Commonly Asked Questions

How do I apply to Rivier?
Undergraduate students wishing to attend day classes full-time or part-time can apply online with a Rivier online application or select Rivier University on The Common Application.

What are your application deadlines?

Students may apply to Rivier any time. Qualified students are notified of an admission decision 2 to 4 weeks from the date their application is complete. The University recommends that students submit applications by March 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester, however, qualified students are admitted to the University as long as space is available.

Do you have early decision or early action?

Applicants may apply to Rivier Early Action no later than November 15th and can use grades earned through junior year. Decisions are sent to student by December 15th if the applicant’s file is complete. Rivier does not have an Early Decision (binding) admission process.

What should I expect during my interview and is it required?
You will sit down with an admissions counselor who will cover program information, the application process, financial aid and tuition, and campus life. Your admissions counselor will ask questions about what you participate in outside of the classroom, volunteer work, employment, and athletics or intramurals. While not required, the interview gives your admissions counselor a chance to get to know you better.

How important are standardized test scores in the admissions process?

Rivier University is now test-optional for admission to all programs except nursing. The SAT I or ACT are required for admission to nursing only and are used as part of the evaluation process. Students who chose to submit test scores for admission to all other programs may do so.

What does “test-optional” mean?

Applicants for all majors, except nursing, may apply for the fall 2016 semester without submitting standardized test scores. Those applying to Rivier University who wish to include standardized test scores may still submit test scores as part of their application. Applicant files are read holistically reviewing high school coursework which will continue to be the most important factor in Rivier’s review process. Letters of recommendation, essay and other supporting documents allow admission counselors to fully review an application.

What are the codes to have my ACT/SAT test scores sent to Rivier University?

Rivier's SAT code number is 3728 and our ACT code number is 2520.

Do you give credit for AP or college level courses taken in high school?
Incoming first-year students who have obtained a score of three or higher on the Advanced Placement Test of the College Board may submit officials score for credit at Rivier. Each request for credit will be considered individually and the amount of credit granted toward a degree will be determined after reviewing the student’s record and examination scores.

What do you look at when evaluating an application?

When we consider your application, we evaluate the overall strength of your high school record, your letters of recommendation, application essay, extracurricular activities, volunteerism, community service and your employment history, if applicable. An interview with your personal admissions counselor is highly recommended.

How many transfer credits can be accepted?
Up to 45 credits may be transferred into an associate degree and up to 90 into a bachelor’s degree program.

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