Our Mission

Rivier's Academic Goals

Through its curriculum, Rivier University seeks to:

  • Develop creative approaches to problem-solving, promote intellectual curiosity, and engender a lifelong commitment to learning.
  • Promote ethical awareness, personal accountability, and a strong commitment to community.
  • Foster a sense of the sacred and of the dignity of the human person, particularly as expressed through the Catholic tradition.
  • Cultivate the ability to place oneself, one’s discipline, and one’s society in historical, cultural, and global perspective.
  • Foster the ability to reason critically and use sound reasoning.
  • Develop the capacity for precise and articulate communication—written, oral, visual, and quantitative.
  • Promote an understanding of the special disciplinary approaches and contributions of the arts and sciences.
  • Prepare students to function as skilled professionals in their chosen careers.

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Established in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Rivier University is a Catholic, co-educational institution offering undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional courses of study. One of the most affordable private institutions in the region, Rivier is proud of its strong academic programs, close-knit community, and commitment to service.