Rider University is a private, coeducational, and nonsectarian institution located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, which is conveniently located 35 miles from Philadelphia and 48 miles from New York City.
In addition to the Lawrenceville campus, Rider also offers a satellite campus in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded after the Civil War in 1865, two men opened a business school in New Jersey and named it the Trenton Business College. After a couple years, the school grew and allowed women to attend in 1896. With the addition of a liberal arts academic program in 1957, the school changed its name to Rider College to honor the college’s first president. Over the years, more academic programs were added and, finally, in 1994, the school changed its name to its present day title to reflect the vast array of academic degree programs offered. The school also moved to Lawrenceville where it currently remains.
In addition to academics, Rider has many extracurricular activities, as well as many student life opportunities. Currently there are 12 social Greek organizations. In addition, there are numerous professional and honorary fraternities. Around 10% of the student body participates in Greek life. There are also around 150 different clubs and organizations offered which many students get involved in. Athletics are quite big on campus with 20 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I teams. There are many intramural and club sports offered.
Rider University offers more than 60 undergraduate programs and 23 graduate programs. The academics are divided under four units: the College of Business Administration, the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Sciences, the College of Continuing Studies, and the Westminster College of the Arts. Within the College of LIberal Arts, Education, and Science is the School of Education. The Westminster College of the Arts houses the School of Fine and Performing Arts, as well as Westminster Choir College. Traditional liberal arts programs are offered as well as undergraduate business and education studies. The undergraduate degree programs offered are the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Business Administration. The school also offers many graduate programs in the College of Business Administration and the Department of Graduate Education and Human Services. In addition, two educational specialist degrees are offered: an Education Specialist degree in Counseling Services and an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology. Students can also earn a bachelor’s degree in Nursing online, a graduate certificate in STEM education, as well as a Master of Accountancy online.
In total, there are over 67 academic majors and special programs offered. The university also has around 250 full-time faculty available to help students. Also, 96% of faculty hold a doctorate or highest degree level in their field. The student-to-faculty ratio is 12:1 and the average class size is 25 which make for a more student-focused learning environment. The total undergraduate enrollment is around 5,485 students, and graduate enrollment is 907. The student population represents 42 states, 3 US territories and 72 countries.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
Prospective students must complete the application either online or on paper. Applicants must submit transcripts and test scores, submit a letter of recommendation, and submit an essay. These directions are for first-year undergraduate students. Other types of applicants may have different requirements. Around 72% of prospective students who apply for admissions are accepted and about 16% of those students actually enroll. Annual base tuition for undergraduate students is $32,420 for a full-time student (12-18 credits a semester). Graduate tuition is based on credit hour. Additional fees also apply. Financial aid is available to those applicants who qualify. Qualifications are determined by filling out a FAFSA. Aid is received through loans, scholarships, grants and work-study opportunities.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Post-master's certificate
Adult Age Enrollments:1,502
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