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Information for Admitted Students (Pre-Arrival)

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Welcome to Rider University!
We are happy to welcome you to our community! Please read this information carefully as it will help you plan for your arrival at Rider.

Important Dates

2018 Fall Semester 2019 Spring Semester

May 1
Deadline for housing application 

July 15
Deadline for tuition payment

August 1
Deadline for Health forms & Airport pick-up forms

August 28
Airport arrival

August 29 - September 3
New International Student Orientation

September 5
First day of classes

November 1
Deadline for housing application

December 15
Deadline for tuition payment

December 15
Deadline for Health forms & Airport pick-up forms

January 23
Airport arrival

January 24 - 26
New International Student Orientation

January 28
First day of classes

International Student Orientation

Each new term, prior to move-in days, the Center for International Education hosts an orientation for international students. Participants are welcomed to campus, assisted in practical tasks such as purchasing items for your residence hall and opening bank accounts. They are also introduced to other international students, as well as Rider staff members and administrators. Social events, outings, and other activities are also organized during orientation.

In order to attend the International Student Orientation, the earliest you may arrive on campus and move into your room is check-in day. See Important Dates above to know when you can check-in. Important: If you intend to arrive at Rider earlier than the scheduled check-in day, you will need to seek alternate accommodations as you will not be able to move into your room on campus. Please refer to the hotel listings.

All international students are required to attend the International Student Orientation.
If you think you will not be able to attend it due to problems booking a flight or other personal reasons, please contact the Center for International Education at [email protected] to let us know.

Fall Orientation 2018 Schedule

Lawrenceville Campus

Tuesday, August 28
12 p.m. & 7 p.m. - Airport Pick up
9 a.m. – 9 p.m. – New Student check in BLC, MCC
5 to 6:30 p.m. – Pizza Party: Commuter Lounge

Wednesday, August 29
9 a.m. – WELCOME BREAKFAST, ID’s, cell phone and bank cards: BLC, NJM Community Room and Multicultural Center
11 a.m. – Campus Tour
12 p.m. – LUNCH: Daly’s Dining Hall
1 p.m. – Maintaining Status: SCI 102
2 p.m. – American Culture: SCI 102
2:30 p.m. – Student Success Center: SCI 102
3 p.m. – Health Services Overview: SCI 102
3:30 – 4 p.m. – Safety & Security overview: SCI 102
5 p.m. – DINNER: Daly’s Dining Hall
6 p.m. – Shuttles to Wal-Mart: Take this time to buy your dorm room essentials
8:30 p.m. – Shuttles return from Wal-Mart

Thursday, August 30
9:30 a.m. – Trip to New York City & Statue of Liberty
Freedom Tower, Times Square and Hard Rock Cafe
*note: lunch is on own at Statue of Liberty

Friday, August 31
9 a.m. – BREAKFAST in Daly’s Dining Hall
10 a.m. – Prevention Education, Susan Stahley: SCI 201
10:30 a.m. – Overview of OIT: SCI 201
11 a.m. Campus Life: SCI 201
12 – 1:30 p.m. – WELCOME LUNCHEON: NJM Community Room
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. – Meet with Academic Deans
2:30 p.m. – Learn about RISA: SCI 201
3 p.m. – Meet your mentor: SCI 201
3:30 p.m. – Mentor Activity: Rider Pub and Fire Pit

Saturday, September 1
All Day: Campus activities for all new students
(separate schedule to follow)

Sunday, September 2
All Day: Campus activities for all new students
(separate schedule to follow)

Monday, September 3
All Day: Campus activities for all new students
(separate schedule to follow)

Tuesday, September 4
All Day: Campus activities for all new students
(separate schedule to follow)
1 – 2 p.m. – FRESHMAN ONLY: Class discussion: Fine Arts 305

Wednesday, September 5
First day of classes
Fall opening

Legend

BLC - The Bart Luedeke Center (Student Center)

MCC - Multicultural Conference Room

SCI - Science & Technology Center