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Jan 17

Spring 2023 Accelerated Term 1 — Classes Begin

January 17, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jan 22
Jan 25


Trish Laprey

Director/Degree Completion Program

p: (201) 684-7388

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the admissions process. More questions will be added soon. Still don’t see the answer to your question? Email us at or

How do I know if Ramapo’s Degree Completion Program is right for me?

The Accelerated Degree Completion Programs are designed for adults 25 years of age and older who have earned either an associate’s degree or at least 64 credits from previously attended institutions and are looking to complete their bachelor’s degree in an adult-friendly environment with guaranteed evening courses, a clearly outlined academic path, and a learning environment comprised entirely of adult students.

What if I don’t have 64 previously earned credits?

If you do not have 64 previously earned credits, you can still apply through our Office of Graduate & Adult Admissions.  An advisor will help you find the required courses needed to allow you to eventually enter into one of the accelerated majors in the Accelerated Degree Completion Program. Ramapo cannot guarantee that courses outside those in the Degree Completion Program will be offered in the evening or on-line.

How long will the program take me?

For students entering with 64 or more credits, it will take on average about two years to complete the program by following the curriculum map outlined for each accelerated major. You can view a two-year cycle of classes for each major by visiting the Accelerated Programs page.

What is the structure of the program?

The program provides an accelerated format that is conducive to the time constraints of an adult learner’s schedule and includes on-line, evening, and hybrid courses. Accelerated fall and spring courses courses run approximately 8 weeks, with summer and winter classes running between 4-5 weeks.  Classes in the winter are scheduled on-line and summer classes are a mix of on-line and hybrid courses.

What majors do you offer in an accelerated format?

Currently, the Accelerated Degree Completion Program offers two accelerated majors: Social Science and Contemporary Arts: Professional Communication. You do not need to have previous coursework in either social science or communication in order to apply for one of these accelerated majors.

How many credits can I transfer?

You may transfer up to 80 credits from coursework at previously attended instructions. Please note that a maximum of 65 credits may be transferred from two-year institutions or community colleges.

As an adult, am I eligible to use all the services of traditional undergraduates?

Absolutely. All students at Ramapo – both adults and traditional-age undergraduates – have all services available to them, including the Center for Student Success, the Cahill Center for Career Services, the Center for Reading and Writing, the Center for Health Services, the Potter Library, tutoring services, and the Bill Bradley Sports & Recreation Center.

Does Ramapo award credits for Prior Learning?

Yes. Students may acquire credit for knowledge that they have gained outside the traditional academic setting, most frequently through work, training, community service, and other accomplishments. The Degree Completion Program offers Prior Learning Assessment workshops and 1-on-1 advising during your first year to guide you in developing a portfolio that documents how you have met the outcomes of a specific Ramapo course through learning done outside of the classroom.

Prior Learning Assessment Program (PLA)

What is Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)?

Recognizing that knowledge may be acquired in many different ways, Ramapo College offers adult students the opportunity to apply for academic credit for learning that has taken place outside of the traditional college classroom through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Program. The work world, volunteer activities, non-credit courses, workshops, seminars, and other activities often involve significant learning experiences. A student who successfully demonstrates that the knowledge gained through one or more of these activities corresponds to the knowledge gained in a Ramapo College course may be granted academic credit. The most common method for students to demonstrate their knowledge and competency is through a PLA portfolio.

What PLA isn’t:

PLA is not “credit for work or life experience.” Credits earn through PLA are awarded not for the experience itself, but for the knowledge, skills or competencies gained through that experience.

Ramapo College is guided by the 10 standards developed by The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) regarding assessment of prior learning.

Why do PLA?

By utilizing PLA to earn college credit, Ramapo students can not only reduce their time to degree but also reduce costs by earning credits at the discounted PLA tuition rate. Moreover, PLA recognizes and validates the complex learning processes that adult students engage in regularly during their day-to-day lives, and helps students connect academic theory and scholarship to their life experiences.

How do I learn more?

The PLA program is administered through the Degree Completion Program. Students interested in learning more about Prior Learning Assessment should make an appointment with Patricia Laprey, Director of the Degree Completion Program at 201-684-7388 or

Students interested in developing a Prior Learning Assessment portfolio are strongly encouraged to review the. information in the PLA student handbook and the PLA Application Packet.

PLA fee structure (2018-2019):

Assessment fee: $157.25 per credit sought through portfolio which is charged once a PLA contract is signed.  The assessment fee is non-refundable.

Please visit the Office of Student Accounts website for up-to-date information about PLA costs: Ramapo College Office of Student Accounts

Other PLA resources

Earn College Credit for What You Know offers the latest, most current information on prior learning assessment (PLA) for adult learners, professionals, evaluators, administrators, faculty, and training managers:

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL):

Can I speak with someone before I apply?

Certainly. All students in the Degree Completion Program’s accelerated majors have an advisor who acts as your first point of contact for questions about the curriculum, campus services, your individualized path to degree or any other questions you might have. Contact Patricia Laprey, Director of the Degree Completion Program at (201) 684-7388 or

How do I apply to the program?

If you are interested in applying to the Degree Completion Program, you must complete an online application, submit official transcripts from all your previous institutions, and include a personal essay stating why you would like to participate in this program.

Whom can I contact with my application questions?

If you are interested in the Accelerated Degree Completion Program and would like more information about applying, please contact Anthony Dovi, Associate Director of Graduate and Adult Admissions at (201) 684-7305 or