Rivier University

Nashua, NH 03060
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Rivier University is one of the twelve private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges in New Hampshire. The campus is located in an urban area, in Nashua.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 2,431 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 267 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 195 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 73%). Every year 54% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Rivier University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $29,990, and fees were $1,100. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $29,990 and $1,100 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleSmall City
Number of Students2,431
Student to Faculty Ratio13:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate73%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 5 35
Bachelor's degree 9 180
Master's degree 3 36
Post-master's certificate 0 4
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 92%

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Institutional Accreditations
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
12/01/1948 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
04/01/1988 - Current
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
10/01/1996 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
11/01/1991 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$345/credit
In State Students$345/credit
Out of State Students$345/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$570/credit
In State Students$570/credit
Out of State Students$570/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $15,525 $15,525 $15,525
ADN 70 $24,150 $24,150 $24,150
BSN 125 $43,125 $43,125 $43,125
FNP 50 $28,500 $28,500 $28,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Rivier University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 40% $4,343
Other Federal Grant 17% $1,036
State Grant & Scholarships 12% $2,994
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 99% $19,136
Federal Student Loans 92% $6,133
Private Loans 22% $13,684


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$21,794
$30,001 to $48,000$22,523
$48,001 to $75,000$23,228
$75,001 to $110,000$24,910
Over $110,000$25,052

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Non-resident alien

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and New Hampshire state board of nursing.
Rivier University
420 South Main St
Nashua, NH 03060

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