If you will have graduated from an accredited high school or passed the GED examination before your anticipated date of enrollment, you may be considered for admission as a degree-seeking student.

First-year students applying to Rider should follow the application steps, deadlines, and academic requirements below.

Steps to Apply


    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 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.
    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
    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.
    Choose one of the Common Application essay topics or write an essay on one of the topics below.
    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.

Application Deadlines

We still are accepting applications and awarding scholarships for the Fall of 2015, except for Musical Theatre. 

Entering Semester Early Action*(Non-Binding) Musical Theatre Deadline Scholarship Deadline Candidate's Reply Date
Fall 2016 Nov. 15 Jan. 1 Jan. 15 May 1
Spring 2016     Dec. 1 Jan. 9

*The early action option will not be offered to applicants to programs which require an audition and/or interview due to the timing of the audition and interview process.

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 for Freshmen

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 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.

First-year College of Continuing Studies students (Adult learners) should visit the College of Continuing Studies Website for application information specific to them.