Conditionally Admitted Students

If your application decision is "Conditionally Admitted," please see below for an explanation.  Complete details are included in your letter of admission, which has been (is is being) mailed to you.

View the explanations based on your application scenario:

 

Applied for a major in the sciences
You’ve demonstrated strong potential for success and we recognize your desire to pursue your intended  major.  Because Rider is committed to helping you reach the goals you’ve set for yourself, our faculty and staff will work with you as an undeclared major to ensure that you are ready to enter the  major fully prepared to succeed.  Upon the recommendation of the Science Department chairperson and your completion of the requirements described below, you will be approved to enter a major in the Biology, Chemistry, Geological, Environmental or Marine Sciences departments.  The requirements are:

  1. Completion of  Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 105);
  2. Achievement of a grade of B or better in any 100 level course in your intended major (for example, CHE 100, BIO 100, MAR 120 or GEO 113).

Beginning at your summer orientation, your advisor will help you to select appropriate courses to keep you on track toward graduation with no delays.

If your primary major is elementary education, you will be able to pursue your education major and declare your second major later on.  Because secondary education requires a second major in an academic discipline, if your primary major is secondary education, you will be able to declare that major when you are ready to declare your science major, provided you also meet the requirements for the secondary education major. 

If you would prefer to choose another non-science major now, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

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Applied for the mathematics major
You’ve demonstrated strong potential for success and we recognize your desire to pursue the Mathematics major.  Because Rider is committed to helping you reach the goals you’ve set for yourself, our faculty and staff will work with you as an undeclared major to ensure that you are ready to enter the Mathematics major fully prepared to succeed.  Upon the recommendation of the Mathematics Department chairperson and completion of Algebra and Trigonometry (MTH 105) with a grade of B or better, you will be approved to enter the Mathematics major.   

Beginning at your summer orientation, your advisor will help you to select appropriate courses to keep you on track toward graduation with no delays.

If your primary major is elementary education, you will be able to pursue your education major and declare your second major later on.  Because secondary education requires a second major in an academic discipline, if your primary major is secondary education, you will be able to declare that major when you are ready to declare your mathematics major, provided you also meet the requirements for the secondary education major. 

If you would prefer to choose another non-math, non-science major now, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

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Applied for a performance major at Westminster Choir College
(Voice Performance, Organ Performance or Piano) 
Based on your audition, the faculty feels that, although you have potential for success at Westminster you are not yet ready for the performance aspects of the degree.  You have been offered admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree at Westminster Choir College.  Should you choose to enroll you will have an opportunity to explore the options that the Bachelor of Arts in Music provides.  A letter has been mailed to you explaining this admission decision further.

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Applied for Musical Theater in the School of Fine and Performing Arts
We are not able to offer you admission to the Musical Theater program, however, based on your audition results we feel that you have potential for success at Rider and have offered you admission to another of the majors in the School of Fine and Performing Arts.  A letter has been mailed to you explaining this admission decision further.

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Admitted through the Rider Achievement Program 
Complete details will be included in your letter of admission, which will be mailed to you.

You were admitted through RAP because your academic record shows that you possess promise to succeed at Rider by taking advantage of the features of RAP that are designed to help you develop your talents and skills. The Rider Achievement Program will provide you with the lifelong tools you’ll need to achieve your academic and long-term career goals.  As a RAP student, you have been accepted initially as a General Liberal Arts and Science Studies  (undecided) major.  Upon successful completion of your freshman year, you will be eligible to declare a major.  The benefits and requirements of RAP are described below.  Because your enrollment at Rider is contingent upon participation in RAP, including the week-long Summer Bridge Program, you’ll want to read this information carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

What is RAP?

The Rider Achievement Program (RAP) is a unique academic program offered through Rider’s Student Success Center, where you are empowered with the strategies needed to be an independent and successful learner. RAP offers a highly specialized first-and second-year learning experience and is designed to give motivated students the assistance and guidance to achieve.

Who is accepted to RAP?

Real success in college and career requires that the individual fully realize his or her potential. Students are admitted through RAP because their academic record shows that they possess promise to succeed at Rider by taking advantage of the features of RAP that are designed to help develop talents and skills.

What are the unique features of RAP?

There are several components of the program that assist students in a successful transition:

  • All freshman students at Rider enroll in a Freshman Seminar course that facilitates their transition to college. In this course, students become familiar with University services, learn about time management and faculty expectations, and receive guidance from a Freshman Seminar Coach and student Peer Assistant.
  • Students benefit from a dedicated faculty and staff who offer individualized attention and are supportive of students’ goals. These staff members will meet with you to continually assess your goals and achievements, and will provide academic and personal support when you need it.  Students benefit from this cluster of support in the first semester, as they enroll in a freshman seminar as well as at least one academic course that is supported by Supplemental Instruction, an innovative academic support program that takes place outside the classroom.  Supplemental Instruction helps students to develop effective study strategies relevant to the content of even the most challenging courses.
  • Students are admitted as Undecided majors. Upon successful completion of RAP at the end of your freshman year, students can declare the major of your choice.
  • In addition, students may be required to enroll in College Reading, a 3-credit course that will assist them in developing reading and study strategies and enable them to enhance their academic performance across the curriculum.
  • With this web of support, freshmen are able to enroll in a full, 15-credit course load in the first semester.

Summer Bridge Program

To become familiar with life at Rider, students participate in an experience unique to the Rider Achievement Program: the two-week Summer Bridge Program. This mandatory program takes place two weeks before the semester starts and provides students with a great opportunity to meet fellow students and transition into the Rider community. This intensive program will introduces students to campus resources created to help manage the challenges students encounter and provide a peer support network. The program provides a strong mix of academic work with community building activities and will help students develop effective learning and study strategies and facilitate social, campus and community interaction.The program helps develop effective learning and study strategies and facilitate social, campus, and community interaction.

Peer Assistance Program

  • Peer Assistants are mentors who support students with their social transition from high school to college
  • Learning Assistants are peer tutors who support students with their academic transition from high school to college
  • Both Peer and Learning Assistants continue to support the students throughout their first year

Freshman Seminar

All Rider first-year students enroll in a freshman seminar -  some topics include:

  • Time management
  • Effective note-taking strategies
  • Healthy lifestyle choices
  • Career interests and options

Specialized Advising and Coaching

  • Each RAP first year student is assigned a faculty advisor as well as a RAP coach. The RAP Coach is also their Freshman Seminar Leader
  • Faculty advisors work with the students to strengthen their understanding of the curriculum and registration procedures
  • RAP coaches meet regularly with the students to assess their transition concerns, academic progress, and tutoring needs. Examples of possible referrals: Tutoring Services for content tutoring or Supplemental Instruction, SSC Writing Lab for assistance with writing or study strategies, Counseling Center, Services for Students with Disabilities, Career Services

Tutoring Opportunities

  • Supplemental Instruction for at least one course
  • Writing Tutoring
  • Additional tutoring through the Student Success Center also encouraged

Workshops and Events

Examples of Spring workshops and events offered:

  • Remembering How to Remember: How to Learn, Store and Retrieve New Information
  • Motivation
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management
  • Final Exam Preparation Strategies
  • Am I Considering the Right Major?
  • Making Good Decisions for Healthy Living
  • End of Semester RAP Celebration

Benefits of the Rider Achievement Program

  • RAP coaches who work closely with RAP students throughout the first three semesters
  • Individualized academic support: assistance with study strategies, with a focus on self management areas
  • Supportive environment, both inside and outside of the classroom
  • Peer Assistance Program, helping ease their transition from high school to college
  • Tutorial support to supplement and reinforce the classroom experience
  • A sense of belonging and community on Rider's campus
  • Students are prepared to matriculate into the degree program of their choice
  • Students achieving a 2.75 cumulative GPA at the end of the first year are eligible to receive a renewable grant valued from $1,000 to $2,000 per year

For more information about RAP, contact Jennifer Chiramonti at chiaramonti@rider.edu or at (609) 896-5238.

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Admitted through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
Complete details will be included in your letter of admission, which will be mailed to you.

Your acceptance through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is offered at the recommendation of the program’s director, Mr. Rubin Joyner.  Your selection for EOP was based upon the information you provided in support of your application.  Enrollment in EOP results in significant financial and academic benefits that will enhance your success and Rider and in your future.

As an EOP student, you will begin your Rider experience when you attend the Pre-Freshman Program, a mandatory five-week residential summer program on our Lawrenceville Campus beginning Sunday, July 8.  The EOP staff will contact you shortly with information about the Pre-Freshman Program, as well as orientation, advisement, and other support services designed for your success at Rider University.

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Applied for English Language Institute (ELI) Program

Students who were conditionally admitted to Rider through the English Language Institute (ELI) do not need to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score at the moment of admission. However, these students must maintain a 2.70 GPA while in the ELI program, pass an internally administered exit exam at the end of the semester and meet the Rider University requirements for full admission.

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