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Rivier University

  • Nashua, NH
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 82%18%
    student ratio
  • 1,591
    total students
  • $27,480 | $27,480
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 23%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • Not
    Reported

    sat math
  • Not
    Reported

    sat reading
  • Not
    Reported

    sat writing
  • Not
    Reported

    act composite

Overview

Transforming hearts and minds to serve the world

A private, coeducational Catholic institution in Nashua, New Hampshire, Rivier University offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including New Hampshire's first doctoral program in education The Sisters of the Presentation of Mary established Rivier in 1933, beginning a tradition of small classes, personal attention, and close-knit community. Rivier College officially became Rivier University on July 1, 2012. Rivier is recognized for its strong academic programs, vibrant community and commitment to service as an integral part of its mission of 'transforming hearts and minds to serve the world.' Global initiatives and student opportunities for global engagement are a top priority for Rivier University.

Hands-on learning connects theory with practice

Rivier offers more than 30 undergraduate majors, incorporating hands-on experience into every program. Students can track world financial markets in the McLean Center for Finance & Economics; lead activities for toddlers in the Landry Early Childhood Center. Practice patient assessments in the Nursing Center;; research the effects of herbal remedies on cancer cells in the BAE Student Research Laboratory; and connect theory with practice to build confidence and skills.

Internships, student teaching, and nursing clinical rotations give students even more in-depth experience in their chosen fields.

A student-faculty ratio of 17:1 means students get personal attention. Rivier students say they can easily connect with faculty to get answers about an assignment or advice on career options. Faculty share real-world experience and serve as mentors. At Rivier, students build relationships that last a lifetime.

Service learning offers an opportunity to make a difference in the community while earning course credit. Students partner with nonprofit organizations to participate in service that's meaningful to them on a personal level. Many students consider service learning one of the most powerful experiences they have at Rivier.

Strong Student Support Systems

Rivier University is committed to helping students succeed. The Writing and Resource Center offers assistance with writing across the curriculum, as well as peer tutoring in all subjects. A two-tiered academic advising system helps guide students through course selection -- an academic advisor helps students select general education requirements, while a department advisor offers guidance choosing courses within the major. First-year students participate in a three-part freshman seminar series on writing, reasoning, and religion. Students reflect on their roles in today's world and their responsibility for helping others.

Regina Library provides access to approximately 100,000 volumes and licensed databases in virtually every subject, as well as a place to study alone or with a group. The Career Development Center helps students explore major and career options, prepare resumes, practice interview skills, and find employment. Rivier's Counseling Center provides individual and group counseling for students dealing with a variety of issues. A full-time nurse in the Quibin Student Health Center helps keep students healthy.

A great location in the heart of New England

Nashua, N.H. offers plenty to do. Galleries, museums, movie theaters, shopping, dining, hiking and biking trails, skiing, and concert venues are all nearby. Rivier is an easy drive away from beaches, mountains, and major metropolitan areas like Boston, Hartford, and Portland.

Building connections on campus

Student involvement is an integral part of campus life. Rivier has a wide variety of student clubs and organizations for students with different majors, hobbies, or interests. Students can perform with the Theater Company, build houses in Kentucky with Habitat for Humanity, or plan a trip to Wall Street with the Rivier Business Club . Students can join an existing club or start a new one -- either way, they'll make new friends and gain leadership skills.

Rivier's Student Programming Board plans a variety of activities for students every semester. They can enjoy movies, dances, coffeehouses, comedy nights, and more. About half of Rivier's undergraduate day students commute, while half live on campus in one of the University's four residence halls. Staff members live in all residence halls and help new students adjust to life at Rivier.

International students from China, Romania, Bolivia, India, and half a dozen other countries bring a global, multicultural perspective, enriching both academic and interpersonal life on campus.

An athletics program that's building momentum

The Rivier Raiders compete in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and are members of various other East Coast associations. Rivier fields 13 varsity teams: women's basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and volleyball; men's baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball. Rivier's teams, players, and coaches have won GNAC championships, MVP awards, tournament titles, Player of the Week honors, Academic All-American, Coach of the Year, and countless other titles. Students don't have to be part of a varsity team to exercise in the newly-expanded Muldoon Fitness Center or enjoy intramural sports. Rivier has yoga, aerobics, pick-up basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and many other fitness activities.

A generous financial aid program

More than 92% of Rivier's undergraduate day students receive financial aid. Rivier's commitment to students includes need- and merit-based scholarship programs, which award more than $7 million in institutional aid annually.

Praise from graduates

Rivier University graduates rate the school highly. Alumni say the professors and courses at Rivier helped them effectively prepare to launch their careers. Graduates have gone on to succeed as teachers, nurses, lawyers, physicians, psychologists, authors, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and more in countless fields. No matter how any student envisions his or her future, Rivier University can help transform that vision into reality.


Location & Contact

Rivier University

420 South Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060
USA

Karen Schedin

Vice President of Enrollment Management

Phone: 603-897-8507 or 1-800-447-4843
Fax: 603-891-1799
Email: rivadmit@rivier.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Information Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Early Childhood Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Elementary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Secondary Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Studies Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Special Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Modern Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Pre-Dentistry Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Medical Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Veterinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Homeland Security Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Criminology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

23% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied914
    • Accepted216
    • Acceptance Rate23%
    • Enrolled1,591
    • Female Applicants651
    • Females Accepted163
    • Female Acceptance Rate25%
    • Male Applicants263
    • Males Accepted53
    • Male Acceptance Rate20%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some Interview
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 430 510
    • SAT Math 430 510
    • SAT Writing 430 520
    • ACT Composite 17 20
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$27,480
    • Out-of-state tuition *$27,480
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$375.00
    • Room and board *$10,570.00
    • Room only *$5,720.00
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,591
    • Male Student Percentage18%
    • Female Student Percentage82%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino4.84%
    • Black or African American2.7%
    • White or Caucasian76.81%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.44%
    • Asian2.33%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.13%
    • Two or more races1.01%
    • Unknown11.75%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students40% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Coed housing
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 48%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations No
    • Most popular organizations Student Government Association, Student Program Board, Outdoor Club, Student Nurses Association, Habitat for Humanity
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No No No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball No No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Field hockey No Division 3 No
    • Lacrosse No Division 3 No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 3 No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty208
    • Full-time Percentage35%
    • Part-time Percentage65%
    • Female Percentage69%
    • Male Percentage31%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 1,485 students to 117 faculty


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