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Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate82%
Acceptance Rate82%

About Rider University

Rider University Overview

Rider University is a private, nonprofit school in the suburban setting of Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Rider University was founded in 1865 and currently enrolls around 4,265 students a year, which includes 3,232 undergraduate students. Rider University ensures on-campus housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by December 15.

Student Activities at Rider University

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Rider University's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Rider University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Rider University has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Rider University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Rider University on the Student Life page.

2022 Rider University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 82%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 20%
Tuition $46,270
Percent of Need Met 80.9%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $30,703

Is Rider University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better sense of what Rider University offers and if the college seems like a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Rider University

It is moderately difficult to get into Rider University. Rider University admitted 82% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 8,791 students applied to Rider University and 7,204 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Rider University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 77% of students who start at Rider University return for their second year of college. Around 63% of students who started at Rider University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Rider University Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Rider University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Rider University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2022, the total market value of Rider University's endowment was $64.3 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Rider University spends about $13,149 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Rider University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Rider University meets 80.9% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Rider University full-time are awarded $30,703 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Rider University.

Based on this information, does Rider University seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Rider University a good school for you?

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Where is Rider University Located?

Rider University is located in the suburban setting of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, less than an hour from New York City and Philadelphia.

If you would like to see Rider University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Lawrenceville, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Newark Liberty International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Rider University and Lawrenceville are like without leaving home.

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College Info

2083 Lawrenceville Road Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3001

Campus Setting: Suburban

Rider University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Rider University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Rider University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Rider University ACT Scores


ACT Range

28 - 31

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Rider University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1080 - 1260


Math SAT Range

520 - 630


Reading SAT Range

530 - 640

Rider University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Rider University is like? There are approximately 4,265 students enrolled at Rider University, including 3,232 undergraduate students and 1,033 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 77% percent are from NJ and 23% percent of students are from other states.


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