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On Campus Plus in New Jersey

Key information

Study in

Start dates:
August, January.

August start:
Semester 1, August – December
Semester 2, January – May
January start:
Semester 1, January – May
Semester 2, August – December
Course length:
2 semesters (per year)
Class size range:
17 on average

Entry requirements

Completed Senior High School and a minimum GPA of 2.5 (3.0 for sciences)
TOEFL iBT 79 (15 section minimum) / IELTS 6.0 (5.5 band minimum) or equivalent*
Minimum age:

If your TOEFL/ IELTS score is lower than the above, you can still apply for this program but will need to take 1–4 terms of the Undergraduate Preparation Program to progress your English language to the required score.


On Campus Plus at Rider University is the unique, fast, and direct pathway to a degree at your dream school in the North east of America, or beyond.

Our pathways are designed to integrate with the unique flexibility of the US university transfer system. This means after one or two years at Rider you can choose to complete your major at a range of university options throughout the New Jersey area, or the wider USA.

Or you are guaranteed progression to years 2, 3 and 4 at Rider. Either way, you will be on track to complete your degree in as little as 4 years.

The New Jersey Advantage


The state of New Jersey has over 60 institutes of higher education, including Ivy League university Princeton. Add to this the huge array of high-ranking universities in neighboring northeastern states and the local progression options are endless.


New Jersey enjoys a great location on the Eastern seaboard of the US, close to major cities including New York, Washington and Philadelphia. With 127 miles of coastline, the area enjoys great beaches and bustling seaside towns, but also boasts some thriving, cosmopolitan cities. Its many state parks and rural areas explain its title of America’s ‘Garden State’. 


A thriving center for industry, New Jersey is the home headquarters for more than 20 Fortune 500 companies. While there are many types of businesses based in the state, the life sciences, financial services, and IT industries are especially prominent.


The On Campus Plus program ensures that international students acclimatize to the USA university system while attending the same classes as their American fellow students. Staff at the Kings Center on campus are on hand to counsel students on their study plan in their Year 1 and advise students on next steps, ie. what they want to study from their Sophomore Year onwards and where.

Students can choose to stay on at Rider, or transfer to another respected US university.

Find out more about where our students have progressed

From Kings Life

Portrait of student Akshay Soundara Rajan on the Rider University campus.

Akshay from Malaysia completed four semesters at Rider University before successfully transferring to Ohio State University.

Read the full blog post

About Rider

Rider University logoLocated across two campuses, one in the town of Lawrenceville and the other in Princeton, Rider University offers students easy access to the vibrant hubs of New York City and Philadelphia.
A private, coeducational university which dates back to 1865, Rider offers more than 70 degree programs in business, education, liberal arts and sciences, and fine arts, music and performing arts.


  • #23, Regional Universities (North) in 2015 U.S. News and World Report rankings
  • #26 in Best Value Schools
  • Listed in Best Undergraduate Business Programs

At a glance

Location: Lawrenceville Township, New Jersey

Founded: 1865

Student Population: Over 4,400 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students

Enrollment Dates: September

Degree Level Available: Undergraduate / Graduate 

Type of Institution: Private

Admissions criteria

Recommended scores

  • TOEFL iBT 79, IELTS 6.0
  • Average Secondary School GPA: 2.5
  • Average Transfer College GPA: 3.5


Students must show evidence of preparation through examination results. A number of standardized tests, including many national secondary exams, are accepted.

Testing Waivers

Students who have completed at least 2 semesters of full-time college-level courses in the US by the time of application may be eligible for testing waivers.

Program structure and content

The undergraduate program is taught by Rider faculty. Depending on the pathway you choose, you will take a broad range of classes which combine American and international students. You will follow the course in the same way as your American classmates.

Academic modules across 4 subject pathways

Students choose one of four subject pathways:

  • Pre-engineering
  • Applied Sciences
  • Business
  • Performing Arts


  • Elements of Finite Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Algebra and Trigonometry (3 credits)
  • Calculus I (4 credits)
  • Calculus II (4 credits)
  • Calculus III (4 credits)
  • General Physics I (4 credits)
  • General Physics II (4 credits)

Applied Sciences

  • Introduction to the Integrated Sciences and Math (4 credits)
  • Life Science: Cell Biology and Genetics Emphasis (3 credits)
  • Life Science: Ecobotanical Emphasis (3 credits)
  • Life Science: Human Disease Emphasis (3 credits)
  • Principles of Biology I (4 credits)
  • Principles of Biology II (4 credits)
  • Chemistry and Contemporary Society (3 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • Calculus I (4 credits)
  • Calculus II (4 credits)


  • Information Systems Essentials (3 credits)
  • Expository Writing (3 credits)
  • Research Writing (3 credits)
  • Calculus (4 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (3 credits)
  • Career Planning and Perspectives I (1 credit)
  • Speech Communication (3 credits)
  • Communication, Culture and Media (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Business (3 credits)
  • Understanding Global Relations (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Applied Statistics (3 credits)

Performing Arts

  • Survey of Art History I (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Expository Writing (3 credits)
  • Expository Writing (3 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Music Theory Through Dalcroze Eurythmics (3 credits)
  • Great Ideas I (3 credits)
  • Survey of Music History I (3 credits)
  • Survey of Music History II (3 credits)
  • Theatre History to 1700 (3 credits)
  • Theatre History Since 1700 (3 credits)
  • Acting I (3 credits)
  • Survey of Dance History (3 credits)
  • History of Movement Theory (3 credits)
  • Music Theory I (3 credits)
  • Music Theory I Lab (1 credit)
  • Design and Building for Theater

Support from the Kings Center on campus

Aside from the Academic modules, On Campus Plus students benefit from on-going support from a dedicated team at the Kings Center on campus who provide all the essential skills needed to succeed in the American university system.

Our rigorous student support program is designed to ensure you quickly settle in to American college life, and to maximise your potential in everything from English and study skills to extracurricular experience. It includes the following components:

1. Profile Analyzer

We will:

  • Find out your academic strengths
  • Discuss your intended major or final degree with you
  • Work out how much language development you need for your transfer school
  • Establish whether you have any special talents in sports or the arts
  • Discuss whether you are aiming for a public or private university
  • Talk to you about where in the USA you want to transfer

2. Profile Builder

We will:

  • Work with you to help you write a great Personal Statement
  • Improve your interview skills and techniques
  • Develop your leadership profile and skills
  • Suggest community and volunteering activities in which you can participate
  • Help you maximize any available scholarship opportunities for sports or the arts
  • Work with you to develop your personal and communication skills

3. Academic Guidance
We will:

  • Create weekly lesson plans, regular quizzes, seminars and writing assignments
  • Incorporate technology into your study plan to make your learning come alive
  • Provide you with regular guidance on subject and major choices
  • Give you techniques and skills to improve note-taking, listening and speaking
  • Ensure you benefit from up to 10 hours per week of guided private study
  • Provide regular seminars and workshops aimed at developing your student profile
  • Guide you on writing skills, editing and proofreading documents

4. Regular Personal Assessment

We will:

  • Provide you with regular tests and assessments
  • Offer opportunities for one-to-one counseling
  • Make sure you have detailed feedback from your teachers
  • Schedule regular meetings with Kings advising staff
  • Give you written assignments which count towards your final grade
  • Provide regular examination practice
  • Issue you with a formal report which you can discuss with Kings academic staff

5. Personal Care and Support

We will:

  • Ensure you always have access to specialized care from our Advising Center
  • Support you with any housing issues you might have
  • Help you adapt to the US higher education system and culture
  • Help you develop strong links with University departments and faculty
  • Utilize technology to ensure timely and effective communication with you