Department of Student Activities
Students are encouraged to develop social, cultural and creative interests and awareness by actively participating in all aspects of campus life. The Department of Student Activities provides students with diverse out-of-the-classroom experiences including intramurals, aerobics, sports clubs, RU Outdoors programs, Hurlburt Student Center Game Room, Radford Student Programming and Campus Events (RSPaCE), Greek Life, 270+ clubs and organizations, student media, a leadership library and resources, LEAD Scholar Program and student employment opportunities. For further information check out the website at www.radford.edu/stuact, call (540) 831-5332 or stop by the main office Room 226 in the Hurlburt Student Center.
Department of Student Recreation and Wellness
Sports Clubs highlight the leadership skills and athletic talents of the RU student body. The Sports Club Program is designed to serve individual interests in different sports and recreation activities. The activities that the club sport teams provide range from very competitive to recreational and instructional. Currently there are 21 chartered sports clubs at RU. They include ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, equestrian team, men’s and women’s ultimate frisbee, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s volleyball, women’s softball, men’s baseball, swimming, skeet and trap, billiards, rugby, field hockey, men’s and women’s basketball, bowling, and tennis.
Intramurals are for everyone. A variety of individual and team sports/activities are planned, ranging from league competition to more informal tournaments and one-day events that are intended to appeal to the varied interests of the RU community. Past intramurals have included dodge ball, volleyball, ping pong, flag football, softball, wallyball, billiards, soccer, basketball, frisbee, homerun derby and many card tournaments.
Outdoor Programs is the adventure programming component of campus recreation that provides outdoor adventures, promotes healthy self-discovery, emphasizes respect and awareness for the natural resources and unlocks student leadership potential. Trips include hiking, backpacking, white water rafting, scuba diving, paddling, caving, mountain biking, skiing and climbing. All skill levels are accepted. For a low fee, instruction, technical equipment and transportation are provided. Students can even rent out equipment for their own outdoor adventure. For more information of sports clubs, intramurals, or RU Outdoors go to the Campus Recreation Office, Room 121, Hurlburt Student Center.
Fitness and Wellness
Our goal is to provide services, programs and events for the students to stay active, healthy, and have fun during their college experience. Whether it is taking a fitness/wellness class, working out in the weight room, working with a personal trainer, gaining insight into adopting healthy life style practices, etc. or just coming to the gym to have fun, we help provide you with high-quality, educational, and fun programs.
A 110,000 sf Student Recreation and Wellness Center that houses three wooden floor courts, a multi-purpose gym, racquetball courts, free weight area, cardio areas, three studios, spinning studio, classroom, outdoor programming equipment office and equipment checkout, and a fitness/wellness office/testing area.
The seven acre artificially turfed Student Outdoor Recreation Complex features four intramural fields sid by side that can be converted into a regulation size field for lacrosse, soccer, and football. The complex also has an outdoor functional fitness gym and basketball and sand volleyball courts.
The two story climbing wall in Peters Hall is available for all skill level climbers. In addition, students can be trained to belay for other climbers.
The Christiansburg Aquatic Center is available free of charge for current students. Free transportation is available through the Radford Transit for current students or you can use your own personal transportation to use the facilities during their business hours.
Student Leadership Program (The LEAD Scholar Program)
The Radford University Student Leadership Program, the LEAD Scholar Program: Leadership through Experience, Academics and Development, is a comprehensive program open to all freshmen and sophomores jointly administered by the Divisions of Academic and Student Affairs. The program is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills and experiences focused on leadership; to recognize students’ leadership activities; to help the university develop a pool of trained and competent student leaders; and to prepare individuals to be leaders in their communities after they graduate. Each part of the program includes specific requirements and learning outcomes. In the 12-hour academic component, students will systematically explore and reflect upon leadership skills as they learn the conceptual tools that support the exercise of leadership in a variety of settings. Students will enroll in LEAD 110 - Emerging Leadership . (See course description that follows). They will then select nine additional hours from existing courses having leadership content (e.g., theories, history or philosophy of leadership, the study of leaders within a discipline, values and ethics of leaders).
In the experiential component, students will be challenged to connect leadership to practice. They will reflect upon their experiences through attending leadership workshops and conferences and through experiential learning (service learning and internship experiences).
Finally, in the developmental component, students will apply the knowledge and skills they acquire by taking on leadership roles. Through accepting leadership responsibilities on or off campus, they will gain first-hand experiences while developing and fine-tuning their leadership skills. On-campus leadership opportunities include service as New Student Orientation-Quest Assistants, Resident Assistants, UNIV 100 Peer Instructors, and many others.
Upon their graduation, students who complete all the LEAD Scholar Program requirements will receive certification of their accomplishments on their academic transcripts.
LEAD 110. Emerging Leadership. (3)
Prerequisite: Minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA
The course is designed to expose students to new perspectives on leadership and to encourage students to recognize their own potential as leaders. Through class discussions, readings, speakers and interactions, both on campus and in the community, students will be introduced to leadership theories, traits and skills. This course will encourage students to be creative leaders, to accept and celebrate diversity, to recognize the importance of risk and change and to see the potential in every person to be a leader.
For additional information about the LEAD Scholar Program or the LEAD 110 course, contact the Department of Student Activities, (540) 831-5332 or stop by the main office in the Hurlburt Student Center Room 226.
Radford University, a NCAA Division I member, currently participates in 19 varsity sports, 11 for women and eight for men. The sports include: men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s field hockey, men’s and women’s golf, women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s outdoor track, men’s and women’s indoor track, women’s softball, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. The university offers athletic scholarship aid in all sports. The Dedmon Center, an athletic and convocation complex located across U.S. Route 11 (East Main Street) from the main campus, houses an arena with an eight-lane swimming pool, and a 1/6 mile jogging track which are available for student use during scheduled hours.
Outdoor facilities at the center include a jogging trail, 12 tennis courts, and the Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium.
The stadium houses an eight-lane track and field surface, a soccer field, locker rooms, a press box, coaches’ offices and a concession area.
The Dedmon Center, an athletic and convocation complex located across U.S. Route 11 (East Main Street) from the main campus, houses an arena with an eight-lane swimming pool, and a 1/6 mile jogging track which are available for student use during scheduled hours.
Outdoor facilities at the center include a jogging trail, 12 tennis courts, and the Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium.The stadium houses an eight-lane track and field surface, a soccer field, locker rooms, a press box, coaches’ offices and a concession area.
New Student and Family Programs
New students at Radford University are supported by a variety of services provided by the Office of New Student and Family Programs (NSFP).
Beginning with Quest, RU’s orientation program for new students and their parents, the office assists students with their transition from high school or other institutions to RU. At Quest students will meet faculty, university staff and student leaders who will assist them in selecting courses for their first semester. They will also have the opportunity to interact with their fellow new students and become familiar with the many resources available at RU to help them achieve academic, social, and personal success during their first year at the institution. All new students, both freshmen and transfers, who are admitted for the fall semester are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation session during June or July. January enrollees must attend a session scheduled immediately prior to the first day of classes.
New Student and Family Programs continues to support students in their transition to Radford University throughout their first year. Specifically, the Office of New Student and Family Programs coordinates “UNIV 100 - Introduction to Higher Education .” This course utilizes faculty, staff and peer instructors to help new students find success during their first year and establish the groundwork for achieving a successful college career.
UNIV 100. Introduction to Higher Education. (1-2)
Prerequisites: First year students and/or first semester transfer students by permission.
This course will explore the meaning and value of a comprehensive liberal arts education, teach problem-solving and decision-making processes and promote academic success through selected readings, presentations, discussions and experiential learning opportunities. Students will learn and practice a variety of specific techniques for learning and self-management.
Recognizing that some students will not immediately make a successful transition to RU, NSFP also coordinates an academic recovery course, “UNIV 150 - Achieving Academic Success ,” for new students on academic probation after their first semester of enrollment.
UNIV 150. Achieving Academic Success. (1)
Prerequisites: Fewer than 24 RU hours attempted and cumulative GPA below 2.00.
This course is designed to support academically-deficient students in their quest to return to good academic standing. Using structured exercises, reading assignments, self-reflection and presentations, students will establish realistic academic goals, learn strategies through which those goals can be achieved, and become familiar with campus resources available to support their ambitions.
For more information, contact the Office of New Student and Family Programs at (540) 831-5923, or visit Whitt Hall, Suite 101.
The Center for Career and Talent Development
The Center for Career and Talent Development helps students identify and pursue their unique career path through a process of self-discovery, career exploration and career related professional development programming and internships. The Center for Career and Talent Development works directly with alumni and employers to facilitate networking, on-campus interviews and on-line recruiting opportunities, that will lead to internships and full-time employment.
The Center for Career and Talent Development is located in Russell Hall 331. Visit the Center for Career and Talent Development website at www.radford.edu/careers to make an appointment with your career advisor, access career resources, register for upcoming events, and to access a variety of internships and full-time employment opportunities.
Harvey Knowledge Center
The Harvey Knowledge Center (HKC), located on the fourth floor of the McConnell Library, is an all-inclusive academic support service open to the entire Radford University community and maintains Level 3 Certification status by the international College Reading and Learning Association. Students may make appointments for free tutoring in many subjects, such as math, statistics and science. Graduate and undergraduate English majors, who have experience as peer readers, work with students on writing assignments for all disciplines. Students can also receive assistance in basic study and test-taking strategies. The HKC tutoring staff, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professional tutors, receives extensive training. Inspired by a holistic approach to tutoring, tutors are trained to make referrals if they detect other issues at play in students’ lives. For more information, call the HKC at (540) 831-7704 or visit the HKC web site at www.radford.edu/content/harvey-knowledge-center.
The Military Resource Center (MRC) recognizes and supports student veterans as they transition from military to student life. The MRC, located in Russell Hall, collaborates with other offices on campus, and provides the home for Veteran and Military Services.
The MRC has been designated as a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine since 2011 and Best for Vets: Colleges and Universities since 2014.
The MRC serves all veteran students and eligible dependents. The office provides advocacy for veterans and dependents, information and assistance with admission and registration processes, military transcript (JST) credit evaluation, as well as being the dedicated place where veteran students can study, connect with, and support each other.
All veterans and eligible dependents are urged to consult with the MRC early in the Radford University admissions process for information about veteran services. To maintain eligibility for VA education benefits, students must adhere to the policies and procedures for VA educational benefits as noted on the GI Bill website. Please call (540) 831-5002 for more information.
Off-campus/Commuter Student Services
The Dean of Students Office and SGA Off-campus Student Council (OCSC) coordinate services for off-campus and commuter students.
The following is a list of some of the services provided for off-campus students: the Housing Fair, liaison relationship with landlords and the community, educational opportunities and information about living off-campus, and a roommate matching board in the Dean of Students Office. Check the Dean of Students website www.radford.edu/dos for additional information about advocacy services and resources available on campus.
Bonnie Hurlburt Student Center and Heth Hall offer space for off-campus students to relaxa or study. In addition to the Bonnie and Heth, other areas, which provide for study and relaxation, are located in the library. Meal plan options are available for off-campus students. For information about the plans, contact the RU Express Office at (540) 831-5054 or by email at email@example.com.
Students may park motor vehicles, motorcycles and motorbikes in university parking lots if they have obtained a parking permit from the Parking Services Office located in Heth Hall. To purchase a parking permit, students can go online to myru.radford.edu and then click on the My Accounts tab and then click on Parking under the Quick Links Tabs. The registration of a vehicle does not assure the registrant of a parking space. Detailed information regarding parking and traffic regulations may be obtained by contacting RU Parking Services (540) 831-6361 or online at www.radford.edu/ruexpress or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Housing and Residential Life
Radford University has 15 residence halls offering a variety of living options and themes for all student classifications, all are within walking distance of academic buildings, campus activities and downtown Radford. Residence Halls are furnished with a TV room, vending machines, kitchen, laundry room, recycling area and study lounge. Unless otherwise specified, halls are coed by suite with two rooms sharing one bathroom. Students taking nine or more credit hours are required to live on campus with the exception of those who commute from home, are married, are a veteran or have completed four semesters as an on-campus resident. See the Boarding Policy section of the Residence Hall Policies for more information.
A substantial number of rooms and apartments for rent are available in the immediate vicinity of the campus for students who have met the requirements of the University Boarding Policy as outlined in Residence Hall Policies. The University also owns and operates apartments near campus. Students living off campus may purchase meal plans and are encouraged to eat in the university dining halls. Several meal plans are available to off-campus students. (See Dining Services)
The university owns and operates one apartment facility. These apartments are available for undergraduate students who have met their on-campus boarding requirement. Information can be obtained from the Office of Housing and Residential Life at (540) 831-5375.
Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Radford University’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) can be like a second home to many RU students. In CDI, we encourage and promote a deeper understanding and appreciation for individuals from all backgrounds. We collaborate with numerous groups, offices and organizations on campus and from the RU community to provide engaging social and educational programs aimed to create a multicultural environment and safe space – a safe home – for our students, faculty and staff.
At the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, we have a vision: to provide a progressive approach to social justice and equality. We have a deep commitment to communicating ideas concerning diversity issues to our students and the entire RU community. We also welcome ideas! We strive to fulfill our commitments by promoting global citizenry that will encourage a fostering of inclusive communities on our campus and throughout the world.
A diverse RU campus community is a necessary ingredient for creating the best possible environment for learning and providing our students with quality higher educational experiences.
Ways that CDI can serve as a resource or support:
- Diversity Programming and Events
- Student Group Advocacy
- Student Group Advising and Training
- Networking and Professional Development
- Job and Internship opportunities
- Job, Internship information (outside agencies)
- Academic and Matriculation Support
We have many resources available for students. To name a few, students may visit CDI for a quiet place to study, to visit the growing Multicultural Resource Library, to meet new people or to utilize the computer hubs. You may come to think of CDI as your family away from home, the place you need to be. CDI has plethora office resources, which include:
- Diversity Resource Library (Literature and Media)
- Diversity training Sessions**
- Computers and Printing available
- Conference Meeting Room
- Student Spaces (Lounge and Study areas)
- Supplies and Resources for programming
At CDI, we support our campus student groups, which offer opportunities to learn about cultures and engage in leadership, networking and volunteerism. Student groups also are a place to cultivate lasting friendships.
Student groups exemplifying diversity at Radford University are:
- Diversity Awareness Programming Board
- Black Student Alliance
- Korean American Student Association
- Gay-Straight Alliance
- Spectrum: An LGBTQA organization
- RUCMA: Radford University Campus Ministers Association
- La Sociedad Hispanica
- Men of Standards
- Ladies of Value and Empowerment
- Black Graduate Student Association
- RU Hype
- PRETII Women
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion offers a variety of collaborations which reinforce and increase the campus community’s sensitivity to and appreciation for diversity-related issues. Some ways to get involved are:
- Visit CDI, join student groups and attend programs
- Attend CDI-sponsored programs for extra credit
- Join the RISE-UP Mentor Program (find a mentor/become a mentor!)
- Share ideas for diversity events and speakers on campus
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is a resource to all of the RU community, and we invite you to visit us in Heth Hall and introduce yourself. Our office provides a concentrated focus on the progress, success and concerns of underrepresented populations on RU’s campus, such as African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino American and Native American students. Additionally, in our office you will be able to find programming and resources for faith/ religion and LGBT community.
Follow us on Social Media:
Twitter: @CDIRadfordU and Facebook: CDI.RU
Visual and Performing Arts
Numerous cultural and educational activities are offered each year. Music, dance and theatre presentations enable students to attend, as well as participate in, various productions during the year. A full schedule of art exhibits is arranged and presented by the Radford University Art Museum. An all-campus student calendar at www.radford.edu/~studentcalendar provides students with up-to-date information on the upcoming major programs, theater, music and/or meeting times for clubs or organizations they are interested in.
Physical, Mental, and Learning Services
Center for Accessibility Services
We are committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all students. The Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) serves and supports students, parents, and visitors seeking reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. We are dedicated to the ongoing goal of access and inclusion for an individual to fully participate in the university experience.
Students seeking academic accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should register with the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS). For information on how to receive services through the CAS, visit www.radford.edu/cas, email email@example.com, or call (540) 831-6350. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Student Health Center is located on the ground floor of east Moffett Hall. The center is equipped to provide diagnosis and treatment for most of the common health problems encountered by students. More serious medical situations are referred to a network of local specialists. Over-the-counter medications and a limited number of pharmaceuticals are available. Emergency medical care is available at the nearby Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. For more information about services, please visit www.radford.edu/~health/.
Students are encouraged to contact the Health Center regarding any special health concerns they bring to the university. Health information is confidential. Students must complete the Radford University Health Immunization Record Form prior to enrollment. Please note that meningitis, tetanus, hepatitis B, and two MMR injections are mandatory and must be included in the immunization record.
The Student Health Center has been accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC) since 1999. All medical staff are licensed by the state of Virginia and all providers are nationally certified.
Student Counseling Services
Student Counseling Services (SCS), located in Tyler Hall, is a place where students can talk privately and confidentially about issues which are of concern to them. Students frequently seek assistance with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationships, lack of motivation and family concerns. Counseling at the SCS is provided by licensed mental health professionals and one doctoral student. Services at the SCS are free to both undergraduate and graduate students at Radford University. SCS operates on a brief therapy model with limited sessions. Specific services at the SCS include:
- Counseling: Individual personal counseling is offered for whatever concerns students may have. Groups are also provided dependent upon the need of students during that semester. Couples counseling is also available when indicated. Typical counseling topics include stress, anxiety, depression, sexuality, motivation, homesickness, body image issues, relationships, adjustment issues and other developmental concerns.
- Consultation: Counselors can provide brief phone and in-person consultation services to students and faculty.
- Psychiatric: Evaluations for medication and short term medication monitoring are provided by the SCS psychiatrist.
- Health Education Outreach Programming: SCS has a health educator during the fall and spring semesters to provide presentations on a variety of health related topics to the campus community. Topics include: Stress Management, Women’s Health Issues, Weathering Winter Illnesses, Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Infections, Eating Disorders, Smoking Cessation and Wellness and Proper Nutrition.
For an appointment or further information, view our website at www.radford.edu/counseling , stop by Tyler Hall, or call (540) 831-5226 for Student Counseling Services.
Substance Abuse and Violence Education Support Services
Substance Abuse and Violence Education Support Services (SAVES) is dedicated to reducing negative consequences related to substance abuse and/or violence through campus wide initiatives that address these issues and promote student success. SAVES provides the following services:
- Presentations, trainings, and educational resources on the topics of substance abuse, sexual violence (sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and harassment), and the Step Up Bystander Intervention program.
- RU Aware Program: Education and brief counseling for Radford University alcohol and drug policy violations.
- Support for students seeking resources for substance abuse.
- Counseling, advocacy and support for sexual violence survivors.
- Consultations for students, parents, faculty and staff.
- Peer Educators: A student group affiliated with the National BACCHUS and GAMMA Peer Education Network dedicated to raising awareness about student health issues.
- LiveWell media campaign: Dedicated to fostering a healthy campus community by providing accurate information on health-related behaviors and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.
For more information, students can visit the Heth 215, SAVES website at www.radford.edu/~saves, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (540) 831-5709.
The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, located in Waldron Hall, provides services for students, faculty and staff. Graduate students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders provide the services under the direct supervision of faculty members. Hearing evaluations and rehabilitation services for the hearing-impaired person are available. Speech and language evaluations and therapy are provided for persons with articulation, stuttering, voice, language, swallowing, cognition, or other communication problems. The services are free for Radford University students, faculty and dependents. Appointments may be made by calling (540) 831-7166 (V/TTY). You can reach us by e-mail at email@example.com. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.radford.edu/content/wchs/home/cosd/ruslhc.html.
Dalton Dining Hall is the main “all you care to eat” style dining hall which offers a wide selection of foods at various stations. Some of the stations include Fresh Grille with burgers, hot sandwiches and fries, Market Carvery with entrees, vegetables and starches, and Menutainment which is an action station where food is prepared in front of the guests. Other options include a salad bar with composed salads and fresh fruit, made-to-order sandwiches, house-made pizzas, dessert bar, and beverage station. There is also a variety of healthy, vegetarian, vegan, sustainable, gluten-free, and sugar-free options made available to students.
The Terrace Shops Food Court in Dalton Hall features a variety of retail shops including Au Bon Pain, Olo Sushi, Papa John’s and Wendy’s. The options range from soup, sandwiches, and baked goods in Au Bon Pain; a wide selection of sushi from Olo Sushi; pizza from Papa John’s; and burgers, fries, and frosties from Wendy’s.
The Food Court in Hurlburt Hall has Chick-fil-A, Pinkberry, Salsaritas, Starbucks and Wild Greens. The options in these locations range from chicken nuggets and sandwiches at Chick-fil-A, frozen yogurt at Pinkberry, fresh-mex food and burgers in Salsaritas, coffee and espresso in Starbucks and custom-built salads in Wild Greens.
Au Bon Pain Café, located in McConnell Library, features gourmet coffee, espresso drinks, soups, and a wide selection of sandwiches and salads.
Outtakes Café, located in the College of Business and Economics. Features Peet’s Coffee, grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and sushi, chips, snacks and bottled drinks.
The New River Grille House on the lower level of Muse Hall features two different concepts. Lunch is an “all you care to eat” buffet with expanded service offering entrees, vegetables, starches, soup, salad bar, and dessert. Dinner features an upscale full-service retail restaurant and gives the guest a choice of salad bar or soup, choice of one gourmet entrée and choice of dessert.
All dining locations on campus accept cash, food dollars, flex dollars, debit and credit cards, and RU Express. To learn more about RU Dining Services, visit the website at www.DineOnCampus.com/Radford.
To accommodate students with special dietary needs, a staff of dining professionals is always available to assist them. Any allergies or special diet requirements can be discussed in confidence. To make an appointment, call (540) 831-5351.
Meal Plans for Students
All residence hall students participate in a choice of meal plans including 15 meals per week, 19 meals per week, or Flex Plan. Meal plans for off-campus students include any of the on-campus meal plans or 65 meals per semester, 90 meals per semester or Flex Jr. For more information regarding meal plan options, contact RU Dining Services at (540) 831-5351. Payment plan options are available for all meal plans through the RU Express Office in Heth Hall, on the web at http://www.radford.edu/content/it/home/business-services/ru-express/meal-plans.html or they can be reached at (540) 831-5054.
Division of Information Technology
The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) empowers and enables the campus community by providing computing and telecommunications services and support through major units, including Information Technology Infrastructure, Academic Technologies, Enterprise Systems, IT Project Management, Technology Support Services, Web Strategy and Interactive Media, Electronic Engineering and Communication Services, and Printing Services. The division promotes effective stewardship of information assets and provides a secure, highly reliable technology infrastructure along with high‐quality, customer‐oriented services and support, so as to meet the ever changing needs of students, faculty and staff. DoIT provides comprehensive computer and information technology support for the university and offers its students, faculty and staff a wide range of innovative technology resources in support of the university’s strategic plan. http://www.radford.edu/doit
Computer Accounts for Accessing Radford University Technology Resources
Access to Radford University technology resources requires a university-issued account. All Radford University students receive an account while enrolled at the university. This account provides access to campus computers, email; MyRU, class registration and many other systems and resources from the MyRU Portal https://my.radford.edu.
Campus Network and Internet Connections
Radford University provides ubiquitous high-speed Internet and campus network connectivity throughout the campus. WiFi (802.11) access is available in classrooms, administrative buildings, dining facilities and residence halls. In addition to WiFi, all residence hall rooms are equipped with two Ethernet connections and a Cable TV connection.
Access to the full range of Radford University network services requires the use of a VPN connection. (https://webvpn.radford.edu).
The Radford University Bookstore offers discounted pricing for PC and Mac computers. In addition to hardware, Radford University has agreements in place to provide students with access to Microsoft Office and Anti-Virus software. Complete information on hardware recommendations and available software can be found on the DoIt website.
Technology Support Services
Technology Support Services (TSS) provides one-stop support for students, faculty and staff. TSS offers phone-in and walk-in computer help desk services, repair for university-supported computer equipment, technology training and computer lab and classroom facilities. More information, including help desk hours and training offerings, is available on the Technology Support Services section of the DoIT website.
John Preston McConnell Library is named for the first president of Radford University. The library supports and enhances the university’s academic programs by providing access to collections and instructional services for students and faculty. The library’s professional faculty and staff serve as a link between users and library resources and work to anticipate needs, provide state-of-the-art technologies and solicit feedback, which is integrated into McConnell’s user-centered services.
McConnell Library contains a growing collection of more than 808,643 titles, 1,457,197 volumes, including 395,843 e-books. The collection includes books, journals, newspapers, and other periodicals, online databases, CDs, DVDs, microforms, videotapes and other media. While our print holdings are apparent to anyone in the library, our have vast numbers of electronic resources is truly astonishing. More than 30 librarians and staff provide a variety of services, including reference and research assistance, instruction, outreach, interlibrary loan, archives, and access to and lending of materials.
University Archives and Special Collections are located on the 5th level and hold historical University records, including Board of Visitors’ documents and university-sponsored publications. Special collections include Virginia Iron Coal and Coke Company records, the personal library of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg, William C. and Bill Blizzard When Miners March Collection, and the Keystone Glass Slide Collection.
The library’s website at http://library.radford.edu is the gateway to a wide variety of online databases, full-text journals, e-books, poetry, music, and other materials, including the resources provided by the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA). The website links to the library catalog of books, media, and electronic resources.
Equipment, such as consumer grade flip-cams and audio recorders, as well as professional level HD video cameras and tripods are available at the Front Desk. Nonprint items, including DVDs, CDs, as well as playback and viewing equipment, are located on Level 4.
Materials not owned by the library can be borrowed, free of charge, through Interlibrary Loan. Requests can be submitted through the ILLiad system at https://illiad.radford.edu/illiad/; most articles are delivered electronically.
Library materials can be checked out at the Front Desk, which is on Level 3 near the entrance to the building. The Radford University I.D. card serves as the library card and must be presented in order to check out library materials. For more information on lending policies, see http://library.radford.edu/index.php/generated/services/circulation. Anyone needing help using the library or with library questions is encouraged to stop by the Front Desk, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (540) 831-5364, text 5402680155; or send an IM via the McConnell website.
Reference and Research Assistance
The Reference/Instruction Services department, located on Level 3, offers a wide range of resources and services, including individualized research assistance and course-related instruction. Reference works and other general and specialized research tools are available for use. Two multimedia classrooms, A and B, are available for group library instruction. The George M. Harvey, Sr. Health Information Resource Center on Level 4 provides information resources, computers and group study space. Anyone needing help with library research is encouraged to ask for assistance at the Reference Desk, send an e-mail message to email@example.com, call (540) 831-5696, text 5403070144, or send an IM via the McConnell website
Computers, Printing, Scanning and Photocopying
There are over 100 public computers available in the library; most are located around the Research Help Desk and Commons area on Level 3, and the Harvey Center on Level 4 with additional workstations on every level. The two classrooms, A and B, serve as open computer labs when no library instruction classes are scheduled. Public scanners are located in the Commons on level 3. Radford students, faculty and staff are provided a printing allotment; after the allotment is used, printing can be paid for directly with RU Express. A photocopier is located on Level 3 and operates with coins or an RU I.D. card.
The online catalog allows users to manage their accounts, renew and request materials, and view electronic course reserves. McConnell Library is wheelchair-accessible and offers services to students with disabilities, including reading machines, text enlargers, and personal assistance in locating and retrieving library materials.
Contact the Front Desk for assistance. Locking carrels are available for use by graduate and honors students engaged in research projects and may be reserved through the Library Administrative Office on Level 3. Six group study rooms for student use are located on Level 2, and two group media:scape rooms on level 3, and one group media:scape in the Harvey Classroom on level 4. Level 5 is maintained as a quiet study space. Au Bon Pain on Level 3 features gourmet coffee, sweets, soups and sandwiches.
For more information
Students should visit the website http://library.radford.edu/services/students.html to familiarize themselves with the information resources, facilities and services available.
Hurlburt (Bonnie) Student Center Information and Event Planning Office
Located on the main floor of Hurlburt Student Center nicknamed “The Bonnie” in honor of former Dean of Students Bonnie Hurlburt, the Information and Event Planning Office is staffed by a manager and student assistants who can answer a variety of questions regarding student programming and reservations. These questions include scheduling organized activities in public, non-academic spaces on campus, entering them on the campus wide student calendar, selling tickets for events sponsored by student organizations and all-campus programming groups and a lost and found. The University’s Lost and Found is located at the Information Desk. For additional assistance call (540) 831-5420.
Students must present I.D. cards to use certain campus facilities or services and at any time as requested by a University Official. I.D. card photographs are taken at orientation and at registration. If a university I.D. card is lost or stolen, the student must contact the ID/RU Express Card Office (540) 831-5054 in Heth Hall for a replacement. The replacement fee of $15 is payable at the time the new card is issued. If a university I.D. card is lost or stolen after 5 p.m. or during the weekend, the student may contact Campus Police at (540) 831-5500 to invalidate the I.D. card. Lost I.D. cards may also be deactivated 24 hours a day by visiting the RU Express website at www.radford.edu/~ru-exprs and logging into the Manage Your Account feature. Only the ID/RU Express Office may revalidate a university I.D. card.
RU Express Card
Students may use their university I.D. card as a debit card (the RU Express card) by making an initial deposit of at least $25 in their card’s account. Purchases made with the card are limited to the card’s current balance, which can be increased by additional deposits and which declines with each purchase made with the card. The current balance is displayed after each transaction.
The RU Express card offers several types of accounts: Any meal plan account, the Food Dollars account (is only with the 15 or 19 Meal Plan), the Campus Cash account and the RU Express account. The latter enables students to make purchases at a wide variety of campus locations, including the bookstore, food court, and vending and laundry machines and at a number of off-campus businesses.
More information is available by contacting the I.D./RU Express Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, stopping by the office in Heth Hall (P.O. Box 6992) or visiting the RU Express website at www.radford.edu/ruexpress.
Drink and snack machine refunds are available at the Hurlburt Student Center Information and Event Planning Office. Refunds can be claimed Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. To report a malfunctioning machine, call (540) 831-6185 with the machine location and the nature of the problem.
Lost and Found
A lost and found service is provided at the Information and Event Planning Office on the main floor of Hurlburt Student Center. For additional assistance, call (540) 831-5420.
A U.S. Post Office is located in Dalton Hall. Boarding students receive mail in boxes provided at this location.
Codes and Policies
Radford University believes that an important part of a student’s education is achieved within the group-living atmosphere maintained in its residence halls. The university therefore requires undergraduate students taking nine or more credit hours to live in a university residence hall as outlined by the Boarding Policy in the Residence Hall Policies http://www.radford.edu/content/residence-life/home/new-students/policies.html.
All students are expected to become familiar with the contents of the Standards of Student Conduct and are responsible for acting in accordance with the policies contained therein. The Standards of Student Conduct are available online at http://www.radford.edu/content/dam/departments/administrative/dos/documents/RUStandards.pdf. A printed copy may be obtained at the Office of Student Standards and Conduct.
The Language and Culture Institute at Radford University (LCI@RU) provides language-related programs and services for academic and professional development. Offered through a partnership with Virginia Tech, 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.
Prospective graduate and undergraduate international students who do not meet the English requirement of Radford University may apply for conditional admission through the LCI@RU. Once at the LCI@RU, students work toward meeting admission requirements while studying in the Intensive English Program. When conditional requirements are met, students may transfer into the undergraduate or graduate program.
Radford University is committed to providing a world class program of global engagement. International and intercultural learning and experience are central components to a high quality undergraduate and graduate experience. Radford University encourages international learning and experience in the strongest terms. This focus stems directly from the Radford University 7-17 Strategic Plan and is manifest in a variety of programs, e.g., the Radford University core curriculum, study abroad (long and short term), student exchanges (graduate and undergraduate), international student exchanges (graduate and undergraduate), and memos of understanding with institutions outside the United States offering opportunities for exchanges.
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisors soon after arrival on campus and to begin a conversation about global engagement and how their active and engaged involvement can enhance their undergraduate and graduate experiences as well as their competitiveness in an increasingly competitive job market.
The Office of International Education (Cook Hall) provides the administrative structure for a variety of programs and issues regarding international learning and cultural issues.
International Education Center Cook Hall
The International Education Center (IEC) is housed in 105 Cook Hall and works closely with all offices on campus on matters affecting the international community at Radford University. The office coordinates the International Issues Committee, which brings together all offices working with international students and faculty. The Immigration Counselor assists international students before and during their enrollment with any immigration concerns or procedures.
Global educational experiences and International programs on-campus are two other important responsibilities for the IEC. RU currently sponsors study abroad and semester exchange programs along with internships and volunteer abroad experiences in choice locations on six continents. To make an appointment, please call (540) 831-6200.
To apply to Radford, applicants should fill out the international application for admission form and mail this along with the non-refundable application fee to:
Office of Admissions
P. O. Box 6903
Radford, VA 24142, U.S.A.
Students may complete applications online at www.radford.edu. Students planning to enter Radford in fall semester must apply by April 15 and have all credentials submitted by June 1. Students entering in spring semester must apply by October 1 and submit all credentials by October 15. For summer school, students must apply and have all credentials completed by March 1.
Certified copy of original language transcript with official English translation sent from a credential evaluation service such as:
Applicants must take the TOEFL or the SATI (Student Assessment Test I) and have the results mailed directly from the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ, to the Office of Admissions.
Either a TOEFL score of 520 (paper-based) or 190 (computer-based), a score of 500 plus 135 hours of training at an approved ELI (English Language Institute), or successful completion of a college-level English course at a U.S. institution is required for admission as a degree-seeking student. Applicants who receive a minimum verbal score of 480 on the SATI need not submit a TOEFL score.
A notarized letter of sponsorship and an original and certified bank statement from a sponsor or parent certifying that the student has enough money for the first year of attendance at Radford is required. For more information about university tuition and fees, see here . Applicants must forward high school or secondary school official records to the Admissions Office. If the applicant has taken any university or college courses, he/she must have each college or university attended send official records to the Office of Admissions. All records must be certified and translated into English.
Applicants wishing to receive transfer credit from any university or college outside the United States must submit an official and translated syllabus listing the content of all courses for which credit is sought. Only courses with the equivalent of a U.S. “C” average grade or above will be considered for possible transfer credit.
An I-20 form, used to obtain a F1 student visa, will be prepared for the student after the application and all necessary information have been received and the Office of Admissions has made a decision to accept the applicant as a Radford student. The I-20 Form cannot be prepared before the application is officially reviewed and the applicant has been accepted.
Applicants who have been out of school for any period of time, other than school breaks, must write a letter telling about activities during the time when they were not in school. This letter of activities should accompany the application form. All new students are required to submit a completed health immunization form to Student Health Services. The required form is included in an applicant’s admission materials.
International students needing application assistance should contact the International Admissions Counselor in Russell Hall, Box 6903, Radford, VA 24142. Telephone: (540) 831-5371, (800) 890-4265.
Tutors trained in teaching English as a second language are available to help international students through the university’s Harvey Knowledge Center (HKC). To make an appointment or for more information, call (540) 831-6035. (See above .)
The International Student Affairs Council (ISAC)
The International Student Affairs Council (ISAC), a branch of the Student Government Association, addresses international student concerns and issues. ISAC plans and coordinates international-related activities and programs for the campus and community to facilitate understanding and appreciation of the rich variety of culture represented by our international student body.
Radford University, as part of its mission to serve the educational needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is dedicated to strengthening the international and intercultural dimensions of its programs and activities. The university believes that a an educational experience in a different country is important in fostering awareness of other cultures, deepening awareness of one’s own culture and developing future career paths. Consequently, the university encourages study, internships, and volunteer abroad and facilitates program planning for those students who wish to earn academic credit for academic experiences accomplished in other countries.
Radford has developed several international study opportunities which can accommodate the needs and interests of students in virtually any field. A full range of strong academic programs in choice locations throughout the world is available. Exchange agreements and institutional affiliations provide opportunities for study at leading universities in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Radford University sponsors semester-long and short-term study abroad opportunities on six continents. Students supplement formal coursework by participating in numerous excursions and cultural and historical experiences. With planning, students may participate in international study programs without delaying their expected graduation dates. Study abroad through any Radford (affiliate or exchange) or contracted program (consortium) qualifies for full university credit. Most study abroad course work is graded under the pass/fail option. The only study abroad experience that is eligible for traditional grading (A-F) are those experiences where RU faculty accompany the students abroad and are in some way involved in the educational component of the experience.
Participating students are eligible to apply for grants and loans through the Radford University Office of Financial Aid.
Because special application, registration procedures and deadlines are required for participation in study abroad programs, interested students are encouraged to contact the International Education Center, 105 Cook Hall, (540) 831-6200 for additional information. You may also visit the website at http://www.radford.edu/iec. Program size is limited and early application is recommended.
The following is a listing of specific course information and opportunities:
Exchange and Affiliate Programs
(Curriculum delivered by host institution)
INST 489A. Study Abroad Practicum with ISA (Affiliate). (12-18)
Prerequisites: Consult the director of International Education.
Open to all majors. This is an affiliate program that allows a student to study a variety of subjects with over a dozen universities in Australia and New Zealand, and may other locations throughout the world. Affiliate programs allow students to maintain RU student status while abroad thus allowing them continued access to financial aid and future registration at RU. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and course Approval Form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office. Scholarships are possible.
INST 489D. Study Abroad Practicum in Kansai Gaidai, Japan. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Consult the director of International Education. Available fall, spring and academic year.
Open to all majors. Limited scholarships may be available. As an exchange student in Japan, participants can study almost any subject. Instruction is in English for most classes, and Japanese is taught at all levels. Exchange programs allow RU students to study abroad while paying RU tuition. Hours earned are treated as if completed at RU for both program completion purposes and financial aid. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and Course Approval form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
INST 489E. Study Abroad Practicum with Kassel Universitat in Germany. (12-18)
Prerequisite: German is required. Students should be enrolled in, or have completed, German coursework at the 300-level.
Open to all majors. Semester or year. This is an exchange program that involves a directed program of travel study designed to augment a student’s knowledge of the German language and culture. Students will receive a minimum of 15 hours per week of formal language instruction in addition to being involved in a total immersion living situation. Permission by the department chair is required prior to enrollment. Exchange programs allow RU students to study abroad while paying RU tuition. Hours earned are treated as if completed at RU for both program completion purposes and financial aid. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and Course Approval form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
INST 489G. Study Abroad Practicum in Spain. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Permission of the Spanish program director and the department chair is required.
Available fall or spring. Open to all majors. This is an affiliate program whereby students participate in a directed program of travel study designed to augment a student’s knowledge of the language, culture and literature of Spain. Students will receive a minimum of 15 credit hours per week of formal language instruction in addition to being involved in a total immersion living situation. Permission by the department chair is required prior to enrollment. Affiliate programs allow students to maintain RU student status while abroad thus allowing them continued access to financial aid and future registration at RU. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and course Approval Form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
INST 489I. Study Abroad Practicum with the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France. (Semester Exchange Program) (15)
Prerequisite: Two years of undergraduate study.
Available Spring semester, students receive 15 credit hours and pay in-state tuition to Radford University. A directed program of travel study designed to augment a student’s knowledge of the French language and culture. Students will receive a minimum of 15 hours per week of formal language instruction in addition to being involved in a total immersion living situation. Permission by the department chair is required prior to enrollment. Upon successful completion, students will receive a total of 15 credit hours. Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
INST 489J. Study Abroad Practicum in Glasgow, Scotland.
Maximum of 18 credit hours.
Open to all majors, with a preference for advanced music majors. This is an exchange program that allows RU students to study at the University of Glasgow while paying RU tuition. Hours earned are treated as if completed at RU for both program completion purposes and financial aid. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and Course Approval form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
INST 489L. Study Abroad Practicum with National Taiwan Normal University, China. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Consult director of the International Education.
Open to all majors. This is an exchange program that allows RU students to study at the National Taiwan Normal University in China while paying RU tuition. Hours earned are treated as if completed at RU for both program completion purposes and financial aid. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and Course Approval Form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
INST 489M. Study Abroad Practicum with AIFS. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Consult the director of International Education.
This is an affiliate program that affords students the opportunity to study a variety of subjects through selected universities. Affiliate programs allow students to maintain RU student status while abroad thus allowing them continued access to financial aid and future registration at RU. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and Course Approval Form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
INST 489O. Study Abroad Practicum with Salzburg College, Austria. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Consult the director of International Education.
Open to all majors. This is an affiliate program with Salzburg College in Austria that provides students with the opportunity to study courses in the liberal arts, business and education. Instruction is in English. Affiliate programs allow students to maintain RU student status while abroad thus allowing them continued access to financial aid and future registration at RU. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and course Approval Form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
INST 489X, Study Abroad Practicum with ISEP - International Student Exchange Program. (12-18)
Prerequisites: Consult the director of International Education.
Open to all majors. This is an exchange program that allows RU students to study at more than 150 ISEP member institutions in 40 countries while paying RU tuition, room and board. Hours earned are treated as if completed at RU for both program completion purposes and financial aid. Students must complete an RU Study Abroad Registration and Course Approval form outlining courses to be taken and approved before leaving to study abroad. Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office.
INST 489Z. Non-RU Study Abroad Practicum. (6-18)
Prerequisite: Pre-approval by the director of International Education.
Utilized as a means to acknowledge registration in a non-RU affiliated Study Abroad program that has been approved on an individual basis by the director of International Education and for which a formal articulation agreement has been generated between the financial aid office of the participating university and RU. Special rules apply, so interested parties are strongly encouraged to consult with the university registrar or the director of Financial Aid for additional information. Grade values are assigned as pass/fail and the awarding of specific course credit is determined at the conclusion of the experience and when official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s Office. If pre-approval has not been attained prior to the student’s participation abroad, the student will not be considered enrolled at Radford University and credit will only be considered under the traditional transfer credit evaluation process.
Radford University Programs
Radford University faculty organize a number of short-term study abroad at various times during the year, including Wintermester, spring break, and summer sessions. For an updated list of available programs, please consult the International Education Center website at www.radford.edu/iec.