Rivier University

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Rivier University
AffiliationCatholic Church
EndowmentUS$36.8 million[1]
PresidentSister Paula Marie Buley, IHM[2]
Academic staff
74 full time faculty members, 30 members on Board of Trustees, 12 members on Alumni Council
Location, ,
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 located in Nashua, New Hampshire.


Named in honor of Blessed Anne-Marie Rivier,[4] foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Rivier College was founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in Hudson, New Hampshire. In 1941, the college moved to its current location in Nashua where it became Rivier University on July 1, 2012. It became co-ed, admitting its first male undergraduate students in 1991.


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.[5] Rivier is a member of the New Hampshire College and University Council,[6] 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.

Student life

Rivier University has four residence halls, which can hold up to approximately 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

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2014. Rivier University. "Rivier at a glance". Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Sr. Paula Marie Buley, IHM appointed 12th President of Rivier University," http://www.rivier.edu/news/Default.aspx?ID=19047, retrieved October 22, 2011.
  3. ^ "Rivier College to Become Rivier University", http://www.rivier.edu/news/default.aspx?id=20415, retrieved May 23, 2012.
  4. ^ Rivier University. "History". Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  5. ^ "The University". Rivier at a Glance. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
  6. ^ The New Hampshire College & University Council. "Our Campuses". Retrieved 24 October 2013.

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