Radford University Spring Enrollment Sets Record
Radford University set a record with its spring 2014 enrollment headcount of 9,334 students, breaking an eight year spring enrollment record of 9,016 students that was established in both spring 2006 and 2013.
Over 300 more students are enrolled at RU for the spring semester as compared to the 9,016 total students that were enrolled in both spring 2006 and 2013 semesters. Spring 2014 enrollment numbers show a 7.1 percent increase (65 students) in graduate enrollment and a 3.1 percent increase (253 students) at the undergraduate level.
RU's surge in enrollment has taken place despite a recent U.S. Census Bureau report indicating a decline in national college enrollment beginning in the fall of 2012, the first such national decline in collegiate enrollment in six years.
At RU, total Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) increased by 245 students over spring 2013, or 2.9 percent. Graduate FTE increased 8.8 percent, or 58 graduate students. Undergraduate FTE increased by 188 over spring 2013, or 2.4 percent.
"What we are seeing speaks highly of RU's reputation as a student-focused institution and is a continuation of the momentum we have seen over the last couple of years," said Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management James Pennix. "It is a positive reflection on the university's retention and recruiting efforts. The marketplace continues to acknowledge RU for its quality programs and good academic value."
RU’s spring enrollment success follows an equally successful fall 2013 enrollment that set a school record of 9,928 total students. RU's fall 2013 enrollment included 8,913 undergraduate and 1,015 graduate full-time and part-time students. The fall 2013 undergraduate enrollment was also a record for the University.