Business Living & Learning Community

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At Rider, students have many living options—one of the most engaging being the Norm Brodsky College of Business' Living & Learning Community (Business LLC). The Business Living & Learning Community students live together in the same dormitory (Ziegler Hall) and attend several of their Freshman level courses together. The program is designed to not only ease the transition to “college life,” but also help build connections among students, faculty, and staff within the Rider community.

Business LLC Cohorts

For the purpose of course planning and advising, the Business Learning Community is comprised of three cohorts:

  • Freshman Business Administration majors
  • Freshman Marketing majors
  • Freshman Honors students

Business in Action

A unique aspect of the Business LLC is the Business in Action program. Initiated in 2016, the Business in Action program directly connects classroom learning with real-world application. During their “Introduction to Business” course Fall semester, students are formed into teams within their cohort. During the course, students are taught how to develop a business plan and are given funds to execute their plan throughout the semester. Made possible thanks to the generous sponsorships of Rider alumni and friends, students work toward generating a profit by implementing the plan they designed in class. The profits are then donated to a charity of the students’ choice.

Hear from the Experts

In addition to the Business in Action program, students in the Business LLC also have the unique opportunity to participate in a guest speaker series throughout their first semester. Many of the speakers either own their own company or hold senior roles within their organizations. Previous speakers include Gregory Olsen, an entrepreneur and venture capitalist who was the third private citizen to travel to the International Space Station; T.J. Coakley, who spent almost 30 years in the healthcare industry; and David Fortunati who serves as the Director of Acquisition & Development Operations for Johnson & Johnson.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m a commuter, does that mean I can’t join the community?
No! Commuters have taken full advantage of the program in the past. In fact, the Business LLC helped those commuters meet people they might not have met if not for the program.

Is there an additional cost for the program?
Absolutely not. Living within the Business LLC is a part of the standard room and board fees. To learn more about housing rates, visit the Housing & Dining Rates website.

Does this mean I only have classes with the same people?
No, it does not. While each cohort typically takes 2-3 classes together, the Norm Brodsky College of Business makes a point to place students in a variety of classes for their remaining coursework.

What building would I live in?
Students who choose to live with the Business LLC live in Ziegler Hall. Ziegler is connected to and shares their lounges with Moore Hall; one of the newest dorms on campus. Moore has three separate lounges: an activities lounge (ping-pong, billiards, etc.), a theater lounge (TVs for sporting events, etc.), and a separate quiet study lounge.

What are the benefits of the program?
Learning communities are great ways to help ease the transition from high school to college. They encourage students to develop relationships with faculty, students, and corporate mentors. In addition, the Business LLC allows students to practice what they are learning in the classroom and apply it in real life.

Headshot of Ira Sprotzer
Associate Professor and Chairperson
Sweigart Hall 239

Ira Sprotzer, M.B.A., JD, has taught business law, business ethics and corporate responsibility at Rider University for 35 years. His professional experience includes the practice of business law and real estate law, as well as trust and estate planning. His research interests are in constitutional law as it relates to business and business ethics and he has published articles in a variety of business journals.