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Rider University

Lawrenceville, NJ 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate84%

Rider University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Rider University. Around 84% of applicants get into Rider University each year. Last year, 9,340 students applied to Rider University and 7,858 were admitted.

If you are planning on applying to Rider University, the application fee costs $50.

Students who apply to Rider University for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than December 15.

Rider University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Rider University's admissions stats.

Rider University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 21%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 20%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 4%
Waitlist Yes

Rider University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Rider University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 15 December 20

Want to Apply Early to Rider University?

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

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Rider University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 20.

Some students apply to college early to help their chances of acceptance. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

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

More on Rider University Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Rider University?

It is moderately difficult to get into Rider University.

In 2022, Rider University accepted 84% of all applicants, about 7,858 from 9,340 applicants.

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.

Transferring to Rider University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Rider University

In 2022, Rider University waitlisted 17 students and 34 accepted a place on the waitlist. Of those, 51 eventually received an admissions offer.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Rider University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Rider University

What does Rider University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Interview Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with Rider University for more information on admission factors.

Rider University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

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

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

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Rider University?

Students admitted to Rider University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 31.71% submitted a class rank. At Rider University 21% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 48% were in the top 25% and 77% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Rider University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 19.13%
3.75 and 3.99 12.58%
3.50 and 3.74 23.11%
3.25 and 3.49 15.28%
3.00 and 3.24 13.99%
2.50 and 2.9 14.38%
2.00 and 2.49 1.54%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Rider University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

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

In 2022, 20% of Rider University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 4% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Rider University?

To be competitive with other Rider University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1090 and 1310 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Rider University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1310 and 25% of scored lower than 1090, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Rider University students scored 650 or higher and 75% of students scored 560 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Rider University students scored 650 or higher, and 75% scored a 560 or higher.

To be most competitive at Rider University, you should strive to earn between 21 and 29 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 29 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Rider University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 29, and three out of four students scored lower than 29 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Rider University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

More Information on 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

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter 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:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

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

✅ Rider University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Rider University?

❌ No, Rider University is test optional, so you can decide if you want to to submit your test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Rider University's acceptance rate?

✅ Rider University has an acceptance rate of 84%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Rider University?

❌ Rider University does not offer early decision.

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Rider University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Rider University? Rider University is a somewhat selective institution. The Rider University acceptance rate is 84%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.


Rider University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1090 - 1310


Math SAT Range

540 - 650


Reading SAT Range

560 - 650

Rider University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Rider University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.47. 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.

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