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Rider University: Narrative Description


2083 Lawrenceville Rd.
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-3001
Tel: (609)896-5000; 800-257-9026; Admissions: (609)895-5768; Fax: (609)895-6645; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1865. Setting: 340-acre suburban campus with easy access to New York City and Philadelphia. Endowment: $46.1 million. Research spending 2002-03: $912,000. Educational spending 2002-03: $7859 per student. Total enrollment: 5,509. Faculty: 490 (233 full-time, 257 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 4,329 applied, 78% were admitted. 11% from top 10% of their high school class, 35% from top quarter, 71% from top half. Full-time: 3,553 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 776 students, 66% women, 34% men. Students come from 36 states and territories, 16 other countries, 24% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 8% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 13% 25 or older, 56% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 79% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; English. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: 2 recommendations, interview. Required for some: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $29,110 includes full-time tuition ($20,590), mandatory fees ($460), and college room and board ($8060). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $685 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $35 per course. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 106 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 16% of eligible men and 14% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Student Entertainment Council, Association of Commuter Students, Latin American Student Organization. Major annual events: Cranberry Fest, Homecoming, Family Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,741 college housing spaces available; 2,217 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Franklin F. Moore Library plus 1 other with 460,574 books, 615,626 microform titles, 3,031 serials, 17,857 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $2.6 million. 403 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: The capital of the state, Trenton's slogan is "Trenton Makes-the World Takes" and more than 400 industries support this claim. Products include pottery, wire, rope, rubber and cigars. Situated midway between New York City and Philadelphia, all forms of commercial transportation are available. Along with the usual community facilities, Trenton supports a symphony orchestra and provides community concerts. There are many part-time job opportunities in the New York to Philadelphia corridor. The mountains and seashore are a short distance, providing excellent recreational facilities. Some of the numerous points of interest are the Friends Meetinghouse, New Jersey State Museum, Old Barracks, Trent House and Washington Crossing State Park.

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