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Ramapo College Ranked #1 in New Jersey, 24th in the Nation on List of Best Disability Friendly Schools

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MAHWAH, N.J. – Ramapo College has been recognized by Great Value Colleges  as the top college in New Jersey and was ranked 24th in the country on its list of Best Disability Friendly Schools.

Ramapo College’s Office of Specialized Services (OSS) coordinates the support services and accommodations for approximately 500 students with disability.

“To be ranked as one of the best Disability Friendly Schools in the nation is a great honor. Such a designation represents a recognition of the College’s long institutional commitment to supporting individuals with disabilities,” said David Nast, Director of Specialized Services at Ramapo. “The work of OSS is so successful because of the College’s broad base commitment to supporting students with disabilities. This support can be seen through the actions of administration, staff, faculty and students on a daily basis.”

According to Greatvaluecolleges.net, professional organizations that track disability in the United States note that levels of disability employment, earnings and health vary greatly from state to state, and there is still a vast disparity between American Colleges when it comes to educating people with disabilities. Ramapo was distinguished for its “top-notch disability services that allow their students to succeed.”

“Serving students with disabilities has been in the College’s DNA since its founding in 1969 and is consistently recognized for our campus wide efforts,” said Christopher Romano, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “I am continually proud and impressed by the work of our Office of Specialized Services and the campus wide advocacy to ease the transition to college life for students with disabilities. This recognition reinforces the promise we make to students; a commitment to individualized attention that not only prepares you for a lifetime of success, but expands your network to include mentors and advisors who will assist you on the path to an undergraduate degree.”

Great Value Colleges also noted that Ramapo’s historical dedication of treating students with disabilities has led College Magazine to name the College as the seventh best college for the physically disabled. Dealing With Different also named Ramapo College as the 15th best for the physically disabled.

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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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