Radford University - Best in the Southeast

RU Named a "Best in the Southeast" University for third Straight Year by Princeton Review

RADFORD -- Radford University has again been named to the “best colleges and universities in the Southeast” list, according to The Princeton Review.

“The validation of quality represented by this honor is something very important to our entire university community,” said Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle. “We offer a vast array of academic opportunity, and we do it in an environment that encourages student/faculty interaction and values teaching excellence. It’s gratifying to see this recognized by outside agencies.”

The education services company recently selected RU as one it recommends in its website feature 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

"We chose Radford University as among our 'regional best' colleges primarily for its excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review's V.P., Publishing, “We also take into account what each school’s customers – their students – report to us about their campus experiences on our 80-question student survey."

From the ‘Radford Students Say’ section under Academics & Majors, The Princeton Review reports the following: "Midsized” and affordable, Radford University is a “very student-oriented” public school in southwest Virginia that offers a pretty vast array of majors. Students call our attention to the business, nursing, education, and interior design programs in particular. “The professors here would have to be Radford’s greatest strength,” says a communication major. Many faculty members are “very personable, affable, and helpful.” They “want to teach.” “They’re easy to get in touch with and easy to talk to and ask questions,” adds a sociology major. Also, “classes are smaller, which makes it easier to get one-on-one attention.”

According to the Princeton Review, the colleges named "regional best" represent only about 25 percent (one out of four) of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges. The 141 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Southeast" designations are located in: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.