Transfer Application Requirements

Hundreds of students make the decision to transfer to Radford University each year. In many cases, transferring to Radford is not only an easy decision, but also an easy process. 

Listed below is detailed information about the transfer application process, credit equivalency, scholarships and more. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to our transfer counseling team. 

Please note that some of our more selective academic programs have additional entrance requirements, learn more here.



Radford University offers two priority deadlines for transfer applicants. All supporting documents must be received by the deadline in order for your application to be reviewed. Applications will be accepted after the deadline as space is available. We encourage applying by the deadline to ensure your application can be reviewed for your desired term.

Students that wish to be reviewed for scholarships must have completed their application by the Fall Priority deadline.

March 1st - Fall Priority deadline (applications accepted after as space is available)

November 1st - Spring  Priority deadline (applications accepted after as space is available)


Applying to Radford

New Students


You can apply online for free!  Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended, whether or not credit was earned or is desired. This includes transcripts from dual-enrollment courses taken in high school as well as official score reports for Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

If you have completed fewer than 24 semester hours of college-level coursework or if you have not completed a college level math course, your high school transcript is required for application review. 


Previous Applicants and Returning Students


Previous applicants - If you applied to Radford but did not enroll within the past year, you do not need to reapply. Please complete the term change form to update your application to the semester that you would like to enroll.

If it has been more than one year since you applied, please submit a new application. Once your application or term change form is submitted please have any additional transcripts of work attempted since you last applied sent to Radford University Admissions.

Returning Students - If you attended Radford University in the past and have not been enrolled for one or more semesters, complete our application for readmission.

More information about readmission deadlines and criteria can be found on our Prior Applicant page


Application Review


Radford utilizes a holistic approach and will consider all aspects of your application in making the admissions decision. Aspects considered include but are not limited to: cumulative GPA, academic trend, coursework completed, personal statement and eligibility to return to the last institution attended. In order to be considered as a transfer student, applicants must have already graduated high school and enrolled in college courses at the time of application.

If you have less than 24 hours of college level work at time of application and/or have not taken a college level math, an official high school transcript will be required for the review process.

Materials required - Transfer application, official transcripts from all colleges attended.

If applicable - dual enrollment transcript, joint services transcript, personal statement, letters of recommendation

Once an application is completed, a decision will be released within 3-5 weeks.


Scholarships and Cost

Admissions will automatically review applicants with a completed application by March 1st for our Transfer Excellence and Phi Theta Kappa scholarships. All documents submitted with the application will be utilized in the scholarship consideration. 


Transfer Excellence - Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0+ and completion of 30+ transferable credit hours. 

Phi Theta Kappa - Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2+ and completion of 30+ transferable credit hours. Must be a member of PTK. 

GPA and credit hour requirements must be fulfilled by March 1st. 

Virginia Transfer Grant - a Virginia state grant awarded by the Financial Aid Office. Complete the Transfer Grant application to be considered. 

Foundation Scholarships - incoming students are eligible to apply for these after admission. Priority application deadline is February 5th and notification is sent out in April. 

Learn more about ways to pay for college.


Class Standing

A student's class standing is determined at the beginning of each semester and will not be changed during that semester.

Freshman - 0-25 semester hours
Sophomore - 26-55 semester hours
Junior - 56-85 semester hours
Senior - 86 and above

A minimum of 120 semester hours must be completed to earn a degree.