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 University is an independent, private institution founded in 1865 as Trenton Business College. Soon after the turn of the century, teacher education was added to a curriculum that had focused on training young men and women for business careers. The first baccalaureate degree was offered in 1922. In 1957, offerings in liberal arts, science and secondary education were added. Four separate schools emerged as a result of a reorganization in 1962. The well-established schools of Business Administration and Education were joined by two new schools–Liberal Arts and Science and the Evening School. The schools of Business Administration and Education have each since added a division of graduate studies and the Evening School has been reorganized into the College of Continuing Studies. In 1988, the School of Education was renamed the School of Education and Human Services to reflect the scope of its curricula. In July 1992, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, merged with Rider to become Westminster Choir College, The School of Music of Rider College. On March 23, 1994, the New Jersey Board of Higher Education designated Rider a teaching university pursuant to N.J.A.C. 9:1-3.1 et seq. On April 13, 1994, Rider’s name was officially changed to Rider University. Today, the University’s academic units are the College of Business Administration; the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences (including the School of Education and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences); the College of Continuing Studies; and Westminster College of the Arts, including the School of Fine and Performing Arts and Westminster Choir College.
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