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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: 16:1
  • Average class size: 21
  • Students: 6,110
  • Accolades:
    Kiplinger’s – Best Value,
    Princeton Review – Best in the Northeast,
    U.S. News – Best Regional University,

    College Choice – #1 Public College in NJ

Ramapo Profile

As the state’s premier public liberal arts college, Ramapo College of New Jersey is dedicated to providing students a strong foundation for a lifetime of achievement. The College is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. Ramapo College emphasizes teaching and individual attention to all students. We promote diversity, inclusiveness, sustainability, student engagement and community involvement.

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 business, elementary education, nursing and social work. In fall 2020, the College will be enrolling students in both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in data science, only one of two higher education institutions in New Jersey to offer both programs. The College also offers articulated programs, including dental, optometry, pharmacy, chiropractic and health professions, as well as visual arts therapy and law, in conjunction with colleges and institutions in New Jersey and New York.

Undergraduate students may choose to concentrate their studies in one of five schools with more than 40 academic programs. Ramapo College boasts an average student/faculty ratio of 16:1 and an average class size of 21; affording students the opportunity to develop close ties to the College’s exceptional faculty.

The College offers part-time graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education. In fall 2020, students will be able to pursue a graduate degree in Data Science.

Ramapo College prepares students to be successful leaders for a changing world through its commitments to hands-on learning and faculty-student mentoring. Ramapo’s mission also encompasses the core values of developing the whole person and respecting each other and our environment. 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 has begun a new Learning Commons, which will add 18,000 square feet of space to the existing 62,000 square feet of the George T. Potter Library. Anticipated completion date is mid-year 2021. Construction will include the Library collection, meeting spaces, study space, classrooms and state-of-the-art research capabilities. Other construction projects recently completed include a substantial renovation of the G-Wing building, with expanded classroom, research and simulation and neuroscience laboratories, and the creation of a 36,000 square foot Adler Center for Nursing Excellence facility connected by an overhead walkway to the College’s science/social science building. Students engage in new experiences that build and grow their whole being through programming offered at the College’s Sharp Sustainability Education Center and the Padovano Commons. In addition, a campus-wide photovoltaic installation project is complete and will supplement power resources to campus.

The quality and value of a Ramapo College education is consistently acknowledged through numerous rankings, awards and accolades. Ramapo has been named among the top three (after Princeton and Stevens Institute of Technology) and Number One among the public institutions in New Jersey in College Choice’s ranking. This is the 13th consecutive year Ramapo College is listed in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as among the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.” The College also is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Regional Public Universities North category, is a Top College for the value by Money magazine, and is listed by the Princeton Review among its “Best in the Northeast.” 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 as a Top 10 ranked college for highest return on investment by Affordable Colleges Online and named Ramapo’s campus housing Number One in New Jersey and ranked the College campus third best in the state. Ramapo College is recognized as a Career Development College of Distinction by Colleges of Distinction.

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 William F. Dator.



Ramapo College of New Jersey Strategic Plan