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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 one of 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 more than 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, and teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels. The College also offers articulated programs with colleges and institutions in New Jersey and New York, among others. Ramapo College offers a Guaranteed Admissions Program with Seton Hall University’s School of Law for qualified freshmen students wishing to pursue their Juris Doctorate (J.D.) and practice law after finishing their undergraduate coursework.

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

The College offers part-time Graduate programs leading to Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in areas including Accounting, Business, Education, Nursing and Social Work.

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 and help students push intellectual, personal and professional boundaries. 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.

Construction projects recently completed include the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence and the renovation of the G-Wing building, with expanded classroom, research and simulation laboratory space, and a 36,000 square foot facility connected by an overhead walkway to the College’s science/social science building. The campus also boasts the Sharp Sustainability Education Center, the Salameno Spiritual Center and the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts.

Newer projects scheduled include The George T. Potter Library renovation and Learning Commons, the Padovano Commons and a faculty-staff meeting place. A campus-wide photovoltaic installation project is underway.

Ramapo College has received numerous awards and accolades. This is the 11th consecutive year Ramapo College is listed in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as among the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.” The John Templeton Foundation named the College to its Honor Roll for “Character-building Colleges,” which recognizes institutions that emphasize character development as an integral aspect of the undergraduate experience.

Ramapo is recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, in the Guide to Military Friendly Schools and ranked as one of the nation’s Best Bachelor’s in Social Work by College Choice. And, Ramapo is featured on, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education. Ramapo also is recognized for its value among liberal arts colleges and for its campus housing.

Ramapo College joins an elite group of institutions with less than five percent of business schools worldwide earning the accreditation distinction of its business degree program by the Board of Directors of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Additional accreditations include: the Social Work Program (Council on Social Work Education), the Chemistry Program (American Chemical Society), the Nursing Program (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing), the Teacher Education Program (Teacher Education Accreditation Council), and the Teacher Certification Program, approved by the State of New Jersey.

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


Ramapo College of New Jersey Strategic Plan