#4 Best Private Colleges in New Jersey

Rider University

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

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Rider University overview
Location Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Online rider.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Rider University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Rider University, located in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, offers a suburban campus environment situated on 280 acres within close proximity to both New York City and Philadelphia. Established in 1865, Rider currently serves as a private university known for its range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with a particular emphasis on business, education, and the liberal arts. Housing is available for students with several residence halls and apartment-style living options. The institution maintains a moderately selective admissions process. One of Rider's distinguished features is its Westminster College of the Arts, which includes the renowned Westminster Choir College. While Rider University competes in NCAA Division I athletics as the Broncs, it does not specifically stand out for an exceptional athletic program across the intercollegiate sports spectrum.

In the most recent statistical year 9,340 prospective students applied, and 7,858 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 779 enrolled in the school.  3,275 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 779 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $36,000 plus fees of $1,200. Rider University is ranked 263 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Rider University is rated within the top 34% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Rider University overview
SAT 1100/1300
ACT 21/29
GPA 3.41

Applications Accepted

Rider University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Rider University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$1,200
Room and Board $16,130
Budget for Other Expenses$2,000
Total One Year Cost$56,830

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$53,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

63% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Rider University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 34%
Education 15%
English and Literature 13%
Psychology 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%

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