Radford University

Radford University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Radford, VA, Radford University is a medium-sized, 4-year, public school that offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus tuition and admission information.

Is Radford University the School for You?

Located less than 50 miles from Roanoke, VA, in Radford, a city of about 16,700 people according to the U.S. Census Bureau (2012), Radford University offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs, along with post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificate programs. Get the facts about Radford University below, and decide if it's the right school for you.


  • Total in-state cost is $1,822 lower than the national average at similar schools
  • Total out-of-state cost is $3,303 lower than the national average at 4-year, public schools
  • Acceptance rate is 12.2 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Average debt at graduation is $4,085 less than the national average
  • Accepts dual and Advanced Placement (AP) credits
  • Offers career counseling and academic counseling services


  • Student-faculty ratio is four higher than the national average for similar schools
  • 4-year graduation rate of 38% is two percentage points lower than the national average

About Radford University

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimated that the total cost - tuition and fees plus room and board - for attending Radford University during the 2012-2013 school year was $16,038 for in-state students and $27,608 for out-of-state students, lower than the national averages ($17,860 and $30,911, respectively) reported by College Board for students attending similar schools. The NCES-reported total cost of $7,448 for on-campus room and board in 2012-2013 was about $1,757 less than the national average at 4-year, public schools. In addition, the average debt for members of the graduating class of 2011 was $22,515 according to U.S. News and World Report (USNWR), less than the national average figure of $26,600 reported by the Project on Student Debt.

For the fall 2012 entering class, the admissions rate was 76% according to the NCES, higher than the national average of 63.8% in 2011, meaning that you have a good chance of being accepted if you choose to apply. There are seven colleges and more than 60 undergraduate majors at Radford, along with 15 master's programs and four doctoral programs, so you will have a relatively broad selection of majors and programs to choose from. Radford accepts AP and dual credits.

The student-faculty ratio at Radford is 19 to 1, higher than the national average of 15 to 1 for 4-year, public schools, per the NCES. Graduate teaching assistants make up only about 11% of instructors, a low percentage, meaning that professors will teach most of your classes. Roughly one-third of Radford's classes had 20 students or less in 2011, per USNWR; about 62% of classes had between 20 and 49 students, and only about 5% had more than 50 students. This is important to keep in mind if you like having one-on-one access to the instructor, or otherwise know that a small class size is important to you.

If you need academic help, Radford's Learning Assistance and Resource Center (LARC) offers writing assistance, tutoring services, and help for students with special needs. A career center is available to help students with career planning, job searching, and internships.

If you're wondering how long it will take you to graduate, consider that 38% of students who began their schooling in fall 2005 completed their bachelor's degree programs in four years, a figure that's two percentage points lower than the national average. Of those same students, 56% had completed their degree programs after six years.

Applications & Financial Aid at Radford University

You can apply to Radford University online or via a mailed paper application. In addition to your application, you must submit transcripts for the high school and any dual credit courses that you took, SAT or ACT scores, and a $50 non-refundable application fee. USNWR states that of the class entering in 2011, 61% ranked in the top 50% of their high school classes, with 3.1 being the average high school GPA. For their standardized test scores, 75% of students submitted their SAT scores, and 23% submitted their ACT scores. The average SAT scores for critical reading, math, and writing were 512, 506, and 491 respectively. The average ACT composite score was 19.

Early action applications are due December 1, and you'll be notified of the school's decision by January 15. If you're applying regular decision, the deadline is February 1; you'll be notified by April 1. The priority deadline for filing your financial aid paperwork is February 15, though Radford has a rolling financial aid application policy; if you miss the priority deadline, you may file at any time. Of the undergraduate population in 2011, USNWR reported that 71% applied for need-based aid, and 52% were determined to have need. Of those, 31% had their financial aid need fully met with an average financial aid package of $9,296. The average non-need-based academic scholarship was $3,739, and the average non-need-based athletic grant or scholarship was $9,541.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (No date given) February 1*
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2011) Rolling; February 15 (priority)***
Notification of Acceptance (No date given) April 1*
Application Fee (No date given) $50*
Acceptance Rate (2012) 76%**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $8,590 in-state
$20,160 out-of-state**
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $9,296***
% of Students with Need Met (2011) 31%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $22,515***
Student Loan Default Rate (fiscal 2009) 5.1%**

Life at Radford University

The retention rate between 2010 and 2011 was 76%, according to the NCES. This is a measure of how many students decided to return to Radford after their first year of studies, a common indicator of student satisfaction. If you choose to attend Radford University, you will join a total student population that was 9,370 strong in fall 2011, including 8,350 undergraduate students. According to NCES, 84% of those undergraduate students self-identified as white, with 7% identifying as black or African American, 3% as Latino or Hispanic and 2% as Asian.

There are about 250 clubs and organizations on campus. According to USNWR, 10% of men and 13% of women chose to belong to a fraternity or sorority in 2011. Radford also offers intercollegiate varsity sports, intercollegiate club sports, and recreational club sports for men and women.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Small city
Student Population (2011) 8,350 undergraduates; 1,020 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 44% to 56%**
% of Full-time Students (2011) 96%**
% of In-state Students (2010) 93%**
% of International Students (2010) 0%**
Retention Rate (2011) 76%**
Campus Housing Available Yes
% of Students Living on Campus 37%***
Number of Libraries One*
Extracurricular Activities About 250 clubs and organizations*
Noteworthy Planetarium and observatory****

Sources: *Radford University, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News and World Report, ****College Board.

School Contact Info

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Radford University, Martin Hall 115, P.O. Box 6903, Radford, VA 24142
  • Phone: (540) 831-5371