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Rider University Admissions

If you want to apply to Rider University, the application fee costs $50.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than December 15.

Rider University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Rider University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 17%
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 50%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 7%
Waitlist Yes

Applying Early to Rider University?

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

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! Rider University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Rider University

Getting into Rider University is moderately difficult. Rider University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Rider University accepted 76% of students, around 6,999 of the 9,250 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Rider University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

In 2021, Rider University waitlisted 62 students. Of those, 55 eventually received an admissions offer.

What Does Rider University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Rider University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Not Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Rider University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Rider University must submit the following items. Double check with Rider University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Rider University?

Students admitted to Rider University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 23.83% submitted a class rank. At Rider University 17% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 46% were in the top 25% and 77% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Rider University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 23.83%
3.75 and 3.99 12.22%
3.50 and 3.74 18.2%
3.25 and 3.49 16.29%
3.00 and 3.24 17.25%
2.50 and 2.9 19.4%
2.00 and 2.49 2.99%

Rider University does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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.

In 2021, 50% of Rider University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 7% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Rider University?

To be competitive with other Rider University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1020 and 1210 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Rider University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1210 and 25% of scored lower than 1020, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Rider University students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 510 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Rider University students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 510 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Rider University?

To be most competitive at Rider University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Rider University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Rider University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Rider University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Rider University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Rider University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

Rider University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Rider University?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Rider University.

Does Rider University accept transfer credits?

Rider University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Rider University accepts:

  • DSST/DANTES
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Rider University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Rider University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Rider University?

No, Rider University is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to include your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Rider University's acceptance rate?

Rider University's acceptance rate is 76%.

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Rider University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

76%

How hard is it to get into Rider University? Rider University is a somewhat selective institution. The Rider University acceptance rate is 76%. This means that the institution accepts 75 out of every 100 applicants.

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Rider University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

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ACT Range

20 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above

Good

20 to 26

Avg

20 and Less

Low

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Rider University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1020 - 1210

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Math SAT Range

510 - 600

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Reading SAT Range

510 - 620

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Rider University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.36

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Rider University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.36. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

4,636

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

76%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$45,860

Out-of-State

$45,860

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Application Deadline

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