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Ramapo College Office of Admissions

McBride House
505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ 07430

p: (201) 684-7300
f: (201) 684-7964

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Admissions process. More questions will be added soon. Still don’t see the answer to your question? Email us at

When are the application deadlines?

When to Apply | Admissions & Financial Aid Deadlines

Admissions Application Deadline Financial Aid: File FAFSA Notification of Admission Decision Enrollment Deadline
Early Decision November 1 March 15 December 5 February 1
Early Action December 15 March 15 February 1 May 1
Regular Decision February 1 March 15 March 1 May 1

Does it matter if I take the ACT or the SAT?

Ramapo College is test-optional for all programs, except our Articulation Programs (Biology/Dental-LECOM, Biology/Optometry-SUNY Optometry, Biology/Osteopathy-LECOM, and Biology/Pharmacy-LECOM). If you choose to submit an SAT or ACT score, please indicate that on your application. If you choose not to submit, we will review your application holistically using other documents and submitted materials.

Does Ramapo College accept Advanced Placement Coursework (AP)?

Ramapo College encourages and applauds students who challenge themselves with Advanced Placement coursework as part of their high school curriculum. Students who earn a 4 or 5 on their AP exams are eligible for course credit. Students should have their official AP scores sent to the Office of Admissions in order to have their credit evaluated. Once evaluated, students will receive a Transfer Credit Evaluation via email detailing what the equivalent Ramapo College course is for the credit being awarded. AP Credit Chart (PDF)

Does Ramapo College accept International Baccalaureate Coursework (IB)?

International Baccalaureate LogoRamapo College acknowledges the hard work required of the International Baccalaureate curriculum, and commends students who challenge themselves with this rigorous sequence of coursework. The tenants of the IB diploma program mirror the academic goals and institutional mission of a Ramapo College education: cross-cultural experiences, interdisciplinary courses, experiential learning and working closely with faculty. At Ramapo College, we understand what it means to be an IB scholar – and work hard to make sure IB students receive the credits they’ve earned. We strongly encourage IB students who are admitted to Ramapo College to also explore enrichment options such as the Honors Program or Living Learning Community.

IB Course Credit Evaluation

Ramapo College awards credit for successfully completed Higher Level (HL) courses with an HL exam score of 5 or better. To have credit awarded, students must have their official International Baccalaureate transcript sent from the International Baccalaureate Organization. After transcripts are received and evaluated, students will receive a Transfer Credit Evaluation via email acknowledging what courses were accepted for credit, how much credit was awarded and what the Ramapo College equivalent course was determined to be. For reference, you may view the current Ramapo College IB Course Equivalency Chart (PDF).

Contact Information

If you have questions or would like more information about what Ramapo College has to offer IB students, please contact the Office of Admissions:

Phone: (201) 684-7300

How can high school counselors assist students through the admissions process?

The Office of Admissions at Ramapo College recognizes that your day is filled with challenging decisions and time-consuming tasks. It is our hope that this new web page will allow you to assist your students in the most user friendly and convenient way possible.

We also hope that you will discover some of what makes Ramapo College unique. At Ramapo College, your students will push their boundaries in ways they never thought possible. Our four brand promises are at the heart of the Ramapo College experience for your students:

  • Faculty who teach and mentor (95% of our faculty hold terminal degrees in their field of study)
  • Hands-on learning (Every course at Ramapo College has an experiential component that allows students to combine real life experience in every class)
  • Value (Ramapo College is one of Kiplinger’s Best Values in Undergraduate Education for the 10th straight year)
  • A lifetime of success (The mentors you meet on campus combined with hands-on experience and limited debt prepare students for their future)

We invite your feedback because it is our goal to provide you with the tools you need to best serve your students. Please send any questions or suggestions to


Last year Ramapo College received applications from 33 different states and 31 foreign countries. Non-New Jersey students make up about 8% of our freshman class and are a vibrant part of our campus. Please visit our Directions and Local Lodging and Restaurant page for information about where to stay when visiting the campus.



We’re eager to meet your students! Ramapo College encourages students to see what we have to offer first hand. There are many ways for students to experience all that Ramapo College has to offer.

  • Campus Tours are available on campus on Monday – Thursday 10am and 1pm.
  • Open House events are held during the Fall and Spring. 

Will my credits from another college or university transfer to Ramapo? Does Ramapo accept dual enrollment credit?

Yes, we are looking for a C or higher to award credit for college-level courses taken prior to high school graduation.

How can I change my major once I've applied?

Email us at to get in touch with your Admissions Counselor to change your major.

What factors do you consider when making admission decisions?

Ramapo College considers several factors in reviewing an admissions application. Most important being the student’s academic performance in high school, particularly the student’s high school GPA and the rigor of the courses taken. Other factors include: strong letters of recommendation from teachers and/or counselors; a thoughtful admissions essay; a record of extracurricular activities (for example, community service, leadership in student organizations and athletics, performance and artistic activities, and part-time employment); and standardized test scores. AP, IB and Honors courses are also looked upon favorably.

Are interviews required?

Admission interviews are not required and are an optional addition to your application for admission.

You accept the Ramapo application, Coalition, and Common Application—is there a preference?

No, there is no preference which application the student submits.

Do you accept applications after the deadline?

Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis throughout the school year. However, in order to allow sufficient time for your application to be reviewed, it is strongly encouraged that students complete their application submission by the recommended deadlines. Applications received after these dates will be reviewed based on seat availability.

How and when can I check the status of my application?

All applications are reviewed thoroughly by the Committee on Admission. Some applications will be reviewed several times as part of our evaluation process. Decisions on early decision applications will be sent on or before December 5. For those who submit early action applications, decisions will be sent on or before February 1. All decisions on regular decision applications will be sent on or before March 1.

If you applied using the Common Application, Coalition Application or our online application, you may check the status of your application any time by logging in to our system.

You will be notified by email of any significant updates to your application status. You may use this link to log in to your application and check your status.