Freshmen Applicant Requirements


Radford University Admission for Freshmen Applicants

Successful Radford University freshman applicants have:

A strong academic record leading to a standard diploma.

  • Predominantly A/B grades with minimal C/D level grades
  • 3 units of College Prep Math (including Algebra II)
  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of Social Studies
  • 3-4 of Laboratory Sciences
  • 2 units of Foreign Language, Fine Arts and/or Career and Technical Education


Students may choose to submit additional information about their coursework and grades for consideration through their personal statement or recommendation letter(s). 

Direct Admission to Radford University for Freshmen Applicants

Freshmen applicants who meet the following criteria will receive direct admission to Radford University*:

  • Submission of high school transcript. An unofficial copy may be used for admission review; however, an official copy is required prior to enrollment. Official copies should be submitted directly from the high school by email, mail, fax or partner services such as Parchment or
  • 3.3 cumulative GPA
  • Passing grade in Algebra II 


*Nursing applicants must also have passing grade in either Biology and Chemistry OR Anatomy & Physiology.

*Music and Dance majors must have a successful audition in their respective program to be admitted to their major.


Fall 2024 Entry

  • Rolling admission through June 1


85% acceptance rate in 2023
Rolling Admissions starts in November

How to Apply

 1. Complete Radford's application or list Radford on the Common App. Information to keep in mind as you complete your application: 

  • “Radford University is a test-optional school and does not require standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) to be submitted as a part of the application. If scores are submitted, the review of those scores will not adversely effect the admissions decision.
  • As part of your application, we invite you to include an optional essay to tell us more about yourself. 
  • There is no fee to submit your application.

2. Submit a copy of your high school transcript (or transcripts if you have attended multiple high schools). You may choose to submit an unofficial copy with your application; however, an official copy is required when you enroll.

We accept official electronic transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution through Parchment, Clearinghouse, CommonApp, Scribbles and Scoir. You may also upload an unofficial copy to your Highlander Portal or mail a copy directly to the Office of Admissions.

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Dual Enrollment information is evaluated for enrolling students and not needed at time of application.

3. Check the status of your application using your Highlander Portal to ensure all materials are received. Once a decision is made, you’ll see it here first! 


Financial Aid and Scholarships

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The Admissions staff automatically reviews all freshman applicants for merit-based aid through our Highlander Distinction Program.  Highlander Distinction awards are renewable up to four years as long as renewal criteria is met. Admitted freshman may choose to apply for Foundation Scholarships as well. 

We strongly encourage all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at This is how we determine federal and state grants, loans and work study programs for which you may be eligible. 

Fall 2024 applicants: Due to significant Department of Education processing delays, we will not have information about FAFSA submissions until at least mid-March. Once FAFSA data is released to us, we are committed to sharing financial aid information as soon as possible. Our financial aid team is available to assist you and your family with questions about the FAFSA . Thank you for your patience. 


Connect with Your Counselor

Our Freshman Recruitment Team is here to help with any questions you have about Radford University or the application process. 

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