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Welcome to Ramapo College! We are so glad that you have chosen Ramapo and are excited to welcome you to our Roadrunner community. A week’s worth of events – including the Arching tradition, Tuesday Night Live, Joe Trivia and more –have been planned to help you adjust to life at Ramapo. We wish you the best of luck during the spring semester! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask any of our volunteers or contact the Center for Student Success at:, (201) 684-7441, Building D, Room 207.

Important Reminders

  • Students need to have their student IDs with them at all times. IDs are needed for entrance into the dining halls and will be swiped before entering most events during Winter Welcome.

Schedule of Events

Day One: Monday, January 20, 2020

Taking Care of Business: 9:00am-3:30pm
Location: Offices Across Campus
The offices listed below are open today to help you answer any questions that you may have.

  • Admissions, McBride House
  • Athletics, Bradley Center
  • Bookstore, Student Center 2nd Floor (open until 6:00pm)
  • Office of Student Accounts, D 127
  • Center for Student Success, D 207
  • Center for Student Involvement, Student Center 200 (open until midnight)
  • Dining Services, Student Center 1st Floor (open 8:00am-5:00pm)
  • Financial Aid, E 210 (opens at 10am)
  • Health Services, Student Health Services Building (open 8:30am-4:30pm)
  • J. Lee’s, Student Center (open 12:00pm-midnight)
  • Office of Specialized Services, C 205
  • Padovano Commons (open 5:00pm-1:00am)
  • Registrar’s Office, D 224
  • Residence Life, C 213
  • Roadrunner Central, Student Center (open 12:00pm-10:00pm)

Residence Life Move-In: 10:00am-1:00pm
Location: Assigned Residence Hall

Commuter Check-In: 2:30pm-3:30pm
Location: 2nd Floor Lobby, Scott Student Center

New Student Assembly: 3:45pm–4:15pm
Location: Friends Hall, SC 219
Students and family members receive an official welcome to Ramapo, including remarks from Christopher Romano, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; Joseph Connell, Assistant Vice President of Student Success, and Caleb Herbst, Student Government Association President.

Arching Ceremony: 4:15pm–4:45pm
Location: Archway
Join us for this Ramapo College tradition as families line up along Mansion Road to cheer on students as they walk through the Arch and shake hands with a member of the President’s cabinet. On the eve of graduation, students will march down through the Arch signifying the completion of their undergraduate experience. Be sure to capture this memory and take plenty of pictures using our Ramapo College Snapchat geotag!

Students and their families are welcome to warm up with light refreshments immediately following the ceremony.

This concludes the family portion of Winter Welcome. Students and families should say their goodbyes prior to students heading to other required programming and dinner. 

Choices & Consequences: 4:45pm–5:30pm
Location: Friends Hall, SC 219
This interactive workshop provides you with information that will help you make informed decisions and minimize negative consequences should you choose to drink alcohol.
All students are required to attend this presentation.

Zero Shades of Gray: 5:30pm–6:15pm
Location: Friends Hall, SC 219
This workshop will give you important information about how you can support a safe campus environment, free from sexual assault by knowing your rights and responsibilities. We’ll define “affirmative consent”, explore how affirmative consent is given (and how it’s not given), and how you can make our campus safer for everyone.
All students are required to attend this presentation.

Dinner & Trivia: 6:15pm–7:30pm

Location: Birch Tree Inn (Commuter students will be provided meal passes at check-in.)
Come join your fellow transfer students for dinner while playing Joe Trivia!  This is a great way to meet your peers, win prizes, and get a taste of what the dining halls have to offer!

Illusionist!: 7:30pm
Location: Friends Hall
The College Programming Board (CPB) will be welcoming illusionist Trent James onto campus to host a fun event for all students and new Roadrunners.

Residence Life Floor Meetings: 10:00pm 

Location: Your Residence Hall
Meet with your Resident Assistant and learn the ins and outs of campus living.

Day Two: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Transfer Treats: 7:30am–9:30am and 1:30pm–3:30pm 

Location: Fishbowl, 2nd Floor Building C
Warm up on your way to class with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and a tasty treat!

Finding Your Way: 7:45am, 9:40am, 11:35am, 1:30pm, and 3:25pm 

Location: Academic Complex, 2nd Floor Stairwells
Need help finding a classroom or an office? Find one of our student leaders on the 2nd floor of the Academic Buildings and they can help direct you!

Ask Transfer Connection and Commuter Affairs: 12:00pm–2:00pm 

Location: 2nd floor Scott Student Center
Have questions about different campus resources? Ask Transfer Connection and Commuter Affairs!

Open Mic Night: 9:00pm

Location: Alumni Lounges
Have you ever wanted to listen to music performed by your fellow Roadrunners? If so, then stop by Open Mic Night, hosted by the College Programming Board (CPB).  All are welcome to perform or watch!

Day Three: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Finding Your Way: 7:45am, 8:15am, 9:40am, and 4:25pm 

Location: Academic Complex, 2nd Floor Stairwells
Need help finding a classroom or an office? Find one of our student leaders on the 2nd floor of the Academic Buildings and they can help direct you!

Transfer Student Clothing Swap: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: Fishbowl, 2nd Floor Building C
The Dean of Students, Melissa Van Der Wall, is hosting a clothing swap for transfer students. Here is a way to update your wardrobe and acquire new items as a Ramapo Roadrunner.  Bring 1 or 2 items from your previous college and swap them for Ramapo gear.  All of the clothing received will be donated.  This event is free, open to Spring 2020 transfer students, and pizza will be served.

Student Involvement Fair: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Location: Scott Student Center (Friends Hall, Alumni Lounges, SGA Office, BSU Office, CCEC)
Come check out over 100 of Ramapo’s clubs and organizations at the Student Involvement Fair! This is a great way to meet new people and get involved on campus!

Clubs N’ Subs: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: J. Lees
Come meet our large-scale organizations on campus, including Transfer Connection, Commuter Affairs, the Student Government Association, the College Programming Board, the Center for Civic and Community Engagement, and more, all while enjoying sub sandwiches!

Support Your Roadrunners!
Location: Bradley Center
Men’s Volleyball vs. Misericordia University – 7:00pm

Day Four: Thursday, January 23, 2020

Transfer Treats: 7:30am–9:30am and 1:30pm–3:30pm

Location: Fishbowl, 2nd Floor Building C
Warm up on your way to class with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and a tasty treat!

Decorate Your Room: 10:00pm-12:00am

Location: Friends Hall
At this event, the College Programming Board (CPB) will be welcoming students to create various fun crafts to bring home and add some color to their rooms!

Day Five: Friday, January 24, 2020

Taste of Mahwah: 10:00pm-12:00am

Location: Friends Hall
At this event, the College Programming Board (CPB) will feature samples of food from local restaurants that students can try!

Day Five: Saturday, January 25, 2020

Support Your Roadrunners!
Location: Bradley Center
Men’s Basketball vs. Stockton University – 1:00pm*
Swimming vs. Widener University – 2:00pm
Women’s Basketball vs. Stockton University – 3:00pm*

*Coaches for Cancer: The American Cancer Society and the NABC have teamed up in the fight against cancer and the Ramapo College men’s and women’s basketball teams are joining in that fight.  On January 25th, all ticket money and donations will be donated to assist in Childhood Cancer Research.  Please join the Roadrunners in the Bradley Center as the games tip-off at 1pm and 3pm.  The coaching staff will show their support in their Suits and Sneakers. Donations can also be made by visiting:

Grocery Store Bingo: 10:00pm-12:00am

Location: Friends Hall
Join the College Programming Board (CPB) at this event for the chance to win some grocery themed prizes!

Upcoming Events

  • Reveal of Fight Song during Basketball Game: February 5th
  • Diversity Convocation TBA
  • Career & Internship Fair: Wednesday, March 4th, Bradley Center
  • Click Here for a full listing of Athletics Games!