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Rivier College
Rivier College 420 South Main St Nashua, NH 03060 Phone: (603) 888-1311
  • General Information
    About Rivier College

    One of the College's greatest strengths is its Roman Catholic heritage. For more than 70 years, Rivier's founders, the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, have played a leading role in making the College a place where Judeo-Christian and Catholic values inform what we teach and what we talk about as a community. Rivier students are an active and caring group. Some come to campus ready to expand on the community service they did in high school, while others are inspired to jump in and take part once they get here. In the past year, Rivier students made quilts for babies affected by the AIDS virus, served as mentors to elementary school students, built low-income housing, and traveled to Houston to work with children in crisis, among many other activities. Through its Campus Ministry and Volunteer Services Office, the College offers motivated students countless ways to make a difference. The Rivier Mission Core mission Founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Rivier College is a Catholic institution of higher education dedicated to transforming hearts and minds to serve the world. Full mission Founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Rivier College is a Catholic institution of higher education dedicated to transforming hearts and minds to serve the world. As a co-educational institution of higher learning, the College is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students in both the liberal arts and professional courses of study. Committed to the faith heritage, intellectual tradition, and social teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, the College educates the whole person in the context of an academic community that cultivates critical thought, sound judgment, and respect for all people. This community supports the intellectual growth of all its members while offering them opportunities for social, cultural, moral, and spiritual development. The challenge to the College community is to search for truth through the dialogue between faith and reason. Rivier creates an environment in which integrated learning is the shared responsibility of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and is pursued in all the curricular and co-curricular programs of the College. To participate in the life of Rivier College is to strive for academic excellence, to take responsibility for ourselves and for others, and to engage in dialogue about basic human issues facing society, especially the plight of the poor and powerless. The College extends to all of its members and also to the greater community an invitation to join in intellectual inquiry and dialogue.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Private not-for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • Teacher certification
    • Distance learning opportunities
    Student Services
    • Remedial services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    • Placement services for completers
    • On-campus day care for students' children
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experiences
    • Advanced placement (AP) credits
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.
    Religious Affiliation
    • Roman Catholic
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Associate's degree
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Postbaccalaureate certificate
    • Master's degree
    • Post-master's certificate
    Campus Setting
    • City: Small
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 878
    Percent Admitted 81%
    Men Admitted 80%
    Women Admitted 81%
    Full Time Retention Rate 77%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 420 510
      Math 420 510
      Writing 430 510
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 16 22
      English 19 21
      Math 16 23
      Writing 0 22
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 2,762
    Native American 12.0
    Asian 77.0
    African American 43.0
    Hispanic 64.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 969
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 198

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