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Rider University Admission Requirements

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

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Chances of getting into Rider University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
76%
Admission Difficulty for Rider University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Rider University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Rider University is 76%.  It ranks #13 in New Jersey for lowest rate of acceptance. Rider University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 6,999 out of 9,250 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 53 percent (SAT 1020/1220 ACT 20/26). Rider University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.36. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 12% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Rider University application fee is $50 and applications are due by Mar 15.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Rider University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 92% of students submitted SAT scores and 16% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Rider University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1020-1220
Applicants Submitting SAT 
92%
SAT Scores for Rider University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for Rider University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 620
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1220
Average SAT Score 1120

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Rider University?

Rider University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 920. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1120 out of 1600. Rider University ranks #11 in New Jersey for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 92 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Rider University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1220 and Above Good >86%
1120 to 1220 Avg + 76%-86%
1020 to 1120 Avg - 62%-76%
920 to 1020 Reach 47%-62%
Less than 920 Low <47%
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Rider University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
20-26 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
16%
ACT Scores for Rider University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Rider University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 26
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Rider University?

Admission data indicates that Rider University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 23 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 26 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #11 in New Jersey for highest average ACT composite score. 16 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Rider University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Rider University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
26 and Above Good >86%
23 to 26 Avg + 76%-86%
20 to 23 Avg - 62%-76%
17 to 20 Reach 47%-62%
Less than 17 Low <47%
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Rider University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.36
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Rider University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into Rider University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Rider University was 3.36 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #12 in New Jersey for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.36 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Rider University accepts 76% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Rider University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 13.65% Good
3.75 to 3.99 12.22% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.2% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 16.29% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 17.25% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 19.4% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.99% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

77% of Rider University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Rider University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 17%
Top 25% of class 46%
Top 50% of class 77%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Rider University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,682 3,568 9,250
Accepted 4,318 2,681 6,999
Acceptance Rate 76% 75% 76%
Enrolled 494 341 835
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 11% 13% 12%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
40

Applicants have 40 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Mar 15, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Rider University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Rider University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Rider University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Rider University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=186283 IPEDS survey data for Rider University.

FAQs

Does Rider University prefer SAT or ACT?

92% of students submit their SAT scores to Rider University. 16% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Rider University?

76% of those who apply are granted admission to Rider University. Admission competition is and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Rider University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1020 and 1220. 92% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Rider University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 26. 16% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.