Ramapo College of New Jersey

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505 Ramapo Valley Road

Mahwah, NJ 07430-1680

Phone: (201) 684-7500
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Mar. 1
application deadline

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#33 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. Regional Universities (North)

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is a public institution that was founded in 1969. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,624, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 300 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Ramapo College of New Jersey's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (North), 33. Its in-state tuition and fees are $13,388 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $22,038 (2013-14).

Ramapo College of New Jersey is a public liberal arts school located on the northern edge of the state, in the town of Mahwah. Undergraduates at Ramapo can choose from about 40 programs in five schools, and graduate students can earn master’s degrees in nursing, liberal studies, sustainable studies, educational leadership, and educational technology. At the end of each semester, during the week of final exams, Ramapo College students can take a break from studying and visit the student center. The student center staff eases students’ stress by offering goodie bags of snacks to go, coupons for late-night dining, free copies of school-related material, and free beverages.

Besides academics, Ramapo students can get involved on campus by joining more than 100 student organizations and pledging with more than 25 fraternities and sororities. Ramapo also offers many opportunities for students to explore campus media through the school’s own television channel, radio station, literary magazine, and newspaper. Student athletes play at the intramural level or try out for the many Ramapo College Roadrunners varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division III in various conferences.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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 just over 5,800 students, and its pastoral setting. Ramapo offers bachelor's degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, master's degrees in business, educational leadership, educational technology, liberal arts, nursing, and sustainability studies. Certificate programs are offered in professional studies including teachers education, sustainability leadership, and nursing education. Ramapo has articulation programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels in the health and medical fields. Ramapo offers these joint programs in partnership with the University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ), New York Chiropractic College, the State University of New York (SUNY), New York University College of Dentistry, and New York College of Podiatric Medicine.
Ramapo boasts an average student faculty ratio of 17 to 1. The average class size of 23 affords students the opportunity to develop close ties to Ramapo's exceptional faculty. Approx. 94 percent of fulltime faculty hold terminal degrees in their field.
In May 2010, Ramapo was reaccredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. January 2011, Ramapo earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Ramapo is consistently recognized by many college-ranking organizations for it's high standings in the Carnegie-classification of Public Master's Colleges and Universities (medium-size programs).

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1969
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $10,014,000


When applying to Ramapo College of New Jersey, it's important to note the application deadline is March 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 28. The application fee at Ramapo College of New Jersey is $60. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 46.6 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 46.6%
Application deadline March 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 28

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Ramapo College of New Jersey is 17:1, and the school has 34.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Ramapo College of New Jersey include: Psychology, General; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Business Administration and Management, General; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Nursing Science. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 17:1
4-year graduation rate 60%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Psychology, General 16%
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 14%
Business Administration and Management, General 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7%
Nursing Science 7%

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Student Life

Ramapo College of New Jersey has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,624, with a gender distribution of 41.6 percent male students and 58.4 percent female students. At this school, 51 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 49 percent of students live off campus. Ramapo College of New Jersey is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 5,817
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Ramapo College of New Jersey offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Ramapo College of New Jersey also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Ramapo College of New Jersey, 81 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Students who have cars on campus 81%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Ramapo College of New Jersey, 57.9 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,902.

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In-state tuition and fees $13,388 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $22,038 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,550 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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