International Students

You are an international student if:

  • You are a first-year or transfer student who plans to study at Rider while on a visa
  • You have attended secondary school and/or university outside the United States
Steps to Apply
  1. Complete the Application
    The application may be completed online or downloaded and completed on paper. Apply Now
    Learn more about Application Deadlines
  2. Pay the Fee
    The $50 application fee is non-refundable and may be paid online via credit card or by check.
    All checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank.
    Application fee waivers are not available for international applicants.
  3. Submit Your Transcript(s)
    Submit transcripts, mark sheets, and/or exam results from all secondary and post-secondary schools attended:
    • Transcripts must have the official school seal.
    • Transcripts must be translated to English.
    • A listing of courses taken and grades received must be included.
    • Photocopies of student copies are not accepted.
  4. Submit Evidence of English Language Proficiency
    Non-native English speakers must submit evidence of English language proficiency by providing results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

    • This requirement may be waived for students attending International schools. For more information, e-mail admissions@rider.edu.
    • Rider University’s TOEFL Code: 2758
    • Minimum Scores
      TOEFL iBT: 80
      TOEFL PBT: 550
      IELTS: 6.5
    • Students with scores below the university's minimum requirements will be considered for conditional admission through Rider's English Language Institute.
  5. Submit the Essay
    Submit one of the essay topics requested in the application.
  6. Submit letter of recommendation
    Submit 1 letter of recommendation.
  7. Submit proof of finances
    Submit copies of all previous visas and/or I-20's processed and used in the United States, if applicable. Students planning to hold an F-1 Student Visa must also submit:
    • International Student Supplement, completed by the student, all sponsors, and banks as indicated.
    • Supporting financial documentation (ie. bank statements on bank letterhead, letter of employment/salary, etc.). This information must document proof of available funds for one year of study at Rider. For details about this requirement, please view the International Student Supplement.
  8. Auditions
    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.
  1. Submit Information

    FRESHMAN ONLY

    Official results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT 1) or ACT exam are required of students attending American schools, but strongly recommended of all others.
    • Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Student score reports are not accepted.
    • You are not required to submit SAT I or ACT scores if you have been out of high school 1+ years.
    • The SAT Critical Reading /Math scores and ACT Composite scores are used for admission and scholarship consideration.
    • Results of the Writing section on both the SAT and ACT are used for course placement.
    • Rider University's codes:
      SAT I: 2758 (For more information, visit collegeboard.org)
      ACT: 2590 (For more information, visit actstudent.org)
    • If your previous institution was outside the United States, you may be required to have a course-by-course evaluation of your credits by any credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). View a list of members.
TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY
All international transfer students must submit:
  • Official post-secondary school transcripts and/or attested marksheets from each post-secondary institution attended.
  • Translations into English of all transcripts
  • Photocopies are not accepted.
  • If your previous institution was outside the United States, you will be required to have a course-by-course evaluation of your credits by any credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). View a list of members.

Scholarship eligibility

 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.

View Scholarships and Financial Aid

International Baccalaureate (IB) Course Equivalency

AP Credits

Application Review

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:
Rider University
Office of Undergraduate Admission
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ, USA 08648-3099


Personal Statement Essay Questions
Now 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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.