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Ramapo College Quick Facts

  • Founded: 1969
  • Location: Mahwah, NJ
  • Type: Public,
    Liberal Arts
  • Areas of Study:
    539 course offerings
  • Student to Teacher: 18:1
  • Average class size: 23
  • Students: 6,008
  • Accolades:
    Kiplinger’s – Best Value,
    Princeton Review – Best in the Northeast,
    U.S. News – Best Regional University

Ramapo Profile

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as fifth in the Best Regional Public Universities North category, Ramapo College of New Jersey is sometimes viewed as a private college. This is, in part, due to its unique interdisciplinary academic structure, its size of approximately 6,000 students and its pastoral setting in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains on the New Jersey/New York border.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include nursing and social work. In addition, Ramapo College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels. The College also offers eight graduate programs as well as articulated programs with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New York Chiropractic College, New York University College of Dentistry, SUNY State College of Optometry and New York College of Podiatric Medicine.

Undergraduate students choose to concentrate their studies in one of five schools with more than 539 course offerings and 36 academic programs. Ramapo College boasts an average student/faculty ratio of 18:1 and average class size of 23, affording students the opportunity to develop close ties to the College’s exceptional faculty.

The College’s mission is focused on the four “pillars” of a Ramapo education: international, intercultural, interdisciplinary and experiential (hands on), all of which are incorporated throughout the curricula and extracurricular programs. The international mission is further accomplished through a wide range of study abroad and student exchange links with institutions all over the world. Additional experiential programs include internships, co-op and service learning.

The College’s interdisciplinary commitment helps students push intellectual boundaries; our commitment to experiential, hands-on learning allows them to push personal and professional boundaries as well. The commitment of our faculty to attentive teaching and mentoring empowers students to learn actively and attain the skills they will need to succeed professionally and become lifelong learners.

A campus-wide building program during recent years has resulted in the completion of the Anisfield School of Business academic facility, a central feature of the main entrance to the campus; the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center, with its 2,200-seat arena, fitness center, climbing wall, track and dance/aerobics studio; the Overlook and Laurel residence halls and the Village apartment complex. Construction projects completed in May 2015 include the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence and the renovation of the G-Wing building Adler Center for Nursing Excellence, with expanded classroom, research and simulation laboratory space, and thirty-six thousand square foot facility connected by overhead walkway to the College’s science/social science building. The Salameno School of American and International Studies was renamed in 2014 as The Salameno School of Humanities and Global Studies. The Sharp Sustainability Education Center and the Salameno Spiritual Center were completed in 2009. The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, completed in 1999, houses performance theaters, art galleries and specialized spaces devoted to fine arts, computer art, photography, theater, dance and music.

Ramapo College of New Jersey is listed in the February 2016 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as among the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.” This is the tenth consecutive year Ramapo has been included in the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.”

Ramapo is also ranked 13th in the category “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Northeast” of the 2015 Washington Monthly college guide and rankings. The 2015 Niche Rankings for Best Dorms in New Jersey, gives Ramapo a high ranking for its campus housing.

Ramapo College has achieved accreditation of its business degree program by the Board of Directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-AACSB International, the largest global accrediting body for business schools offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. Ramapo College joins an elite group of institutions with less than 5 percent of business schools worldwide earning the distinction.

Dr. Peter Philip Mercer became the College’s fourth president on July 1, 2005. The College is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor of the State. The chairman of the board is George C. Ruotolo, Jr.


Ramapo College of New Jersey Strategic Plan