From the School

Ripon College is Wisconsin?s best-value private college and a national leader in liberal arts education, devoted to ensuring every student realizes their unique potential. Ninety-six percent of alumni are employed, in graduate school or student-teaching within six months.

Ripon College is a national leader in liberal arts and sciences education and Wisconsin?s best-value private college, devoted to ensuring every student realizes their unique potential. Ninety-six percent of alumni are employed, in graduate school or student-teaching within six months.

Established in 1851, Ripon College is a national leader in liberal arts and sciences education and Wisconsin?s best-value private college, devoted to ensuring every student realizes their unique potential. Students receive a top notch private education at a net price similar to a state school. Ripon?s five-course Catalyst curriculum rigorously develops the 21st-century skills employers seek while streamlining the path to graduation. The core only requires 20 credits and upon completion each student earns a concentration in Applied Innovation. Students enjoy extensive freedom to pursue multiple majors and minors, study abroad and intern ? all in just four years. Students are overwhelmingly satisfied with the amount of personalized attention they receive from devoted faculty and staff throughout their time on campus. Within six months of graduation, 96 percent of alumni are employed, in graduate school or student-teaching.

Ripon is a member of the prestigious Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). We compete athletically as part of the Midwest Conference and offer 21 NCAA Division III varsity teams. Our brand new $23.5 million Willmore Center provides students with state-of-the-art facilities to train and workout, and boasts the best NCAA indoor track in Wisconsin. To find out more, visit

Ripon has a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1, and the average class size is fewer than 20 students. As a matter of fact, 76 percent of classes at Ripon have fewer than 20 students, and 92 percent of classes have fewer than 30 students.


From The School

Ripon encourages applications from those students who are best prepared to benefit from and contribute to the academic and extracurricular programs that it offers. In evaluating applications, attention is paid to evidence of academic achievement, as indicated both by the distribution of courses taken in secondary school and by performance in those courses.

The faculty committee on academic standards establishes the criteria for admission. Ripon is now test optional. We will consider test scores if you elect to submit them.

For more information contact:
Admission Office
Ripon College
300 Seward Street
PO Box 248
Ripon, WI 54971
Telephone: 800-947-4766


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

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 610
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 650

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 600

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 26

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record


Selectivity Rating

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Academic Programs

Our innovative new curriculum, Catalyst, began rolling out to the first-year class during the fall semester of 2016. The five-course curriculum rigorously develops the 21st-century skills that employers seek while streamlining the path to graduation. Catalyst ensures students have extensive freedom and are able to complete multiple majors and minors, study abroad and hold internships in four years.

Ripon's liberal arts curriculum introduces students to a wide variety of disciplines. About 40 percent of our students complete double or triple majors, while some create special self-designed majors. Hallmarks of a Ripon education are excellent communications skills, both written and oral; critical-thinking and problem-solving skills; and the opportunity to explore serious research pursuits alongside faculty as an undergraduate, no matter what your major.

A Ripon education will take you anywhere! You could study psychology and play basketball at Ripon, and then become a seven-time Grammy winner like jazz singer Al Jarreau (1962). You could become a Nobel Prize winner in economics like Oliver Williamson (1954). You could guide the space shuttle into orbit like Jeff Bantle (1980), a chief flight director with NASA, or become an international opera star like Gail Dobish (1976). Perhaps you'll set records in medical science like neonatologist Dr. John Muraskas (1978), who is on record for saving the world's smallest premature baby, or cover world events, like Richard Threlkeld (1959), former Moscow correspondent for CBS News. You could make your mark in the world of entertainment like Harrison Ford (1964), Spencer Tracy (1924) or Justin Neibank (1978). Or perhaps you'll end up studying at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar like Zach Morris (2002), who also found time to play touch football with former President Bill Clinton and spent an evening at Buckingham Palace with the Queen.

Majors and Degrees Offered

Ripon College offers a four-year graduation guarantee with 31 majors and 42 minors, including a variety of fast-track pre-professional programs. Every student graduates with a concentration in Applied Innovation upon completing the five-course Catalyst curriculum.

Majors include Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Chemistry-Biology, Communication, Economics, Educational Studies, English, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science/Athletic Training Track, Foreign Languages, Global Studies, History, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physical Science, Politics and Government, Psychobiology, Psychology, Recreation Physical Education, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, Sport Management, Studio Art, and Theatre.

Minors include American Studies, Anthropology, Applied Communication, ARMS (Ancient, Renaissance & Medieval Studies), Art History, Astronomy, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Coaching, Communication, Criminal Justice, Dramatic Literature, Economics, Educational Studies, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Biology, Francophone Studies, French, Health, History, Latin, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Law and Society, Mathematics, Military Leadership, Music, National Security Studies, Nonprofit Management, Philosophy, Physics, Politics and Government, Psychology, Religion, Socially Responsible Leadership, Sociology, Spanish, Studio Art, Theatre Production, Women’s and Gender Studies.

Pre-professional programs include Government Service, Journalism, Library and Information Science, Military Leadership, Ministry, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law, Pre-Med & Health Sciences (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, podiatry, physical therapy, pharmacy, nursing, chiropractic medicine, sports medicine), and Social Work.

Teacher certification is offered in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle/Junior High, Secondary, and Bilingual/ESL. In addition, Ripon offers licensure in 21 subject areas. Teacher certification programs approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction prepare students for licensure at the early childhood/middle childhood level (grades PK through 5), the middle childhood/early adolescence level (grades 1 through 8), and the early adolescence/adolescence level (grades 6 through 12). The educational studies department also offers PK-12 certification programs in art, foreign language (French and Spanish), music, physical education, physical education and health, and theatre (pending program approval).

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

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



  • Latin American Studies.


  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.


  • Business/Commerce, General.


  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.


  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Health Teacher Education.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.


  • Engineering, Other.


  • English Language and Literature, General.


  • Spanish Language and Literature.


  • Pre-Chiropractic Studies.
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Nursing Studies.
  • Pre-Optometry Studies.
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies.
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies.
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies.


  • History, General.


  • Pre-Law Studies.


  • Mathematics, General.


  • Biological and Physical Sciences.


  • Environmental Studies.


  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.


  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.


  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.


  • Psychology, General.


  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.


  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Music, Other.

Students Say

Described as a "close-knit community," "Ripon is a place where a student's best interest matters; all other agendas are secondary." One student chose Ripon because, "I was looking for a liberal arts school that allowed me to do the things I like, namely, be involved in multiple student groups, study abroad, and take classes in different fields, all of which I have been able to do at Ripon." The "quiet beauty," "welcoming nature of the campus," along with "small class sizes and a lot of personal attention from professors" create a "friendly, homeaway-from-home atmosphere." Students appreciate the education they are receiving and how it prepares them for a productive life after college. The school's motto, "more together" "is exactly what our school is all about; becoming something more with the help of those here to guide us." "Ripon College prepares students to be productive, service-minded leaders who are ready and willing to influence the direction of our nation's future." "Ripon College is not all about sitting in a classroom listening to lectures and taking notes; it's about teaching us to become more educated in the world around us and helping us to develop the skills needed to succeed." "The hands-on, experiential, servicelearning projects have been particularly valuable for my own personal growth and for preparing me for life after college." Another student agrees, saying, "Ripon is a prime example of a college with a positive and supportive living and learning community." "Ripon professors provide an interesting and intellectually challenging environment for students to discuss and to learn." Students say, Ripon is an "amazing community of learners and educators who support one another" and a "unique institution that helps ordinary people uncover their extraordinary potential to do great things." Professors "are not just teachers, but mentors!" Scholarships make a Ripon College education possible for some that otherwise could not attend. One student says, "They offered me a great scholarship and were really willing to work with me to make my college education affordable."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Harrison Ford
Actor and producer

Al Jarreau
Seven-time Grammy Award winning jazz singer

Jeffrey Bantle

Spencer Tracy
Nine-time academy award winning actor

Elda Emma Anderson
American physicist and health researcher, Manhattan project, atomic bomb

Dick Bennett
Hall of Fame Basketball Coach

Justin Niebank
Grammy award-winning country music mix engineer

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


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Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

Pursuing a college degree is an important investment in your future. That?s why at Ripon College your family?s financial circumstances will never affect our admission decision. We provide 100 percent of our students with the financial assistance necessary to graduate and make it our mission to ensure a great economic value per every dollar spent. Tuition is $43,508, Room and Board is $8,401, and fees are $300, for a total cost of $52,209

Financial Aid

We are proud to offer our students competitive packages with funding from many sources: merit-based scholarships, need-based grants, educational loans, work study and scholarships from outside organizations. Academic scholarships range from $20,000 to $34,000 per year.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

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

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

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

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

The faculty committee on academic standards establishes the criteria for admission. The school considers a variety of factors. An admission application and secondary school record are required for admission while standardized test scores (SAT or ACT), recommendations, a written essay, and extracurricular or community service activities may also be considered. Ripon's admission process reflects the personal attention students can expect to receive during their college careers, and applicants are encouraged to provide any additional information that they consider helpful.

From pre-professional programs to paintballing, Ripon College hosts more than 60 student-run clubs and organizations. Students at Ripon are encouraged to lead the programs, supported by the Student Senate’s activity fee. This allows students to collaborate together in conceiving, organizing, marketing and developing unique activities.

In addition, Ripon offers a variety of intramural sports throughout the year, including: kickball, dodgeball, flag football, indoor soccer, inner tube water polo, basketball, bowling, volleyball and aerobics.

Ripon's NCAA Division III Intercollegiate Teams compete in the Midwest Conference:

Men's varsity sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, cycling, football, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field.

Women's varsity sports: basketball, dance, cross-country, cycling, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



54% female
46% male
30% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Students Say

A typical Ripon student is described as "laid-back and friendly." One student cautions, "You have to plan extra time in between classes because you're guaranteed to be stopped by someone you know along the way to talk for a few minutes." Students are "outgoing, personable, and motivated," "involved in multiple clubs," and may "hold more than one internship at a time. From Student Senate to Ultimate Frisbee to volunteering in the community, there is never a lack of activities in which one can participate." Students are "always looking for something new and exciting to do, and [are] ready to volunteer their time and energy to someone in need."


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The College is located in the historic city of Ripon, Wisconsin — a friendly, safe community of just under 8,000 people, 80 miles northwest of Milwaukee, 70 miles southwest of Green Bay, 73 miles northeast of Madison, 180 miles northwest of Chicago and 255 miles southeast of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. The nearest airport is 40 minutes away in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The campus spans 250 tree-lined acres and includes 27 buildings — 10 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A sustainable campus, Ripon is home to the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy with 130 acres of native prairie, oak savanna and wetland habitat in the making.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

The Ripon campus is adjacent to downtown Ripon and includes tree-lined walkways and 27 buildings — 10 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Historic limestone buildings are complemented with more modern structures and continual updates, such as an apartment-style residence hall, a $22.5 million renovation and expansion of athletics, health and wellness facilities, and upgrades to the student union, dining facilities, and student activity spaces.

The athletics, health and wellness facilities are undergoing a $22 million renovation and expansion that will feature new classrooms, an atrium and state-of-the-art fitness center, and an NCAA indoor track, performance courts, fitness studios, athletic training center, and other upgrades that are set to be completed in August 2017.

Ripon College provides a secure, high-speed (802.11ac) WiFi network in every building on campus. In addition, a state of the art fiber optic network (10 Gb/s) connects all academic buildings, administrative buildings and residence halls. Connectivity to the Internet and Internet2 is provided by WiscNet at a speed of 1 Gb/s.

Student, faculty, and staff are issued a G Suite account that offers a variety of productivity tools (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Hangouts…) to enhance campus collaboration and communication. Multi-functional devices (MFDs) are located in every academic and administrative building to service the campus printing, copying and scanning needs. The College also has a 3D printer that several faculty have incorporated into their course curricula.

Open-use computer labs are located across campus, offering both Windows and Mac OS devices, projectors, and MFDs.

Ripon College has partnered with Apogee to provide a cutting-edge cable TV/video solution. With the revolutionary IPTV service, Stream2, students can view HD content live, on-demand, or recorded (20 hours of DVR storage per user) on their laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Library staff provide friendly, efficient circulation, reference, instruction and interlibrary loan services that aid in research. The library also houses the College archives, a computer lab, digital media stations and more than a 25 online databases. Library holdings include access to over 300,000 physical and electronic books, and 55,000 periodicals.

C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts is home to a theater with a state-of-the-art computerized lighting system, a recital hall with one of only 50 existing Bedient organs, an art gallery, a high-tech lab and a sculpture garden.

Bovay’s Study Bar & Mercantile opened in March 2017 in a historic building in downtown Ripon. This unique venue features a 30-student high-tech classroom, office space, a study bar with barista coffee service, a mercantile with official Ripon College apparel and gifts, and flexible meeting space. Bovay’s is open late into the evening and features barista coffee service during peak study hours. Student interns working in the space will benefit from hands-on experiential training in marketing, merchandising and small business management.

Off-Campus Opportunities

U.S. or abroad? Three weeks, one semester, two semesters? Choose from more than 40 programs, each officially sanctioned by and affiliated with Ripon. Although most programs are connected with a major or minor program, all are open to every Ripon student, regardless of major. Scholarships are available to pursue off-campus study.

U.S. Programs: Chicago, Illinois Chicago: Arts (ACM), Chicago, Illinois Chicago: Business, Entrepreneurship and Society (ACM), Chicago, Illinois Chicago: Urban Studies (ACM), Chicago, Illinois Newberry Seminar in the Humanities (ACM), Chicago, Illinois Teach Chicago! Program, Chicago, Illinois Urban Education: Student Teaching (ACM), Knoxville, Tennessee Oak Ridge Science Semester (ACM), Nashville, Tennessee Fisk-Ripon Exchange Program, Southwest, USA American Indian Reservation Project, Washington, D.C. Washington Semester, Woods Hole, Massachusetts SEA: Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, Massachusetts SES: Semester in Environmental Science, Marine Biology Laboratory.

International Programs: Argentina Córdoba, Botswana Development in Southern Africa (ACM), Brazil Semester Exchange Program (ACM), Costa Rica Community Engagement in Public Health, Education & the Environment (ACM), Costa Rica Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences & Humanities (ACM), England/Italy London & Florence: Arts in Context (ACM), France -Montpellier, France Paris, Germany Bonn Program, Hungary Budapest, India Pune: Culture, Traditions & Globalization (ACM), India Pune & Jaipur: Development Studies & Hindi Language (ACM), International Education Indiana University Global Gateway Program, Italy Coldigioco: Earth and Environment, Italy Florence: Arts, Humanities & Culture (ACM), Japan Tokyo (ACM), Jordan Amman (ACM-AMIDEAST), Russia St. Petersburg, Scotland University of St. Andrews, Spain Alicante, Spain Madrid, Spain Seville, Spain Toledo, Tanzania Ecology & Human Origins (ACM), Wales Bangor, Bangor University, Wales Swansea University Program.

Ripon College offers three-week Liberal Arts In Focus courses in May and August. Taught in short, intensive blocks, In Focus courses are designed as immersion experiences to provide a bridge between the theory and content of disciplines. Recent courses have included history lessons in Italy, intensive biology field studies in Costa Rica and the Wilderness Field Station near Ely, Minnesota, and a unique English course in Great Britain covering children’s fantasy literature from Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Students Say

With its "tight-knit and welcoming community," Ripon conveys "a friendly environment conducive to learning, fun, and overall personal growth." It is "not uncommon to sit down to lunch with a professor, or even go over to their house for tea." Life at Ripon has proven blissful for one student who now says, "I cannot remember a time when I wanted to be anywhere else." Besides a "strong academic core," Ripon College has "many successful sports teams," and Greek life "is abundant." Greeks host events and are a big part of many students' life. Partying "is evident but not huge by any respect." "Since Ripon College is in a small town, the college sets up a lot of events on weekends for us to take part in!" "The small-town feel of Ripon forces you sometimes to create your own fun, which usually makes for the best memories." "Being close to several metropolitan areas (Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and the Twin Cities), there is rarely a weekend when people are not getting off campus to go explore." But if you are looking for snow days to figure into your schedule, then Ripon may not be for you "because most professors will keep classes going even in negative temperatures with two feet of snow."

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

40% join a fraternity
26% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Red Hawks)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Red Hawks)
10 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups: A student group called the Network provides support.

Minority Support Groups: Black Student Union, Arabic Language Club

Army ROTC Offered on-campus



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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Fee for Network Use

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Campus Visits Contact

Office of Admission
300 W. Seward Street
Ripon, WI 54971



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Ceresco Prairie Conservancy
Caestecker Art Gallery
Great Hall
Willmore Center
Lounge and Starbucks Coffee

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mugs Coffee Shop
Campus Cinema
Roadhouse Pizza
Green Lake, Wisconsin
Little White Schoolhouse (Birthplace of Republican Party); Fox River Mall in Appleton, WI; EAA aviation museum in Oshkosh, WI

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Friday
8 am. to 5 pm

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

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
Closest airport (40 minutes away) is Outagamie County Airport in Appleton. Milwaukee International Airport is 1.5 hours away. Greyhound bus is available in Oshkosh (20 minutes away).

Driving Instructions to Campus
Easily accessible by state highways 23, 44 and 49, Ripon is located on the western edge of the Fox River Valley. Madison: 75 miles away, Milwaukee: 80 miles away, Chicago: 180 miles away, Minneapolis: 250 miles away

Local Accommodations
Comfort Inn and Suites 920-748-5500 ($74/night) Boulder Inn 920-748-7578 ($65/night average) Heidel House Resort (Green Lake) 920-294-3344 ($150/night average)

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