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Reviews 414 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Not alot of variety to chose from all are outdated.

1 College Senior

Overall Experience: You cannot register for classes online like most other schools, this is just so maddening.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Just terrible there is not real off campus housing unless you travel as I do.

1 College Senior

Administration: Sexual assault is far to common and they are not willing to fix the issue.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I travel alot for quality food.

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: Sexual assault is far to common and it is far to hard to go after the perpetrators in a way that does not destroy your ability to stay on campus. I know of far to many assaults were nothing is done. Greek groups live in residence halls, not off campus, and they perpetuate rape culture. Security is a joke they are not even deputized and when there are bomb threats they do not call the police.

3 College Senior

Local Area: Not much around town at all. Madison and Milwaukee are not to far so it is not that bad. I travel extensively off campus to get away from it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The closeness I had to friends, classmates, and professors was great, but there were many times I wish that Ripon had more of the facilities and opportunities of a larger school.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Aesthetically, the architecture of Bartlett/Great Hall, West, Smith, and East are nice. Everything else is horribly outdated.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: While there are minority students (race/ethnicity, SES, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, etc) that don't appear to experience outright prejudice, there is a fair number of students who hold prejudiced ideas. Although Ripon is a nice little liberal arts college, there are still some backwater ultra-conservatives who don't make Ripon a front-runner the friendliest college to diverse individuals.

Recent Alumnus

Majors: Ripon students don't need to apply to their major/program of choice.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The biology program is great because of the professors that are really willing to go the extra mile to help you succeed if you meet them halfway and try your best.

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: While it's great to have the option to have each meal on the meal plan, it would be so much better if the food was good. The variety and options at the Commons are often very dismal (food not hot enough, lack of healthy options that are palatable, obviously having better food on days when guests are on campus, etc). The board/meal plan is very expensive and I never felt like I was getting my money's worth.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: As a biology major, there's a lot asked of you. I wish I was more on top of my work and worked harder. The material isn't difficult, but you need to be a good and hard-working student to do well; being smart isn't enough.

Ripon could have a fantastic biology and hard science program if they had better technology, equipment, and facilities at their disposal. Driven students can reach out to advisers and pursue summer research programs at bigger universities, but these programs are very competitive and difficult to get into.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Generally speaking, if Ripon students try their best, do what they have to do for each class, and seek help from their professor, they will do well in a class.

2 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: As a girl into guys that aren't frat dudes or sports bros, the pickings are slim. There are a handful of guys that are good looking and not jerks, so I'm glad I found a good one and had a steady boyfriend throughout almost all of my time at Ripon.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The good: I really liked the interaction with my awesome professors. The smaller class sizes are nice and professors are really accessible to their students. Courses are generally pretty good-- if you like something about the professor or their teaching style, you're going to enjoy the class.

Having the main campus in a central location is wonderful (versus large, urban schools where you may have to walk well over a mile from one class to the next).

Not so good: Ripon's facilities really limit the school. Not only the outdated dorms, but the needs of the arts and science departments are not being met like they would be at other institutions. Much of the more "advanced" equipment in Farr Hall is very outdated. The only technology available for psychology students are computers. I feel my experience would've been better if I could learn more marketable skills on up to date technology.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Ripon grads go on to do a lot of things. Some go on to grad school at Ivy League schools, some go on to the service industry and some do pretty much anything in between.

2 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: As can be expected of any small Wisconsin town, Ripon is almost always boring and quiet to a fault. Also, please don't be swayed by the idea of "charming small town locals". They're not charming, they're racist.

There seems to be a rift between the college students and the community. It doesn't help that students rarely venture outside of the Ripon bubble.

1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: In order to live off-campus, you need to be married and/or have children; live at home within 20 miles (or some other distance); are a formerly deployed veteran; or petition to live off-campus. I know people who have petitioned and it's not the worst process, but it's a lot to go through in order to be allowed to live off campus by the school.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: While the campus alcohol policy seems strict, it's poorly enforced. Yeah, security comes around Brockway periodically when it gets loud, but as long as people are in a room with the door closed they're pretty much in the clear.

As someone who never really got into academic trouble, it's hard for me to judge their academic policies. They seem pretty fair though-- you'll get a warning mid-semester if you're getting a D or F in a class. If you're caught plagiarizing you get kicked out.

1 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: If you want to have a fun party scene on campus, you have to make it yourself. Hang out with your friends and drink, watch movies and TV, play games, whatever. The most fun parties I've ever been to are ones where it's just a few good friends and some mild mayhem.

Most of the "party scene" goes on at the frat dorms in Mapes and Brockway. It's safe to say that the night life depends on this scene. The people at these parties are mainly either a)frat boy hosts, b)sorority girls, c)freshmen (for the first semester. They turn into later a or b if they still want part of the Brockway scene), and d) wannabe hangers on. On busier nights, these "parties" basically consist of dorm rooms stuffed full of people and booze. The activities that go on in these rooms range from dancing to drinking games to talking/hanging out, and watching someone play video games. When the weather is warm it's absolutely sweaty and disgusting. When it's cold outside, it's somewhat less sweaty and disgusting.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Generally speaking, Ripon is a fairly safe campus. A lot of people leave their dorm doors unlocked when they're not there (a less wise idea in some dorm buildings than others), or leave their laptops and other stuff on a table in the library while they run to the bathroom. Living at a small college in a small town is something of a double edged sword: everyone knowing each other keeps a lot of people from doing any crime to other students, but news and gossip travel at light speed.

The most serious health and safety concerns are strongly related to drinking and what happens at what you may call the campus night life. While most nights for most people are fun and don't end awfully, like any college campus Ripon is sadly host to assaults, rapes, and other violent crimes. Part of the problem is the Greek system which actively perpetuates and encourages binge drinking and other unsafe behaviors.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: The more popular off-campus dining choices within walking distance of the campus tend to be Mugs, Kristina's, Fat Brews/Fat Bruce's, and Zuzak's. Mugs and Fat Brews/Fat Bruce's are pretty good, but their hours could be much better.

Most places close around 6. If you want to get food after 9 PM, you have to go to BP or good 'ol Kwik Trip. Seriously--the first time I came to Ripon, some friends and I asked orientation staff where we could go for food at 11 at night. When they told me Kwik Trip I thought they were joking. They were not. However, I've come to love Kwik Trip after my time at Ripon.

As for off-campus dining options not within the best walking distance (e.g. along Fond du Lac Street), there's Culver's, Subway, China 1, and the Silver Creek market/cafe.

Silver Creek may actually be within OK walking distance for some, and they have an excellent selection of thoughtfully prepared meals made with local ingredients. The cost is also pretty reasonable, about $8 for a burger with fries and a drink if I remember correctly.

Otherwise, you need to travel the 30 minutes to Fondy or Oshkosh if you want anything that isn't pizza, burgers, or sandwiches.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The review of majors really depends on what field a person is studying.

As a hard science major (Farr Hall rat), the major requirements are very reasonable; it's possible to graduate early as long as you're really on top of everything. The faculty are all amazing, frankly. Some have more easily understood teaching styles than others, but they're all highly qualified and do their best to make themselves available to and help their students.

As for internships, you will probably find one if you try hard/do well, plan in advance, and speak clearly and openly with your adviser or any other faculty member that may help you find an internship.


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Overall, Ripon is "home" to so many students, and it certainly does feel that way. Ripon College is a community in itself. People know each other, and it's great because you either know everyone's name or at least their face. Campus is familiar, like a home would be. The people on campus (such as the faculty, staff, and other students) care about each other genuinely. Students meet their best friends here or their future spouses. Regardless, the relationships made at Ripon are ones that last. And it's not just the sense of community. The overall experience includes academics, and frankly, Ripon does it right. Ripon offers a small, personal learning environment that encourages discussion and critical thinking. It gets everyone involved in some way. The opportunities that are made available to Ripon's students are endless and abounding, and the awesome thing is, your professors encourage you every step of the way to grab those experiences and let them change you and help you grow. That's what Ripon is: a place to grow.

Ripon challenges students to try new things and put themselves in situations that will help prepare them for their future. The staff and faculty at Ripon do what they can to help students ready themselves for their professional careers and get students to step out of their comfort zones. They encourage all to greet the world beyond Ripon with a smile, tenacity, intuition, and fearlessness. Ripon is unique in these ways. Due to its size and personable qualities, the school allows for one-on-one relationships, and it is through these relationships that students gather gems of knowledge that help them prepare for life after Ripon College. It is this that puts Ripon above the rest.

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