- Class: Alum
- Major: Accounting
- Gender: F
- High School: Norristown Area High School
- Transfer Student: Y
Rider is overall a great university that is located on a picture perfect beautiful campus. It's conveniently located to Philadelphia and New York which makes weekend trips and cultural experiences very easy to come by. Rider also has an above average housing system. Personally I lived in suite my senior year which was really nice, and Rider also offers "pods" and apartments through a lottery systems. The biggest complaint among Rider students would have to be parking, it's farther away and hard to come by, but they are definitely aware of this and working on it. In Rider's defense, parking is FREE and open to all students, including freshmen!! Which is a definite plus! Rider's size is what really made me happiest, it wasn't too big nor too small. Big enough that they were able to offer a lot of great services and experiences, and small enough that you knew people in your classes.
Academics at Rider see the full spectrum. It also depends on major as well. If you are a dance major (which is popular and has a good program at Rider) the amount of time you will spend in the library is probably a lot less than an Accounting major. Also, there are definitely a group of students you will always see in the library and they care a lot about their grades, gpa, etc; and there is also a group of students that will only be in the students the night before midterms, finals, etc. Due to the nature of the size of Rider, I would say most professors know your name, and genuiely care about your academic progress at Rider. Within the Accounting department, I definitely had a feeling that my professors cared about my success and wanted to help when I struggled. Also Rider's business program carries a competitive accreditation of "AACSB" for their overall Business Administration and also specifically for the Accounting program. This was very important to me when I was picking a college, as it's seen very well amount employers.
The Best Things
The wonderful smaller nature where your professors know you name and care about your success.
The Worst Things
That it tends to be cliquey and overall greek