Radford University is a largely accessible school. Over 80 percent of applicants were admitted in 2016. Along with an application, students will need to send their official high school transcripts. Since the school is test-optional, applicants are not required to submit scores from the SAT or ACT, although they can submit them if they choose to. For complete information about applying, including important dates and deadlines, be sure to visit Radford's website, or contact a member of the admissions team. Campus visits are not required but are encouraged for all interested applicants.

Admissions Data (2016)

Radford University Description

Established in 1910, Radford University is a public university whose attractive red-brick Georgian-style campus is located in Radford, Virginia, a town situated southwest of Roanoke along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Students come from 41 states and 50 countries. Radford has an 18 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and the average freshman class size is 30 students.

Professional fields such as business, education, communications, and nursing are among the most popular with undergraduates. Radford has an active Greek community with 28 fraternities and sororities. In athletics, the Radford Highlanders compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference. Students compete in 17 varsity sports. Popular choices include tennis, softball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, golf, lacrosse, and cross country.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 9,401 (8,453 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43 percent male / 57 percent female
  • 96 percent full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,081 (in-state); $22,162 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,405
  • Other Expenses: $2,900
  • Total Cost: $22,586 (in-state); $34,667

Radford University Financial Aid (2015-16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 79 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 47 percent
    • Loans: 68 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,304
    • Loans: $7,587

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism, Nursing, Physical Education Teaching, Psychology

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74 percent
  • Transfer-out Rate: 34 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 43 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 58 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Tennis, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Golf

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Data Source: Provided by the National Center for Educational Statistics