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Reviews 472 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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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 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.

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.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Part of the small school atmosphere is that you build close relationships with a majority of people on campus. My room mate and I never lock our dorm door, and we trust everyone who might walk into our room when we are out. Every party I have been to so far has been a friendly atmosphere and even when alcohol is involved people are respected and given space if they want it. Overall people on this campus comprise a big family, and a trustworthy one.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is a sufficient variety of classes offered, but many of the ones specific to certain majors, such as anatomy and physiology or physics, are only offered every other semester or every other year, which makes planning for graduation difficult. However, since the college has such a small population there is a good opportunity of you building relationships with your professors and getting extra help, especially if you contact them outside of class/ at office hours.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A lot of the degrees from this school are great preparation for graduate school, such as my biology-chemistry major will prepare me for medical school after graduation should I be accepted. However, there is a lack of opportunity to obtain relative work/ volunteer experience due to the small town/ distance.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing varies a lot in quality depending on the building you are put in. Johnson, my current hall, is nice in relative cleanliness and quietness for studying, but the quad buildings where the fraternities are located are popular for their parties and social activities. There are lounges on every floor of every building for studying, but I usually stay in my room to avoid traffic.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Although fraternities on campus are known for throwing great parties they also have very close brotherhoods between members and their loyalty is taken very seriously. I would say fraternities are more laid back than their female counterparts, sororities, but sororities are more inter-related/ friendly with each other. Fraternities on campus typically have a lot of rivalry, and it is difficult to associate yourself with more than one.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Ripon College is a division 3 school and therefore they do not offer athletic scholarships and athletics are not as prestigious here as many of the other nearby universities.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall, Ripon College has a lot to offer relative to its small population size (about 1,200 students currently enrolled in total). However, there are disadvantages to the small school atmosphere, one of which being not much access to nearby jobs or volunteer opportunities relative to your major.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The first semester of college seems to be hard for everyone. At first, I came home every weekend of college. Now, I am happy that I have decided to stay. I have made great friends. The professors here are amazing. They know almost everyone by name because the school is so small. They are all very passionate about their jobs and topics of study so it is very easy to learn.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have not started my major specific classes, but other than that I have been content with my choice. Also, I am an athlete here so I have seen a whole other side of the school which is always nice.

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.

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4 College Junior

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

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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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