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–Praised for Strong Academic Record and Great Economic Value–

(MAHWAH, NJ) – Ramapo College of New Jersey has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2011-12. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.

Ramapo advanced in ranking this year to 48 for in-state tuition– the seventh consecutive year the College has been included in the list.

The College is one of only three New Jersey public institutions of higher education included in the list, which was released this week. 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, low average student debt at graduation, 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.

This year, Kiplinger’s revamped the rankings to give more weight to academic value, such as the percentage of students who return for sophomore year and the four-year graduation rate. While the criteria have shifted, the overall focus on value remains the same.
“As states cut funding for higher education and tuition continues to climb, the word ‘value’ is more significant than ever,” said Jane Bennett Clark, senior editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “This year’s top 100 public schools deliver strong academics at reasonable prices. We applaud these institutions for tightening their belts without compromising quality.”

The full report can be viewed at: www.kiplinger.com/links/college. Visitors to the site will find FAQs about the public colleges ranking and data sortable by criteria such as tuition cost, average debt, student/faculty ration, and admission rate.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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