First-year students applying to Rider should follow the application steps, deadlines, and academic requirements below.
Scholarships and Financial Aid for Freshmen
Steps to Apply
- Complete the Application
The application may be completed online or downloaded and completed on paper. Apply Now.
- Pay the Fee
The $50 application fee is non-refundable and may be paid online via credit card or by check.
We accept a Fee Waiver Request if signed by your guidance counselor.
- Submit Your Transcript(s)
Submit official transcripts from your high school and for any college work you may have completed while you were in high school
If you earned a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), request that an official copy of your diploma and test scores be sent to Rider University’s Office of Admissions
International students should follow the special instructions for high school transcripts.
- Letter of Recommendation
This letter should come from a school counselor or an individual who can describe your academic potential and personal characteristics
Applicants to the Westminster College of the Arts must submit at least one recommendation from a teacher, instructor or coach in an arts-related field
Download General Recommendation Form (.pdf)
Download Counselor Recommendation Form (pdf)
- Submit Your Test Scores
Submit scores for all tests taken:
SAT I (Code 2758)
ACT (Code 2590)
Scores submitted must include the writing section.
Rider will use only your best scores from each section; for the SAT, this may be components from different testing dates.
- Submit the Essay
The essay question is located on the application and provided to you at the bottom of this page.
Westminster College of the Arts requires an audition as part of the application process.
Program specific information and dates of campus auditions, scholarship competitions and regional auditions can be found in the auditions section.
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Scholarship eligibility is determined at the same time we review your complete application. Rider practices rolling admissions; once your application is complete, you will be notified of your decision.
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Rider University welcomes students with a variety of academic backgrounds. When reviewing an application for admission, the Undergraduate Admission Office takes a holistic approach by assessing your academic performance, letters of recommendation, and your admission essay. Once the committee has reviewed the entirety of the student's academic experience, an admission decision will be made.
Admissions Mailing Address
Mail all application materials to:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ, USA 08648-3099
Personal Statement Essay QuestionsNow is your chance to express yourself – let us get to know the real you – we know you're more than a series of facts and figures! In the textbox below (at least 250 words), please answer one of the following questions.
Jump into the future, ten years from your Rider graduation. You have been selected to receive a local community award and will need to submit a biographical sketch. Highlight your personal and professional accomplishments since graduation.
Describe a person or event that has influenced your life in a significant way and how you have grown as a result of this experience.
Create and answer your own college essay question. We are interested in your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself clearly. Let us know why you feel this question should be included in the application.