Orientation for ELI Students

Each new term, prior to move-in days, the English Language Institute and the Center for International Education host an orientation for all international students. Participants are welcomed to campus, assisted in practical tasks such as purchasing items for your residence hall and opening bank accounts. They are also introduced to other international students, as well as Rider staff members and administrators. Social events, outings, and other activities are also organized during orientation. 

In order to attend the International Student Orientation, the earliest you may arrive on campus and move into your room is check-in day. Important: If you intend to arrive at Rider earlier than the scheduled check-in day, you will need to seek alternate accommodations as you will not be able to move into your room on campus. Please refer to the hotel listings.

Check in and Orientation Dates:

Check In DateOrientation Date
Spring IJanuary 22, 2014January 23, 24, 2014
Spring II
March 18, 2014
March 19, 20, 2014
Summer IMay 13, 2014May 14-15, 2014
Summer II
July 1, 2014July 2-3, 2014
Fall I
August 27, 2014August 28, 29, & September 2, 2014
Fall II
October 22, 2014
October 23, 24, 2014

 Arrival Information
If you are arriving at Newark or JFK airports and living on campus, you can send us your request for airport pick up by completing the Airport Pick-Up Request Form. There is USD 65 fee for this service. After completing the form you will receive an email confirmation with important information. If you do not receive an email within 24 hours, please contact us at eli@rider.edu.  We can only guarantee your airport pick up if you submit the Airport Pick Up form. 

If you decide not to request airport pick up you will have to make your own travel arrangements to get to the campus.

Students are expected to arrive on campus a few days prior to the beginning of the semester. Please check the orientation schedule to know when to arrive.

Arriving at the Airport
To ensure a smooth transition in the United States please be aware you will need to have certain documents ready in order to enter the US.  Have available and in hand the following documents for the immigration official at the airport:

  • Your passport & visa
  • Form I-20 or DS-2019
  • I-901 SEVIS Fee receipt
  • Rider University Acceptance letter
  • Contact information of the Designated School Officer, Sara Young-Singh (see below)
  • Financial documents as required

Do not bring large amounts of money or checks drawn on a foreign bank. We recommend that you bring traveler’s checks in American dollars for your personal funds and about USD 200 in cash for items such as food, transportation, tips, and telephone calls.  Additionally, we recommend bringing a major credit card (VISA or MasterCard) with you.

During the International Student Orientation there will be time to open a bank account with PNC bank.  There are PNC machines on both campuses and there are PNC branches within walking distance to both campuses.

One of Rider’s Designated School Officers is the Associate Director of the English Language Institute, Ms. Mary Amato . Bring her contact information with you:

Mary Amato, Associate Director, English Language Institute
Phone: 609-896-7741
Address: Rider University, 2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648

General Travel Assistance
Students seeking public transportation to Princeton or Lawrence Townships, from New York, Newark or Philadelphia area airports should ask to be directed to the Airport Ground Transportation counter near the baggage claim area. Students requiring additional travel assistance may ask to be directed to an airport customer service representative at any of the three airports.

Airporter Shuttle Service
The Olympic Airporter maintains a daily shuttle service (shared ride) between Newark and JFK airports and downtown Princeton. Reservations are necessary and should be made in advance or at the Airport Ground Transportation counter at either Newark or JFK airports. For more information on rates, pick-up times, and reservation scheduling, please consult the Olympic Airporter Web site at www.olympic-limo.com or call (800) 385-4000.

Trains from Newark Airport
Students can travel to both campuses via the New Jersey Transit Northeast Corridor Line. You can access information at www.njtransit.com or call (973) 275-5555. To access the Lawrenceville campus, purchase a train ticket to the Hamilton Station. The access the Westminster campus, purchase a train ticket to Princeton; you will need to change trains at the Princeton Junction station and take the “Dinky” to Princeton. You can easily get to the train station from the airport by taking The Air Train shuttle.

Once you arrive at the train station in Hamilton or Princeton Junction train stations, you may want to take a taxi to your final campus destination, especially if you have a lot of luggage. Taxis are usually available at the train stations but students can also use a pay phone to call A-1 AAA Princeton Taxi (800) 481-8294 or (609) 921-1177 or the Princeton Taxi Stand (609) 924-1222 to get to Westminster. Verify the fare and pickup locations with the taxi dispatcher when you call; there are two sides to the tracks (eastbound and westbound), each with separate taxi stations.

Shuttle from the Philadelphia International Airport to Rider University
There is a new shuttle service between Philadelphia International Airport and Rider University called Rapid Rover which will pick you up at Philadelphia Airport and bring you directly to Rider University. For complete information, please call (856) 428-1500.

Security and Emergencies
While traveling, students should keep money, passports, travel and visa documents, jewelry, and other valuables on their person at all times. Students are advised not to leave luggage unattended or leave items of value and importance in their luggage, locked automobiles, or in airport or train station storage lockers. Travelers are advised to monitor their belongings at all times. Do not accept packages or offer to watch unattended luggage at an airport for people unfamiliar to you.

Travelers with serious emergencies should seek airport security or the nearest Travelers Aid Society representative during business hours. Visit The Travelers Aid Society website at www.travelersaid.org.

Immunizations & Health Forms
It is mandatory that all health forms be filled out by your physician prior to your arrival at Rider. Download the Student Health Record Form and download the Meningitis Vaccine Reporting Form.

After the Student Health Record form and the Meningitis Vaccine Reporting Form are completed by your physician, email them to the Center for International Education office at cie@rider.edu. Submission of these forms is a pre-requisite to registration for classes.

If you are unable to receive the required vaccines in your home country, you can receive them at our Student Health Services office. There will be a fee is associated for each vaccine you take. Nurses and nurse practitioners are available to help meet your medical needs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday on the Lawrenceville campus.

Safety and Security
At Rider, the safety and security of our students is always a top concern. Our Office of Public Safety provides 365 days, 24-hour campus patrol, student escort services, life and safety checks, emergency medical services, crime and prevention programs and building security.

Rider has adopted a new emergency notification system: www.rider.edu/rideralert. More information will be provided during your orientation.