Welcome to Rider!
You’ve committed, here are your next steps.
We are thrilled that you will be joining our community! You are about to embark on an incredible journey. Now that you’re enrolled, let this page serve as your guide to finding helpful information to make your path to becoming a Rider Bronc as smooth as possible.
Returning to Normal Operations
Rider University is excited to return to normal campus operations. Beginning this fall, the University intends to resume in-person teaching, residential housing, and on-campus activities and events.
The health and safety of the entire campus community remains our top priority. As our leadership team works to plan our return to normal operations, they will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic, and adhere to state and federal regulations.
For up-to-date information about fall plans and Rider’s response to COVID-19, please visit the Resolved and Ready website.
The myRider portal is a personalized hub that allows Rider students quick access to available campus web services and resources. To access myRider, visit myRider.rider.edu, click Claim Your RIDER KEY and enter the information requested.
In order to claim your account, you will need to enter your Bronc ID, last name, and date of birth. You will then be prompted to set up your password and security questions.
*Find your Bronc ID on your Be-A-Bronc applicant dashboard.
To access your Rider email account, go to gmail.rider.edu.
Enter your Username and Password. Your Username is the same as the one you use to access your myRider portal, followed by @rider.edu, so it is entered as [email protected].
Your password has been set as a default, using your 9-digit Bronc ID and the month and day of your birthday. (Your Bronc ID can be found at the bottom of your acceptance letter.) EX: If your Bronc ID number is 000000001 and your birthday is May 1, your default password is 0000000010501.
Once you gain access, be sure to start checking your Rider email frequently! All future communications from Rider will be sent to your student email account.
*Enrolled transfer students will gain access once deposited and first-year students at the end of May.
Get the details on living at Rider from room selection, facilities and roommate preferences. Learn more about the new student housing process.
Move-in day: If you plan to live on campus, please check your Rider email regularly for updates and related information. Learn more about move-in and what to bring to campus
What to expect during New Student Orientation:
- Virtual educational orientation will take place in June using Canvas, Rider's learning management system. On June 14, you will receive an email, sent to your Rider email address, letting you know that you have been enrolled in the Virtual Orientation Canvas course. Once you accept the course invitation, you will have access to all of the orientation information and modules you must complete as a new student. All new students are expected to complete the required components of Virtual Orientation by June 28.
- A virtual orientation website for family members of new students will provide campus resources and guides to help them better support their college students. The virtual content for families will be supplemented with live, online meetings facilitated by Rider administrators, faculty, and student leaders.
- Finally, mark your calendars for Camp Rider! Students will be invited on campus for an optional, in-person program in alignment with state guidelines for safe gatherings. Students can sign up for a date from June 28 to July 1 and July 12 to July 15 that works best with their schedule.
Most new students are required to take at least one placement test in order to appropriately place you in fall classes. Placement testing will be administered online through Canvas. All placement testing must be completed by June 19 in order to receive your fall schedule in July.
If you are required to take a math placement test, you will be notified via Rider email on June 1.
The Foreign Language Placement Test will be available starting June 1. All College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Education & Human Services and Westminster College of the Arts students are required to take a foreign language as part of their general education curriculum and students in the Norm Brodsky College of Business are strongly encouraged to do so.
All new Westminster Choir College undergraduate students are required to take Music Theory and Piano placement tests during the Westminster Welcome. Also, a choral hearing will need to be completed during the Westminster Program. Information regarding placement tests can be found on the Westminster Undergraduate Placement Test Information page.
For detailed registration and new student placement testing information, please visit rider.edu/orientation
Need assistance navigating financial aid? We’re here to help you every step of the way. If you’ve already applied for financial aid, you can review and accept your award offer in your myRider portal.
For additional questions, you may contact One Stop Services at 609-896-5360 or email at [email protected]
Additional financial aid resources:
Review and Satisfy Your Semester Bill
University statements for all semesters as well as monthly statements will be addressed to students and sent to their Rider email address. Parents and other payers, if applicable, may view student’s e-bills and make payments if they are set up as an authorized user.
Waive/ Enroll Health Insurance
All full-time domestic students are required to have comprehensive health insurance coverage. You must WAIVE or ENROLL in the student health insurance plan each academic year. Please review the pre-entrance health requirements for first-year and transfer students.
For more information on the University's COVID-19 vaccination requirements for students, visit the Resolved and Ready page for Student Health and Wellness.
Rider University is requiring all students enrolled this fall to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This applies to all students who are enrolled or will otherwise be present on campus for any reason. Students and families can find helpful information by visiting New Jersey’s vaccination site, Pennsylvania’s vaccination site or by searching for vaccination information in your home state outside of these locations.
Students should submit proof of vaccination via the Healthy Broncs portal no later than August 1, 2021, or at least two weeks in advance of an early semester arrival.
Information regarding medical and religious exemptions can be found on the Student Health Center website. Exemptions must be submitted via the Healthy Broncs portal no later than June 15, 2021.
In acknowledgement of Rider’s Resolved and Ready plan for the fall semester, and in support of a shared responsibility required for the health and safety of all members of the Rider community, all students are required to sign the COVID-19 Shared Responsibility Pledge and Financial Enrollment Agreement, both of which can be found on the myRider portal.
Acknowledgement of these two agreements is required as a condition of enrollment for the fall semester, and it must be completed even if you have already completed your Financial Agreement to Register (enroll).
The deadline to complete these documents is no later than the day prior to your arrival on campus if you will be a residential student, or the first day of classes, if you are a commuter student or taking online classes only. Every student will have a hold on their student account that will be only removed once these two agreements are signed.
- Log into myRider and select the Student tab.
- Click on COVID-19 Shared Responsibility Pledge and Financial Agreement under the Announcements banner OR under the Register banner. Both will take you to the same page containing the agreements.
- Click “COVID-19 Shared Responsibility and Financial Agreement.” This link will bring up the agreement.
- Review the COVID-19 Shared Responsibility and Financial Agreement to Enroll.
- Once you have read and understand the COVID-19 Shared Responsibility and Financial Agreement to Enroll, click “I agree to the terms & conditions” or “I disagree/Return to Registration page.”
If you select “I agree to the terms & conditions,” you will see a message, “There are no incomplete Agreements at this time.”
If you select “I disagree/Return to Student tab,” you will be redirected to the link for the COVID-19 Shared Responsibility and Financial Agreement and you will be unable to enroll in the fall semester.
If you have any questions, please contact One Stop Services at 609-896-5360 or email [email protected].
If you have received college credit for any courses taken during your high school career (AP, IB, Dual Enrollment), please send your scores or college transcript directly to the University from your testing center or Institution.
Please refer to college credit for high school students to review our policies
Incoming first-year students must submit their final high school transcript and transfer students must submit official college transcripts upon completion of any courses in progress.
Please arrange to have all final official academic transcripts (including any recently completed academic work) forwarded to the Office of Undergraduate Admission by August 3, 2021 for fall 2021 enrollment or as soon as available. Contact the Office of Admissions by phone at 800-257-9026 or email [email protected].
Get social and #RiderReady by connecting with your future friends and classmates, and becoming better acquainted with campus through a series of virtual activities:
- Stay connected while practicing social distancing: Join the Bronc family by registering for one of our virtual events for admitted students.
- Explore campus and our community further: Schedule an in-person or virtual campus tour.
- Are you #RiderReady to Party? Celebrate in style with our party pack!
- Have questions? Stay in contact with our campus community (PDF)