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Welcome to Rider, we can’t wait to meet you!

Summer Orientation 2019

Orientation is designed to help students transition to college and assist family members in understanding their students’ experience during this exciting time. Orientation will introduce you to the culture, traditions, and expectations of Rider University. Entering an academic community is an important, and sometimes stressful, time in a person’s life – let us help you along the way! Transition Programs is excited to share this experience with you and can’t wait to introduce you to the Rider University community.

Please register for orientation AFTER receiving orientation information in the mail. Orientation information will be sent out beginning the week of April 22nd.

Incoming First Year Student Orientation Registration

Incoming Transfer Student Orientation Registration

First Year Student Orientation Sessions:

  • June 26-27, 2019
  • June 30-July 1, 2019
  • July 10-11, 2019
  • July 14-15, 2019
  • July 17-18, 2019

Transfer Student Sessions:

  • July 23, 2019
  • August 27, 2019

Access the Foreign Language Placement Test


Frequently Asked Questions

When and how long are orientation sessions?
All freshmen will attend a two-day program during the summer. Check in on the first day begins at 1 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 2 p.m. Parents and family members check in at the same time as their students. Day 1 programming for parents and family members ends at 8 p.m. Day 2 of orientation for all attendees begins at 8 a.m. and ends by 3 p.m.

What if I need to change my orientation session date?
If you need to reschedule your Orientation, please call 609-896-5373 or email [email protected].

Staying Overnight
Incoming freshmen are expected to stay overnight in the residence halls during Orientation. Parents and family members coming from a distance are invited to stay at local hotels. 

Are you a Westminster Choir College Student?
Visit the Princeton campus Orientation information section that is specific to Princeton campus students.

I am afraid to take a language in my first semester of college. I don’t know if I can handle college-level language courses.
The placement testing system has been quite accurate in placing students at the appropriate level, so you will not be challenged above your abilities. In fact, students who wait to take a language until later in their college career find that they forget information and have greater difficulty with their courses. Most importantly, Rider professors in the language courses are focused first and foremost on student success. They want you to do well and help you every step of the way. Courses are taught in such a way that students make connections between the language they are studying and the many cultures of the world who use the language in every day conversation, business environments and in literature, music and the arts. Many of our students like the experience so much that they add a minor or double major in the language and see its benefits to their overall career goals. Taking your language course right away will give you the necessary time to continue your study if you choose to, and perhaps to even add a study abroad experience to your studies.


Orientation Resources to Parent & Family Resources