Student housing 101: Learn at Mercer CC, live at Rider U.

Schools hope arrangement will lead to more matriculation between them

In what is an uncommon arrangement in the state of New Jersey, students taking classes at Mercer County Community College can now live on campus at Rider University in Lawrenceville.

The agreement provides MCCC students with a specialized rate on room and board at Rider, enabling them to immerse themselves in the residential life at the university, enjoying access to a wide range of essential student services including housing, dining, transportation, health care and more.

Of course, the arrangement could lead to more.

Students who successfully complete an associate degree from MCCC and choose to transfer to Rider can extend the discount for an additional two years. The agreement actualizes ideas first presented in an October 2021 memorandum of understanding.

Rider President Gregory Dell’Omo praised the agreement.

“We are proud to offer competitive room and board rates as well as other benefits to neighboring students at Mercer County Community College,” he said. “For those that choose to continue their educational journey at Rider after completing their associate degree, they will already be fully embedded within our welcoming and vibrant community.”

MCCC students who take advantage of Rider’s residential living program will benefit from the use of the university’s facilities, such as Moore Library, the Schimek Family Fitness Center, the Rider University Bookstore, all dining and food service venues, the student health center, on-campus parking and shuttle service for pre-scheduled routes.

“Our new agreement with Rider allows us to offer students a valuable community college experience enriched with residential housing, plus a clear path toward a bachelor’s degree from a leading New Jersey university,” MCCC President Deborah Preston said.

“This collaboration will open a wealth of opportunities for students, including those from other counties, states and countries.”

The program is open to current and prospective students enrolling at MCCC for the Fall 2023 semester and beyond.

For more information on the housing agreement between MCCC and Rider University, including how to take advantage of this opportunity, please visit the MCCC and Rider University housing webpages.