From the School

Established in 1969, Ramapo College is New Jersey’s Public Liberal Arts College, dedicated to providing students a strong foundation for a lifetime of achievement and preparing them to be successful leaders for a changing world.

Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include nursing, social work, and teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels. Ramapo College also offers seven graduate programs, as well as, articulated programs with other reputable institutions.

Ramapo College of New Jersey is sometimes mistaken for a private college. This is, in part, due to its unique interdisciplinary academic structure, its size of approximately 6,000 students and its pastoral setting in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains on the New Jersey/New York border. Ramapo College students receive an elite education at the cost of a public college.

The College is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The international mission is accomplished through a wide range of study abroad and student exchange links with institutions all over the world. Additional experiential programs include internships, co-op and service learning.

The College’s interdisciplinary commitment helps students push intellectual boundaries; our commitment to experiential, hands-on learning allows them to push personal and professional boundaries as well. The commitment of our faculty to attentive teaching and mentoring empowers students to learn actively and attain the skills they will need to succeed professionally and become lifelong learners.

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. Barrier-free, the College maintains a continuing commitment to persons with disabilities.


From The School

Every year, Ramapo College welcomes more than 900 freshmen primarily from New Jersey, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States and from many foreign countries. In addition, Ramapo College receives over 6,000 applications from all 21 counties in New Jersey, 21 different states and 31 foreign countries.

A complete application to Ramapo College includes:
  • Application (Apply at or at
  • $60 application fee
  • Official high school transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation (two preferred)
  • Essay
  • Official SAT or ACT scores

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 practices a holistic review process. Each application is evaluated individually with emphasis placed on academic achievement in high school and standardized test scores, however, successful applicants also present a record of extracurricular activities that reflect maturity, responsibility and commitment.

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 financial eligibility requirements and academic standards.

Fall application deadlines:
Ramapo College offers binding Early Decision for students who know Ramapo College is their number one choice. Early Decision applicants must apply by November 1 and will receive their decision by December 5th.

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

The final deadline for all other majors outside of the Nursing and Biology program is March 1. All decisions for completed applications will be sent by April 1.

Ramapo College scholarships are merit based opportunities, meaning they are offered to students based on their academic and personal achievements, not financial need. Students who apply by December 15 and submit all required credentials by January 15 and are in the top 10 percent of their high school class with SAT scores of at least a 1270 total or at least a 27 ACT score will be considered for a merit based scholarship.

Unfortunately, due to an increase in applications and limited funding, the college may be unable to offer every student that fits the above criteria a merit based scholarship.

Awards are continued for four years provided that students maintain the required number of credits and grade point average. No separate application is necessary.

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Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

Test Scores

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision — November 1

Regular — March 1

Other Admission Factors


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

Selectivity Rating

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From The School

Academic Programs

Undergraduate students can choose from 36 different academic programs. Ramapo College boasts an average student/faculty ratio of 18:1 and average class size of 23, affording students the opportunity to develop close ties to the College’s exceptional faculty.

95 percent of our faculty members hold terminal degrees in their field, allowing them to be excellent mentors to students inside and outside of the classroom.

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to engage in faculty-guided research, present papers at national conferences, and take advantage of over 200 different internship and co-op opportunities in nearby New York City companies.

To strengthen the student's 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

Ramapo College offers the following undergraduate degree programs, which are hosted within our five academic schools on campus:

Accounting (BS) | Business Administration/Finance (BS) | Business Administration/Management (BS) | Business Administration/Marketing (BS) | Economics (BS) | Information Technology Management (BS) | International Business (BS) |

Communication Arts/Digital Filmmaking (BA) | Communication Arts/Global Communication and Media (BA) | Communication Arts/Journalism (BA) | Communication Arts/Visual Communication Design (BA) | Communication Arts/Writing (BA) | Contemporary Arts (BA) | Music/Industry (BA) | Music/Production (BA) | Music/Performance (BA) | Music Studies (BA) | Theater/Acting (BA) | Theater/Design & Technical Theater (BA) | Theater/Directing & Stage Management (BA) | Theater Studies (BA) | Visual Arts/Art History (BA) | Visual Arts/Electronic Art & Animation (BA) | Visual Arts/Drawing & Painting (BA) | Visual Arts/Photography (BA) | Visual Arts/Sculpture | Visual Arts/Sculpture (BA) |

Africana Studies (BA) | American Studies (BA) | History (BA) | International Studies (BA) | Liberal Studies (BA) | Literature (BA) | Literature/Creative Writing (BA) | Political Science (BA) | Spanish Language Studies (BA) |

Environmental Studies (BA) | Law and Society (BA) | Psychology (BA) | Social Science/Community Mental Health (BA) | Social Science/Cultural Studies (BA) | Social Science/Ethnic Relations (BA) | Social Science/Gender Studies (BA) | Social Science/Labor Studies (BA) | Social Work (BSW) | Sociology/Criminology (BA) | Sociology/Public Sociology (BA) |

Biochemistry (BS) | Bioinformatics (BS) | Biology (BS) | Chemistry (BS) | Clinical Lab Science (BS) | Computer Science (BS) | Engineering Physics (BS) | Environmental Science (BS) | Integrated Science Studies (BS) | Mathematics (BS) | Medical Imaging Science (BS) | Nursing (BSN) |

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

Students Say

With an "affordable" price tag and a "welcoming" vibe, Ramapo College of New Jersey is a great option for many students. Looking beyond the "beautiful campus," you'll discover a school that places a premium on both "community building and individual development." What's more, as a "liberal arts" college, Ramapo offers a wide breadth of majors—including a "great nursing program." Undergrads here also benefit from "extensive opportunities to…find internships." And they're privy to "small class sizes" that allow for "individual attention." Students also highlight that the "administration very quickly addresses any issues on campus and takes strides to make the campus more safe and inviting." Best of all, Ramapo undergrads give their "amazing" professors high marks. They continually prove themselves to be "extremely knowledgeable" and demonstrate "enthusiasm and passion…for their subjects." Many also have "a good sense of humor." Though some Ramapo professors are "tough graders, they push…students to be the best they [can] be." Overall, it's quite evident that these instructors "care very much about each student and want them to succeed."


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


Notable Faculty

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

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
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes


From The School

Tuition, Room, Board and Fees

The approximate tuition and fees for undergraduates in the 2016-2017 academic year are as follows:

In-state tuition and fees: $13,870.40

Out-of-state tuition and fees: $22,870.40

Room and board (all students): $11,900

Financial Aid

Because Ramapo College is a state institution, the cost of attending is affordable compared to many other institutions. About 82 percent of Ramapo’s students receive some form of financial assistance. 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.

To apply for aid at Ramapo College, students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 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 available after October 1 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.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

State Aid

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Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
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Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
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

Financial Aid Rating


From The School

At Ramapo College, student clubs and organizations are recognized as important parts of the total learning experience. Students are urged to take advantage of the many opportunities available, since not all their time is spent in class.

There are more than 100 groups including cultural, academic, religious, recreational, entertainment, political, social and special interest groups. Joining clubs helps students establish lasting friendships, and gives them lifelong memories of their college years. Ramapo College also offers 18 different NCAA Division III sports.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



55% female
45% male
88% are full time
12% are part time

Students Say

Many undergrads at Ramapo report that their life "mainly revolves around…school work." Some attribute this to the fact "there is not a lot to do on campus." Other undergrads argue that there's plenty of fun to be had if you "make an effort." For starters, "many people join Greek life." Hitting the gym is also quite popular whether it's for "a pickup game of volleyball, [an] exercise class in the cardio room, [a] rock climbing excursion, or a sports game displayed in the viewing room." A number of students can also be found patronizing "different coffee houses and [attending various] open mics." Moreover, the "college programming board hold[s] events every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday which are open to all students. These events include bingo, performers, games, food and more." Undergrads tell us that these activities "are a great way to meet new people." Finally, students here love to take advantage of Ramapo's proximity to New York. In fact, the college offers "discounted tickets to events in NYC and a bus that takes you there and back."


From The School


Ramapo College is spread across 300 acres, resting within the foothills of the Ramapo mountains in Mahwah, New Jersey. Enhancing these tranquil surroundings is the knowledge that the campus is approximately 32 miles from the nation's cultural Mecca, New York City.

Campus is located just five minutes from major highways such as I-287, the New York State Thruway, and Route 17, making it very easy to bring you right to Ramapo’s doorstep.

Campus Facilities & Equipment

A campus-wide building program during recent years has resulted in the renovation of the G-wing building and completion of the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence, a central feature of the main entrance to the campus. The renovations include expanded classrooms, as well as, a research and simulation laboratory space. This thirty-six thousand square-foot facility is connected by an overhead walkway to the College’s science/social science building.

Within the Anisfield School of Business academic facility is a real-time Global Financial Market’s Trading Laboratory, which features 32 workstations, ticker displays inside and outside the lab, and 3 LCD television screens.

The Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center features a 2,200-seat arena, fitness center, 24’ high Edelman climbing wall, as well as track and dance/aerobics studios.

The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts houses performance theaters, art galleries and specialized spaces devoted to fine arts, computer art, photography, theater, dance and music.

Housing at Ramapo College offers students convenient, modern amenities within the eight residence halls on campus, including air conditioning, cable television, complimentary laundry, and semi-private bathrooms within each suite.

Campus 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 more than 3,000 students; and modern academic buildings with 24-hour computer labs.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Ramapo College encourages students to take advantage of experiences outside of the classroom, such as internships, co-op, and study abroad opportunities.

Ramapo College has developed a diverse selection of more than 400 individual study-abroad program options in more than 60 countries. Opportunities exist for ALL majors and range from 1-week to a full year.

Being only 32 miles away from New York City makes it easy for Ramapo College students to take advantage of internship opportunities with over 200 NYC companies and even more in New Jersey. Students in the past have completed a co-op or internship at companies like Google, Madison Square Garden, Yahoo!, BMW of North America, Deloitte, etc.

Students are able to purchase discounted bus tickets from Roadrunner Central and take a bus service that leaves from campus and takes them to The Port Authority of NY & NJ station in Manhattan.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Though it can often feel as though the vast majority of the student body at Ramapo hails "from New Jersey," we've been assured that you'll find people from "many different backgrounds." And while a large number of students are also "commuters," they still manage to seamlessly weave themselves into the fabric of the college. Ramapo undergrads also tend to be "laid back" and "very open to meeting new people, trying new things [and] broadening their horizons." Many are also "hardworking" individuals who "hold down many jobs while attending school." As one grateful student shares, "Everyone here seems to have the same mindset and attitude towards wanting to make it a successful place and have a great education."

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


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


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

Julian Gomez
Associate Director of 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 10am to 1pm; Summers M-Thurs, 10am to 1pm
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

Please contact the Office of Admissions: 201-684-7300

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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