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Ramapo College’s Bachelor of Social Work Ranked Among Top Programs in the Nation

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 29, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. — Ramapo College of New Jersey has been ranked as one of the nation’s Best Bachelor’s in Social Work by College Choice. Ramapo, ranked Number 22, also is one of only two New Jersey institutions to make the prestigious list.

“The Social Work program at Ramapo College continues, as it has since its inception in the 1970s, to provide students the skills necessary to work in settings where social justice and respect for human diversity are paramount,” said Aaron Lorenz, Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Human Studies at Ramapo College. “To be mentioned with some of the other schools in the nation shows that the dedication our faculty have to our students does not go unnoticed.”

Ramapo College’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) provides undergraduate students with a degree that will prepare them to become social workers in any field they choose. The BSW program holds accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education.

Students in the social work program at Ramapo are exposed to an integrative and hands-on learning experience. Courses are taught in a variety of ways, including lectures, team projects and simulated exercises. Faculty also teach from case studies and invite guest lecturers who are current industry professionals for special presentations and seminars. Students are required to fulfill 600 hours of field work experience which are supervised by licensed and certified social work professionals.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the social work profession will experience a faster than average growth rate at 10 percent between the years 2014 and 2024.

“We will continue with our mission to teach students how to be culturally competent social workers and advocate vociferously on behalf of their clients,” said Dean Lorenz.

To meet the increasing need for social work services, Ramapo College has recently established and now offers a Masters in Social Work, which builds on the strong undergraduate reputation and further prepares students for advanced professional practice.

The College Choice rankings are derived from different sources, including data taken from a nationwide survey published by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA where students evaluated academic reputation as well as school costs and post-graduate achievements on the job market. The data are weighted with information from other public sources, including U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and


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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