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Ramapo College of New Jersey

Ramapo College has made a name for itself in the 50 years since its foundation in 1969. This liberal arts college offers more than 500 courses to its nearly 6,000 students. Ramapo is particularly popular for its business, psychology, and journalism programs. The class sizes run small -- about 21 students per classroom, and the school has a 16 to 1 student to faculty ratio, which allows for face-to-face interactions with professors. About half of Ramapo students are commuters, and as a result, campus tends to be pretty quiet on the weekends. The campus, located in a wealthy corner of New Jersey, is only about an hour's drive from New York City and roughly 20 minutes from a part of the Appalachian Trail on the Ramapo Mountains. For those looking to stay busy while on campus, there are more than 100 student groups including a beekeeping club, Disney and Harry Potter-themed organizations, arts and cultural clubs, rock climbing, and a sci-fi and comic book club. Plus, there is an active Greek life with 25 fraternities and sororities. Notable alumni from the college include popular YouTuber Grace Helbig and singer Patrick Stickles of the punk rock band Titus Andronicus.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The college has a phased reopening plan based on the state's guidelines. Courses may be all virtual, mostly virtual with in-person meetings for critical classes, or mostly in-person depending on the state's current guidelines. On-campus housing is open for a very limited number of students.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$32,500
% of students who get any grants
44%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,300
Average price for low-income students
$11,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
63%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1150/24
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
yes
Enrollment
5,260
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
52%
% of need met
54%
% of students who get merit* grants
11%
Average merit grant
$10,900
student success
Graduation rate
74%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$23,080
Average salary within 5 years
$48,300
% earning more than $28,000
82%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The college has a phased reopening plan based on the state's guidelines. Courses may be all virtual, mostly virtual with in-person meetings for critical classes, or mostly in-person depending on the state's current guidelines. On-campus housing is open for a very limited number of students.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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