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Rivier University recognized for nationally ranked degree programs

Rivier University's top rankings reflect the academic integrity and value of a Rivier education.

Rivier University has been awarded top ranking status for multiple degree programs by, an organization that provides unbiased research results to assist prospective college students. The company recently released its 2021 higher education resource guide ranking thousands of U.S. institutions based on an assessment of 2,277 accredited colleges and universities. Each program was evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

“The academic integrity and value of a Rivier education are reflected in the results of this extensive study,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President. “We view these top rankings as fulfilling the University’s motto—Altiora et Meliora, Higher and Better—a tenet to which the University, our students, and our graduates ascribe and continuously strive to achieve.”

The 2021 rankings were calculated through a unique scoring system that includes student engagement, the potential return on investment, and leading third-party evaluations. analyzed thousands of schools with comparable programs on a scale of 0 to 100, with Rivier University making it to the final list in four categories. The methodology uses an algorithm that collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each university’s program.

Rivier University has been recognized for earning the following national rankings:Rivier top program rankings

These top program awards complement Rivier’s ranking as the #1 Private Nursing School in New Hampshire and a Top 100 U.S. Nursing School by Nursing Schools Almanac. Additional programs have been highlighted by other organizations. In 2020, Rivier’s online RN to BSN program was ranked #1 in New Hampshire by, and their online MBA in Healthcare Administration earned a ranking in the top five programs across the country in an EduMed education survey of 7,700 institutions.

“In principle and practice, we’re committed to the process of continual improvement for our degree programs,” says Dr. Amir Toosi, Dean of the Division of Business and Security Studies. “Curriculum and course content are reviewed and revised regularly to address the most current business theory and applications. Our graduates can apply their learning in the workplace throughout their program, benefiting themselves and their employers well before graduation.”

Rivier’s online and on-campus MBA programs have received highly sought after accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP accreditation evaluates aspects of leadership, strategic planning, relationships with stakeholders, the quality of academic programs, faculty credentials, and educational support to determine whether the business programs offer a rigorous educational experience and demonstrate continuous quality improvement.

Rivier offers more than 70 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. For information on Rivier University and its academic programs, visit Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions at or (603) 897-8507 to learn more.