Rider University campus

Our Vision

Rider University will be a premier, forward-looking university known for its Engaged Learning Program that, together with dynamic academic programs, enriching co-curricular experiences and a vibrant living and learning community, challenges students, excites their imaginations and instills in them excellence in thought and action, preparing them for highly engaged and fulfilling professional and personal lives.

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Our Mission

Rider University welcomes students from throughout the region, across the nation, and around the world who seek to be challenged and supported as active members of our inclusive and vibrant living and learning community. Committed to student growth, transformation and leadership, we connect rigorous academic, artistic and professional programs of study with a rich array of learning experiences that engage students inside and outside the classroom. We prepare graduates to thrive professionally and to be lifelong independent learners and responsible citizens who embrace diversity, support the common good, and contribute meaningfully to the changing world in which they live and work.

Our Promise

Our students, alumni, faculty, staff and administrators live the Rider Promise by being forever:

  • Prepared to contribute meaningfully to the changing world in which they live and work

  • Respectful of all people, rights, freedoms and individual differences

  • Open to a life of independent learning

  • Motivated to be responsible citizens who support the common good

  • Innovative, creative and resourceful

  • Skilled and thriving professionals, educators, artists and performers

  • Engaged in their communities as leaders and role models

The Rider Promise is offered as a representation of the new mission in response to feedback from students during the strategic planning process. It is inspired by Rider’s recent 150th anniversary which embraced the tagline, Fulfilling the Promise. This tagline was, in turn, inspired by Andrew J. Rider himself as discussed in the historical books written by Dr. Walter A. Brower ’48, former Dean of the School of Education. Andrew J. Rider declared in 1883 that Rider’s future was full of promise.