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New Student Orientation

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Welcome to Rider University!

Summer 2020 Orientation Sessions

We are excited for you to join the Bronc family and orientation is the next step in your journey. Orientation is an opportunity for new students and their family members to connect with faculty and administrators, learn about campus resources and meet other new students.

In these uncertain times, we continue to keep you, your family and the greater Rider community at the heart of every decision we make. To safeguard our campus community from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Rider is moving new student orientation online for all students entering in the summer and fall 2020 semesters. 

Prior to online orientation, you will be invited to participate in Zoom hangouts with our orientation leaders. This will give you an opportunity to get to know upperclassmen who will serve as mentors as you transition to Rider, and many of your new classmates and friends. 

New students will complete online orientation in the Canvas learning management platform beginning July 1. In addition to presentations and videos, you will have access to live Q&A sessions with various campus departments, as well as Zoom meetings with orientation leaders and upperclassmen representing a variety of Rider clubs and organizations. The dean’s office of the college to which you were admitted will be reaching out to you over the summer to review your fall schedule.

Your family will be sent instructions on how to access the online orientation website which will contain presentations, videos, live Q&A sessions and opportunities to connect with a variety of Rider departments.


Access the Foreign Language Placement Test

Access the Shared Read Student Essay (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Orientation Resources for Families