Rivier College

Rivier College

Rivier College was founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. It is a private college of liberal arts and is located in Nashua, New Hampshire. The campus of the college is spread across an area of more than 65 acres. The college offers a number of programs in liberal arts, sciences and the professions. It offers over 60 master's, bachelor's and associate's degrees. Rivier College is organized into the following schools:

  • School of Undergraduate Studies
  • School of Graduate Studies

Rivier College's athletics department fields more than 12 men's and women's sports teams. They compete in National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division III. They are nicknamed as the Raiders and participate in sports including basketball, baseball, softball, cross country, and soccer.

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Contacting Rivier College

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

Rivier College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine178registered nursing, nursing science
Education and Teaching128curriculum and instruction, educational administration, education of emotionally disturbed, education of learning disabled, early childhood special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, early childhood education, ...
Business and Management89business management, human resources
Liberal Arts33English, English composition, creative writing, English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities, interdisciplinary studies, international relations, political science, ...
Therapy and Counseling19psychology, school psychology
Computer Science and Engineering17computer and info science, computer science
Media13communication studies
Family and Social Work12family studies
Art Studies10art studies
Security and Law Enforcement10criminal justice and administration

Number of programs and degrees for Rivier College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree19618
Master's degree19221
Associate's degree1257
Postbaccalaureate certificate31

Rivier College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Rivier College had a total enrollment of 2,177 students (1,678 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 19%
Women 81%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 62%
Graduate 38%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 1%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 16%
20-21 18%
22-24 12%
25-29 14%
30-34 8%
35-39 9%
40-49 15%
50-64 6%
65+ 0%

Rivier College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 69 %
Part-Time 59 %

Rivier College Room and Board (2007)

Rivier College offers campus housing for 423 of its 1,678 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Nashua, New Hampshire for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other New Hampshire Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Rivier College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal420510
SAT Math420510
SAT Writing430510
ACT Verbal1921
ACT Math1623
ACT Composite1622

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT96%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT10%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Rivier College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 22,800
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 22,800
Room and board $ 8,718
Room charge $ 4,848
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,870
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Rivier College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 258600)

Rivier College Faculty

Rivier College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track58
Non-tenured and not on tenure track321

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*0*
Associate professorcalendar year0*1*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*2*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year11$67,4216$60,290
Associate professoracademic year6$56,83416$55,471
Assistant professoracademic year4$47,08710$55,544
Instructoracademic year1*11$43,113
All faculty totalacademic year22$59,59043$52,999

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Rivier College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Great Northeast Athletic Conference
Baseball Great Northeast Athletic Conference
Track Great Northeast Athletic Conference

Rivier College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Education/Teaching Individuals - Specific Learning Disabilities
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Liberal Arts
Creative Writing
English Composition
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Science (MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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What Sets Rivier College Apart:

Female % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 8%Rivier College Female % of student body
% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Rivier College % of degrees in education and teaching
% students 40 years or older
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Rivier College % students 40 years or older
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Rivier College % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine

checked Roman Catholic affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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