Understand the application process, requirements, and deadlines you need to know about to successfully apply to Rivier.
Rivier offers first-time undergraduate students:
Beautiful New England Campuswith a supportive community close to home
InnovativeEmployment Promise Program:The only University in New Hampshire to promise invested students that they will secure a full-time job within nine months of graduation. If they do not, they will receive additional financial or educational support.
Affordable Tuition and Housing Costs
Financial Aid AssistanceandNo Application Feeincluding the Common Application
Personal Academic and Career Advisingupon entry and throughout your entire experience
Standardized Test Scores are Optional for All Majors Including Nursing
At Rivier, you’ll get much more than a quality education. You’ll be supported by an incredible community of learners and backed by state-of-the-art resources and professionals that will prepare you for your career.
Essay/Writing Sample: Topics are listed on the application form. The writing sample on the Common Application will be sufficient.
Official High School Transcript or GED
Official College Transcript(s): Submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended
Standardized Test Scores are Optional for all Majors Including Nursing. If you are 23 years of age or older you are not required to submit SAT I or ACT scores, but you may be asked to take an alternative aptitude examination at the request of the Admissions Committee.
SAT code number is 3728
ACT code number is 2520
Letter of Recommendation: Your recommendation may be from a guidance counselor, teacher, or advisor concerning academic ability and character. Specific requirements exist for:
Home-schooled students: two letters of recommendation are suggested.
Transfer nursing students: two letters of recommendation are required.
Adults returning to school after an extended time: obtain a letter of recommendation from an employer or professional in the community.
Home-schooled applicants only:
Submit an academic portfolio consisting of graded work. Specific requirements include an English essay, science project/lab/report, and a social sciences research or analytical paper.
You may apply to Rivier at any time.
You will be notified of an admission decision two to four weeks from the date your application was received.
We recommend that you submit applications by March 1 for fall semester and by November 1 for spring semester; however, qualified students are admitted to the University as long as space is available.
Freshmen candidates for fall admissions who have strong academic records through their junior year of high school may apply Early Action and receive an admission decision early. Under Early Action:
Applicants are reviewed for admission based on their academic record through junior year.
The Admissions Committee will begin a review of Early Action applications in September and notify applicants on a rolling basis through December.
Students reviewed for Early Action but not accepted at that time will be asked to submit first quarter senior year grades and will be considered under the Rolling Admission program.
Apply for admission or speak to an admissions counselor to start your educational journey today!
We award more than $14 million in need- and merit-based institutional aid annually. Rivier awards 100% of our full-time undergraduate students some form of aid. We are here to guide you through the process.
We hear it time and time again, "Once I stepped on campus, I knew." Our campus is special, and the only way to know that is to experience it first-hand. Join us for a tour, Open House, or Information Session, and you'll know too.