Rider University is a private university in Lawrence Township, New Jersey. 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 Westminster College of the Arts. 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. In 2014, there were 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students attending.
|Trenton Business College (1865–1896)|
Rider Business College (1896–1920)
Rider College (1920–1994
|Motto||In Omnia Paratus (Latin)|
Motto in English
|In all things prepared|
|President||Gregory G. Dell'Omo|
|248 full time|
|Campus||suburban, 303 acres (1.23 km2)|
|Colors||Cranberry and Grey|
|NCAA Division I|
The school was founded as Trenton Business College on October 1, 1865, by Henry Beadman Bryant and Henry D. Stratton, operators of the Bryant and Stratton chain of private business schools. The school was located in Temperance Hall at the corner of South Broad and Front Streets in Trenton, New Jersey. Andrew J Rider was appointed as its first president. President Rider owned 500 acres of cranberry bogs near Hammonton, New Jersey. According to tradition, this is why the school colors are cranberry and white.
The school grew and periodically moved to larger quarters. In 1896 women were admitted. In 1896 the school was renamed Rider Business College. President Rider stepped down the following year.
In 1920 the institution moved to East State Street in Trenton and officially became known as Rider College. In 1922 the New Jersey Board of Education granted Rider College permission to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Accounts and Bachelor of Commercial Science. In 1957 Rider Business College introduced liberal studies leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree.
in 1959 Rider College moved its campus to a 283-acre suburban tract on Route 206 in Lawrence Township, N.J. On November 15, 1961, President Franklin F. Moore (a 1927 alumnus of the college) announced the gradual reorganization of the college into five separate schools, each headed by a dean who would report to the provost. The changes took effect with the 1962-63 academic year. The five schools included a new School of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Rider College merged with nearby Westminster Choir College, located in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1991-92. The campus of Westminster became the Princeton campus of Rider College. On April 13, 1994, the college became Rider University. In 2007 President Mordechai Rozanski announced the creation of the School of Fine and Performing Arts to integrate the Lawrenceville and Princeton campuses and expand programming for the arts.
Today, Rider’s Lawrenceville campus is home to its College of Business Administration; College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences; College of Continuing Studies, School of Education, and part of the Westminster College of the Arts, which is also located on the Princeton campus. In recent years President Rozanski announced new academic programs and new financial aid resources.
In 2019, Cynthia Newman, the dean of the College of Business at Rider University resigned after the school banned Chick-fil-A from opening on campus due to the restaurant's Christian values. Dr. Newman stated she was "a very committed Christian" and that the university denouncing Chick-fil-A due to its Christian faith and values was disturbing. The university claims the restaurant's opposition to LGBTQ+ values was the reason for its decision.
The current president — Dr. Gregory Dell'Omo — became Rider's seventh president on August 1, 2015, following the retirement of Mordechai Rozanski, who served as president since 2003.
Rider has had seven presidents:
- Andrew Jackson Rider (1866–1898)
- Franklin Benjamin Moore (1898–1934)
- Franklin Frazee Moore (1934–1969)
- Frank N. Elliott (1969–1990)
- J. Barton Luedeke (1990–2003)
- Mordechai Rozanski (2003–2015)
- Gregory Dell'Omo (2015–present)
Traditional liberal arts programs of study are offered on the Lawrenceville campus, as well as undergraduate business and education studies. The Westminster campus offers music-based curricula.
The College of Arts and Sciences comprises 14 departments, offering a wide array of majors. The college also offers master's degrees.
The College of Business Administration offers programs at both the bachelors and masters levels. The two graduate degrees offered.
The Department of Graduate Education and Human Services offers five master of arts degrees and 25 certification programs. In addition, two educational specialist degrees are offered.
The Department of Communication and Journalism offers one master of arts degree in Business Communication.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Rider University tied for 22nd in the Regional Universities North category in 2016. Rider University is listed by the Princeton Review in the 2014 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 379 Colleges, where it was ranked #19 in the category, 'Is That a Dorm'? Forbes ranked Rider University 485th on its "America's Top Colleges" list in 2015.
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. Facilities are clustered and within easy walking distance of one another on the large park-like campus. There is a man-made lake with a bridge that allows students to cross easily. The Westminster campus is in Princeton, New Jersey. There is a shuttle that provides service between the campuses.
Memorial Hall, the Science and Technology Center, the Fine Arts Center, Joseph P. Vonna Academic Annex, the Stephen A. Maurer Physical Education Building, Anne Brossman Sweigart Hall (Business Administration), North Hall (History & Philosophy) 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.
The Princeton Community Japanese Language School teaches weekend Japanese classes for Japanese citizen children abroad to the standard of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and it also has classes for people with Japanese as a second language. Courses are taught at Memorial Hall. The main office of the school is in Princeton although the office used on Sundays is in Memorial Hall.
Rider University currently has 18 residential halls on their Lawrenceville campus. Of those 18, 12 of them are traditional dorms designed for all undergraduate students along with 1 apartment style building that is available to students via a lottery system. Of the 12 standard residence halls only 8 of them have a designated "Learning Community". A learning community means that the building houses a specific group of students. Which is determined by either the student's year or major. The remaining five houses on Rider's Lawrenceville campus are strictly designated to those students who are members of Greek Life. Currently, the University has four sorority houses, one for each sorority; Aplha Xi Delta, Delta Phi Epsilon, Phi Sigma Sigma and Zeta Tau Alpha. The remaining designated Greek building, University House, is split among members of Rider's three Interfraternity Council (IFC) fraternities. Due to the University's current rule with fraternity housing, no single fraternity has their own house. Instead University House houses members of Tau Kappa Epsilon, Theta Chi and Sigma Phi Epsilon.
In the summer of 2018, the Princeton Review Journal ranked Rider University #1 on their, "Is That A Dorm?" list. A list that ranked the worst dorms in the country. Upon hearing the news, Rider University responded to the rankings with a post throughout its social media pages. The post showed a picture of Hill Hall along with an explanation of how current University President Greg Dell'omo has invested over $15 million into dorm building upgrades and renovations since 2015. During the 2017–18 academic year both Ridge House and Wright Hall were closed in order to undergo renovations and were reopened to students for the fall semester of 2018. Both residence halls received new ari conditioning and heating units, electrical upgrades and new furniture and flooring. The renovations to both Ridge and Wright were apart of a "comprehensive plan to renovate our residence halls" said Vice President of Facilities and University Operations Michael Reca. Rider has also announced that three dorms will begin to undergo renovations by the 2018–19 academic year. Beginning with Kroner Hall in December of 2018 followed by renovations to Lake House and the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority house beginning after the conclusion of the Spring 2019 semester.
Standard Residence Halls
- Conover Hall- Houses 207 students in traditional doubles. Co-ed by wing.
Learning Community: First Year Experience (Freshman Only)
- Gee Hall- Houses 124 students in traditional doubles with one apartment and pod. Co-ed by wing.
Learning Community: International
- Hill Hall- Houses 244 students in traditional doubles and includes one apartment style room and pod.
Learning Community: None
- Kroner Hall- Houses 224 students in traditional doubles with one apartment style room and pod.
Learning Community: Fine Arts and Business Administration
- Lake House- Houses 45 students in traditional doubles. Co-ed by floor.
Learning Community: Fine Arts
- Lincoln Hall- Houses 175 students in suites (3 double rooms per suits). Co-ed by suite
Learning Community: None
- Olson Hall- Houses 222 students in traditional doubles and pods.
Learning Community: Health and Wellness.
- Poyda Hall- Houses 359 students in traditional doubles. Co-ed by wing.
Learning Community: First Year Experience and Psychology.
- Ridge House- Houses 37 students in traditional doubles.
Learning Community: None
- Switlik Hall- Houses 200 students in premium doubles and three apartment style rooms. Co-ed by wing
Learning Community: Science.
- West Village Apartments- Houses 152 students in apartments, suites and premium doubles. Only available to students via lottery system.
Learning Community: None
- Wright Hall- Houses 124 students in traditional doubles and one apartment style room and pods.
Learning Community: Women's Only
- Ziegler- Houses 143 students in traditional doubles and pods.
Learning Community: Baccalaureate Honors Program.
Rider has invested more than $130 million since 2004 for construction of new buildings and renovations of older facilities, including academic buildings, residence halls, and dining facilities. In 2005 Rider completed its 63,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) Student Recreation Center (SRC), a 186-bed residence hall, and three-story additions to Ziegler and Hill Residence Halls. The SRC contains locker rooms, a 3,600-square-foot (330 m2) fitness room with cardiovascular and strength training equipment, two group-exercise studios, three multi-purpose courts, a 3-lane elevated track, and a game room. In 2009, construction was completed on an environmentally-friendly 150-bed residence hall on the Lawrenceville campus. In 2011, the University built a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certified, 21,250-square-foot (1,974 m2) academic building next to Moore Library and an 11,000-square-foot (1,000 m2) expansion of the Bart Luedeke Center Theater. The expansion includes dressing rooms, an orchestra pit, a black box theater, and a dance studio. Construction of the new performance complex on the Princeton campus, which broke ground the previous summer, was complete in September 2014. That building is named the Cullen Center after the philanthropist who contributed a planned gift to Westminster and to the overall project. The performance space is named the Hillman Performing Arts Center in honor of Westminster alumna and philanthropist Elsie Hillman. In 2016 construction was complete for an 8,400-square-foot (780 m2) basketball practice facility. It will be known as Jason Thompson Court after Philadelphia 76ers player and Rider Alumnus, Jason Thompson '08.
The Franklin Moore Library supports the academic programs with a collection of more than 481,000 volumes, 2,000 periodical titles, 650,000 microforms, 134 online databases, 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. Westminster Choir College’s Talbott Library has specialized music resources including 75,000 books, music scores and periodicals, a choral music reference collection of more than 80,000 titles and more than 31,000 sound and video recordings
Publications and mediaEdit
- The Shadow Yearbook
- 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 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 the November after they graduate.
- The Rider News
- The school's student newspaper, founded in 1930. It is published weekly on Wednesdays between September and May, during the academic term.
- WRRC-FM 107.7 The Bronc
Student-run radio station, founded in 1962.
- Literary magazine which welcomes submissions of students’ art and literature focusing on any topic
- The Rider University Network (R.U.N.)
- Student organization that produces television programs in the Department of Communication and Journalism’s Television Studio. Programs are regularly broadcast on the campus network and are available everywhere online.
9,353 students applied for admission in 2014. 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 two fraternities and four sororities. In addition to these social Greek organizations, there are numerous professional and honorary fraternities. About 10% of the Rider community is involved in fraternity and sorority life.
In the Spring, the Greeks hold "Greek Week". During Greek Week, 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.
On March 30, 2007 18-year-old student Gary DeVercelly died of alcohol poisoning after a night of heavy drinking at a Phi Kappa Tau fraternity house. The incident was tied to a longstanding, hazing tradition involving the use of dangerous quantities of alcohol as part of a big brother - little brother ritual. Two Rider University officials, including the dean of students, and three students were indicted for aggravated hazing; the charges were dismissed for lack of evidence. Settlement of the civil lawsuit resulted in major policy concessions by the University and the incident had a deep impact on Greek Life on campus.
Professional, service, and honorary fraternitiesEdit
- Alpha Lambda Delta ΑΛΔ- Freshman Honors
- Alpha Phi Omega ΑΦΩ- Community Service Fraternity
- Alpha Psi Omega ΑΨΩ- Theater Honors Society
- Beta Alpha Psi ΒΑΨ- Accounting, Finance, Information Systems Honors Society
- Delta Sigma Pi ΔΣΠ- Professional Business Fraternity
- Kappa Delta Pi ΚΔΠ- Education Honors Society
- Lambda Pi Eta λΠη- Communications & Journalism Honors Society
- Omicron Delta Kappa O∆K- Leadership Honors Society
- Phi Alpha Theta ΦΑΘ- History Honors Society
- Sigma Tau Delta ΣΤΔ- English Honors Society
- Pi Sigma Epsilon ΠΣΕ- Marketing Fraternity
- Phi Sigma Tau - Philosophy Honors Society
According to the Rider website, Rider University's Westminster College of the Arts has had an extensive theater program with people from all over the country coming for the quality program. For over half a century the Theatre department at Rider University has had a rich tradition in educating students and preparing them for all aspects of a life in theater.
Six productions each year give students a wide variety of experiences and opportunities. They are a combination of musicals and straight plays.
A professionally active faculty whose backgrounds include directing and design experience nationwide; acting on Broadway, with national tours and regional theater companies, on film and screen, as well as commercial and voice-over work.
Professional performing arts facilities include: The Yvonne Theater, The Spitz Studio Theater, Bart Luedeke Arts Center,
Various guest artists have come to Rider to teach Master Classes including Lennie Daniels, Christine Ebersole, Heather Hurst, Adam Jacobs, Derek Klena, Norm Lewis, Kelli O'Hara, Laura Osnes, Rachelle Rak, Andy Richardson, Nikki Snelson, Ben Vereen, Frank Wildhorn, and Mary Zimmerman.
Athletic teams are nicknamed the Broncs. The school competes in the NCAA Division I Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. As the MAAC is a non-wrestling conference, Rider's wrestling team competes as a member of the Eastern Wrestling League.
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. Prior to Thompson's years at Rider, Rider did appear in the NCAA Basketball ("March Madness") Tournament three times: first in 1984 against the University of Richmond, again in 1993 as a 16-seed losing to Kentucky 96-52, and 1994 as a 15-seed losing to Connecticut 64-49.
The university competed in football until 1951, when the football team was disbanded. A common myth is that the NCAA asked the school to discontinue the football program after an investigation into allegations of paying recruits, as well as improper benefits for players on the team. However, according to the University, Rider chose to stop sponsoring a football team for financial reasons. Rider students often proclaim their football team "undefeated since 1951".
The University has recently redesigned the sports logo.
- In business: Rider graduates include: Robert Miller, President and CEO of Future Electronics; Neil B. Friedman, president of Mattel Brands; Thomas J. Lynch, CEO of Tyco Electronics; Carol M. Meyrowitz, president, Chief Executive Officer, and director of TJX Companies; Donald Monks, Vice Chairman & Chief Administrative Officer, The Bank of New York Mellon; Mike Pulli, CEO of Pace plc; Thomas O'Riordan, former CEO of American Sporting Goods Corporation; Robert Schimek, President & CEO of The Americas American International Group; James P. Bush, President, Global Network and International Consumer Services American Express; Ronald Schlosser, chairman & CEO of Haights Cross Communications; John T. Spitznagel, chairman & CEO of Oceana Therapeutics; Howard Stoeckel, CEO of Wawa; Kenneth Yen, CEO of China Motor Corporation; Meg Walsh, president of Medscape Consumer; and Chris Catalano, former CEO of School of Rock and past Chairman of Redbox.
- In government: Rider graduates include: Nathaniel Barnes, Liberian Ambassador to the United Nations; Frederick W. Donnelly, former Mayor of Trenton, New Jersey; Robert E. Grossman, Judge on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York; David Rousseau, MBA, former New Jersey State Treasurer; and Mark S. Schweiker, MA, 44th Governor of Pennsylvania.
- In sports: Rider graduates include: Jack Armstrong, 1990 Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star and World Champion; Al Downing, 1967 MLB All-Star and Strikeout Champion, and 1971 MLB Comeback Player of the Year; Jeff Kunkel, professional baseball player; Caroline Lind, MBA, Olympic Gold Medal rower at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing; Digger Phelps, ESPN college basketball analyst and former Notre Dame Fighting Irish basketball coach; Bobby Smith, National Soccer Hall of Fame member; and Jason Thompson, basketball player in the NBA.
- In entertainment: Rider graduates include: Joanne Nosuchinsky, actress and Fox News Channel contributor.
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