Rider University

Founded in 1865, Rider University is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian institution accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Rider has campuses in Lawrenceville and Princeton, New Jersey.

Rider comprises four academic schools and colleges: the College of Business Administration; the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences; the College of Continuing Studies; and Westminster Choir College, which is located in Princeton, New Jersey.

Ninety-six percent of Rider’s full-time faculty members hold a doctorate or other appropriate advanced degree. Primarily a teaching institution, Rider University selects instructors who are committed to imparting the knowledge and skills of a particular discipline. Full professors teach at all levels. There are no teaching assistants in the classrooms or laboratories.

Rider participates in NCAA Division I in all of its intercollegiate sports. Women’s sports are basketball, cross-country, field hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Men’s sports are ... [ Read All ]


United States

2083 Lawrenceville Road
New Jersey
Phone: 609-896-5042
Website: http://www.rider.edu/fine

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Our Aims

Rider University will be a leader in American higher education celebrated for educating talented students for citizenship, life and career success in a diverse and interdependent world. Rider will achieve distinctiveness by focusing on students first, by cultivating leadership skills, by affirming teaching and learning that bridges the theoretical and the practical and by fostering a culture of academic excellence.

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 intelle...  [ Read All ]

Location and Getting there

Rider University is located in the suburban community of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, midway between Princeton and Trenton, New Jersey. It is approximately 35 miles northeast of Philadelphia and 65 miles southwest of New York City. The location combines the advantages of accessibility to the cultural and recreational facilities of major urban areas and to the peaceful surroundings of a suburban community.

Rider University’s Lawrenceville campus is home to academic, recreational, and housing facilities as well as large open areas. A new state-of-the-art recreational facility opened in October 2005 with an indoor track, basketball courts, and exercise equipment. Approximately 66 percent of the 3,800 undergraduates live in University residence halls or in fraternities or sororities on the campus.

Located in the culturally rich town of Princeton, New Jersey, Westminster is a 40-minute train ride from the cosmopolitan cultural centers of New York City and Philadelphia, offering Westminster students a wealth of educational and recreational activities. Princeton University, a short walk from Westminster, offers lectures, art ...  [ Read All ]

Department and information about the department

Imagine yourself as an artist, a ballet dancer, actor, director, art history professor and more.

The Fine Arts Department at Rider University is ideal for those interested in all areas of the Arts.

Within the department there are four concentrations. Fine Arts majors choose either art, dance, music, or theatre. Along with a major concentration, students may choose a minor in any of the four tracks as well.


For more information about the Rider University Art Gallery, please visit www.rider.edu/artgallery.

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Academic Staff and Description

There are 236 full-time and 282 part-time faculty members. Ninety-six percent of the faculty hold a doctorate or terminal degree in their field. The same faculty teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses; graduate assistants do not teach classes at Rider University. The student-faculty ratio is approximately 13:1. Faculty members serve on student affairs committees and as faculty advisers to all student organizations.  

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Information For  Undergraduates

The College of Business Administration awards the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree in accounting, actuarial science, advertising, business administration, computer information systems, economics, entrepreneurial studies, finance, global business, management and human resources, and marketing. The program is accredited by AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences (CLAES) awards the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in elementary education and secondary education and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in business education. Rider’s education programs are recognized by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The CLAES also awards the B.A. degree in American studies, communications, economics, English, fine arts, French, German, global and multinational studies, history, journalism, mathematics, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, Russian, sociology, and Spanish. It offers the B.S. degree in biochemistry, biology, biopsychology, chemistry, environme...  [ Read All ]

Information For  Postgraduates

Rider offers graduate programs in education, business, and performing arts.


Information For  International Students

International students are drawn to Rider because of our:

Student-centered academics with a 13:1 student-faculty ratio on the Lawrenceville campus;

Accomplished professors who make teaching their first priority. Ninety-five percent of Rider's full-time faculty hold doctoral degrees or the highest credential in their field. Twelve have been named Fulbright scholars. Only faculty members - not teaching assistants - teach classes at Rider;

Outstanding preparation for advanced graduate study and careers;

Focus on leadership development;

Safe and friendly campuses;

and easy access to the cities of New York City, Philadelphia, and Princeton.

Global Enrollment
Rider University currently enrolls students from throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the following countries:

Dominican Republic
Hong Kong
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For alumni information, visit www.rider.edu/alumni  

Student Facilities

The Franklin F. Moore Library contains 378,000 volumes and 874,000 microforms, among many other resources. The library is automated and has a computerized catalog and circulation system. To complement its on-campus holdings, the library offers 114 online database searches of holdings of other libraries.

Talbott Library/Learning Center houses 67,000 books, scores, periodicals, and microforms; an electronic piano is provided for in-house score study. The media collection includes more than 25,000 recordings and videos, with faciities for student playback. The library supports the music education curriculum with over 1,000 school-music textbooks, recordings, charts, and other resource materials. The Performance Collection contains approximately 5,300 titles in multiple copies for student study, class assignments, student teaching, and church choirs; a single-copy reference file of approximately 80,000 supplements this collection Special collections include the Erik Routley Collections of Books and Hymnals, D. DeWitt Wasson Reference Collection of Organ Music, and the Organ Historical Society’s American Organ Archives. The ...  [ Read All ]

Student Support

The mission of the Education Enhancement Program (EEP) is to help students reach their academic goals by empowering them with the strategies needed to be independent and successful learners. We provide and coordinate academic support services to maximize students’ educational potential and self-awareness. The EEP staff consists of experienced administrators, professional tutors, graduate students, and trained peer-tutors. All EEP programs are free for all Rider students.


Student Life

The active Student Government Association (SGA) sponsors concerts, lectures, plays, and other events. All social rules and regulations are made, enforced, and adjudicated by students. Each class, each residence hall, and many other student organizations are represented in the Student Government Association.  

How To Apply

For up to date admission requirements and information, please visit www.rider.edu/admissions  

Visit us (open days)

Please visit www.rider.edu/visitrider to schedule an appointment to see our great campus locations.