Westminster Choir College of Rider University: Narrative Description

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101 Walnut Ln.
Princeton, NJ 08540-3899
Tel: (609)921-7100
Free: 800-96-CHOIR
Admissions: (609)921-9100
Fax: (609)921-2538
Web Site: http://westminster.rider.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Administratively affiliated with Rider University. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1926. Setting: 23-acre small town campus with easy access to New York City and Philadelphia. Total enrollment: 438. Faculty: 86 (36 full-time, 50 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 7:1. 188 applied, 90% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 49% from top quarter, 77% from top half. 1 class president, 10 student government officers. Full-time: 305 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 15 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 40 states and territories, 57% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 6% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 3% 25 or older, 58% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. 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, internships. Off campus study at Princeton University, Rider University, Princeton Theological Seminary. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, audition, music examination, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $40. Comprehensive fee: $30,160 includes full-time tuition ($21,280), mandatory fees ($480), and college room and board ($8400). College room only: $4680. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $730 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Most popular organizations: Westminster Choir, Westminster Singers, Westminster Handbell Choir, Black and Hispanic Alliance, Student Activities Committee. Major annual events: Homecoming/Alumni Weekend, Christmas at Westminster, opera performance. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 208 college housing spaces available; 190 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Talbott Library-Learning Center with 55,000 books and 160 serials. 60 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Princeton University.

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