Academics

Location
Mahwah, NJ
Undergrads
5,052
Tuition (in-state)
$21,624 ($13,144)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: professors are great. workload depends on the professor

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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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are very professional and come to class with a helpful attitude. They understand you have other obligations in life and work with you to get the curriculum completed. The facilities are fantastic with tons of study spots nestled around campus

College Freshman

Academics: I do not have a declared major. As an undeclared major I am experiencing different classes in the different academic schools such as the business and science schools.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are prestigious and the amount of students per classroom is small.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 847th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 1004th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 1246th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 1256th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 1259th
    Best Course Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Daniel Giacobbe
Hometown
Rockaway
Major
Communication Arts
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
17:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
216
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
245
Total FT Faculty
216
Faculty with Terminal Degree
95%
Average Faculty Salary
$93,230
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Transfer-Out Rate
7%
Graduation Rate
73%
Programs/Majors Offered
35
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 28%
  • 20 to 49 students: 72%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Anisfield School of Business
  • School of American and International Studies
  • School of Contemporary Arts
  • School of Social Science and Human Services
  • School of Theoretical and Applied Science
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Nursing Science, Education, and Practice: 4%
  • Psychology: 8%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Online courses offered at Ramapo College tend to depend on the class and scheduling; that is, the class offered may only be available online for any given semester. Students are required to meet in a virtual online classroom through WebCT, Moodle, and Luminis meeting grounds. Students sign in with their Ramapo ID.
Best Places to Study
George T. Potter Library
Tips to Succeed
Visit the school a few times to get a feel for the campus at different times of the year.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 25 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 28 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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