Rivier University

420 South Main St, Nashua, NH 3060

School Details

Rivier University, formerly Rivier College, is a private, Catholic, liberal arts university located in the town of Nashua, New Hampshire.


The school was founded in 1933 and named after the Blessed Anne Marie Rivier who was the foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. The institution received university status in 2012. RU is a member of the New Hampshire College and University Council. Today, the school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Rivier University is comprised of two schools the School of Undergraduate Studies and the School of Graduate Studies. The core mission of this institution is that it aims to be “...an institution of higher education dedicated to transforming hearts and minds to serve the world”. Rivier offers undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs in the liberal arts. This school also offers professional courses of study and aims to be an affordable private institution in the region.

In addition to academics, RU offers many different extracurricular activities which students are encouraged to get involved with. There are about 20 clubs and organizations on-campus. There are four residential halls that house around 421 students each. The athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III. RU also offers intercollegiate sports, a student activities office, a multicultural office, a counseling center, a career development center, and a campus ministry. Organizations and clubs include Biology Club, Cheerleading, Chinese Student Association, Model United Nations, Outdoor Club, Rivier Business Club, Rivier Dance Team, Yearbook, and the Student Nursing Association.


RU has a total enrollment of around 2,373 students in two schools: the School of Undergraduate Studies and the School of Graduate Studies. Of those students there are 1,437 undergraduates, 805 postgraduates, and 47 doctoral students. RU offers more than 60 programs leading to associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees, as well as the first doctorate of education in the state of New Hampshire. The university offers traditional on-campus courses, online courses, and hybrid courses. Rivier’s academic departments are divided into the following five divisions: Division of Arts & Sciences, Division of Business, Division of Education, Division of Nursing, and the Division of Undergraduate Studies. There are many different majors offered at RU. The largest is Teacher Education which comprises 30% of the undergraduate students. The second largest major is Nursing which comprises 26% of the undergraduate students.


There are also four fully online programs: B.A. Psychology, B.S. Nursing, M.B.A. Healthcare Administration, M.B.A. Information Technology Management. The campus at Rivier consists of 44 buildings over 68 acres. The student-faculty ratio is 18:1, which fosters a more personalized learning environment.

Admission to Rivier can be completed completely online. There is a step-by-step process available for convenience. In addition to the application, applicants must submit high school transcripts and other required documents. The acceptance rate is 81%. 


Tuition for graduate and professional degrees varies per credit hour. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Qualification is determined through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that all applicants are required to fill out. Aid consists of loans, grants, work-study programs, and scholarships to help you cover your educational expenses. Once a prospective student is admitted there is additional information about financial aid on the college’s website.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Roman Catholic

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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