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4 College Junior

Local Area: There is a lot of local shopping options. We are right by route 17 so the Garden State Plaza isn't far from school and there are a lot of strip malls. Basically any thing you need can be found at Interstate. There is also a lot of food options near by.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: There is not much to do around here and there is nowhere really to live as everything around here is very expensive.

3 College Senior

Local Area: Ramapo itself doesn't have much of a nightlife (there are student-run activities and frat parties and such, but beyond what the college offers...) but it's located less than five minutes from Route 287, which can take you pretty much wherever you want to go. There's are plenty of shopping centers located nearby (a shuttle bus is available for those who don't have cars, and it stops at most of them daily), New York City's an hour away (there's a bus that takes you there as well), and you can walk to the Ramapo Valley County Reservation, which is absolutely beautiful and provides for plenty of outdoor activities. As for Ramapo's campus, it's small, safe, and scenic.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: extremely beautiful reservation half a mile down the road, great scenery everywhere, however, locals are not very friendly while business owners tend to be more friendly towards customers

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Ramapo Campus is beautiful and the surrounding towns are just as beautiful and it is located very close to many shopping attractions


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Located in Mahwah, one would never guess that Ramapo College is really just outside of New York City; its peaceful and practically rural (horses down the road!) suburban setting makes the school quiet and secluded. However, with its accessibility to many roadway routes, Ramapo is far from remote. There is more than one train station close by, and the College runs shuttle buses to and from campus daily, with a schedule available online and posted throughout campus.

Ramapo College is nestled in the Ramapo Mountains, ensuring a hilly terrain; students (especially those with disabilities) should make note that getting around campus can be difficult during the cold winter months, when the College tends to get snow. The Ramapo Reservation is a mere five minutes from campus, giving students the opportunity to get away from campus and explore nature on the trail. Route 202 provides some of the basic needs, with a few convenience stores and fast food restaurants, but students should familiarize themselves with Route 17, as it has a much wider variety and provides a path to both Garden State Plaza and the Palisades Mall.

Facts & Statistics

Notable Natives
  • Foxy Brown - rapper
  • John Hollinger - writer for ESPN.com
  • Les Paul - guitarist
  • Jane Wyatt - actress from "Father Knows Best"
Points of Interest
  • Crocker Mansion
  • Mahwah Public Library
  • Ramapo Reservation
Shopping Centers
Palisades Center Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Theatres - Palisades Center 21
4403 Palisades Center Dr.
West Nyack, NY
(888) 262-4386
Major Sports Teams
  • New Jersey Devils: NHL
  • New Jersey Nets: NBA
  • New York Giants: NFL
  • New York Islanders: NHL
  • New York Jets: NFL
  • New York Knicks: NBA
  • New York Mets: MLB
  • New York Rangers: NHL
  • New York Red Bulls: Major League Soccer (MLS)
  • New York Yankees: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: NY: 55 minutes
  • Philadelphia: PA: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 48 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 47 responses

  • 2% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 23% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 30% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 28% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 17% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 47 responses

  • 26% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 34% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 40% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 48 responses

  • 10% Totally.
  • 67% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 23% No way.
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