B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B
Rider University is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Address
2083 Lawrence Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Website

Rider University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
69%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
910-1110
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Rider University

Cost

Net Price
$29,583/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,919/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,557/ year
  • $49-75k
    $28,296/ year
  • $76-110k
    $31,371/ year
  • $110k+
    $33,938/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
72%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.58 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.59 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.59 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,685Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
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  • Busy
    46%
  • Average
    28%
  • Happy
    15%
  • Fake
    8%
  • Low intellectual level, boring
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
82%
Poll
43%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.84 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.91 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Small
    36%
  • Diverse
    23%
  • Focused
    18%
  • Community
    10%
  • Community, Diverse, Personalized
    10%
  • Accepting
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
64%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.39 responses
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Rider University Reviews

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Overall experience for my son's education was very good. But Financial Aid and Bursar's office is another story. They take forever to refund financial aid. You have to request it, it's not automatic. Then they cut you a paper check, no direct deposit. I requested the check be mailed. Weeks went by (they say it takes 10-14 business days (!). So when that time was up I contacted them and they informed me it's in the cashier's office! Also he has been tutoring for over a month and has yet to collect a paycheck. Their excuse: "it didn't get processed". They also didn't automatically apply his Rider Advantage scholarship, I had to chase them for that too. They really need to improve the way the department is run.
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I've had my fair share of awesome classes, but bad professors, bad classes, but good professors. I think with this type of question, what you put into your education is what you will gain from your education. Here's an example. In the fall 2015 semester I took a Gen-Ed Art class, Art & Society. This was not a hands-on class, it was simply learning about classical artwork from a long time ago. Booooring! I dialed out of the class very fast, because the professor put on many art movies and we read a book on art. He also used a really old projector that had slide inserts, it was a dinosaur! So many artists were drilled into my head for months, artwork that I stared at for months, but once the final came around, I thought I'd never use that information again. But just the other day I visited the Art museum at Princeton University and just as I was leaving, a painting by Monet caught my eye. Monet! I never thought I'd actually see one of his works. I had stared at that artwork for months, and as I kept walking, I saw paintings by Renoir and Cézanne! I knew these famous painters and their stories. It was incredible, seeing these artworks in person. I didn't expect to see any of these art works. How funny, I appreciated the art so much more as I saw it in front of me, each individual brush stroke, the signature in the bottom right-hand corner. So crazy, the real-world connections I made from a Gen-Ed class I didn't even want to take. Not only did the class have an impact on me, but the professor as well.
As someone who just graduated from Rider, I definitely had good and bad experiences. Rider, right now, is extremely poor and has a serious financial crisis. I earned an academic scholarship from them and never received it because they put a cap on my financial aid and told me they could not give me the scholarship. They are not generous about financial aid and I have heard many students encounter problems and lose scholarship money. However, professors were amazing and helped me make a decision about what graduate school was the best fit for me. Campus is outdated and located in the middle of nowhere. In terms of social life, many parties were exclusive to fraternity and sorority life. As someone who was a part of Greek life at the school, I would join elsewhere or not join at all. Overall, Rider is just too poor and too outdated to keep in competition with other private and public schools.