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Rider University

Rider University is a private, coeducational and nonsectarian university located chiefly in the Lawrenceville section of Lawrence Township in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States


2083 Lawrence Road

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College History


At the conclusion of the Civil War, Henry B. Bryant and Henry D. Stratton, operators of a chain of business schools decided to open a school in New Jersey. On October 1, 1865, The Trenton Business College was established in Trenton, New Jersey, located in Temperance Hall at the corner of South Broad and Front Streets. Andrew Jackson Rider became its first president.President Rider was also known as a leading force in the cranberry industry, as he owned 500 acres of cranberry bogs near Hammonton, New Jersey. (One of the school colors is cranberry, incidentally.) President Rider steered the business school through a period of growth, and the school continued to move to larger quarters. In 1896 women were admitted to the school. In 1897, the school was renamed The Rider Business College. President Rider stepped down the following year. In 1957 Rider introduced liberal studies leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree.The institution officially became known as Rider College upon its move to East State Street in Trenton in 1921, and the following year the New Jersey Board of Education granted Rider College permission to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Accounts and Bachelor of Commercial Science. Gradually growing in size and scope through the first half of the 20th century, Rider began its move to a more spacious, suburban campus in 1959, when the first offices and classes moved to a 280-acre tract of land on Route 206 in Lawrence Township, N.J. in the minutes of the Board of Trustees� meeting from November 15, 1961. President Franklin F. Moore �27 made it known that night to the Board that Rider College would be reorganized to include five separate schools, each with a dean who would report to the provost, beginning with the 1962-63 academic year. Among these five schools would be an entirely new academic unit: the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Rider College affiliated with nearby Westminster Choir College located in Princeton, New Jersey in 1991 and merged with it in 1992. In 1994 Rider College became Rider University when it officially received university status on April 13, 1994.In 2007 President 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. oday, 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 that will help students be able to afford to attend Rider.

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Rider attracts and graduates talented and motivated students with diverse backgrounds from across the nation and around the world and puts them at the center of our learning and living community. As a learner-centered University dedicated to the education of the whole student, Rider provides students the intellectual resources and breadth of student life opportunities of a comprehensive university with the personal attention and close student-faculty interactions of a liberal arts college. Through a commitment to high quality teaching, scholarship and experiential opportunities, faculty on both campuses provide undergraduate and graduate students rigorous and relevant programs of study to expand their intellectual, cultural and personal horizons and develop their leadership skills. Our highly regarded programs in the arts, social sciences, sciences, music, business and education challenge students to become active learners who can acquire, interpret, communicate and apply knowledge within and across disciplines to foster the integrative thinking required in a complex and rapidly changing world. Rider attracts highly qualified faculty, staff and administrators with diverse backgrounds who create an environment which inspires intellectual and social engagement, stimulates innovation and service and encourages personal and professional development. As key members of our University community, it is their commitment to our values, vision and mission that will ensure Rider's success. The University's institutional identity will continue to reflect the strengths of its people, history, location and shared values, among which are a commitment to diversity, social and ethical responsibility and community. The success of our graduates will be demonstrated by their personal and career achievements and by their contributions to the cultural, social and economic life of their communities, the nation and the world.



In the field of business, Rider graduates include: Neil B. Friedman, president of Mattel Brands; Thomas J. Lynch, CEO of Tyco Electronics; 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, Senior Vice President & CFO American International Group; 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 internationally-recognized authority in e-health; and Michael F. Lee, Jr., CAIA, Regional Director of Hatteras Funds Chris J Catalano, CEO of School of Rock and Past Chairman of Redbox In the field of 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 the field of sports, Rider graduates include: Jack Armstrong, 1990 Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star and World Champion; Al Downing, 1967 MLB All-Star and Strikout 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.



Suburban, 303 acres