Students Say

A private coed institution in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Rider University offers a friendly and intimate college experience to a largely local crowd. In addition to dozens of majors in the liberal arts and sciences, Rider operates a “highly respected business school” and an accounting program that’s “the best in the state of New Jersey.” Rider “prepares you for all facets of life after college,” fostering “interpersonal relationships between successful alumni and undergraduates” and offering great services like “tutoring for every class, writing labs, career services, internships, and co-ops.”

Overview

Applicants
9,366
Acceptance Rate
71%
Average HS GPA
3.29

GPA Breakdown

18%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
20%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 550
SAT Math
470 - 570
SAT Writing
450 - 560
ACT Composite
19 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Students Say

A private coed institution in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Rider University offers a friendly and intimate college experience to a largely local crowd. In addition to dozens of majors in the liberal arts and sciences, Rider operates a “highly respected business school” and an accounting program that’s “the best in the state of New Jersey.” Rider “prepares you for all facets of life after college,” fostering “interpersonal relationships between successful alumni and undergraduates” and offering great services like “tutoring for every class, writing labs, career services, internships, and co-ops.” A current student attests, “The science professors have been really helpful with helping me achieve my goals by introducing me to opportunities for grants, internships, and other experiential learning.” While course work can be challenging, “the professors present the material in a way in which you can do well if you work hard.” Teaching is emphasized, and there are “some phenomenal professors at Rider University who go out of their way to give their students a great education.” At the same time, students admit, “While many professors are highly accessible, there are surely a few—mostly adjunct-professors—who are inadequate,” both as mentors and as teachers. On the whole, Rider is “very student-oriented,” and the administration “goes the extra mile in making sure all students are treated equally.” Even so, things don’t always run smoothly, and “dealing with financial aid, administrative offices such as residence life, and career services is the hardest part about going to Rider University.” While Rider is a private college, it helps students finance their education through “generous financial aid package,” loans, and “lots of opportunities for work study.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12.16:1
Total Faculty
592
with Terminal Degree
406

300
Women
292
Men
100
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
52%
Graduate in 5 years
62%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Office Management and Supervision
  • Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Rhetoric and Composition

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biopsychology

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Religious/Sacred Music

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Graphic Design
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Piano and Organ
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Jason C. Thompson '08
Forward-Center for NBA Sacramento Kings

Robert G. Miller '64
CEO & Founder of Future Electronics

Susan Polis Schutz '66
President of Blue Mountain Arts Inc.

Jennifer Larmore '80
International Mezzo-Soprano Opera Star

Carol Meyrowitz '76
CEO, TJX Companies, Inc.

Milton Nathaniel Barnes '77
Liberia's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Patrick McGuiness '88
Senior Vice President, CFO, Tiffany & Co.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
75
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,590

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,742

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,701

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,080

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,120
Required Fees
$710
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,100
Transportation for Commuters
$2,500

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Many Rider students come from a “middle-class background,” and most are East Coasters “from the Lawrenceville area” or greater New Jersey. However, “the student body is very diverse politically, socially, and academically,” reflecting the “vastly varied demographics of the state of New Jersey: all races, all religions, and all levels of mental and physical abilities.” “There is a good mix of jocks, brainy people who are committed to studying, and artsy hipster types,” so most “students can usually find at least one group to fit in with.” While some students “love to party,” others “really care about how well they do in school and are involved in so many different organizations on campus.” Rider also operates an evening program, which attracts “older, working, returning students,” who are often very serious about their studies.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,324
Out of State
23%

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
64

Demographics

4.73%
Asian
11.01%
African-American
11.64%
Hispanic
66.39%
Caucasian
3.27%
Unknown
3.95%
International

59% female
41% male
23% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Whether they live on campus or commute to school, students enjoy a friendly and social atmosphere at Rider. On campus, “basketball games are always a big draw,” and the university hosts “major comedians, musicians, [and] film nights” in the evenings. Even though the university’s alcohol rules are rather strict, “most students drink for fun, either on campus or off.” For mellower times, the “residence advisors set up a lot events in their respective dorm,” or students get together to “play video games, go to Zumba classes, hold hallway-parties (no alcohol), or movie nights.” In addition, the “Student Rec Center is a great place to hang out because it’s got basketball courts, a pool table, ping pong table, all the video game systems, a gym, a track, and a pool.” When they want to pop off campus, “there are coffee shops, frozen yogurt places, [and] a house of cupcakes” in the nearby town of Princeton, and “New York City and Philly are only a train ride away.” “On the weekends, the school empties out pretty quickly,” as most students go home. While some complain that Rider is a “suitcase school,” others insist, “the lifestyle on campus is what people make of it.” For those who want a more traditional college experience, “Greek life is a great way to meet new people and get involved in campus.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
57%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
71
First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Village
Fire safety rating
75

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Services for Students with Disabilities

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
A psychoeducational evaluation within three years. Please see website for complete documentation guidelines.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Please see website for complete documentation guidelines.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
84
Number of Honor Societies
24

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
6

4% join a fraternity
9% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Broncs)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Broncs)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups: The Multicultural Center has a University budget and a budget from Student Activity Fees. The Activities fees also support: The Black Student Union The Latin American Student Organization The Association of Asian Students and other minority groups.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Princeton University

Sustainability

“Broncs Go Green” is the driving force for sustainability initiatives on Rider University’s campus, defined by the four R’s: reduce, reuse, refuse (the purchase of non-sustainable goods) and recycle. Rider’s Office of Sustainability leads the effort to establish a more environmentally aware campus. The office includes the Sustainability Manager, Energy and Sustainability Steering Committee, a team of student Eco-Reps, and a volunteer “green team.” The Sustainability Manager has completed three greenhouse gas inventories and a carbon neutrality plan as well as given input on the sustainable features included in recent construction projects. These projects include an LEED Silver residence hall completed in March 2010; an LEED Gold academic building completed in July 2012; and a new academic building completed in August 2014 that is awaiting its LEED certification (a minimum of LEED Silver certification is anticipated). A guiding principle of Rider’s Energy and Sustainability Master Plan is to increase and strengthen student involvement. Students have the opportunity to apply for a job as an Eco-Rep or join the Rider Green Team. The Student Government Association has an elected Environmental Chair to help green student groups and their activities on campus. Students can also choose to take courses with an environmental focus and participate in research projects. Importantly, Rider offers a growing minor in Sustainability Studies. Students are also encouraged by faculty to attend the successful Rider Green Film and Speaker Series, now in its sixth year. A United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Student Club was recently approved and the board has been elected. Rider’s procurement policy has already led to 80 percent of the school’s cleaning products being Green Seal-certified. In the early fall of 2014, Rider finished construction of a Trigeneration plant that provides more than a megawatt of power in addition to hot and chilled water to buildings in the academic quad. In partnership with PSE&G, the University has completed a 740-kilowatt solar array on campus. Rider has also acquired a honeybee hives and built a thriving community garden. To reduce solid waste removal, save money and lower its carbon footprint, Rider installed a food waste bio-digester that can process 400 pounds of food waste daily and turn it into grey water. Rider has an e-rideshare program to reduce automobile emissions, as well as a total of six designated parking spaces for hybrid or fuel-efficient vehicles. Finally, Rider has equipped most academic buildings and some residence halls with water bottle refill stations in an effort to reduce the amount of bottled water on campus. Well over one million bottles have been filled since installations began.

Green Rating
96
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
15%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
No

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
William Larrousse
Director of Undergraduate Admission

Address
Office of Admissions
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

Phone
609-896-5042

Email
admissions@rider.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Residence Hall Quad
Alumni Gym
Student Recreation Center
Daly's Dining Hall/Cranberry Cafe
Academic Quad

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Princeton, NJ
Sun National Bank Center
State Capitol Building in Trenton, NJ
Quaker Bridge Mall
Hamilton AMC Movie Theater

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8:30 am - 5 pm
609-896-5042

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 10am, 12noon, 2pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Open House and Select Saturdays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@rider.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Student must be from a 3 hour distance

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Call our directions helpline at (609) 896-5141.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Call our directions helpline at (609) 896-5141.

Local Accommodations
Many Hotels are within 10 minutes of campus on the Route 1 Princeton Corridor. Among them are Red Roof Inn, McIntosh Inn, Princeton Marriott.
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Key Stats

9,366
Applicants
4,324
Size
71%
Acceptance Rate
1020
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists