Ripon College

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300 Seward Street

Ripon, WI 54971-0248

Phone: (920) 748-8115
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#120 Overall Score: 50 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Ripon College is a private institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 931, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 250 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Ripon College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 120. Its tuition and fees are $31,602 (2013-14).

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

Ripon College was founded by dreamers and doers, idealists and pragmatists. They didn't always agree, but they were unified in their belief that higher education was a beacon, one that would draw like-minded people to their frontier community from near and far. That spirit continues at Ripon today. It's a place where people of all backgrounds come to lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning, exploration and serious intellectual inquiry. It's a place where questions are answered and answers questioned, where ethics and reason are at least as important as facts and figures. With its small classes, professors who love to teach, and an incomparable family atmosphere, Ripon College is the modern and vibrant realization of a bold vision. Ripon College provides a four-year graduation guarantee to all students who remain in good academic standing, declare a major course of study by the end of sophomore year, and follow an approved course plan. Students may choose from a total of 30 majors, 46 minors, or customize a course plan in pursuit of competitive placement in a variety of pre-professional degree programs, including but not limited to: pre-engineering, pre-law and pre-med. Any student regardless of major may elect to earn Ripon's innovative new minor in Socially Responsible Leadership. All courses are taught by faculty members, 97 percent of whom have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree in their chosen field. Students benefit from intimate class sizes, averaging a faculty-to-student ratio of 12:1. An overwhelming majority of students (95 percent) indicate they are satisfied or very satisfied with the amount of attention they receive from faculty, who also provide direct academic, career and club advising, and collaborate on serious research pursuits. Each incoming student is assigned a faculty mentor based on their area of interest. Together, faculty mentors and staff in the Office of Career Development work with students throughout their time on campus to help set goals and construct a course plan to reach those goals. The rigorous liberal arts curriculum and active residential campus prepares students of diverse interests for lives of productive, socially responsible citizenship. Coursework challenges students to examine questions in-depth, identify patterns of logic and reasoning, think critically, consider multiple contexts, and pursue independent research and present findings publicly. The College's academic year is comprised of two semesters, followed by an optional three-week Maymester. Often, Maymester participants spend a week on campus in intensive study and preparation, followed by two weeks of travel to locations around the U.S. and destinations overseas. Off-campus study is highly encouraged; a great percentage of all Ripon College students elect to spend a semester off-campus on a focused area of study. Graduates of the College go on to serve in a variety of roles and have achieved notoriety at the highest levels of national and international government, politics, medicine, finance, the arts, business and in a host of other professional fields. Ninety-six percent of graduates are employed or in professional school six months after graduation, and the acceptance rate to medical school is 80 percent - twice the national average.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1851
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $62,251,178


When applying to Ripon College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Ripon College is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 77.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 77.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Ripon College is 12:1, and the school has 69.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Ripon College include: History; English Language and Literature, General; Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General; Business/Commerce, General; and Biology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 58%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
History 17%
English Language and Literature, General 12%
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 12%
Business/Commerce, General 8%
Biology, General 7%

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Student Life

Ripon College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 931, with a gender distribution of 47.3 percent male students and 52.7 percent female students. At this school, 88 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 11 percent of students live off campus. Ripon College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 931
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

Ripon College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Ripon College also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Ripon College, 38 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Ripon College.

Students who have cars on campus 38%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Ripon College, 82.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $20,037.

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Tuition and fees $31,602 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,815 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
Financial aid statistics

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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