Numerous Reasons to Choose Radford University
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.