College is a time to look for concrete ways to make a meaningful difference.
Whatever your interests — health, education, poverty, social justice, politics or the environment — a Rider
education prepares you to be an instrument of change.
Classes that do. Many of our classes incorporate opportunities for you to contribute your talents and ideas to community groups and non-profit businesses as part of your studies. You’ll make a difference while earning credit and gaining hands-on experience.
Rewarding student service. Each student in the Rider Community Scholars/Bonner Leaders Program contributes 300 hours of service each year and receives a weekly stipend. Bonners use their passion and talents to address issues of hunger, homelessness, adult literacy and at-risk youths.
Expert voices. Leading authors, politicians, writers, journalists, scientists and commentators regularly appear on campus to meet and talk with Rider students, including presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee, Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz, and Super Size Me documentarian Morgan Spurlock.
Cause-related student clubs. "Making a difference" is the goal of many Rider student organizations. They include environmental groups (Sustainable Rider) and service-oriented clubs (Circle K and Rider SERVES).
Rewarding service learning. Rider awards academic credit for the learning that happens when doing good things. Rider’s service learning trips usually combine cultural immersion and hands-on service with the study of a country’s economy, history and social structure.