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Reviews 459 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It has been a blast, and a real learning experience. It is definitely hard, but worthwhile.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have security on campus that patrols during the evening hours. We also all signed up for RAVE alerts that get sent to our phone if something has happened. We can also call that number if we need help.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There is a great variety of courses available to students on campus. Professors are encouraging you to take courses you are interested in, not just those in your major. Classes are challenging but not impossible if you work hard.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The internship opportunities are there if you have professors who actively talk about them. internships in psychology are pretty diverse, an opportunity for every interest. As for career prospects, I am not sure about those as I have not looked into those opportunities yet.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Although a small space, the rooms are well maintained and are often updated to make students feel comfortable.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of college. Most people I know are associated with some form of Greek life. Although I do not participate, I live on a sorority floor and see the bonds made through their sorority. The partying is a huge part of their life though.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Homecoming is when you see a lot of school spirit. Other than that weekend, sports aren't a big part of life on campus. They get overshadowed by homework and friends unless you participate.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The family atmosphere is what drew me to this specific school. That feeling has continued to help me through the good and the bad times associated with college life. The classes are difficult but nowhere near impossible and the professors are always willing to help.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek life but from an independent's perspective its not that bad. There's no pressure or social consequences for not being part of Greek life, which I appreciate because I like talking to people in all different organizations and would hate for some kind o rivalry to get in the way of that. Greek life doesn't have houses though, sororities and fraternities are housed right in the dorms which can get nosy during recruitment but otherwise it works out okay.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Ripon has a diverse range of diversity. Economically Ripon students tend to be better off, and racially they're mostly white. Where Ripon gets diverse is the gender sexuality spectrum and the political and religious values. As a founding place for the Republican pretty we have a very vocal group of Republicans, but as a liberal arts school with a lot of liberal campus policies much of the student body is Liberal Democrats. The resulting campus wide debates are quite interesting. Ripon also has a lot of sexual diversity and embraces that. We have people who identify as gender queer, transgender, bisexual, gay, lesbian you name it and the campus is pretty accepting of that. About half of the bathrooms on campus were recently switched over to gender neutral to accommodate that.

4 College Junior

Academics: I would not call Ripon an easy school, but its certainly not impossible. The workload for courses makes sense for the level of the course and increases appropriately. Some of the assigned reading gets a little ridiculous depending on the class and the professor so as long as you are conscious of those professors and classes and avoid taking like three of those at the same time there is no reason the workload shouldn't be manageable. Classes are generally interesting. even the required course that you just have to sit through are engaging. General requirements are flexible and easy to meet within the first year opening up your schedule to do anything you want with. I've never felt anything a teacher asked for a class was unreasonable (some of the more enthusiastic professors can be negotiated with) and neither have I ever felt a class was just filler that I didn't get anything out of.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: When I toured Ripon I didn't think there would be a lot of drugs, sure I assumed drinking and the more minor drugs were around somewhere, but I thought the drug scene would be easy to avoid if you weren't interested in it. That's not really the case. While I never felt pressured to join the drug scene I can't avoid it either. Its wet campus and so the drinking and drunk people are everywhere on the weekends and impossible to avoid if you walk around on a Friday night. There's a lot more tobacco smokers than I expected, though policy is smoking cannot bee done within 15 feet of the buildings. Hardly anyone actually follows that and I have had to yell at people multiple times to stop smoking under my dorm window. We have a prairie that is often used as the place to smoke weed, which is popular on campus. Since much of the student body is liberal that kind of makes sense but the presence can be annoying if you're not into that kind of thing. Heroine is supposedly also a problem on campus, though I haven't seen evidence of that myself.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Ripon is tiny and I love that. The biggest class I've been in was maybe 30 people and the professor still knew us all by name and could have personalized conversations with us. The smallest class I was part of was six people and it was awesome, the professor could really focus on us individually and you got to know your classmates on a level that made discussion that much more interesting. It really made a difference as to what people were willing to say in class and I think that openness added something you just can't get in a large class. I've never had a professor who didn't know my name and I've never had a professor I felt uncomfortable talking to out of class. Running into professors on the street or in the coffee shop may be weird but never awkward. Walking into a professor's office I never felt unwelcome or like I was keeping them from something important. Ripon professors make students feel like they genuinely care about an individual's success, beyond just their class.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: I'm going into my senior year and I have heard all these wonderful things about career building services on campus, problem is that's all I hear. No details on what office handles those things or where I even look up where to go for information. Sure there's a lot of internship opportunities but they're very specific. They are almost all in the sciences (some social sciences) and very few are local. As someone with neither a car nor a lot of many to live independently elsewhere in the summer, a lot of these opportunities aren't feasible options. And as a Humanities student the opportunities that Ripon advertises aren't even in my desired field. If there's more resources and opportunities on campus they are not being made readily accessible to the average student.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel that Ripon College is a very safe campus. Security vehicles drive around at night and RA's patrol the dorm buildings. Overall, I feel safe on campus, but I make an effort not to put myself in potentially dangerous situations.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, Ripon College is a great school for students, faculty, and staff. There is a large variety of classes and majors offered to students. Professors are welcoming and passionate about what they do . This welcoming atmosphere is aided by the small class sizes in a majority of classes. My largest class had around 50 people with my smallest being around 10. These small classes taught by professors and not teaching assistants allows for a better, more intimate learning experience. In every great college though there are some flaws. One of those are the dining options. Options are limited and all similar because they are all sponsored by the same company, Sodexo. Often times food quality is only mediocre and is commonly mislabeled. This can be tolerable at times, but potentially harmful to those with food allergies. Overall, Ripon is a great college with a wide variety of opportunities.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Right now, I would say that the value of a degree from this school is okay. I am only a sophomore and I have not utilized many of the resources available to help find a job after I graduate. I have heard of people having great research opportunities at Ripon, but I have also heard people who have not been able to find a job. I think that the value of my degree from Ripon will depend greatly on how much I use the alumni network and career services available to me.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus at Ripon College is a requirement and would not be a bad option if it was not required. The rooms are nice and quite large compared to other schools I have visited. Rooms are determined by a somewhat random room lottery. Students with high GPA's are rewarded with a higher number and place in the lottery. The availability of rooms is tolerable and there are multiple options for everyone including those who choose last in the lottery. The one down side is that laundry is no longer free. With the amount we pay for room and board laundry it feels like it should be included.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life is viewed differently by different people on campus. Many people enjoy going to the parties they throw while others enjoy the different on campus activities they host. The impact of Greek Life on Ripon's campus is mostly positive and has very little negative feedback. The different Greek groups live on different floors on campus. This is the only potential problem as some people can find their activities disruptive in the dorms. Overall, Greek Life has a positive influence on the community and campus.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic facilities are functioning, but need updating. In the next year, the Storzer Center will be getting remodeled and will get the necessary updates and expansions. Varsity sports are a large part of the campus community as many people come to the school to play on Ripon's D3 teams. Ripon's athletic teams are not necessarily the best in the conference, but they are good teams that keep improving. The team atmosphere is positive whether a team wins or loses. Ripon's athletics are a highlight of the school that will only get better as we updated our facilities.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Ripon College is a great school that has lots of class options and extracurricular activities. A large majority of the professors are open and very easy to approach. The passion they show can be contagious even if you are not interested in that area of study. Ripon, being in a small town, has lots of community involvement. Additionally, you know many of the people on campus because of the small size. Ripon College is a small liberal arts college with lots of opportunities for students.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel for the most part the Ripon Campus is very safe. The one thing we don't have are the little booths that people can go to to push a button to call security. We have a system where we have to call them, but if a student doesn't know that number it's not really going to help them.

I feel the crime rate is very low on campus. This can be seen by the fact that when we go to the dinning areas on campus the students' backpacks are left in the stairwell rather than have them all of the place in their dinning area next to them. Also, if you go into the library you can leave your things at the spot you are studying at and not have to worry about someone taking your things if you have to leave for a few minutes.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The majority of professors are very knowledgeable in their field of study. Many try and make their lectures and/or material interesting and try to engage students with some activities during class time. The professors have an "open-door" policy, which is very nice and helpful. If the professor is in their office a student (or anyone) can knock on their door and talk with the professor about anything, whether it's during the professor's office hours or not.

3 College Senior

Athletics: I don't know much about the equipment because I do not participate in a varsity sport. I do participate in a club sport and the equipment the school provided for us was not that great. We had to buy all of our good equipment and some of us buy our own equipment, that way for girls who don't have their own equipment they can use the stuff the team bought.

For the work out equipment for the non-varsity sports people it is alright. When something gets broken it takes awhile for it to get fixed, but there are other machines that can be used.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I really enjoy Ripon. It is a great fit for me; I have been given many opportunities to do things I wouldn't have been able to do if I hadn't chose to go to Ripon, such as studying abroad in St. Andrews, Scotland for a semester.

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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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