Radford University was established in 1910 in an effort to increase the number of teachers in Virginia’s public schools. Originally called the State Normal and Industrial School for Women, the school went through a series of changes in educational programs, curriculum and leadership until finally being founded as a coeducational institution called Radford University.
The university is testament to old world Scottish and Irish architectural buildings. The College of Business and Economics is housed in the erstwhile McGuffey Hall, built in 1928.
In totality, the university offers more than 100 different educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate and post graduate level. As of the May 2011, the university has sixty majors, fifteen master programs, and four doctoral programs.
The university is a public university with six colleges under its head. These include the College of Business and Economics, College of Education and Human Development, Waldron College of Health and Human Services, College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, College of Science and Technology, College of Visual and Performing Arts, and College of Graduate and Professional Studies
The College of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). With courses in subjects like accounting, marketing, and management, the college provides a platform for budding entrepreneurs and managers to interact with industry professionals from around the world.
Radford University has five special programs which includes the Study Abroad Program, where students can take a semester or a whole year at globally affiliated colleges. The Experiential Learning program provides students with internship and part time work opportunities, enriching their academic qualifications with hands on real life work experience.
As of May 2011, the university does not offer any online programs and all courses are available via classroom lessons only.