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. The College also offers articulated programs, including dental, optometry, chiropractic and health professions, as well as visual arts therapy and law, 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 1,300 course offerings and more than 42 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 graduate programs leading to degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education. The College now offers a Doctor of Nursing program.
Ramapo College prepares students to be successful leaders for a changing world through its distinctive 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 and cooperative education and service learning.
The campus maintains impressive facilities including the Anisfield School of Business Building; the Adler Center for Nursing Excellence; the Academic Complex which consists of updated classroom, research and simulation laboratory space; the Sharp Sustainability Education Center; the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts; the Les Paul Music Studio, and the Peter P. Mercer Learning Commons, which will open in Fall 2021.
Ramapo College has received numerous awards and accolades. Ramapo College of New Jersey was recently ranked by College Choice as #1 among the nine public NJ colleges and #3 overall in the state. In addition, Ramapo has been named among the top schools in the Best Regional Universities North category in the latest edition of America’s Best Colleges published by the U.S. News & World Report and, for the 13th consecutive year, is ranked among the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, an accolade that only three public institutions in NJ received. Money magazine also ranked Ramapo fifth in the state in their Best College for Your Money list.” and leave the rest of this para intact. 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. Further, Ramapo is featured on CollegesofDistinction.com, 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 program-specific accreditations include: the Social Work Program (Council on Social Work Education), the Nursing Program (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing), and the Teacher Certification Program (approved by the State of New Jersey). In addition, Ramapo’s Chemistry Program is approved by the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Cindy R. Jebb became the College’s fifth president on March 5, 2021. A Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor of the State governs the College. The chair of the board is Susan A. Vallario.