Rivier at a Glance

The University

  • A Catholic, coeducational university offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees through day and evening courses with on-campus, online, and hybrid formats. The University offers a liberal education emphasizing academic excellence, service, global engagement, pre-professional and professional preparation.
  • Founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary and Sister Madeleine of Jesus; named for Blessed Anne Marie Rivier.
  • More than 60 programs leading to associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees; the first doctorate of education in the state of New Hampshire and the state's first combined doctorate in psychology
  • Nashua campus: 44 buildings; more than 68 acres
  • Fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC)
  • Education programs are approved by the N.H. Department of Education, Division of Higher Education, Higher Education Commission.
  • Associate/bachelor's/master's programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org 
  • For a complete list of Rivier University's Accreditation and Memberships, visit the University's Academic Catalog. 


  • 2,599 total student population (undergraduate day and evening, graduate, full-time, and part-time)
  • 709 undergraduate day students
  • 687 professional studies students
  • 1122 graduate students
  • 81 doctoral students
  • F-1 international students from Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.
  • Student/faculty ratio 23:1 for undergraduate day classes


  • President: Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM
  • 30-member Board of Trustees
  • 12-member Alumni Council
  • 71 full-time faculty members

Tuition 2015-2016

Financial Information

  • University endowment $36.8 million as of June 30, 2014.
  • More than $31 million in financial aid (includes loans) processed annually; $7.2 million in institutional funds

Student Services

  • Four residence halls, capacity 421 students
  • Athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III and are a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)
  • Intercollegiate sports offered: Women's volleyball, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball, softball, cross-country, soccer; Men's baseball, basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball
  • Student Activities and Orientation Office offers various educational, recreational, social, and entertainment programs and services.
  • The Multicultural Office provides student advocacy, culturally based programs and scholarship opportunities for students of all cultural backgrounds.
  • The Counseling Center provides individual/group services to the full-time undergraduate community.
  • The Career Development Center offers career counseling and guidance to students and alumni related to self assessment, occupational exploration, employment, and postgraduate opportunities.
  • Campus Ministry offers pastoral counseling, retreats, Bible study, interfaith networking, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), and outreach to the needy on the local, national, and international levels.


  • 44 buildings
  • The Learning Commons, a 15,000-square-foot facility which opened in August 2014, houses academic support services -- the Writing and Resource Center, Career Development Center, Disability Services, Counseling and Wellness Center, Service Learning, and Student Success offices -- and University Advancement and Alumni Relations. 
  • Resources of the recently expanded and renovated Regina Library include approximately 90,000 print volumes, over 45,000 e-books, and an extensive inter-library loan program. Students also have online access to more than 100 licensed research databases in the academic subjects covered by the Rivier curriculum. A reference librarian is available at the library for 92 hours each week, or via phone, e-mail, text, or chat. Group studies, quiet study areas, and a café are also available at the Library.  
  • Benoit Education Center, a 43,000-square-foot fully updated complex, features:
    • The Cho Educational Resource Center (ERC), a branch of the Regina Library, contains the latest curriculum support materials including textbooks, educational software, hands-on learning tools, and children’s books.
    • The Landry Early Childhood Center/Laboratory School serves 200 children, ages 6 months to 6 years.
  • Laboratories for: biology, chemistry/physics/nursing, computers, imaging, psychology, video, and writing
  • Sylvia Trottier Hall, with a 26,600 square-foot, 3-story addition built in 1998 and fully equipped laboratories and teaching facilities for nursing programs
  • The McLean Financial Center provides access to real-time financial data and live world headline news.
  • BAE Student Research Lab
  • The Academic Computer Center
  • Writing and Resource Center for tutoring and study support in core areas
  • Muldoon Health and Fitness Center
  • Art Gallery
  • Career Development Center


  • More than 19,000 alumni transforming hearts and minds throughout the country and around the world.
  • The Alumni Council represents the Alumni Association and supports Rivier's mission and advancement efforts.

Community Services

  • Speakers Bureau (faculty and staff) with expertise ranging from parenting to international affairs
  • Art Gallery (free and open to the public)
  • Student internships (paid and unpaid)
  • Humanities Series features free or minimal-charge events (performers, lecturers, concerts, etc.)
  • Partnerships with several Nashua-area elementary schools
  • Special programs: summer camps (Camp Robotech, Sports Camps); Rivier University Teacher Recertification Program which offers POPs, and CEUs applicable to Massachusetts and New Hampshire recertification.

Conference Services

  • Provides meeting space for community meetings and a variety of other related activities

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Rivier University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran or marital status, sex, 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, ext. 8210 for employees; Vice-President for Student Development, ext. 8249 for students. You may reach them at their office extensions or at Email TitleIXcoordinator. Inquiries concerning the application of nondiscrimination policies may also be referred to the Regional Director, Boston Office, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. 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.

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