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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors have been fairly decent, and the classes have all been my Gen-Eds so I haven't fully experienced a class in my major just yet. The registration process is fair, graduate students get first pick, then juniors, then sophomores, then freshman. I am a type A student, so a lot of the workload I think I put onto myself. Popular study areas at Rider include business and Education. I am definitely a minority at Rider studying Health Science!

4 College Freshman

Academics: We have a nice sized library.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Many classes are rigorous and require time and effort

5 College Senior

Academics: If you're looking for an encouraging place to grow as a musician, Westminster won't fail to provide. The workload steadily increases over the years, but the amount of experience you gain and material you learn is exceptional.

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2 College Freshman

Academics: When it comes to the general education requirements, the curriculum is unnecessarily large and strict. The gen ed professors are almost all adjunct and do not take into account the amount of work our majors give us. General education classes are more stressful than my major courses and mostly do not correlate to any information I will need in the future. For example, as an Arts Administration major, the need for World History from year 0-1500 is not needed and gave me an unnecessary amount of stress.

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Rider prides itself on its academics. There's a wide range of majors offered in fields like education, business, liberal arts, and sciences. All students in the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences must complete the core curriculum by the end of sophomore year. The core curriculum includes required classes in a foreign language, humanities, math, science, social sciences, and writing. The main campus is in Lawrenceville, but there is a second campus in Princeton, which is home to the Westminster Choir College.

The professors at Rider are highly educated and are around often for office hours if you ever need extra help. There are also many tutors in the Student Success Center, which offers services to help students. There are also Supplemental Instruction sessions that meet once a week as a review group. If you’re looking for a quiet place to study, the residence halls each have a lounge and there's a 24-hour lounge in the library.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
239
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
329
Total FT Faculty
239
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$97,994
Full-Time Retention Rate
76%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
67%
Programs/Majors Offered
58
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • 20 to 49 students: 49%
  • 50 or more students: 1%
  • Fewer than 20 students: 50%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Continuing Studies
  • College of Liberal Arts, Education, & Sciences
  • Westminster College of the Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 5%
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Psychology: 4%
  • Rhetoric and Composition: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
Online Courses
Rider does offer distance-learning classes, most of which are offered in the summer.
Best Places to Study
  • Library
  • Lounge
Tips to Succeed
  • Get involved and do things on campus. You can meet so many new people by joining groups, going to athletic events, or even just going to parties!
  • Go to tutoring or Supplement Instructors (SI). SI is a study group headed up by a student who took the class the semester or year before and has been recommended by the professor.
  • Stay on top of your work, and learn to balance it with your social life.
  • Study! Your first year of college will be so different than your high school years. Party as much as you want, but never forget about your grades. They are going to be more important later on than you think.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 52 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 32 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 33 responses

  • 6% This was my dream school.
  • 67% This was one of my top choices.
  • 27% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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