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Rivier College: Narrative Description


420 Main St.
Nashua, NH 03060-5086
Tel: (603)888-1311
Free: 800-44RIVIER
Admissions: (603)897-8502
Fax: (603)891-1799
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1933. Setting: 64-acre suburban campus with easy access to Boston. Endowment: $19 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4638 per student. Total enrollment: 2,289. Faculty: 179 (75 full-time, 104 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 1,192 applied, 69% were admitted. 11% from top 10% of their high school class, 39% from top quarter, 75% from top half. Full-time: 827 students, 78% women, 22% men. Part-time: 642 students, 82% women, 18% men. Students come from 10 states and territories, 7 other countries, 35% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 0.1% international, 38% 25 or older, 46% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: foreign language/literature; education; business/marketing. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at members of the New Hampshire College and University Council. ROTC: Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.3 high school GPA, interview. Required for some: interview, nursing exam. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: Rolling, 11/15 for early action. Notification: continuous, 12/1 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $27,148 includes full-time tuition ($19,200), mandatory fees ($675), and college room and board ($7273). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $640 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to class time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 32 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, Residence Hall Council, Student Business Organization, Student Admissions Committee, Behavioral Sciences Association. Major annual events: Rivier Theater Company Productions, International Week, R-Aid Day. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 450 college housing spaces available; 420 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Regina Library plus 1 other with 92,000 books, 130,000 microform titles, 500 serials, 4,000 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $764,283. 93 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Nashua is the second largest city in New Hampshire. It is conveniently located within an hour's drive of Boston, the White Mountains, and the seacoast, and is home to a large technology industry. Buses provide ample transportation to shopping malls, libraries, banking facilities, and many other services within just a few miles of the campus.

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