New Student Orientation

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Welcome to Rider University! We can’t wait to meet you!

Summer Orientation is designed to provide you with information about Rider and its services, allow you to meet with an academic advisor and obtain your course schedule, introduce you to key staff members on campus, and give you the opportunity to meet your new classmates. This experience will provide you with a solid foundation to your college career, and therefore all new students are required to attend. We also encourage family members (limit two) to attend Summer Orientation with you as there will be concurrent programming geared toward the families of new students.

Register here for First Time Freshman Orientation

Once you have received your Orientation assignment in the mail, you can RSVP here. Letters are sent out to deposited students daily beginning April 16.  If you cannot attend on your assigned date, we are happy to adjust your assignment to fit your needs. Just call our office at 609-896-5373 or email [email protected]

First Time Freshman Orientation Sessions

  • June 27-28, 2018
  • July 8-9, 2018
  • July 11-12, 2018
  • July 15-16, 2018
  • July 18-19, 2018

Register here for Transfer Orientation

As a transfer student, you already know a great deal about being a college student – come join us on Tuesday, July 24 or Tuesday, August 28 to learn how to be a Bronc! Although some of the services and programs we offer here at Rider may be similar to your previous school, we have implemented many services specifically for Rider students.  We want you to have a smooth transition and Orientation will help to ensure you have all the information you need to succeed this fall.

Transfer Orientation Sessions

  • July 24, 2018
  • August 28, 2018

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. Please click "Local Hotel Accommodations" on the left of the page for information on hotels that will provide Rider families a discounted rate.

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