Requirements & Deadlines For First-Year Students

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First-year students applying to Rider should follow the application steps and deadlines below.

Steps to Apply


    • The $50 application fee is non-refundable and may be paid online via credit card or by check.
    • Students attending an on campus visit will receive a fee waiver. We also accept the NACAC or College Board Fee Waivers as well as Fee Waiver requests made by your school counselor.
    Submit official transcripts from your high school and for any college work you may have completed while you were in high school.
    • If you earned a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), request that an official copy of your diploma and test scores be sent to Rider University’s Office of Admissions. 
    • If during your high school career you were enrolled in an educational setting outside of the US, you will need to submit an official copy of the transcript from that school to be evaluated. This is even if the grades were already added to your US high school transcript.
    • International students should follow the special instructions for high school transcripts.
    This letter should come from a school counselor or an individual who can describe your academic potential and personal characteristics.

    *Applicants to the Westminster College of the Arts must submit at least one recommendation from a teacher, instructor or coach in an arts-related field.
    Superscoring: Rider will use only your best scores from each section; for the SAT & ACT, this may be components from different testing dates.

    Have you already been accepted through our "Test Optional" program? If so, we strongly recommend that you send us your test scores. Your scores may be used for course placement, but will not affect your admission or scholarship.

    Rider does not require the optional essay/writing sections on the SAT or ACT.

    If you are not applying as a "Test Optional" applicant, submit scores for all tests taken:  
    • SAT I (Code 2758)
    • ACT (Code 2590)

    Now is your chance to express yourself – let us get to know the real you – we know you're more than a series of facts and figures! Choose one of the Common Application essay topics or write an essay on one of the topics below. 

    In at least 250 words, please answer one of the following questions:
    • Jump into the future, ten years from your Rider graduation. You have been selected to receive a local community award and will need to submit a biographical sketch. Highlight your personal and professional accomplishments since graduation. 
    • Describe a person or event that has influenced your life in a significant way and how you have grown as a result of this experience.
    • Create and answer your own college essay question. We are interested in your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself clearly. Let us know why you feel this question should be included in the application.
    • Westminster Choir College applicants should submit a 150-word essay on “My Most Memorable Music Experience” or “Why I want to be a music educator” for Music Education applicants.

    Westminster College of the Arts and Westminster Choir College require an audition/interview as part of the application process for many of its majors. Program specific information and dates of campus auditions, scholarship competitions and regional auditions can be found in the auditions section. Students applying through Early Action for majors requiring an audition should plan to audition in December. Early Action is not available to Musical Theatre applicants.

    You can follow the status of your application and receipt of required credentials on your "Be-A-Bronc Applicant Dashboard".  After we receive your application, we will send you a link and your login credentials.

Application Deadlines

Rider practices rolling admissions. Once your application is complete, you will be notified of your decision. Applications completed after the stated deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis.

Fall 2021 Semester - September Start Deadline
Early Action (Non-Binding) November 15
Trustee Scholarship Application Deadline November 15
Musical Theatre Application Deadline (BFA & BA) November 15
Priority Deadline for Scholarship Consideration January 15
FAFSA Priority Deadline February 1
Candidate's Reply Date May 1

*To be considered for the maximum amount of scholarships for which you are eligible, your application must be complete, including all required credentials. If you are applying to a major that requires an audition, auditions scheduled for an audition day after January 15 will not disqualify you from maximum scholarship consideration.

View Scholarships and Financial Aid for First-Year Students

Application Review

Rider University welcomes students with a variety of academic backgrounds. When reviewing an application for admission, the Undergraduate Admission Office takes a holistic approach by assessing your academic performance, letters of recommendation, and your admission essay, as well as your activities, talents and leadership. We encourage you to complete your application thoroughly and thoughtfully. Once the committee has reviewed the entirety of the student's academic experience, an admission decision will be made.

Admissions Mailing Address

Mail all application materials to:
Rider University
Office of Undergraduate Admission
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ, USA 08648-3099