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New Student Orientation

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

In an effort to make your transition to Rider as smooth as possible, we encourage you to register and attend January Orientation scheduled for Friday, January 25th at 8 a.m.

If you will be living on campus and moving in on January 24th, please join us at the New Student Dinner on Thursday, January 24th at 6:00 p.m.

Please contact your Academic Dean as soon as possible prior to Orientation in order to complete your spring course schedule.  If you are unable to do this, you will be able to select courses during orientation, however we highly recommend you complete this prior to January 25th.  The phone numbers for academic deans' offices are:

  • College of Business Administration: 609-896-5152
  • School of Liberal Arts & Sciences: 609-896-5156
  • School of Fine & Performing Arts: 609-896-5168
  • College of Education & Human Services: 609-896-5048

Please register for January Orientation and/or the New Student Dinner

If you have any questions regarding January Orientation or the dinner for resident students, please contact us either by email at [email protected] or by telephone at 609-896-5373.  We will contact you via phone and/or email if there are any changes due to inclement weather.

We look forward to having you on campus soon!

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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.


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