The History of Rider University
From its beginnings as a private business college nearly a century and a half ago, Rider University has consistently thrived as a home for students seeking a timely, relevant and thorough curriculum and an environment to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.
1865: Founded as Trenton Business College, the institution was established to train leaders in the booming, industrialized post-Civil War economy.
1866: The first women were admitted; the first evening class occurred.
1881: Andrew Jackson Rider becomes sole owner of the Trenton Business College.
1927: Rider College granted permission to confer graduate degrees.
The New Jersey State Board of Education granted permission for Rider to confer graduate degrees in Master of Accounts and Master of Commercial Science.
1959: First graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree.
The School of Education begins Rider’s first graduate program leading to the Master of Arts.
1962: College reorganization.
The College is reorganized into five schools by adding two new disciplines –– Graduate School and Liberal Arts and Science –– to the three existing schools, Business, Education and Evening.
1968: Master of Business Administration program inaugurated.
The School of Business Administration inaugurates graduate study, leading to the Master of Business Administration degree.
1993: School of Business receives national accreditation.
In April 1993, the proud academic reputation of the School of Business was validated when it received accreditation from the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (now the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) (AACSB).
1994: Rider officially granted university status.
Rider College officially assumed university status on April 13, 1994.
2000: AACSB grants specialized accreditation to accounting.
AACSB grants specialized accreditation to the accounting program in the School of Business Administration.
Rider University will advance our mission to be a premier, forward-looking university known for its engaged learning. We will continually encourage a growth mindset through our holistic approach to education that fosters a vision of leadership. Together with dynamic online programs and a vibrant learning community that challenges you and electrifies your imagination, you can build a fulfilling professional and personal life.