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Rivier University celebrates the opening of Rivier Village residence halls

The University hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday to celebrate the opening of Rivier Village, an apartment-style residential complex and the newest in a series of completed construction and renovation projects.

Members of the Board of Trustees and local dignitaries including The Honorable Jim Donchess, Nashua’s Mayor, were in attendance along with students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

The opening of Rivier Village for the spring semester in January follows the highest fall enrollment in the University’s history.

“The newest investment in the student experience, Rivier Village is a tangible demonstration of the University’s dynamic growth,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President. “The new residences will accommodate Rivier’s expansion and provide opportunities for upper-level students to experience independent, apartment-style living prior to their transition to professional life.”

Sister Helene Cote, pm, Provincial Superior of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, offered a blessing and invocation, and The Honorable Jim Donchess recognized Rivier’s significant development and important contributions to the city of Nashua.

Rivier juniors Sam Tibbetts (homeland and international security major from Gray, Maine) and Alicia Martinez (biology major from Haverhill, R.I.) expressed gratitude on behalf of the University’s residential student population.

Designed for upper-level students to live more independently, each apartment suite contains four-to-six bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, a living room, a full kitchen, and washer and dryer units.

With an increase in the number of student-athletes and business and nursing matriculations, the two new residence halls proactively address growing enrollments at the University while providing additional on-campus housing options.

Rivier Village is the most recent project in Rivier’s ongoing campus enhancement plan. In 2020, the University opened a state-of-the-art, 36,000-square-foot Science and Innovation Center. In 2022, the Nursing Simulation and Clinical Education Center transformed nursing education for undergraduate and graduate students with new, cutting-edge simulation technology.

Later that year, Business and Security Studies facilities were completely renovated to provide advanced technologies, including cybersecurity laboratories, within a professional work environment. Athletics facilities have also been enhanced and upgraded in recent years, providing more opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the intercollegiate level.

Rivier offers more than 60 programs from the associate to doctoral degree level in business, nursing, public health, biology, biotechnology, education, computer science, cybersecurity management, and a variety of other in-demand fields. Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions at or (603) 897-8507 to learn more.