Rider Jumps Eight Places in U.S. News & World Report Rankings for 2014

Rider claimed a spot in the top 20 northern regional universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of American colleges and universities.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Best Colleges - U.S. News & World ReportIn its annual “America’s Best Colleges” issue for 2014, U.S. News & World Report has once again placed Rider University in the top tier of its Regional Universities – North category, at No. 18 – a jump of eight spots over last year’s ranking of 26, and Rider’s highest ranking to date. In addition to the U.S. News & World Report rankings, The Princeton Review has named Rider among its “Best 378 Colleges” in the nation for 2014. Both publications have ranked the University favorably in their respective surveys for more than a decade.

“Once again, we are delighted to see that these national publications have validated what we have always known — that Rider is one of the top-tier Universities in this region,” said Rider President Mordechai Rozanski. “I would like to congratulate our talented and dedicated faculty and staff whose commitment to our students’ success is the main reason behind this national acknowledgment of excellence.

“While these rankings are a popular measure of an institution’s reputation,” Rozanski continued, “ultimately, one of the best ways to evaluate the quality and fit of a university is a personal visit to meet the faculty and students and experience the student-centered character of the learning community. This is where we excel.”

U.S. News & World Report’s Regional Universities category lists institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, but few, if any, doctoral programs. According to the publication, the 621 universities in the Regional Universities category are not ranked nationally, but rather, against their peer group in of four geographic regions – North, South, Midwest and West – because they generally tend to draw students most heavily from surrounding states.

While this is true in the case of Rider, the University’s footprint continues to broaden, with 29 percent of this year’s freshman class coming from out of state. In all, Rider’s Class of 2017 hails from a total of 25 states, including Florida, California, Texas and Virginia, and 19 countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, France and India.

Many students who choose to enroll become leaders in their respective fields of study, garnering acclaim both nationally and beyond. In fact, during the 2012-13 academic year, Rider students have earned the following significant distinctions:

  • Amanda Schott ’13 and Jami Centrella ’13 were selected as New Jersey Distinguished Student Teachers of the Year for 2013 – the fourth consecutive year that Rider graduates have been recognized as such.

  • The Model United Nations Team won Outstanding Delegation and Outstanding Position Paper at the Model United Nations for the fifth year in a row.

  • The Rider News, the University’s weekly student newspaper, won 11 Collegiate Press Awards, including first place in the “General Excellence” category. Six staffers also received one or more first-place nods.

  • Anna Lenti ’13 and Drew Lusher ’14 were selected as national semifinalists in the American Choral Director’s Association Conducting Competition.

  • Alonie Fields-Choice ’13 was accepted into the prestigious Teaching Assistant Program in France, a seven-month assistantship that will have him teaching English to French-speaking students in Dijon.

  • A trio of innovative Rider students swept the 2013 New Jersey Collegiate Entrepreneur of the Year Competition in May.

Rider’s external accreditations by Middle States, AACSB International, NCATE, NASM, ACS, CACREP and NASP also affirm its status as a top-tier University. To learn more about these accreditations, please click here www.rider.edu/academics.

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Freshmen who moved in this month found themselves at one of the top universities in the North region, according to U.S. News.