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Rider University

The Rider University is located on two campuses in Lawrenceville and Princeton, New Jersey, within easy driving distance from Philadelphia and New York City. The university was started in 1865, as Trenton Business College in Trenton, New Jersey. It became the Rider Business College, in 1897. Rider College was relocated to its present location in 1957, and merged with Westminster Choir College, the only college of its kind in the world, in 1992. After a series of renaming and merging, the school gained the university status, in 1994. Rider University spans an area of more than 280 acres on the two campuses. The campuses house more than 40 buildings, athletic fields, tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, and a lake. There are two main libraries – the Moore Library and the Westminster Choir College Talbott Library. The Moore Library is home to more than 400,000 volumes, 2,000 microfilm reels, 1,100 periodicals, 639,000 microforms, and an audiovisual collection. Westminster Choir College Talbott Library has an extensive collection of music holdings. The university offers 18 graduate and 60 undergraduate-level programs through its four affiliated colleges. More than 4,000 students from New Jersey, adjoining states, and outside the United States are enrolled each year. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1. Students from more than 21 countries can make use of the Study Abroad Programs offered by the university. Westminster Choir College offers undergraduate and graduate programs by world-class music professionals. In addition to academics, the university is home to hundreds of activities, including intramural sports, men’s and women’s athletics, and a number of student clubs and organizations. Rider University holds accreditations from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs, and other prestigious educational organizations. It is recognized as one of the top 10 percent of colleges and universities in the United States by the Princeton Review, and named as one of the top universities by U.S. News & World Report.