School Colors: Cranberry and White
Mascot: The Bronc
Motto: In Omnia Paratus (Latin)
In all things prepared (English)
founded as Trenton Business College; Merged with Westminster Choir College in 1992
Merged with Westminster Choir College
Granted University status
90+ undergraduate majors and minors and 40+ graduate degrees and certificate programs in business administration, education, liberal arts, sciences, music, fine and performing arts, counseling, human services and leadership.
Our 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio means, in addition to small classes and individual feedback, you might find yourself researching with your professors in the field, presenting side-by-side with them at national conferences or co-creating a documentary that gets you into the Cannes International Film Festival (true story!).
Student to faculty ratio
of full-time faculty hold a doctorate or the highest degree in their field
Rider University ranks on U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges list and the Wall Street Journal's Top U.S. College list. Rider is also recognized as a Best College by Colleges of Distinction.
Best Value - Regional Universities North (U.S. News & World Report, 2024)
Regional Universities North (U.S. News & World Report, 2024)
Best Colleges for Veterans - Regional Universities North (U.S. News & World Report, 2024)
Princeton Review ranks Rider as "A Best 388 College" nationally
Student Body Diversity
Fall 2022 undergraduates self-identified as:
- American Indian/Alaskan Native: < 1%
- Asian: 6%
- Black/African American: 16%
- Caucasian: 52%
- Hispanic: 21%
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: < 1%
- Multi-ethnic: 4%
From Cranberry Fest to History Club, dodgeball games to literary magazines, our campus is an epicenter of year-round activities, deep-seated traditions, and diverse clubs and organizations that make Rider a wonderful place to call home.
U.S. states and territories represented
of the Class of 2026 are first-generation college students
students of color
Baccalaureate Honors, Business Honors and Departmental Honors programs.
Member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I teams
Active club and intramural sports programs
Rider University is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), www.msche.org. Rider University's accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The Commission's most recent action on the institution's accreditation status on June 21, 2018 was to reaffirm accreditation.
MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Location and Campus Facilities
- Our campus in Lawrenceville, N.J. is within easy driving distance of both Philadelphia and New York City.
- Forty-three buildings, athletic fields, tennis courts, indoor swimming pool and lake on Rider’s 280-acre campus.
- Over 20 residence halls equipped with voice, video and data service.
- Moore Library is home to more than 451,000 print volumes, 661,000 microforms, access to more than 51,000 periodical titles in a mix of print and electronic formats, and a wide variety of electronic research tools. The library also supports the music curriculum of Westminster Choir College with holdings of scores, choral music titles, sound and visual recordings, special collections and other materials.