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3 College Junior

Diversity: I don't care about politics

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: the school is not very diverse but the people there are accepting of those who are different

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: I understand acceptance, but all of college political stuff is about gays, I support it, but I'm tired of hearing about women's rights and gay rights.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity is not anything incredibly noticable. There are a lot of different multicultural organizations and everyone is very welcoming and nonjudgmental of those of different backgrounds.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Kids from all over NJ go to Ramapo so think about how diverse NJ is, then put them all in a school together.

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Ramapo College is a fairly diverse student body, with numerous clubs and student organizations dedicated to bringing together students of every creed and background. Ramapo has a board called the Diversity Action Committee, which outlined plans in 2006 to increase the diversity of the students through changes in enrollment, curriculum, training, and campus-wide events. The diversity among students and faculty members extends to the College's exchange student program, which actively recruits from Eastern Europe, Asia, and other nations.

Nearly every dormitory and residence area, as well as each academic area, is equipped to accommodate the handicapped. With the exception of the College Park Apartments, every dorm has an elevator. Ramapo also has an active Women's Center, which also houses the Queer Peer Services Support Group. The Women's Center also organizes events regarding anti-violence, equal treatment, and women's rights. At least twice per semester, the Women’s Center will organize a march around campus, and students of all kinds are encouraged to participate.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
12%
International
1%
Native American
0%
White
69%
Unknown
6%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
4%
Common States of Residence
  • Delaware
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 41%
22-24: 22%
25+: 7%
Female Faculty
49%
Male Faculty
51%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 9%
Native American: 0%
White: 74%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The Women's Center houses an LGBT support group, which is active throughout campus.
Political Activity
The campus itself is pretty liberal, though there is a fair share of moderates.
Economic Status
Students of all economic backgrounds attend Ramapo, though a large portion of the students are from the upper-middle to upper class and live around the area. Students who require financial aid generally receive it.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are plenty of minority clubs on campus, including clubs such as the Organization of African Unity, as well as the Organization of Latino Unity.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 10 responses

  • 70% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 20% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 10% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 33 responses

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 36% Liberal
  • 24% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 33 responses

  • 15% Progressive/very liberal
  • 36% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 21% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 31 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 31 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 10 responses

  • 60% No
  • 20% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 20% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 30% Democratic
  • 40% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 30% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 9 responses

  • 67% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 11% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 11% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 11% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 30% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 60% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 10% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 40% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 40% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 20% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 35 responses

  • 57% Very accepting.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
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