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Academics

New Jersey's Rider University focuses on enriching its students not only through academics, but through encouraging students to participate in a variety of engaged learning opportunities. The university's location between Philadelphia and New York City offers "fantastic internship opportunities" as well as co-ops, and this experiential learning is an integral part of the Rider curriculum. The business, education, and performing arts schools are notable highlights of the school's sixty-seven majors, and the financial aid packages are "fantastic and extremely generous, especially for the merit-based scholarship awards." The Career Development & Success department is at the ready to help students start their careers upon graduation (for those not already hired by their internship organizations, which is common): "It's actually really incredible to see students within the business school getting very good jobs straight out of college," says a student.

One of the school's greatest strengths is "the support each student has from the faculty and staff," who are here "to support and uplift students" and encourage self-motivation. "If you need help in any way people will go to great lengths to help you in any way they can," says a student. Almost all professors hold discussion-based classes and are "extremely accessible outside of the classroom," though students admit that there are a few "that don't really have any interest in teaching,""I have had some professors who are inspirational, and so passionate about a topic that it furthers my interest," says one student. Even the adjuncts that typically teach classes at night bring their personal experience from being full-time in the field to the classroom, which allows students to see real-world experiences. "My school is all about experience, making Rider the experience you want to have in college," says a student.

Student Body

Rider 's small enrollment allows students to create "a close-knit community within the school that promotes networking and personal relationships with peers." This "unified and impressive" group with diverse interests "are unafraid of challenging expeditions, classes, jobs, internships, and more." In fact, students know they can "rely on each other for daily interactions and fun." There is a mix of on-campus students and commuting students, and though cliques can form within areas of study, "even people with the same majors have their own unique personality."

Campus Life

Rider has "a very encompassing campus life," with a "broad range" of student-run groups and events facilitated by the school: "If there is something you want to do, you can find a way to do it." The Student Entertainment Council "has made great strides" to ensure that Rider is not branded a suitcase school (as in the past), and there are events planned every weekend throughout the year, from "comedians to fashion shows and everything else under the sun." Also, there are "countless performances and workshops you can attend every week." Most people play a sport or are involved in Greek life, and the athletic community is "very supportive of each other in going to games and cheering them on." A lot of students have work study jobs on campus, and the Student Government Association "works vigorously to ensure the quality of life for students is as good as it can be." When these students have some downtown,there is a recreational center that "has video game consoles such as Xbox and PlayStation as well as pool and ping pong." New York and Philadelphia are both just train rides away, and people also "go off campus to Princeton to eat and explore."

Overview

Applicants
9,172
Acceptance Rate
69%
Average HS GPA
3.32

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
20%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
456 - 550
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
460 - 560
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 550

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 580

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
19 - 24

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10.7:1
Total Faculty
604
with Terminal Degree
400

314
Women
290
Men
82
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

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
  • Sports Communication

  • 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

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Homeland Security

  • 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

Notable Faculty


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.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,328

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,578

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,785

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
77%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$36,032

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$39,080
Required Fees
$740
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

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,230
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
4,060
Foreign Countries Represented
76

Demographics

5.00%
Asian
11.79%
African-American
14.28%
Hispanic
60.51%
Caucasian
1.91%
Unknown
3.09%
International

59% female
41% male
23% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
53%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
83%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Services for Students with Disabilities

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Barbara J. Blandford

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

In most cases, a full psycho-educational evaluation, including cognitive and educational tests normed on the adult population, is required.

Documentation Required for ADHD

In most cases, a recent ADHD evaluation from a qualified assessor with appropriate adult-normed test scores is required.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
84
Number of Honor Societies
24

Number of Social Sororities
7
Number of Religious Organizations
6

5% join a fraternity
10% 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.

93/99
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
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

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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