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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)August 20, 2004

(Mahwah) – In the 2005 edition of America’s Best Colleges, released today by US News & World Report, Ramapo College of New Jersey is ranked number one among regional public comprehensive colleges. In the listing, The top public comprehensive colleges,” which is subdivided into four geographical quadrants, Ramapo College is first among comprehensive colleges in the north. In addition, Ramapo College is listed in the top tier (in ninth place) among all comprehensive colleges in the north (public and private). Schools are ranked based on criteria such as freshman retention rate, graduation rate, class size, student/faculty ratio and student selectivity, among others.

Under the heading, Key criteria in judging schools,” Ramapo College is included on the short list of schools with the lowest acceptance rate (Ramapo accepted just 43 percent of those who applied).

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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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