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Fall Opening 2016

Here is a sample of the many events students will participate in during Fall Opening. Commuter students will be emailed a complete schedule and resident students will be given a complete schedule when they check in to their Residence Hall on Sunday, September 4th.

Sunday, September 4th

  • 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. New Student Move In
    Look out for an email from Residence Life informing you of your building’s designated move in time! You’ll meet the Bronc Buddies who will make moving in a breeze!
  • 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. New Student & Family Food Fest
    All new students and their family are invited to join Rider administrators for lunch on the Campus Mall! 107.7 The Bronc will be providing the entertainment.
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. New Student Welcome Ceremony
    President Dell’Omo, Associate Dean of Freshmen Ira Mayo, and other
    Rider administrators formally welcome new students and families to the
    Rider community.

Other Events on Sunday, September 4th Include:

  • New Student Dinner with the President
    5 p.m.​
    Meet Rider University’s President and your Student Government representatives over a delicious dinner on the Campus Mall.
  • Residence Hall Roundup!
    6:30 p.m.​
    You will meet your Resident Adviser and Residence Hall Staff and learn about resources and policies that pertain to living on campus. You will participate in team builders and meet your team captain for competitions that will occur later on in the weekend.
  • PLAYFAIR!
    9 p.m.​
    PLAYFAIR is totally unlike anything else you have ever experienced. It's entertainment! It's fun! It's the perfect way to make new campus friendships!

Monday, September 5th

  • Maximize Your Buzz
    Maximize Your Buzz is the highly sought-after alcohol program that treats students like adults, not third-graders. Through comedy, multimedia, and practical tips and advice, students learn to make values-based choices about alcohol. Widely considered as the "perfect blend" of entertainment and practical message, students will leave having had a great time, as well as, equipped with safe practices for better decision-making.
  • How ‘Bout This Party?
    This is an interactive theater performance by Theater Delta focused on issues surrounding sexual assault and alcohol use. It will cover a number of topics – including consent, the role of alcohol, bystander intervention, how to support a survivor, and victim blaming.
  • Involvement Workshop
    11:30 a.m.
    Meet with a current student leader to discuss ways your involvement in high school can translate to your involvement at Rider. Rider offers over 110 clubs and organizations- this workshop will give a taste of what it is like to participate in them!
  • Grit 'N Wit
    ​4 p.m.​
    Grit ‘N Wit is the area's first obstacle course where brain meets brawn. Other obstacle course series test you physically, but at Grit ‘N Wit that’s only half the challenge. Take on 20+ obstacles over a 1-2 mile course designed to challenge you both physically and mentally. Prove that you really are the total package, grit and wit.
  • Comedian- Leonard Ouzts
    9 p.m.​
    Only 22 years old, Leonard Ouzts is a distinct rising voice in the world of stand up comedy. A native of Virginia, his southern upbringing shaped his down to earth, observational comedic style. Leonard was most recently selected as a NEW FACE at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Aside from performing stand up around the country, he recently has made his television debut on Gotham Comedy Live. Leonard is also the host of the web-series Camedians, directed by Christian Charles.

Tuesday, September 6th

  • Wear your Orientation Team Tee-Shirt!!
  • New Student Convocation & Luncheon
    11:15 a.m.​
    Meet with your academic college then participate in the New Student Convocation ceremony, which commemorates students’ start to their academic career. Following Convocation, join faculty and staff for a luncheon in your honor.
  • RecFest!
    2-5 p.m.​
    Relax and enjoy this carnival-like experience with your new friends. Visit booths and enjoy exhibition games sponsored by Rider’s Club and Intramural sports teams. The fun includes food trucks, rides, a rockwall, and music! Participate in events to be qualified for raffle prizes!
  • 20th Annual New Student Talent Show
    8 p.m.​

Frequently Asked Questions

When and how long are orientation sessions?
All freshmen will attend a two-day program during the summer. Check in on the first day begins at 1:30 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 2:30 p.m. Parents and family members check in at the same time as their students. Day 1 programming for parents and family members ends with a reception at Dean Campbell's house, which starts at 8:15 p.m. Day 2 of orientation begins at 8 a.m. and ends by 1:30 p.m.

What if I need to change my orientation session date?
You are strongly encouraged to attend the session to which you are assigned - this will allow you to complete your course selection with an advisor from your department. If it is necessary for you to change your date, please call the Orientation Office at 609-896-5373.

Staying Overnight
Incoming freshmen are invited to stay overnight in the residence halls during Orientation. We have made special accommodations with local hotels for family members who are attending orientation to stay overnight at a discounted rate.

Are you a Westminster Choir College Student?
Visit the Princeton campus Orientation information section that is specific to Princeton campus students.

Orientation Resources