International Students

Steps to Apply for International Student Applicants

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
Complete the Application

Apply using Rider's Online App:
Freshmen Students
Transfer Students 
English Language Institute (ELI) 

Apply using the Common Application

Learn more about our Application Deadlines.
Pay the Fee The $50 (U.S. dollars) 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.
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.
Submit Evidence of English Language Proficiency Rider University requires that non-native English speakers 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 is waived for students attending International schools. For freshman students, the SAT I exam will then be required. For more information, e-mail the admissions office.
  • Rider University‚Äôs 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.
Freshman only Official results of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT 1) or ACT exam are required of students attending International schools, and 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.
Submit essay Submit one of the essay topics requested in the application.
Submit letter of recommendation Submit 1 letter of recommendation.
Auditions Required for Westminster College of the Arts applicants only.
Program specific information and dates of campus auditions, scholarship competitions and regional auditions can be found in the auditions section.
Additional items 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.
Costs & Financial Aid For information about costs, please visit Tuition and Fees for Undergraduate Study.

Internationals students may qualify for merit-based scholarships & grants.