Radford University

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Radford University is a public, 4-year school located in Radford, VA 200 miles west of Richmond and 60 miles north of the North Carolina border. The school was founded in 1910 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Radford, VA; it was renamed the State Teachers College at Radford in 1924 and focused on training teachers for the Appalachian region. In 1943 the school was absorbed into what is now known as Virginia Tech and in 1979 regained its independence as Radford University. The nearly 200 acre campus features traditional red brick collegiate Georgian architecture and two large quads; the school sits in the scenic Virginia Highlands between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains along the New River. Notable alumni include former baseball player Phil Leftwich (a RU Hall of Fame inductee).

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Radford University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and offers Bachelor’s Degrees, post-baccalaureate Certificates, Master’s Degrees, post-masters Certificates and Doctorates in over 100 fields. Presently, only a few masters programs are offered online. The University is comprised of The University is comprised of six undergraduate colleges: College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences; College of Business and Economics; College of Education and Human Development; Waldron College of Health and Human Services; College of Science and Technology; College of Visual and Performing Arts as well as the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Noted for several Healthcare-related fields, Art & Design, Music and Theatre, the largest program on campus is in Business. Per the Mission Statement, “The Mission of… Radford University is to create a challenging, supportive, and engaging educational culture that is anchored in the liberal arts tradition and is ethically responsive to the needs of the 21st century global society.” To meet this, the University seeks to “Facilitate partnerships in excellence between faculty and students with a view to: Sharing, interpreting, and creating knowledge; involving students in scholarly and creative activities; challenging students to apply knowledge to a variety of contemporary problems.”

Student Life

There are over 8,800 undergraduate students enrolled in Radford University, most of whom live on campus among the over 15 residence halls and living spaces. The University sponsors over 200 clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the red, white and gray Highlanders, led by The Highlander, field teams in 9 sports and participate in NCAA Division I-AAA competition. Students become very familiar with the Code of Ethics espoused by the school which “forms the ethical principles that will guide all members of the university community in all decisions and activities.” These principles include: Respect: A climate of care, concern, fairness, and civility toward others while recognizing and embracing individual’s dignity, freedom, and diversity. Honesty and Integrity: Act and communicate truthfully and candidly. Stewardship: Use university resources in a wise and prudent manner in order to achieve our educational mission and strategic objectives. Excellence: Conduct all university affairs diligently, with due professional care to meet high expectations. Responsibility and Accountability: Be trustworthy and answerable for our conduct, decisions and obligations.

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