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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)December 8, 2008

MAHWAH  – Ramapo College of New Jersey is listed in the December 2008 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as among the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2009.  This is the fourth consecutive year Ramapo College has been included in the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.”  The college was ranked #66 in the country, and one of two colleges in New Jersey in the Top 100.

“This recognition from Kiplinger’s confirms the national reputation that Ramapo College of New Jersey maintains for providing a tremendous value in higher education,” said Ricardo Ortegon, associate vice president for Enrollment Management.  “Today, more than ever, the benefits of a liberal arts education – the ability to think and analyze critically and to communicate clearly – are the foundations for a successful career.”

Kiplinger’s studied more than 500 public four-year colleges and universities, using measures including the percentage of freshmen scoring 600 or higher on the verbal and math components of the SAT, student/faculty ratio, admission rates and graduation rates.  In addition, schools were ranked based on cost before and after financial aid was factored in, the average cost for a student with need after subtracting grants, the average cost for a student without need after subtracting non-need based grants, the average percentage of need met by aid and the average debt a student accumulates before graduation.

Ramapo College of New Jersey is a comprehensive institution of higher education dedicated to the promotion of teaching and learning within a strong liberal arts based curriculum, thus earning the designation as “New Jersey’s Liberal Arts College” by the
New Jersey State Legislature.  Its curricular emphasis is international which includes the liberal arts and sciences, social sciences, fine and performing arts and professional programs within a residential and sustainable living and learning environment.


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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