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To be remarkable—in your career, in your life, and in the world—you need to learn in an environment where innovative thinking is fostered, where boundaries are stretched, and where possibilities are endless. At Rivier University, you will combine classroom learning with real-world experiences, and you will be challenged to think bigger and demand more of yourself. When you graduate, you will be prepared to begin a meaningful career and discover the profound difference you can make personally and professionally. You will rise above the norm and be inspired to change the world. You will...



ALTIORA ET MELIORA— Higher and Better At Rivier University, you will find that our motto inspires everything we do. This latin phrase translates to Higher and Better, and that is exactly how we approach the academic and student life experience at Rivier. Our students and faculty reach higher and better in all that they do, and that is how we fulfill our mission:

Transforming hearts and minds to serve the world.

BE THE BEST YOU Rivier University is a place where academic excellence is offered and great achievement is the result. Ideas are found everywhere, and we care as much about doing good as doing well. Here you will transform yourself through engaging classroom interaction, powerful real-world experiences, challenging internships, and lifechanging service opportunities. Our Catholic values inform what we teach and what we are committed to as a community. Founded by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, and named for their foundress Blessed Anne Marie Rivier, the University educates the whole person by cultivating critical thought, sound judgment, and respect for people of all faiths and cultures. You will develop your best self here. You will become remarkable.


RIVIER AT A GLANCE Founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary 2,723 students pursuing associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 50 programs Student/Faculty ratio of 15:1

Recognized as a ” College of Distinction” and a ” Catholic College of Distinction” 96% of all students are employed within 6-9 months of graduation

100% of students have opportunities for internships/field experiences

One of only a few colleges or universities in the nation with an innovative Employment Promise Program

Rivier Raiders compete on 13 NCAA Division III athletic teams

State-of-the-art Sim Labs provide nursing students with exceptional clinical training

Advanced BAE Research Lab provides experience in a scientific laboratory setting

On-campus Early Childhood Center is a NAEYC-accredited laboratory school

Regina Library and the Cho Educational Resource Center provide access to more than 80 online research databases and over 150,000 e-books Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC)

Education programs approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education, Division of Higher Education, Higher Education Commission.

Associate, bachelor’s, and master’s nursing programs accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000


EXPERIENCE A UNIQUE LEVEL OF CONNECTEDNESS All aspects of your Rivier experience are carefully planned to work in sync—from student life to classroom experiences to community service to your career. All these things come together to create a sum that is greater than its parts, to help our students transform from talented people to people who are capable of remarkable things. CAMPUS


While competition in its many forms is healthy, at Rivier we like to stress the lessons of collaboration. Whether competing on one of our many Division III athletic teams, running for a seat on our student government or preparing for the Harvard University conference as a member of our Model United Nations team, we believe that dynamic human interaction, teamwork, and acceptance of a wide diversity of beliefs is the best way to achieve our unified goal of serving the world. You will get involved with people like you and people not like you. Together, you will make amazing and fun things happen here at Rivier.

You will learn in an environment that expects your best and encourages you to aspire to higher levels. Faculty bring real-world experience to the classroom and are dedicated to the success of each and every student. Small class sizes ensure every voice is heard. As a Rivier student, you will develop a historical, cultural, and global perspective within your field and within a broader societal context.


When you develop your talents and share them with your community, you create ripple effects that can positively impact countless lives. At Rivier, you will get that chance with community service opportunities beginning in your freshman year.


From the moment you step on campus, you will be challenged and supported to become career ready. Classroom, internship, study abroad, and experiential learning opportunities prepare you to solve real-world problems and succeed on today’s global stage.


CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO EXPLORE NEW POSSIBILITIES Throughout your life and career, you will find that remarkable people are those who explore information and ideas from multiple viewpoints. Rivier will prepare you to think both critically and creatively, and this ability will open a world of insight and opportunities. BROADEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE Our core curriculum, Journeys of Transformation, will ask you big questions. Who am I?

Who is my neighbor?

What is the world? How shall I live? What shall I do? You will be challenged to embrace leadership roles and opportunities for service.

Ultimately, you will develop what tomorrow’s employers want and need—strong intellectual skills and practical experience. APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN

AIM HIGH AND REACH YOUR GOALS Strong academics, committed faculty, and a focus on experiential learning will guide and ground you. To build on that and help you achieve at the highest academic level, Rivier provides exceptional support through its:

• Academic Advising System

• Career Development Center

• Counseling and Wellness Center • Office of Disability Services • Service Learning Program • Student Success Program

• Writing and Resource Center

Active learning experiences in class challenge you to apply what you have learned. Leadership, service, and community activities provide new experiences, build your organizational and time management skills, and help you see situations from multiple perspectives. Internships, job shadowing, and field experiences develop your professional and people skills. Faculty, peer, and alumni mentoring support your learning and model trust and accountability.



Biology: Allied Health Concentration (Pre-Med and Pre-Vet)


General Biology Concentration


Environmental Science Concentration Biotechnology

Business B.S./MBA (4+1) Business Management Criminal Justice

Early Childhood Education Education and Community Leadership Elementary Education English


Global Studies History

Homeland and International Security Human Development Liberal Studies Marketing

Mathematics Nursing

Political Science Psychology

Public Health

Secondary Education: Biology English Mathematics Social Studies Sociology

Special Education

Business Management Chemistry

Criminal Justice Finance History

History and Political Science Homeland and International Security Marketing


Political Science Psychology

Public Health

Religious Studies Sociology

Social Work

Women’s Studies


Qualified students are invited to join the Global Scholars Honors Program. Your courses will be integrated with immersion experiences and living and learning communities, and you will take on leadership roles that will prepare you to create global solutions at all levels.




Directed career preparation is a game changer. With Rivier advisors, you will explore careers that interest you and utilize your talents. Your academic plan will combine classes and real-world experiences that provide the knowledge and skills you will need to secure your first professional position.

You will build professional skills, a network of support, and a standout resume with internships, outside research projects, and clinical and student teaching experiences. Participating in these opportunities will earn you credits and credentials that are valued by employers.

Career development starts on day one with experiential learning opportunities that extend your education beyond the classroom.

Rivier graduates will partner with you to provide in-the-field perspectives, job shadowing opportunities, and support as you build your professional network.


Hands-on learning experiences drive you to apply the knowledge you have gained to practical situations.

• Nursing students treat lifelike patient simulators in the University’s Sim Labs. • Education majors participate in K-12 classroom environments beginning in their freshman year.

• Criminal Justice majors investigate mock crime scenes and conduct forensic analysis of evidence. • Service learning experiences reflect our commitment to social responsibility and provide all students with opportunities to become involved in the community.

All majors incorporate experiences like these in classes, on campus, and in the community.



We are so confident that the Rivier educational experience will prepare you to succeed in your field that we are willing to back it up.

We promise that if you participate in and complete our Employment Promise Program, you will secure a job within nine months of graduation. If not, you will receive additional financial or educational support from the University. Find details online:

RIVIER STUDENTS HAVE INTERNED AT: AmeriCorps Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston Children’s Hospital Boston Partners Financial Group LLC Converse Ernst & Young LLP ESPN MassMutual Financial Group Massachusetts General Hospital Museum of Science, Boston Nashua Police Department National Criminal Defense College NAVTEQ NH Public School Districts PepsiCo Sports Authority Stonyfield Farm, Inc. Target Corporation The Washington Center Internship Program United Way Worldwide Verizon Wireless Walt Disney World Yankee Publishing, Inc.


Apple Inc. BAE Systems Bank of America Corporation Boeing Company Brigham and Women’s Hospital Citizens Bank Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Fidelity Investments General Electric Hearst Corporation/WMUR Interplex Engineered Products Janos Technology LLC Lahey Hospital & Medical Center Liberty Mutual Insurance Massachusetts General Hospital National Grid Oracle Corporation St. Joseph Hospital UniFirst United HealthCare Services, Inc. U.S. Public & Private Schools

Biology Field Experience, Costa Rica


EXPAND YOUR WORLDVIEW AND UNDERSTAND YOUR POWER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE When you balance a tight-knit community with a global perspective, you will develop career skills that are valuable beyond borders. At Rivier, you will come to understand your place in the world and your power to make a difference. You will consider global perspectives and develop a worldview that enables you to successfully manage people, complexity, and change in any field. JOIN A FACULTY-LED FIELD EXPERIENCE One- or two-week, faculty-led field experiences for academic credit provide students the opportunity to apply coursework and to explore other cultures.

Whether it’s studying coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands, testing water samples and educating locals about the importance of safe drinking water in Haiti, or installing a biodigester for the benefit of a farming community in Costa Rica, experiential teaching trips allow students to learn by doing and take their skills beyond the classroom into real-world settings. STUDY ABROAD

EXPERIENCE OTHER CULTURES As the world becomes more globally integrated, employers are hiring graduates that can demonstrate an intellectual and intercultural awareness. Multicultural experiences—abroad and on campus—prepare you to excel as an international citizen and professional in our global economy.

Students develop respect and appreciation for the spirit of diversity within our community and the world by participating in activities and events sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Through the Office of Global Engagement, all students are encouraged to consider a semester or year abroad. Recent destinations include Australia, China, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Nicaragua, Spain, Tanzania, and Turkey.


BUILD YOUR FUTURE IN A DYNAMIC COMMUNITY You will live and learn in a community where personal growth is emphasized and genuine relationships are invaluable. By being involved and contributing to your community, you will always get back more than you give. You will find that the moments in which you make a difference are what truly make you remarkable. JOIN A CAMPUS GROUP

Through our REACH program, your life as a student will take on new meaning. You will become an active member of an engaging, evolving community. You will develop character which will not only shape your professional outlook, but also will elevate your entire approach to life. Respect: Respect oneself and others with civility at all times.

Engagement: Actively participate in your education, learning, leading, and serving beyond the classroom in the greater global community. Accountability: Accept responsibility for your words and actions. Compassion: Commit to upholding the dignity and value of all human life and the care of all creation, seeking the common good and the well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. Honesty: Be authentic intellectually, spiritually, and socially, celebrating the open exchange of ideas and beliefs.

Clubs and organizations are the pulse of campus life. You might plan events for the campus as part of the Student Programming Board. Travel to Boston on a Business Club trip or work with inner-city children for an alternative spring break with Campus Ministry. The opportunities are endless and varied. You can even start your own club. What’s certain are the friends you will meet and the leader you will become. Amnesty International Animal Outreach Biology Club Business Club Campus Ministry Dance Team Gaming League Habitat for Humanity Honor Society of Nursing Model United Nations Psychology Club Rivier Alliance Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Student Government Association Student Nursing Association Student Programming Board Theater Company


JOIN A CIRCLE OF CHAMPIONS BE A RIV RAIDER Athletics are a vital component of student life at Rivier. Becoming a Raider is about competing, but it’s bigger than that. It’s about teamwork, leadership, and trust. You will work harder and push yourself while never forgetting your team and the larger community. This is where you will excel as a whole person—as a team member, a student, and a future leader in your field. DIVISION III TEAMS








Cross Country Soccer


Cross Country Field Hockey Soccer



RIV RAIDERS ARE MEMBERS OF THE National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Great Northeast Athletic Conference

Becoming remarkable starts with the work you put in as a student and as an athlete. You will be the one who chooses excellence from the first thing you do in the morning through the last thing you do at the end of the day. FACILITIES The Muldoon Fitness Center hosts basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, and indoor soccer, and offers fitness and weight-training equipment. The Turf Field is a stateof-the-art field for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey.

The Raiders Softball Field is a beautiful, natural grass facility, which has hosted the GNAC Championship Tournament. Riv Beach is a world-class, outdoor sand volleyball court open to all.

Holman Stadium is home field for Riv Raiders baseball. The stadium is also home to the Nashua Silver Knights of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England.

WHERE GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP MEANS GIVING BACK True to Rivier’s mission of transforming hearts and minds to serve the world, as a studentathlete, you will go beyond competing—you will give back to the community through partnerships with organizations like these: Special Olympics Team Impact

Penny Pickers

Boys & Girls Club

Nashua Soup Kitchen Easter Seals

Toys for Tots

Local K-12 schools














BE CONNECTED Rivier University is located in Nashua, New Hampshire— an hour from Boston, the seacoast, and the mountains. Even more than being an amazing place to live, Nashua is where you will get connected to your future. Rivier is ideally situated for networking with major employers in the metro areas of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. Just blocks away from campus, lively downtown Nashua offers a wide range of restaurants, retail shops, and activities. Here, you will thrive in a tight-knit, supportive community as you explore broader options for your future.




Complete application information is available online at

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1. Submit your application through the Common App or at

2. Forward your high school transcripts. (Transfer students should send high school and college transcripts.)

3. Nursing students must forward SAT and/ or ACT scores; submitting these test scores is optional for all other students. (Our CEEB code for the SAT is 3728, and for the ACT is 2520.)

4. Send at least one letter of recommendation from a counselor, teacher, or an advisor about your academic ability and character. 5. Submit an essay—find topic suggestions on the application.

6. All application materials should be submitted online, by email to, or mailed to the address at right.


Your financial aid and merit scholarship applications are handled with just as much personal attention as everything else we do. Contact our team at (603) 897-8510 or, and we’ll work together to help you navigate the financial aid process. File your FAFSA, available on October 1, including Rivier’s Title IV Code 002586. The federal priority deadline for financial aid application filing is March 1.

Student-led tours are available Monday through Friday. Please call (603) 897-8507 to schedule an appointment. Saturday Tour Days

Saturday Tour Days are offered throughout the year for weekend visits. Open Houses

Talk with faculty, staff, coaches, and students about all that Rivier has to offer, take a student-led tour, and enjoy lunch in our Dining Center. Open Houses are held on select Saturdays during the fall semester. For a schedule of campus tours and events, visit us online at CONTACT

Contact our office to speak with your admissions counselor, schedule a visit, and receive assistance with the application process.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions 420 South Main Street Nashua, NH 03060 (603) 897-8507

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