Whatever your individual learning style, Rivier has an academic environment that will meet your needs. Our professors recognize the wealth of life experiences and knowledge you bring to the classroom and will challenge you to draw on those experiences to meet your personal goals.
You’ll find yourself in a learning environment where your viewpoint is respected, where you’ll learn from other students in the classroom as well as from your professors, and where you are encouraged to think beyond the textbook. Assignments are value-oriented, linking your experience and knowledge to your program of study.
We have many flexible academic options to accommodate your interests and schedule. You can choose from 30 evening undergraduate programs of study in the liberal arts and professional studies, including education, nursing, business, English, and more. Many classes meet one night per week, and a variety of disciplines offer accelerated Saturday classes and online courses.
Our academic advisors will ease your transition into college life and keep you on track throughout your college career. You will be assigned a personal advisor who understands your life demands and will help you to define your goals and guide you on your chosen path of study. In addition, faculty are available to help you decide on a sequence of courses in your major and career options.
Rivier’s faculty are not only distinguished scholars, but experienced and caring teachers dedicated to creating a supportive learning environment. We offer small classes where you receive the personal attention you need to succeed.
Extensive Support Services
A successful college experience is more than what takes place in the classroom. It includes extensive support services in writing, research, career assessment, and computing. Rivier offers that extra help with many on-site services for evening students.
• The Writing Center is staffed by experienced writers and editors ready to help you organize, write, or revise your research papers and assignments. Take advantage of drop-in tutoring hours or classes in grammar and study skills.
• Our Academic Computer Center offers a large local area network of high-speed Pentium workstations and on-site assistants who will readily help you with any computing needs or questions.
• The Regina Library and Cho Educational Resource Center give you easy access to many holdings and extensive online databases, as well as to experienced staff who will guide you through the research process.
• The Career Development Center will help you assess your aptitude, interests, and career opportunities and assist with resume writing, interviewing, and job placement. The Center offers individual counseling, workshops, and computerized career guidance.
Alternative Options for Earning Credit
At Rivier, we know you’re coming to college with a lot of work and life experience. In addition to transfer credits and completed coursework, we offer several options for earning credits:
• The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) provides you with the opportunity to earn college credits by successfully testing your knowledge in select subject areas.
• The Credit for Prior Learning Program and Class allow you to demonstrate your proficiency and earn credit by creating a portfolio for review and attending a one-credit class.
• Child Development Associate Credentials offer the option of earning credit for previous training, coursework, and experience in early childhood education.
• The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support or DANTES program gives military students or veterans an opportunity to receive credit for coursework, training, and experiences while serving in the armed forces.
• Challenge Exams are offered once each semester for students who would like to test their knowledge in specific Rivier courses and earn credit without completing the required coursework.
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: Director of Human Resources in Molloy Hall, ext. 8210 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.