Radford University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Muse Hall at Radford University

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Radford University is a public university with an acceptance rate of 75%. Established in 1910, Radford is located in Radford, Virginia southwest of Roanoke along the Blue Ridge Mountains. Professional fields such as business, education, communications, and nursing are among the most popular with undergraduates. Radford has a 15-to-1 student / faculty ratio. In athletics, the Radford Highlanders compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference.

Considering applying to Radford University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Radford University had an acceptance rate of 75%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 75 students were admitted, making Radford's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 16,013
Percent Admitted 75%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 14%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Radford University has a test optional admission policy. Applicants with a GPA of 3.00 and above (on a 4.00 scale) may elect to apply test optional. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 77% of admitted student submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 480 570
Math 460 540
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2018-19 admissions cycle, most of Radford University's admitted students fall within the bottom 29% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Radford scored between 480 and 570, while 25% scored below 480 and 25% scored above 570. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 460 and 540, while 25% scored below 460 and 25% scored above 540. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1110 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Radford University.

Requirements

Radford University does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Radford participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Radford University has a test optional admission policy. Applicants with a GPA of 3.00 and above (on a 4.00 scale) may elect to apply test optional. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 15% of admitted student submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 16 23
Math 16 23
Composite 17 23

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2018-19 admissions cycle, most of Radford's admitted students fall within the bottom 33% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Radford University received a composite ACT score between 17 and 23, while 25% scored above 23 and 25% scored below 17.

Requirements

Radford University does not require the optional ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Radford superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

In 2019, the average high school GPA of Radford University's incoming freshmen class was 3.30, and 35% of incoming students had an average GPA of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Radford University have primarily B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Radford University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Radford University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Radford University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Radford University, which accepts three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions policy. However, Radford also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. Radford's application asks about family members who have attended the university indicating that legacy status might be a factor in admission. The university is also interested in work experience, leadership, and honors. Finally, Radford considers the rigor of your high school courses, not grades alone. AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, and Honors courses demonstrate college readiness. Applicants are also encouraged to include an optional personal statement. Students with particularly compelling stories oar achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside Radford's average range.

In the graph above, the green and blue dots represent admitted students. Nearly all admitted students had GPAs of 2.5 or higher, and the majority were solid "A" and "B" students. Most admitted students had a combined SAT score (ERW+M) of 950 or higher and ACT composite scores of 18 or higher. Note that Radford has a test optional admissions policy for students with average GPAs of 3.0 or higher.

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All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Radford University Undergraduate Admissions Office.