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Center for Student Success

D-207 (Academic Building)

Hours: Monday 8:30 am-5:30 pm Wednesday 8:30 am-5:00 pm Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm

p: (201) 684 – 7441
f: (201) 684 – 7599

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Need a virtual or in-person walk-in meeting?

Because of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in our area, academic advisors in the Center for Student Success will be available for virtual appointments/walk-in meetings until January 11, 2022. In person meetings will resume on January 12, 2022, unless directed otherwise by College officials. 

CLICK HERE to sign in for a virtual walk-in appointment with a Student Success Advisor using our Virtual Kiosk on Connect. You must have an activated Ramapo email address to access this kiosk

All walk-in meetings are available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm. Walk-ins on Wednesday are available from 1 pm to 4 pm and Fridays from 9 am to 12 pm. 

Update on Services for Academic Advisement (COVID-19)

Following the guidelines for social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Center for Student Success has modified its delivery of services to continue to help students. Because of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, please note that the Center for Student Success advisors will be available for virtual meetings. In person meetings will be available based on student needs on January 12, 2022. 

For first-year students, appointments with Student Success Advisors can be set up online using Connect. Most meetings will take place via Google Meet. Student Success Advisors are available for socially distant in-person appointments as needed. We also have a chat feature on our website that will be available during business hours. If you need to meet with your faculty advisor, please email them (contact info found in your Connect Success Network) for info on how to meet with them for virtual advisement.

The Center for Student’s Success’ Advisement Team is still committed to helping you develop your academic potential. Let’s work together to #flattenthecurve. Should you have any questions, feel free to email

Faculty Academic Advisement: Please email your faculty academic advisor (contact info found in your Connect Success Network) for info on how to meet with them for virtual advisement. If your your faculty advisor is unavailable, please email the School Secretary to find another faculty member in your respective school who can advise you:

ASB: Dean Edward Petkus;
School Secretary: Deirdre Lynch;; (201)684-7379
CA: Dean Peter Campbell;
School Secretary: Irene Grskovic:;(201)684-7365
HGS: Dean Susan Hangen,
School Secretary: Bill Russo (; (201)684-7407
SSHS: Dean Aaron Lorenz,
School Secretary: Nancy Bernet,; (201)684-7051
TAS: Dean Edward Saiff,
School Secretary:Ginny Bonnett,; (201)684-7625

Many of our advising resources can be accessed online now. Please go to for information about advisement and helpful tutorials.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Ramapo College will require the COVID-19 vaccine for our on-campus students. The College has created a dedicated website with information as well as a series of Frequently Asked Questions that can assist individuals with specific questions about their circumstances. For more information about the College’s Vaccine requirement, please CLICK HERE. Please direct questions about this requirement to


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Mission Statement:

The Center for Student Success provides a comprehensive introduction to the academic and social environment of the Ramapo College community with a focus on the success and retention of all students. Center for Student Success provides a wide range of services including New Student Orientation (First Year Students/Transfers/Readmits/Adult Learners/Families), Academic Advisement, Retention Programs, and Family Day. Center for Student Success serves as the primary resource for Academic Advisement for all community members and works collaboratively with faculty and staff in offering optimal services to our students.


Staff Contact Information:

Joseph Connell
Assistant Vice President of Student Success
Phone: (201) 684-7462
Office: D-202

John Yao
Associate Director Student Succ for Advis
Phone: (201) 684-7587
Office: D-208

Meghan Gregory
Assistant Director New Student Experience
Phone: (201) 684-7517
Office: D-210

Diana Benavides
Academic Advisor
Phone: (201) 684-7439
Office: D203

Kevin Brenfo-Agyeman
Academic Advisor
Phone: (201) 684-7497
Office: D212C

Paula Nelson-Ihne
Academic Advising Specialist
Phone: (201) 684-7509
Office: D-204

Nicole Pedoto
Transfer Advisor
Phone: (201) 684-7572
Office: E211

Jessica Steinheimer
Academic Advisor
Phone: (201) 684-7438
Office: D-206

Tracey Bender
Assistant Director of Student Success & Testing
Phone: (201) 684-7480
Office: D-209

Mary Catherine Switala
Professional Services Specialist 3
Phone: (201) 684-7768
Office: D-202