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Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ

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Rider University

Whether you know exactly what you want to do or are still figuring it out, you’ve come to the right place. Rider University provides the support to follow your drive and the freedom to explore your options. Rider's hands-on approach to engaged learning teaches students to think critically,communicate clearly and prepares them to serve as both leaders and team members. The University’s central location in New Jersey offers great opportunities for exploration, culture, leadership development, internships and jobs.

Our students are at the heart of everything that happens at Rider. The University's student-centered commitment begins with its engaged professors whose focus is on teaching and mentoring students. That commitment is shared by the entire University community, where every member is available to support students and their goals. It's a unique environment dedicated to giving students the self-confidence, skills and strong foundation essential for professional and personal success. Rider is a beautiful campus, but the connections, lessons, and feeling students’ find here will follow them anywhere.

Academic Excellence

At Rider, students can choose from 100+ undergraduate majors and minors and 50+ graduate programs through the Norm Brodsky College of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences, and Westminster College of the Arts. Interdisciplinary majors are plentiful, and dual majors are encouraged.

Rider's professors are passionate about their disciplines, but teaching is their top priority. They are distinguished authors, educators, scholars, scientists, performing artists and researchers; an impressive 97% hold a doctorate or the highest degree in their field. With an average class size of 21 and a 10:1 student/faculty ratio, their classes are small and collaborative. Students are encouraged to join in discussions, express opinions and be creative problem-solvers. Communication skills and teamwork become integral to learning.

Learn to Love the Work

Rider University’s Engaged Learning Program combines your academics, career goals and personal interests to guide you through eye-opening, life-changing opportunities in nearby communities and all over the world. A valuable education depends on rich, hands-on experiences that expand horizons. Our students are encouraged to experience learning through impressive professional internships, student-faculty research, honors and study-abroad programs and volunteer experiences.

Rider students experiment in our state-of-the-art science labs, perform on stage, hold leadership roles on campus and work at the Rider TV station as early as freshman year. Education majors -- who are in classrooms by their sophomore year -- are guaranteed 700 hours of classroom experience through field placements. Each year, Rider students complete more than 1,000 internships, co-ops, and field placements as part of their degree studies. Rider's award-winning Model UN program, innovative Global Village class, and a wealth of study abroad and international partnership programs provide opportunities for students to experience the world in a new way.

Learning is enhanced by coursework that reflects the latest best practices and technology and guest lectures by leading experts. 

By building on these experiences, achievements, credentials, and contacts, Rider students discover what they love to do most -- and stand out from the competition when they graduate.

Which Way Will You Go?

Each of Rider's colleges has a career adviser who specializes in providing the support and preparation needed to move students from their majors to relevant careers. Students begin planning for the future in their first semester, using the expert resources of Career Development and Success to create a compelling professional portfolio and a targeted résumé.

Students also have opportunities to develop polished interview skills through interactive workshops and alumni videos, launch their job search through the 'Handshake' online portal, and shadow and network with Rider alumni. Rider also hosts career fairs attended each year by hundreds of employers who come to campus to recruit candidates.

Life Happens at Rider

Where the classroom leaves off, campus life fills in. Rider's vibrant and active campus community includes student government, more than 150 student organizations, fraternities and sororities, plus 20 NCAA Division I men's and women's teams, and 28 club and intramural sports.

Rider students are passionate about protecting the environment and volunteering in the community, too. Getting involved offers students the chance to inspire and lead others, manage budgets, plan successful events, and engage in "big picture thinking”.

There's No Such Thing as a Lone Bronc

The greatest legacy of a Rider education is measured by the success of its 60,000+ alumni. Our alumni use what they’ve learned to make their unique marks on the world, from Broadway to Johnson & Johnson, Fox Network to the New York Mets.

The outcomes of a Rider education are clear: 9 in 10 Rider graduates are employed full- or part-time, pursuing graduate study, or involved in a volunteer or fellowship position within six months of graduating. And, 250+ Rider alumni are presidents, CEOs, and leaders of national or international corporations or organizations.

Private and Affordable

Rider is proud to be private and affordable. Students benefit from the many advantages of Rider's private university experience -- and generous scholarship and financial aid programs that focus on making its "bottom line" costs extremely competitive with most public colleges and universities.

Financial aid is personal and tailored to each student's needs and circumstances -- starting with the assigning of a personal financial aid advisor to each student. Ninety-nine percent of Rider students receive various forms of financial aid and 98% receive Rider-funded scholarships and gift aid. The average annual student assistance package at Rider is $34,000.

Location & Contact

Address 2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ  08648
United States
Contact Susan Christian
Dean of Enrollment
Phone: 609-896-5042
Fax: 609-895-6645

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
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Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Business Administration, Management And Operations, Other Checkmark
Business/managerial Economics Checkmark
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies Checkmark
Finance, General Checkmark
International Business/trade/commerce Checkmark
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Logistics, Materials, And Supply Chain Management Checkmark
Management Science Checkmark
Management Sciences And Quantitative Methods, Other Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management, General Checkmark
Office Management And Supervision Checkmark
Organizational Behavior Studies Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Computer And Information Sciences, General Checkmark
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Modeling, Virtual Environments And Simulation Checkmark
Web Page, Digital/multimedia And Information Resources Design Checkmark
Education Associate Bachelors
Business And Innovation/entrepreneurship Teacher Education Checkmark
Elementary Education And Teaching Checkmark
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Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education Checkmark
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
English Language And Literature, General Checkmark
Rhetoric And Composition Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Spanish Language And Literature Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
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Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Chemistry, General Checkmark
Geology/earth Science, General Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
Industrial And Organizational Psychology Checkmark
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
Health Policy Analysis Checkmark
Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
Criminal Justice/safety Studies Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Economics, General Checkmark
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Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
Sociology, General Checkmark
Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art/art Studies, General Checkmark
Dance, General Checkmark
Directing And Theatrical Production Checkmark
Fine And Studio Arts Management Checkmark
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Music History, Literature, And Theory Checkmark
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Acceptance Rate

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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
One recommendation
Required for some programs Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported December 15th Yes
Other early decision plan November 15th December 20th
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 560 650
SAT Math 540 650
ACT Composite 21 29

Financial Aid

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100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
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Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 18.31%
Black or African American 14.24%
White or Caucasian 52.7%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.32%
Asian 5.42%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.23%
Two or more races 3.45%
Other 2.29%


Male (43.28%)
Female (56.72%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 50%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Cranberry Fest, Scream Screen for Halloween and Midnight MAACness

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Most popular organizations:
Student Government Association, Greek Council, Association of Commuter Students, Black Student Union and Residence Hall Association

Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cheerleading Checkmark Checkmark No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Field Hockey No No No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Indoor Track Checkmark Division 1 No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Volleyball No No No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cheerleading Checkmark Checkmark No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Field Hockey Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Golf No No No
Ice Hockey No No No
Indoor Track Checkmark Division 1 No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Wrestling No No No


Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 208
Part-time - 288
Male - 245
Female - 251
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