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Ramapo Welcomes New Students during Winter Arching Ceremony

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 19, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. — Ramapo College of New Jersey welcomed on January 18 more than 300 incoming students for its spring 2016 semester. Friends, family and College faculty and staff greeted students during the annual New Student Assembly and Winter Arching Ceremony, a traditional ritual in which new students walk through the campus’s iconic Arch to begin their college experience.

“Nothing makes me happier than to meet new students,” said Ramapo College President Peter P. Mercer, who personally greeted all students as they passed through the Arch. “The experience you bring can only enrich what you will experience here at Ramapo.”

The 309 incoming students for the spring include transfer, adult, re-admitted and first-time students.

The welcome ceremony kicked off a week-long schedule of events geared to help new students acclimate. Among the events scheduled are interactive workshops focusing on several important issues, social gatherings and the annual Student Involvement Fair which showcases the more than 100 clubs and organizations available on campus.

“We want students to challenge themselves and graduate with more than a college degree,” said Christopher Romano, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. Upon graduation, the students, clad in their academic regalia, will again process under the Arch surrounded by well-wishers, marking the conclusion of their undergraduate experience.

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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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