Rivier University, formerly Rivier College, was founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary in Hudson, New Hampshire. The congregation named the college in honor of its foundress, Anne – Marie Rivier.
In 1941, the college moved to its present campus location in Nashua.
The university was incorporated in 1935 and granted to offer both graduate and undergraduate level programs.
The university is known to be a private catholic liberal arts university with over 2000 students and 47 doctoral students headed by its president Sister Paula Marce Buley.