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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.

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

“We’re proud that Ramapo continues to be recognized for the value of the undergraduate education it provides to students; one that pushes their boundaries and supports their development academically, socially, civically and personally,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Christopher Romano. “Our commitment to individualized attention that allows our students to forge close working relationships with our exceptional faculty and prepare for life-long success and learning makes us unique and we hope prospective students and families will experience that when they visit campus.

Institutions ranked in the Best Regional Universities category provide a full range of undergraduate and masters’ programs. The institutions included in this category were ranked by region-north, south, mid-west and west. 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.

College Choice

Ramapo College of New Jersey has been named among the top in College Choice’s 2017 ranking of the 20 Best Colleges in New Jersey.

Ramapo is ranked #3, with Princeton University and Stevens Institute of Technology in the top two spots. More specifically, Ramapo ranks as #1 among nine of the public colleges in New Jersey.

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.

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Ramapo College of New Jersey is listed in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as among the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for in-state tuition and fees for 2017 for the eleventh consecutive year.

The College 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.

“We are gratified to see that our consistent efforts to ensure our students have a stellar education with faculty that teach and mentor and hands-on learning that prepares them to succeed personally and professionally-all at a reasonable price – have been recognized, again,” said President Peter P. Mercer.

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

The Anisfield School of Business has achieved accreditation for its undergraduate business program through AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools. Achieving AACSB accreditation requires a rigorous, standards-based, multi-year process that also requires the commitment of the entire faculty and staff of the school as well as the ongoing support of College administration. Key stakeholders include students, alumni and the business community, all of whom were included in the process. Ramapo College joins an elite group of institutions that have achieved business accreditation from AACSB International. Only 607 schools of business, or less than five percent worldwide, have earned this distinguished hallmark of excellence in management education.

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

Ramapo College a “Military Friendly School”

Ramapo College has been recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, in the 2016 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 (SOC). In 2010, President Peter P. Mercer was appointed the AAC&U representative to the SOC Advisory Board. More information is available at

Colleges of Distinction

For the third consecutive year, Ramapo College is featured on, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education.

Colleges and universities are assessed using the Four Distinctions: student engagement, quality of teaching, vibrancy of the college community and success of graduates. Schools featured on must meet minimum standards in each category.

Ramapo was found to excel in all Four Distinctions and will receive a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction’s website.

Washington Monthly

Ramapo also ranked 13th in the category “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Northeast” of the 2015 Washington Monthly college guide and rankings.

Niche Rankings

The 2015 Niche Rankings for Best Dorms in New Jersey, gives Ramapo a high ranking for its campus housing.