FAQs About Admissions

When can I visit Radford University?

Radford University offers campus tours year-round. You can register for a campus tour by visiting our tour page, or by calling 540-831-5371 during regular business hours. During a visit, you'll have the opportunity to take a student-guided campus tour and meet with an admissions counselor. Or you could attend one of our many group admissions programs. To see the list of dates and programs, check our visit page.

What do you look at when evaluating an application?

While admission to Radford University 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

See our Freshman Profile to learn more about successful applicants.

What should I take in high school to prepare myself to attend Radford University?

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

Radford University requires a minimum of three years of college preparatory math. These courses must include Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2.

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. Radford University uses the College Board Advanced Placement Tests, the International Baccalaureate Examinations and the College Level Examination Program to award graduation credits.

Can I apply online?

Yes! You can apply online or complete and submit a paper application (PDF).

What do I need to submit when I apply?

When you apply to Radford University, you will need:

  • An official transcript of high school work completed.
  • Your Scholastic Assessment Test I (SAT I) or American College Testing Program (ACT) results. We recommend that this test be taken no later than December of your senior year. Results from either SAT I or ACT are required of all freshman applicants for admission to Radford. Request to have your results electronically submitted to Radford University or you may send an official copy of your test score report to:
    Radford University Office of Admissions
    Box 6903
    Radford, VA 24142.

What's the deadline to apply?

The deadline for incoming freshmen is December 1 for early action or February 1 for regular decision.

For transfer students, the priority deadline is June 1 for fall semester or November 1 for spring semester.

I'm a veteran, is there anything I need to know about applying?

The University Registrar's Office provides information for all Veteran benefits, including Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits. We encourage prospective students to contact the Registrar's Office for information about the application of benefits. Please note: All Active Duty Service Members (including Guard and Reserve) must contact their Education Service Officer (ESO) or Education Counselor within their branch of service prior to enrolling in any college or university.

When will I find out if I’ve been accepted?

If you apply for early action, you will be notified by January 15. If you applied for regular decision, you will be notified by April 1.

Is financial aid available?

Yes! Financial assistance includes loans, grants, work study, and fellowships. Approximately 60 percent of Radford University undergraduate students receive financial aid. Visit the Financial Aid website for more information.

I have been admitted, what do I do now?

Learn more about what is waiting for you at Radford University.  Our admitted students page is the perfect place to get started.

How do I activate my portal account?

Activating your portal account is easy, simply visit https://my.radford.edu and click on New User: Activate Your Account just above the username field.  Follow these few easy steps to gain access to information pertaining to your admission application, financial aid and so much more!

If you experience issues activating your account we encourage you to contact the RU Help Desk. They can be reached at 540-831-7500 or submit a support request.

Contact Admissions

Office of Admissions
Radford University
Russell Hall
PO Box 6903
Radford, VA 24142
540-831-5038 (fax)