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RU Listed Among Top 25 Public Master's Universities in South

RADFORD - U.S. News and World Report has listed Radford University for the second straight year as one of the top 25 public master’s universities in the south.

US News and World ReportsIn the 2006 Guide to America’s Best Colleges Radford also moved up two spots from 51st to 49th in the category that includes 130 private and public institutions in the region.

RU President Penelope W. Kyle said she was encouraged by the  improvement in rankings. “Our analysis indicates that we’re making some gains in financial resources, number of full-time faculty and graduation rates.”

Radford has 46 new professors this fall, which is the largest group of new faculty since the late 1980’s.  Kyle says she’s pleased with this progress, but “our efforts are not yet over,” she adds.  “We must continue to hire faculty in those areas which provide opportunities for strategic growth for this institution.”  That move will help us improve our faculty-student ratio that is so important to an institution like Radford, which is characterized by close relationships between faculty and students, Kyle said.

In recent years, Radford also has been recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the top colleges in the Mid-Atlantic region and by the Kaplan/Newsweek College Guide for schools that offer the maximum amount of individual attention, that are academically competitive and that provide close contact with faculty.

August 19, 2005
Contact: Deborah Brown (; 831-5324)

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