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Rivier University to expand residential student experience this fall

Rivier Village's new apartment-style, residence halls will welcome students in Fall 2023.

Rivier Village residential hallsThe construction of Rivier Village is underway, and the University anticipates opening its two newest apartment-style, residence halls this fall. The new facilities will occupy a city block across from the Science and Innovation Center on South Main Street in Nashua, New Hampshire.

“Rivier Village is a tangible demonstration of the University’s dynamic growth,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President. “With record enrollment and the growth of Rivier Athletics through the addition of men’s and women’s ice hockey programs, expanding our residential facilities was identified as the next initiative in our multi-year strategic plan.”

The addition of ice hockey to the University’s NCAA Division III line-up has increased enrollment of a more geographically diverse student body. Additional enrollments in Rivier’s nursing and business programs, as well as an increase in international students, have also contributed to the University’s growth.

Designed for upper-level students to live more independently, each apartment suite will contain four-to-six single bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, a living room, a full kitchen, and washer and dryer units. A 12-month rental option is available. The village concept will include open, green areas and a parking space for each student housed in the apartments.

“Rivier Village residence halls will support the University’s enrollment growth and expand the residential experience for our students,” says Dr. Karen Scolforo, Vice President for Student Affairs. “Juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to live on campus and experience a more independent lifestyle before they transition to their first professional roles and life after college.”

Rivier Village residential housing

View from the corner of South Main and Clement Streets. Rendering by Derck & Edson, LLC.

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.

Rivier offers more than 70 programs from the associate to doctoral degree level including a variety of in-demand programs in nursing, public health, biology, biotechnology, business, cybersecurity management, homeland security, sport management, counseling, education, and more. To learn more about competitive financial aid packages and an innovative Employment Promise Program, prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions at (603) 897-8507 or