Transfer Students

If you have taken college credit after graduating high school, you’ve come to the right place. To apply to Rider as a transfer 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 phone number.

  3. Submit an official copy of college transcript(s).  

    Note: Students may be asked to submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores if they have earned less than 24 college credits.

  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 your 150-word essay on “My Most Memorable Music Experience” or “Why I want to be a music educator” for Music Education applicants.

  6. 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/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.
  7. Students currently enrolled in a NASM (National Association of Schools of Music) accredited program must also submit the Westminster Choir College Transfer Release Form (.pdf).

Application Review
Rider University welcomes students with a variety of academic backgrounds. When reviewing an application for admission, the Transfer Admission Office takes a holistic approach by assessing your academic performance, letters of recommendation, and your admission essay. Once the committee is able to grasp a firm understanding of the student’s academic experience, then an admission decision will be made.

Transfer Credit Evaluations
Students may have an unofficial credit evaluation when they submit the official college transcript with the application for admission.  Official transfer credit evaluations will be provided to the student after they have completed all of the admission requirements, been accepted for admission and have sent an official final college transcript(s).

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