Radford University is proud to have been named among the Best Colleges and Universities in the Southeast by The Princeton Review and among the Top Public Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report. Our academic programs prepare students to be strong leaders, creative thinkers, and responsible partners who thrive in an increasingly global society.
Why Choose Radford?
There are as many reasons to choose Radford University as there are students who attend; however, when we ask our students why they chose Radford, some common themes emerge:
Academic excellence: Radford University is proud to have been named among the Best Colleges and Universities in the Southeast by The Princeton Review and among the Top Public Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report. Our academic programs prepare students to be strong leaders, creative thinkers, and responsible partners who thrive in an increasingly global society. Our curriculum emphasizes critical thinking and gives students practical skills and intellectual experiences that prepare them for careers, graduate school, or wherever else life takes them.
Small classes taught by engaged faculty: While Radford is by no means a small school, our smaller enrollment means students rarely take “pit classes” with hundreds of other students. This allows faculty members to get to know our students and help them make the most of their academic experience.
Opportunities for research: Thanks to Radford’s unique size, undergraduate students have amazing opportunities to do that is often only available to graduate students at larger schools. As a result, students hit the ground running when they start their careers or attend graduate school.
Vibrant student life: At Radford, we believe that the college experience goes outside the classroom. Radford students can join one of the more than 200 student clubs and organizations, cheer on our Division I athletics teams or attend one of our many concerts, plays and productions.
Where We Are
Radford is nestled in southwestern Virginia’s New River Valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area provides abundant recreation, including kayaking, fishing, and tubing on the New River; hiking or bicycling on one of the region’s dozens of trails; or simply taking in nature nearly anywhere in the area.
Programs of Study
Radford provides a plethora of high-quality degree options in six unique colleges. Whether you are interested in business, physics, education, or information technology — or one of our other 60 majors, 15 master’s degree programs, or our four doctoral programs — you will find a quality educational program that fits your unique aspirations.
About the LCI@RU
The Language and Culture Institute at Radford University (LCI@RU), offered through a partnership with Virginia Tech, provides language-related programs and services for academic and professional development.
Our Intensive English Program offers full-time language training to international students. Instruction is available from beginning through advanced proficiency levels and is supplemented by self-paced, interactive computer-assisted training.
Designed especially for university preparation, the Intensive English Program is made up of a concentrated curriculum of progressive classes in reading and writing, listening and conversation, grammar, and pronunciation.
Program features include:
- 20-24 hours per week of language instruction
- 10 levels from low-beginning to advanced proficiency
- Integrated computer-based training using the newest and most effective language learning software
- Small class sizes for individual attention
- Six entry dates per year in six- and eight-week sessions
Prospective graduate and undergraduate international students who do not meet the English requirement may apply for conditional admissions. Applicants are conditionally admitted based on an evaluation of their high school transcripts or their undergraduate transcripts. Once at the LCI@RU, students work toward meeting admission requirements while studying in the intensive English program. When conditional requirements are met, they may transfer into the undergraduate or graduate program. Please see the website for a list of programs participating in conditional admissions.
English Language (ESL), English for Academic Purposes, English for Specific Purposes Programs
Type of School
University/Intensive English Program
Student Body GenderCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNo Affiliation
Scholarships for International StudentsNo
Conditional Admission AvailableYes
Accreditation and CertificationCEA, EnglishUSA Member
Type of HousingResidence Hall, Homestay, Apartment