From the School

Ramapo College of New Jersey is a comprehensive institution of higher education dedicated to the promotion of teaching and learning within a strong liberal arts based curriculum, thus earning the designation "New Jersey's Public Liberal Arts College." Its curricular emphases include the liberal arts and sciences, social sciences, fine and performing arts, and professional programs such as business, nursing, and teacher certification, within a residential and sustainable living and learning environment.

Ramapo College provides academic excellence through its interdisciplinary curriculum, international education, intercultural understanding and experiential learning opportunities. These four pillars, supported by global partnerships established in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, and several Native American tribal communities, have become central themes in Ramapo College's excellence in the teaching and learning continuum.

Ramapo College provides students with individual academic attention and social support within a caring, sensitive and intellectually vigorous community. The College provides service and leadership opportunities for students and faculty through a combination of internships, field placements, community service, study abroad, and cooperative education. These opportunities allow students, faculty and staff to encounter the world beyond the campus.

Ramapo College is committed to maintaining strength and opportunity through diversity of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and economic background among faculty, staff, and students. Ramapo College is a selective institution committed to providing equal access to under-represented populations. Barrier-free, the College maintains a continuing commitment to persons with disabilities.

Ramapo College provides a rich living and learning environment through over one hundred student organizations, intramural sports, and intercollegiate athletics. The College maintains a strong positive and economic impact on the surrounding communities by partnering with area communities, corporations, schools, service organizations, and governmental entities, while sharing its intellectual and cultural resources and its facilities. Ramapo College of New Jersey is committed to providing service and ethical leadership through international understanding and the creation of 21st century partnerships.


From The School

Each year Ramapo College welcomes about 900 freshmen and 700 transfer students, primarily from the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions and from many foreign countries. You may apply online at Ramapo College is a member of the Common Application and also has its own web based application.

Ramapo College practices a holistic review process. Each application is evaluated individually with emphasis placed on academic achievement in high school and standardized test scores.

Ramapo College offers binding Early Decision for students who know Ramapo College is their number one choice. Early Decision applicants must apply by November 1st and will receive their decision by December 15th.

Students who are applying to the Nursing or Biology program must apply by December 15th. The priority deadline for merit scholarship consideration for all majors is also December 15th. The supporting documents and credential deadline (date by which Ramapo College must be receipt of your documents, including transcript, test scores, recommendation letters, and EOF questionnaire, if applicable) is January 15th.

Students wishing to apply for all other majors not for priority admission may apply by March 1st. All supporting documents must be received by March 15th. All decisions for completed applications will be sent by April 1st.

Ramapo College of New Jersey offers a variety of merit based scholarships for students who have excelled academically. Scholarship awards include the Academic Achievement Award ($12,000), the Deans Award ($24,000), Provost’s Award ($40,000) and Presidential Scholarship ($72,000) and are disbursed over the duration of four years.

Please note all applications received by December 15th are automatically reviewed for our prestigious academic scholarships. As such, all high school seniors are encouraged to apply early.

A completed application for freshmen admission includes: high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, at least one letter of recommendation, application, essay, and $60 application fee. Transfer students are encouraged to review our website for application information specific to the amount of credits they hold and program of interest.

If you have a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), you must submit an official copy of your test scores. Prospective full-time students with a GED are still required to take the SAT. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all international students and is recommended for all students who have resided in the United States fewer than four years.

Ramapo College seeks the very best students for its Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program. If you qualify, you will join a community of achievers who are supported by a partnership between the college and EOF that is outstanding not only in financial assistance to cover your college cost, but also in personal and academic counseling, career planning, and leadership training. Your admission to the Ramapo College EOF program depends upon meeting our financial eligibility requirements and academic standards.

Application Deadlines:
Early Decision: November 1st
December 15th: Biology, Nursing, Lab Sciences, Merit Scholarships*
March 1st: All other programs
If you have any questions, please e-mail us at


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 590
SAT Math
500 - 610
SAT Writing
480 - 580
ACT Composite
20 - 26


Early Decision
November 1

March 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores


From The School

Academic Programs

At Ramapo, a "liberating" education means student's gain the means to acquire the knowledge, skills, abilities, and values to seek both general and expert knowledge and expand their views of humanity in a multicultural setting.

Ramapo's curriculum provides a balance between practical and theoretical knowledge. The curriculum and support programs foster the acquisition of knowledge and skills related to individual programs of study and, ultimately, to future careers.

To strengthen the college background before concentrating on major courses for a degree, students are required to complete an all-college general education program consisting of courses in English, mathematics, the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

All students are assigned an academic advisor during their first semester, allowing the choice of major to be made by the end of the sophomore year (with the exception of Nursing and Biology). There is ample time to explore several fields of interest before selecting a major.

Majors and Degrees Offered

The College offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science, Bachelor of Science in Biology/Doctor of Physical Therapy, Bachelor of Science in Biology/Master of Science in Physician Assistant (joint degree programs with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences), Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Chiropractic (joint degree program with New York Chiropractic College); Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Optometry (join degree program with SUNY College of Optometry), Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Science in Educational Technology, Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies, Master of Arts in Special Education, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, Masters in Business Administration, Master of Science in Nursing (Nursing Education) and a Master of Social Work.

Students Say

Ramapo College of New Jersey, “located in the beautiful mountains of Mahwah,” boasts a reputation as a “small, unique, well organized, and affordable school.” This “public school that convincingly portrays itself as a private school” houses an “extraordinary nursing program” and an “amazing business school” that was “recently AACSB accredited.” The school’s strengths include “having a small student to faculty ratio” which helps foster “a liberal arts education with individualized attention.” One student raves that Ramapo is “preparing me to hold myself with professionalism and grace in the 'real world.'” Students also praise Ramapo for “the emphasis they place on outside learning and experience.” This emphasis on experiential learning includes the course enrichment component (CEC) which “allows[s] students to get real-world application of their studies.” However, numerous students find that “CEC is a waste of time and nobody gets anything out of it” and some even call for the “elimination of useless CEC component which [is] not even graded by professors.” Students are far more pleased with the “amazing faculty” at Ramapo and observe that “professors are full of life and smarts.” One satisfied student proclaims, “A majority of my professors are aware of how to teach, motivate, and inspire, instead of simply lecturing.” When it comes to the school’s administration, students vent that “too many of the offices on campus do not communicate with one another” and that “registration for classes is like a race and it is stressful.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Area Studies, Other

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Education, Other
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions, Other
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Nursing Science

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Professions and Studies, Other

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Intermedia/Multimedia
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Cathleen Benko
Vice Chair & Chief Talent Officer, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP

Keith Dawkins
Sr. Vice President, Gen. Mgr. of Nicktoons and TeenNick

Anthony J. DeCarlo
Chief Exec. Officer & VMD, Red Bank Veterinary Healthcare Network

John A. Donofrio
Chief Exec. Officer, Briarpatch Inc.

Mary R. Falvey
Exec. V.P. and Chief Human Resources Officer , Wyndham Worldwide Corp.

Gerry Guidice
Head of United States Real Estate,TD Bank

Jazz Tobaccowalla
Sr. V.P., Worldwide Biopharmaceutical Businesses, Business Technology


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Undergraduate tuition and tuition related fees are calculated on a flat rate for full-time (12 or more credits) students. Full-time charges are calculated on a flat rate between 12-18 credits. The flat rate amount is based on 16 credits. If a full-time student takes more than 18 credits, the charges are calculated on the flat rate plus the per credit rate. The rates as follows are for the 2014-2015 academic year:

Per Credit Rate/Semester Flat Rate (In-State): $418.35/$6,694.00

Per Credit Rate/Semester Flat Rate (Out-of-State): $688.65/$11,019.00

Per Credit Rate/Semester Flat Rate (Qualified Rockland County College Graduates): $554.00/$8,864.00

Financial Aid

About 40 percent of Ramapo's students receive more than $15 million in aid. This aid includes grants funds which the students are awarded but don't have to pay back and loans, which must be repaid. Students also can receive a work-study job to earn money to help pay for school.

Applying for Financial Aid:
To apply for aid at Ramapo, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and mail it by March 1. No other application forms are required. By complying with this priority deadline, students will be notified by April 1 about their expected aid package. The FAFSA is usually available from any high school after January 1, or may be found on-line at Applicants should use Ramapo's school code (009344) when filing.

Transfer students must initiate a school code change on the Student Aid Report (SAR) to ensure that their account will be appropriately credited. Students should begin this process at the time of application. Contact Ramapo's Financial Aid Office at (201) 684-7549.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

Arriving on campus amid a scenic summer landscape, students quickly realize that life at Ramapo includes a warm environment blending a diverse campus community that serves as a catalyst for study, friendship and discovery.

There is a firm belief that learning occurs both inside and outside the classroom. Both commuting and residential students have a wide variety of activities, organizations, and experiences from which to choose.

Participation enables students to become more involved with the inner workings of the campus community. Serving together with administrators, faculty members and staff, students play direct roles in planning and implementing a variety of college activities. Whatever the interest, Ramapo has an outlet to match it.

Students Say

Although general consensus is that “most people are local and from somewhere in New Jersey,” one student points out that Ramapo’s students are “anything from typical whitesuburban students, to inner-city first generation college students, to international students studying here.” Whether local or international, students at Ramapo tend to “be the easy going and down to earth type” and sport looks that are “more sweatshirt and pants than pearls and a polo.” One student observes, “Students fit in many different ways whether it be consistently being in class, joining Greek life, playing sports, or being active in student government.” Students acknowledge, “There is a separation between commuting students and on-campus students.” At the same time, as one student points out, “Students help other students fit in if they feel left out.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented




From The School


Set on approximately 300 wooded acres with a stunning mountain backdrop, the Ramapo College campus is one of the most picturesque suburban environments in American higher education. Enhancing these tranquil surroundings is the knowledge that the campus is approximately 30 miles from the nation's cultural Mecca, New York City.

A magnificent turn-of-the-century mansion sits among state-of-the-art academic buildings, residence halls, and other facilities. The campus is centrally located near county and state parks, skiing and recreation areas, as well as activities such as riding, hiking and camping. Major highways bring you right to Ramapo's doorstep.

Once on campus, Ramapo's barrier-free facilities make accessibility to all buildings, classrooms, residence halls, dining and recreation areas easy.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The campus features new and upgraded facilities that enhance all areas of campus life, including a library with electronic research facilities; a student life building with FM radio station, student offices, cafeteria, and entertainment and meeting rooms; housing for over 3,000 students; and modern academic buildings with 24-hour computer labs and a real-time Global Financial Market Trading Laboratory. The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts offers Shakespearean and Broadway theatres, fine arts studios, art galleries, photography suite, and new music recording studio. The Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center features a 1,500-seat arena, fitness center, 25-meter pool, climbing wall, jogging track, and locker room facilities. Other key campus facilities include the Salameno Spirituality Center, established in 2009; the Marge Roukema Center for International Education and Entrepreneurship, and the Sharp Sustainability Center. Set for completion in the fall 2015 semester the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence will add new, technologically advanced microbiology labs, classrooms, a student lounge and study areas.

Off-Campus Opportunities

As a progressive college with a vigilant eye to the future, Ramapo combines a comprehensive curriculum with opportunities for working partnerships in business and industry. It is these factors which help graduates develop the solid foundation of knowledge and skills, abilities and values required to be productive members of tomorrow's society.

Ramapo College's internships and cooperative education program has consistently provided a distinct advantage to Ramapo graduate school applicants and job-seekers. The percentage of Ramapo graduates who obtain entrance to graduate and professional schools has been lauded as comparable to the nation's most elite colleges. Many of these graduates point to the experiential aspect of their college preparation as a principal factor in their admission to highly ranked, prestigious graduate programs. Employers such as American Home Products, Becton Dickinson, Google, IBM, MTV, Withum Smith+Brown, Sanyo, Sharp, and Sony, among thousands of others, seek Ramapo graduates because they know a Ramapo degree represents completion of work experience in the field as well as a rigorous academic curriculum.

Student Organizations & Activities

Arriving on campus amid a scenic summer landscape, students quickly realize that life at Ramapo includes a warm environment blending a diverse campus community that serves as a catalyst for study, friendship and discovery.

There is a firm belief that learning occurs both inside and outside the classroom. Both commuting and residential students have a wide variety of activities, organizations, and experiences from which to choose.

Participation enables students to become more involved with the inner workings of the campus community. Serving together with administrators, faculty members and staff, students play direct roles in planning and implementing a variety of college activities. Whatever the interest, Ramapo has an outlet to match it.

Students Say

Ramapo College has “beautiful scenery,” “fabulous dorms” and “a chill atmosphere.” “The campus is all very new and innovative,” raves one student. Yet all its charms are not enough to offset the feeling among many students that Ramapo is “a typical suitcase school.” One student laments, “There is an extreme lack of school spirit due to the majority of students being commuters.” A fellow student shares this sentiment and says, “Sometimes the weekends make the campus a ghost town.” Part of the reason for the weekend exodus is that the school is “very strict with alcohol and parties. Students must go off campus to have any sort of fun.” Students vent that “Public safety has ruined campus life for everyone.” However, that may not do justice to the many options that the school provides to get involved. One student notes, “Students balance out class and social lives through clubs, varsity sports, intramurals, on campus jobs, Greek life, and student leader positions.” In addition, “Ramapo recently added the Disney club and Dumbledore's Army (Harry Potter club) to its list of 100+ organizations.” All in all, it seems that “People here are responsible for making their own fun

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

5% join a fraternity


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (The Roadrunners)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Ultimate Frisbee
Women's Sports (The Roadrunners)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Ultimate Frisbee

Student Services

Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Seton Hall University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: New Jersey Institute of Technology


Green Rating

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Michael Di Bartolomeo
Associate Director of Freshmen Admissions

Office of Admission
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts
The Pavilion
The Market Place at the Birch Tree Inn
J Lee's in the Student Center
The Bill Bradley Sports and Fitness center
The Salameno Spiritual Center, located next to Kameron Pond, opened in the spring of 2010. Construction of the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence begins in 2012!

Most Popular Places Off Campus
25 miles to New York City
25 miles to West Point
1 mile to the Ramapo Reservaton
20 miles to Giants Stadium and the Continent Airli
10 miles the Palisades Mall,12th largest
Campgaw ski resort within 5 miles

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Thursday, and Fridays @ Sept.-May

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Sept-May M-F 12:50 pm; Summers M-Thurs, 12:50 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Open House in the fall and spring

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

contact Mike DiBartolomeo 201-684-7302 in Admissions

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Newark International Airport in Newark, N.J. is about a 45 minute drive from campus. Rental cars are available for a trip to the campus. New Jersey Transit Trains from Hoboken, N.J. and the Shortline Bus from New York City are available to get people into Mahwah, N.J. Cab service is available for the two-mile trip from both the train and bus stations. There is a daily bus leaving campus to and from the Port Authority in New York City, as well as trips to other local destinations, such as the Palisades Mall.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the South: Route 287 North to exit 58. Make a left at the first light and another left at the second light onto Route 202 North. Take Route 202 North for about 5 miles to the campus on your right. From the New York State Thruway: Take the N.Y. State Thruway (87 South) to Route 287 South (New Jersey) exit 15 (Suffern) onto Route 17 South. Take Route 17 South for about 1 mile to exit for Route 202. After exit ramp, make a left onto Route 202 South. The Campus is 1.5 miles on your left. From the West: Follow Route 80 East to Route 287 North to exit 58. Make a left at first light, then another left at the next light onto Route 202 North. Take Route 202 North for about 5 miles to the campus entrance on your right. From the East: Follow Route 80 or Route 5 to Route 17 North. Follow directions above "From the South Using Route 17 North."

Local Accommodations
All accommodations are within 10 minutes, or less, of the campus: Please note that a large new hotel is under construction approx. 1 mile north on Rt. 202. Best Western - The Inn, 1315 Route 17 South, Ramsey, NJ,(201) 327-6700. Courtyard by Marriott, 140 Route 17 South, Mahwah, NJ,(201) 529-5200. DoubleTree Hotel, 180 Route 17 South, Mahwah, NJ,(201) 529-5880. Extended Stay America, 112 Route 17 South, Ramsey NJ,(201) 236-9996. Holiday Inn at Montvale, 100 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale, NJ,(201) 391-7700. Homewood Suites by Hilton, 375 Corporation Drive, Mahwah, NJ,(201) 760-9994. Howard Johnson Hotel, 1255 Route 17 South, Ramsey, NJ,(201) 327-4500. Residence Inn by Marriott, 7 Boroline Road, Saddle River, NJ,(201) 934-4144. Sheraton Crossroads Hotel, Route 17 North to 1 International Blvd., Mahwah, NJ,(201) 529-1660. Wellesley Inn of Ramsey, 946 Route 17 North, Ramsey, NJ,(201) 934-9250. Best Western, 26 Rt. 59, Nyack, NY,(845) 358-8100. Holiday Inn Suffern, 3 Executive Blvd., Suffern, NY,(845) 357-4800., Hilton Garden Inn, 270 Rt. 59, Nanuet, NY,(845) 623-0600. Wellesley Inn of Suffern, 17 North Airmont Rd., Suffern, NY,(845) 368-1900.
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