Ripon, WI
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College Junior

Diversity: I'm not a political person so it doesn't pertain to me. I know Ripon is the birth place of the Republican Party so it might be more Republican than Democratic but I do not know.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I think that there is plenty of diversity at the school.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Almost all people are completely accepting.

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/

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Most people are from Wisconsin, have parents or relatives from Wisconsin, or are closely associated with the state. Not many people from far out decide to go to the college.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kate Amell
New Richmond, WI
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While Ripon does not have great diversity, for a small campus, it does all right. There are definitely different ethnic, sexual, economic, religious, and political backgrounds on campus—no doubt about that. Overall, the campus is pretty accepting. Anywhere you go, you will find dissenters and those who choose to hate, but it's not dangerous for anyone on campus, and generally, everyone is welcoming. There is also a handful of international students on campus. Some come to Ripon for a semester or a year; others come and attend Ripon for all four years. These students are amazing and worth taking the time to get to know!

There are groups to represent all sides of diversity. There are political groups, such as the Ripon College Republicans, Democrats, or Greens. A variety of ethnic groups are on campus, as well, such as the Black Student Union (BSU), the Cultural Diversity Club (CDC), and Hablamos. If you are looking for something of a religious nature, there are groups like Campus Christian Fellowship, CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ), the Spirituality Association, and the Secular Student Alliance. For those of differing sexual backgrounds and orientations and those who support them, there is the Network. Needless to say, there is a bit of variety for students of different backgrounds and beliefs.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 41%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 12%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 87%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
LGBT students are generally accepted on campus. It'd be a lie to say that there were never any issues, but given the small school and community atmosphere, students are safe and generally well-accepted. The Network is the campus's LGBT organization that generally puts on activities for LGBT month and participates in the "Day of Silence." Despite the fact that the Network is fairly active, there are still LGBT students who decide not to participate and make their own network of friends on campus, and this works just as well.
Political Activity
The Ripon College Democrats, Republicans, and Greens are all active on campus. However, really only a handful of students actively participate in these groups. Most students hold their own views but choose not to join a group. Overall, campus leans slightly more to the right, but a variety of viewpoints and beliefs can be found all over the place, and people aren't discriminated based on their political beliefs.
Economic Status
Ripon gives almost all of its students some sort of financial help, often in the form of scholarships. A great majority of students comes from middle-class families and has a need for financial aid assistance. You will find a variety of situations in which students are paying for their education on their own. Others are completely dependent on their parents' wallets for everything from tuition to phone bills to spending money. There are always the extremes, but for the most part, it tends to stay more toward the middle.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is definitely the most common religion on campus, and there are groups that support it such as Campus Christian Fellowship and CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ). They invite people of any denomination that are interested in learning about their faith to join them for fun times and prayer. While Christianity is the most common, there are also other religions practiced on campus. For those students and really anyone, the Spirituality Association might be beneficial. They aim to explore and learn more about all religions. They encourage anyone questioning or curious to come and check them out.
Then, for those who choose not to believe or follow a religion, there is the Secular Student Alliance. All of these groups are active on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a few minority clubs on campus. The Black Student Union (BSU) is one of the most active. They throw Union parties, hold meetings, and one of their most popular events is the soul food dinner served once a semester. Students in BSU cook up a delicious soul food meal, and it is open and free to all students! Hablamos is a club that works on the Spanish language, with the goal to teach and improve Spanish speaking as well as have a good time. Then, the Cultural Diversity Club (CDC) is also active on campus; it hosts Union parties and has an international dinner in the spring, where homemade ethnic dishes are served! This is also open and free to all, and is absolutely delicious!

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure
  • 9% Very conservative
  • 9% Conservative
  • 22% Moderate
  • 26% Liberal
  • 13% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 14% Conservative
  • 36% Moderate
  • 9% Not sure
  • 32% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 22 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 21 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 23 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 52% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 43% Very accepting.



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