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Rider University

Rider University
Rider logo.jpg
Motto In Omnia Paratus (In all things prepared)
Established 1865
Type Private
Endowment $57.3 million[1]
President Mordechai Rozanski
Academic staff 256 full time [2]
Students 5,400 [2]
Undergraduates 4,400 [3]
Postgraduates 1,000 [2]
Location Lawrenceville, NJ, U.S.
Campus suburban, 303 acres (1.23 km2) [2] (1.2 km2)
Newspaper The Rider News
Colors Cranberry and white [2]          
Athletics NCAA Division I
NEC (field hockey only) EWL (wrestling only) [4]
Sports baseball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, wrestling, volleyball, basketball, softball, swimming & diving, track & field [4]
Nickname Broncs
Affiliations CIC,[5] NAICU,[6] Sanda 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. 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. Rider University is listed by the Princeton Review in the latest edition of its annual college guide The Best 379 Colleges, where it is also ranked #19 'Is That a Dorm'? With an acceptance rate of 69%, Rider University is considered not very selective and only 79% of students return for their sophomore year[7] Rider University is also ranked #18 in the Regional Universities North category by U.S. News & World Report.[8] There are 5,400 undergraduate and graduate students attending.[9]


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.[10] 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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13] 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 that will help students be able to afford to attend Rider.[14]


Rider has invested more than $125 million since 2004 for construction of new buildings and renovations of older facilities, including academic buildings, residence halls, and dining facilities.[15] 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.[16] 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.[3][17][18] Fundraising continues toward the completion of other projects including a new performance complex on the Princeton campus, which broke ground in July 2013.[14] That building will be named Marion Buckelew Cullen Center after the philanthropist who has contributed a planned gift to Westminster and to the overall project. The performance space will be named the Hillman Performing Arts Center in honor of Westminster alumna and philanthropist Elsie Hillman.[19] Fundraising and planning are also underway for a new athletics arena.[20]


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.

The Westminster campus is in Princeton, New Jersey.

Academic programsEdit

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 Business Administration offers two graduate degrees: the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) and the Master of Business Administration (MBA).

The Department of Graduate Education and Human Services offers five master of arts degrees and 25 certification programs. MA 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.

  • 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 their field
  • Undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Business administration

Academic buildingsEdit

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 (PCJLS, プリンストン日本語学校 Purinsuton Nihongo Gakkō) 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.[21] Courses are taught at Memorial Hall.[22] The main office of the school is in Princeton although the office used on Sundays is in Memorial Hall.[21]


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 2010 yearbook marked its 87th 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 2010, Herff Jones publishes the book for Rider.
The Rider News 
the school's student newspaper, founded in 1930. It is published weekly between September and May, during the academic term.
WRRC-FM 107.7 The Bronc[23]
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.[24]

Student lifeEdit

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, and eight 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.[25]



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.

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.[26] 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.[27] The Two Rider University officials, including the dean of students, and three students were indicted for aggravated hazing;[28] the charges were dismissed for lack of evidence.[29] 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


Athletics logo
Main article: Rider Broncs

Athletic teams are nicknamed the Broncs. The school competes in the 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 twice as a 16th seed. In both instances their first round opponent was the #1 seed, Kentucky, to whom they lost.

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.[30] Rider students often proclaim their football team "undefeated since 1951".

The University has recently redesigned the sports logo.[31]


The current president—Dr. Mordechai Rozanski—became Rider's sixth president on August 1, 2003, following the retirement of then-president J. Barton Luedeke.

Rider has had six presidents:

  1. Andrew Jackson Rider (1866–1898)
  2. Franklin Benjamin Moore (1898–1934)
  3. Franklin Frazee Moore (1934–1969)
  4. Frank N. Elliott (1969–1990)
  5. J. Barton Luedeke (1990–2003)
  6. Mordechai Rozanski (2003–2015)

Notable alumniEdit

Rider University has approximately 55,000 living alumni worldwide. Rider alumni are distinguishing themselves in the fields of business, government, and sports.

  • In the field of business, Rider graduates include: Robert Miller, President and CEO of Future Electronics [3]; Neil B. Friedman, president of Mattel Brands;[32] Thomas J. Lynch, CEO of Tyco Electronics;[33] Donald Monks, Vice Chairman & Chief Administrative Officer, The Bank of New York Mellon; Mike Pulli, CEO of Pace plc;[34] Thomas O'Riordan, former CEO of American Sporting Goods Corporation;[35] Robert Schimek, Senior Vice President & CFO American International Group; Ronald Schlosser, chairman & CEO of Haights Cross Communications;[36] John T. Spitznagel, chairman & CEO of Oceana Therapeutics;[37] 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;[38] and Michael F. Lee, Jr., CAIA, Regional Director of Hatteras Funds [39] Chris J Catalano, CEO of School of Rock [40] and Past Chairman of Redbox


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  18. ^ "Editorial: Rider University construction projects elevate college to larger stage". The Times of Trenton. 2011-09-18. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
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  24. ^ Rider University Network
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  28. ^ Indictments In N.J. Campus Hazing Death. CBS News (2009-02-11). Retrieved on 2013-09-04.
  29. ^ Hester, Tom. (2007-08-28) Judge dismisses Rider U. hazing charges. Usatoday.Com. Retrieved on 2013-09-04.
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  31. ^ Caputo, Mike. "University plans to revamp Bronc logo", The Rider News, Rider University, 23 February 2007.
  32. ^ BusinessWeek: Neil B. Friedman
  33. ^ Forbes: Thomas J. Lynch
  34. ^ Pace plc: New Chief Executive Officer Appointment
  35. ^ Forbes: Thomas O'Riordan
  37. ^ Oceana Therapeutics: Management Team: John T. Spitznagel
  38. ^ BusinessWeek: Meg Walsh
  39. ^ Michael F. Lee, Jr., CAIA. LinkedIn. Retrieved on 2013-09-04.
  40. ^ [2]
  41. ^ Duane Morris Partner Appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York

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Coordinates: 40°16′48″N 74°44′17″W / 40.280°N 74.738°W / 40.280; -74.738