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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not a lot to do in a small town

3 College Junior

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

3 College Senior

Nightlife: I am not a big night life person. There is plenty to do and many safe and convenient ways to get to where you need to be

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties consist of basically lots of people drinking in a hall, filing through rooms which play music. Booze is always free, though it is hard to get into parties if you do boot know the people who go. However if you make some friends it's pretty easy to go.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Overall, the nightlife is pretty good, especially for a small school. There is always a lot of stuff happening on campus, so there are opportunities to go out. The bar scene isn't the greatest, but it does decent for a small town. To me, it is more about the people you are with, not if you are on-campus or off-campus. For being a small school, Ripon tries its best to give us some nightlife fun.


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  • 577th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 750th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 792nd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kate Amell
New Richmond, WI
Grad Year
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When it comes to Ripon's nightlife, the options, at first glance, may seem limited. In true Ripon fashion, it's what you make of it. Ripon is a residential campus, so about 90 percent of students lives on campus. Greek life is also all residential; all of the partying takes place on campus. And yes, there are parties, and there are definitely RAs and security to keep things more or less under control. There are several bars in Ripon that 21-and-up students will frequent. They often head to the bars in a pack, and students stick together and look out for each other. Drinking and driving is not a big issue on Ripon's campus because just about everything (residence halls, bars, convenience stores) is within walking distance.

In college, if one looks for it, it isn't hard to find alcohol, whether or not you're underage. It becomes a personal choice, which is often part of going to college. You have to learn to make personal decisions like that. There is not, however, great pressure to drink if you choose to abstain. It is still fun to go to parties if you choose not to drink. For the most part, Ripon College students understand that it is a personal choice and won't give you any grief for choosing one way or the other. There are also lots of activities planned outside of parties and drinking. Ripon College has an active programming board called SMAC (Student Media & Activities Committee), which brings comedians, magicians, hypnotists, speakers, movies, musical acts, and beyond to campus on a regular basis. If you're worried about the party atmosphere or being pressured to drink on campus, put it behind you. There are tons of students who choose not to drink and still have an awesome time!

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Campus Apartments
  • The Quads
Favorite Drinking Games
Beer pong
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • The calendar of events on the MyRipon portal lists any Union parties or special activities.
  • Fraternities often create Facebook events for parties.
Closing Time
12 a.m. on Sundays and 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
There isn't really a bar for the cheapest drink, but the best service is to be had at either Suds on the Square or Miller's Tavern.
Organization Parties
There are parties held in the basement of the Union, in what is known as "the Pub." Different groups and organizations put on different Union parties throughout the year. There is always music of some sort and lots of dancing!

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Ripon Jumbo's

318 Watson St.


(920) 748-2239

Suds On The Square

Tuesday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Suds has two-for-one drinks and half-price appetizers!

123 Watson St.


(920) 748-3454

Pastimes Pub & Grille

Great food from burgers to steak sandwiches to chicken ranch wraps. Or else grab a pizza, a salad, or the pub's famous homemade soup!

120 Scott St.


(920) 748-8222

Classics Sports Bar and Grill

101 Blackburn St.


(920) 748-2006

Miller's Tavern

Karaoke every Friday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to close and Sunday 8 a.m. to close. Delicious wings!

102 E. Fond Du Lac St.


(920) 748-2249

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Marcus Campus Cinema

On Tuesdays, students can enjoy popcorn and fountain drinks for $2 each.

103 Watson St.


(920) 748-2506

Ceresco Prairie Conservancy

The Ceresco Prairie Conservancy is 130 acres of prairie, savanna, and wetlands. In addition to being a place of study for students, it's also a place for recreation.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 20 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 20 responses

  • 85% Walk.
  • 5% Taxis.
  • 0% Public transportation.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 5% Use a designated driver.
  • 5% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 20% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 40% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 35% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 5% Parties? What parties?


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