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U.S. News & World Report 

In the latest edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” released by U.S. News & World Report, Ramapo College was once again named among the top schools in the Best Regional Universities, North category. Ramapo was ranked #7 among public colleges and #32 overall in the 2019-2020 listing.

Ranking criteria continued to distinguish Ramapo as an institution dedicated to small class size, strong first-year retention and graduation rates and loyal support from alumni.

Institutions ranked in the Best Regional Universities category provide a full range of undergraduate and maste’s programs. Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, have grown to be one of the most comprehensive research tools for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

For the 13th consecutive year, Ramapo College of New Jersey is listed in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine. Ramapo is ranked among the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for in-state tuition and fees for 2019-2020.

Ramapo is one of only three New Jersey public institutions of higher education included in the list. The report features institutions that deliver a high-quality education at an affordable price, and Ramapo College was included due to its high four-year graduation rate, abundant financial aid and low cost.

College Choice

Ramapo College of New Jersey is named among the top in College Choice’s ranking of the 20 Best Colleges in New Jersey. Ramapo ranks as #1 among the nine public colleges in New Jersey and is ranked #3, with Princeton University and Stevens Institute of Technology, in the top two spots.

College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, developed its list by assessing academic quality, institutional reputation, program accreditation, along with return on investment—the differential between tuition costs and average early career earnings. Data came from the National Center for Education Statistics, Payscale, and U.S. News & World Report.

Money Magazine

Money magazine lists Ramapo fifth in the state in its 2019-2020 “Best College for Your Money” rankings list. Ramapo’s ranking also puts it within the top 14 percent of schools nationwide (104 of 744 public/private institutions). 

Money analyzed graduation rates, tuition charges, family borrowing, alumni earnings and more than 20 other data points to find the country’s top higher education values that offer a well-rounded collegiate education.

College Consensus has ranked Ramapo College 10th of the 21 colleges and universities in New Jersey in its 2019-2020 “Best Colleges in New Jersey” listing. Consensus rankings are based on a comprehensive aggregate of published rankings and verified student reviews.

Princeton Review

Consistently ranked in the Princeton Review, Ramapo College is recognized in the listing for “2020 Best Colleges: Region by Region” for the Northeast. The lists are based on survey responses from “the true experts in on-campus life – the students.”

Niche Rankings

Ramapo College residence halls are ranked #1 among all higher education institutions in the state of New Jersey in the “2020 Niche Rankings for Best Dorms in New Jersey.” Ramapo also was ranked #3 in the “Best Campuses in New Jersey.”

Per Niche, top-ranked colleges offer outstanding campus housing that is safe and clean with modern amenities at reasonable prices. The 2019 Best College rankings are based on millions of survey responses from students and parents, and applies the most up-to-date data available from dozens of public data sources.

Ramapo College a “Military Friendly School”

Ramapo College is recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, in the 2021 Guide to Military Friendly Schools. Of the more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide, only the top 15 percent of schools were recognized as military friendly. Ramapo was noted for its services to veterans that include reasonable transfer of credit, financial benefits, veterans clubs, credit for military training and nationally recognized testing programs, flexible class schedules, and membership in the Service Members Opportunities Colleges.

Colleges of Distinction

For the fifth consecutive year, Ramapo College is featured on, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education. Ramapo was found to excel in all four Distinction categories measured in the 2019-2020 listing.

The Four Distinction areas assessed include: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. Colleges and universities featured on must meet minimum standards in each category.

The Templeton Guide

The John Templeton Foundation has named Ramapo College of New Jersey to its Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges, which recognizes institutions that emphasize character development as an integral aspect of the undergraduate experience. Colleges must exhibit a strong and inspiring campus-wide ethos that articulates the expectations of personal and civic responsibility in all dimensions of college life. Selection criteria include:

  • The significant involvement and participation of faculty in forming and shaping the ideals and standards of personal and civic responsibility
  • Evidence that a wide variety of programs exist to prepare students for lives of personal and civic responsibility
  • The integration of personal and civic responsibility standards and activities into the core curriculum or areas of academic study
  • External recognition or honors
  • Procedures to assess effectiveness of campus-wide character-development programs