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| Education/Faculty - It really varies on what kind of professors you'll have. I've had it all. They've been informative, inspirational, sadistic, apathetic, condescending, funny. For the most part, you'll get something out of it. For better or worse.|
Social (The juicier stuff) - I was a commuter so I can't say a whole lot of good about the student life. You can't talk to anyone, especially girls, without their stupid "go away, creeper" defense mechanisms being thrown at you. I didn't really make a lot of friends here just because I wanted to say hello to new people. I hated it. Most of the ones who were/are my friends came from schools I had previously attended with. There's my silver lining.
Population-wise, it's pretty diverse. Every race and religion is present. It's pretty safe around here with public safety running things.Overall (as far as my experience is concerned), I'd advise against gong here if you wanna meet new people. A lot of students are just unto themselves. They'll admit it too. If you're the cubby-hole type, then by all means go for it. Rider just turned out not to be my type of school in the social aspect. Got a degree though...heh.
|May 22 2012|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| Here's an idea of what I did in one of my education classes one day: I drew a picture. Not because I was bored, that was the assignment. I can safely tell you this: if you are expecting to be challenged in their education program, don't go there. More importantly, the school's diploma carries absolutely zero weight in any school (or business for that matter). You'll get "Rider... now where is that?" If I had the choice, I would never go to Rider again. |
|Feb 09 2012|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2007 |
| Rider University is like a high school- size-wise and the students who go there are extremely immature. I went to Rider only because I received free tuition. Rider absolutely did nothing to prepare me for a job after school, even after graduating a year early and graduating with honors. The graphic design program is terrible- if you major in graphic design, definitely consider going to an art school.|
Over my three years at Rider, I've had problems with nearly everything I did. Registering for classes to graduate on time (my graduating early was a miracle) is nearly impossible because the classes fill up so quickly. The classes are easy and the academics are below a high school level. I've had problems with quite a few professors including one who retracted my letter of recommendation for grad school because I was unable to register for her class the following semester (they need a certain amount of students to get paid in full) and verbally assaulted me on a number of occasions. Needless to say, Rider has allowed her to continue teaching there, even after numerous complaints from students.
The dorms are AWFUL and TINY. My freshman dorm had a wasps nest in the wall and my sophomore/junior year, I lived with two other girls in a room meant for two. You also HAVE to buy the most expensive meal plan (NOBODY eats 99 meals a week) if you live on campus without a kitchen. Moving off campus for my final year was the best decision I could have made.
When it comes to a social life at Rider, Rider is indeed a "backpack" school. Students go to the local club, Katmandu (if you're 21+) on Thursdays and go home on the weekends. Rider is extremely "clique-y" and there is no diversity. An average Rider girl can be seen wearing sweats, Uggs and a Northface jacket with a Vera Bradley bag.If you go to Rider, be prepared for a high school atmosphere both in the classroom (put your cell phone away!) and outside, where wealthy, stupid students go to Rider because it accepts nearly everyone.
|Nov 01 2011|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |