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Radford University offers an incomparable opportunity to receive a first-rate education and to be part of a vibrant community of higher learning. Learn more about how to apply.

Radford University takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications and will never impose cut-off dates or offer guarantees of acceptance arbitrarily.

Radford University views everything that an applicant submits in an effort to get to know that individual as well as possible. Applications are reviewed by members of the Admissions committee in an effort to select potential Radford University students who we believe would not only find academic success at Radford, but also become positive contributors to our community.

To this end, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions reviews academic transcripts, the strengths of an applicant’s high school curriculum, standardized testing, and all other materials submitted.

Freshmen - New Applicants

You can apply online for free! A paper application is not available at this time.

Applicants with a 3.20 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) may elect to be considered for admission without submitting their Scholastic Assessment Test I (SAT I) or American College Testing Program (ACT).   Learn more about Test Optional admission consideration.

Traditional Application Review requires:

  • An official transcript of high school work completed
  • An official Scholastic Assessment Test I (SAT I) or American College Testing Program (ACT) score report.  Request to have your results electronically submitted to Radford University.

        SAT School Code - 5565
        ACT School Code - 4422       

Test Optional Application Review requires:

  • An official transcript of high school work completed

Submitting Transcripts to Radford University:

We accept eletronic transcripts sent via Parchment, sendEdu, e-Scrip, as well as the Clearinghouse as official transcripts.  If materials are submitted electronically we do not require that you send a paper copy.  If you would prefer to mail application materials to Radford University please send them to:

Radford University Office of Admissions
Box 6903
Radford, VA 24142

Guaranteed Admission

Applicants who have completed college prepartory course work who have a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) and EBRW + Math Combined SAT score of 1,000  

Freshmen - Previous Applicants

Students who have submitted an application to Radford University within the past year are not required to submit a new application.  Please complete and submit a reactivation request via email to admissions@radford.edu to be reconsidered for admission.  Please include your name, birthdate, and the term you wish to be considered for admission.

Submit any additional transcripts of work completed since submission of the original application.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines:

December 1 — Early Action & Scholarship Consideration

February 1 — Regular Decision

Hundreds of students make the decision to transfer to Radford University each year. In many cases, transferring to Radford is not only an easy decision, but also an easy process.

The online Community College Transfer Guide offers information on transferable Virginia Community College and Richard Bland College courses. It includes information on transfer statistics, core curriculum, and links to requirements and course listings.

The document also allows you to search for your Virginia Community College or Richard Bland College courses to determine if they will transfer to Radford University, or to search the Radford University courses to determine which classes you need to take at the Virginia Community Colleges or Richard Bland College for transfer credit to Radford University.

Transfer Student Guidelines

Transfer Credit Policy

There is no limit to the number of hours a student may transfer. Important information to note:

  • 45 credit hours must be taken at Radford University in order to be granted a degree.
  • Half of the required major (and minor) courses must be taken at Radford University.
  • All students must be enrolled at Radford during the last semester before graduation.

  • 30 of the last 39 credit hours must be completed at Radford University.

  • A minimum "C" cumulative grade point average (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) on all coursework attempted is required for consideration.

Evaluation of transcripts for acceptance of transfer credits is done by Radford University's Office of the Registrar upon admission. An official credit evaluation will show courses and credits that are accepted and fulfill Radford University requirements. Grades do not transfer to Radford University, only credit hours.

Credits are usually accepted from institutions accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency, provided that they carry a grade of "C" or better (a grade of "C-" will not transfer). Radford does not give transfer credit for professional education courses completed at two-year colleges.

Students who have earned an associate's degree from a Virginia community college based on a baccalaureate-oriented sequence of courses will be considered to have satisfied Radford's Core Curriculum requirements. This includes the associate of arts, associate in sciences and the associate in arts and sciences degrees. Departmental general education requirements must also be met. Community college students completing the "Transfer Module" will receive credit toward partial completion of Radford University's general education requirements.

If you are enrolled at another college at the time of acceptance, your final evaluation cannot be made until the complete official transcript is received.

If you have completed fewer than 24 semester hours of college level coursework, your high school transcripts and standardized test results will be considered along with your college course work. In high school you should have completed a broad selection of coursework . Most successful applicants have taken:

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of college preparatory math
  • 4 units in laboratory sciences
  • 4 units in social studies
  • 3-4 units in foreign language

If you have any questions concerning the transfer of credits, contact the Admissions Office at (540) 831-5371, or via e-mail at admissions@radford.edu.

Application Guidelines - New Applicants

You can apply online for free!  

Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended, whether or not credit was earned or is desired. This includes transcripts from dual-enrollment courses taken in high school as well as official score reports for Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

If you have completed fewer than 24 semester hours of college-level coursework or if you have not completed a college level math course, have your high school transcript sent to the Radford University Office of Admissions.

* Transfer applicants must have a minimum C (2.0) cumulative GPA on all work attempted to be considered for admission. Students must also have completed a college level math course or the high school equivalent (Algebra I, II, and Geometry).

Application Process - Previous Applicants

Students who have submitted an application to Radford University within the last year are not required to submit a new application.  Please email admissions@radford.edu requesting to reactivate your application.  In your email please include Name, Student ID number, the last term you applied, as well as the term you would like to now be considered for admission.

Submit any additional transcripts of work completed since submission of the original application.

If you submitted an application to Radford University more than one year ago, please submit a new application.  Once your application is submitted please request to have any additional transcripts of work attempted since you last applied.

Application Process - Students Returning to Radford University

Complete and submit the request for readmission. To learn more about the readmission process and criteria, visit the Registrar’s Office.

Class Standing

A student's class standing is determined at the beginning of each semester and will not be changed during that semester.

Freshman - 0-25 semester hours
Sophomore - 26-55 semester hours
Junior - 56-85 semester hours
Senior - 86 and above

A minimum of 120 semester hours must be completed to earn a degree.

The Selection Process

The priority deadline for transfer students applying for the fall semester is June 1. The priority deadline for transfer students applying for the spring semester is November 1.

Applications are received on a rolling basis. Decisions are sent within 4-6 weeks after the application becomes complete.

If you wish to compete for scholarships, have your complete application package in the Office of Admissions by March 1 for the fall semester.

While admission to Radford is selective, decisions are based on a number of factors. The committee is interested in what makes you "you" - the unique combination of skills, interests and motivation that will enable you to be successful at Radford and in the world beyond. Please feel free to include personal comments and recommendations with your application.

Transfer applicants will be considered on the basis of previous college performance and courses taken. Pre-nursing students are strongly advised to complete units in biology and chemistry. Radford University uses the College Board Advanced Placement Tests and the College Level Examination Program to award graduation credits.

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