- Class: Junior
- Major: Business
- Gender: F
- High School: Deptford Township High School
- Transfer Student: Y
The best thing about Rider is graduation in 2010. No really thats the best thing. I love the people there though, they are all awesome. The school is a good size I think. I went to something smaller and it was just like going to high school again. When I tell people I go to Rider they're just like Oh. Not like oh really thats a good school or wow how do you like it? It's always just Oh. I'm ashamed to tell people that I go there because they look down on us because of all of the bad things that we're always in the news for. Most of my time spent on campus is with friends, although this year we're not even allowed to have an entire pod (4 people in 2 rooms, a common room, 2 bathrooms, and 4 people in another room) that are all our friends because they don't want us to "have parties". Also they keep letting more and more students in so there isn't guaranteed housing for anyone. They are making doubles triples. Even for upper classmen they are doubling triples which is rediculous. The administration doesn't know what the hell they are talking about and are not eager to help students at ALL. Half of the teachers there don't speak english and are just hired because they have a masters from some ivy league school. I mean thats great that they have their masters but if I can't understand them then how am I supposed to learn anything? I have found very very very few professors who are actually here because they want the students to excel. A lot of the teachers have a "I get paid either way" kind of attitude and it sucks. There is no college town. Its a school in the middle of a neighborhood. You HAVE to have a car if you want to go ANYWHERE. You can't walk to anything. You could walk to 7-11 but it would take a looong time. You also have to go on the highway to get anywhere. The biggest recent controversy on campus was probably housing. They screwed so many people over. Rider administration is a lot like high school..if you want to get anything done or if you want to get anything period you have to have your parents call and scream and talk to the right people. One experience I'll always remember is the two days before ZBT got kicked off campus. We had a hall party how college is supposed to be. We weren't confined to rooms or acutally, not even allowed to have a party at all. If there is more than I think 6 people in a room at one time it can be considered a party so BEWARE. Also parking sucks. The only way you can park near your dorm is if you're a part of greek life. Other then that you have to trek across campus.
Academics at Rider are alright. The professors know your name if you choose to let them, most don't go out of their way to talk with you or get to know you. Teachers are there to teach and that's all. I don't have a favorite class. You can't take anything interesting because they don't offer it. And if the class is the least bit interesting its full and you can't get in. It is so hard to get the classes you need to take let alone the classes that you want. The way they let you pick classes is rediculous. Everything is so screwed up that when you need to take the class the semester you're supposed to take it you can't because upperclassmen got screwed over and now have to take it later so you have to take it later. Its a screwed up system. Some students study, some students don't. I don't study much and I got a 3.74 this semester. You really just have to do your homework but learning how to do work in college comes with time. When you get out of high school you have all of this free time in college that you don't know what to do with but you'll figure it out. So moms and dad's if your son or daughter comes home with not such good grades first semester don't get mad. They know they have to bring their GPA up and they'll figure out something that works for them. Nagging them about work will just get them angry and they'll never answer the phone when you call.
There are many different types of people at Rider. I think that the student that would feel out of place at Rider is the student that makes themselves feel out of place. At any college there is a group of people that you'll fit in with, you just have to find it. You're not going to make friends sitting in your room and doing nothing, you have to go out, get involved, and talk to people. Most students wear jeans and a t-shirt or a shirt to class. Some wear sweatpants, some wear pajamas. It doesn't really matter what you wear. If you feel comfortable in it then go for it. I would say that most people at Rider do some from money. It is a private institution and that is what you get when you go to a private institution. Most students aren't politically aware. There are a small number of history majors. The students that are politically aware are left winged.
The Best Things
The students are awesome. I love the people I hate the school.
The Worst Things
You can't party. At all. I'm not a huge partier but they take away the college experience.