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Rider University believes that one learns best in the company of others. Its vibrant...

Rider University

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Rider University is a private, coeducational university located in Lawrence Township, New Jersey. Its motto, “In Omnia Paratus,” promises to graduate students “in all things prepared.” To ensure that its community understands the ins and outs of the world beyond campus, Rider attracts a diverse population of students and faculty that promotes new perspectives and problem-solving strategies.

Rider University believes that one learns best in the company of others. Its vibrant and engaged learning community draws individual talents together to explore subjects, tackle problems, share ideas, embark on adventures, and create solutions.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
4,172 undergraduate students
88% of undergrad students are full time
43% male — 57% female
25% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
292 full-time faculty
309 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Retention Fall 2015

80% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

64% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Black or African American 12%
White 62%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 3%

Academic Programs

Accounting, Advertising, American Studies, Arts Administration, Behavioral Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Business Economics, Business Education, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Dance, Film, TV & Radio, Economics, Elementary Education, English, Entrepreneurial Studies, Environmental Sciences, Finance, Fine Arts – Art, French, Geosciences, German, Global Studies, Global Supply Chain Management, Graphic Design, Health Care Management, Health Sciences, History, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Integrated Sciences & Math, International Business, Journalism, Management & Leadership, Marine Science, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Music Education (Organ, Piano, or Voice), Music Education/Voice Performance (Double Major), Music Studies, Music Theory/Composition, Musical Theatre, Organ Performance, Organizational Psychology, Philosophy, Piano, Political Science, Popular Music Culture, Psychology, Public Relations, Secondary Education, Sociology, Spanish, Sport Management, Sports Media, Theatre, Voice Performance, Web Design


Rider students have the option to study in one of twenty countries abroad. Locations abroad take place in a variety of exchange partner schools, direct enrollment schools, and Rider-affiliated study abroad institutions. Students in any discipline can benefit greatly from Rider’s program, having easy access to world-class courses, exclusive internships, and fulfilling service-learning projects. What is experienced abroad translates seamlessly into Rider’s transcripts, so taking the time to explore the world is nothing but beneficial. New perspectives, friendships, and academic potential await daring, adventurous Broncs.


Rider’s unique Health Studies Institute asks its campus population to collaborate with one another in order to take an interdisciplinary approach to local and global health issues. Education, Innovation, and Outreach are the Institute’s three main areas of focus, striving to take Rider’s breadth of knowledge beyond the University’s walls into order to bring valuable contributions to the future of healthcare.


Through the GLASS (General Liberal Arts and Sciences Students) Mentor Program, first-year students are supported through their transition into college with the help of upper-level student mentors. These mentors quickly become dear friends who help their freshmen mentees navigate the social and academic challenges that come with the new University environment. Such an overwhelming amount of support ensures that new students will easily melt in as part of the Rider community.


Rider University hosts the Independent Scholarship & Creative Activities Presentations (ISCAP) Day in order to celebrate the creativity and innovative minds that thrive in the Rider community. It provides a forum for students and faculty to engage in interdisciplinary discussions about current academia and projects in the arts. Everyone at Rider University is encouraged to present their independent projects in the arts, sciences, and beyond to foster a well-rounded sense of scholarship. ISCAP Day is an extraordinary platform for students to give their efforts the exposure they deserve.


The Career Services Office at Rider University is equipped with the tools and resources that students need to succeed. It is proud to get students in touch with such highly esteemed organizations as CNN, Johnson & Johnson, VH1, and ABC News, launching them into hands-on experiences that give them a true feeling of what it’s like to work in their fields of interest.


Once a Bronc, always a Bronc. Rider University alumni can stay connected to their legacy through the Cranberry Cavalry. This program is an engaging alumni network and student stewardship initiative that gathers Rider alumni and students to keep the University well maintained. As students and alumni give back to the school, they network with one another. The Rider family bolsters one another’s future careers and pursuits, as they can trust that they have direct contact with others who have received the same high-quality education.


Admissions Fall 2015

9,851 Total Applicants 
6,798 Total Admissions 
862 Total Freshman Enrollment

69.01% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 550
SAT Math 460 560
SAT Writing 450 540
ACT Composite 19 25
ACT Math 19 26
ACT English 18 25
ACT Writing    





Tuition $37,650
Fees $710
Total $38,360
Room and Board (on campus) $13,770
Room Only $8,910
Board Only $4,860
Estimated Total On Campus $52,130


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
73% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$22,732 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$10,557 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

Students in Rider’s Small Business Institute win award

In the national 2016 Small Business Institute’s Project of the Year (POY) competition, three former Rider University undergraduates finished in the top 10 in the country. Participants and winners were Kyle Anacker ’15, Jessica Layton...

Attracted to science and art, a student chooses both

As part of the normal campus tour, potential students and their families amble through Rider University’s Campus Green, which is dotted with dogwoods, oaks and other plant life that is easy to take for granted....