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4 College Senior

Academics: The professors are absolutely fantastic - I've had very few bad experiences. The registration process is fairly easy. The workload's relatively demanding, but not to the point of impossibility. There are plenty of places to study outside of the library (the Ansfield School of Business has a lot of lounges, and there are quite a few in the Student Center as well). The curriculum, however...Ramapo has something called a CEC, which is a Course Enrichment Requirement. It varies from class to class, but it's typically some sort of project. I find it to be a bit ridiculous, but it allows Ramapo to have four-credit classes instead of three. I think they're getting rid of it next semester (fall of 2015), but I don't know enough about that to comment on it further.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Have had great professors who taught amazing subjects

4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are willing to help as long as you reach out to them!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: professors are great. workload depends on the professor

3 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are pretty good, and the registration process isn't awful if you take the time beforehand to figure out what classes you want.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey boasts a major selling point with its academics: a well-rounded liberal arts education. With mandatory general education courses, Ramapo students are required to test their comprehensive college-level understanding of mathematics, English, social issues and awareness, and sciences. Additionally, all students are required to take a freshman seminar course during their first semester at Ramapo, called "First-Year Seminar." All of these classes provide students with credits toward graduation, but some basic-level general education courses can be opted out of with proper AP accreditation. However, without proper one-for-one substitutions (i.e., English 101 for English 103), gaining the credit for these substitutions can be a difficult process.

Attendance in classes is mandatory, and most professors dedicate a percentage of a final grade to a student's attendance and participation. Students are also required to perform four hours of an "experiential component" for each class (course learning that goes on outside the realm of the classroom). Some professors will assign specific experiential component assignments, such as going to see a play or visiting a specific museum or landmark; in fact, some may organize the component as a class trip. Other professors will provide more leeway and give a list of recommendations at the beginning of the semester.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
17:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
216
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
245
Total FT Faculty
216
Faculty with Terminal Degree
95%
Average Faculty Salary
$93,230
Full-Time Retention Rate
88%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Transfer-Out Rate
7%
Graduation Rate
73%
Programs/Majors Offered
35
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 28%
  • 20 to 49 students: 72%
  • 50 or more students: 0%
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: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Anisfield School of Business
  • School of American and International Studies
  • School of Contemporary Arts
  • School of Social Science and Human Services
  • School of Theoretical and Applied Science
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Nursing Science, Education, and Practice: 4%
  • Psychology: 8%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Online courses offered at Ramapo College tend to depend on the class and scheduling; that is, the class offered may only be available online for any given semester. Students are required to meet in a virtual online classroom through WebCT, Moodle, and Luminis meeting grounds. Students sign in with their Ramapo ID.
Best Places to Study
George T. Potter Library
Tips to Succeed
Visit the school a few times to get a feel for the campus at different times of the year.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 26 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 29 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 7 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% This was my dream school.
  • 71% This was one of my top choices.
  • 29% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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