Nu­mer­ous Rea­sons to Choose Rad­ford Univer­sity

The Washington Post Sunday - - FROM PAGE ONE -

For prospec­tive stu­dents and their fam­i­lies, walk­ing through the doors of Rad­ford Univer­sity gives an im­por­tant glimpse into their fu­ture. The beau­ti­ful and sup­port­ive cam­pus, nes­tled near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Moun­tains, is a place where stu­dents reach their po­ten­tial as good cit­i­zens and lead­ers in their com­mu­ni­ties. It is a trans­for­ma­tive place where stu­dents dis­cover their pas­sions that ul­ti­mately turn into ca­reers.

“Rad­ford Univer­sity takes pride in be­ing a stu­dent-fo­cused in­sti­tu­tion where we help de­velop ma­ture, re­spon­si­ble and well-ed­u­cated in­di­vid­u­als,” says Joe Car­pen­ter, vice pres­i­dent for univer­sity re­la­tions. “Our stu­dents learn cre­ative and crit­i­cal think­ing skills, how to ad­dress chal­lenges and im­ple­ment so­lu­tions, and how to be­come lead­ers in their ca­reers af­ter they grad­u­ate.”

The school of­fers 105 de­gree and cer­tifi­cate pro­grams among six unique col­leges at the un­der­grad­u­ate, grad­u­ate and cer­tifi­cate lev­els. Stu­dents can also make the most of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get in­volved with over 250 clubs and or­ga­ni­za­tions of­fered on cam­pus. Rad­ford’s di­verse stu­dent body comes from over 40 states and 61 for­eign coun­tries. As large as those num­bers may sound, Rad­ford Univer­sity is known for smaller class sizes and close fac­ulty-stu­dent in­ter­ac­tion.

“We’re large enough so that stu­dents have plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to be in­volved and make close friends, but not so large where stu­dents miss out on op­por­tu­ni­ties to par­tic­i­pate,” says Car­pen­ter. “This is a place for stu­dents to re­al­ize their po­ten­tial in a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment. We hear many stu­dents talk about how they re­ally get to know their pro­fes­sors and that this close in­ter­ac­tion is a big part of a Rad­ford Univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion.”

Over the past 10 years, Rad­ford Univer­sity has made sig­nif­i­cant up­dates to its cam­pus in an on­go­ing ef­fort to pro­vide a top-notch and stu­dent-fo­cused en­vi­ron­ment. This com­mit­ment has trans­lated not only to en­hanced fa­cil­i­ties, but also the over­all stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence, fur­ther boost­ing the value of a Rad­ford Univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion. Adding to its beau­ti­ful, nat­u­ral land­scape, Rad­ford has de­voted more than $330 mil­lion in con­struc­tion and cam­pus ren­o­va­tions since 2005. These in­vest­ments have trans­formed the univer­sity into a clas­si­cal Amer­i­can, mid-size in­sti­tu­tion of higher ed­u­ca­tion and the school of choice for more than 9,700 stu­dents.

Since 2005, the univer­sity has in­vested $70 mil­lion in ren­o­va­tions and up­grades to many cam­pus res­i­dence halls. These ef­forts have gained na­tional at­ten­tion for the school. In 2015, Rad­ford Univer­sity’s res­i­dence halls were ranked as #3 in the state of Vir­ginia by Niche Rank­ings and as the “Top 100 Best Dorms” na­tion­wide.

Rad­ford’s cam­pus im­prove­ments reach far be­yond its dor­mi­to­ries. The school has also in­vested $40 mil­lion into build­ing a new Cen­ter for the Sciences, open­ing in early 2016, which will house teach­ing and re­search lab spa­ces, state-of-the-art class­rooms, a plan­e­tar­ium, the Mu­seum of Earth Sciences and the Rad­ford Univer­sity Foren­sic Science In­sti­tute. The Col­lege of Hu­man­i­ties and Be­hav­ioral Sciences, the univer­sity’s most pop­u­lous col­lege, will have a new $50 mil­lion home, ex­pected to open in the fall of 2016, that will ac­com­mo­date the School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and the de­part­ments of crim­i­nal jus­tice, psy­chol­ogy, so­ci­ol­ogy, po­lit­i­cal science, English, for­eign lan­guages and lit­er­a­tures, history and phi­los­o­phy/re­li­gious stud­ies. The new build­ing will have a mock trial/moot court­room, tele­vi­sion stu­dio, foren­sic lab­o­ra­tory and a work­ing emer­gency man­age­ment cen­ter that will also serve as a class­room.

These con­tin­ued im­prove­ments to Rad­ford’s cam­pus and fa­cil­i­ties have cre­ated new in­ter­est to prospec­tive stu­dents and par­ents. The en­hance­ments have also so­lid­i­fied its rep­u­ta­tion as an in­sti­tu­tion that pro­vides a valu­able and af­ford­able ed­u­ca­tion for its stu­dents.

Rad­ford has been rec­og­nized by Washington Monthly mag­a­zine as one of the na­tion’s “Best Bang for the Buck” univer­si­ties and #1 over­all in Vir­ginia. The school has also been listed as one of the “Best Col­leges and Univer­si­ties in the South­east” by the Prince­ton Re­view for the 13th year in a row.

“Prospec­tive stu­dents and their fam­i­lies will be im­pressed when they see how much Rad­ford Univer­sity has to of­fer,” says Car­pen­ter. “We pro­vide a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion at a rea­son­able cost, and we con­tinue to in­vest in our univer­sity com­mu­nity with a long-range vi­sion that is al­ways fo­cused on en­hanc­ing the learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment and ex­pe­ri­ence for our stu­dents.”

Rad­ford Univer­sity has been rec­og­nized by U.S. News & World Re­port as one of the best public univer­si­ties on its 2016 “Best Re­gional Univer­si­ties” list, mak­ing it the fourth con­sec­u­tive year the univer­sity has been rec­og­nized as such. Rad­ford Univer­sity is ranked 37th on the “South” re­gion list, com­prised of both public and pri­vate univer­si­ties, and is ranked 15th of public univer­si­ties on the list. In another re­gional ap­praisal by the mag­a­zine, Rad­ford Univer­sity was ranked 31st in the 2016 “Best Col­leges for Vet­er­ans – South.” The mag­a­zine ranks Rad­ford Univer­sity sixth among Vir­ginia univer­si­ties best­suited for vet­er­ans.

Learn more about Rad­ford Univer­sity at its open house on Oc­to­ber 17. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit rad­ford.edu/visit.

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