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Reviews 472 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors and students are what make this school worth going to. The education is what people want from a school and the professors provide a good education for students.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Internships are available and facilitated through the professors. Other than that, whether or not a degree is worthwhile almost entirely depends on the student.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never once felt unsafe on this campus. I don't know of anyone who has been assaulted (sexually or otherwise). Theft has been a problem some, but that is as bad as it ever is going to get.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: 90% of the housing available is typical college dorm room housing. It's not the best, but that isn't what a college student is looking for. A college student is looking for a place that isn't the gutter. The Campus Apartments are by far the best residences on campus. Spacious, kitchen and bathroom, with individual bedrooms for each of the 4 roommates. Other than that, the housing process usually allows you to get the type of room and room location that you desire.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As a non-Greek member of the college, I only have so much to add to the rating. Greeks don't act as though they're better than non-Greeks (some do act that way, but that is due to their personality, not the Greek life). Each fraternity and sorority has its own 'personality' you could say. If you're interested in joining, there's probably one that will fit your personality. If you don't wish to join, no one will treat you any differently.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: As a non-athletic student, I don't know very much about the athletic presence on campus. From my understanding, the students involved in athletics are happy with their team's performance most of the time, and fan support is relatively positive.

The biggest con about the athletic aspect of Ripon is the recent Storzer Project. While facility updating is important for any school, it appears that the school administration and board of trustees are placing athletic importance before academic importance. A college is primarily an academic institution, but the recent administration has decided that athletics are more important to focus on for the college.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A school can be boiled down to three main aspects: The students, the professors, and the resources of the college. Ripon excels at the first two, but the third can be lacking. This is the typical problem that small colleges run into. The student life is very close-knit. People know each other well, and it's a friendly campus. The professors care about their students. With class sizes at 40 or 50 people max (for 90% of classes the size is going to be below 20 people) students and professors can engage in productive lectures and class conversations.

3 College Student

Diversity: I feel like any student is accepted here, no matter who they are, where they come from, or what they believe in.

4 College Student

Drug Safety: I'm not worried about feeling pressured to drink or do drugs. I know students respect each other and won't treat you any differently if you do not do what they do.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: I have heard nothing but good things about the public safety on campus and I do not have any worries about being safe.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: After having a few overnights on campus, I stayed in a dorm that will be the same as the one I am staying in next year and I love them. They are very spacious in my opinion and because of that very easy to keep clean. They come with desks, dressers, and closets which I really liked. There are different ways to set up the beds to create more space, and I also like how there is a common area for everyone to sit together if they chose to do so.

4 College Student

Athletics: When I first was being recruited by coach Lauren (my now new basketball coach), I had a great impression of her right off the bat. She told me how close of a team they were, and all the players got along great. They take time to do things together in the community, and are willing to help each other in the classroom as well. I know that in their conference, they had a team with one of the highest overall GPA's, which I thought was very impressive and it makes me confident that I will be able to succeed in the classroom as well as on the court. I am confident that when it comes to the sports aspect of college, I have picked the right team.

4 College Student

Overall Experience: I am very confident in the school I chose because throughout my whole process of recruiting and meeting with advisers and coaches, I have had nothing negative to say. I am confident that I will succeed at the college I have chosen and after my first four years as well. I know that the college I have chosen is the right fit for me, and if I had to go through the whole process again, I am confident my decision would not change.

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.


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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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