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.

Overview

Applicants
6,297
Acceptance Rate
55%
Average HS GPA
3.21

GPA Breakdown

18%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

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

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Overall

From The School

At Ramapo, a "liberating" education means students 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 midway through the sophomore year (with the exception of Nursing and Biology). There is ample time to explore several fields of interest before selecting a major.

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

Student/Faculty
17.5:1
Total Faculty
465
with Terminal Degree

235
Women
230
Men
87
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
80%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

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

Overview

From The School

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 12-19 credits. The flat rate amount is based on 16 credits. If a full-time student takes more than 19 credits, the charges are calculated on the flat rate plus the per credit rate. The rates as follows are for the 2010-2011 academic year:

Per Credit Rate/Semester Flat Rate (In-State): $371.05/$5,936.80

Per Credit Rate/Semester Flat Rate (Out-of-State): $614.95/$9839.20

Per Credit Rate/Semester Flat Rate (Qualified Rockland County College Graduates): $493.00/$7,888.00

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
68
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,288

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,969

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,330

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,993

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
67%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$12,618

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,650
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,300
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,400

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$714
Transportation for Commuters
$3,150

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

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

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

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

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
27

Demographics

6.57%
Asian
5.59%
African-American
13.58%
Hispanic
65.04%
Caucasian
7.52%
Unknown
1.61%
International

Overview

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.

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
48%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
77
First-Year Students living on campus
78%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
93

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
80
Number of Honor Societies
22

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations
6

5% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (The Roadrunners)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Bowling
Cross Country
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Ultimate Frisbee
Volleyball
Women's Sports (The Roadrunners)
13 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Ultimate Frisbee
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
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

Sustainability

Green Rating
70

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
64

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Michael Di Bartolomeo
Associate Director of Freshmen Admissions

Address
Office of Admission
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430

Phone
201-684-7302

Email
admissions@ramapo.edu

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
12:45-2:00
201-684-7302

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
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Open House in the fall and spring

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
contact Mike DiBartolomeo 201-684-7302 in Admissions

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
www.ramapo.edu/admissions/index.html

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

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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6,297
Applicants
0
Size
55%
Acceptance Rate
1100
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