Immediately after the end of the United States Civil War, two entrepreneurs who had already founded a collection of business schools decided to expand their educational reach to the state of New Jersey. The Trenton Business College was created in Trenton, New Jersey. The school’s first president, a man named Andrew Jackson Rider, helped to grow the college to accommodate the needs of the increasing student population. The college experienced many changes over the next century including the admittance of women, the introduction of a liberal arts program of study, a move to nearby Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and a name change to Rider University.
Rider University gets its name and its school colors from Andrew Jackson Rider, the first president of the school. Mr. Rider was a well-known cranberry farmer in the New England area and owned several acres of cranberry bogs. The school’s colors are cranberry and white in memory of the school’s first president.
In recent years, Rider University has continued to expand. Since the year 2000, all of the university’s expansions have been approved and endorsed with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. This prestigious recognition is given to buildings created with a mission to conserve energy and natural resources. A new residence hall, an expansion of the Moore Library, and an addition to the school’s large student theater have all been completed in the past decade.