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2083 Lawrence Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099
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Rider University

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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.


Rider University is a private liberal arts university, and all of its degree opportunities are offered with majors in the fields of liberal arts. These programs are broken down into five distinct schools of post-secondary education. The College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Education and Science, the College of Continuing Studies, and the Westminster College of the Arts

The College of Business offers bachelor’s degree programs in business management, accounting, marketing, advertising, and other business-related ventures. Both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the School of Business are accredited by the AACSB. Two graduate degrees are offered in the business program of Rider University. Many students opt to continue their business education at Rider by pursuing a master’s degree in either accounting or administration.

The College of Education and Science at Rider University is a program designed for prospective teachers of all ages. Elementary education and secondary education degrees are offered at Rider University with the option of teacher licensure after graduation. Student’s can also pursue master’s degrees in administration, curriculum, counseling and other education-related programs.

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Unique Programs

The Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University is actually broken down into two separate schools. Students can choose to complete a degree in the School of Fine and Performing Arts where they will study theater, musical theater, stage combat, stage production and other theatrical subjects. Students can also opt to major in music at the Westminster Choir College. This branch of Rider University is located nearby in the borough of Princeton, New Jersey.


Students who wish to be admitted to Rider University are advised to begin the application process immediately following their Junior year of high school. Admittance into the university is highly competitive. Students from all over the country and the world seek out Rider University for their post-secondary education because of its extensive business, education, and music degree options.

The admissions process can be started by filling out the online application on the university’s official web page. It is important to note that an online application does not require a processing fee. However, students who choose to send their applications through the mail or by fax may have to pay a processing fee. This application gives important information regarding a student’s academic, social, extracurricular and community-involvement history.

Students who graduated in the top fifty percent of their high school class are more likely to be considered for admission to Rider University. Similarly, students with a wide array of interests and involvement such as community volunteer work, extracurricular activities, club participation, or local church involvement are more likely to be considered for admission.

Financial Aid

Rider University offers several options for offsetting the cost of university attendance. Students who have financial need may be able to secure government loans and grants to help pay for tuition. These loans and grants are awarded after a student fills out and submits the FAFSA. This form can be filled out online or by visiting the Financial Aid office on Rider University’s campus.

Rider University also offers many scholarships to its students. These scholarships are generally awarded in one of two categories: Academic or Audition-based. Academic scholarships are awarded to students who have exceeded academic standards in their high school GPA and on standardized tests. The higher a student performed in high school, the larger the scholarship he or she can be considered for. Students who receive academic scholarships must maintain a specific GPA at Rider University to continue to be eligible for that scholarship.

Because Rider University offers many courses in the performing arts, several scholarships are awarded to outstanding artists in music and theater. These scholarships are awarded based on a student’s audition at the school. Students who are interested in auditioning for a fine arts scholarship must visit the Financial Aid office or contact the Westminster College of the Arts for more information.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 428th for the average student loan amount.
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Students at Rider University are very involved in the many Greek fraternities and sororities with chapters at the university. There are four fraternities and eight sororities that men and women can join and participate in. In addition to the Greek clubs, there are a variety of other social, academic, and athletic clubs available to all students.

Every year, the school hosts a large celebration known as Greek Week. During this week, students compete with their fraternities and sororities in a variety of games, tasks, and competitions. Students also serve the community by raising funds or awareness of a charity of their choice. Many students who aren’t involved in Greek clubs turn out to support and assist their favorite fraternities, sororities, or charity.

Because of the artistic nature of the university, students are always welcome to attend the many concerts, plays, musical theater productions, and choral productions put on by the students throughout the year. The quality of the productions at Rider University is unmatched in the state of New Jersey.

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  • Rider Homepage | Rider University. RU, 2011. Web. 22 May 2011. <http://www.rider.edu>.
  • Stern, Robert. “Rider University Breaks Ground.” The Times [Trenton, NJ] 9 May 2010. Print.

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Ranks 15th in New Jersey and 626th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 8 0.14
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 22 0.39
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest 18 0.32

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population27,737 (27,054 urban / 683 rural)
Households10,298 (2.47 people per house)
Median Household Income$66,345
Families6,818 (3.05 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3412

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 221st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $34,560 $34,560 $34,560
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $710 $710 $710
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $627 $627 $627
FT Graduate Tuition $19,490 $19,490 $19,490
FT Graduate Required Fees $420 $420 $420
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $757 $757 $757
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $51,670 $51,670 $51,670
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $48,870 $48,870 $48,870
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $39,270 $39,270 $39,270

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $31,930 $33,420 $31,930 $33,420 $31,930 $33,420
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,810 $12,340
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,600(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,500(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,500(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 8,078 (3,073 male / 5,005 female)
Admitted 5,806 (2,239 male / 3,367 female)
Admission rate 72%
First-time Enrollment 911 (357 male / 554 female)
FT Enrollment 911 (357 male / 554 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment5,410

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

742nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 24%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

SAT Test Admission

642nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 90%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 460 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 470 / 580
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 930 / 1150

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,763
Meals per Week99
Room Fee$8,240
Board Fee$4,660

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 83 112 76 49 4 918 120 1,369
Accounting 21 9 8 12 97 4 151
Actuarial Science 1 1 3 5
Advertising 10 2 12
American/United States Studies/Civilization 3 2 5
Art/Art Studies, General 1 17 2 20
Biochemistry 1 1 1 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 2 3 11 1 19
Biopsychology 2 11 3 16
Business Administration and Management, General 40 9 3 8 67 18 145
Business Teacher Education 2 2
Business/Managerial Economics 1 6 3 10
Chemistry, General 4 2 6
Computer and Information Sciences, General 3 3 11 17
Conducting 6 6
Counseling Psychology
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 13 3 1 30 2 49
Curriculum and Instruction 2 3 5
Economics, General 1 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 4 9 3 17
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 3 1 70 4 79
English Language and Literature, General 1 2 24 1 28
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 1 2 10 4 17
Environmental Studies 1 4 5
Finance, General 2 5 6 3 41 6 65
Fine and Studio Arts Management 5 2 7
French Language and Literature 2 2
General Studies 1 5 1 7
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 2
German Language and Literature 1 1
Graphic Design 2 2 4
History, General 1 10 3 14
International Business/Trade/Commerce 2 7 2 11
International Relations and Affairs 1 4 5
Journalism 1 3 4
Keyboard Instruments 4 1 1 5 12
Labor and Industrial Relations 1 1 10 4 16
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 11 3 22 11 47
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 3 4 41 2 50
Mathematics, General 3 3
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 3 2 6 11
Music Teacher Education 1 3 2 23 2 31
Music Theory and Composition 2 1 12 1 16
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 3 3
Organizational Behavior Studies 2 1 1 16 20
Political Science and Government, General 1 11 3 15
Psychology, General 2 7 11 1 64 5 90
Public Administration 1 3 1 1 15 2 24
Public Relations/Image Management 2 2 1 1 17 1 24
Radio and Television 1 1 7 9
Reading Teacher Education 1 9 1 11
Religious/Sacred Music 1 1 4 1 7
Rhetoric and Composition 8 4 1 49 5 67
Russian Language and Literature 1 1
School Psychology 4 3 7
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 2 1 1 4
Secondary Education and Teaching 4 1 26 3 34
Sociology 6 1 10 18
Spanish Language and Literature 2 3
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 10 2 13
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3 1 4
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 1 2 13 2 18
Voice and Opera 4 6 2 1 48 6 68
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 2 3

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 163rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $105,312 ($106,909 male / $95,255 female)
Number of FT Faculty 252 (140 male / 112 female)
Number of PT Faculty 552
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $11,630,000

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