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Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mahwah, NJ


  • Type
    4-year • Public
  • Campus Life
    Medium • Suburban
  • Average Per Year After Aid
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Ramapo College of New Jersey is a medium, 4-year, public school. This coed college is located in a suburban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers certificate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

From the Institution

Ramapo College, New Jersey's Public Liberal Arts College, is dedicated to providing students a strong foundation for a lifetime of achievement and committed to academic excellence through providing students with interdisciplinary and experiential learning and international and intercultural understanding opportunities. Ramapo emphasizes teaching and individual attention to all students while promoting diversity, inclusiveness, sustainability, student engagement, and community involvement. Ranked among the top 10 Best Regional Universities in the Northern Region by U.S. News & World Report, Ramapo College of New Jersey is sometimes mistaken for a private college. This is, in part, due to its unique interdisciplinary academic structure, its relatively small size, and its pastoral setting in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains on the New Jersey-New York border. Ramapo College proudly shares our numerous accolades including but not limited to the following: Innovative School (2022 U.S. News & World Report); #1 among the 9 Public Colleges in New Jersey (2021 College Choice's 20 Best Colleges in New Jersey); 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America (CondeNast Traveler); #1 for Residence Halls among all New Jersey Colleges and Universities (2022 Best College Dorms in America by Niche); Best Value Colleges and Universities (2022 College Consensus); Best College for Your Money (2022 Money Magazine); 100 Best Values in Public Colleges (Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine for 14 years straight); Top 10 Ranking in Forbes' America's Best Colleges for 2021; Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges (John Templeton Foundation); 10th for Best Colleges for Veteran Students (2022 U.S. News & World Report); Gold Award Recipient (2022-2023 Military-Friendly Schools); and Top Ranking on the Best Disability-Friendly Schools list (Great Value Colleges). Ramapo College offers Bachelor's degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences, and the sciences, as well as in professional studies including nursing, social work, and teacher education (elementary and secondary level) The College also offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and nine Master's degree programs, as well as articulated programs with eight institutions of higher education in New York and New Jersey. The majority of students enrolled at Ramapo complete our Career Pathways Program within their first two years, and many choose to study abroad, join some of our more than 150 student clubs, and are inducted into honor societies or Greek organizations. Ramapo offers an average class size of 21, which affords students the opportunity to develop close ties to Ramapo's exceptional faculty, and a current average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Approximately 92 percent of full-time faculty hold terminal degrees in their fields. In June 2020, Ramapo's accreditation was reaffirmed by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education after a comprehensive evaluation and campus visit, which resulted in multiple commendations and no requirements or recommendations. Ramapo programs have been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Ramapo College expanded its George T. Potter library facilities and services, which are now located in the Peter P. Mercer Learning Commons state-of-the-art building that opened in Fall 2021. Ramapo welcomed our fifth president, Dr. Cindy R. Jebb, in July 2021. Currently, Dr. Jebb is in the midst of chartering the next "Strategic plan" for the institution, which is expected to be unveiled by January 2023. The strategic planning process, initiated in November 2021, has included roundtable sessions on related topics, and involved collecting meaningful information from the college community.

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