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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.

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.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: While there are minority students (race/ethnicity, SES, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, etc) that don't appear to experience outright prejudice, there is a fair number of students who hold prejudiced ideas. Although Ripon is a nice little liberal arts college, there are still some backwater ultra-conservatives who don't make Ripon a front-runner the friendliest college to diverse individuals.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I think that there is plenty of diversity at the school.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Almost all people are completely accepting.


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While Ripon does not have great diversity, for a small campus, it does all right. There are definitely different ethnic, sexual, economic, religious, and political backgrounds on campus—no doubt about that. Overall, the campus is pretty accepting. Anywhere you go, you will find dissenters and those who choose to hate, but it's not dangerous for anyone on campus, and generally, everyone is welcoming. There is also a handful of international students on campus. Some come to Ripon for a semester or a year; others come and attend Ripon for all four years. These students are amazing and worth taking the time to get to know!

There are groups to represent all sides of diversity. There are political groups, such as the Ripon College Republicans, Democrats, or Greens. A variety of ethnic groups are on campus, as well, such as the Black Student Union (BSU), the Cultural Diversity Club (CDC), and Hablamos. If you are looking for something of a religious nature, there are groups like Campus Christian Fellowship, CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ), the Spirituality Association, and the Secular Student Alliance. For those of differing sexual backgrounds and orientations and those who support them, there is the Network. Needless to say, there is a bit of variety for students of different backgrounds and beliefs.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 41%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 12%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 87%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
LGBT students are generally accepted on campus. It'd be a lie to say that there were never any issues, but given the small school and community atmosphere, students are safe and generally well-accepted. The Network is the campus's LGBT organization that generally puts on activities for LGBT month and participates in the "Day of Silence." Despite the fact that the Network is fairly active, there are still LGBT students who decide not to participate and make their own network of friends on campus, and this works just as well.
Political Activity
The Ripon College Democrats, Republicans, and Greens are all active on campus. However, really only a handful of students actively participate in these groups. Most students hold their own views but choose not to join a group. Overall, campus leans slightly more to the right, but a variety of viewpoints and beliefs can be found all over the place, and people aren't discriminated based on their political beliefs.
Economic Status
Ripon gives almost all of its students some sort of financial help, often in the form of scholarships. A great majority of students comes from middle-class families and has a need for financial aid assistance. You will find a variety of situations in which students are paying for their education on their own. Others are completely dependent on their parents' wallets for everything from tuition to phone bills to spending money. There are always the extremes, but for the most part, it tends to stay more toward the middle.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is definitely the most common religion on campus, and there are groups that support it such as Campus Christian Fellowship and CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ). They invite people of any denomination that are interested in learning about their faith to join them for fun times and prayer. While Christianity is the most common, there are also other religions practiced on campus. For those students and really anyone, the Spirituality Association might be beneficial. They aim to explore and learn more about all religions. They encourage anyone questioning or curious to come and check them out.
Then, for those who choose not to believe or follow a religion, there is the Secular Student Alliance. All of these groups are active on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a few minority clubs on campus. The Black Student Union (BSU) is one of the most active. They throw Union parties, hold meetings, and one of their most popular events is the soul food dinner served once a semester. Students in BSU cook up a delicious soul food meal, and it is open and free to all students! Hablamos is a club that works on the Spanish language, with the goal to teach and improve Spanish speaking as well as have a good time. Then, the Cultural Diversity Club (CDC) is also active on campus; it hosts Union parties and has an international dinner in the spring, where homemade ethnic dishes are served! This is also open and free to all, and is absolutely delicious!

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 27 responses

  • 11% Progressive/very liberal
  • 26% Liberal
  • 19% Moderate
  • 7% Conservative
  • 11% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 32 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 32 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 15 responses

  • 13% Republican
  • 7% Democratic
  • 47% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 33% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 50% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 40% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 47% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 13% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 27 responses

  • 41% Very accepting.
  • 56% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.



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