University is a private, coeducational and nonsectarian
university located chiefly in the Lawrenceville section of Lawrence
Township 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 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. As of 2014 there
are 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students attending.
2.1 Academic buildings
3 Academic programs
5 Publications and media
6 Student life
6.3 Professional, service, and honorary fraternities
9 Notable alumni
11 External links
Temperance Hall, 1865, the original home of the Trenton Business
The school was founded as The Trenton
Business College on October 1,
Henry Beadman Bryant and Henry D. Stratton, operators of the
Bryant and Stratton
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 The 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
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.
Williamson Hall at Westminster Choir College
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.
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
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.
The Science and Technology Center
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.
Princeton Community Japanese Language School
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.
North Hall, built 2011
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
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
Over 65 academic majors and special programs offered
256 full-time faculty
Student to faculty ratio: 12 to 1
Average class size 25 students
4,400 undergraduates representing 41 states and 77 countries
98% of full-time faculty hold a doctorate or the highest degree in
Undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and
The Franklin Moore Library
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 media
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
WRRC-FM 107.7 The Bronc
Literary magazine which welcomes submissions of students’ art and
literature focusing on any topic
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
Lambda Theta Phi ΛΘΦ
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sigma Phi Epsilon ΣΦΕ
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Tau Kappa Epsilon TKE
Phi Sigma Sigma
Phi Sigma Sigma ΦΣΣ
Alpha Xi Delta
Alpha Xi Delta ΑΞΔ
Delta Phi Epsilon ΔΦΕ
Lambda Theta Alpha
Lambda Theta Alpha ΛΘΑ
Zeta Tau Alpha
Zeta Tau Alpha ΖΤΑ
University House, one of the dorms devoted to Greek 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 fraternities
Alpha Lambda Delta ΑΛΔ- Freshman Honors
Alpha Phi Omega
Alpha Phi Omega ΑΦΩ- Community Service Fraternity
Alpha Psi Omega
Alpha Psi Omega ΑΨΩ- Theater Honors Society
Beta Alpha Psi
Beta Alpha Psi ΒΑΨ- Accounting, Finance, Information Systems Honors
Delta Sigma Pi
Delta Sigma Pi ΔΣΠ- Professional
Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi ΚΔΠ- Education Honors Society
Lambda Pi Eta
Lambda Pi Eta λΠη- Communications & Journalism Honors Society
Omicron Delta Kappa
Omicron Delta Kappa O∆K- Leadership Honors Society
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta ΦΑΘ- History Honors Society
Sigma Tau Delta ΣΤΔ- English Honors Society
Pi Sigma Epsilon
Pi Sigma Epsilon ΠΣΕ- Marketing Fraternity
Phi Sigma Tau
Phi Sigma Tau - Philosophy Honors Society
The Fine Arts Center and Yvonne Theater
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
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
Main article: Rider Broncs
See also: Rider
University Athletics Hall of fame and List of college
athletic programs in New Jersey, USA § Division I
Athletic teams are nicknamed the Broncs. The school competes in the
NCAA Division I
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
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
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
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".
University has recently redesigned the sports logo.
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)
Main article: List of Rider
University has approximately 55,000 living alumni worldwide.
Rider alumni are distinguishing themselves in the fields of business,
government, and sports.
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
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
2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing;
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
Fox News Channel
Fox News Channel contributor;Russell Fischer, actor in Jersey
Boys on Broadway;Demarius Copes, actor in the First National Tour
of Newsies;Colby Dezelick, actor in the 2017 Broadway revival of
Miss Saigon and Ethan Levy, actor in
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Manhattan Jaspers/Lady Jaspers
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Niagara Purple Eagles
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Dayton Flyers (women's golf)
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Eastern Wrestling League
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