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Radford’s Application Boom

Radford University has experienced a significant increase in the number of applications submitted for admittance to the institution. As of February, a record breaking total of 13,291 applications were received, towering over the previous record of 8,192 from the incoming class in Fall of 2012. With such a large increase, there have been growing questions regarding how many students will choose to enroll at Radford, especially since the college has started enforcing its two-year on-campus housing rule in the past year.

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“As of February, a record breaking total of 13,291 applications were received, towering over the previous record of 8,192 from the incoming class in Fall of 2012.” Photo from: http://68.media.tumblr.com/deece1607c8544f9577cd013d9eff6dc/tumblr_inline_nwornm2haF1sq03e6_500.jpg

It is exciting to see student interest in Radford growing so quickly, especially since overall enrollment has been down the past several years. While the Fall 2016 census indicated that current enrollment is 9,401, the incoming class of 2021 has the potential to push Radford to levels seen in Fall of 2013, when there were just over 9,900 students enrolled. There is even the possibility of the enrollment reaching beyond those numbers.

One of the biggest questions facing the university is on-campus housing. Radford has already started taking steps to ensure all students have appropriate student housing accommodations that fit within the two-year on-campus policy. While it may not be feasible to quickly build another residence hall, there certainly is the possibility of renting out apartment units around campus that feature residence life staff and programming.

Seeing such a large increase in applications is a tremendous step for Radford University. As the college age population in Virginia has declined in recent years, being able to attract such a large amount of applicants is a true testament to the success of Radford’s new branding strategies and marketing techniques, as well as the influx of new ideas from Radford’s President and Vice President for Enrollment Management. Coupled with a talented admissions staff, Radford has prepared itself very well to be a top choice for higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and around the country.

*Application and enrollment numbers are a courtesy of Radford University’s application record announcement and the institution’s electronic fact book.

 

 

You’re in charge!

There’s something in the back of your mind: “Wouldn’t it be nice if RU had a club like that?” You know, you don’t have to keep daydreaming about your ultimate club. You can make one at RU as long as you have a vision, but how can you make that happen? All you have to do is walk into the S.O.A.R. office to get started. When you ask how to start a club, they’ll give you a packet that includes all of the instructions you’ll need.

The first thing it’ll tell you to do is to meet with the Assistant Director for Student Involvement to file your application. The application is relatively short and only asks for your organizations name and description, along with a little bit of your own contact information to supply.

Shortly after that, you’re going to need to strategize and come up with an interest meeting to recruit new club members. Along with those key things, the directions go on to explain how to conduct the first meetings and when the best times for them are. For instance, there should be more than one interest meeting and they should be at various times.

After that, you need an advisor for the organization. This doesn’t mean that the advisor for your group will have authority over it though. It’s more to keep RU informed about your club. The advisor is meant to be your support system and ally. They can even help you come up with your organization’s constitution.

Your organization’s constitution is somewhat a club syllabus. It informs members what your purpose is in writing. It also includes some technical things to make what you’re running is legitimate. This document needs to be reviewed by a committee for approval to make sure that you plan on abiding by RU’s rules within your organization.

After that is approved, you will be asked to make a presentation for the COCO (Committee on Clubs and Organizations). There you will have to be very thorough and give details about all the activities and the nature of your club. The packet also gives you the checklist the COCO will be using to determine whether your club should precede in the application process.

Once the COCO recognizes you, you’re required to create a page on RUInvolved. That way you can communicate with members and show what your club is doing with its events, whether that’s with a bulletin or with pictures. This should be well thought out, since it’s basically your organization’s website and will have to provide quick things about it so that people can learn what it’s about. After all that, you’re finally done and your club can be introduced to the RU campus with the club fair!