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(Mahwah) – New pre-college programs for rising high school juniors and seniors in good academic standing are being offered in summer 2008 through the Center for Innovative and Professional Learning at Ramapo College of New Jersey.  The nine new programs offer students choices among courses bearing college credit and non-credit experiential courses.  A Pre-College Open House is scheduled for Sunday, March 2, 2008 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. on the Ramapo College campus.  Pre-registration is requested by visiting:

“Students who take pre-college courses easily enhance their college admissions applications because their successful completion of these rigorous college courses shows admissions officers that they are motivated and able to meet the challenge of college-level work,” said Ramapo College Provost, Dr. Beth Barnett. “Many students, including those already accepted to a college or university, also welcome the opportunity to earn college credit early, helping to reduce their course load once they enter college.”

Each of Ramapo College’s new Jumpstart Pre-college Programs offers hands-on learning supplemented by lectures, seminars and field trips. Participants live in new single-room residence halls on the beautiful Ramapo College campus and programs are fully packaged to include planned evening activities, meals, course materials, and trip fees (when applicable). While students are strongly encouraged to participate in the full residential experience, commuter students are also welcome. Many programs include a closing day presentation to fellow students, friends, and family.

Program 1:
Hands-on Contemporary Arts (Non-credit)
Monday, July 14-Saturday, July 26, 2008 (Monday – Saturday for two weeks)

Students select one of the following courses:  Producing the Animated Short Film, Black and White Photography, Stage Design and Technical Theater, and Performance Intensive.

Program 2:
Fossils to Forests: Field studies in changing landscapes (Four credits)
Monday, July 7 – Friday, August 1, 2008 (Monday – Friday for four weeks)

Students earn four college-level lecture/lab credits: The course combines field excursions, lectures and research projects to investigate the ecology, paleontology, and physical landscape of New Jersey and surrounding areas. Topics include forest dynamics, fossil collection/interpretation, and climate change.

Program 3:
Enrichment in Reading and Writing/Cultural Enrichment and Literacy/Readings in Poetry/Film and Literature (Credit Options)
Monday, July 7 – Friday, August 1, 2008 (Monday – Friday for four weeks)

Students select one of the following two-course combination programs that offer a choice of credit-bearing and non-credit coursework:  Enrichment in Reading and Writing/Readings in Poetry; Enrichment in Reading and Writing/Cultural Enrichment and Literacy; Readings in Poetry/Film and Literature; or Cultural Enrichment and Literacy/Film and Literature.

The newly established Ramapo College of New Jersey Center for Innovative and Professional Learning supports postgraduate professional education, workforce development, and alternative learning. The Center also engages in internal and external educational partnerships to advance the College, and provides innovative continuous learning opportunities for community members of all ages.

For additional information about Ramapo College’s new Jumpstart Pre-college Programs, please visit or contact Rosa Diaz-Mulryan, assistant vice president for the Center for Innovative and Professional Learning, at 201.684.7370 or at


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, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, 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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