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Ramapo College of New Jersey

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Ramapo College of New Jersey was founded in 1969. It is a comprehensive co-educational four-year institution offering a strong liberal studies based curriculum, sciences, and professional study programs. The college has been designated as ‘New Jersey’s Public Liberal Arts College’ and offers an interdisciplinary curriculum. It has global partnerships in South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and many Native American tribal communities.

Ramapo College of New Jersey is comprised of 5 schools: School of American and International Studies (AIS), School of Social Science and Human Services (SSHS), Anisfield School of Business (ASB), School of Theoretical and Applied Science (TAS), and School of Contemporary Arts (CA).

Ramapo College is located on the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains on the border of New Jersey and New York. It has an average enrollment of about 6,000 students and maintains a student/faculty ratio of 18:1. The average class size is 23.

Ramapo College of New Jersey features the Anisfield School of Business academic facility, the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center (with a 2,200-seating capacity), the Overlook and Laurel residence halls and the Village apartment complex, Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, the Sharp Sustainability Education Center, and the Salameno Spiritual Center.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Ramapo College as fourth in the Best Regional Universities North category. The Ramapo College of New Jersey is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is is a member of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU).


The Anisfield School of Business (ASB) offers B.S. degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, and Information Systems and B.A. degrees in Economics and International Business. The School of American and International Studies (AIS) offers B.A. degrees in American Studies, International Studies, Political Science, Liberal Studies, Literature, Spanish Language Studies, and History. The School of Social Science and Human Services (SSHS) offers B.A. degrees in Economics, Psychology, Law and Society, Sociology, Environmental Studies and Political Science. The school also offers the B.S.W. degree in Social Work and certification programs in Teacher Education. The School of Theoretical and Applied Science (TAS) offers B.S. degrees in areas such as Allied Health Technologies, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Physics, Mathematics, and Integrated Science Studies. The School of Contemporary Arts (CA) offers B.A degrees in Theater, Visual Arts, and Communication Arts.

The graduate programs offered at the Ramapo College of New Jersey include the Master of Arts programs in Educational Leadership, Liberal Studies, and Sustainability Studies, and the Master of Science programs in Educational Technology and Nursing.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey admits freshmen, transfer students, adult learners, and international students. Students seeking undergraduate admissions must have completed a total of 18 academic units: English (4 units), Social Studies (3 units), Algebra I (1 unit), Geometry (1 unit), Algebra II (1 unit), Foreign Language (2 units), Science (3 units), and Academic Electives (3 units). Students need to submit their admission application form, official high school/college transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, letters of recommendations, and an essay.

International students need to submit the international application for admission and provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL scores. They are required to submit their high school and college transcripts. International students are also advised to submit their SAT/ACT scores though it is not an admission requirement.

Financial Aid

Ramapo College of New Jersey offers financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. Different forms of financial aid available to students include federal and state grants, loans, work-study opportunities, and scholarships. To apply for financial aid from Ramapo College, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. Ramapo recommends a priority deadline of March 1 to apply for financial aid.

Different types of federal and state aid programs that provide financial assistance to the students at Ramapo College of New Jersey include the Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and New Jersey Tuition Aid Grants program (TAG). Students may also be eligible for Perkins loans, Stafford subsidized and un-subsidized loans, and PLUS loans for Parents. Different student employment options include on-campus part-time employment and off-campus part-time employment – community service, state work-study, and other regular part-time jobs. Various scholarships available for the students of the Ramapo College of New Jersey include the Presidential Scholarship, Provost Scholarship, Melissa Annunziato Memorial Scholarship, Century 21 Study Abroad Scholarship, and Follett Bookstore Awards.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1937th for the average student loan amount.
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The Ramapo College of New Jersey provides numerous opportunities for students to explore their individual potential. The Division of Student Affairs provides leadership opportunities to the students by offering them to be a part of the Student Government. The college believes that student clubs are an important part of the learning experience. There are a number of student clubs and organizations such as Culture Club, Fusion Dance Crew, Creative Media Club, Inter Greek Senate, Ramapo Cycling, Ramapo Against War, Rock Climbing Club, and the Yoga Club. The Ramapo News is the student-run newspaper. WRPR-FM is the official college non-commercial radio station. The Cahill Center provides experiential learning and career services for the students of the Ramapo College of New Jersey. The college offers housing facility to the students. The Ramapo residences are well-equipped and have air conditioning, high speed internet access, cable television, laundry facilities, and vending machines. Housing facilities are available at Mackin Hall, Pine Hall, Bischoff Hall, Overlook, and College Park Apartments. Dining facilities are available for the students at Marketplace at The Birch Tree Inn, Curtain Call Café, Pavilion, and The Atrium.

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Student Graduation Demographics


The Ramapo College of New Jersey is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), and the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA). There are a total of 20 sports teams in the college. These include: men’s baseball, cross country running, basketball, soccer, tennis, swimming, volleyball, and track and field. The women’s athletic teams include: cheerleading, basketball, dance, cross country running, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, swimming, softball, tennis, volleyball, and track and field. The co-ed intramural sports include softball, flag football, volleyball, soccer, bag toss (corn hole), ultimate Frisbee, and basketball.


  • Ramapo College of New Jersey. About/Information. Web. 10 September 2011.
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey. Undergraduate Admissions. Web. 10 September 2011.
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey. Ramapo College Student Handbook 2011-2012. 2011. Print.

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Ranks 8th in New Jersey and 473rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 6 0.10
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 3 0.05
Burglary 8 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 24 0.40

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Mahwah, NJ 07430-1680
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population24,062 (23,424 urban / 638 rural)
Households9,340 (2.43 people per house)
Median Household Income$79,500
Families6,288 (3.01 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3405

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 757th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $8,650 $8,650 $17,299
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $4,738 $4,738 $4,738
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $270 $270 $541
FT Graduate Tuition $13,979 $13,979 $17,969
FT Graduate Required Fees $3,048 $3,048 $3,048
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $582 $582 $749
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $29,161 $29,161 $37,811
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $30,962 $30,962 $39,612
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $20,183 $20,183 $28,833

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $12,758 $13,144 $12,758 $13,144 $20,945 $21,624
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300 $1,200
On-Campus – Room & Board $12,000 $12,400
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,450 $2,879
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,900 $9,785
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,300 $6,151
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,700 $5,451

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application Fee$60
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 6,297 (2,526 male / 3,771 female)
Admitted 3,480 (1,508 male / 1,972 female)
Admission rate 55%
First-time Enrollment 901 (437 male / 464 female)
FT Enrollment 901 (437 male / 464 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment5,852

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference New Jersey Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

547th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 13%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26

SAT Test Admission

460th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 90%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 590
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1000 / 1200

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,061
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$8,020
Board Fee$3,530

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 297th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $95,205 ($95,713 male / $90,913 female)
Number of FT Faculty 216 (109 male / 107 female)
Number of PT Faculty 445
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $11,493,000

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