Founded in 1851 by Former New York State Legislator David Mapes and townspeople, Ripon College has a long tradition of excellence in facilitating transformational interdisciplinary learning within its beautiful century-old buildings and in communities near and far.
The rigorous liberal arts and sciences curriculum and active residential campus prepares students of diverse interests for lives of productive, socially responsible citizenship. Coursework challenges students to examine questions in-depth, identify patterns of logic and reasoning, think critically, consider multiple contexts and pursue independent research and present before real audiences.
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Ripon is committed to supporting all of its students. The Office of Student Life oversees many of the events, services and programs that make Ripon home. Programming takes into account the unique health and wellness, spiritual and religious and entertainment needs of the student body.
Students of all walks of life connect through classes, organizations and living and eating together. The residential experience is integral to life at Ripon College. Some of your finest teachers will be fellow students, with whom you will form lifelong friendships, learn tolerance of personal differences and develop character and leadership skills.
Over 90 percent of Ripon students live on campus, with housing options including double and single rooms, suites and apartments for upperclassmen. All residence halls are smoke-free.
nformation Technology Services provides staffing and facilities to support the technological needs of students, faculty and staff. Open-use computer resource centers are located across the campus, offering both Windows and Apple machines, and projectors.
Ripon College provides basic health care to all students, including acute care for illness and emergencies, vaccinations, health and wellness promotion and other proactive health care events and workshops.
Emergency care is provided through the emergency service of Ripon Medical Center. Physician services are available in the community on a fee-for-service basis.
The Ripon campus spans 250 tree-lined acres and includes 26 buildings — 10 of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A sustainable campus, Ripon is home to the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy, consisting of 130 acres of native prairie, oak savanna and wetland habitat in the making.
While the Ripon campus is marked by a plethora of green spaces, including the 130 acre Ceresco Prairie Conservancy, it also supports two indoor fitness centers — Bovay Fitness Center and J.M. Storzer Athletic Center.
From pre-professional programs to paintballing, Ripon College hosts more than 60 student-run clubs and organizations. Students at Ripon are encouraged to lead the programs, supported by the Student Senate’s activity fee. This allows students to collaborate together in conceiving, organizing, marketing and developing unique activities.
We are proud of the national recognition our academic programs receive. Most recently, the ROTC program to which Ripon’s unit belongs was named the top in the north-central United States; and our Department of Communication was named the best in overall excellence in the nation.