Ramapo College has made a name for itself in the 50 years since its foundation in 1969. This public liberal arts college offers approximately 40 undergraduate programs, including business, psychology, and journalism programs.

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The class sizes run relatively small with a 16:1 faculty to student ratio, which allows for face-to-face interactions with professors. Money estimates the net price of a Ramapo degree at about $155,000, before accounting for any state or federal financial aid. About two-thirds of first-year students receive grants or scholarships, qualifying for an average of $13,000 per year in aid.

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 people looking to stay busy while on campus, there are more than 100 student groups including a beekeeping club, culinary and pastry club, and fitness groups. Plus, there is an active Greek life with 25 fraternities and sororities.