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Academics

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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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2 College Freshman

Academics: Rider teaches to a low level. If you are a smart kid you'll easily manage a 3.0 even if you're lazy and skip once in a while. If you want a 4 you'll need to put in a fair amount of effort. It's difficult to fail. Rider doesn't have that great of an academic reputation.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: You earn your grades, for better or worse.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm highly impressed by how friendly and involved the employees of Rider are.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academic classes related to my major are very hands on and good practice for my career. The workload is not too much but just enough to make you think. I also think the internship opportunities are vast.

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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 27 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • 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.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • 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 strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 28 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 8 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 9 responses

  • 0% This was my dream school.
  • 67% This was one of my top choices.
  • 33% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 71% Howard Stoeckel - Wawa CEO
  • 29% Digger Phelps - ESPN analyst

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