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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I'm not a big party person but I have been to some. When there are multiple parties and every one is in the quads, it is really fun. It can get boring on some nights but I'm okay with that.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is literally no off campus housing. The area is just too expensive. If you want to live off campus, you're only real option is going a few minutes across the border into New York state. The campus residence halls are nice and worth the cost. Almost every one lives on campus so there really isn't a point to living off campus. It's only really a few of the fraternity houses that are off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The great thing about staying in New Jersey is that I still have close access to the Jersey pizza and bagels I love. There are a lot of great pizza places near by. Bagel Train is a popular bagel place that students love. We are also located not too far from two 24 hour Dunkin Donuts and a Starbucks. There is also a Chipotle, Panera, Wendy's, Boston Market, and other chain restaurants near by. Being right by Route 17 gives us access to a lot of off campus food options.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I have never had any issues with the rules at Ramapo but they have gotten pretty strict over the last year. They were pretty strict at the beginning of the semester but by the end of the semester, they got pretty lenient. I feel safe on campus though, and that's more of what I am concerned about. Professors each have their own attendance policy, but most of them only allow two excused absences but some professors don't even take attendance.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got a great scholarship to Ramapo. While the cost of the school is relatively low compared to many of the other schools in New Jersey, this scholarship really helped me since I am paying for college by myself. I also received financial aid through FAFSA, which was good. They also have scholarships that can be applied for throughout the years at Ramapo, which is a great opportunity for many students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are some days when the dining options are really good, but there are also days where there is just nothing interesting to eat. They always have good ice cream options, which is a plus. Their hamburgers are my go to option when there is nothing else in Birch.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus housing is really nice. Some of it is a little outdated but the school is slowly renovating some of those buildings, like the College Park Apartments. I have been very happy with all my living arrangements at Ramapo.

College Sophomore

Party Scene: I'm not really a hard-partying guy, but I do know how to have a good time with the most awesome friends, even if it's just a drop-in visit at their apartment or a stop at Birch for late night chow. Who needs parties when you can go off campus every now and then?

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't been to too many off-campus restaurants in the Mahwah area, but there are some good ones - Biggie's Clam Bar on Route 17 in Ramsey has the best coconut shrimp in the Garden State, while Bagel Train in Suffern, NY makes the best bagels and breakfast sandwiches anywhere. Although I've never been there, State Line Diner is also said to have a great variety of menu items.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Public Safety is definitely a big help on campus - they'll step in if you lose your stuff, there's a threat of rape (I'm not kidding, a young lady did unfortunately get raped by two men on campus), or if a bear wanders around the student center.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Well, I have a lot to say about off-campus housing. I'm an on-campus resident, but a lot of my friends are commuters. To them, off-campus housing means still living with their parents, which is the only off-campus option for most Ramapo students in the first place.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The $10,000 per year Provost Scholarship has definitely taken the financial headache out of my Ramapo College experience. I have also won the Wojciechowski-Dembia Scholarship for Polish-American students.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Birch is definitely great, but the options at Pay-Caf are convenient if you're in a hurry. The Pav is not a place for the faint of heart - the food is good, but don't risk throwing up (I've had that experience before).

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I definitely enjoyed my housing experience at Ramapo. Last year, I actually didn't have a roommate and loved having extra living space on campus.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I never had any experiences with off-campus housing, but the neighborhood is a wealthy area and it would be inconvenient for students to live in a rented apartment or house off-campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We live in an area where we have somewhere great to eat on every corner. We are surely not lacking quality food in this area.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most people complain about the party scene but it doesn't really effect me much considering I can always find something interesting to do without a party.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: They make decisions that are best for the whole community, some might not like them and some might, but I respect them because they do the greater good for the greater number.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't have to deal with financial aid, my parents covered the amount that my scholarship didn't, but now we are in a serious struggle.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's tolerable, you just have to get creative to keep it from getting old. What really throws me off is how I sometimes find strands of hair in my food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: We have some of the best dorms in the country, the only problem is that there is very little social life, and I feel like I could make a difference with the opportunity to live on campus, which I can't afford to do next year, unless I were to win a scholarship. I lived on campus my freshman year and it was extremely convenient, but I'm not sure if I can continue with this luxury.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Iff you go to Ramapo almost everyone lives on Campus. Bergen county in extremely expensive to live in therefore everyone stays on campus. There are a couple frat houses off campus in New York but other than that everyone dorms.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Ramapo is right by route 17. There are a variety of options on that highway. Also there are great spots in Mahwah like the Mason Jar, Nona's Pizza and Chicken and Rib Crib. The prices are average, just like any restaurant and most places give student discounts.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: For a small campus we go hard. There was never a weekend where I didn't go out or hear about something happening. The village is always poppin. The best part is that most of the parties happen on campus so there is no need for a ride unless you want to go to the off campus parties which are about 20 mins away and are not walkable. Most of the time the parties are free, especially for girls. I've only thrown $5 once. A lot of parties happen in Pine and the CPA's too.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The college isn't too strict about drinking or drug use but if you get caught you will get punished. Public Safety think they are real cops and are very rude to their students. I've had terrible encounters with them and each time they have been very inconsiderate and rude. I attended the school at the same time a rape happened on campus and after that the college was very strict with alcohol. Eventually they loosened up a bit. If you get caught doing something that breaks the code you will get in trouble and you will have to go to special classes and get a fine. They stick to their word with that.

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Ramapo generally does a good job of setting people up with roommates, as long as each person has an open mind and is willing to be friendly with different types of people. However, no two students are likely to have the same experience at Ramapo, and a negative side of the people on campus is dealing with the administrative offices, many of which look at students as an obstacle involved with their job. In order to get things accomplished, students must constantly nag, with unyielding tenacity. Like the administrative people, even student workers in the offices seem required to be surly and uninformed about important matters.

The classes were interesting and necessary, with a few exceptions. While it's important to get a well-rounded education, many students grow tired of the general education requirements after a while. However, once they get into courses within their major, students' interests in the education aspect of the College increase significantly. The professors at Ramapo are available for conferences, extra time, and help, in addition to scheduled class time; they value education on the subject you paid for rather than teaching you harsh lessons about the uncaring bureaucracy of life. Many will go the extra mile to ensure that you do better than you may have initially thought you would do. Sometimes this means the difference between passing and failing a course, or just a simple matter of saving some precious points on your GPA.

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