An e-newsletter for the parents and families of Radford University students

Issue 21, October 2020

Sent on behalf of the Office of New Student & Family Programs

  • Financial Aid: Navigating the FAFSA
  • Office of the Bursar: Spring Tuition Payment Plans 
  • Academic Advising: Spring Registration 
  • Housing & Residential Life: Boarding Policy & Room Selection Process 
  • RU Involved: Upcoming Events 
  • Dining Services: Reminders & Updates
  • Student Perspective: Tennyson's Story


Important Dates

Oct. 1: FAFSA for 2021-2022 opens 
Oct. 5: Midterm grades due 
Oct. 16: Last day to withdraw from one or more (but not all) classes with a grade of "W"
Oct. 16 - 17: Virtual Homecoming
Oct. 26: Registration for spring semester begins 
Oct. 30: Last day to withdraw from the University (all classes) with a grade of "W"
Nov. 17 - 20: Fall final exams 

             Virtual Homecoming

The Alumni Association will host Virtual Homecoming October 16-17, 2020.  There will be a variety of activities, and all families are welcome to participate. For more information and registration links, please visit our website or email us. Go Highlanders!

             COVID-19 Dashboard

The latest update and seventh installment to the COVID-19 University Dashboard is now available and confirms that our compliance and enforcement activities are proving to be successful. Remind your student to remain committed to following Commonwealth of Virginia requirements, Radford University expectations, and public health guidance as we officially enter the second half of the Fall 2020 semester!

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                Club Match Quiz

If your Highlander hasn’t gotten connected to a club or organization yet, consider referring them to the Club Match Quiz on RUInvolved! After answering a few questions on the form, the Student Involvement staff can help your student connect with clubs that will match their interests, help them achieve their goals, and build community!


             Best Colleges Report

Radford University’s strong academic tradition and dedication to excellence continue to attract public recognition. In U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges report, released this week, Radford is ranked No. 14 among Top Public Schools – Regional Universities South. Read more about this achievement here

Financial Aid: Navigating the FAFSA

Now is the time to file your student's FAFSA for the next academic year! The FAFSA for the 2021-2022 academic year opens on October 1, and our priority filing date is January 15. In order to meet the requirements of the January 15 priority filing date, the Financial Aid Office must have your student's FAFSA on file, as well as any other requested documentation. When you are completing the FAFSA, make sure to have your 2019 tax information available, as this is the tax year information to use for the 2021-2022 FAFSA.

If you have questions about anything regarding the FAFSA filing process, the Financial Aid Office is happy to assist. They can be reached at (540) 831-5408. Additionally, you can follow their Facebook page. The page offers important information and reminders on a weekly basis to help keep you up to date on financial matters.

Office of the Bursar: Spring Tuition Payment Plans 

Are you looking for payment options to support paying your student's bill? Radford University offers a variety of payment plans! Automatic payment plan enrollment for the Spring 2021 semester will become available on November 1. More information regarding deadlines and how to enroll in a payment plan can be found on our website

Last Day to Enroll Online:       Number of Payments Remaining:         Months of Payments

Dec. 3, 2020                                              5                                    December - April 

Dec. 31, 2020                                            4                                    January - April 
Academic Advising: Spring Registration

While it may seem like the fall semester just began, registration for spring classes is right around the corner! Our professional academic advisors have provided the following information to ensure you and your student are prepared when registration begins. 

  • Registration for Spring 2020 begins on October 26. All students must meet with their academic advisor to receive a PIN number in order to register. Students are encouraged to make their appointment early. 
  • Students should check their account in the MyRU portal to see if they have any holds that will prevent registration. Holds such as parking tickets, library fines, and health records, among others, can prevent students from registering. 
  • Mid-term grades will be available in the MyRU portal on October 5. If your student has a grade below C, encourage them to meet with their academic advisor to discuss resources, strategies, or a potential course withdrawal. 
  • The deadline to withdraw from an individual course is Friday, October 16 at 5:00 pm. Course withdrawals require approval from an academic advisor. Please contact your student’s advising center or the Academic Success Center for questions about withdrawing.

Housing & Residential Life: Boarding Policy & Room Selection Process

  • As you begin to talk with your student about housing plans for the 2021-2022 academic year, please keep the On Campus Boarding Policy in mind. All first time, first semester students under the age of 21 are required to live in Radford University operated housing for at least four consecutive full semesters. Radford University has many housing options available for returning students to select from, including super suites and a variety of apartments. For more information on the policy, please visit our website
  • We are working on the room selection process for the 2021-2022 academic year and will be communicating that information to students within the next month or two. Please encourage them to check their Radford University email frequently and to contact our office, located in Heth Hall, or call us at (540) 831-5375 if they have questions about housing options for the next academic year.
RU Involved: Upcoming Events

RU Involved centralizes all involvement information into one place. With more than 200 clubs and organizations, campus offices and programs, our campus community is packed with activities and events for everyone to attend, whether in person or online! Remind your student to check RU Involved for upcoming activities. Here are few highlights happening in October:

Rock Climbing | Sunday, October 4 at 9:00 am | Sponsored by RU Outdoors | Trip Cost - $20

Spend the day rock climbing and rappelling in Bozoo, WV. Food, gear, and instruction is all included in the trip.

Hispanic Heritage Month Reception and Speaker | Tuesday, October 6 at 6:00 pm | Sponsored by Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Latino Student Alliance, and Diversity Awareness Programming

Special guest speaker to be announced. Additional details on location and activities for event to be determined.

Coming Out Day Stories | Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 pm | Sponsored by Spectrum 

Listen to different stories of individual experiences with "coming out of the closet" in honor of National Coming Out Day.

Chill and Paint | Friday, October 9 at 8:00 pm | Sponsored by R-SPaCE 

Pick up your paint kit on campus and join R-SPaCE for a virtual paint night with a guest artist!

Virtual Murder Mystery | Thursday, October 16 at 6:00 pm | $10/ticket ($5 off online coupon)

You've been invited to an online zoom call, but you don't know why...yet! 

Dining Services: Reminders & Updates

Our team's priority has been to provide all students, faculty, and staff with a valuable dining experience, higher safety measures, and innovative dining events. We have been updating our dine-on-campus page and social media channels frequently, so make sure you are following along for important updates. We have also been publishing a dining newsletter. Each newsletter will be available here and will also be published to our social media channels (@radfordudining).

Important Reminders:

  • Masks are required in ALL dining facilities. We have provided dots in every location for students to stand on 6 feet apart from each other, and we ask that those who are not relatives or roommates do not sit together.
  • We are now hiring motivated, energetic individuals who are looking for hourly or full-time supervisor positions, starting as soon as possible. Students can apply here today!
  • Meal Plan purchases and refunds are processed through the ONE card office.

Student Perspective: Tennyson's Story 

Tennyson Trice, a junior media studies major, was able to find his true passion during his time at Radford University. 

Radford feels like my home away from home. But back when I first got here three years ago, I wasn't sure what I wanted to study. Now, I have been able to study and further develop a passion for film, communication, and music. Since Radford is a smaller campus, I have even developed relationships with my professors and they are always there to help me if I need it. To any new students who haven't found their path yet, I would encourage them to be patient and search for what truly inspires them. You will find your passion; don’t be afraid to dream big and work hard for what you want!

Cammie's Corner

One of our main goals of this e-newsletter is to help you feel more connected to our campus community by providing you with information and insight on our campus resources, events, and much more. It's hard to believe that we are already over halfway through this semester! If your student is struggling and needs assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. 

Please know that the Academic Success Center is always a phone call (540-831-2139) or an email away should you ever need anything. 
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