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Begin your Rider journey

Rider’s First-Year Experience (FYE) is designed to ease your transition to college and lay the foundation for your future success. From connecting you with campus resources to enhancing your academic skills and developing your self-awareness, the FYE program is here to help you navigate your first year with ease.

Meet your team

Graduating from college will likely be one of your biggest accomplishments in life - but we don’t expect you to get to graduation on your own. During the summer, before you start classes, you’ll be introduced to your Rider support team which consists of faculty, staff and student leaders who will be your guides along the way. 

  • Your admissions counselor is here to ensure a smooth admissions process.
  • Your financial aid counselor can answer questions such as, “How can I make my education affordable?”
  • Your orientation leader will help you get acquainted with our campus community.
  • Your navigation coach will connect you with valuable personal and academic resources.
  • Your academic advisor is here to assist you with staying on track to graduation.
  • Your career coach will help guide your career objectives and professional development.

Join the herd: get involved

Find your community at Rider by exploring the unique opportunities that we offer to get involved.

Connecting your interests to your residential experience.

Rider’s Living Learning Communities allow you to connect your interests to your residential experience. You’ll live with students who share a similar academic college, major or focus and have the chance to forge meaningful relationships both inside and outside of the classroom.

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Diversity, equity and inclusion

Rider University strives to be an inclusive campus, one that is committed to providing all members of our community with the guidance and resources necessary to feel welcome, safe and supported.

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