Location
Mahwah, NJ
Undergrads
5,052
Tuition (in-state)
$21,624 ($13,144)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 498 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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2 College Sophomore

Majors: Internships are the only way to be anything, and everything is so competitive, and not everyone has a chance to have opportunities.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: For a progressive college, progressive food options are just not there.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not interested in Greek life and have no knowledge of how it works.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have no experience with off-campus housing.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: No-one really even recognizes the fact that we have sports teams. There is not a large student population active in athletics.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The college is in the hills of New Jersey in a rich area. There is not much shopping to be done, and there is absolutely no nightlife. The area is mundane and boring.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Ramapo is an extremely safe campus that takes care of its students

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It is amazing and absolutely love it.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The campus is fun and safe

4 College Freshman

Weather: It depends on the person, the weather is cooler as you are near more mountains, but it is great.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I can't wait to join

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I only explored off campus housing after I accepted on campus and I almost wish I would have lived off campus.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I believe everything is in place for a reason. Ramapo is a safe campus.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was able to take everything for what it was. I kept track of my deadlines and filled out one paper at a time.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are pretty good, and the registration process isn't awful if you take the time beforehand to figure out what classes you want.

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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: There's barely any parties on campus that are any good. The majority of them get busted by Public Safety within a couple of hours. The only other option for partying is paying for a cab to go to a frat party that probably won't be that great anyway.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't really a huge thing on campus--once you join a frat or a sorority though, it seems like those people are the only people you hang out with.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A good amount of kids smoke weed--sometimes the smell can be really strong coming from the residence halls, even in the middle of the day. Also, there can sometimes be parties on campus but there aren't a whole lot.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm a Music major with a Music Industry concentration and so far, the classes seem great. They're really interesting and the professors are very qualified to teach them. Also, there are many opportunities each semester for internships and ways to get involved with music on campus. It's no Berklee, but it has a pretty good atmosphere if you're a singer or a musician.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I am very happy with the program, and I would most likely do it again if I enjoyed attending the college as a whole more.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public Safety is... iffy. They're always there to crash parties and try to get kids to stop drinking, except they never really do anything--just cause more of a hassle. However, the campus in general isn't that big to begin with so I do feel really safe walking alone at night.

3 College Freshman

Computers: This school offers unlimited printing included with tuition, which is great--but not the most convenient if the weather is bad and you have to walk to the library to print out assignments. However, there are also a good amount of other computer labs and places you can print/use a computer to get work done. On the computers in the labs, the internet is ridiculously fast--but the wifi can be incredibly unreliable around campus, especially in the dorms.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are not really any options for off-campus housing, unless you're a guy and you join a fraternity--in which case, the frat houses are about fifteen minutes away from campus in New York state. Otherwise, there's nowhere else for students to live that's particularly close.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's barely anything to do outside of campus (or inside of campus for that matter). In order to go places like the mall or a restaurant, you need to take a shuttle or know someone with a car on campus.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: In terms of school spirit, Ramapo has nearly none. During the campus tours and orientation, students would say that the basketball games are big for the school and a lot of students would go and it became a big deal--only to actually come to the school and realize that barely anyone went to the basketball games because they were on the weekend when most people go home.

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Daniel Giacobbe
Hometown
Rockaway
Major
Communication Arts
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Ramapo generally does a good job of setting people up with roommates, as long as each person has an open mind and is willing to be friendly with different types of people. However, no two students are likely to have the same experience at Ramapo, and a negative side of the people on campus is dealing with the administrative offices, many of which look at students as an obstacle involved with their job. In order to get things accomplished, students must constantly nag, with unyielding tenacity. Like the administrative people, even student workers in the offices seem required to be surly and uninformed about important matters.

The classes were interesting and necessary, with a few exceptions. While it's important to get a well-rounded education, many students grow tired of the general education requirements after a while. However, once they get into courses within their major, students' interests in the education aspect of the College increase significantly. The professors at Ramapo are available for conferences, extra time, and help, in addition to scheduled class time; they value education on the subject you paid for rather than teaching you harsh lessons about the uncaring bureaucracy of life. Many will go the extra mile to ensure that you do better than you may have initially thought you would do. Sometimes this means the difference between passing and failing a course, or just a simple matter of saving some precious points on your GPA.

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