Facts and Statistics

Rivier University is a Catholic, coeducational not-for-profit university offering Undergraduate, Professional Studies, Graduate, and Doctoral degrees.

Rivier At-a-Glance

  • Founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and Sister Madeleine of Jesus; named for Blessed Anne Marie Rivier
  • More than 70 programs leading to associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees
  • Nashua, NH campus: 45 buildings; more than 68 acres


  • Accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE)
  • Education programs are approved by the N.H. Department of Education, Division of Higher Education, Higher Education Commission.
  • ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates, and DNP programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Ga 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org.
  • 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.
  • Doctor of Psychology in Counseling and School Psychology (Psy.D.) received accreditation on contingency by the American Psychological Association (APA). 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.

Student Population

  • 2,238 total student population (Undergraduate, Professional Studies, Graduate, and Doctoral students)
    • 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 $41 million as of June 30, 2020
  • More than $32 million in financial aid (includes loans) processed annually; more than $14 million in institutional funds


  • More than 23,000 alumni transforming hearts and minds throughout the country and around the world
  • The Alumni Council represents the Alumni Association and fosters alumni engagement


  • Through Conference Services, the University provides a venue for meetings and conference for local business and community organizations.
  • The faculty and staff serve as a resource with expertise ranging from parenting to nursing to cybersecurity to international affairs
  • A variety of University events including speaker and lecture series are open to the community. View the University events calendar.
  • Special programs: summer camps (STEM Camp, Cyber Camp, Sports Camps); Rivier University Teacher Re-certification Program which offers POPs, and CEUs applicable to Massachusetts and New Hampshire re-certification.

Rivier University does not discriminate in its application process. Read our non-discrimination policy.