Location
Ripon, WI
Undergrads
921
Tuition
$30,110
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 349 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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2 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food here is horrible, sodexo is a horrific company to be using.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It's difficult to get financial aid and scholarships are hard to come by unless you're in the right type of major.

3 College Junior

Weather: During the spring and summer, it's constantly raining due to being near the lake and the winter weather is horrific.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: There are a few bars that have weekday specials but most of them are a hefty walk away.

2 College Junior

Parking: It's horribly expensive to bring your car to campus and getting a permit is a hassle.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The campus security is pretty strict about things, but they aren't overbearing.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few mom/pop type places but most tend to be fast food chains

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's not provided here. They prefer you to live on campus.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Being part of Greek life, the atmosphere involved is something to consider having in your life.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's easy to find help if you need it, but being so small there isn't much risk of anything happening.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: It's not very noticeable, though if you know people then it's easily obtainable.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity on campus is pretty incredible. We have people from numerous countries that come in to go to this college/

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local atmosphere is amazing!! Many local businesses offer discounts to college students, and the community welcomes us with open arms. There are tons of cute coffee shops in the downtown area, but many places close early and have strange hours. A grocery store is within walking distance. Overall, the community and campus are very safe places.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Most majors are pretty great program-wise. Some big programs are our Pre-Med and Science programs, as well as communications. I would steer clear of Ripon if you want to major in math. I have heard and experienced nothing but negative things from the math department. The Education department is also sketchy from what I've heard as a few bad professors spoil the major for some people.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Our academic programs overal are great. Our professors are definitely willing to go the extra mile to help us succeed. Our pre-med and science program are amazing. Our acceptance into med school is twice the national average at 80%, and it is easy to become an EMT for the city of Ripon to gain experience in the medical field. In some of our science departments you can even work with professors to get things published in academic journals.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Student life on campus is pretty great. Our library goes underground three stories, and has free printing. However, there are still alternatives to the library such as the collaborative learning center where papers can get proofread. Campus events are fairly fun but not well attended as most people just want to go party.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't really pay attention the the athletic things because I am not involved in them, and I am not a fan of sports in general.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: 98% of students at Ripon receive financial aid. Our alumni believe in what our college stands for so much, that they give us sufficient funds to supply all scholarships. The financial aid process is okay, but the financial aid office in general screws up a lot.. They even accidentally cancelled one of my loans, which was a headache. Everything gets straightened out in the end though.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Ripon is a very safe community. There is what is called "The Ripon Bubble". The explanation is nothing bad happens in Ripon. Security does not crack down on drinking as long as you are not being belligerent. The police are only the really ones who really crack down. Health services are awesome and free!

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is no off-campus housing. Unless your family lives nearby it is not going to happen. I know people who have fiances but are still required to have a dorm room.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Interestingly, Freshmen have the best housing aside from the senior apartments. I currently live in a suite, and I love it. There are two double rooms connected by a common room. We have 8 lounges and 2 kitchens in our building for under 200 occupants. It is soooo expensive to live on campus, but you aren't really allowed to live off of campus. Period. Honestly, the social atmosphere in my dorm is chilly. The girls are generally catty to one another, so everyone's doors are always closed. We still manage to have fun with the more friendly occupants in our dorm. The guys dorms have a much more friendly atmosphere.

3 College Freshman

Computers: We don't have as much in terms of computer labs. Around semester's end when everyone has projects and papers due, the labs are packed. I would definitely recommend bringing a computer. I have friends that do not have laptops, and regret it. Printing is completely FREE of charge, but copies are not. The network reliability/speed is okay.. However, wi-fi is not available in the dorms. You need to bring your own router or ethernet cable. There are printers to use on campus but beware, the ones in the library can only print documents etc from Microsoft Word programs. During crunch times, such as right before classes, lines for printers can be a little long but not too bad. I personally bought my own printer to make my life easier.

College Freshman

Transportation: No transportation because it is a small school in a small town and everything is within walking distance.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I think the campus strictness is perfectly acceptable. Many people party and don't run into any kind of trouble. I wish they were a lot more strict regarding noise on the week days.. I have only heard of someone getting in trouble for a noise violation once. There is usually a lot of lenience in regards to various policies.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking situation in Ripon is okay. There are several lots available, each at varying prices. The ones that are closer to the dorms and general buildings are a lot more expensive than our "storage" lots. Our storage lots cost $100/year and are a decent walk from most of the buildings on campus. You get what you pay for. Parking is strictly enforced, and occasionally people can get parked in.

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Kate Amell
Hometown
New Richmond, WI
Major
English
Grad Year
2013
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Overall, Ripon is "home" to so many students, and it certainly does feel that way. Ripon College is a community in itself. People know each other, and it's great because you either know everyone's name or at least their face. Campus is familiar, like a home would be. The people on campus (such as the faculty, staff, and other students) care about each other genuinely. Students meet their best friends here or their future spouses. Regardless, the relationships made at Ripon are ones that last. And it's not just the sense of community. The overall experience includes academics, and frankly, Ripon does it right. Ripon offers a small, personal learning environment that encourages discussion and critical thinking. It gets everyone involved in some way. The opportunities that are made available to Ripon's students are endless and abounding, and the awesome thing is, your professors encourage you every step of the way to grab those experiences and let them change you and help you grow. That's what Ripon is: a place to grow.

Ripon challenges students to try new things and put themselves in situations that will help prepare them for their future. The staff and faculty at Ripon do what they can to help students ready themselves for their professional careers and get students to step out of their comfort zones. They encourage all to greet the world beyond Ripon with a smile, tenacity, intuition, and fearlessness. Ripon is unique in these ways. Due to its size and personable qualities, the school allows for one-on-one relationships, and it is through these relationships that students gather gems of knowledge that help them prepare for life after Ripon College. It is this that puts Ripon above the rest.

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