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Campus Housing

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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.

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 Sophomore

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

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 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.

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At Ripon, the dorms are referred to as "residence halls" or "res halls," and there is a bit of variety. The first-years are generally thought to have the nicer rooms, despite the fact that they are in the older buildings. First-years generally occupy Tri-Dorms, Johnson Hall, and Scott Hall, and "the Quads," which include Bovay, Mapes, Brockway, and Anderson, are reserved for upperclassmen. Lastly, there are the Campus Apartments, which are reserved for upperclassmen, typically seniors, and require an application and decent grades in order to get in. 

In Tri-Dorms and Scott Hall, there is a suite option where two double bedrooms are joined by a common room, offering a little extra room to students. Otherwise, the rooms are doubles or singles. Housing comes based on seniority and then GPA, and is done with a room lottery. There is no guarantee when it comes to rooms. It is uncommon for sophomores or first-years to have singles because the seniors and juniors usually snatch them up first. The Quads are generally noisier and a little more rundown. All of the buildings are kept clean by an amazing and incredibly friendly housekeeping staff. The res halls are close to classes, and even the Quads, which are farther away from the academic buildings, are but a short walk.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
950
Average Housing Costs
$4,665
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Men's dorms
  • Women's dorms
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
90%
Freshmen Living On Campus
98%
Number of Dormitories
7
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Freshman Dorms
Tri-Dorms (Shaler, Evans, and Wright halls)
Best Upperclassman Dorms
Bovay Hall
Worst Freshman Dorms
Johnson Hall
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Brockway Hall
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Closet
  • Desk
Also Available
Theme housing, also referred to as "living groups," allows seven to 12 students to live together on the same floor. They center their group around a common theme or interest. Then, the group must provide at least one campus-wide activity each semester focused on their theme.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Anderson Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchens, lounges, pool table, RA office
Bovay Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Fitness center on main floor, terrace on ground floor, kitchen and lounges
Brockway Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchen, lounges
Johnson Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Main lounge with Wi-Fi access, bike storage, lounges on each floor, kitchenettes on each floor, kitchens on main floor
Mapes Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Kitchens, lounges
Marshall Scott Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 100-249
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, men only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, suites
Special Features: Lounges on each floor, pingpong table on first floor, fifth floor study lounge, kitchen
Tri-Dorms (Shaler, Evans, and Wright halls)
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50-99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, suites
Special Features: Kitchens, lounges, Wi-Fi lounge

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Campus Apartments
Floors: 3
Number of Units: 10-24
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments (singles)
Special Features: The kitchen has a full-size refrigerator, full-size stove with oven, and a single sink.
Units consist of a living room with a couch, two chairs, a dining table with four chairs, two end tables, and a coffee table.

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  • Appropriate level of rule enforcement
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