At Rivier University Online, we provide convenient and affordable career-advancing programs with a foundation in the liberal arts and a focus on active learning. Our goal is to provide individual focus to each of our students, helping them to become analytical thinkers with sound judgment, and a strong desire to serve the world.

As a member of the Rivier community, you will have access to dynamic faculty members, who have both academic credentials and real-world experience. Whether on campus or online, they are always available to answer questions, provide an explanation or simply help students learn what they want to know. Experience the Rivier Advantage, with personal advising and a commitment to helping students reach their academic and professional goals.

Rivier University was established in 1933 and is named in honor of Blessed Anne Marie Rivier, foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. Initially named Rivier College, the campus moved from Hudson to Nashua, New Hampshire in 1941 and the institution officially became Rivier University on July 1, 2012 and offers online and on-campus programs from the associate to doctoral levels.


Rivier University is a Catholic institution of higher education dedicated to transforming hearts and minds to serve the world.


With a strong Roman Catholic heritage, Rivier is dedicated to educating the whole person — mind, body and spirit — and our Christian and Catholic values inform what we teach and what we talk about as a community. We challenge the University community to search for truth through the dialogue between faith and reason.


Rivier University is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Education programs are approved by the New Hampshire State Department of Education.Rivier University has applied for candidacy status to obtain Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accreditation for the DNP. All other Rivier nursing programs (Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s) are accredited by ACEN.