Ramapo College of New Jersey

Ramapo College of New Jersey


Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Regional Universities North category for public institutions, Ramapo College of New Jersey is sometimes viewed as a private college. This is, in part, due to its unique interdisciplinary academic structure, its size of approximately 6,000 students and its pastoral setting in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains on the New Jersey/New York border. Undergraduate students choose to concentrate their studies in one of five schools with more than 539 course offerings and 36 academic programs. Ramapo College boasts an average student/faculty ratio of 18:1 and average class size of 23, affording students the opportunity to develop close ties to the College’s exceptional faculty. Ramapo College of New Jersey is listed in the 2016 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine as among the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2016. This is the tenth consecutive year Ramapo has been included in the “100 Best Values in Public Colleges.”

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Undergraduate Recruitment and Community Outreach

In addition to visiting high schools and attending local and regional college fairs, the Office of Admissions also participates in a number of college information programs sponsored by local community organizations working with first generation college students and their families. The Office of Admissions participates on college panels and facilitates workshops on navigating the college admissions process, understanding financial aid and scholarships as well as issues of diversity in higher education. These outreach initiatives are designed to better inform students and their families about the benefits of pursuing higher education. Learn more about Undergraduate Recruitment and Community Outreach

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Upward Bound

The Ramapo College Upward Bound Math Science Program is a Federal TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant assists low-income students from Paterson public high schools and those with parents who have not attained a bachelor’s degree. The program supports high school students with college potential and guides these students to successfully complete high school with the background and skills necessary to pursue post-secondary education in the areas of STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math. Learn more about Upward Bound

Summer Bridge & Orientation Orientation

Orientation for new Roadrunners is an exciting time for students and guests where Ramapo College staff, faculty and orientation leaders introduce the students to “Your First Year Experience!” Our mandatory orientation program provides students with access to faculty, staff and other academic offices. The orientation will assist students in the first semester registration and transition to college life whether a resident or commuter. It will also provide an opportunity for students to connect with current Ramapo students as well as meet fellow incoming Roadrunners! Also, we encourage students to invite up to two guests to the concurrent family orientation. Learn more about Orientation

First-Year Experience & Transition Welcome Week

Welcome Week picks up where orientation left off with more opportunities to connect, socialize and explore Ramapo. A week’s worth of events – including the Arching tradition, music, food, Maroon Madness and more –have been planned to help you adjust to life at Ramapo. All events, regardless of time and campus location, are open to all first-year students. Some mandatory programming is also mixed in to Welcome Week to help cover the policies and procedures of the campus Learn more about Welcome Week

First-Year Experience & Transition Academic Advising and First Year Experience

First year students are introduced to Ramapo College through an integrated, comprehensive and focused first-year experience programs that includes peer mentoring, faculty connections, academic advising and transitional support services. Beginning at new student orientation, students are packaged into a first-year schedule that positions them for a successful start to their college career. Further, they are connected with an upper class orientation leader to guide them through a "Ramazing Race" to introduce them to the array of support services available to them. Throughout their first year, students are introduced to their professional advisor within the Center for Academic Advisement and First Year Experience. Through this relationship, students will discuss their academic strengths, career plans and course selections to ensure that students are connected with a major that will best position them for their next step; regardless of what that might be. Each major has developed four year recommended plans which outline the path to each student’s intended degree, semester by semester so that students see from day 1 a clear path towards graduation. With mandatory academic advisement touch points, students are supported and mentored through their first-year. The success of this program is evidenced by Ramapo’s above national average first-year retention rates. Learn more about Academic Advising and First Year Experience

Academic Advising & Support Connect

Connect is an academic progress and academic advisement system used by students, faculty and staff. Faculty members are able to raise progress items such as academic concerns, referrals to tutoring and kudos for students in their courses to notify them of their progress. Academic advisors and other professional staff that the student has a relationship with, such as Athletics coaches, EOF advisors, and more are able to collaboratively review student progress through Connect. Students can also conveniently schedule appointments via the online system with their advisor from anywhere at any time of day. Students are encouraged to regularly check their Ramapo email and Connect for progress item updates. Learn more about Connect

Academic Advising & Support Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF )

The mission of the Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) at Ramapo College of New Jersey is to provide access to higher education and support for highly motivated students who exhibit the potential for success, but who come from families/communities disadvantaged by low income and a lack of access to quality educational preparation necessary to attend college. The EOF program provides such students full-time admission to the college, and the support needed to maintain their continued enrollment through graduation. This support includes grants and scholarships minimizing the financial burden of college attendance; and services designed to foster academic success and scholarship, promote social responsibility, and involve students in connecting their education to the world of work and graduate study. Learn more about Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF )

Mentoring Peer Facilitation Program (FYS)

Peer facilitators work with First-Year Seminar (FYS) faculty to forge bonds with and among students in their classes. Peers attend the FYS course with their peer class. Through their presence and weekly class facilitation they help new students feel comfortable and provide them with tools to help them excel; in doing so, they expedite three key forms of engagement: personal, social, and campus & civic. Learn more about Peer Facilitation Program (FYS)

Student Diversity

  • 5,762
  • 45/55
  • n/a
    First-generation college students
  • <1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 7%
  • 5%
    Black or African American
  • 14%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 65%
  • 1%
    Two or more races
  • 6%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 2%

Student Success

  • 86%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 71%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 75%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 47%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 224
    Full-time faculty
  • 66
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 18:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations


Cost of Attendance

  • $13,698
  • $8,866
    In-state Tuition
  • $4,832
    Required Fees
  • $11,640
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $2,645,580
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $12,143
    Average aid package
  • n/a
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 27%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 53%
    Students with financial need
  • 82%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 53%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 13%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 7,106
    # of applicants
  • 53%
  • 3.21
    Average HS GPA
  • n/a
    ACT Composite
  • 480—590
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 500—610
    SAT Math
  • 480—590
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 03/01
    Regular application closing date
  • $60
    Application Fee
  • $60
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/01
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • none
    Early action application closing date