There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges, including this week’s School Spotlight, Rider University. What began over 150 years ago as a private business college for just 50 students has emerged as a comprehensive university for 4,100 with outstanding opportunities in athletics, music, and elementary education. The Rider Broncs compete in 20 DI sports, with special strengths in wrestling and swimming. The College of Business even offers a co-major in sport management that features one-of-a-kind internships (with the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Flyers) for students seeking hands-on experiences. In 1992, Rider merged with the Westminster Choir College, one of the preeminent music schools in the country. Located on Rider’s Princeton, NJ campus, the Westminster Choir College enrolls 320 undergraduates in audition-only programs such as music education and vocal performance. What else is there to study at Rider? How about cybersecurity, exercise science, or public relations (in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) or game design or musical theatre (in the School of Fine and Performing Arts)? Good to know: The College of Business, that was recently renamed after Rider alumnus Norm Brodsky, offers accelerated business management programs that lead to a bachelor’s degree in as little as three years, or an MBA or MAcc (Master of Accountancy) in four!

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