Rivier at a Glance

About Rivier at a Glance

The University

  • A Catholic, coeducational not-for-profit university offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees through day and evening courses with on-campus, online, and hybrid formats. The University offers a liberal education emphasizing academic excellence, service, global engagement, pre-professional and professional preparation.
  • Founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and Sister Madeleine of Jesus; named for Blessed Anne Marie Rivier.
  • More than 50 programs leading to associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees; the first Doctor of Education and the first combined Doctor of Psychology degrees in the state of New Hampshire
  • Nashua campus: 45 buildings; more than 68 acres
  • Accredited by the  New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE)
  • Education programs are approved by the NH Department of Education, Division of Higher Education, Higher Education Commission.
  • Rivier University’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates and DNP programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org.
  • Rivier’s undergraduate business programs in business administration, business management, finance, and marketing, as well as the University’s Master of Business Administration programs, are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213, (913) 339-9356, www.acbsp.org.
  • Rivier’s Doctor of Psychology in Counseling and School Psychology (Psy.D.) received accreditation on contingency by the American Psychological Association (APA), the national accreditation agency for programs in health service psychology. Rivier is one of only two institutions in New Hampshire to receive APA accreditation for the Psy.D. program.
  • For a complete list of Rivier University’s Accreditation and Memberships, visit the University’s Academic Catalog.


Take an Aerial Tour


  • 2,238 total student population (undergraduate day and professional studies, graduate, doctoral, full-time, and part-time)
  • 943 undergraduate day students
  • 428 professional studies students
  • 770 graduate students
  • 92 doctoral students
  • F-1 international students from Bangladesh, China, Ecuador, India, Iran, Nepal, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Korea, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.
  • Student/faculty ratio 12:1


Financial Information

  • University endowment $37.3 million as of June 30, 2017.
  • More than $31 million in financial aid (includes loans) processed annually; more than $13 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.
  • The Counseling Center provides individual/group services to the full-time undergraduate community.
  • The 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
  • The Learning Commons, a 15,000-square-foot facility, houses academic support services—the Academic Support Center, Career Development Center, Disability Services, Counseling and Wellness Center, Service Learning, and Student Success offices—and University Advancement and Alumni Relations.
  • Resources of the recently expanded and renovated Regina Library include approximately 90,000 print volumes, over 45,000 e-books, and an extensive inter-library 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.
    • The Landry Early Childhood Center/Laboratory School serves 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
  • The McLean Financial Center provides access to real-time financial data and live world headline news.
  • BAE Student Research Lab
  • The Academic Computer Center
  • Academic Support Center for tutoring and study support in core areas
  • Muldoon Health and Fitness Center
  • Art Gallery
  • Career Development Center


  • More than 20,000 alumni transforming hearts and minds throughout the country and around the world.
  • The Alumni Council represents the Alumni Association and supports Rivier’s mission and advancement efforts.

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, gender identity, sexual orientation 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: Human Resources Manager in Molloy Hall, ext. 8221 for employees; Vice President for Student Affairs in the Dion Center, ext. 8249 for students. You may reach them at their office extensions, email 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.