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Ramapo College Retention Rates Exceed Expectations

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 6, 2015

MAHWAH, NJ — Ramapo College has exceeded expectations in retention of first-year students, according to a report issued by

The report, which analyzed more than 1,100 institutions in the United States for the 2014-15 school year, compared predicted retention rates based on academics, affordability and social factors with actual retention rates.

Ramapo was listed as a “moderate over performer” based on its actual retention rate of 87 percent, exceeding its predicted rate of 83 percent.

“Retention is a key student success metric demonstrating an institution’s ability to deliver on its promise across all areas of the College,” said Christopher Romano, vice president of enrollment management and student affairs.  “This has been a main strategic priority for us, and we are pleased to continue to see positive results.”

Now in its 45th year, Ramapo College welcomed its largest-ever freshman class last fall. The Class of 2018 includes 980 students.

As the premier liberal arts college in New Jersey, Ramapo offers undergraduate degrees in the arts, business, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as professional studies which include nursing and social work. Ramapo boasts an average student/faculty ratio of 18:1 and average class size of 23 students.


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

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 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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