Rider is Test-Optional
SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission and most scholarships at Rider.
The strongest predictor of freshman success at Rider is the student's performance in college-preparatory, academic coursework. It's our belief that no one test should be a defining factor in your admission to Rider or your scholarship award - rather, standardized tests simply offer a snapshot of your talents as a student.
Therefore, we've joined hundreds of other respected colleges and universities nationwide in adopting this test-optional policy.
Get started on your application to Rider University.
Frequently Asked Questions
All first year applicants are eligible to apply test-optional.
When you complete either the Rider application or the Common Application, you will be asked if you are applying test optional.
- If you select "Yes", we will review your application for admission and scholarship awards based on your high school transcript, essay, recommendation, and other supporting documents without consideration of your standardized test scores.
- Please look for the prompt, "I would like to apply test optional. I will NOT submit test scores."
- Students accepted through test-optional admission, the Office of Admission strongly recommends that you send us your test scores. Your scores may be used for course placement, but will not affect your admission or scholarship.
- Rider will continue to review SAT or ACT scores from students who believe that their scores are a good measure of their academic ability. Simply answer "No" to the test-optional question on the application, and we will wait for your test scores before making a decision.
Whether you apply test optional or not, Rider makes admission and scholarship decisions based on a comprehensive review of all credentials submitted in support of the application, with the greatest emphasis placed upon the high school academic record.
Yes. All first-year applicants are considered for scholarships, regardless of test scores. Deciding to apply test optional will not hurt you in the scholarship consideration process. However, if you do submit test scores, they will be considered as a part of our comprehensive evaluation of your credentials for scholarships.
Our top tier merit-based scholarship, in the amount of $25,000 per year, may be available to students with an academic profile of a 4.0 GPA and 1300+ SAT scores or 28+ ACT scores. Students can only be considered for this scholarship by submitting official test scores.
Division I athletes may apply for test-optional admission but must submit their SAT or ACT scores to the NCAA Clearinghouse to satisfy freshman athletic eligibility requirements.
Students accepted through test-optional admission, the Office of Admission strongly recommends that you send us your test scores. Your scores may be used for course placement, but will not affect your admission or scholarship.