Ramapo College of New Jersey boasts a major selling point with its academics: a well-rounded liberal arts education. With mandatory general education courses, Ramapo students are required to test their comprehensive college-level understanding of mathematics, English, social issues and awareness, and sciences. Additionally, all students are required to take a freshman seminar course during their first semester at Ramapo, called "First-Year Seminar." All of these classes provide students with credits toward graduation, but some basic-level general education courses can be opted out of with proper AP accreditation. However, without proper one-for-one substitutions (i.e., English 101 for English 103), gaining the credit for these substitutions can be a difficult process.
Attendance in classes is mandatory, and most professors dedicate a percentage of a final grade to a student's attendance and participation. Students are also required to perform four hours of an "experiential component" for each class (course learning that goes on outside the realm of the classroom). Some professors will assign specific experiential component assignments, such as going to see a play or visiting a specific museum or landmark; in fact, some may organize the component as a class trip. Other professors will provide more leeway and give a list of recommendations at the beginning of the semester.