Ripon, WI
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4 College Junior

Academics: The academics are good. There are a lot of things offered and if the school doesn't have a major that you like you can create your own.

4 College Junior

Academics: The academics are good. They have many options to choose from.

5 College Freshman

Academics: If you put the work in, you will get a lot out.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I am a biology major. One of the reasons for coming to Ripon was seeing two of my favorite science teachers teach and finding out they graduated from Ripon. The professors are great to talk to and really help you accomplish your goals.

5 College Senior

Academics: I am extremely satisfied with my quality of education at Ripon. The professors are very well qualified and very accessible. They know all of their students on a first name basis, and are always willing to help whether it be with academics, letters of recommendation, or just about anything. Class size is usually very small, making the class intimate and ripe with fruitful discussions. Because most students get to know faculty on a personal level, they often become are helpful in networking and getting a job out of school.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 105th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 124th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 153rd
    Most Available Classes
  • 161st
    Best Registration Process
  • 295th
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kate Amell
New Richmond, WI
Grad Year
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Some students find that their course of study or major is not offered at Ripon or they want a more specialized course of study. Often, people will skip right over a small school and look for a larger school. But that is one of the beauties of Ripon College. Students can self-design a major or minor to make sure they are getting exactly what they want out of their college education. This is just one way that Ripon offers a personalized education. Another way is through the small class sizes. Even the larger lectures for classes like "Biology 110" break down into smaller labs of 12 to 15 students. The professors also encourage students to come in and meet with them often just to check in, go over an assignment, or simply to say, "Hi!" They really stress the one-on-one contact and relationship because they want to get to know their students!

Ripon expects a lot out of its students and pushes them to work toward a final goal, whether it be a major or minor, graduation, grad school, or a career after college. Ripon just wants you to succeed! Ripon's reputation as a friendly, welcoming school is well deserved. The friendly smiles and welcoming attitude people receive at Ripon are all genuine! Another plus to Ripon's academics is that it is fairly easy to get into a class. The registrar is really good about getting students into classes they want, especially if it is a class needed to complete a major or minor. Registration at Ripon is a bit unique. All of the professors are set up by major in the gym, and after getting their schedules, if students want to add or drop classes, they just go and find the professor teaching that class and have them sign their paper. Then, when they are all set, they bring their paper to their adviser to get signed and turn it in. Depending on how much changing needs to be done to the schedule, a student can be in and out of registration in 15 minutes or less.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 62%
  • 20 to 49 students: 36%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
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: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 3%
  • English Language Studies: 5%
  • Health, Outdoor, and Physical Education: 5%
  • History, General: 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • Urban semester
  • Washington semester
Online Courses
Unfortunately, Ripon doesn't offer any online courses right now.
Best Places to Study
  • The CLC (Collaborative Learning Center)
  • Lane Library
  • Lounges in residence halls
  • Starbucks couches
  • Student Activities Office
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask questions!
  • Get out of your room and try to experience new things.
  • Join at least one thing, like a club or organization, on campus.
  • Make an effort to make friends.
  • Study first; party later.
  • Utilize different resources and facilities on campus.
Did You Know?
In addition to two 15-week semesters, there's an optional three-week Maymester.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 19 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 19 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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