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Reviews 425 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The professors and opportunities are the best.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I enjoy my school, but sometimes the tuition really is too much. I often worry about how I am going to pay it. If i had chosen a public school I think I wouldn't need to worry about it as much.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: It is what you make of it. I enjoy it. Opportunity

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So many people are very friendly. The small town feel is great!

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: When I started looking at Colleges I knew I wanted a small liberal arts school, and that's what I got, and I love it more than I thought I would. Ripon might not be very diverse ethnically but we have a huge social variation, economically, politically, religiously, that make for great discussion in classes. Professors are all very personable and willing to get to know and asisst their students. Yeah, the food's pretty bad, and there's more drinking than I expected, but those are thing that can be avoided. There's a distinct lack of peer pressure to get involved in the party scene, its open if you want it and no hard feelings if you don't. Greek life is the same way, there might be tension between the groups but if so independents are still accepted everywhere and aren't brought into it. I like that campus wide issues are talked about campus wide, that we are small enough to have a running dialogue about curriculum changes and such. We recently switched to gender neutral bathrooms and there was a huge discussion and debate over it. I liked that dialogue, I liked how easy it was to get news and get involved. Clubs are easy to form and join, and so casual, everyone's really accepting. My main complaint is the cost, its expensive. Yet I would never have chosen anywhere else.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Don't know too much about it

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Too many parties causing too much damage to campus

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Could be better, could be worst

3 College Freshman

Administration: No real complaints, just with the drinking

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was thankfully easy to get and accept aid

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Starbucks and the Terrace are the best options. The Pub is okay and the commons is the worst.... the food just isn't good. And the fruit is never fresh

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's nice living on campus and being close to friends, but sometimes it would be nice to live off campus in someplace bigger than a dorm room. Dorm room living is also very expensive with room and board $

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greek life on campus fills a fairly wide spectrum. Some frats and sororities are more academic, others are more athletic. It's disappointing that all the greek organizations are housed in wings of the dorm rather than their own houses though.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I'm not much of a partier. If you are, you can find them pretty easily. From what I hear, they can always be rather fun.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some great places to eat downtown. The cost isn't all that bad, although it's a small town, so the options are somewhat limited.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Since the school is such a small one, the administration is able to work on a more personal level with students than at larger schools. This helps result in a very rational administrative staff at Ripon. If you act like a civilized individual and go to class, you will have no problems with the administration.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: First things first, there are athletes receiving scholarships that should rightfully be going to students that actually academically challenge themselves. In order to get all scholarships required, students must truly push themselves to be deserving of that cash.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Currently the food rating on Niche for this school is a C. I'd say that's a mite too high. Perhaps a D+, and that's because they at least put in an effort. After a month of eating the same thing cooked the same way, everything starts to get bland.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I am majoring in psychology and at Ripon College they may require you to take a lot of classes in order to graduate with a psychology degree but when dealing with psychology it is important that you understand every little thing about it.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Papers and projects, just like in high school, all seem to still land on the same weeks and that becomes pretty difficult.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: To me Ripon College is just another college and it is not that much different from other colleges.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Downtown Ripon is only a few blocks away from the campus which is nice but there are no big stores or anything like that so if you are someone that needs name brand things or big stores, Ripon is not the place for you.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really do not enjoy it at Ripon College so to be honest I try my hardest to not be on campus and stay somewhere else during the week and during the weekends.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am the longest legacy at Ripon College and I have disliked almost my inter experience while attending. Within the first month of being there my adviser told me I should not even be attending college based on the fact I have to many complicating health problems that were still trying to be figured out and he restricted me from enrolling into some courses based off of my health problems without caring what I had to saw about it.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are many different types of job you can apply for on the campus but I personal did not apply for any of them based of the fact I had an outside job.

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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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