College Corner: Rider University

Melissa Goldberg

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Rider University is a small private school in New Jersey with one campus in Lawrenceville, and the other in Princeton. There are approximately 4,400 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students. The Lawrenceville campus, the larger of the two, is 280-acres and has forty-three buildings, which includes the athletic facilities. This campus is also home to the College of Business Administration, College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences, College of Continuing Studies, and the School of Education.  The Westminster Choir College of Rider University, in Princeton, is one of the leading schools of music in the world; it is equipped with voice, video and data service. Both campuses are located only 35 miles away from Philadelphia and 48 miles away from New York City.

Within both schools, there are more than sixty undergraduate programs, and twenty-three graduate programs.  The school prides itself with having a class size of no more than twenty-five students and a student to faculty ratio of 12:1.  Students can participate in a vast array of over 150 student clubs and organizations.  These include many leadership programs and religious organizations.  Students can also use the fitness and recreation center to stay in shape, or choose to play a sport by getting involved with intramurals, club teams or the Rider Broncs, on one of the twenty Division 1 varsity sports teams.

The Lawrenceville campus has 13 residence halls, plus six Greek houses for fraternities and sororities for on-campus living.  At the Princeton campus, the music students can choose to live in one of the three residence halls.  Students will also find a variety of options to choose from for dining, including dining halls, Starbucks, Subway, and many other options.

Another program Rider has is sustainability, where students and faculty strive to go green. Each semester numerous environmental programs are held including Recyclemania, a two-month long contest to promote and encourage recycling.  Other events include World Water Day, Earth Hour, Arbor Day, and Don’t Trash it Recycle it.  Rider also made the list in the Princeton Review’s “Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” and according to the Rider.edu website, the school is “among the top 7% of ‘green’ universities and colleges in the country.”

At Rider there is always an activity to get involved in, an event to attend, or a place to be with your friends.  Rider offers the complete college experience.  If you are looking for a smaller campus with a feeling of community, and having countless activities available to you, Rider may be the perfect university for you.

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