Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements & Applicant Information

Rivier University seeks to admit a diverse undergraduate class of actively engaged learners; men and women who seek to learn about themselves, their community, the world around them and live the University mission of “Transforming Hearts and Minds to Serve the World.” Rivier’s undergraduate core curriculum invites students to initiate several “Journeys of Transformation" and explore how to think about things in new ways by taking on new perspectives of self, the world, and others guided by central questions of: Who am I and What Is the World? Who is My Neighbor? How Shall We Live? What, then, Shall We Do? Together these initiate a journey of self-awareness and inquiry, perspective formation and creativity, and service. Are you ready to initiate your “Journeys of Transformation” as a student at Rivier? It will be life changing!

Requirements for First-Time Students 
Candidates for admission should have the following:

  • 4 years of English
  • 2 years of Social Sciences
  • 1 year of Laboratory Sciences
  • 3 years of Mathematics (Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry)
  • 2 years of Foreign Language – optional

Students need a total of 16 units - the remaining units may be made up from any academic subjects in an accredited high school curriculum. Exceptions to the above curriculum, which may include students with equivalent diplomas such as the GED, are reviewed on an individual basis.

Nursing Admission Requirements for First-Time Students
Candidates for nursing must have following to be considered for admission to nursing:

  1. High School Courses Required
    • Chemistry
    • Biology or A&P
    • Algebra I
    • Additional Mathematics Course
  2. SAT or ACT
  3. TEAS V (only if no SAT/ACT within last 6 years)

Applicants to nursing who do not meet the admission criteria but are otherwise admissible to the University may be offered admission to the Pre-professional Healthcare Program.

Applying to Rivier
Students applying to Rivier must submit the following:

  1. Application for Admission
    • Rivier’s application, or
    • The Common Application
  2. Essay/Writing Sample
    • Topics are listed on the application form. The writing sample on the Common Application will be sufficient. 
  3. Official High School Transcript or GED
  4. Official College Transcript(s)
    • Submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended
  5. Standardized Test Scores- optional for non-nursing majors.
    • Required for nursing applicants.
    • SAT code number is 3728
    • ACT code number is 2520
    • Applicants 23 years of age or older are not required to submit SAT I or ACT scores but may be asked to take an alternative aptitude examination at the request of the Admissions Committee.
  6. Letter of recommendation
    • Recommendation may be from a guidance counselor, teacher, or advisor concerning academic ability and character. Two letters of recommendation are suggested for homeschooled students.
    • Two letters of recommendation are required for transfer nursing students.
  7. Adults who are returning to school after an extended length of time should obtain a letter of recommendation from an employer or professional in the community.
  8. Personal interview and campus tour are both highly recommended although not required.
  9. Homeschooled applicants: 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.

Rolling Admissions

Students may apply to Rivier any time. Qualified students are notified of an admission decision 2 to 4 weeks from the date their application is complete. The University recommends that students submit applications by March 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester, however, qualified students are admitted to the University as long as space is available.

Early Action

Freshman 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 review of Early Action applications in September and notify applicants on a rolling basis through December 1. 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.

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