Rider University is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian university located in two campuses in New Jersey – one in Lawrenceville and another in Princeton. Founded in 1865 as Trenton Business College, the school was renamed the Rider Business College in 1897 in honor of its founder Andrew Jackson Rider. In 1964, Rider College moved to its current location in Lawrenceville, affiliated itself with Westminster Choir College in 1991, merged with the latter in 1992 and officially became a university in 1994. Thus, Rider University was born.

With over 60 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs to choose from ranging from Marine Sciences and Accounting to Advertising and Global and Multinational Studies, Rider University is able to provide for the educational needs of its over 5,000 enrolled students. It is divided into five academic units through which students can earn their Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees; namely, College of Business Administration; College of Liberal Arts, Education, & Sciences; College of Continuing Studies; and Westminster College of the Arts.

Cost of tuition for 2009-2010 for both fulltime undergraduate and graduate students is US$28,470 per year. Part-time tuition rates vary depending on the degree program the student is enrolled in. For the College of Business Administration, cost of tuition is US$770 per credit hour. For the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Sciences, the cost of tuition is US$580 per credit hour; and for the College of Liberal Arts, Education and Sciences (Counseling Programs), US$620. Tuition for the Executive MBA Program is all-inclusive. Students are charged US$55,000 for the two-year program.

Financial aid is extended in the form of loans, grants and scholarships to help students pay for their cost of tuition.