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Ramapo College Named a Career Development College of Distinction

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 21, 2018

MAHWAH, N.J.— Ramapo College of New Jersey is pleased to announce it has been recognized as a 2018-2019 Career Development College of Distinction. As one of three New Jersey colleges receiving this newly developed accolade by Colleges of Distinction, Ramapo College has been recognized with exceptionally “equipping students with the skills necessary to succeed in their lifelong career journey.”

In communicating the accolade to Ramapo College, Colleges of Distinction said, “Students and families are concerned about the return on investment of college and we see Career Development as a way your institution is ensuring that investment. Schools that have truly effective career services make counselors available to take time to coach students on decision-making and job search skills that are both relevant and transferable regardless of industry.”

The criteria used by Colleges of Distinction for the new Career Development award includes a thorough review of the following:

  • Integrated Career Exploration and Preparation: The career services or development office is introduced during new- and transfer-student orientation and then re-introduced during the first semester. The office partners with academic departments to include their resources in the classroom and help guide students toward the services they should be seeking at different points throughout their academic career. Career and major exploration are integrated across all fields of study.
  • Accessible Programs and Training: The career office’s services can be accessed 24/7 and by appointment for one-on-one counseling. These resources include, but are not limited to, self-assessments, résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing, and networking. The office also hosts events and workshops to help students gain feedback and job search skills.
  • Career-Centered Staff:
    • Assessments – The institution offers both career and personal inventories to help students better understand themselves as well as their major and career interests. Whether career services are centralized or decentralized, the institution makes trained career counselors and/or coaches available to review every student’s assessment.
    • Employer Relations – The school has at least one dedicated staff member for employer relations and corporate partnerships. Furthermore, the university helps connect students and alumni through mentorship and internship programs. Alumni can use some or all services for free.

Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has served as a resource for more than 40,000 guidance counselors across the United States, thousands of parents and students, and hundreds of colleges and universities. For additional information, visit: https://collegesofdistinction.com/advice/2018-career-development.

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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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