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When do I declare a major?

If you are very interested and excited about a specific field then we would encourage you to start exploring your major. However, we are advocates of being a Pre-Major (undecided) student during your first semester. Get a few core classes under your belt and explore your options! Radford University provides many opportunities for new experiences and ideas, so you may find yourself attracted to something different than you first thought.

You selected a major (or Pre-Major ) when you applied, and unless you change your major, you have declared your major.  There are no deadlines, but Pre-major students are encouraged to declare their major as soon as they are ready, or prior to their sophomore year.

Who advises us during orientation?  Do I have an advisor during the year?

During Orientation you will be advised by a Faculty Advisor (FA) and your Quest Assistant (QA), both of whom have been trained in advising new students. During your advising session your QA will tell you about your major, help you pick out a list of classes for the fall, and then assist you in registration. During the year, you will have an advisor. (An advisor is similar to a guidance counselor.) Your advisor will help you stay on track for your major and make sure you are taking a well-rounded achievable course load.

Can I switch majors?

Absolutely! On average, students change their major four times while in college. We highly encourage you to try new things and find the right fit for you.

How many credits are needed for each major?

It depends major to major but overall about 120 credit hours (or 40 classes). That number includes your CORE classes, major and degree requirements, as well as electives. This will be specified in the advising meeting with your group. Try not to worry about the average course load being 15 credit hours. You’ll be fine completing your major as long as you stay focused and work hard!

How are there "colleges" within the University?

At Radford University there are six "colleges" within the university. These different colleges allow students to indulge more specifically into their choice of study. It also provides an Academic Advising Center applicable to the classes the student in that college needs to take.

College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
College of Business and Economics
College of Education and Human Development
College of Science and Technology
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Waldron College of Health and Human Services

Are there tutors on campus?

The Learning Assistance & Resource Center (LARC), located on the first floor of Walker Hall, is the place to go for help. Students can set up weekly appointments, ask questions online, or come in for a single scheduled appointment. The tutors are Radford students that have already taken these classes with the same professors. They are hired following a competitive interview process, highly trained, and motivated to help you!

Is college a lot harder than high school?

As you will hear over and over again, college is what you, the student makes it. There is so much more free time than in high school, but it is up to you to decide what to do with it. Although more is expected of you in college, that does not necessarily mean that it is a lot harder.

Are the faculty/staff nice?

You will quickly find that faculty and staff are always willing to help you in any way they can. Professors will have office hours where they will be available to meet with you, as well as email and phone connections.

Are the professors understanding?

Professors at RU are more than willing to go the extra mile, as long as you the student are willing to do the same. Professors will make exceptions to rules if you show that you have a valid reason for whatever you are doing. It is also your responsibility to seek any help and assistance, not the responsibility of the faculty.

Are the classes hard?

The key to all courses at this level of education is to GO TO CLASS. Even though some may be early, or very long, there is no way to make your life easier than to attend. Some teachers will not have attendance policies, but by going anyway you get the information firsthand.

Will we always have professors?

There are a small percentage of classes taught by graduate assistants, but most courses are taught by full-time or adjunct faculty.

How can I change my class schedule I created at Quest/Quest Express/Transfer Quest?

Any schedule adjustments after orientation can only be made through your Advising Center through the first week for classes.  New students wishing to adjust their schedules should contact their Advising Center to make an appointment.

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