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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 14, 2003

(Mahwah) – Ramapo College of New Jersey finds itself in good company in The Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges, 2004 Edition. Produced by Kaplan Publishing and authored by Trent Anderson and Seppy Basili, the guide lists Ramapo College among the top institutions in three areas: schools that changed for the better, schools with the most beautiful campus in a suburban or rural setting, and schools that are hidden treasures. Results in the guide were obtained through Kaplan’s 2004 National Survey of High School Guidance Counselors.

In addition to Ramapo, the Changed for the Better” list includes Princeton University, Yale University, University of Virginia, University of Southern California, University of Maryland – College Park, University of Michigan, Stanford University (CA) and Ohio State, among the 30 total listed.

Colleges other than Ramapo on the Most Beautiful Rural/Suburban Campus” list include Duke University (NC), Cornell University (NY), Princeton University, Middlebury College (VT), College of William and Mary (VA), University of Virginia, Williams College (MA), Princeton University, Notre Dame (IN), University of California – Berkeley, Dartmouth College (NH) and Northwestern University (IL), among others.

The Hidden Treasures” list also includes Reed College (OR), DePauw University (IN), Xavier University (OH), Bowdoin College (ME),Duquesne (PA), Pepperdine University (CA), Franklin and Marshall College (PA) and Whittier College (CA) in addition to Ramapo.

The guide is free of paid advertising from the profiled and listed schools.


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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