Radford recognized among nation's "Best Bang for the Buck" universities

Radford University has been recognized as a "Best Bang for the Buck" institution by Washington Monthly magazine.

In the September-October edition, RU was ranked 15th of 152 U.S. universities categorized as master's institutions and 44th of the 349 top-ranked colleges and universities in all categories. Radford University was the highest ranked Virginia university in both categories.

Washington Monthly evaluated 1,572 colleges and universities across the United States in determining its rankings. "We created our ‘Best Bang for the Buck' ranking - our exclusive list of the colleges in America that do the best job of helping…students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. And it is a pretty exclusive list. Only 349 made the cut as best-bang-for-the-buck schools," wrote Robert Kelchen for Washington Monthly. Kelchen is an assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy at Seton Hall University.

"We are again honored that Radford University has been nationally recognized for offering a high quality education to our students that is also within reach financially," said President Penelope W. Kyle. "Students have many choices regarding which university is best suited for them. This ranking helps them and their families make informed decisions. It validates that RU is an excellent institution, offering one of the best values in the nation, as well as recognizes the dedication and hard work of our faculty and staff who are so committed to our students."

According to Washington Monthly, its specific combination of ranking criteria produces a list that spotlights schools not routinely recognized on other national college rankings.

Oct 31, 2013