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New Transfer Center and Veterans Lounge to Open at Ramapo College

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 1, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College of New Jersey will open its new Transfer Center & Veterans Lounge on Wednesday, November 9. Formal remarks will take place at noon at the Arch on campus with a ribbon cutting and reception to follow in the Lounge, located in the E-Wing.

The space is designed to be a hub of resources for transfer students, who make up approximately 40 percent of Ramapo’s undergraduate student population. Additionally, nearly all of the College’s veteran students are transfer students.

“Each year, we continue to focus on how to best serve students and facilitate their success,” said Christopher Romano, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Ramapo College.  “After looking at our data as well as interviewing students, we decided that the two most heavily utilized offices by those students are Academic Advising and Financial Aid.  So, we are excited to officially open the Transfer Center and Veterans Lounge, which sits between both offices.  We believe this will support Ramapo to continue to deliver on our promise of providing individualized attention to increase student success.”

Furnished with couches, a coffee bar, computers, a charging station and cable TV, and a meeting table, the space will be open to all students during the day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and after hours to students who are part of the Veteran Student Organization. The College’s Transfer Advisor and Transfer Connection Student Coordinator will staff the space.

Nationally, research on transfer students shows that they face two major challenges when they arrive at their next institution, namely establishing connections and academic planning. Ramapo College has been designated a Military Friendly School and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Colleges.”

“We can attribute these accolades, in part, to the contributions of our transfer and veteran students,” said Ramapo College president Peter P. Mercer.  “These students often bring with them to campus distinctive perspectives and experiences that enrich both classroom discussions and campus programming. Dedicating a space on campus for them is a point of pride for all of us at the College.”

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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 Niche.com.

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 CollegesofDistinction.com. 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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