Rider University is a comprehensive private university of approximately 5,400 students who are drawn to its programs in business, education, liberal arts and sciences, and music and the fine and performing arts.
Its academic experience emphasizes connected learning, leadership skills, a global perspective, social responsibility and a student-centered focus in all areas of study.
Originally founded in 1865 as a business college to prepare professionals for the booming post-Civil War economy, Rider moved to its current 280-acre campus in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, in 1959. It is home to the College of Business Administration; College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences; College of Continuing Studies; and School of Education.
In nearby Princeton, N.J., is Westminster Choir College of Rider University, considered one of the leading schools of music of its kind in the world. The merger between Westminster Choir College and Rider in 1992 also led to the successful integration of the fine and performing arts University-wide with the creation of Westminster College of the Arts in 2007, which offers select majors on both the Princeton and Lawrenceville campuses.
Centrally located between Philadelphia and New York, Rider’s proximity to these centers of commerce, communications, culture and education offers graduate and undergraduate students alike the rich hands-on experiences they need to prepare for a professional career.
Rider boasts a student-to-teacher ratio of just 12 to 1, and 98 percent of its faculty members hold the Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and holds specialized accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), and the National Accreditation of School Psychologists (NASP). Rider is also on the approved list of the American Association of University Women and the American Chemical Society.
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How do you measure the pride people feel for a university? At Rider, I see and feel it every day: in the bright cranberry red sweatshirts our students wear to class, in the cheering crowds at Broncs athletic games, and in the appreciative ovations for our theater productions and choral performances.
There are other important signs of Rider pride: Every fall, more and more students make Rider their university of choice. Every year, donors express growing confidence in our University through their generous funding of innovative academic programs and exciting new construction initiatives on our campuses.
Since 1865, Rider has built a reputation as a community of purposeful learners committed to making a difference — professionally and personally — through their talents, research, leadership and service.
The ability to affect true change begins with a belief in the power of the individual and a vision of what can be. That is the essence of a Rider education. Our students realize their full potential in partnership with our inspiring faculty as they explore their interests, develop their strengths as leaders and thinkers, and prepare for a lifetime of change and growth.
If you are among the generations of individuals who know and love Rider, let me extend a warm welcome to these pages. For those who are just learning about our University, I hope you will enjoy exploring our Web site. We look forward to introducing you to the great qualities and people you’ll find at Rider.