You can begin your studies in the fall, spring, or summer—with one course at a time, or more. As you develop your program of study, be sure to explore the many flexible options we offer, from transfer credit, credit for prior learning, to challenge exams to help you achieve your goals more quickly. Consult with one of our academic advisors to learn how your educational background and life and work experience can enhance your path to advancement and success.
The Application Process
If you are ready to enroll, but have questions about your academic program or transfer of credit, call us today at (603) 897-8219 to arrange an appointment with the Office of Undergraduate Professional Studies Admissions.
If you want to start by taking a class before enrolling in a program, visit the Registrar's Office page for current course schedule and registration information. Our Academic Advisors will help you get started. Submit your application material to the Office of Undergraduate Professional Studies Admissions, 420 South Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060. Official Electronic Transcripts, letters of recommendation and essays may be emailed directly from the school or author to firstname.lastname@example.org. A personal interview is optional.
- Application for admission (Apply online –or– download an application)
- Official high school transcript or GED. Non-nursing transfer applicants with an associate’s degree do not need to submit high school transcripts.
- One letter of recommendation from an employer, professor, or professional colleague.
- Essay: A personal statement, one or two pages in length, which addresses one of the following questions:
- Looking out 5 years from now, where do you see yourself on your career path? Describe how your academic and/or life experiences have shaped and might help you reach your career goals. Please develop at least two specific examples.
- Rivier University is a Catholic university dedicated to transforming hearts and minds to serve the world. Help us understand how your background and interests match the mission of Rivier University. In your response, feel free not only to draw upon your past, but also to look forward: what do you want to study, and why? What do you plan to do with your degree that will connect to Rivier University’s mission?
- Transfer students: In addition to the above, official transcripts from all previously attended colleges. Rivier University may request that you obtain catalogs or course descriptions if necessary to evaluate course work.
- Applicants who are not LPNs or RNs and who wish to major in Nursing must provide evidence of satisfactory completion (70 percent or higher) of high school or college chemistry and algebra. Students who have not taken the SAT I or ACT within a six-year period are required to take the HESI (A2) Admission Assessment Exam.
- Advanced Placement for Licensed Practical Nurses (AP-LPN): Associate of Science Degree Program: Licensed Practical Nurses are eligible to apply for advanced placement in the A.S. nursing program following admission to the University in the Undeclared major. Applicants may be granted advanced placement contingent upon proof of LPN licensure, a review of their LPN curriculum, acceptable performance on the HESI (A2) Admission Assessment Exam and the successful completion or equivalent challenge examination of these courses: Anatomy and Physiology I and II; Nursing 101 (Nursing Fundamentals); Nursing 102 (Care of the Adult I).
Rivier employs a system of rolling admissions. Through this method, students may apply for admission at any time and are notified of acceptance 2 to 4 weeks from the date their application is complete.
We accept credits from regionally accredited 2- and 4-year institutions. To transfer credits, you should request that your official transcript be sent to: Rivier University, Office of Undergraduate Professional Studies Admissions, 420 South Main Street, Nashua, NH 03060. Your advisor will review transcript and determine how many credits are transferable to your chosen program of study.