|Motto||In Omnia Paratus (In all things prepared) |
|Faculty||236 full time |
|Location||Lawrenceville, NJ, U.S.|
|Campus||suburban, 303 acres (1.23 km2)  (1.2 km2)|
|Sports||basketball, softball, swimming & diving, track & field |
|Colors||Cranberry and white |
|Athletics||NCAA Division I MAAC, NEC (field hockey only), CAA (wrestling only) |
|Affiliations||CIC, NAICU, Sanda University|
Rider University is a private, selective, coeducational and nonsectarian university located chiefly in Lawrenceville, in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. It consists of five academic units - the College of Business Administration, the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Sciences, the College of Continuing Studies, and the School of Fine and Performing Arts (which has two divisions: the Westminster College of the Arts, and Westminster Choir College, the latter which is located in the nearby borough of Princeton). In addition to regional accreditation, the undergraduate and graduate programs in business are accredited by AACSB, and the professional education graduate programs are accredited by NCATE.
The 280-acre (1.1 km2) Lawrenceville campus is in a suburban area three miles (5 km) north of Trenton and five miles (8 km) south of Princeton. The modern facilities, designed to meet the academic, social, and recreational needs of the Rider faculty and students, are clustered and within easy walking distance of one another on the large park-like campus.
The Westminster campus is in Princeton, NJ.
Traditional liberal arts programs of study are offered on the Lawrenceville campus, as well as undergraduate business and education studies. The Westminster campus offers musically-based curricula.
The College of Business Administration offers two graduate degrees: the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) and the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.).
The Department of Graduate Education and Human Services offers five master of arts degrees and 25 certification programs. M.A. degrees are offered in Counseling Services; Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision; Educational Administration; Reading and Language Arts; and Human Services Administration. Among the many certification programs is a Graduate-Level Teacher Certification program. In addition, two educational specialist degrees are offered: an Ed.S. degree in Counseling Services and an Ed.S. degree in School Psychology.
There are a total of 55 faculty members actively involved with graduate business students through teaching or research. Of this number, 47 are full-time faculty and 8 are part-time or adjunct. Current research areas include ethics, international business, marketing to the Latino community in the United States, gender differences in career progression, entrepreneurship, health care management, and diversity.
There are a total of 37 faculty members actively involved with graduate education and human services students through teaching and research. Of this number, 13 are full-time faculty and 24 are part-time or adjunct. Current research areas include integrating the use of computers in counseling and other programs; gifted students; analysis of teaching and learning styles to improve instruction and learning; level of administrators in public health, human services, and nonprofit areas; ethnography in the reading and language arts process; self-esteem; hope; and collaboration.
Memorial Hall, the Science and Technology Center, the Fine Arts Center, the Academic Annex, the Stephen A. Maurer Physical Education Building, and Anne Brossman Sweigart Hall (Business Administration) contain the classrooms and laboratories for all curricula. A general access lab containing terminals, microcomputers, and laser printers is located in the Fine Arts Center; other computer labs are located in Anne Brossman Sweigart Hall, Memorial Hall, and at Westminster Choir College. Central VAX systems provide electronic mail, conferencing, and Internet access tools.
Currently on Rider's Lawrenceville Campus, there are twelve social Greek organizations which are members of the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council or the Intercultural Greek Council. There are four fraternities, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and seven sororities (Alpha Xi Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha, Delta Phi Epsilon, Delta Sigma Theta, Lambda Tau Omega, Lambda Theta Alpha and Zeta Phi Beta). In addition to these social Greek organizations, there are numerous professional and honorary fraternities, among which are Delta Sigma Pi, Lambda Pi Eta, Omicron Delta Kappa, etc.
In the Spring, the Greeks hold "Greek Week". During Greek Week, the Fraternities and Sororities compete in a variety of events which change from year to year; however, every year there is a philanthropy event. Past events have benefited St. Jude's Juvenile Cancer Center, as well as paralysis research, neurological disorder research, and various other causes.
There are also a number of Honorary fraternities on campus as well. They include Alpha Psi Omega (theater) and others.
The Student Government Association (SGA) advocates the wants, needs, and desires of the Rider student body. SGA is made up of subordinate governments which include the Student Entertainment Council (SEC), the Residence Hall Association (RHA), the Association of Commuting Students (ACS), the Finance Board, the Interfraternity Council, the Panhellenic Council, and the Intercultural Greek Council (IGC). The Student Senate is the legislative body of the student government and consists of various campus representatives. SGA itself consists of an executive board, a cabinet with two team leaders, eight chairs, and two special assistants called Bronc Aide and Senate Aide.
The Franklin Moore Library supports the academic programs with a collection of more than 340,000 volumes, 2,000 periodical titles, 450,000 microforms, electronic access to 42,000 journals, and an audiovisual collection. Materials are cataloged in Library of Congress classification and are accessible through an online catalog, part of the library's automated catalog/circulation/acquisitions system. Online database searching is available to complement the library's on-campus holdings.
The Shadow Yearbook was first published in 1923 two years after the institution officially changed its name to Rider College. The yearbook continues to be published each year by a student staff. The staff writes all the articles, designs the pages, comes up with its theme and takes many of the pictures. The 2008 yearbook marked its 85th volume. The book is primarily made for senior students, but can be purchased by any Rider student. Seniors that sit for a portrait receive a yearbook free of charge. The book typically is shipped to students in November. As of 2008, Herff Jones publishes the book for Rider.
The Rider News is the school's student newspaper, founded in 1930. It is published weekly between September and May, during the academic term.
There are 5,982 undergraduate and graduate students attending.
The intercollegiate sports program at Rider was started by coach Clair Bee in the 1920s. Two of the school's most famous athletic alumni are former Notre Dame basketball coach and current ESPN sportscaster Digger Phelps, who played basketball at Rider from 1959 to 1963 and Jason Thompson who played basketball at Rider from 2004 to 2008 and was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 12th pick of the 2008 NBA Draft while never winning a MAAC championship or appearing in the NCAA Tournament.
The university competed in football until 1951, when the university was placed under investigation after allegations of paying recruits, as well as improper benefits for players on the team. The NCAA asked the school to discontinue the football program, and the Broncs have not fielded a team since. Rider students often proclaim their football team "undefeated since 1951," as they have not existed since that time.
The school was founded in 1865 as "Trenton Business College" in Trenton and became "The Rider Business College" in 1897 after founder Andrew Jackson Rider. After several name changes and mergers, Rider College moved to Lawrenceville in 1964. It affiliated with Westminster Choir College in 1991, merged with Westminster in 1992 and became a university in 1994.
In 2005 Rider completed its Student Recreation Center (SRC). It contains an indoor track, pool tables, and about 30 workout machines, 10 with built-in TVs. The opening of the SRC by President Rozanski, the mascot of Rider University - the Rider Bronc, and Student Government Association (SGA) President Perry Whiteley was, as SGA President Perry Whiteley said, the result of President Rozanski's creation of a "contagious and engulfing sense of excitement and pride” among current and prospective students and alumni. “It has given students more options for working out and participating in sports and has established a new hub for student life,” he said “It is difficult to quantitatively capture the true scope of excitement and pride that has engulfed the campus community in anticipation of the opening of this new facility.”
Rider has invested more than $67 million since 2004 to construct new residences, to renovate existing residences, classrooms and academic buildings, and to build a new Student Recreation Center, as part of three-step strategic development plan. During the spring 2008 semester Rider University President Mordechai Rozanski announced the creation of new academic and residential facilities on the Lawrenceville campus along with the expansion of current academic facilities and the hiring of additional faculty members. President Rozanski also announced new academic programs and new financial aid resources that will help students be able to afford to attend Rider. In the summer of 2009, construction was completed on a new, environmentally-friendly 150-bed residence hall on the Lawrenceville campus. Rider University is ranked as one of the top colleges in the nation, advancing two places from last year to number 30 out of 86 Northern master's institutions in the 2009 edition of U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges guide. Rider University is listed in the Princeton Review "The Best 371 Colleges" 2010 edition.
Its current President is Dr. Mordechai Rozanski, who is Rider's sixth president. Dr. Rozanski became President on August 1, 2003 following the retirement of former President, Dr. J. Barton Luedeke.
Rider has had six presidents: