Rider University, located on Lawrence Road, offers 69 undergraduate programs and 25 graduate programs in business administration, liberal arts, sciences, education, the arts, counseling, and leadership. Staffed by more than 240 fulltime faculty members, 97 percent of whom hold a doctorate or the highest degree in their field. Rider has an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to one.
Rider was founded in Trenton in 1865 under the name of the Trenton Business College. Andrew J. Rider, hired in 1866 as principal of the college, became sole owner of the college in 1881. Having undergone a name change to Rider Business College in 1897, the college expanded its offerings and steadily grew during the first half of the 20th Century.
In the late 1950s, Rider began the process of relocating from Trenton to its new campus in Lawrence Township. In 1992, Rider merged with Westminster Choir College in Princeton Borough. Rider was formally granted university status by the State of New Jersey in 1994.
Rider's Lawrenceville campus covers 280 acres and boasts 43 buildings (including more than 20 student residence halls, a student center, a dining hall, and a chapel), athletic fields, tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, and a lake.
Moore Library, located on the Lawrenceville campus, houses more than 481,000 volumes, 650,000 microforms, 134 online databases and other valuable resources. (Rider's Westminster campus, located in Princeton Borough, covers 23 acres. Westminster's Talbott Library has a large collection of music books, scores and sound recordings.)
Rider's school colors are cranberry and white and the university's mascot is the Rider Bronc.
- Founding Date: 1865
- Public/Private: Private
- Financial aid: Yes
- Parking: Free lot
- Degrees: Graduate, Undergraduate
- Programs: Evening, Part-time, Study abroad, Summer studies
- Campus housing: Yes
- Sports conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC)
- Sports teams: 10 men’s teams and 10 women’s teams designated as National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I