8 Reasons to Transfer to Rider

Competitive Academic Programs

Excellence in education comes from being driven by knowledge and focused on understanding. The Princeton Review ranks Rider University among the top 366 of all colleges nationwide, and U.S. News and World Report puts us in the top tier of northern universities. In music circles, Rider’s Westminster Choir College is considered one of the best of its kind in the world. Choose from more than 60 undergraduate programs and 23 graduate programs—everything from Marine Sciences and Accounting to Advertising and Global Studies. Our rigorous, hands-on learning prepares you to think critically and communicate clearly to become a socially responsible leader.

Paid Internship and Co-Op Opportunities

In omnia paratus. It’s Rider’s Latin motto and means “in all things prepared.” Our goal is to prepare you—for a life of success and a life of significance.

Co-ops and internships give students the chance to put their learning to use. As theoretical knowledge and practical experience reinforce each other, students begin to understand their field in a new way—and it's this synthesis that makes the student ready to join the workforce. Co-ops and internships give students educationally-related work and learning experience that integrates theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development on the job, and contributes to the development of personal and professional maturity and ethics.

Guaranteed Transfer Scholarships

All applicants are considered for academic scholarships, without the hassle of completing any supplemental materials. Students with a minimum GPA of 2.50 are automatically awarded scholarship based on eligibility.

Merit Based Scholarships, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships, and Community College Scholarships are available. Scholarships range from $5,000 to $15,500 per year.

Free Credit Evaluations

Rider University would like to offer you an unofficial credit evaluation before you even apply! Simply submit copies of unofficial transcripts from every college or university you’ve attended, your intended major at Rider, and your name, address, phone number, and email address.

Large Transfer Community

In Fall 2013, Rider enrolled more than 200 new transfer students. Our large transfer community is a direct result of our formal partnerships with a select number of community colleges:

  • Brookdale Community College
  • Bucks County Community College
  • Burlington County College
  • Mercer County Community College
  • Middlesex County College
  • Raritan Valley Community College

We also maintain close ties with all of the community colleges throughout NJ and the Philadelphia area.

Student Centered Environment

Students say they can feel our commitment to students from the moment they step on campus for a visit. Every individual contributes to making Rider a supportive and welcoming place of learning, living, and leading.

Dynamic Faculty

We're not talking giant lecture halls and a droning voice in the distance. We're talking engaged, connected learning, the open exchange of ideas and real-world experience with professors who are passionate about what they do. Our professors not only care about your academic achievement, they also care about your personal growth and life achievement. Sure, they'll know your name—but more importantly, they’ll know you.

More than 95 percent of Rider's faculty members hold a Ph.D. or the highest credential in their field. Twelve are Fulbright Scholars. Rider's faculty brings real-world experience to the classroom that elevates what you learn from mere theory to "real-world" knowledge. They understand what a graduate needs to be successful whether it's on the job, preparing for admission to graduate or professional school, or building long-lasting relationships.

Strong Study Abroad Program

Rider University is guided by a commitment to prepare its students as global citizens and socially responsible leaders in an increasingly interdependent, diverse and complex world. Rider’s Center for International Education provides all students with the opportunity to participate in an international experience. Students may choose to go abroad for a year, semester, or summer, and they can participate in short-term faculty-led travel projects abroad. Education abroad experiences include study, service-learning and internships available through University exchanges, affiliate programs or direct enrollment programs. Courses taken abroad can be articulated with students' major and minor program requirements and can be used to satisfy general education and elective requirements.