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.