Ripon, WI
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5 College Freshman

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

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.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are very helpful...but I dont think I learn as much as I wanted, so I am transferring next year.

5 College Senior

Academics: I'm a History Major at Ripon College and am happy with my education. The small classes and easy access of the professors make Ripon a school that is personal, but professional. Every professor I've had in the History Department is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their subject area. They are there for you if you need help or just a word of advice.


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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

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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 19 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 19 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants


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