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Rivier University Overview

Rivier University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Nashua, New Hampshire. The location of Rivier is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is Rivier University Known For?

908 Full-Time Undergraduates
$25,490 Avg Cost After Aid
68% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at Rivier is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest one a student can attain at Rivier.
  • In 2017-2018, 27% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Rivier makes roughly $45,400 a year. This is 11% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average Rivier student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Rivier University Rankings

Rivier landed the #1,129 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. It is also ranked #8 out of 12 schools in New Hampshire.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Rivier has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Rivier

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 102
Best Colleges for Veterans 446
Best Colleges for International Students 739
Best Colleges 1,129
Best Colleges for the Money 1,419
Best Colleges for Diversity 2,711

Where Is Rivier University?

Location of Rivier University

Contact details for Rivier are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 420 South Main St, Nashua, NH 03060
Phone: 603-888-1311

How Do I Get Into Rivier?

You can apply to Rivier online at:

Admission Requirements for Rivier

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Rivier?

68% Acceptance Rate
75% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at Rivier is 68%, 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 25% of accepted students are men and 75% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 59%, and the acceptance rate for women is 71%.

Can I Afford Rivier University?

$25,490 Net Price
94% Take Out Loans
4.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Rivier is $25,490. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Rivier

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$21,028 $20,091 $24,889 $28,291 $28,482

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 Rivier, approximately 94% of students took out student loans averaging $9,118 a year. That adds up to $36,472 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Rivier is 4.2%. 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.

Rivier University Undergraduate Student Diversity

908 Full-Time Undergraduates
76% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,426 undergraduate students at Rivier, with 908 being full-time and 518 being part-time.

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

There are also 1,005 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 908 full-time undergraduates at Rivier, 24% are male and 76% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Rivier

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Rivier Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 24
Black or African American 34
Hispanic or Latino 38
White 709
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 103

Geographic Diversity

New Hampshire students aren't the only ones who study at Rivier University. At this time, 10 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 16 countries are represented at Rivier. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, Bangladesh, and China.

Online Learning at Rivier University

750 Took All Classes Online
1,032 Took At Least One Class Online
11.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at Rivier. In 2017-2018, 1,032 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 3rd most popular in New Hampshire for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Rivier

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Rivier University was 11.3%. This is the #1,240 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Rivier regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 13%
Business, Management & Marketing 6%
General Psychology 32%
Health Professions 3%
Nursing 5%
Psychology 12%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Rivier 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 Rivier.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Public Health #42
Marketing #51
General Psychology #76
Psychology #107
Health & Medical Administrative Services #156
Nursing #264
Business Administration & Management #400
Health Professions #432
Business, Management & Marketing #497

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%.

Rivier University Majors

In 2017-2018, Rivier University awarded 676 undergraduate degrees and 530 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Business Administration & Management 0 28 26 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 4 5
Computer Information Systems 0 0 21 0
Computer Science 0 0 20 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 12 0 0
Educational Administration 0 1 5 3
Finance & Financial Management 0 6 0 0
General Biology 0 9 0 0
General English Literature 0 3 1 0
General Psychology 0 22 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 9 0
History 0 1 0 0
Homeland Security 0 4 0 0
Human Development & Family Studies 0 1 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 1 0 0
Marketing 0 4 0 0
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 15 0
Nursing 43 157 97 0
Other Education 0 0 12 0
Political Science & Government 0 4 0 0
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 0 2
Public Health 0 17 6 0
Special Education 0 1 8 0
Student Counseling 0 0 17 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 21 13 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 3 1 0
Total 86 590 510 20


*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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