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Ramapo College Ranked Number One Among Public Comprehensive Colleges in the North

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Institution Recognized by U.S.News & World Report and The Princeton Review

Ramapo College, designated New Jersey’s Public Liberal Arts College,” was recognized by two national publications as among the best in the north.  In the 2006 edition of America’s Best Colleges, released by U.S.News & World Report, Ramapo College 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 40 percent of those who applied).  This is the second year U.S.News ranked the institution as number one among regional public comprehensive colleges.

Ramapo College also is one of 224 select colleges and universities profiled by The Princeton Review in the 2006 edition of The Best Northeastern Colleges.  For this edition, The Princeton Review surveyed 53,000 students at the 224 schools that were selected for the book.  Students were asked to rate their schools on the teaching ability of their professors and the campus food, among other categories, and report on their experiences.  Robert Franek, vice president, publishing, The Princeton Review, says the schools listed provide students with a wide breadth of excellent schools to consider.”  There are more than 1,000 colleges and universities in the northeast.


About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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