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Reviews 479 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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2 College Junior

Overall Experience: This school is simply not worth what they charge. Ripon gives out excellent financial aid but even with that it still cost more than a public school that has more classes and only slightly larger class sizes. Even other private schools are better. I think Ripon needs to focus less on extra curricular activities and making the upper campus look nice and give more focus to the education that is actually important. During tours they do not even take you to see the quad, which is dorms you will most likely have to live in at least once. The school is also very one sided politically there are clubs for both republican and democrats however it seems to me that your opinion is unwanted if it does not agree with the majority.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have met many alumni of Ripon College that are happy to help you find jobs and internships, they always exhibit a lot of school pride and that is comforting but still Ripon is not a College for everyone. I have not worked extensively with SSS which would deal with career services but I can say from being in there a few times they are probably some of the most helpful people on campus.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: One of the few things I love about this school is how safe I feel. I have never once been concerned to walk alone outside at night. It is easy to get to know majority of the other students on campus so you feel safe with almost everyone.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is okay. Most of the dorms are old and run down. The freshman live in nice dorms and senior apartments are nice but the quad is awful. This past winter I lived in Bovay and half the time the heat didn't work the furniture is very old my desk chair I didn't even feel safe sitting on because it was so wobbly. To get your room you have to go to "room lottery" where you pick numbers and pick the room you want when your number is called. If you cant make it to room lottery that night you can send a friend to pick your room for you but I think doing it all online would be much easier than making everyone go to the auditorium one day.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am not in Greek life so I can not say for certain what it is like to be part of a group, but as independent it seems like some Greeks do think that they are better and they act as if because you do not have Greek events to attend that you do nothing. For sororities primarily they are very close and to be friends with them but not in the sorority is nearly impossible.

3 College Junior

Athletics: A very large majority of the students are in sports. Ripon is a DIII school so pretty much anyone can play. Since sports are so popular our board of trustees has decided to redo the entire sports facility. This project is currently underway and will cost the schools millions. In my opinion there were several other places money could have been used first.

1 College Junior

Overall Experience: Ripon College as a whole cares about one thing, and that is profit. There are a few members of the staff that are caring and helpful but as a majority they are not. The school charges more than other private colleges and offers less. We no longer have free laundry or printing. And parking has always been expensive. In addition to that they do not offer many classes. Computer science and a large portion of the Math department have been cut, in my opinion that is unacceptable. Those classes are all very important and useful while less useful classes have been kept. You are not allowed to live off campus ever and that is because Ripon College wants your money. For what they charge for a double dorm room and a meal plan you could rent the nicest newest 2 bedroom apartment in the area and have money for groceries, I have looked into it. Overall I have regretted every minute of my two years here, and no I will not be returning.

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.

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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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