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About Radford University

Radford University Overview

Radford University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Radford, Virginia. Radford University was founded in 1910 and now enrolls around 10,695 students a year, including 7,307 undergrads. Radford University offers housing for up to 3,889 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Radford University! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Radford University's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Radford University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? Radford University has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Radford University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Radford University on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Radford University on the Student Life page. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should hear from Radford University by April 1.

2021 Radford University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 79%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 85%
Average GPA 3.3
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 85%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 68%
In-State Tuition $11,416
Out-of-State $23,498
Percent of Need Met 74%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $11,969

Is Radford University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at all of these areas to get a better sense of what Radford University offers and if it might be the right college for you.

Radford University Acceptance Rate 2021

The acceptance rate at Radford University is 79%. Out of 14,994 applications received in 2021, 11,798 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Radford University

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Radford University, around 75% come back their sophomore year. Radford University's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 56%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Radford University Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Radford University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Radford University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $58.7 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Radford University spends about $10,031 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Radford University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Radford University meets 74% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $11,969 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $32,393 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Radford University. Based on this information, how does Radford University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Radford University a good school for you?

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Where is Radford University Located?

Radford University is located in the small town setting of Radford, Virginia.

If you want to see Radford University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 81 to Radford, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Radford University and Radford are like without leaving home.

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College Info

801 East Main Street Radford, VA 24142

Campus Setting: Small Town

Radford University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Radford University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Radford University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Radford University ACT Scores


ACT Range

17 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

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23 and Above


17 to 23


17 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Radford University is 20. Students with an ACT score of 23 and above have a good chance of getting into Radford University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 17 and 23 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 17 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Radford University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

940 - 1110


Math SAT Range

450 - 540


Reading SAT Range

470 - 570

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1110 and Above


940 to 1110


940 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Radford University students is 1023. Applicants with SAT scores of 1110 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Radford University, while applicants with SAT scores between 940 to 1110 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 940 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Radford University.

Radford University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Radford University is like? There are approximately 10,695 students enrolled at Radford University, including 7,307 undergraduate students and 3,388 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 93% percent are from VA and 7% percent of students are from other states.


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