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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 5, 2003

(Mahwah) – With the pressure of college application deadlines bearing down on them, most high school seniors are feeling the stress. Not so for Pamela Ross, a resident of Flemington, NJ and senior at Hunterdon Central High School, who already knows where she is going next year. On Tuesday, September 2, before even beginning her last year of high school, Ross mailed in her deposit to Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she was accepted during the Immediate Decision Day held on the Mahwah campus in late August.

Dean of Enrollment Management Peter Goetz says Ross might be the first student in the nation to send in a deposit for the Class of 2008. As has been our tradition,” adds Goetz, I am sending Pam a sweatshirt to congratulate her on being our first deposit for the fall 2004 semester.”

I’ve been looking at colleges for three years,” says Ross, who ranks in the top three percent of her class and scored 1330 on the SAT, so I’ve had a lot of time to think about it.” She toured the Ramapo campus last spring and returned later for a second look and a chance to talk to the staff in the Office of Admissions. Last week’s Immediate Decision Day was her third visit to Ramapo, where she plans to combine studies in theater, English literature and education.

Now in its 10th year, Ramapo’s Immediate Decision Day program is designed as an opportunity for students to complete the application process and receive a notice of acceptance in just one day. Though usually scheduled in the fall and winter, two years ago, with demand for the program growing and slots filling up early, Ramapo’s Office of Admissions began adding an August Immediate Decision Day.

On the appointed day, students submit their applications, have an admissions interview and receive an acceptance notice, all within a few hours. In addition, students who qualify for a scholarship will be offered one at that time. Visiting high school seniors and their families hear presentations from College administrators, tour the campus including the residence halls, attend a class and have lunch in one of the student dining halls. They also meet individually with an admissions officer.

Students considered for the program must be in the top 25 percent of their graduating class with SAT scores of at least 1100. Goetz adds that, While these numbers will not guarantee admission, they certainly put students in the range. For Immediate Decision Day, we only invite students who have a reasonable chance of being accepted.” The College’s average student ranks in the top 20 percent of his/her class with a mean SAT score of 1154. Those who do not meet these criteria may still apply to Ramapo through the regular application process in which more time is needed to reach a decision and additional senior year information may be required.

Students who are eligible for a scholarship will be notified at the end of the daylong program. To be considered for one of these awards, a student must be an academic achiever in the top 10 percent of his/her graduating class with combined SAT scores of at least 1250 and a record of school or community activities. These special scholarship awards are for four years, provided the required grade point average is maintained. Scholarships include tuition and fees, residence hall rooms, or a combination of both.

Additional Immediate Decision Days are scheduled October 28; November 6, 14, 20 and 25; December 4, 8 and 17; and January 8 and 15. For more information or to make a reservation, interested high school seniors and their parents should call the Ramapo College Office of Admissions, 201.684.7300, or visit the Ramapo Website 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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