Rivier at a Glance

The University

  • A Catholic coeducational liberal arts university offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees through day and evening courses with on-campus, online and hybrid formats. Emphasizes academic excellence, service, global engagement, pre-professional and professional preparation
  • Two schools: School of Undergraduate Studies, School of Graduate Studies
  • Founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and Sister Madeleine of Jesus; named for Blessed Anne Marie Rivier
  • More than 60 programs leading to associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees; the first doctorate of education in the state of New Hampshire and the state's first combined doctorate in psychology
  • Nashua campus: 44 buildings; more than 68 acres
  • Fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
  • Education programs approved by the NH State Department of Education
  • Associate/bachelor's/master's programs accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.nlnac.org 


  • 2,346 total student population (undergraduate day and evening, graduate, full-time and part-time)
  • 873 undergraduate day students
  • 718 professional studies students
  • 686 graduate students
  • 69 doctoral students
  • F-1 international students from India, Thailand, China, Spain, Iran, Australia, Greece
  • Student/faculty ratio 20:1 for undergraduate day classes


  • President: Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM
  • 30-member Board of Trustees
  • 12-member Alumni Council
  • 71 full-time faculty members


 Tuition (2014-2015) 


  • Full-time Undergraduate Day Tuition (12 or more credits): $14,150/semester
  • Room and Board: $5,885/semester (double room and a 19-meal plan)
  • Undergraduate Day Courses (1-11 credits) and nursing clinicals: $943/credit

Undergraduate Evening (face-to-face, hybrid, and online): 

  • Tuition: $320/credit
  • Nursing Clinical Courses: $943/credit
  • Full-time Undergraduate Evening Tuition (12 or more credits): $14,150 per semester*
    *Students taking a combination of undergraduate day and evening courses are charged the full-time Undergraduate Evening Tuition rate of $14,150 per semester for 12 or more credits. 


  • Tuition (face-to-face, hybrid, and online): $530/credit
  • Nursing Clinical Courses: $943/credit


  • Doctorate of Education Courses (face-to-face, hybrid, and online): $570/credit
  • Doctorate of Psychology Courses (800+ level courses): $820/credit  

Financial Information

  • University endowment $29.9 million as of June 30, 2011.
  • More than $29 million in financial aid (includes loans) processed annually; $7.2 million in institutional funds

Student Services

  • Four residence halls, capacity 421 students
  • Athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III and are a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)
  • Intercollegiate sports offered: Women's volleyball, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball, softball, cross-country, soccer; Men's baseball, basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball
  • Student Activities and Orientation Office offers various educational, recreational, social and entertainment programs and services
  • The Multicultural Office provides student advocacy, culturally based programs and scholarship opportunities for students of all cultural backgrounds
  • Counseling Center provides individual/group services to full-time undergraduate community
  • Career Development Center offers career counseling and guidance to students and alumni related to self assessment, occupational exploration, employment and postgraduate opportunities
  • Campus Ministry offers pastoral counseling, retreats, Bible study, interfaith networking, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), and outreach to the needy on the local, national, and international levels


  • 44 buildings
  • Resources of the recently expanded and renovated Regina Library include approximately 90,000 print volumes, over 45,000 e-books, and an extensive interlibrary loan program. Students also have online access to more than 100 licensed research databases in the academic subjects covered by the Rivier curriculum. A reference librarian is available at the library for 92 hours each week, or via phone, e-mail, text or chat. Group studies, quiet study areas, and a café are also available at the Library.  
  • Benoit Education Center, a 43,000-square-foot fully updated complex, features:
    • The Cho Educational Resource Center (ERC), a branch of the Regina Library, contains the latest curriculum support materials including textbooks, educational software, hands-on learning tools, and children’s books.
    • Landry Early Childhood Center/Laboratory School serving 200 children, ages 6 months to 6 years
  • Laboratories for: biology, chemistry/physics/nursing, computers, imaging, psychology, video, and writing
  • Sylvia Trottier Hall, with a 26,600 square-foot, 3-story addition built in 1998 and fully equipped laboratories and teaching facilities for nursing programs
  • McLean Financial Center provides access to real-time financial data and live world headline news
  • BAE Student Research Lab
  • The Academic Computer Center
  • Writing and Resource Center for tutoring and study support in core areas
  • Muldoon Health and Fitness Center
  • Art Gallery
  • Career Development Center


  • More than 18,000 alumni worldwide, which includes more than 10,000 in New England, 6,000 living in New Hampshire

Community Services

  • Speakers Bureau (faculty and staff) with expertise ranging from parenting to international affairs
  • Art Gallery (free and open to the public)
  • Student internships (paid and unpaid)
  • Humanities Series features free or minimal-charge events (performers, lecturers, concerts, etc.)
  • Partnerships with several Nashua-area elementary schools
  • Special programs: summer camps (Camp Robotech, Sports Camps); Rivier University Teacher Recertification Program which offers POPs, and CEUs applicable to Massachusetts and New Hampshire recertification.

Conference Services

  • Provides meeting space for community meetings and a variety of other related activities

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Rivier University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran or marital status, sex or disability in admission or access to, treatment in or employment in its programs and activities, and Title IX requires that the University not discriminate on the bases stated above. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding Title IX and the nondiscrimination policies: Director of Human Resources, ext. 8210 for employees; Vice-President for Student Development, ext. 8249 for students. You may reach them at their office extensions or at TitleIXcoordinator@rivier.edu. Inquiries concerning the application of nondiscrimination policies may also be referred to the Regional Director, Boston Office, Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3921, P: (617) 289-0111, F: (617) 289-0150; TDD: (877) 521-2172, OCR.Boston@ed.gov.

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