Radford University’s fall 2013 enrollment has set a school record of 9,928 students.
RU’s fall 2013 enrollment includes 8,913 undergraduate and 1,015 graduate full-time and part-time students. This year’s undergraduate enrollment is also a record for the University. By comparison, the fall 2012 enrollment included 8,610 undergraduate and 963 graduate students.
Additionally, retention among the returning freshmen cohort (Class of 2016) increased by four percent, compared to the previous year, and is the highest since fall 2008.
Radford University’s enrollment has increased yearly since fall 2009 for a total of 1,050 students. This trend is despite a recent U.S. Census Bureau report that national college enrollment declined in the fall of 2012 for the first time in six years.
“Our enrollment growth and increased retention speak highly of our reputation as a student-focused institution,” said RU President Penelope W. Kyle. “I think these trends validate that the diversity of our programs, commitment to our students, and offering of a quality education are very attractive to our students and their families. Radford University is a school of choice to help our students realize their goals.”
Reflective of RU’s growth and diversity, the Class of 2017 is composed of 1,986 students from 314 Virginia high schools and 138 out-of state and international high schools, and represents 16 different nations. Nearly one-third of the class is from northern Virginia, and more than 28 percent of the class is ethnic minorities.