Our History and Path Forward
Over a 150-year legacy does not happen by accident. Rider has always had a remarkable ability to adapt. Yet it is not our shistory alone that defines u, but our future-the ability rethink our vision in fundamental ways, and come together to grow our students and institution as never before. In that vision we reimage education as a vibrant, holistic experience, exciting and engaging in ways that go beyond classroom learning to real world.
Rider University welcomes students from throughout the region, across the nation, and around the world who seek to be challenged and supported as active members of our inclusive and vibrant living and learning community. Committed to student growth, transformation and leadership, we connect rigorous academic, artistic and professional programs of study with a rich array of learning experiences that engage students inside and outside the classroom. We prepare graduates to thrive professionally and to be lifelong independent learners and responsible citizens who embrace diversity, support the common good, and contribute meaningfully to the changing world in which they live and work.
Vision for Inclusive Excellence
Rider University is committed to fostering an inclusive, vibrant living and learning community that embraces students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds and enables them to achieve success.
Through reflection and open, respectful dialogue, we develop responsible citizens who demonstrate academic understanding and compassion to grow and serve as leaders in a diverse and global world.
As an institution striving for inclusive excellence, we intentionally infuse efforts to promote equity and inclusion in all aspects of our campus, including:
How Rider promotes equity and inclusion
- Recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty and staff
- Promoting a safe and welcoming physical environment and campus climate that garners a sense of belonging
- Facilitating cultural competency and understanding throughout the University community
- Developing equitable policies and practices
- Engaging proactively with the surrounding community
Rider University ranks on U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges list and the Wall Street Journal's Top U.S. College list.
Rider's leadership is committed to fulfilling our University mission statement and Rider Promise, advancing a vision for our future and sustaining academic excellence. Get to know our president, the cabinet and Board of Trustees.
Rider University welcomes partnerships with companies and organizations that demonstrate a commitment to the professional development of their employees by making higher education more accessible and affordable.View Rider University's Plan for a safe, enriching and adaptive academic year. As the knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve and new information becomes available, all relevant policies and plans will be updated as appropriate. Please check back frequently to stay informed.