Rivier University

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Rivier University
Religious affiliation
Catholic Church
EndowmentUS$37.3 million (as of June 30, 2017)[1]
PresidentSister Paula Marie Buley, I.H.M.[2]
Academic staff
74 full time faculty members, 30 members on Board of Trustees, 12 members on Alumni Council
Location, ,
United States

42°44′20″N 71°27′19″W / 42.73889°N 71.45528°W / 42.73889; -71.45528Coordinates: 42°44′20″N 71°27′19″W / 42.73889°N 71.45528°W / 42.73889; -71.45528
ColorsBlue and White         
AthleticsNCAA Division III

Rivier University, formerly Rivier College,[3] is a private Catholic liberal arts university in Nashua, New Hampshire.


Rivier College was founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in Hudson, New Hampshire. The congregation named the college in honor of its foundress, Blessed Anne-Marie Rivier.[1] In 1941, the college moved to its current location in Nashua. In 1991, it became co-ed, admitting its first male undergraduate students. It became Rivier University on July 1, 2012.[3]


Regina Library

Rivier University enrolls approximately 2500 students. It includes the School of Undergraduate Studies, which includes traditional day programs and a Professional Studies Division for undergraduate online and evening programs, and the School of Graduate Studies.[1] Rivier is a member of the New Hampshire College & University Council,[4] a consortium of institutions of higher learning. The university offers traditional courses, online courses, and hybrid courses. Rivier University's campus consists of 44 buildings spread over 68 acres in Nashua, New Hampshire.

As of 2006, the largest major at Rivier is Teacher Education, which comprises 30% of the undergraduates; while the second largest major is Nursing, which comprises 26% of the undergraduates. Other popular majors include Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Business.

Rivier is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). Nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The institution is also regulated by the New Hampshire Department of Education. [1]

Student life[edit]

Rivier University has four residence halls, accommodating 421 students. Rivier offers intercollegiate club sports and has a student activities office, a multicultural office, counseling center, career development center, and campus ministry. Rivier has a chapter of Habitat for Humanity. There is a Model United Nations Club, a Business Club, a Biology club, Cheerleading Club, and a Fine Arts Society along with numerous other organizations. Students typically join clubs based on the focus of their undergraduate education, but club membership is open to any interested student. Student clubs and activities are student-run, some with faculty advisors. Club funding is delineated through the school's Student Government Association.


Rivier University teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Raiders are a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Rivier at a Glance". Rivier. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "Sr. Paula Marie Buley, IHM appointed 12th President of Rivier University". Rivier. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Rivier College to Become Rivier University". Rivier. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
  4. ^ New Hampshire College & University Council. "Our Campuses". Retrieved October 24, 2013.

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