Honors Programs

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Enhance your college experience through richer, deeper learning.  

As an Honors student at Rider, you’ll delve into issues, consider topics from different perspectives, think with independence and imagination, and form lasting bonds with your classmates.

Rider’s honors programs bring together intellectually curious students and accomplished faculty to look at teaching and learning in new ways. This approach encourages open dialogue and close interaction, challenging you to think differently and expand your point of view.

Two Paths to Success

Baccalaureate Honors ProgramBaccalaureate Honors

Open by invitation to qualified students of all majors on Rider's Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses.  The Baccalaureate Honors program offers opportunities to explore subjects in-depth through team-taught courses led by faculty from different disciplines.

Business Honors 

Open by invitation to Business majors, the program enables qualified students to take business-honors classes together as a cohort. 

The Business Honors program emphasizes intellectual challenges, leadership skills, and and team-building.

Simultaneous completion of Baccalaureate Honors is possible for students who elect to complete both programs.

Why Honors at Rider?

Honors Benefits

Personal attention, with small classes of 15–18 students

First choice at classes through priority registration privileges

The option of living with your peers in Honors housing during your freshman year

Invitations to special events, including:

  • panel discussions, concerts, plays, lectures and exhibits
  • field trips that will broaden your learning experience.
  • Comprehensive advising and guidance from your faculty adviser and the Honors Program director
  • Special recognition as an Honors Scholar at graduation

Research Opportunities

Want to explore ideas and expand your knowledge through independent projects and research? You have the option of working side-by-side with faculty on challenging research, or developing your own research project or scholarly activity with faculty guidance.

Faculty Who Learn With You 

Honor students work closely with specially selected faculty members who consider it a privilege to teach — and learn — with you in the Honors program. 

You’ll study with some of our most distinguished faculty — including Fulbright Scholars, nationally recognized scientists, artists and authors, teaching award recipients, and business and community leaders.

Honors Eligibility Criteria

Your invitation to participate in Rider’s Baccalaureate Honors and Business Honors programs is based on your academic record and SAT/ACT scores. The following are the minimum criteria for consideration:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.5
  • SAT or ACT score are required for honors consideration. A combined score of 1300 on the SAT (with a score of at least 640 in Evidence-based Reading and Writing and a score of at least 620 in Math); or an ACT composite of 27

For more information

Baccalaureate Honors Program
Lawrenceville Campus
Dr. Bryan Spiegelberg
[email protected]

Westminster Choir College
Dr. Christian Carey
609-921-7100 x8115
[email protected]

Business Honors Program
Dr. Ira Bruce Sprotzer, Director
[email protected]