Freshmen Applicant Requirements

Radford University Admission for Freshmen Applicants

A successful applicant is a student who has a strong academic record leading to a standard diploma.

All applicants will be reviewed for admission who do not meet direct admission requirements. 

Direct Admission to Radford University for Freshmen Applicants

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

  • Official transcript submitted directly from 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.


Spring 2024 Entry

  • November 1 - Regular Deadline for Spring Applicants 


Fall 2024 Entry

  • November 1 - Early Action (non-binding) Deadline for Fall Applicants
  • February 1 - Regular Deadline for Fall Applicants 


Applications for Freshmen and Transfer are reviewed for Fall entry through June 1 as space allows.


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.

Radford University encourages applicants with a strong academic record to apply. We recommend that students complete: 4 units each of English, Laboratory Sciences, College Prep Math, Social Studies, and 3 - 4 units of Foreign Language. 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. 


Connect with Your Counselor

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