Transfer Students - How to Apply

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Still accepting applications for Fall 2019 admission. Scholarships available!

Transfer students applying to Rider should follow the application steps, deadlines, and academic requirements below. For information on scholarships visit the scholarships for transfer students section.

Ready to apply?
Follow these steps to apply:

  2. No Application Fee for Transfer Students!
  3. Submit Your Transcript(s)
    Submit official transcripts from each college/university attended.
    Note: If you have fewer than 30 college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts.
  4. Letter of Recommendation
    Letters of recommendation are not required for any of the programs at Rider University in Lawrenceville, but are welcomed and will be considered if submitted. Applicants to the Westminster Choir College in Princeton must submit at least one recommendation from a teacher, instructor or coach in a music-related field.
  5. Submit the Essay
    Your essay should be a minimum of 150 words and should address your goal in transferring to Rider at this point in your academic career.
  6. Auditions
    Westminster College of the Arts requires an audition as part of the application process.
    Program specific information and dates of campus auditions, scholarship competitions and regional auditions can be found in the auditions section.

Application Deadlines

Entering Semester Scholarship Deadline Deposit Deadline
Spring 2020 Dec. 1 Jan. 8
Fall 2020 April 1* May 1

*To be considered for the Fall 2020 Trustee Scholarship, you must apply by February 1st, 2020.

Scholarship eligibility is determined at the same time we review your complete application. Rider practices rolling admissions; once your application is complete, you will be notified of your decision.

Deposit deadline: Students admitted after April 17 should deposit within two weeks of the date of their letter of admission.

Application Review

Rider University welcomes students with a variety of academic backgrounds. When reviewing an application for admission, the Admission Office takes a holistic approach by assessing your academic performance, your admission essay, recommendation letters, and out-of-classroom experiences. Once the committee has reviewed the entirety of the student's academic experience, an admission decision will be made.

Admissions Mailing Address

Rider University
Office of Undergraduate Admission
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ, USA 08648-3099

NOTE: Students interested in transferring into the College of Continuing Studies should visit the College of Continuing Studies web site for application information specific to them.


Headshot of Jennifer Cook
Senior Assistant Director of Transfer Admission
Ciambelli Hall

Spring 2019 Travel Schedule

Date Time School
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 9:30 A.M. - 2 P.M. Mercer County Community College
Monday, February 4, 2019 9:30 A.M. - 2 P.M. Rowan College at Gloucester County
Wednesday, February 6, 2019