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About Rider University

Rider University is a private, nonprofit school in an suburban setting in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Rider University was founded in 1865 and now enrolls around 4,636 students a year, including 3,630 undergrads.

Rider University offers housing for up to 0 students. Most students live off campus,.

Rider University's endowment was valued at $64.283 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Rider University spends about $13,149. Rider University employs one full-time professor for every 10 undergrads enrolled.

2021 Rider University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 76%
Average GPA 3.4
Tuition $45,120

2022 Rider University Regular Decision Application Deadline

All regular decision applicants will be notified by December 15.

Rider University Early Admission

Rider University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

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Rider University Acceptance Rate

It is moderately difficult to get into Rider University. The acceptance rate at Rider University is 76%. Out of 9,250 applications received in 2021, 6,999 students were offered admission.

Rider University Waitlist 2021

In 2021, 62 applicants were waitlisted and 19 students were ultimately offered a spot off the waitlist.

How Do I Get Into Rider University?

Rider University is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Rider University, applicants must submit the following items.

Rider University Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

Rider University Average GPA and Test Scores

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Rider University.

Does Rider University Require the ACT or SAT?

Rider University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 50% submitted the SAT. 7% submitted the ACT.

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Does Rider University Have On-Campus Housing?

Yes! Rider University provides on-campus housing for students.

Rider University students are active in the school's Student Government Association, Greek Council and Association of Commuter Students. Cranberry Fest, Scream Screen for Halloween, and and Midnight MAACness are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Rider University.

Financial Aid at Rider University

Rider University meets 82% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $38,977 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is Rider University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Rider University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Rider University, around 79% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 909 students who started at Rider University as first-time freshman, 533 graduate within four years.

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 and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $36,760 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Rider University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! 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 want to see Rider University for yourself, 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

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Transfer Applications are Due

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

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Rider University ACT Scores


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Composite SAT Range

1020 - 1210


Math SAT Range

510 - 600


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510 - 620

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Wondering what life at Rider University is like? There are approximately 4,636 students enrolled at Rider University, including 3,630 undergraduate students and 1,006 graduate students. 92% 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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