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Rider University

Lawrenceville , NJ

Rider University


Rider University

Students who dream of making a difference in their careers and in the community find a perfect match in Rider University. Rider's hands-on approach to learning teaches students to think critically and communicate clearly, and to prepare them to serve as both leaders and team members. The University is located in central New Jersey with campuses in Lawrenceville and Princeton -- just an hour from New York City and Philadelphia -- and offers great opportunities for exploration, culture, leadership development, internships, and jobs.

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.

Students come to Rider from 37 states, three U.S. territories and 76 countries. The Lawrenceville Campus enrolls 3,800 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. Rider's internationally renowned Westminster Choir College enrolls 300 undergraduate and 100 graduate students on Rider's nearby Princeton Campus.

Academic Excellence

At Rider, students can choose from nearly 70 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs through five colleges/schools: College of Business Administration, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Sciences, Westminster College of the Arts, and College of Continuing Studies. 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 11:1 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.

Hands-on Learning

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 do lab work, perform on stage, hold leadership roles on campus, and work at the 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. With plenty of real-world opportunities in nearby New York and Philadelphia, these great cities are true "learning laboratories" for our students.

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.

Career Ready

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 'handshake', 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."

An Unbeatable Location

Rider's central location between two vibrant metropolitan centers offers great opportunities for adventure, exploration, culture and shopping -- plus internships and jobs. Both campuses are just minutes away from historic Princeton, incredible nature trails, shopping malls, and more. Students can head an hour in any direction to laze at the beach, downhill ski, or enjoy the sights and sounds of the big city. Whether it's for sightseeing or shows, auditions or internships, Rider's campuses are only 90 minutes by train to the heart of Manhattan or an hour to downtown Philadelphia.

Rider Results

The greatest legacy of a Rider education is measured by the success of its alumni. Rider alumni have gone on to great success at many of the country's top-ranked graduate and professional schools. They have competed for and won prestigious internships, research grants, scholarships, and fellowships -- including numerous Fulbright Scholars.

The outcomes of a Rider education are clear: over 90% of 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, 273 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

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
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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
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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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 Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan November 15th December 15th
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
Room & board
Room only

Financial Aid

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Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
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Hispanic/Latino 16.16%
Black or African American 12.75%
White or Caucasian 57.39%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.18%
Asian 4.77%
Two or more races 3.77%
Other 2.15%


Male (42.1%)
Female (57.9%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 53%

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

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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 No Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports Checkmark No No
Field Hockey No No No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey Checkmark No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving No Division 1 Checkmark
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Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Wrestling No 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 No Division 1 Checkmark
Golf No No No
Ice Hockey No No No
Lacrosse Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving No 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 - 234
Part-time - 361
Male - 289
Female - 306