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Radford University Named U.S. News "Up-and-Coming" University in
U.S. News Guide – One of Only Three Virginia Public Universities so Honored

RADFORD – Radford University has been named one of the nation’s “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in the U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 Guide to America’s Best Colleges. The designation recognizes colleges and universities that have recently made the most “promising and innovative changes” and are projected to soar higher in the rankings.

“Our entire university community is elated by this recognition,” said Radford University President Penelope Kyle.  “This achievement speaks so well of the talents and hard work of our faculty, staff and students.”

US News LogoRadford University was ranked eighth among the “Top Up-and-Coming” Master’s universities in the South and fifth among the public universities honored in the category.  A total of 77 colleges and universities of the nation’s 2,618 accredited four-year institutions (American Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2005) were recognized for innovation and improvements that signal the institution is on the rise. (See U.S. News web site.)

Radford University is ranked 15th among public master’s universities in the south and has been named one of the top 20 public universities in this category for the last six years.

The U.S. News and World Report category in which RU is included, master’s universities in the south, includes institutions within a 12-state region that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs, with few or no doctoral programs.  Radford enrolled students in its first doctoral program in 2008 and is expected to introduce two more in the near future.

RU has shown consistent improvement in the U.S. News and World Report rankings over several years. In 2005, Radford was ranked at number 51 among public and private schools in its category; in 2010, it ranked 38th.

“For a university on the verge of celebrating its Centennial, we’ve got a lot to be excited about,” said Kyle.  “Being recognized for progress and innovation in this prestigious study is a terrific honor.  But it’s also something I see every day when I work with our faculty, talk with our students, and meet our alumni.  It’s very gratifying to see the rest of the world get a glimpse of the excellence at Radford.

August 20, 2009
Contact: Jeffrey Douglas (; 540-831-5803)

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