Radford University

Radford, VA 24142
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Radford University is one of the sixteen public 4-year colleges in Virginia. The campus is located in an urban area, in Radford.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 9,418 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 1,848 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 1,404 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 76%). Every year 55% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Radford University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $7,407, and fees were $3,220. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $19,042 and $3,667 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students9,418
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate76%

Nursing Programs

The Radford University Nursing program offers a foundational education in liberal arts, behavioral sciences, basic and applied sciences and social sciences in addition to academic and practical nursing courses culminating in the BSN degree.

The program has been approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and has full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination to become licensed Registered Nurses.

Admission Requirements:

Students who enroll in Radford University as full time freshmen with a declared pre-nursing major officially enter the nursing program with a priority admission after completing a minimum of 124 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Students transferring into the nursing from another college or university need to have a 2.8 cumulative grade point average with a minimum of a ‘C’ grade in all prerequisite courses.

Program Specific Requirements:

  • Physical examination (including all health records and immunization series)
  • Health Insurance
  • Criminal background check
  • Urine drug screening

Deadline for admission to the nursing program is the 15th of November for admission in the fall semester and the 1st of August for admission in the spring.

The nursing program is an academically demanding program and the school encourages students not to work more than 10 hours a week.

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - other 2 12
Master's degree 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 95.9%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1928 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2004 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2004 - 08/08/2013



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$443/credit
In State Students$443/credit
Out of State Students$947/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$482/credit
In State Students$482/credit
Out of State Students$856/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $19,935 $19,935 $42,615
ADN 70 $31,010 $31,010 $66,290
BSN 125 $55,375 $55,375 $118,375
FNP 50 $24,100 $24,100 $42,800
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 81% of Radford University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 38% $4,448
Other Federal Grant 6% $4,851
State Grant & Scholarships 21% $7,214
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 21% $6,830
Federal Student Loans 66% $5,489
Private Loans 13% $12,017


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$11,658
$30,001 to $48,000$12,989
$48,001 to $75,000$16,694
$75,001 to $110,000$20,770
Over $110,000$21,479

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing.
Radford University
801 East Main St.
Radford, VA 24142

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