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Freshman Profile

Class of 2017

Number of freshman applicants: 7,774
Number of freshmen offered admission: 6,088
Number of freshmen enrolled: 1,986

Middle 50% range:

  • GPA: 2.87 - 3.48
  • SAT: 910 - 1060 (combined score of critical reading and math sections only)
  • ACT: 20-24

Top States Outside Virginia by Number of Matriculants:

  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Massachusetts

Most popular majors at Radford University:

  • Business
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • Exercise, Sport & Health Education
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Science & Technology
  • Media Studies

Unique programs offered at Radford University:

  • Music Therapy
  • Fashion Design/Merchandising
  • Interior Design
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
  • Exercise, Sport, and Health Education

Decision Factors -- While admission to Radford is selective, decisions are based on a number of factors. The committee is interested in what makes you you -- the unique combination of skills, interests and motivation that will enable you to be successful at Radford and in the world beyond. Please feel free to include personal comments and recommendations. Students are selected on the basis of:

High school record (including course of study, grade point average and class rank)

Results of the SAT I or ACT

Involvement in extracurricular and community activities

Recommended High School Courses -- As an incoming freshman, you should have completed a broad selection of coursework in high school. Most successful applicants have taken:

4 units of English

4 units of college preparatory math

4 units of laboratory sciences

4 units in social studies

3-4 units in foreign language

Virginia residents are encouraged to complete the Advanced Studies Diploma. Pre-nursing students are strongly advised to complete units in biology and chemistry. If you are enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, plan to take the AP test in May of your senior year. RU uses the College Board Advanced Placement Tests, the International Baccalaureate Examinations and the College Level Examination Program to award graduation credits. 

Important Note Regarding Math --  Beginning with students applying as freshmen for the fall of 2003, Radford University requires a minimum of three years of college preparatory math. These courses must include Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2.

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