Rider University is temporarily suspending its two-year residency requirement for the full 2021-22 academic year. While students still may choose to live on campus, it will not be required for first-year and sophomore students this year.
Rider normally requires all freshmen and sophomores to live on campus because of its demonstrated value in contributing toward student persistence and timely graduation. Becoming an active and involved member of the campus community has proven instrumental in allowing students to take full advantage of the Rider experience and the University's signature Engaged Learning program.
While these and other benefits remain, we are committed to providing our students with as much flexibility as possible in the context of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic so that they and their families can make the best decisions for themselves. We aim to continue providing the highest level of academic instruction and overall student experience while also protecting the health and safety of our campus community.
As a reminder, students who are living within 30 miles of campus with their parents or family members are already exempt from the residency requirement, so this temporary suspension does not change anything for them affect them.
Students entering Rider University as a freshman during fall 2021 should note that we plan to reinstate the requirement fall 2022, and those who are not otherwise exempt would be required to live on campus their sophomore year.
Undergraduate Two-Year Residency Requirement
Rider University has a two-year residency requirement which supports our deep commitment to the academic success, professional preparation and personal development of all our students. Our distinctive focus on engaged learning is designed to have an impact on everything you do as a Rider student, both in and out of the classroom. That includes contributing your time and energy to become an active and involved member of our campus community.
Rider students who live on campus have a higher degree of campus involvement in student organizations and campus activities. National studies indicate that these factors contribute to student persistence and timely graduation. Additional benefits to living on campus include the ability to meet people and live in a community, readily access faculty and campus resources, focus fully on your learning without barriers of commuting long distances, and added opportunities to take advantage of the full Rider experience. Living on campus supports the vision for the engaged learning experience at Rider, both in and out of the classroom.
Students who are living within 30 miles from campus with their parent(s)/legal guardians are exempt from the residency requirement, but are strongly encouraged to live on campus for the reasons described above. Browse the list of zip codes within the 30-mile radius. Other students also may be exempt for select other reasons outlined in our Residency Requirement Exemption criteria below.
Rider University Residency Exemption Policy
The following will be considered as possible reasons for exemption from the Rider University residency requirement that all full-time undergraduates live on campus during their freshman and sophomore years. Appropriate documentation may be required for consideration.
- Demonstration of a financial hardship that would otherwise prevent the student from attending. Determination for financial hardship exemptions will be made based upon a submitted FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
- The student has been out of high school for three or more years.
- The student has served in the military as verified by a discharge certificate.
- The student is married or part of a legal domestic partnership.
- The credits the student is enrolled in are at least 50% online.
- The student demonstrates a documented medical or psychological condition that clearly shows living in on-campus student housing would have a detrimental effect on the student's physical health and/or emotional well-being.
- Demonstrated caregiving role for a child or family member.
- Additional exceptions may be made at the discretion of Residence Life based on extenuating circumstances.
Students wishing to apply for an exemption should complete the exemption application.
If you have any questions about the new policy, you can contact the Office of Residence Life at [email protected] or 609-896-5057.