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 Commission on Higher Education, Inc (NECHE). In addition, the following online programs have specific accreditation:

  • Education programs are approved by the NH Department of Education, Division of Higher Education, Higher Education Commission.
  • Rivier University’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates and DNP programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga 30326, (404) 975-5000,
  • Rivier’s undergraduate business programs in business administration, business management, finance, and marketing, as well as the University’s Master of Business Administration programs, are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213, (913) 339-9356,
  • Rivier’s Doctor of Psychology in Counseling and School Psychology (Psy.D.) received accreditation on contingency by the American Psychological Association (APA), the national accreditation agency for programs in health service psychology. Rivier is one of only two institutions in New Hampshire to receive APA accreditation for the Psy.D. program.