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Academics

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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.

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.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: As a biology major, there's a lot asked of you. I wish I was more on top of my work and worked harder. The material isn't difficult, but you need to be a good and hard-working student to do well; being smart isn't enough.

Ripon could have a fantastic biology and hard science program if they had better technology, equipment, and facilities at their disposal. Driven students can reach out to advisers and pursue summer research programs at bigger universities, but these programs are very competitive and difficult to get into.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Generally speaking, if Ripon students try their best, do what they have to do for each class, and seek help from their professor, they will do well in a class.

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Some students find that their course of study or major is not offered at Ripon or they want a more specialized course of study. Often, people will skip right over a small school and look for a larger school. But that is one of the beauties of Ripon College. Students can self-design a major or minor to make sure they are getting exactly what they want out of their college education. This is just one way that Ripon offers a personalized education. Another way is through the small class sizes. Even the larger lectures for classes like "Biology 110" break down into smaller labs of 12 to 15 students. The professors also encourage students to come in and meet with them often just to check in, go over an assignment, or simply to say, "Hi!" They really stress the one-on-one contact and relationship because they want to get to know their students!

Ripon expects a lot out of its students and pushes them to work toward a final goal, whether it be a major or minor, graduation, grad school, or a career after college. Ripon just wants you to succeed! Ripon's reputation as a friendly, welcoming school is well deserved. The friendly smiles and welcoming attitude people receive at Ripon are all genuine! Another plus to Ripon's academics is that it is fairly easy to get into a class. The registrar is really good about getting students into classes they want, especially if it is a class needed to complete a major or minor. Registration at Ripon is a bit unique. All of the professors are set up by major in the gym, and after getting their schedules, if students want to add or drop classes, they just go and find the professor teaching that class and have them sign their paper. Then, when they are all set, they bring their paper to their adviser to get signed and turn it in. Depending on how much changing needs to be done to the schedule, a student can be in and out of registration in 15 minutes or less.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
11:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
64
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
27
Total FT Faculty
64
Faculty with Terminal Degree
94%
Average Faculty Salary
$55,132
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Graduation Rate
72%
Programs/Majors Offered
35
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 62%
  • 20 to 49 students: 36%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
Bachelor's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 3%
  • English Language Studies: 5%
  • Health, Outdoor, and Physical Education: 5%
  • History, General: 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Double major
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
  • Urban semester
  • Washington semester
Online Courses
Unfortunately, Ripon doesn't offer any online courses right now.
Best Places to Study
  • The CLC (Collaborative Learning Center)
  • Lane Library
  • Lounges in residence halls
  • Starbucks couches
  • Student Activities Office
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask questions!
  • Get out of your room and try to experience new things.
  • Join at least one thing, like a club or organization, on campus.
  • Make an effort to make friends.
  • Study first; party later.
  • Utilize different resources and facilities on campus.
Did You Know?
In addition to two 15-week semesters, there's an optional three-week Maymester.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 31 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 13 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 13 responses

  • 15% This was my dream school.
  • 77% This was one of my top choices.
  • 8% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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