First-Year College Students

If you are a first-year college student who will be attending a college or university for the first time, you've come to the right place. To apply to Westminster as a first-time student you must follow the steps and requirements below.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete the application for admission online or fill out a paper application.

  2. Submit a $50 non-refundable application fee. If you are applying online, you may pay via credit card. All checks should be made out to Rider University and should include the student’s name and phone number.

  3. Submit an official copy of your high school transcript.

    Note:
    If you are an international student you have special instructions for high school transcripts.

    If you earned a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), please have an official copy of your diploma and test scores sent to Rider University: Office of Admission.

  4. One letter of recommendation. This letter should come from an instructor, director or teacher who knows you musically.

    Download General Recomm. Form (.pdf)
    Download Counselor Recomm. Form (pdf)

  5. Submit the official results directly to Rider for either the SAT I (Code 2758) or ACT (Code 2590). ACT results must include the writing section.

  6. Choose one of the Common Application essay topics or write an essay on one of the following topics:  "My Most Memorable Music Experience" or "Why I want to be a music educator" for Music Education applicants.

  7. All undergraduate applicants to Westminster Choir College must complete an admission audition and/or interview.  Audition requirements and dates can be found at www.rider.edu/wcc/ugauditions

    NOTE: Students submitting a recorded audition must follow the same requirements for the on-campus auditions. Performance majors must submit a video recording.  Applicants will be asked to upload the recorded audition directly through a secure server on Westminster’s web site. This service will be available by mid-October.

Entrance Requirements

An admission candidate must successfully complete 16 academic units in high school, including:

  • 4 years of English
  • 3 years minimum of Mathematics, including Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry
  • Remaining credits are acceptable in any of the following areas: Humanities, Foreign Languages, mathematics, Social Sciences and the Sciences

Application Deadlines

Application Category Application Deadline Decision Notification Candidate's Reply Date
Early Action*
Non-binding
Nov. 15 Dec. 15 May 1
Scholarship Deadline Jan. 15 Apr. 15 May 1

*If required, students must audition an EA audition date.

Admissions Mailing Address
Rider University
Office of Undergraduate Admission 
2083 Lawrenceville Road 
Lawrenceville, NJ, USA 08648-3099