Why is Radford University different? The REAL Curriculum is one reason that Radford University is a different kind of higher educational experience. Students are at the center of all that we do! Beginning in Fall 2021, our approach to general education and everything else puts you first. We want your time on our campus to help achieve your goals! REAL sets you up for success by credentialing your skills and depth of knowledge. It is a flexible program that offers opportunities for you to use coursework to go deeper in areas that you find meaningful and useful for your future!