Founded in 1865, Rider University has established 150 years of world-class private education for students pursuing one of nearly 70 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs. Experience hands-on learning when you start your journey at Rider.
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. 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.