Rider University

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2083 Lawrenceville Road

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099

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Phone: (609) 896-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
$35,270
tuition and fees
Students
4,549
enrolled
42%
male /
58%
female
Admissions
rolling admission
72.1%
accepted

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#18 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Summary

Rider University is a private institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,549, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 280 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Rider University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 18. Its tuition and fees are $35,270 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Rider attracts and graduates talented and motivated students with diverse backgrounds from across the nation and around the world and puts them at the center of our learning and living community. As a learner-centered University dedicated to the education of the whole student, Rider provides students the intellectual resources and breadth of student life opportunities of a comprehensive university with the personal attention and close student-faculty interactions of a liberal arts college. Through a commitment to high quality teaching, scholarship and experiential opportunities, faculty on both campuses provide undergraduate and graduate students rigorous and relevant programs of study to expand their intellectual, cultural and personal horizons and develop their leadership skills. Our highly regarded programs in the arts, social sciences, sciences, music, business and education challenge students to become active learners who can acquire, interpret, communicate and apply knowledge within and across disciplines to foster the integrative thinking required in a complex and rapidly changing world. Rider attracts highly qualified faculty, staff and administrators with diverse backgrounds who create an environment which inspires intellectual and social engagement, stimulates innovation and service and encourages personal and professional development. As key members of our University community, it is their commitment to our values, vision and mission that will ensure Rider's success.

General Information

School type private
Year founded 1865
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $50,287,000

Applying

When applying to Rider University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Rider University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 72.1 percent and an early acceptance rate of 65.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 72.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Rider University is 12:1, and the school has 50.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Rider University include: Psychology, General; Accounting; Rhetoric and Composition; Elementary Education and Teaching; and Finance, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 79.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 57%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 10%
Accounting 10%
Rhetoric and Composition 9%
Elementary Education and Teaching 9%
Finance, General 7%

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Student Life

Rider University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,549, with a gender distribution of 41.6 percent male students and 58.4 percent female students. At this school, 57 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 43 percent of students live off campus. Rider University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,485
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Rider University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, and health service. Rider University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Rider University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Rider University.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Rider University, 71.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,157.

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Tuition and fees $35,270 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,900 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data


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