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Radford University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB- Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkC Excess CompetitionC
Academic SuccessC Creativity/ InnovationD
Individual ValueC University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyC FriendlinessC
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeC
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsB+
SafetyB
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Unhelpful

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He cares more about Creativity/ Innovation than the average student.
Date: May 23 2008
Major: Political Science (This Major's Salary over time)
There are many things I loved about RU and many things I hated. In the end, the bad significantly outweighed the good and I decided to transfer after my second year.

First the positive aspects:

  • It has 10,000 students, which is pretty big, but it doesn't feel like that many. I found this to be a good thing. I wanted the benefits of a larger school, but also the feeling of a smaller school environment in the classroom. After one semester it was impossible to walk to class without seeing friends along the way. Even so, classes were small enough the prof's don't consider you a number. Also, for 10,000 students the campus is actually very small and it takes only minutes to get from opposite ends. There are also a ton of extracurricular activities available and the people are generally very nice. It's always easy to find people wanting and willing to party.
  • Now the negatives:

    1. Location: Radford is a very small town that generally gives off a foul, grungy, run-down feeling. There is basically nothing to do other than a Wal-Mart. This is not a big deal for most people, so I won't waste too much time on this one.

    2.College/Town interaction: This may not seem like a big deal, but it is. The townies of Radford ABSOLUTELY HATE Radford University. I cannot stress this enough. The locals HATE RADFORD UNIVERSITY AND HATE RADFORD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS. This is turn means cops also hate RU students and will go out of their way to bust you, even if it means a speeding ticket going 3 or 4 over the speed limit. (I'm serious)

    3.Academics: I will cover a few things in the category.

    First, the classes are not hard, plain and simple. If someone tells you Radford University is challenging, they simply do not have the academic bar set very high. When college students say their high school was harder than college, usually they are just attempting to be arrogant jerks, but when applied to Radford, it is the truth. The classes are not hard. If a student goes to class, they can easily get a B or A in almost anything. There is no point to go into further detail on this. But, I will say this: Graduate schools apparently know this, as most of my friends were not accepted into outside graduate programs, even with good grades. They were forced to return to Radford University for Grad School. Just keep that in mind…

    Second, during my experience I did find several students who were truly brilliant. However, the VAST MAJORITY of the student population at Radford U. is pretty pathetic when it comes to intellectual conversation. Looking back, I probably only had a strong intellectual conversation (you know, the stuff you do while in college…) a handful of times, over a period of TWO YEARS! Nobody wants to talk about current events, nobody wants to talk about philosophy, nobody wants to discuss creative or abstract topics and nobody wants to talk about politics. In any scenario, if you bring up a topic regarding world affairs or something of relevance or importance in an academic sense, you are looked at as if you are a monster with horns growing out of your head. Basically, talking about worthless high school gossip and American Idol every day for four years, at age 18-22 doe nothing to stimulate your mind. The really sad part is that most RU students would call me a nerd if they read this…

    This is pretty long, so I will wrap it up…RU reminded me of post-high school. Largely, the students were immature and apathetic to almost everything except their social life. Most students do nothing during their four years as far as preparing themselves for post-college life and then are faced with unemployment along with their parents basement after graduation…not a good feeling.

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