|Endowment||US $36 million|
|President||Penelope "Penny" W. Kyle|
|Location||Radford, Virginia, U.S.|
|Campus||177 acres (0.72 km2)|
|Colors||Red and White
|Athletics||NCAA Division I, Big South Conference|
Radford University, located in Radford in the U.S. state of Virginia, is one of the state's eight doctoral-degree granting public universities. Originally founded in 1910, Radford offers comprehensive curricula for undergraduates in more than 100 fields, and graduate programs including the M.F.A., M.B.A. and specialized doctoral programs in health-related professions.
Radford's undergraduate programs emphasize the liberal arts, business, and teacher education. The graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration offered by the College of Business and Economics at Radford University are accredited by the AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Radford is among the 9 percent of the world's (top 10% in the United States) business schools that have achieved business and/or accounting accreditation from AACSB.
The university has a student/faculty ratio of 19:1 with an average class size of 30 to 40. Graduate students teach less than 5% of classes, so undergraduates work more closely with senior faculty than they might at a larger research university.
The university is organized into six undergraduate colleges: Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, Business and Economics, Education and Human Development, Health and Human Services, Science and Technology, and Visual and Performing Arts. Within the colleges, some fields are designated as "Schools," such as the School of Nursing and School of Social Work (in the College of Health and Human Services) and the School of Communication (in the College of Humanities & Behavioral Sciences). The latter brings together former departments of media studies (journalism, broadcasting, Web design and advertising) and communication (speech and public relations).
The College of Graduate and Extended Education offers 19 degree programs in fields including art, business, communication, counseling, criminal justice, education, English, music, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology and social work. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has authorized three doctoral programs at Radford, in counseling psychology, physical therapy and nursing practice. The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program in Counseling Psychology admitted its first students in the fall of 2008. The doctorate in physical therapy program was scheduled to start in summer 2009. The university said its first Doctor of Nursing Practice students would begin studies in an online format in the fall of 2010.
More than 80 percent of faculty members hold doctorates or other terminal degrees (M.F.A., etc.) in their fields. Eight Radford professors have received Virginia’s highest honor for faculty since the inception of the state’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 1986. One of them, Radford anthropology professor Donna Boyd, was named 2006 U.S. Professor of the Year for master’s level universities and colleges by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching. Since 1981, nine Radford faculty members have been selected as Fulbright Scholars to teach or research in other countries.
Special programs include Study Abroad, Honors Academy, RU Connections freshmen living/learning communities, internships, co-ops, practica and service learning, Army ROTC, leading to commission in the U.S. Army, undergraduate research opportunities.
Radford was the first university in Virginia to integrate wireless technology campus wide.
Nearly 93 percent of Radford graduates obtain employment or enroll in graduate school within 3 to 8 months of graduation from the university.
In 2007, the Radford University Board of Visitors approved the University’s Strategic Plan, dubbed "7-17, Forging a Bold New Future," with a goal of establishing Radford as one of the top 50 master's degree granting universities in the nation by 2017.
In 2009 Radford University underwent an internally directed and budget-driven academic program review resulting in the elimination of some liberal arts courses as well as smaller academic departments such as anthropology and geology. Students enrolled in such programs were permitted to finish their study in those areas, but no new students may enroll. In 2011, some of these smaller programs in the College of Science and Technology were reclassified as individual departments in alignment with the state and national re-emphasis on the STEM fields. These STEM-field departments include Anthropological Science, Geology, Geospatial Science, and Physics.
Community and campus 
Radford University is an 177-acre (0.72 km2) campus located in a residential area of Radford, Virginia. The town is located in the Virginia Highlands, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains at a double bend in the New River. Nearly all of the 35 administrative, academic, student services, and residence halls, many built in a red-brick Georgian style, are located on three quadrangles and a new pedestrian thoroughfare in a 76-acre (310,000 m2) area, while a large adjoining area along the New River holds a variety of the university's athletic facilities.
Student life 
3,150 students live on campus in 15 residence halls. There are more than 200 clubs and organizations. Radford has events, performances, and lectures throughout the academic year.
Radford also has a wide variety of Greek life that is increasing in popularity among the students. Among it are chapters such as Alpha Chi Rho, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Delta Chi, Delta Zeta, Kappa Delta Rho, Pi Lambda Phi, Phi Kappa Sigma, Phi Sigma Kappa, Phi Sigma Sigma, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Chi, Sigma Pi, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Theta Chi, Pi Kappa Phi, and Zeta Tau Alpha.
- Number of students: 9,370
- Undergraduate enrollment: 8,350
- Graduate enrollment: 1,020
- 89.12% undergraduate, 10.88% graduate
- 58% female, 42% male
- 39 states, 57 countries represented
Radford was founded in 1910 by Dr. John Preston McConnell as a women's college as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Radford. The college was a normal school and offered a two-year degree in "rural arts".
In 1924 the school was renamed the State Teachers College at Radford and began an evolution toward a true college. Its primary focus was on training teachers for the rural Appalachian region nearby. In 1943 the college was renamed the Women's Division of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and merged into what is now known as the Virginia Tech which was 15 miles (24 km) away in Blacksburg, Virginia.
As the 1960s began, Virginia began to desegregate its gender specific schools, and Virginia Tech began to admit women on its main campus. This led to a separation in 1964 and a renaming as Radford College. Over the next decade, the "finishing school" atmosphere of the college was dismantled. In 1972 the college began to admit men and developed a graduate school.
In 1979 the school became Radford University. Today, the school is a comprehensive state university. About 45% of the students come from southwestern Virginia, 40% from other parts of Virginia, and 15% from out-of-state. Penelope W. Kyle, J.D., M.B.A., became Radford's sixth president June 1, 2005, after a career in business and government, most notably as director of the state lottery.
In 1913, Radford University's school colors started off as purple and gray. In the 1970s, the colors were changed to the MacFarlane tartan of red, white, blue and green, to go with the school's Scottish theme. More recently, despite opposition from some students and alumni, the university administration abandoned the unique tartan scheme and adopted red and white as the school's athletic colors.
The university's teams remain known as the Highlanders (in honor of the region's Scots-Irish heritage) and compete in the Big South Conference. Radford offers 19 NCAA varsity sports for men and women. The Radford men's basketball team won the Big South Conference tournament in 1998 and 2009. Radford also won the Big South Conference Men's Tennis Championship in 2007, 2008 and 2009 as well as the Big South Softball Championship in 2009.
The Radford men's Rugby club team won the Division II National Championship in 2003 and 2008. They are the only athletic team, club or NCAA team at RU to have won a National Championship in their sport.
Student athletes have exclusive use of the recently renovated Dedmon Center, a recreational and convocation complex that opened in 1981. The Dedmon Center features a 1/6-mile indoor jogging track, five racquetball courts, a weight-training room, locker rooms, and several team rooms. The main arena features a main basketball floor and a secondary volleyball arena for intercollegiate competition and four recreational courts for basketball or volleyball. The complex features adjoining facilities, including intermural soccer, American football and softball fields, and intercollegiate fields and courts for baseball, softball, field hockey and tennis. The Patrick D. Cupp Stadium adds an intercollegiate soccer, lacrosse and track and field complex.
Radford was recognized in a national study as an "Institution of Excellence in the First College Year" for the breadth of quality of programs that assist student in their transition to college life.
U.S.News & World Report has ranked Radford in the South's top 25 master's level public universities in its Guide to America's Best Colleges.
Radford University was also placed on the "Best of the Southeast" list by the The Princeton Review for the third straight year. Most recently, The Princeton Review also named RU on its "Best 294 Business Schools" list and its "Top 311 Green Colleges In The Nation" list.
Notable alumni 
- Buddhi K. Athauda - Sri Lanka Ambassador to Netherlands
- June Atkinson - State Superintendent of Public Instruction, North Carolina
- Danielle Banks - On Camera Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
- Frank Beamer - Head football coach, Virginia Tech
- Regan Burns - Actor and Comedian
- Maria Odulio de Guzman - Lexicographer
- Nelson Harris - Former mayor of Roanoke, Virginia
- Randal J. Kirk - Founder of New River Pharmaceuticals, winner of Virginia’s Outstanding Industrialist of 2008
- Phil Leftwich, former professional baseball player, inducted into the RU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.
- Scott Long - Human Rights Activist, is now Visiting Fellow, Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School
- Dave Mattingly - National Public Radio producer and newscaster
- Jayma Mays - Actress, stars as Emma Pilsbury in the Fox series Glee
- Goran Nava - Olympian for Serbia in the 1500 meter run in the 2008 Olympics
- Steve Robinson - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Assistant Coach
- Martin Sayer - Assistant Men's Tennis Coach for Radford University, member of the Hong Kong Davis Cup team, former RU tennis player, 4 time Big South Player of the Year
- Marty Smith - ESPN NASCAR Analyst
- Ryan Speier - Pitcher, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
- Diane Stupar-Hughes - Co-host of talk radio show Elliot in the Morning.
- Dante Washington - TV Soccer Color Analyst for the Columbus Crew of MLS, first team All-American in 1991, played for the United States in the 1992 Summer Olympics Games
- Erik Uribe - Government worker, spokesperson for Herpes Foundation
Radford University's current president is Penelope Ward Kyle, who has served in that role since 2005. The university's administration is overseen by a 13-member board that was created under Virginia state law. Eleven of the members are appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth and serve four-year terms. Each year the Board also selects a student and a faculty member to serve as advisory representatives on the Board.
- List of past presidents
- John Preston McConnell, 1911–1937
- David Wilbur Peters, 1938–1951
- Charles Knox Martin Jr., 1952–1972, Chancellor, 1972–73, President Emeritus, 1973–1987
- Donald Newton Dedmon, 1972–1994
- Douglas Covington, 1995–2005
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