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Rider University Overview

Located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Rider University is a private not-for-profit institution. Rider is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Rider University Known For?

860 Undergraduate Awards
$41,031 Avg Cost After Aid
67% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Rider is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Rider.
  • In 2017-2018, 44% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Rider makes roughly $50,600 a year. This is 24% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • It takes the average Rider student 4.1 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Rider University Rankings

Rider is ranked #292 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #7 out of 60 schools in New Jersey.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Rider has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#54 Best Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#129 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Rider.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Teaching English or French Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#22 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#43 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#116 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Rider has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#15 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#18 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#23 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#92 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#147 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual

Where Is Rider University?

Location of Rider University

Contact details for Rider are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3099
Phone: 609-896-5000
Website: www.rider.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RiderUniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/RiderUniversity

How Do I Get Into Rider?

You can apply to Rider online at: https://www.applyweb.com/apply/rider/

Admission Requirements for Rider

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Rider?

67% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
86% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Rider is 67%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 67%, and the acceptance rate for women is 67%.

Average Test Scores

About 86% of students accepted to Rider submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 600. Math scores were between 490 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Rider University  ( 500 to 600 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Rider University  ( 490 to 590 )
200
800
Rider received ACT scores from 23% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 26. Math scores were between 17 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Rider University  ( 19 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Rider University  ( 17 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Rider University  ( 19 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Rider University?

$41,031 Net Price
76% Take Out Loans
4.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Rider is $41,031. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Rider, approximately 76% of students took out student loans averaging $10,532 a year. That adds up to $42,128 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Rider is 4.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Rider University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,465 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
40% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,770 undergraduate students at Rider, with 3,465 being full-time and 305 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Rider

There are also 904 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,465 full-time undergraduates at Rider, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Rider

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Rider University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Rider Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 179
Black or African American 465
Hispanic or Latino 598
White 1,943
International Students 104
Other Races/Ethnicities 176

Geographic Diversity

New Jersey students aren't the only ones who study at Rider University. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 63 countries are represented at Rider. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Colombia, and Turkey.

Online Learning at Rider University

349 Took All Classes Online
1,162 Took At Least One Class Online
15.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 4 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at Rider. In 2017-2018, 1,162 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Rider has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 23rd most popular in New Jersey for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Rider

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Rider University was 15.6%. This is the #1,055 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Rider regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Rider majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
General Psychology 14%
Health Professions 28%
Psychology 19%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Rider ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Rider.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Public Administration #36
General Psychology #58
Teacher Education Subject Specific #69
Psychology #83
Public Administration & Social Service #84
Nursing #208
Education #259
Business Administration & Management #318
Health Professions #347
Business, Management & Marketing #399

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Rider University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 72 36 48 156
Business Administration & Management 2 68 0 83 153
Accounting 0 75 0 48 123
Music 0 64 0 40 104
General Psychology 0 91 0 0 91
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 5 40 34 79
Marketing 0 67 0 0 67
Finance & Financial Management 0 54 0 0 54
Public Relations & Advertising 0 27 0 16 43
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 30 8 4 42
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 16 17 33
Human Resource Management 0 32 0 0 32
Special Education 0 0 17 13 30
Educational Administration 0 0 19 10 29
Student Counseling 0 0 9 19 28
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 25 0 0 25
Liberal Arts General Studies 4 20 0 0 24
Computer Information Systems 0 23 0 0 23
Health Sciences & Services 0 22 0 0 22
General Biology 0 20 0 0 20
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 20 0 0 20
Public Health 0 15 0 0 15
History 0 11 0 0 11
Communication & Media Studies 0 10 0 0 10
Biopsychology 0 10 0 0 10
Dance 0 9 0 0 9
Mathematics 0 8 0 0 8
Political Science & Government 0 8 0 0 8
Public Administration 0 0 0 8 8
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 7 0 7
Design & Applied Arts 0 7 0 0 7
Journalism 0 6 0 0 6
General English Literature 0 6 0 0 6
Natural Resources Conservation 0 6 0 0 6
Sacred Music 0 4 0 2 6
Nursing 0 5 0 0 5
Homeland Security 0 0 0 5 5
Teaching English or French 0 0 4 0 4
Sociology 0 4 0 0 4
Arts & Media Management 0 4 0 0 4
Drama & Theater Arts 0 4 0 0 4
Business/Managerial Economics 0 3 0 0 3
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 3 0 0 3
Chemistry 0 3 0 0 3
Computer Software & Applications 0 2 0 0 2
Romance Languages 0 2 0 0 2
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 2 0 0 2
Economics 0 2 0 0 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 1 0 0 1
Writing Studies 0 1 0 0 1
Area Studies 0 1 0 0 1
International Relations & National Security 0 1 0 0 1
Public Policy 0 1 0 0 1
International Business 0 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Philosophy 0 0 0 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 6 854 156 347 1,363

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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